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5 Years of RapCaviar; The Power of Smaller Playlists; Little Richard’s Streams Soar; Pitchfork’s New ‘Listening Club’

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5 Years of RapCaviar: Spotify’s Carl Chery Breaks Down the Power of the
With Spotify celebrating the fifth anniversary of their RapCaviar playlist, Billboard spoke to Carl Chery about the most sought-after real estate in hip-hop.

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The power of smaller playlists. Why big is not always

In a world where the playlist is king, it is hardly surprising that getting on New Music Friday has become the be-all and end-all of music streaming marketing, an opportunity to get your track in front of 8m people worldwide, including the vast majority of the Western music industry.

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Little Richard’s Streams Soar by 2,228% After Legend’s
The icon’s catalog received 4.1 million streams on May 9–10.

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What Does JAY-Z’s Fight Over Audio Deepfakes Mean for the Future of AI Music?

Things get very murky when computers can replicate the human voice.

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Pitchfork bolsters live streaming output with ‘Listening Club’
The twice-monthly shows will mimic the feel of a listening party that artists would host to promote new releases.

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Prince and the Revolution’s ‘Live 1985’ Concert to Stream on YouTube for Coronavirus
Prince and the Revolution’s “Live 1985 concert will stream on YouTube this weekend to benefit coronavirus relief.

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The 10 Best Lo-Fi Plugins for Vintage
Get the best lo-fi plugins for that dusty old school vibe. From woozy wow and flutter to dirty destortion and downsampling here are the top 10 picks.


Musicians call for industry shake-up to protect artists during
Two new campaigns call for artists to receive greater cut of Spotify and streaming royalties

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Audio Fusion Systems Makes Wireless In-Ear Monitoring Accessible for All

The makers of Audiofusion, the software that turns smartphones into a pro-quality wireless in-ear monitoring system, have launched a new initiative to bring their easy, budget-friendly system to Android phones.

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Music Discovery Rises in Popularity Amid Pandemic, Study
According to Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s survey “COVID-19: Tracking the Impact on the Entertainment Landscape”


You can now see your most-streamed songs during lockdown on
Tixel allows you to find out your top lockdown songs by connecting to Spotify and giving you a shareable image to post on social media.

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AIMS API Announces Collaboration with Universal Publishing Production

European AI-powered music recommendation and audio search company AIMS API is announcing an alliance with Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM), the world’s leading production music company and a division of the Universal Music Group.

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How We Work Now: Sound Royalties President Michael

Billboard is asking individuals from all sectors of the music business to share stories of how they work now, with much of the world quarantined at home and unable to take in-person meetings, attend conferences or even go into the office.

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Garth Brooks Drops Two New Songs From His Long-Awaited ‘Fun’
For more than a year, Garth Brooks has been promising a new album, Fun. Fans didn’t get the album yet, but late last night he dropped two more tracks from the project via Amazon Music.



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