Jay Z Announces New ‘4:44’ Album Exclusive to Sprint and Tidal Users

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  For weeks, fans have been wondering what this 4:44 project TIdal’s been teasing is. Just the other day, we got confirmation it is some sort of Jay Z project. Now, Hov has officially announced he’s dropping his brand new 4:44 album on June 30 as an exclusive to postpaid and prepaid Sprint members and existing Tidal users. Tidal is sweetening…


Spotify Hits 140 Million Active Users, Promises Billions of Dollars to Record Labels

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  Spotify VP Brian Benedik announced Thursday morning that the streaming service has reached 140 million monthly active users (up from 126 million at the end of last year) and the company has seen a 50% increase in advertising revenues since 2016. Recode reports that Spotify pulled in $3.3 billion revenue last year, and promises to pay record labels…


Understanding The Importance Of Fan Interaction

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  Artist and fan interaction is sometimes one of the main contributing factors to an artist’s growing fan base. It’s simple, people love genuine people and that is especially true in the music industry. The rock star era of artists that have managers and record labels be their voice has long been surpassed so it’s time…


How much EQ is too much?

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I do a lot of dance music, and have been referencing my mixes against commercial releases. How can I get the fat synth sounds of my references without going nuts with EQ? For example, I have a song I’m working on at the moment where I have to boost 15dB at 350Hz to get anywhere…


Universal’s Michele Anthony on Blending Philanthropy and Music

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“I had the amazing good fortune of being born into the music business,” says Anthony, photographed May 19 at Universal Music Group in New York. “It wasn’t an industry then. It was my dad and Jerry Moss and Chris Blackwell and Frank Barsalona and Bill Graham.” Sitting down with the veteran label executive, dedicated philanthropist and UJA Music Visionary…


7 Tips For Musicians Prepping For Media Interviews

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As an artist, media interviews provide an excellent means of informing the public about you and your music, but the prospect of an interview can be an intimidating one, particularly for those unused to such things. Here we look at seven tips for keeping cool and nailing your next interview. Media interviews are one of…


DJ Khaled: How Hard Work & Humility (Plus Assists From Drake & Bieber) Put Him on Top

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  DJ Khaled is driving a golf cart down the double yellow line of a road in Beverly Hills, because traffic is snarled and he just wants to get back home to work on his album. People in luxury cars stare as we pass them — though we’re traveling no more than 20 miles per hour, we must…


The Basics of Beat Detective: Best Practices for Editing Drums

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  Pro Tool’s Beat Detective is a powerful tool to have under your belt. From editing audio and MIDI tracks, to generating complete tempo maps and groove templates based on a performance, Beat Detective can be a real life and time saver. Contrary to popular belief, the results need not be robotic or unnatural. When…


APPLE MUSIC’S GROWTH IS GETTING FASTER… BUT IT CAN’T QUITE KEEP UP WITH SPOTIFY

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  Apple Music has confirmed that its paying subscriber base has now topped 27m people – with an encouraging 7m signing up over the past half-year. That marks the fastest six-month growth period in the platform’s short history, aside from its initial launch phase in the back end of 2015. Apple confirmed that Apple Music…


CONCORD’S $500M+ IMAGEM BUY MARKS THE BIRTH OF A MAJOR PLAYER IN MUSIC

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  Concord Bicycle Music’s buyout of Imagem is one of the biggest music business acquisitions in history, MBW can reveal – taking the US-born buyer into a whole new league of industry power. Sources close to the music copyright M+A market tell us that Imagem was likely sold for a multiple of 10-12 of its Net Publisher Share (NPS,…