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Billie Eilish Virtual Concert: Is This the New Blueprint for Livestreams?

With live streaming becoming essential for artists to perform and connect with fans, is this Billie Eilish virtual concert the blueprint for future XR live streaming events? On Saturday night (October 24th), Billie Eilish performed a global virtual concert, Where Do We Go? The Livestream. Performing with Eilish was her singer-songwriter brother, FINNEAS, and touring […]

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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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Canadians Are Embracing Music Streaming Faster Than Americans, Report Finds

Five days back, we highlighted Nielsen/MRC Data’s half-year U.S. music industry report, which emphasized the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and shed light upon several noteworthy trends. Now, a similarly telling analysis has described the Canadian music industry’s commercial performance through this year’s first six months. Prior to the North American onset of the coronavirus […]

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Billboard Charts Undergo Another Major Change — This Time, Bundles Are Done

Billboard has announced that its charts will no longer account for album sales deriving from concert ticket and/or merchandise bundles. The announcement message attributed the Billboard Charts change – and an alteration to physical and digital album bundles’ effect on chart rankings – to “an acknowledgement that those measures [bundling rules implemented in January] have […]

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Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Portal Is Going Live “Later This Quarter”

Washington, D.C.’s James Madison Memorial Building, which houses the U.S. Copyright Office. The Mechanical Licensing Collective’s user portal is set to go live “later this quarter,” according to a new release. The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) recently announced the timetable for the debut of its much-anticipated portal, along with a pair of new tools. Last […]

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SiriusXM Radio Is Officially Buying Stitcher In $325 Million Deal

SiriusXM is set to acquire San Francisco-based podcasting platform Stitcher in a $325 million deal. SiriusXM confirmed the rumored buyout this morning, in an official release. The high-profile deal arrives as leading music streaming service Spotify continues to ride a wave of stock-market growth that began in May, when comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan […]

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Muzak Parent Mood Media Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Photo Credit: Derrick Treadwell Mood Media, the parent company of background music brand Muzak, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mood Media (formerly Fluid Music Canada) noted its intention to move forward with the Chapter 11 filing in recently published release. Along with the bankruptcy plans, the announcement shed light upon a restructuring support agreement […]

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Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Vinyl and Streaming Thrived During 2020’s First Half

Photo Credit: Jace & Afsoon In a newly released mid-year report on the music industry, Nielsen/MRC Data highlighted the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 crisis and shed light upon several telling trends. Predictably, the music industry analysis revealed a sharp drop-off in total album sales following the pandemic’s domestic onset, with sales having fallen 6.7 […]

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YouTube Seriously Expands Music Video Analytics for Artists — ‘This Is a Mic Drop Product’

YouTube has dramatically expanded its Analytics for Artists tools, including by rolling out mobile support and enhanced audience-interaction statistics. YouTube unveiled the upgraded Analytics for Artists program today, via a short video and a release published under the YouTube for Artists banner. Analytics for Artists is available to all official artist channels (via the YouTube Studio) […]