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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Valaida Snow

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All About Jazz is celebrating Valaida Snow's birthday today! The tale of Valaida Snow is dramatic, a beautiful gifted entertainer, singer, dancer, arranger, and jazz trumpeter who succeeded against all odds. Valaida's exceptional talent, determination and charm brought her international fame. Her talents nearly unlimited, a savvy business woman who spoke seven languages, she blew hot jazz trumpet in the style of Louis Armstrong... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ticketfly, Major Venues Offline 40+ Hours After Hack, Ransom Demand [updated]

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More than 40 hours after it first went dark, Ticketfly and the sites of many of the major venues and promoters it services are still offline. Ticketfly, which is owned by Eventbrite, discovered that it had been hacked just before 6 AM ET Thursday and went offline with the tweet: "To protect our clients and fans, and to secure the website and related data, we have temporarily taken all Ticketfly systems offline...

TECHNOLOGY: Vevo Flop Reemphasizes How Badly the Record Labels Underestimate Technology

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Record label's inability to understand and effectively get on the band wagon with new tech was recently highlighted by the shuttering of video hosting service and wannabe YouTube competitor Vevo, which will ironically now only be found on YouTube. Guest post by Mike Masnick of Techdirt Just last week we wrote about how the big record labels have a hilariously long history of failing to grasp the importance of providing a good underlying technology service for music online and how they always overvalue the content, and assume that the technology and services are a commodity that is effectively worthless. And, yet again, that approach has failed them. The latest is the collapse and capitulation of Vevo, the service put together by a few of the major record labels to try to "take on" YouTube (even while using some of YouTube's underlying technology). Earlier this week, Vevo announced that it was shutting down its own site and app, which basically no one used anyway. Instead, it'll just focus on using YouTube, which was where everyone watched Vevo videos in the first place...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amuse Going Head to Head with CD Baby, Tunecore

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While a lot of independent artists are familiar with music aggregators such as TuneCore and CD Baby, it appears the new Swedish startup Amuse is throwing its hat in the distribution ring, with a number of industry heavyweights at its helm. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If you've been using a music aggregator like CD Baby or TunCore to get your music out to a wider audience, it looks like there's a new alternative available that has a unique twist. Swedish startup Amuse ( was founded by a team of industry heavyweights, and they've just received $15.5 million in funding to expand global operations, especially in the U.S...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Recording Academy Ceo Neil Portnow to Step Down

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The Recording Academy has announced that long serving President/CEO Neil Portnow will not to seek an extension on his current contract, which expires in July of 2019. Portnow announced his plans to step down from his position at the Recording Academy's semi-annual Board of Trustees meeting last week. According to the RIAA, Portnow will collaborate with the Board to create a transition plan while continuing his work as President of the Recording Academy, and MusiCares, and Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum...


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