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All His Music Got Removed From Spotify for “Fraudulent Streaming Activity” Which He Didn’t Do

This week, Ari is joined by Benn Jordan, musician, youtuber and entrepreneur, to discuss fraudulent streaming activity, the financial challenges of being an independent musician, the future of sustaining a music career, the ethics of AI in music, and the role of artists in shaping the future of music and AI.

20,500 Artists Made $50K+ From Spotify Last Year

Spotify just revealed its annual Loud and Clear report revealing some top level numbers with some granular insights from 2023.

Streaming Fraud is More Serious (and Inventive) Than You Think

This week, Ari is joined by Andrew Batey and Morgan Hayduk, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Beatdapp.

Spotify’s New “Active Audience” Ain’t It, But We’re Getting Closer

Spotify just rolled this out to help you better understand how active your listeners are. But why does it matter and how does it help?

How Admin Publishing Works, Sync Deals, Social Media Marketing (Ari Q&A Part 7)

This week Ari answers more of your questions! If you’d like to submit to our next round of questions, please sign up to our email list.

How to Release an Album in 2023 (Live from SXSW)

Releasing music today is vastly different from releasing music even just 5 years ago. It's no longer about release week. It's now about release year. There are extremely important steps to take before *and after* the release of each single and album to make sure you have the biggest effect.

Spotify Opens Up ‘Discovery Mode’ Wide Enabling Artists To Get More Listeners and Streams – For a Cost

Discovery Mode is basically a program where Spotify will help get you more listeners by inserting your songs into other artists’ radio stations and general “autoplay” sessions - for an additional commission. More on the commission part in a minute. 

Is SubmitHub Good or Bad for Indie Musicians: Interview with the Founder

Jason Grishkoff started a music blog called Indie Shuffle back in 2007, when music blogs were still cool. After a 3-year stint at Google, he was lucky to take the blog full-time in 2013. From 2014 to 2015 digital advertising in the music industry changed rapidly, and a number of bloggers found themselves looking for alternative sources of income. Many gave up to focus on their day jobs, but Jason decided to double-down on his coding abilities and created a website called SubmitHub, where musicians, labels and publicists could submit their songs to blogs like Indie Shuffle. Flash forward to 2022 and nearly 30 million submissions have been submitted through the platform. Jason still runs the operation as the only developer, and the product is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the modern music promotion industry.

Artists! Upload Your Spotify Wrapped Video Before November 18th

Spotify just announced that this year’s Wrapped, fans will get personalized messages from their favorite artists. 

Hip Hop Expert Discusses State of the Music Industry

Our guest this week on the New Music Business is Dan Runcie, the founder of the podcast and research group Trapital.
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How Fly By Midnight Went From YouTubers to Sold Out Tours

This week, Ari is joined by Justin Bryte and Slavo of the hit group, Fly By Midnight, to discuss their journey as independent artists.
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