The Incoming US Stimulus Bill Has Potentially Dire Implications for Streamers on Social Media


 

While everyone in music is excited about the US government’s stimulus bill with the long-needed extra COVID-19 assistance, there may be a major drawback for artists. Even though the guts of the Save our Stages act is in the new bill, another act the CASE Act, amending copyright laws. According to a report from the Hollywood Report, the law would make illegal streaming for commercial profit could become a felony. Now, this is already illegal, but largely only results in copyright strikes for cover songs or game music played on streams from Twitch, YouTube, Tik Tok, and other social networks. Sen. Thom Tillis released his proposal to increase the penalties for those who would dare stream unlicensed works over two weeks ago. In doing so, the North Carolina Republican flirted with danger. If passed, illegal streaming of works including movies and music tracks could carry a penalty of up to 10 years in jail.

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System of A Down’s Video for “Chop Suey” has Reached 1 Billion Views


Metal legends System of A Down have reached a new milestone as the video for the song “Chop Suey!” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The band becomes one of the few elite rock or metal a diverse and elite group of artists to surpass the one-billion mark, a list which includes Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Linkin Park’s “Numb” and “In The End”. The band recently reunited to drop two new songs, their first new music in 15 years, in support of the beleaguered countries of Artsakh and Armenia. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are the two new singles, now available on Bandcamp for purchase (link below) where band proceeds go toward the ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts.

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Pink Floyd Joins the YouTube Film Festival Starting Today with 90-Minute “Pulse” Concert


Pink Floyd are engaging their fan community hardcore, even in retirement, and even in a pandemic! Starting tonight on Pink Floyd’s YouTube channel ar 5pm today UK time (12pm EST), they will participate in the @YouTube Film Festival starting with a screening of their celebrated live concert recording Pulse. Watch at the link below and set a reminder! Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #267: Dave of Heavy Metal Merchant


Although no one wants to think their music career is just one stop on the journey, it’s good to pick up skills along the way in order to build a future career in the industry. Merchandise is an essential part of being a professional band, so use professional operations such as Sticker Mule. They’ve got low minimums and free shipping on products like custom Band Stickers​.Dumb and Dumbest #267 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Dave of Heavy Metal Merchant!Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and PublicistCurtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #266: Questions To Ask A Facebook Marketing Expert


One of the most valuable ways to learn more about how to get the most out of Facebook is to have a call with an expert and get tons of free advice. Dumb and Dumbest #266 is streaming now and it’s about Questions To Ask A Facebook Marketing Expert!Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and PublicistCurtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #265: The YouTube Challenge


YouTube is undeniably the biggest mover of video and music content for bands, with over 2 billion logged-in users monthly and channels in 100 different countries. Dumb and Dumbest #265 is streaming now and it’s about The YouTube Challenge!Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading


Watch Pustulus Maximus from GWAR Critique Slipknot, Ghost, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Behemoth, Rammstein, and More!


 

The awesome YouTube channel House of Masks rules and you should all be subscribing to their awesome content, such as custom mask unboxings and things like solving the identity of Tortilla Man from Slipknot! In this new video, watch as Pustulus Maximus of GWAR hilariously gives the thumbs up or down on “Theatrical Bands” such as Slipknot, Ghost, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Mushroomhead, Behemoth, Rammstein, KISS, Lordi, Limp Bizkit and many more! Continue reading


Check Out This Mash-Up of Quiet Riot’s “Bang Your Head” with Kool and the Gang


Once more with feeling! YouTuber Bill McClintock has done another mash-up that improbably works! Check out this pairing of all time Heavy Metal Anthem ‘Bang Your Head’ by Quiet Riot and Funky Pop jam ‘Celebration’ by legends Kool and The Gang! Continue reading


Tool’s Music Has Begun Rolling Out To Streaming Services


At long last Tool‘s music has finally begun to arrive on streaming services and it appears the band is starting out from their very early days. Their demo 72826 recently arrived via a number of streaming services, including Apple Music, Google Play Music, and YouTube (but interestingly, not Spotify), marking the first time the band’s music has legally been available digitally outside of a soundtrack.Continue reading