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MTV may change VMA broadcast after further ratings drop

Breaking, Business, Editors Choice, Videos

2nd September 2016

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The MTV Video Music Awards have been around since 1984 – originally created as an alternative to The Grammy Awards, the show has for a long time now been considered one of the biggest players in the music award scene. But their audience’s habits are changing.

The latest award show, held on Sunday 28th August managed to attract 6.5 million viewers across Viacoms 11 television networks (including MTV). This compared to 2015 where the VMA’s pulled in over 10 million viewers on broadcast night – the ceremony is losing a lot of eyes on screens, and MTV knows why.

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Traditionally, MTV broadcasts the show live at 9pm on the east coast, and then at 9pm in other time zones via tape delay. This is down to the fact that advertisers will pay more for prime time television slots.

But two days after the VMA’s, MTV have announced that they will consider airing the show live across the US in one go. This, to create a bigger buzz around the event but also because MTV is coming to understand that their audience is now online – and they need to bring the television event to them.

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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV

Sean Atkins, MTV President told Billboard: “In a world where you are multi-platforming, when I can experience it on my feed from my friends on Facebook who are in New York, are you better off just going live?” he asked. “You give everyone essentially equal access to every platform at the same time.”

Viacom announced on Monday that in total there were 149 million streams of VMA content across the Sunday event and Monday afterwards. This was a combination of live stream through the MTV.com website and video marketing on social networks like Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube.

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Report: Spotify hitting back at artists who sign exclusives elsewhere

Breaking, Business

27th August 2016

Rumours have been building from the world of music streaming.

According to a report by Bloomberg released yesterday, music service Spotify has been hitting back at music artists who sign exclusive streaming deals with it’s two biggest rivals Apple Music and Tidal.

The report suggests that Spotify has been making it harder for its users to find the music of artists who have launched their albums elsewhere. People familiar with Spotify’s strategy reported that artists who have given Apple exclusive access to their new music have been told their songs won’t get included in Spotify’s Featured Playlists. This drastically decreases their presence on the platform and ability to make income from streams.

Read the full report here: Bloomberg | Spotify is burying musicians for their Apple deals

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Music Manager Scooter Braun weighs in on US gun control

Breaking, Business, Editors Choice, News

13th June 2016

Scooter Braun, manager to some of the biggest artists in the music industry, has just joined the conversation on gun control in the US. He gave his thoughts via an Instagram post featuring an image with the text ‘WE CAN DO MORE’ – this is following the Orlando night club shooting this week, the deadliest shooting in US history which left 50 people dead and 53 injured.

He said:

“Last night I was thinking about our nation…my son…this world…what I am contributing to it.. And I posted this…and today I post it again. I’m not asking Americans to lose rights..I’m not asking everyone to turn in their guns. I’m asking my fellow Americans to acknowledge we need a system to protect our future and the freedoms we claim to hold so dear.”

“We need gun control laws to add to our freedoms not take away. We need to make the right decisions for the next generation. I have so much more to say but for now all I will say is how many more speeches and tragedies will it take? We only get a certain amount of time on this earth and our responsibility is to our kids.”

“How can we look our sons and daughters in the eye with all we have now seen and not try? Not try to better this world for THEM!? We are better than this. God bless America.. But God isn’t going to change this… He gave us free choice. Let’s choose to make a difference.”

Last night I was thinking about our nation…my son…this world…what I am contributing to it.. And I posted this…and today I post it again. I’m not asking Americans to lose rights..I’m not asking everyone to turn in their guns. I’m asking my fellow Americans to acknowledge we need a system to protect our future and the freedoms we claim to hold so dear. We need gun control laws to add to our freedoms not take away. We need to make the right decisions for the next generation. I have so much more to say but for now all I will say is how many more speeches and tragedies will it take? We only get a certain amount of time on this earth and our responsibility is to our kids. How can we look our sons and daughters in the eye with all we have now seen and not try? Not try to better this world for THEM!? We are better than this. God bless America.. But God isn’t going to change this… He gave us free choice. Let’s choose to make a difference.

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Article by Matt Goodwill

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TEAfilms Live Sessions announce Volume 5

Behind the Scenes, Business, Events, Featured News, Sessions, TEAfilms Live Sessions

25th November 2015

TEAfilms Live Sessions have announced Volume 5, due for release in 2016. The media platform recently published The Parkas studio sessions, completing Volume 4 with a line-up including The Honey Ants, Augustus, Olivia’s Owls and others; carefully selected to showcase the best that music has to offer.

Published to the platforms social media pages yesterday, the company announced that it was looking for ‘the next generation of creatives to come on board and join the team’ ahead of what is bound to be an exciting year ahead for TEAfilms.

The team are looking for bloggers, photographers, web developers, events managers, label producers and marketers. If interested, contact: Hello@TEAfilmsLiveSessions.com

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Article by Matt Goodwill

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From left to right:
Roman GianArthur
Alex Belle (St. Beauty)
Isis Valentino (St. Beauty)
Jidenna
Janelle Monáe
Nate Wonder (Deep Cotton)
Chuck Lightning (Deep Cotton)

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Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records Release EP, Protest Song

Business, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop

25th August 2015

In February 2015, singer-songwriter Janelle Monae announced that in partnership with Epic Records, she has founded her own recording label and “movement,” titled Wondaland. Consisting of the imprint’s five acts, the label has released their first compilation EP consisting of U.S. charting hits including rapper Jidenna’s ‘Classic Man’, Monae’s ‘Yoga’ and new singles from the album’s other artists: male duo Deep Cotton, Roman GianArthur and female duo St. Beauty.

Released on August 14, the soulful EP was accompanied by the SoundCloud release of a free song, ‘Hell You Talmbout.’ The protest single is being considered “right on time,” considering week-long rallies across the country marking the one year anniversary of Micheal Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. The black teenager was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, which soon restarted a conversation about the role of race & police brutality towards the African-American community.

Monae posted this message on Instagram about the song:

This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?

Monae & Jidenna, loud anti-police brutality activists, have led #BlackLivesMatter marches in both Philadelphia and New York within the past week as well.

Article by Joshua Morales

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How Far Will Miley Cyrus Go As The Host of the MTV VMAs?

Business

18th August 2015

Miley Cyrus has been tapped to host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, but after last year’s Robin Thicke “pop culture crime” occurrence, how far will the singer-songwriter go this time around?

The executive producer of the awards, Jesse Ignajatovic, sat down with Billboard to discuss how MTV will deal with censoring or limiting her. “Miley knows how far she can push things and where it would cross the line. [Whether] it’s language or concepts for a pre-tape that go too far, she’s the first to say, “You probably won’t let me do that.” Ignajatovic continued, “To this point, there hasn’t been anything where you’d need to have a finger on a button ready to press it … She just likes to have fun, and I think it’s going to carry through the whole show. And, of course, she will throw in some surprises.”

“I don’t see this as Miley taking the stage and we’re all concerned about what she’s going to say. I think the opposite: I’m excited for what she’ll say and do as host. Miley Cyrus is the epitome of the VMAs.”

The MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles’  Microsoft Theater at 9/8c with Cyrus and the only announced performer as of now, The Weeknd, on August 30, 2015.

Article by Joshua Morales

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SoundCloud Mass Removes Accounts, Music

Business

17th August 2015

It’s not the apocalypse, but it’s pretty close.

According to James Geddes of the Tech Times, SoundCloud “has begun removing material from user accounts, in some cases deleting accounts entirely. This comes in response to increasing pressure from record labels on the service to ink licensing deals for hosting copyrighted content.” The content in question has included everything from DJ mixes that contain unlicensed materials to “bootleg” remixes or remixes of songs

Most notably, accounts like Radar Radio, Dummy and DIY Magazine have all had their accounts suspended on the audio platform, in most cases noting that they had been given either no or inadequate warnings.

The website Dummy  says that when suspended, they couldn’t repost or upload tracks until they settled “three strikes for content” in breach of Sony’s copyright. In a statement, Dummy adds that they “have only ever uploaded music that Sony have sent us to promote, so it seems ridiculous that they would want to shut down our account and prevent us from supporting new music signed to their label in the future.”

In response to all of this, SoundCloud has said that they “can’t comment on specific rightsholders, but we’re happy to host any content on the platform as long as it’s properly authorised. If we’re told that any content has been posted without permission, we need to remove that content in accordance with applicable law.”

Article by Joshua Morales

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The Front Bottoms Sign With Record Label Fueled By Ramen

Business, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

26th June 2015

The Front Bottoms hit it big early this week after signing with the record label Fueled By Ramen. The little New Jersey band has been making music since the early 2000’s but has finally come to join the leagues of Fueled By Ramen’s long list of awesome artists.

The label has signed a number popular artists over the years including the likes of; Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, and so many other beloved bands but now it’s the Front Bottoms turn to play with the big boys.

Signing a major deal wasn’t the only thing the band was up to either; the same day that they signed their deal they also released their new single ‘Cough It Out’ along with its music video. The song speaks volumes about falling in love and the difficulty that comes along with it. The video itself is in true Front Bottoms style, it is simple but gives us a little adventure to admire.

If you’re not familiar with this band already I suggest you build your repertoire, starting with my personal favourites ‘Peach’ and ‘Twin Size Mattress’. This band has some serious lyrical talent, and both of these songs show it to the fullest. Each of their songs beyond these two are little stories, poems or pissed off odes to getting lost, and before long everyone and their mother will be talking about them. Fueled By Ramen has had a serious hand in helping so many bands make a name for themselves and I have no reason to believe they won’t help The Front Bottoms knock peoples socks off soon.

The bands new single is now available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon and for streaming on Spotify along with their previous albums. Go fall in love with the Front Bottoms; they are more than worth it.

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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MusicDash launches its Second Social Presence: Instagram

Business, Press

26th June 2015

MusicDash has launched it’s second social experience: now publishing the latest music industry news across both Instagram and Twitter! Please visit and follow our new Instagram page here: Instagram.com/musicdash.co

Article by MusicDash

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Apple Music Announces First Exclusive

Business, Editors Choice, News

25th June 2015

As Apple prepares to launch its Apple Music service, it’s also preparing to attract customers with exclusives additional to their three month free trial proposal.

Happy singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams has announced that his upcoming single ‘Freedom’ will be released exclusively through Apple Music on June 30; Sharing a 15-second teaser on his social media pages with a short extract from the single:

This announcement follows Taylor Swift’s call for musicians to be paid during the three month trial period given to users and the company’s decision to reverse it for indie artists and millionaire musicians alike.

Article by Joshua Morales

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