How Portugal. The Man & Imagine Dragons Crossed Over (With A Commercial Boost) In 2017

The charts may have belonged to hip-hop in 2017, but the ad world still flocked to rock to score its commercials.
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The Pop Charts Were Crazy This Year. Here’s Why.

The most obvious explanation was that the newfound dominance of digital streaming scrambled the entrenched hierarchies, elevating voices that had long puzzled or offended gatekeepers.
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Meet The Playlist Curators Minting New Music Stars One Pick At A Time

The most obvious explanation was that the newfound dominance of digital streaming scrambled the entrenched hierarchies, elevating voices that had long puzzled or offended gatekeepers.
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YouTube, Music Labels End Standoff, Move Toward Paid Service

Universal Music Group said its deal with YouTube will give artists more flexibility and better pay. Sony Music Entertainment also signed a new agreement, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Facebook And Universal Music Group Strike Global Licensing Agreement

UMG becomes the first major music company to license its recorded music and publishing catalogs for video and other social experiences across Facebook, Instagram and Oculus.
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Shazam Announces ‘Next to Know’ Breaking Artist Program, Reveals 10 Artists To Watch In 2018

They include: dance duo Sofi Tukker; R&B/pop singer Jessie Reyez; “do re mi” artist blackbear; Norway’s Sigrid, K-pop superstars BTS; alt-pop teen Billie Eilish; English singer-songwriter Tom Walker; Lil Pump, whose “Gucci Gang” recently peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100; “Let You Down” rapper NF; and country music’s Devin Dawson.
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Musical.ly Launches $50 Million ‘Creator Fund’ To Build Out Its Community

Musical.ly announced the launch of a $50 million “Creator Fund” that will be used to invest in education, training and community enrichment on the Musical.ly platform, as well as to aid in the discovery and development of new talent.
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Mike Taylor – My Climb. My Music.

Celebrate Mike Taylor following his heart writing music that encourages people to embrace their differences and dance to the beat of their own drum.
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