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Warner/Chappell’s Mike Smith on A&R: artists, albums, managers and more

Warner/Chappell UK's managing director Mike Smith talked about the future of A&R at today's FastForward conference in Amsterdam. He was interviewed by journalist Cherie Hu about his career, and his views on the evolution...
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Music marketing in 2017: ‘You can no longer bullshit a bullshitter…’

The panel included The O2's Emily Scoggins, Sony Music's Fred Bolza, Kilimanjaro Live's Karma Bertelsen, and The Orchard's Lucy Blair. Record of the Day's Liz Stokes moderated. Blair kicked off by talking about the importance...
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Wellbeing: staying healthy in the music industry’s 24-7 culture

Mental health and wellbeing are increasingly prominent topics for discussion at music-industry conferences, and that's a good thing: the '24-7' culture of emails and deadlines has taken its toll on a number of friends and...
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How to get your music played on BBC Radio 1

Music-streaming may be growing fast, but in the UK, Radio 1 still has clout when it comes to breaking new artists. But how can those musicians make it onto the airwaves. As the producer of Huw Stephens' new-music-focused...
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What can the music industry learn from games about superfans?

The notion of 'superfans' has been talked about for years in the music industry, which is well aware of the impact the keenest fans can have on an artist's income. As is the games industry. Craig Fletcher, SVP of eSports...
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Sam Lee and Melissa Bel give artists’ views on music’s future

The final panel of the day at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam saw a pair of musicians – Sam Lee from the UK and Melissa Bel, originally from Canada but now based in the UK – have their say on the music industry’s...
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Shazam generates ‘30m clicks per month’ to music-streaming services

Shazam is currently generating 30m ‘clicks’ a month to music-streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, but it’s also still generating 400k daily song downloads too. That’s according to Jon Davies, director...
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Artists making money from music: sync, brands… and gin!

Sync and brand partnerships are increasingly important sources of income for musicians, but there remains some tension around brands working with artists directly, rather than arguing over fees with their labels. That...
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‘People say radio is dead. Actually, radio as content is exploding…’

Are music-streaming services like Spotify a threat to the future of radio? Only if the latter industry thinks of itself purely as a distribution platform, rather than a form of content, according to Mixcloud’s Ben Lawrence....
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AiSolve boss on how VR, AR and MR will shape music’s future

“In two to five years time, I wouldn't be surprised if smart glasses will almost replace our smartphones... I think it's really important for media industries to start thinking about this..." Devi Kolli is CEO of AiSolve,...
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Motive Unknown on how artists can take control of remarketing

Labels and managers can use their marketing budgets for artists more efficiently by booking digital ads in-house, and making smart use of remarketing techniques. That’s according to Darren Hemmings of digital marketing...
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Believe Digital: Spotify playlists can’t break an artist alone

Getting an artist featured on prominent Spotify playlists is not a recipe for streaming success on its own, according to James Farrelly, head of trade marketing for the UK and Ireland at music distributor Believe Digital. “Labels...