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RADIO: Iheartmedia, 855 Radio Stations Go Bankrupt at 11:59 PM CST Wednesday

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UPDATE 2- The court gave iHeartMedia, its 855 radio stations and creditors until 11:59 PM Central time, Wed. March 7th to agree to a reorganization that would reduce its debt by $15 billion, according to papers filed Monday. As of 8PM CT, no settlement had been announced. The clock is ticking... A proposal filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday would reduce iHeartMedia's debt from $20.6 billion to under $5.8 billion, as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, iHeart's billboard division, would be spun off, and debt holders will receive both stock in Clear Channel and equity in a newly recapitalized iHeart...

TRENDS: 47 Million U.S. Adults Have a Smart Speaker at Home

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I'm one of many who believe that smart speakers will accelerate the adoption of music streaming, bringing it full into the mainstream. Getting an Alexa-enabled Sonos One doubled the amount of music played in my house simply by making playing whatever tracks or albums I'm in the mood for absurdly easy. So, in my view,, news that smart speaker use is exploding is also good news for musicians and the music industry...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Indies Demand Spotify Stock Profit Share, Sony Responds

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While the major labels have promised to pay their artists a share of any proceeds from the sale of their stock in Spotify, the independent music community is demanding that a corresponding share be passed on the many labels the major label owned companies distribute. All three major label groups have committed to sharing revenues from the sales of Spotify shares with the artists directly signed to their companies. Now indie trade organization, The Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network (WIN) is calling on Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and Universal Music Group to give the independent labels distributed by them, and therefore those artists they represent, their fair share of any payout...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Apple Deleting Itunes LP Format: Beginning of the End?

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Apple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018." Apple is killing the iTunes LP format, and some are seeing this as the rumored beginning of the end for paid downloads on iTunes. But the iTunes LP format, which includes lyrics, photo, liner notes and more, never really caught on...

EVENT: Highlights in Jazz Presents the Millennials Meet the Masters on Thursday, March 22, 2018 8PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

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Something magical happens when outstanding jazz players ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s take to the stage and create common ground. That's what you'll experience at Highlights In Jazz's upcoming 'The Millennials Meet The Masters' concert, featuring saxophonists/clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Buster Williams, trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist Tardo Hammer...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dan Papirany

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dan Papirany's birthday today! Dan Papirany is an adventurous Jazz pianist, composer who understands and follows the eloquent philosophy that is to play melodic phrases and rich harmonies. Originally starting out as a drummer at seventeen years of age, he discovered the music of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett\'s piano playing which led him to switch instruments to the piano. He remembers a quote from drummer Peter Erskine... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Bobby Paunetto: Latin Vibes

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Vibraphonist Bobby Vincent Paunetto recorded only five known albums. El Sonido Moderno (1967), Paunetto's Point (1974), Commit to Memory (1976), Composer in Public (1996) and Reconstituted (1999). As a composer and arranger, Paunetto was highly regarded by all the Latin greats. Born in 1944, Paunetto began playing vibes at 17 and became friends with vibraphonist Cal Tjader. He studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music from 1969 to 1973. In 1979 Paunetto was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and gave up the vibes in 1981. Despite his illness growing progressively worse, he continued to compose and conducted just two albums in the 1990s...

VIDEO / DVD: The Syncopated Soul of Bix

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In the 1920s, syncopation was the iPhone and social media of its day. Invented by New Orleans musicians and popularized in gangland Chicago, the infectious sound of off-beat rhythms enhanced by wailing jazz trumpets and cornets became a national rage. Whether you were rich or poor, black or white, it made no difference. The music transcended class and race. It could be heard on 78 records and in ballrooms and bars. The music's earthy, care-free personality also permeated fashion, ushering in loud suits and risque dresses, and altered architectural design and even the language. When historians refer to the Jazz Age, they're really talking about the surging popularity of syncopation in the years after World War I and before the bank failures of the early '30s and the Great Depression...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Red Ink Beneath Streaming's 'New Dawn' [marc Ribot]

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Legendary guitarist Marc Ribot explores the impact of ECM Records move to Spotify as part of broader shift for the label, the effect it will have on artists, and what the next best course of action is. By Marc Ribot from The Trichordist Guest Post from the legendary guitarist Marc Ribot. One point that Mr. Ribot makes we would like to further emphasize at the outset: without DMCA reform there is no 'market' for Copyright Royalty Judges to set rates under the MMA. This comes on the heels of a paper from Stan Liebowitz at the University of Texas. The Liebowitz study clarifies how the safe harbor, contrary to its intended purpose, creates an inefficient and unfair advantage for UUCs when bargaining with copyright owners, meaning that UUCs either do not pay for copyright permissions or, if they pay something, they pay less than the market rate...

OBITUARY: Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Passes

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Russ Solomon, founder of the legendary Tower Records chain, died on Sunday night, while drinking whisky and watching The Oscars. Solomon, 92, died from a heart attack, his son, Michael Solomon, told the Sacramento Bee. 'Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whisky,' Solomon told the paper. His father was apparently dead by the time Patti returned with the drink...

TRENDS: 50% Of UK Music Consumption 2017 Was Streaming, 4m Vinyl Records Sold

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Stats released by UK label association BPI, based on Official Charts Company data, showed a strong year for recorded music, with consumption across all formats in 2017, growing at its fastest rate in decades. A total of 135.1 million albums or their equivalent were either streamed, purchased on physical format, and/or downloaded over the past 12 months. This represents a 9.5 per cent rise on 2016 and marks a third year of consecutive volume growth...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: "A Toast to George Freeman" April 28, 2018 Special Guest Billy Branch, with Joanie Pallatto and Sparrow

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Southport Records and Lampkin Music Group presents: "A Toast to George Freeman"- Special Guest Billy Branch, with Joanie Pallatto and Sparrow on April 28, 2018 This is a general admission seated event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show. Media Sponsor: The WFMT Radio Network's Jazz Network...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wes Montgomery

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wes Montgomery's birthday today! Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (where he also died of a heart attack in 1968), Montgomery came from a musical family, in which his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone, and piano), were jazz performers. Although Wes was not skilled at reading music, he could learn complex melodies and riffs by ear. Montgomery started learning guitar in his late teens... Read more...

ADVOCACY: Net Neutrality's Death Official in April (Cue Lawsuits)

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Although net neutrality was sentenced to death some time ago last year, the actual repeal itself won't be going into effect until April, at which time a slew of lawsuits will likely roll in against the FCC. By Karl Bode of Techdirt While the FCC formally voted to kill net neutrality late last year, the actual repeal of the rules doesn't occur until the repeal itself is published in the Federal Register. Sources tell Reuters that with Ajit Pai's agency having completed the finishing touches on its repeal, the publication should finally happen this week. Once that happens, there's a 60 day window before the actual repeal takes effect, meaning the rules will formally end in April...

CAREER: 7 Essential Social Media Tips for Musicians and Bands

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Bands and artists that cultivate a strong presence on social media tend to see significant opportunity in their ability to connect with industry influencers, and reach out to fans directly to sell music and merchandise. Here we detail seven key tips for growing on social media. Guest post by Monica of socialgrowr.com...

CAREER: How to Write a Great Band Bio [infographic]

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Writing a strong band bio is more important and challenging than ever. Once upon a time, the band bio was just about attracting press. Now, musician bios are used in all kinds of places including Spotify and Pandora profiles, on social media. the band's web site and more. This guide from music promotion company Burstimo takes you through the steps of writing a great band bio...

RECORDING: Lauren Henderson Comes into Her Own as Both Vocalist and Composer on "Armame," Set for Release March 30 on Her Brontosaurus Records Iimprint

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On her lovely and coolly sensual new recording, Armame, vocalist Lauren Henderson delivers an eclectic set of jazz, Latin jazz, and other styles in a program reflecting her African-American and Caribbean heritage and her omnivorous musical tastes. Produced by veteran broadcaster and Sirius/XM jazz host Mark Ruffin, the CD will be released March 30 on her new label, Brontosaurus Records...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Fiuczynski

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All About Jazz is celebrating David Fiuczynski's birthday today! Iconoclastic and prolific jazz-rock guitarist David 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, a jazz player who'doesn't want to play just jazz', has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero, who continues to deliver with music that is unclassifiable, challenging and invigorating. An innovative musician who has released nine CD's and a double live DVD, Fuze is best known as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos... Read more...

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