Month: March 2021

Ivors Academy Warns Composers of Offering Complete Music Buyouts

Ivors Academy Warns Composers of Offering Complete Music Buyouts

The Ivors Academy and the Musicians’ Union have officially warned composers about the perceived pitfalls associated with offering complete buyouts of their music. The 77-year-old Ivors Academy and the 28-year-old Musicians’ Union relayed the warning in a newly launched campaign entitled “Composers Against Buyouts.” Said campaign’s announcement blog post begins by highlighting a trio of …

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AJJ has a brand-new live album recorded in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Five Best Songs From Phoenix Musicians in March 2021

We’re more than a year into the pandemic, and plenty of questions still remain. When will live concerts return across the board? Are livestreams actually going to be part of the “new normal?” Will people find time for another bread-baking phase? Luckily, one thing has been true throughout the past year: Local bands have continued …

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Here's Our Third Installment of Our Co.Lab Sessions Podcast – Spotify for Artists

Here’s Our Third Installment of Our Co.Lab Sessions Podcast – Spotify for Artists

The current global upheaval not only impacts your creativity and career, but your personal wellbeing. In this trio of Co.Lab Sessions podcasts we discuss mental health in the music business, plus we explore the brass tacks of making music while stuck at home: tips, tricks, and equipment, and how to safely collaborate and stay productive. …

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BMG Reports Flat 2020 Revenues As Physical Slips, Digital Earnings Grow

BMG Reports Flat 2020 Revenues As Physical Slips, Digital Earnings Grow

After reporting a record-setting financial performance through 2020’s first six months, BMG recorded a slight year-over-year revenue boost throughout all of 2020, according to a newly released earnings report. The 3-year-old record label and publisher’s income specifics came to light in the 2020 earnings breakdown of its parent company, German conglomerate Bertelsmann. For reference, BMG …

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Scottsdale Band First and Forever Is Living Its Emo Dreams

Scottsdale Band First and Forever Is Living Its Emo Dreams

First and Forever returned from Los Angeles recently after spending two weeks recording tracks for 12 to 14 hours a day with producer Courtney Ballard. There’s no release date for that album, which is now waiting on production and mixing, but the band’s new EP, Let This Love Lie Dead, came out earlier this month. …

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Yes, Music Streaming Platforms Heavily Favor Major Label Artists

Yes, Music Streaming Platforms Heavily Favor Major Label Artists

A recently published analysis of streaming platforms’ contracts, business practices, and per-stream royalty rates has shed light upon the advantages that today’s top digital service providers offer to creators signed to major labels. Boston-headquartered antitrust-policy platform Competition Policy International (CPI) addressed the subject with a roughly 5,700-word report, entitled “Music Streaming: Is It a Level …

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12 Music Industry Scams: Everything You Need to Know

12 Music Industry Scams: Everything You Need to Know

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Mark Tavern and it originally appeared on DJBooth.] Navigating a complicated, ever-changing industry such as the music business is difficult for everyone. But because a tiny percentage make it look easy, it’s no surprise others will stop at nothing to gain a competitive edge, or think shortcuts are …

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Doll Skin

Phoenix Band Doll Skin Has Two Fewer Members and a Freaky New Single

The angst and nervous energy are barely contained in “Control Freak,” the newest single and video released by the Phoenix band Doll Skin. Sydney Dolezal shuts their eyes, jumping and singing, as Meghan Herring headbangs while she hits the drums, both illuminated by a red glow. The video bounces to images of bubbling water, Dolezal …

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