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Simon Field on Playlist Submission Strategies, Uniqueness and Production

Simon Field is the curator of the wildly popular Ibiza 2020 Spotify playlist and a deep house artist out of Oslo, Norway. As a music producer, Simon has landed major film and TV placements (Californication) as well as label remixes on Ultra Music and Sony along with a bunch of releases with...

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Amazon Music for Artists

Amazon Music now has roughly 55 million users across its various tiers and shows now signs of slowing. With the launch of Amazon music for Artists, now is the time to start paying more attention. The first BETA release of Amazon Music for Artists comes with some impressive features. Here’s a...

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Music and Blockchain: What's There to Know?

When someone mentions the word “blockchain” the conversation quickly shifts to that of popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Before dismissing the topic as merely one of financial investments, we wanted to use this article to highlight the inherent benefits of blockchain - specifically as it...

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Spotify Removes Monthly Listener Count for Playlists

Spotify has removed monthly listeners for playlists in their Desktop App (previously found under 'Discovered On'). Monthly listener playlist data is also no longer available within Spotify for Artists. Prior to this change, any user could see the number of unique monthly listeners that an artist...

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Spotify Removes Fake Followers

Spotify has been busy doing some housekeeping this year! Their next point of focus is removing inactive, deleted or fake followers. Users of the Spotify for Artists platform received this email advising that artificial accounts will no longer count towards the follower number for an artist....

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Spotify Introduces Artist Fundraising

In the midst of a global pandemic, supporting artists is as important as ever. Spotify made big strides by introducing Artist Fundraising Pick - a way for fans to support artists and charitable organizations using CashApp, Paypal, GoFundme or any number of Spotify’s supported Music Relief...

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Drake's 'Toosie Slide' and TikTok's Sonic Influence on Pop Music

This article was contributed by Ben Frigeri, an artist manager at Xeno Records. On TikTok, anyone can become famous overnight. The short form video platform, acquired by ByteDance and merged with fellow lip-syncing app Musica.ly in 2018, boasts a democratized algorithm that has instilled a...

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#BlackoutTuesday: Hits and Misses of Music Activism

There was never supposed to be a black square. There was, however, supposed to be change. On Tuesday June 2, the music industry rallied behind a cause. While the end result played out a few variations off its original key, a song was still sung. Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, two black...

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5 Spotify Piano Playlist Curators You Can Submit Music to For Free

There are many talented pianists that have spent a lifetime composing beautiful original pieces. There is a home for these pieces on playlists. If you create music on your piano, here are five curators that want to hear it. Anything is welcome as long as it is piano music. Everything from...

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New YouTube Analytics for Artists

Artists on YouTube are getting access to more data and insights. YouTube has finally announced their much awaited analytics product for artists. Bypassing any BETA release, “New YouTube Analytics for Artists” is now live and available for all artists with an Official Artist Channel. Here’s the...

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