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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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Pitching and Networking in 2020

Even before a year with a global pandemic and political unrest, relationship-building in the music industry has always been one of the trickiest maps to navigate. Reaching out directly to playlist curators, other musicians and labels is often a necessity for independent artists. At a time when...

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Promoting Music to Radio as an Independent / Emerging Artist

Promoting music to radio as an independent/emerging artist Rather than being upstaged by the internet streaming services, radio offers a unique experience for listeners. It’s more personal, with people often being fans of the presenters or shows as much as fans of the music. Radio, particularly...

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Mental Health For Musicians

If you are an artist, you’ve undoubtedly invested in your craft. You’ve spent countless time and money on gear, plugins, tutorials, you name it. The most important instrument of an artist, however, is the one least talked about. It’s your mind. It’s also often the one least practiced, but it’s...

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Pandora launches Independent Artist Submissions Tool

Pandora have been somewhat quiet since being acquired by Sirius XM. After news of this acquisition went public many artists were left wondering what the next move would be. Today Pandora launched a new independent artist submissions tool, here’s a quick look at what has been announced so...

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