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Why Buying Spotify Streams Is for Losers — And Earning Real Followers Is for Winners

While the temptation to buy Spotify streams is understandably strong, the low-cost move is most always accompanied by low-quality results – and disastrous consequences. In today’s music landscape, streaming is a key component of every successful artist’s career.  So it’s no surprise that musicians are bombarded with offers to quickly spike their inclusion on playlists. […]

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Rebeat Says Music Distribution Is Out of Date. But What Does ‘Distribution 2.0’ Look Like?

Rebeat COO Christoph Enzinger Digital music distribution is sometimes dismissed as a simple task — even by music industry executives themselves. It’s just a matter of getting music files from point A to point B, with the obligatory metadata and royalty-tracking sprinkled on top. Even Spotify fell for this trap: back in 2018, the company […]

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The Music Fund Has Money for Musicians Who Can’t Tour, But Still Have Streaming Income

Spotify for Artists: just one touchpoint used by The Music Fund to assess upfront cash offers. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on live touring, artists are having a particularly difficult time making ends meet. But that’s sparking more innovation from non-touring areas, with players like The Music Fund focusing on ways […]

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Jamendo Spins Subscription-Based Sync Licensing for Video Producers & Podcasters

If the world has arrived at all-you-can eat subscription, why hasn’t sync music licensing? Now, leading indie licensing platform Jamendo has launched a sync-subscription service that aims to benefit indie creators and artists alike. Jamendo’s concept is designed to reduce the hassle and costs associated with sync licensing, which can be considerable for independent content […]

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IRS Issues Rules for Americans Receiving a Second Stimulus Check

photo: David Boeke (CC by SA 2.0) It now appears that a small percentage of the nearly 160 million Americans receiving a federal stimulus check have been issued a second stimulus check.  Here’s the guidance on the extra distributions from the Internal Revenue Service. After distributing nearly 160 million stimulus checks to Americans, with potentially […]

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12 Million Stimulus Checks Remain Unclaimed by Americans Because They Don’t Know the Rules

photo: Daria Nepriakhina An estimated 12 million stimulus checks haven’t been claimed by Americans owed the money, according to an estimate released this week. Here’s why. Most Americans have already received a stimulus check from U.S. Government, often for the amount of $1,200. That includes everyone making under $75,000, as well as couples making less […]