The Best Music & Business News Recap – Week of 4/25/16

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Must Read Music & Business Articles From Last Week

Music Business News:

  • The Best Music & Business News Recap (Week of 4/18/16)–
  • Final Words From Prince: Stop Stealing My Music–
  • Prince Fans Pay Tribute Buying 1M Tracks, 240k Albums In USA–
  • Sony Seeks $750,000 After Fake Evidence Emerges In Lawsuit–
  • Led Zeppelin Is About to Win Its Stairway to Heaven Case–
  • Judge Assigns Administrator For Prince Estate–
  • Beyoncé’s Lemonade & Prince Dominate Mid-Week Chart–
  • Ticketfly Scores 2 Big Wins In New York City–

DIY or DIE ~ What You Need To Know To Succeed In The Music Industry:

  • Why Every Musician Needs A Website & What It Should Include–
  • Artist Images: A New Chapter In Revenue–
  • 3 Tips for Building Relationships With Hip Hop Bloggers–
  • How To Take A Headshot That Reflects Your Personal Brand–
  • How To Make Money From Your Music On YouTube–
  • Emmerge Mixes Email With Task Management on iOS–
  • Don’t Waste Money on a Lawyer: 5 Legal Steps for Every New Artist–
  • The Best Productivity Tools for Entrepreneurs–

Streaming Music:

  • What a Record Label With 2.5M YouTube Streams Actually Earns–
  • Beyoncé Lemonade Release Available For Download On Apple Music, Amazon &, GooglePlay–
  • One of MTV’s Biggest Stars Says YouTube Exploits Musicians–
  • Can Rhapsody Survive Against Spotify, Apple, Tidal, SoundCloud & Google?–
  • Spotify Slams Tidal Saying Streaming Music Exclusives Are Bad For Fans–
  • Apple Music Hits 13 Million Subscribers–
  • Tidal Exclusives Causing Major Piracy Craze–
  • Spotify Acquires CrowdAlbum–
  • The Contract Songwriters Are Signing With Spotify–
  • Streaming Music War: Apple Music vs. Spotify–

General Career & Business Tips:

  • Your Mindset Helps Ensure Success In Your Music Career–
  • Music Business Growth Hacking 101: READ If You Are Serious About Your Music Career–
  • Things Which Separate Career Musicians From Hobby Musicians–
  • 7 Resources For Finding A Job In The Music Industry–
  • 7 Self-Defeating Psychological Habits That Stymie Success–
  • What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons In Success from New Artist Model–

Social Media & Marketing Tips:

  • 4 Key Snapchat Marketing Secrets From DJ Khaled–
  • 7 New Tools That Will Streamline Your Marketing Campaigns–
  • 3 Social Media Fan Scenarios That Musicians Get Wrong–
  • How Long Should A Teaser Video Be?–
  • Know About Live Video Social Media’s Latest Craze–
  • If You Use Bandcamp Or Soundcloud You MUST Tag Your Music–

Other Important News:

  • Compulsory Licenses Must Require Display Of Songwriter Credits–
  • Prince Observations–
  • What Record Stores Will Look Like In the Future–

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The Best Music & Business News Recap – Week of 4/18/16

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Must Read Music & Business Articles From Last Week

Music Business News:

  • Coachella Files Lawsuit Against L.A. Marketing Firm For Scalping Wristbands–
  • Bombshell Emerges In “Stairway to Heaven” Plagiarism Case–
  • 10 Years of Music Industry Change In 10 Seconds Or Less–
  • An Independent Release Is #1 Album In USA–
  • Record Store Day 2016: What Was Hot, What Was Not–
  • Top Vinyl Sales: Record Store Day 2016–
  • Bandpage Adds AllMusic Integration–
  • Shazam For Brands wants to be the catch-all QR code of the future–
  • Facebook Launches Its Version Of Content ID–
  • Prince Dead At 57: Icon Passed Away Suddenly– 
  • How Prince Pioneered The Fight For Independence From Record Labels–

DIY or DIE ~ What You Need To Know To Succeed In The Music Industry:

  • Key Questions To Get The Most Out Of Your Live Event–
  • Want To Get On The Cover Of Rolling Stone? Follow These Tips–
  • 8 Common Ways Small Businesses Waste Money Marketing–
  • Content-Release Tricks From 4 Video Streaming Giants–
  • Finding An Audience In The College Market–
  • Get An Honest Opinion Of Your Music–
  • 8 Unusual Options For Booking Live Shows–
  • Ten Rules For Musicians On The Road–
  • Self Evaluation (Quiz): Are You Set To Succeed In The Modern Music Business?–
  • Design 101: How To Make Great Graphics Without Design Skills–
  • 7 Questions to Ask Freelancers Before You Send Them Work–
  • 5 Simple Ways To Become More Involved With Your Local Music Scene–

Streaming Music:

  • $15M Reasons Not to Launch a Streaming Music Service– 
  • SoundCloudGo Launch Leaves Unanswered Questions–
  • Sony/ATV Signs Multi-Territory Deal With SoundCloud–
  • Kanye West & Tidal Sued Over Life of Pablo Exclusive–
  • Why Prince Hated Spotify YouTube SoundCloud AppleMusic Deezer & Rdio–

General Career & Business Tips:

  • The 4 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Day Job–
  • Why Rushing Actually Slows You Down–
  • The 3 Most Important Phrases In the Entrepreneurial Vocabulary–

Social Media & Marketing Tips:

  • When It Comes To Social Media On Mobile There’s Facebook & Everybody Else–
  • Best Post Times: Facebook & Twitter 2016–
  • 7 Insider Tips And Tricks For Musicians On Facebook–
  • Social Media Is Too Important To Be Run By The Marketing Department–
  • 5 Steps To Creating An Effective Music Marketing Plan–
  • Facebook Changing Your Timeline Again: Tips To Save Your Traffic–
  • 9 Powerful Ways to Use the Pareto Principle in Marketing–
  • Integrating Your Digital & Offline Local Marketing Campaigns–
  • Facebook Live: 6 Best Practices–

Other Important News:

  • House Passes Bill To Sabotage Net Neutrality–

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Articles To Help You Get Through in Tough Times

Articles To Help You Get Through in Tough Times

Recently a renowned writer about managing psychological stress and mental illness reached out to us. Based on our dealings over the years with many industry professionals and musicians, we’ve noticed that articles like this could potentially help many people. This is why we’re posting this information. Hopefully these help to keep you sane.

Please Note: He focuses sometimes on Christianity and we’re not trying to push any religious beliefs on people so please take anything related to religion in these articles with a grain of salt. We didn’t post this to offend anyone – we’re very accepting of everyone’s beliefs.

A Couple of Articles:

How to Deal with the Stress and Anxieties in the Music Industry

By Stanley Popovich

Stress and anxiety are very common in today’s music industry. As a result, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage the daily stresses and anxieties of their music industry profession.

Sometimes, we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things before they perform.

When facing a current or upcoming task at your music profession  that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, divide the task into a series of smaller steps and then complete each of the smaller tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

Some music industry professionals can get anxious when they have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you  have to perform in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself doing the event your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By doing this, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.

Remember that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your manager comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember: We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.

In dealing with your anxieties at your music profession, learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Get all of the facts of the situation and use them to your advantage.

Our anxieties and stresses can be difficult to manage in the music industry. The more control you have over your stresses and anxieties, the better off you will be in the long run.



By: Stanley Popovich

What do you do when someone you know in the music industry has to deal with fears, anxieties, addiction or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use to help the person cope.

Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your looking for in managing your fears.

Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there.

In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.

Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you are afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location. Changing your thinking can help you manage your fears.

Another thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you.

When your fears and anxieties have the best of you, seek help from a profession


Article Links

1.) Mental Health Articles:

When Someone You Know Struggles With Fear And Anxiety

Facing The Fear And Anxiety Of The Unknown

When Your Fears And Depression Have The Best Of You

On The Road A lot?? Manage Your Fear Of Loneliness


2.) Substance Abuse Articles:

Alcohol And Substance Abuse Will Not Take Away Your Fears

 How To Convince An Addict To Get Help


Leadership & Work/Personal Life Balance:

 Managing The Anxieties Of Being A Leader

Dealing With The Anxieties And Stresses Of Managing Your Own Business

How To Balance A Family, Your Job, And Your Stresses


A little bit of info about the author:

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to:

Exclusive Release Party & Performance: Jasmine Solano & Machine Gun Kelly

Monday! Jasmine Solano’s “TURN IT UP” Video & Single Release Party! Hosted by Vashtie & Angela Yee!

Brooklyn-based DJ and rapper Jasmine Solano announced today the release of her second single and music video, “Turn It Up,” off her upcoming EP due out early this summer. Featuring Chicago’s own wunderkind Hollywood Holt and produced by the legendary Junior Sanchez, “Turn It Up” boasts a uniquely unparalleled hybrid mix of hip-hop, boom-bap, and skate-punk genres, leaving little to be desired and never disappointing. On Monday, Jasmine Solano hosts a screening and release party for a hand selected group of media Professionals & personalities, fashion models & Stylists, Actors & Musicians, etc.

RSVP for this event by using the Eventbrite links below or at

Register for Jasmine Solano's  TURN IT UP  Video & Single Release Party w/ Hollywood Holt! Hosted by Vastie & Angela Yee! in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

Sunday! Jasmine Solano performs with Machine Gun Kelly, Live at the Grammercy NYC!!


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Why Every Musician Should Be Using Analytics

Over the past ten years the music industry has changed drastically. Record labels have lost substantial power in building, promoting, and sustaining artists’ careers. There are millions of independent artists, in addition to the vast amount of professional musicians, located throughout the United States. This sizeable amount of artists has made it increasingly difficult for artists, their management, and record labels to reach potential consumers. The extremely aggressive nature of the music industry has created an elevated need for all aspiring and professional musicians to develop strategic competitive advantages. One method of creating this is through the utilization and interpretation of the data provided by analytics.  Analytics helps artists obtain insights into their fans’ and potential consumers’ behavior. Therefore, the artists who possess the best consumer behavior data will have a greater understanding of their audience and will ultimately have greater potential to become market leaders in their respective genres.

Analytics, simply defined, is the collection and analysis of website user data to drive business decisions. Utilizing web analytics is a three-pronged process. It involves: (1) collecting statistical data from an artist’s website (or social networking sites), (2) interpreting that data, and then (3) applying that data to formulate decisions (concerning content improvements, marketing and promotional efforts, and ultimately how to generate higher returns on investment).

The purpose of employing an analytics strategy is to gain a better definition of an artist’s digital consumer base. Analytics helps reduce some of the guesswork that is undertaken when attempting to determine fans’ behaviors. It tells the story of the who, what, where, when, and why of how an artist’s following interacts with the artist’s products (which are key factors in developing any effective marketing strategy). One of the major components when promoting and selling any type of product or service is knowing how consumers behave. Possessing a deeper understanding of the consumer helps to define what their needs and desires are (based on their personalities, lifestyles, socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds) and illustrates how these factors drive their purchasing decisions.  Having a true understanding of an artist’s consumers allows for marketing and promotional efforts to become more targeted and effective, which can help increase sales, and can drive consumer base growth.

Analytics provides in-depth statistical evidence about the visitors of the artist’s digital properties. It supplies demographic and geographic information, as well as, displays data about how they accessed the site, which in turn provides further insight into their purchasing behavior. Analytics also provides visitor site usage data. It presents information regarding the average time they spent on the artist’s website, how long after entering the site they left (bounce rate), and which pages on the site obtain the most traffic. Tracking analytics data also enables one to find errors (which shows issues that visitors experienced while utilizing the site), determine the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of adding new or additional content to the site, and displays which products have the highest conversion rates (visits/sales). It also allows for an extensive evaluation of whether or not the artist’s digital properties are improving their overall business.

The interpretation of analytics data illustrates what factors drive fans’ behavior, in addition to depicting how this knowledge can be used to benefit the artist’s career. Monitoring data derived from analytics can help identify cross-promotional and selling opportunities and also helps one determine whether marketing and promotional efforts are (or aren’t) working as anticipated.

The most commonly used analytics software is Google Analytics. It is installed on the artist’s personal website and gathers all the data listed above. Facebook fan pages and MySpace artist pages also have analytics tools, which are built into the pages themselves. Facebook and MySpace’s analytics tools are called “Insights” and “Artist Dashboard,” respectively. Twitter, the third most popular social networking site does not have a dedicated Twitalytics (Twitter Analytics) program. However, there are three extremely useful Twitalytics web applications (TweetEffect, TweetStats, and Twitter Analyzer) that provide a wide range of data collected from the artist’s Twitter followers.

Analytics is not a buzzword. In the music industry, it facilitates wiser decisions regarding the kinds of marketing, touring, and promotional efforts that should be undertaken, it helps with the determination of the appropriate campaign launch timing, in addition to aiding in the evaluation of the artist’s product and service offerings (whether they should stay the same, be expanded upon, or be re-developed).

Major companies in the music industry (like TopSpin, The Orchard, Big Champagne, The Echo Nest, and Rock Dex) recognize the high value of analytical data, when it comes to assisting artists’ careers, and consequently have implemented their own artist-centric and analytics assistance programs. These programs facilitate the proper utilization of the data, so that the artist can effectively increase and further develop the artist-fan relationship. Analytics is a serious market research strategy that can give an artist an immense competitive advantage over their peers. Analytics is a driving force behind all intelligent decisions made throughout the business world. It is because of this that all aspiring and professional musicians, who are interested in having an edge over their competition, should invest in an analytics campaign.

To view the version of this article that was published in ASCAP’s Playback Magazine please click the following link:  Published ASCAP Article in Playback Magazine.