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Jun 29, 2016 10:00 AM

Bruce Houghton

Grammys Announce Key Rule Changes, 2016 Dates and Deadlines

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This article originally appeared on Hypebot.

From time to time, the Grammys change the rules. Five were recently announced, with several addressing new issues that are a product of the digital age where music streams are replacing sales, and tracks often matter more than albums. 

4 Ways Musicians Can Make Money With 'Happy Birthday' Now That It's in the Public Domain

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A version of this article originally appeared on Hypebot.


In a stunning reversal, a federal judge ruled that all copyright claims against "Happy Birthday" are invalid and declared that the song is in the public domain and free to use. It's a huge loss for Warner Chappell Music, which bought the rights in 1988, but it's a big win for enterprising musicians.

Now that "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain, anyone can record and release their own version of the track and keep 100 percent of the royalties. Here are four ways you can make money from the song.

How Much Do Musicians Make From Spotify and YouTube? A Must-See Digital Earnings Infographic

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A version of this article originally appeared on Hypebot.


How much do artists earn when they put their music online? A new infographic from data scientist David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful offers an answer. He looks at how much artists earn using various distributors and retailers from Bandcamp to iTunes when they sell online, and pulls data to examine what streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, and Beats pay.

The United States of Events: America's Top Concert-Going Cities by Genre

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A version of this article originally appeared on Hypebot.


Ticketing and event platform Eventbrite has released a list of America's top event-going cities along with the "United States of Events," a visualization of the event-going trends in America's largest 25 cities. The company leveraged its platform of millions of events to zoom in on attendance themes. Here are the results of its study and how major US markets rank by genre.