Gotye Apparently Turned Down Millions In YouTube Royalties

PSY made $10 million in YouTube royalties when “Gangnam Style” surpassed 2 billion views, and “Somebody That I Used To Know” is currently just shy of a billion. So it seems Gotye gave up about $5M due to his aversion to advertising.
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How Linkin Park Battled Warner Music Group At The Height Of Their Success And Came Out Ahead

The band reportedly reached a deal with Warner that called for an estimated $15 million advance for the group’s next album with an option for up to five more albums, and simultaneously got their royalty rate increased to estimated 20 percent.
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Ford, Billboard Partner For Concert Series, Content Hub

The first show, on July 27 at the Belasco Theater, in L.A., will feature singers Tinashe and BJ the Chicago Kid. Other performers and dates have not yet been released.
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Trae Tha Truth’s Decade Of Giving Back

“I actually just did a deal with McDonald’s; my album [came] out Friday, July 21, and they picked a song off of Tha Truth Three to promote for the campaign of what we do in the community.”
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How SoundCloud’s Broken Business Model Drove Artists Away

Interviews with artists, producers, and managers illustrate how SoundCloud squandered early enthusiasm for its service with a messy transition to a paid business that ultimately made little money for artists — or SoundCloud — while driving away the listeners and creators that were its lifeblood.

Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressions

The company also announced several new features, including Promote Show, Promote Single, and other options.
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Forget About Fake Artists – It’s Time To Talk About Fake Streams?

What if some of that data, particularly early-stage data, is made of nothing but smoke and mirrors?
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Brett Eldredge – In The Making

As part of the partnership, Dr Pepper is hosting multiple sweepstakes, giving fans across the country a chance to win a VIP experience and meet Brett Eldredge backstage at tour stops in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Bernardino.

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