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    • Arab record labels

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    • Audio branding

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    • Audio equipment manufacturers

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    • Music awards

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    • Commissioned music

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    • Music companies

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    • Music conferences

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    • DJing

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    • Free music

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    • IFPI members

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    • Industrial music services

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    • Music journalism

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    • Music managers

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    • Music production

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    • Recorded music

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    • Global music industry market share data

    • Note that this list ranks the markets based on retail value (rather than units) each market generates respectively per year. The retail value generated by each market varies from year to year. The figures are based on IFPI annual reports. As all financial data is given in US dollars annual rates of change for all count ... Read »


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    • Music industry

    • The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows, audio and video recordings, compositions and sheet music, and the organizations and associations that aid and represent creators. Among the many individuals and organization ... Read »


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    • 2000s in the music industry

    • In the first decade of the 21st century, the rise of computers as the primary means to record, distribute, store, and play music caused widespread economic changes in the music industry, fundamentally changing the relationships between artists, record companies, promoters, retail music stores, the technology industry, ... Read »


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    • 360 deal

    • In the music industry, a 360 deal (from 360° deal) is a business relationship between an artist and a music industry company. The company agrees to provide financial and other support for the artist, including direct advances as well as support in marketing, promotion, touring and other areas. In turn, the artist ag ... Read »


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    • Album era

    • Album era

      The Album era was a period in English-language popular music from the mid 1960s to the mid 2000s in which the album was the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption. It was primarily driven by three successive music recording formats, the 33 1⁄3 rpm phonograph (gramophone) record, the aud ... Read »


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    • Album-equivalent unit

    • Album-equivalent unit is a term in the music industry to indicate the consumption of music which equals the purchase of one album copy. This consumption includes streaming and song downloads, in addition to album sales. Album-equivalent unit was incorporated into record chart methodology following the decline of album ... Read »


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    • Artist development deal

    • An artist development deal is often the first of a recording artist's contracts with a major record label. In lieu of high royalties or other desirable rights, the label will promise to develop the skills and public profile of the artist. These types of deals are sometimes most helpful to the artist, but the label ofte ... Read »


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    • Artists and repertoire

    • Artists and repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label or music publishing company that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and songwriters. It also acts as a liaison between artists and the record label or publishing company; every activity involving ... Read »


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    • Audio mastering

    • Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). In recent years digital mast ... Read »


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    • Big in Japan (phrase)

    • Big in Japan is an expression historically used to describe western based musical groups who achieve success in Japan but not necessarily in other parts of the world. The phrase began to appear on several major Japanese foreign-rock magazines, especially the Music Life magazine, in the late 1970s, and in most case ... Read »


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    • Bootleg recording

    • A bootleg recording is an audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority. The process of making and distributing such recordings is known as bootlegging. Recordings may be copied and traded among fans of the artist without financial exchange, but ... Read »


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    • Budget album

    • Budget albums (also known as drugstore records or, then, junk records) were low-priced vinyl record LPs of popular and classical music released during the 1950s to 1970s consisting either of previously released material (usually the releases from major labels featuring older performances of well-known performers) or ma ... Read »


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    • Catalog numbering systems for single records

    • This article presents the numbering systems used by various record companies for single (mainly 7" 33 1⁄3 and 45, and 10" 78 rpm) records. Capitol Records began with number 100 when it started in 1942. About 1947, the series was temporarily ended at 503 and a new series, beginning with 15000, was begun. ... Read »


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    • Christian music industry

    • The Christian music industry is a small part of the larger music industry, that focuses on traditional Gospel music, Southern gospel, contemporary Christian music, and alternative Christian music. It is sometimes called the gospel music industry, although this designation is not a limitation on the musical styles repre ... Read »


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    • Cover version

    • In popular music, a cover version or cover song, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. A cover version can also refer to a rerecording of a song by the original artist or performers under a different ... Read »


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    • Cut-out (recording industry)

    • In the recording industry, a cut-out refers to a deeply discounted or remaindered copy of an LP, 45 RPM single, cassette tape, Compact Disc, or other item. When LPs were the primary medium for the commercial distribution of sound recordings, manufacturers would cut the corner, punch a hole, or add a notch to the s ... Read »


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    • Death of the album

    • Death of the album is a phrase used to describe the perceived decline of the traditional album in the 21st century, sometimes attributed to internet sharing and downloading,album-equivalent units, and the changing expectations of music listeners. Album sales more than halved from 1999 to 2009, declining from a $14.6 t ... Read »


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    • Deletion (music industry)

    • Deletion is a music industry term referring to the removal of a record or records from a label's official catalog, so that it is out of print, but usually at a record artist's request. Deletion can be for a variety of reasons, but usually reflects a decline in sales so that distributing the record is no longer pro ... Read »


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    • Direct-to-fan

    • Direct-to-fan is a business model used by independent musicians, independent music labels, music marketing professionals, promoters, and others in the music industry. Direct-to-fan is also becoming a model used by the broad definition of artists, including comedians, visual artists, and other entertainers looking to bu ... Read »


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    • Emeraz

    • Emeraz

      Emeraz is a social networking service to connect people in the music industry. Emeraz was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 2010, by producer and sound engineer, Stephen Brett. Emeraz originally started out as a place to collaborate online and copyright music. In September 2012 a new version of Emeraz launched and is ... Read »


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    • Exploito

    • Exploito is a term generally given to describe cover version or sound-alike recordings that capitalize on the official recordings of artists. Typically they are of the budget release type of album. Often the buying public would think they are buying an album by the actual artist. The typical exploito album is aime ... Read »


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    • Extreme Music/Bleeding Fingers


    • Fan-funded music

    • Fan-funded music is a type of crowdfunding that specifically pertains to music. Often, fan-funded music occurs in conjunction with direct-to-fan marketing. Fans of music have the option to donate and collectively raise money with the goal of jump-starting the career of a given musical artist. The fan-funding of music o ... Read »


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    • Fantain

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      Fantain Sports, Pvt Ltd. is an Indian technology company headquartered in Chennai, India that offers Fan Relationship Management, Fan Analytics, Fan Activation and Consultancy to Sports companies (teams and leagues) as well as Entertainment entities. These services offer monetization opportunities for their clients. Th ... Read »


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    • Free music

    • Free music or libre music is music that, like free software, can freely be copied, distributed and modified for any purpose. Thus free music is either in the public domain or licensed under a free license by the artist or copyright holder themselves, often as a method of promotion. It does not mean that there should be ... Read »


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    • G.V. Series

    • The G.V. Series (perhaps for Grabation Victor) were a series of 10 inch 78 rpm Gramophone records produced in Europe and the United States from 1933 to 1958, and exported (or repressed on site) to colonial Tropical Africa. They are credited with introducing Afro-Cuban music into modern African popular culture. The r ... Read »


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    • Gig Revolution


    • Global Release Day

    • Global Release Day alternatively known as New Music Fridays is a new set international day for releasing of music singles and albums. The new global release day went into effect on 10 July 2015 in more than 45 major recorded music markets worldwide with new music being released on a Friday as part of 'New Music Fridays ... Read »


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    • Hit Song Science

    • Hit Song Science is a term coined by Mike McCready and trademarked by the company he co-founded, Polyphonic HMI. It concerns the possibility of predicting whether a song will be a hit, prior to its distribution using automated means such as machine learning software. The scientific nature of Hit Song Science is a subj ... Read »


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    • How Music Works

    • How Music Works

      How Music Works is a non-fiction book by David Byrne, a musician, writer, and public figure best known for his work with the group Talking Heads. He discusses the form and influence of music in a non-linear narrative fashion, using a variety of experiences from his career to create something part autobiography and part ... Read »


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    • International Recording Media Association

    • The International Recording Media Association (IRMA), previously known as the International Tape Association (ITA), was an international trade association dealing with every facet of recording, media and related industries. Their membership includes raw material providers, manufacturers, replicators, duplicators, packa ... Read »


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    • International Standard Music Number

    • The International Standard Music Number or ISMN (ISO 10957) is a thirteen-character alphanumeric identifier for printed music developed by ISO. The original proposal for an ISMN was made by the UK Branch of IAML (International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres), put forward by Alan Pope ... Read »


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    • Latin music (genre)

    • Latin music (genre)

      Latin music (Música latina in Spanish and Portuguese) is a musical category that encompasses music from the Spanish-speaking areas of the world (namely Latin America and Spain). Most definitions of Latin music also include Portuguese-language music from Brazil and sometimes Portugal as well. US trade industry groups ... Read »


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    • Latvian Music Producers Association

    • The Latvian Music Producers Association (LaMPA) is a National ISRC Agency of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry with the task of representing the Latvian music industry for both national and international recording artists of all genres. Goals of the organisation are supporting Latvian artists an ... Read »


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    • Music law

    • Music Law refers to legal aspects of the music industry, and certain legal aspects in other sectors of the entertainment industry. The music industry includes record labels, music publishers, merchandisers, the live events sector and of course performers and artists. The terms "music law" and "entertainment law", alon ... Read »


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    • Lead sheet

    • A lead sheet is a form of musical notation that specifies the essential elements of a popular song: the melody, lyrics and harmony. The melody is written in modern Western music notation, the lyric is written as text below the staff and the harmony is specified with chord symbols above the staff. The lead sheet does n ... Read »


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    • Lead single

    • A lead single is usually the first single to be released from a studio album, by a musician or a band, before the album itself is released. During the era of the gramophone record, all music arrived in the marketplace as what is now termed a single, one potential hit song backed by an additional song of generally ... Read »


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    • Chelsea Leyland

    • Chelsea Leyland is a British-born DJ, model, actress and fashion commentator. She currently lives in New York City, New York. Leyland was born in London, England and attended the Bedales Boarding School. She moved to New York City, New York after graduating high school to pursue an acting career. She studied metho ... Read »


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    • List of music recording certifications

    • Music recording certifications are typically awarded by the global music industry based on the total units sold or shipped to the retailers. These awards and their requirements are defined by the various certifying bodies representing the music industry in various countries and territories worldwide. The standard certi ... Read »


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    • Lists of fastest-selling albums

    • A fast-selling album is defined as one with high sales in its first chart week following release. The highest sales achieved in any country in an album's debut week are 3.38 million for 25 by Adele in the United States in the week ending 26 November 2015. This passed the previous record of 3.00 million set by the album ... Read »


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    • Low bit

    • Low bit (short for low bitrate, also known as lobit) is a musical aesthetic characterized by lossy data compression artifacts caused by encoding songs at low bitrates. Artists making low-bit music believe that if a song is good, it can be appreciated at any bitrate or on any speakers. The low-bit style emerged as an a ... Read »


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    • Magnitizdat

    • Magnitizdat (Russian: магнитизда́т; IPA: [məɡnʲɪtʲɪzˈdat], from the Russian words for "tape recorder" магнитофо́н [məɡnʲɪtɐˈfon]), and "publishing" изда́тельство [ÉªË ... Read »


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    • Midem

    • Midem

      Midem is the acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale, which is organised annually in and around the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. The trade show, which is billed as the leading international business event for the music ecosystem, has been held since 1967. Seve ... Read »


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    • Milbert Amplifiers

    • Milbert Amplifiers is an American electronics manufacturer which applies advanced power supplies and other patented technologies in its high-end audio equipment. Introduced in 1986, its mobile vacuum-tube audio amplifier has been followed by several models collectively in continuous production for nearly 30 years. Milb ... Read »


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    • Money note

    • A money note is a music industry slang term which refers to a part of a live or recorded singing performance which is subjectively judged to be very dramatic or emotionally stirring. Created from a confluence of composition or improvisational and performance quality, this is usually at a climactic point of a song or ar ... Read »


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    • Music catalog

    • In the music industry, a collection of musical compositions is cataloged into a music catalog. The owner owns the copyrights of the cataloged compositions. ... Read »


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    • Music Glue

    • Music Glue

      Music Glue is a direct-to-fan platform which allows musical artists to sell digital content, merchandise, and event tickets in multiple currencies and languages. The company is headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Sydney. Music Glue was launched in 2007 by Mark Meharry, with the goal of allowing artis ... Read »


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    • Music industry of East Asia

    • The music industry of East Asia, a region that includes China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, is a rapidly growing economic sector that is home to some of the world's largest music markets. In 2003, South Korea became the world's first music market where digital music sales surpassed those of physical format ... Read »


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    • Music informatics

    • Music informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary research area dealing with the production, distribution, consumption, and analysis of music through technology (especially in digital formats). Music Informatics research topics include music technologies such as peer-to-peer application, digital audio editors, online ... Read »


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    • Music library

    • A music library contains music-related materials for patron use. Collections may also include non-print materials, such as digitized music scores or audio recordings. Use of such materials may be limited to specific patron groups, especially in private academic institutions. Music library print collections include dict ... Read »


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    • Music licensing

    • Music licensing is the licensed use of copyrighted music. Music licensing is intended to ensure that the owners of copyrights on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work. A purchaser has limited rights to use the work without a separate agreement. The following words and phrases appear in discu ... Read »


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    • Music on demand

    • Music-On-Demand is a music distribution model conceived with the growth of two-way computing, telecommunications and the Internet in the early 1990s. Primarily, high-quality music is made available to purchase, access and play back using software on the Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, set-top boxes and mobile devic ... Read »


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    • Music on hold

    • Music on hold (MOH) is the business practice of playing recorded music to fill the silence that would be heard by telephone callers who have been placed on hold. It is especially common in situations involving customer service. Music on hold is sometimes referred to as phone on hold, message on hold, on hold messaging ... Read »


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    • Music recording sales certification

    • Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies. The threshold quantity varies by type (such as album, single, music video) and by nation or territory (see List of music recording certifications). Almost all countries follow variations ... Read »


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    • Music rotation

    • Music rotation is a practice under the jurisdiction of the music director at a radio station. Generally occurring either a once a week or on all weekdays, the oldest music (generally sorted by genre) is replaced with newer music a DJ has picked out of the new bin to review. Station DJs will review an album and write in ... Read »


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    • Music store

    • A music store or musical instrument store is a retail business that sells musical instruments and related equipment and accessories. In United States and Canada, most music stores in the 2010s sell a range of electric instruments (e.g., electric guitars), instrument amplifiers (e.g., guitar amplifiers); electronic inst ... Read »


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    • Needle time

    • Needle time was created in the United Kingdom by the Musicians' Union and Phonographic Performance Limited to restrict the amount of recorded music that could be transmitted by the BBC during the course of any 24-hour period. The number of hours per week allowed gradually increased over the years from below 30 hours in ... Read »


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    • Netlabel

    • A netlabel (also online label, web label, digi label, MP3 label or download label) is a record label that distributes its music through digital audio formats (such as MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, or WAV) over the Internet. While similar to traditional record labels in many respects, netlabels typically emphasize free distrib ... Read »


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    • New Ocean Media

    • New Ocean Media

      New Ocean Media is a Birmingham, Alabama-based public relations firm. It is a privately held corporation with offices in Birmingham, Alabama, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. It also operates a record label and an artist management firm. New Ocean Media has divisions devoted to national PR, tour press, TV and film song pl ... Read »


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    • On air on sale

    • On air on sale is a policy in the music industry where recorded music is made available for sale at the same time as it is made available for radio broadcast, instead of several weeks later in order to let marketing "buzz" develop, as was former practice. The aim of the policy is to prevent copyright infringement by ma ... Read »


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    • Open Music Model

    • The Open Music Model is an economic and technological framework for the recording industry based on research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It predicts that the playback of prerecorded music will be regarded as a service rather than as individually sold products, and that the only system for th ... Read »


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    • Open Source Track

    • The Open Source Track (OST) is a licensing and distribution model for music initiative created by entrepreneur Israel Anderson and musician Marc Scibilia to encourage creative freedom in the music industry. Artists taking part in OST give away at least one track on their CD releases for free download. To encourage new ... Read »


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    • Payola

    • Payola, in the music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on commercial radio in which the song is presented as being part of the normal day's broadcast. Under U.S. law, a radio station can play a specific song in exchange for money, but th ... Read »


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    • Performing rights

    • Performing rights are the right to perform music in public. It is part of copyright law and demands payment to the music’s composer/lyricist and publisher (with the royalties generally split 50/50 between the two). Public performance means that a musician or group who is not the copyright holder is performing a pi ... Read »


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    • Professional audio store

    • A professional audio store is a retail business that sells, and in many cases rents, sound reinforcement system equipment and PA system components used in music concerts, live shows, dance parties and speaking events. This equipment typically includes microphones, power amplifiers, electronic effects units (e.g., rever ... Read »


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    • Promoter (entertainment)

    • An entertainment promoter in industries like music, wrestling, and sports is an individual or organization in the business of marketing and promoting live events such as concerts/gigs, sports events, professional wrestling (wrestling events), festivals, raves, and nightclubs. Promoters are typically hired as an in ... Read »


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    • Promotional recording

    • A promotional recording, or promo, is an audio or video recording distributed for free, usually in order to promote a recording that is or soon will be commercially available. Promos are normally sent directly to broadcasters, such as music radio and television stations, and to tastemakers, such as DJs and music journa ... Read »


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    • Published Price to Dealer

    • In the music industry, the Published Price to Dealer (PPD) is the wholesale unit price of a recorded work. It is often used in recording industry contracts as a basic figure for defining royalty shares. ... Read »


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    • Radio promotion

    • Radio promotion is the division of a record company which is charged with placing songs on the radio. They maintain relationships with program directors at radio stations and attempt to persuade them to play singles to promote the sale of recordings, such as CDs, sold by the record company. They may also pay a fee to a ... Read »


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    • RadioContraband

    • RadioContraband

      RadioContraband is a Spokane, Washington-based radio promotion company founded by Steven Walker, Jacob Bunton and Beatrix Danko. It is a privately held corporation. It also operates the sister company Alternative Contraband. RadioContraband is a micro social media company that is format specific to the Active rock com ... Read »


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    • Radius clause

    • A radius clause is a form of non-compete clause used in the live music industry, in which a tour promoter stipulates that a performer, for a certain length of time prior to or following an appearance at a concert or festival, must not hold concerts at other locations within a certain radius of the city where they are t ... Read »


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    • Re-recording (music)

    • A re-recording is a recording produced following a new performance of a work of music. This is most commonly, but not exclusively, by a popular artist or group. It differs from a reissue, which involves a second or subsequent release of a previously-recorded piece of music. Re-recordings are often produced decades aft ... Read »


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    • Record distributor

    • The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows, audio and video recordings, compositions and sheet music, and the organizations and associations that aid and represent creators. Among the many individuals and organization ... Read »


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    • Record label

    • A record label or record company is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Often, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyrig ... Read »


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    • Recording contract

    • A recording contract (commonly called a record contract or record deal) is a legal agreement between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote. Artists under contract are normally only allowed to record for that label exclu ... Read »


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    • Recoupment

    • Recoupment is the practice, common in the music industry, of claiming an advance provided to an artist back from that artist rather than (or, as well as) from related sources. Many record labels practice recoupment, and most new artists have little choice but to accept it since they lack the negotiating power to obtain ... Read »


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    • Reggae Release

    • Reggae Release is a registered Digital Content Distribution company based in Kingston, Jamaica, mainly focusing on reggae/dancehall music. The company partners with traditional distributors, producers and sale agents, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service p ... Read »


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    • Reissue

    • In the music industry, a reissue (also re-release, repackage, or re-edition) is the release of an album which has been released at least once before, sometimes with alterations or additions. Recordings originally released in an audio format that has become technologically or commercially obsolete are reissued in n ... Read »


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    • Release (music)

    • A synthesizer (often abbreviated as synth, also spelled synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals that are converted to sound through instrument amplifiers and loudspeakers or headphones. Synthesizers may either imitate instruments like piano, Hammond organ, flute, vocals; natural ... Read »


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    • Remix service

    • A remix service is a service (company or organization) that provides remixed music to disc jockeys. In the United States, the disco craze of the late 1970s led to the release of extended "disco" versions of songs, most of which were released on 12" vinyl singles. Many of these were not easily beatmixed, so DJs sta ... Read »


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    • Secretly Group

    • Secretly Group

      Secretly Group is a family of American independent record labels based in Bloomington, Indiana. The group is made up of Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, and The Numero Group. Secretly Canadian, the first of the labels, was formed in 1996 by brothers Chris and Ben Swanson, Eric Weddle, and Jonathan Cargill. T ... Read »


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    • Selling out

    • "Selling out" is a common idiomatic pejorative expression for the compromising of a person's integrity, morality, , or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money. In terms of music or art, selling out is associated with attempts to tailor material to a mainstream or commercial audience; for example, a musi ... Read »


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    • Sinima Beats

    • Sinima Beats is an online music licensing company founded in New York City that distributes instrumentals for songwriters, singers, rappers, film makers, or app developers. Sinima Beats is a registered Broadcast Music, Inc. member as a publisher. "Sinima Beats" is also a registered trademark. Sinima Beats was foun ... Read »


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    • Sleeper hit

    • Sleeper hit is a term used in the entertainment industry for a film that plays successfully for a long period and becomes a big success, despite having relatively little promotion or lacking a successful opening. It is also used in a similar sense for music releases and video games. Some sleeper hits in the film i ... Read »


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    • Sound-alike

    • A sound-alike is a recording intended to imitate the sound of a popular record, the style of a popular recording artist, or a current musical trend; the term also refers to the artists who perform on such recordings. In the voice-over world, it may also refer to those who recreate the voice and vocal mannerisms of a gi ... Read »


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    • Unsigned artist

    • An unsigned artist, unsigned band or independent artist is a musician or musical group not under a contract with a record label. The terms are used in the music industry as a marketing technique. Bands that release their own material on self-published CDs can also be considered unsigned bands. Often unsigned bands prim ... Read »


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    • Vinyl revival

    • The Vinyl revival is the renewed interest and increased sales of vinyl records, or gramophone records, that has been taking place in the Western world since about 2007. The analogue format made of polyvinyl chloride had been the main vehicle for the commercial distribution of pop music from the 1950s until the 1980s a ... Read »


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    • White label

    • White label records are vinyl records with plain white labels attached. There are several variations each with a different purpose. Variations include Test Pressings, White Label Promos, and Plain White Labels. Test Pressings, usually with Test Pressing written on the label, with catalogue number, artist and recording ... Read »


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    • WillCall

    • WillCall is a San Francisco-based startup company offering a mobile app for iPhone and Android devices that allows users to gain admission to live concerts, tip artists, and purchase merchandise during a show. It was named one of the Hottest Startups of 2013 by Forbes. Since its inception, the company has become known ... Read »


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    • World music

    • World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradi ... Read »


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  • What Else?

    • Music industry

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