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Spirit Music Launches New Production Division After Acquiring AECG

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  Spirit Music Group has launched Spirit Production Music following its acquisition of the production music division of Alan Ett Creative Group (AECG), according to an announcement made today by David Renzer, SMG chairman and Jon Singer, the company’s coo/cfo. Alan Ett will head the new division out of Los Angeles. AECG, which includes the Opus 1…


Sound the Alarm: Nicolas Jaar and the Politics of Dance Music

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  “Meet Nico at the triangle on 66th St. next to the head.” So goes the cryptic message from Nicolas Jaar’s publicist, in advance of my meeting with the 26-year-old producer. While hard to parse or plug into Google Maps, the directions seem fitting in this instance, in that Jaar’s own restless muse can make for…


X Ambassadors Debut New Song ‘Hoping,’ Benefitting the ACLU: Listen

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  X Ambassadors are back with a brand new track, and it’s one with purpose. Titled “Hoping,” the song is a declaration of exactly what its title and lyrics insinuate: Hope in a time when many people may not have a lot of it. “Though my faith is shaky, I got to keep on hoping / Keep…


How Hip-Hop Would Be Different If Biggie Were Still Alive

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It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to say that everything in rap changed on March 9, 1997. On that day 20 years ago, just after midnight, Christopher Wallace, b.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G.—hip-hop’s biggest artist at the time and arguably the greatest rapper ever—was shot dead in the passenger seat of a green Chevrolet Suburban after leaving a Vibe magazine…


Alex Da Kid: “How The Music Industry Works” (Internships)


UNIVERSAL LEADS $6M FUNDING ROUND IN MASS APPEAL

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  Universal Music Group (UMG) has led a Series A funding round for New York-based Mass Appeal, whose footprint in urban culture straddles a magazine, TV, film and a record label. Additional investors on the $6 million round of funding include Evolution Media, Jon Jashni (Raintree Ventures), Charles King (Macro), Michael Kassan (MediaLink), Usher, Steve…


Amper raises $4M to use AI to write music

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Amper, a startup that offers AI-powered music composition, is announcing that it has raised $4 million in funding. The round was led by Two Sigma Ventures, with participation from Foundry Group, Kiwi Venture Partners and Advancit Capital. Amper previously raised funding from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. You might not expect a film composer like Drew Silverstein…


Snap may get music where Facebook and others failed

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The last social network to truly “get” music was MySpace — unfortunately, they didn’t get much else. Today’s biggest player, Facebook, doesn’t “get” music — and artists still don’t really use it. Even though they have the biggest audience and market cap in the space, they are a Menlo Park, Calif.-based company with a Silicon…


‘IT’S EASY TO LOOK AT LABELS WITH ROSE-TINTED GLASSES. THAT’S NOT THE REALITY.’

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  Chance the Rapper isn’t the only independent artist smashing through the mainstream music scene on his own terms. London rapper Stormzy is currently fighting for a UK No.1 with his self-released debut album, Gang Signs and Prayer. He performed with Ed Sheeran at the BRIT Awards last week, where he was nominated for British…


Musician’s Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals [Cyber PR]

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  Ask yourself: Is now the time I want to make a difference for my musical career? And if so – what difference and how? Think of goal setting as if you were driving in a foreign place – You wouldn’t get where you expect to go without a clear set of directions. Goal setting is…