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21 Words to Never Include in Your Resume

We have all heard the saying, "You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression." This is perhaps most true when it comes to a job resume. While many companies use screening software to initially evaluate a candidate's resume, recruiters are largely the first people you must impress.<p>"The …

YouTube Analytics For Musicians

<i>Guest post by Ta'Rikah Jones of Symphonic Blog</i><p>YouTube has blown up over the past few years. Artists of every genre can reach potential fans and …

Music Streaming Is Making Songs Faster as Artists Compete for Attention

Compared to songs from the mid-1980s, the tempo of music today is faster and instrumental introductions are shorter, according to a new …

Kanye West's 'The Life Of Pablo' Just Went Platinum and He Didn't Even Sell A Single CD

The Chicago rapper just became the first artist to go platinum by releasing a streaming-only album.<p>Kanye West is still at the top of his game.<p>The …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Spotify's New Licensing Deal Is a Good Sign for a Future IPO | Inc.com

• <i>Spotify has made a major concession to its biggest music label partner, Universal, in allowing artists to release new albums to premium users first.</i>• <i><br>That concession has reportedly let Spotify negotiate what percentage of its revenue it pays to music labels.</i>• <i><br>This is important if Spotify's going to</i> …

Spotify

Pandora Just Released Its Spotify Killer, And It’s Surprisingly Impressive

Pandora is taking on Spotify with sleek design and data science muscle. But can it compete this late in the game?<p>In a way, opening the new Pandora app feels like running into an old friend. For one thing, I haven’t been using Pandora much for the last few years, opting instead to binge on music via …

Pandora

How will AI and chatbots have an impact on the music industry?

AI and bots are two of the technological buzzwords currently at large in the music industry, but what impact will they <i>really</i> make on the way we …

11 startups innovating the future of music

<b>Techstars Music just announced their first batch. A quick look at the selected startups.</b><p>It feels like we’re seeing a new wave of music startups. A …

Startups

Legendary Label Geffen Records Relaunches After Disappearing

Once upon a time, Geffen Records was one of the most important and influential record labels in the music industry. Then, through a series of buyouts and reshufflings, it disappeared. Now, after many years away, Geffen Records is officially back in business. The company announced its resurrection …

Snoop Dogg

Songkick Alleges Live Nation & Ticketmaster Hacked Trade Secrets in New Court Filing

Songkick's long-running lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster alleging antitrust violations, anticompetitive behavior and intentional …

Here are the 11 new companies that a major startup accelerator sees as the future of music

Bob Moczydlowsky thinks he’s found the dozen most fascinating new ideas in music.<p>Moczydlowsky, formerly Twitter’s head of music, is the first-ever managing director of Techstars Music—a startup accelerator program launched last year out of the broader talent accelerator Techstars. Applications were …

Why You’ll Never Do Your Best Work Alone

Beyoncé knows best.<p>At last week’s Grammy Awards, Beyoncé’s <i>Lemonade</i> lost Album of the Year to Adele’s <i>25</i>, much to her fans’ dismay. This wasn’t the first time that the record, Beyoncé’s sixth studio effort, found itself at the center of an uproar.<p>When it was released on April 23, 2016, <i>Lemonade</i> …

Creativity

Amazon's Jeff Bezos & Steve Boom on Starting a New 'Golden Age' for Music

Bezos and Boom come in at No. 12 on Billboard's 2017 Power 100 list.<p><b>JEFF BEZOS, 53</b><br>Founder/CEO, Amazon<p><b>STEVE BOOM, 48</b><br>Vice president, Amazon Music<p>Amazon …

Facebook looks to take on YouTube with record label deal that would allow users to add copyrighted music to their videos

It appears that Facebook really does see video as the future of its platform. Following news that it was purchasing original TV content in December, …

Spotify Premium is now included with new digital New York Times subscriptions

Make news cool again<p>In its most recent earnings report, The New York Times Co. said it added 276,000 digital subscribers in Q4 2016 — its fastest growing quarter since 2011. To keep up the pace, the company’s sweetening the deal with free access to Spotify’s premium service with every new digital …

Spotify

You Can Finally Listen to Prince’s Biggest Hits on Spotify

'Dirty Mind,' '1999,' and 'Purple Rain' finally return to the streaming service<p>A significant portion of Prince’s highly-acclaimed discography is …

Universal Music Group

Why Music Ownership Matters

“Imagine no possessions,” John Lennon asked in a famous song. Then wisely added: “I wonder if you can.” I note that Lennon was driving a 19-feet-long …

Apple Music 'Well Past' 20 Million Subscribers; Eddy Cue Says Long-Term Exclusives 'Never Good' for Industry

Apple Music has gone "well past" the 20 million paid subscriber mark that it announced late last year, but senior vp <b>Eddy Cue</b> wants more. Speaking at …

Chance the Rapper's Manager on Steering Clear of Major Labels & Still Scoring 7 Grammy Noms

On Dec. 6, 2016, the 26-year-old manager of Chance the Rapper awoke to news that his client, who has never signed to a major label nor sold a …

For Grammy Organizers, Caution and Fear in the Trump Era

CBS executives "going out of their way to not inadvertently shoot the first bullet" at Trump administration<p>In the wake of Donald Trump's presidency – …

Toronto company hopes to make vinyl records with new technology

Microforum will use new hi-tech machines to press vinyl records<p>A Toronto company will become the first in Canada to produce old-school vinyl records, …

Apple Music, Spotify Lead In Streaming Tunes, But It's Early Days

Streaming services are eating the music business, with Apple among those taking the biggest bites.<p>On-demand music streams rose 76% in 2016 in the …

Apple Music

If Spotify delays its IPO into 2018, it faces some serious financial pain

<i>The MBW Review gives our take on some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we fire Spotify’s onerous interest terms on its latest</i> …

Average streaming subscription price fell to $6.49 a month in 2015

The music business has grown used to describing the ‘typical’ price for a music streaming service as $9.99 a month – but the truth is a little less …

Music Industry Majors Sue Hip-Hop Streaming Site Spinrilla

“Spinrilla specializes in ripping off music creators by offering thousands of unlicensed sound recordings for free," says the RIAA.<p>Spinrilla may be a …

RIAA

Your Personal Brand Is Louder Than You Think

Dear Liz,<p>I’ve been a follower of yours for years but now I’m a believer! I moved from Chicago to Seattle last year and I’ve struggled mightily to find a job.<p>I’ve been an HR person for 18 years. I’ve had management and non-management jobs and have a lot of HR skills but I couldn’t get a foot in the …

Employment

Superstars May Be Rebelling Against the Grammys

Drake, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West may skip the show because of its “irrelevance”—which is to say its lack of inclusivity.<p>Frank Ocean made what’s widely considered one of the best albums of last year, but he won’t be at the ceremony meant to recognize the best in music—the Grammys. This is by …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Major Record Labels Under The Gun In Sales v. Licensing, Carpenters Case

The dispute between artists and labels over the income earned from digital downloads continues to rage.<p>Traditionally, record labels sold physical copies of music mediums, like CDs, and then would pay a royalty to the artist for each record sold. When iTunes came on the scene in 2001, the labels …

Licensing

Grammy-Nominee Alex Da Kid Creates Hit Record Using Machine Learning

Add write pop music hits to the list of things that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can now do.<p>As well as write poetry and novels, AI is now being used to create music by a Grammy-nominee producer, who collaborated with IBM’s Watson cognitive computing platform on his newest release.<p>Alex Da Kid used …

Machine Learning