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This Startup Used A Chatbot To Sell $1M In Vinyl Records In 8 Months, Scores $3.5M Investment

Chatbots – "a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet" – are all the rage in tech circles. Mark Zuckerberg says they’ll transform Facebook, and an 8 month old startup has used one to sell $1 million in vinyl records. Online vinyl store, The…

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5 Simple Ways To Become More Involved With Your Local Music Scene

If you’re new to an area, getting involved in your local music scene may seem like an intimidating prospect, but chances are good that anyone seeking to help a scene thrive and grow will be welcomed. Here we look a five easy ways to get involved with local music in…

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Record Store Day 2016: What Was Hot, What Was Not

How did your your Record Store Day 2106 purchases stack up against the rest of the country? This year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance” was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Double-Sided by twenty one pilots was the top selling single. Here is…

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Today Is Record Store Day – Unplug And Go Buy Something

Today, Saturday April 16th is Record Store Day – a celebration of all that is good about indie record stores and indie music. Despite vinyl sales these stores are struggling and as convenient as it is to stream or download, we need them. They’re guides pointing us towards hidden musical…

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Five Reasons That Fans Love Vinyl

While overall physical sales of music have seen a massive decline in recent years as more listeners transition to streaming, vinyl has been making a remarkable comeback, with its sales almost doubling in the past several years. Here we look at some of the reasons behind this unprecedented resurgence in…

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Five Reasons That Fans Love Vinyl

While overall physical sales of music have seen a massive decline in recent years as more listeners transition to streaming, vinyl has been making a remarkable comeback, with its sales almost doubling in the past several years. Here we look at some of the reasons behind this unprecedented resurgence in…

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5 Innovative Things That Can Only Be Done With Vinyl

Digital technology certainly has its place but the audio medium of vinyl, in addition to its coveted special sound, provides the user with a number of unique creative opportunities, from clever aesthetic gimmicks to any number of live DJing techniques. ________________________________________ Guest Post by Max Adler on Soundfly’s Flypaper At…

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Singles Club: The Label Where Physical Meets Digital [INTERVIEW]

In this interview Chris Muccioli and Jeffrey Silverstein discuss their record label Singles Club, which releases exclusively singles and works to bridge the divide between physical and digital music through a unique subscription-based content delivery system. _____________________________ Guest Post by Jeremy Young on Soundfly’s Flypaper Singles Club was founded in…

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Social Commerce: Connect With Fans Through Merch

With the decline in recorded music sales, merch has become an increasingly important part of indie artists’ revenue, but it has also become a unique opportunity for musicians to authentically connect with fans while simultaneously growing your band’s overall brand. __________________________________ Guest Post by Erik Wurgler of My Brothers &…

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Labels Change Their Tune, Adapt To A Music Industry Without Sales

As labels slowly come to terms with the fact that this is a streaming world, where physical sales are more of lucky bonus than something to relied upon, they are beginning to rethink how their music should be marketed to increase listener engagement. ______________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on…

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