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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 03:10 AM
The Beastie Boys Win Their Battle Against GoldieBlox... | Digital Music News

GoldieBlox will no longer use the parody, will publish an apology (which they kind of already did), and will donate a percentage of revenue to a charity chosen by the Beastie Boys that supports girl in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 06:08 PM
Japan drags down world music market

A sharp decline in the consumption of music in Japan caused overall global growth to slow down in 2013, new figures reveal.

bklynpete 4 Weeks Ago 02:00 PM
Pete’s February 17th article in Glide "The Biz" is out now!

The Biz is a Glide column by guest columnist Pete Mignola, the owner and chief engineer of MetroSonic Studios which is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.
New Directions in Music Promotion With Matte Black

Promotion & marketing are great and necessary assets for both the artist as well as the producers & engineers working with them. Whether for tour promotion, album release marketing, or just day to day self-promotion, understanding how to best get the job done could be the difference between success & failure.

Matt McAlpin, singer, guitar player & songwriter for NYC rock band Matte Black recently released the band’s newest album Lowlands......................
GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 03:03 AM
House panel wants to fix online piracy 'Whac-A-Mole' | TheHill

Lawmakers are looking for ways to fix the country’s “Whac-A-Mole” copyright system.During a Thursday hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, members said they want to find a solution for copyright holders who must repeatedly ask Internet companies like Google to take down infringing content online.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 02:58 AM
Slate's Anti Copyright rant sounds like a letter from your psycho ex. | adland.tv

Never mind the fact the DMCA was passed five years before the existence of The Pirate Bay, and seven years before Youtube even existed. Never mind that according to a study from George Mason University, the number of DMCA copyright takedown notices from mainstream copyright owners is 6.5 million per month on over thirty thousand different websites. Never mind anyone who tries to enact a take down notice falls down a complicated rabbit hole that seems more designed to discourage the copyright holder than anything else. It's those pesky copyright holders, dagnabbit.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 03:42 AM
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter:Google's copyright stance is bad for artists | Slate

every writer, producer, actor, musician, director, tech wizard, and fine artist working today needs to be aware of what this all means for our future—we will lose the ability to protect and profit from our own work. Every kid out there who aspires to be an actor or musician or artist: This is your future that’s at stake.

More importantly, everyone who enjoys quality entertainment: This impacts you most of all. Content excellence cannot sustain itself if it loses its capacity to reward the talent that creates it. Consider this clunky analogy: If your local car dealership started selling your favorite luxury car for $1,000, then $100, then started giving it away, what do you think would happen to the quality of that vehicle? Before long, the manufacturer would be forced to let go of the skilled laborer, the artisan, and the craftsman, and eventually cut back on everything in the production process. And before long, that fabulous, high-end car you so enjoyed will be a sheet of warped plywood on top of two rusty cans.

Yep, it’s cheap, and it’s shit.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 03:38 AM
Victims of IP theft need better protection | TheHill

In the first six months of 2013, the largest search engine received more than 100 million DMCA takedown notices. The numbers are staggering, but don’t reflect the reality that most indie and small creators struggle to keep up with issuing notices and have simply given up trying to prevent illegal profiting from their work. Independent artists cannot afford employing an entire legal department to monitor the unauthorized use of their content on a daily basis.

And the profits are staggering — a recent study by the Digital Citizens Alliance estimates that the top 596 pirate sites raked in $227 million in advertising revenues last year. These sites had a profit margin of between 80 and 94 percent. Content thieves rely on stealing the rights-protected work of others and distributing on low-cost sites. It’s a low-risk, high-reward business.

This week, the House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property will examine the “Notice and Takedown” process, and to us, it is clear that a very hard look is necessary.

Whitecat 12th March 2014 10:51 AM
Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn | Media | t

New figures show that three-fifths of Britain's video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet. By John Reynolds

GearAndGuitars 11th March 2014 04:56 AM
Napster: 'Streaming Will Never Become the Primary Medium' | Digital Music N

Analysts continue to warn that music streaming is unsustainable financially, at least without dramatic changes. The question is what the top streaming executives themselves think about the future of their own businesses, and how this is ultimately guiding their decisions.

Enter the modern-day Napster, a now-European streaming service that is now saying things out loud. ”Music streaming will never become the primary medium,” Napster SVP Thorsten Schliesche flatly told the UK-based Inquirer in a recent interview.

GearAndGuitars 10th March 2014 04:12 PM
What YouTube Really Pays… Makes Spotify Look Good! #sxsw | The Trichordist

Is this the future of music? We continue to look at more artist revenue streams. We've been waiting for someone to send us this kind of data. This info was provided anonymously by an indie label (we were provided screenshots but anonymized this info to a spreadsheet). Through the cooperative and collaborative efforts of artists…

GearAndGuitars 9th March 2014 08:58 PM
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Whitecat 9th March 2014 03:36 PM
Can this man save the music business? - latimes.com

Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge is determined to reinvent the recording industry.

Whitecat 6th March 2014 09:48 PM
A Spotify IPO? Recent Moves Suggest Yes | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Is that the sweet sound of success the music-streaming service is hearing? They also buy the Echo Nest to amp up music-discovery features, just as...

GearAndGuitars 6th March 2014 04:44 PM
The Death of the Long Tail | Music Industry Blog

Today MIDiA Consulting is proud to announce the publication of an important new report: The Death of the Long Tail: The Superstar Music Economy.* The report is available free of charge to Music Industry Blog subscribers.* (If you are not yet a subscriber to this blog simply enter your email address in the box on…

GearAndGuitars 6th March 2014 04:42 PM
What ASCAP Members Need to Know About the Songwriter Equity Act and What You Can D

The Songwriter Equity Act, a new bill introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), will amend two outdated portions of the Copyright Act that are harming songwriters, composers and publishers in the digital age. Get the facts and show your support.

Whitecat 4th March 2014 05:12 PM
Introducing Songcoin: New Cryptocurrency Built For Music Industry Hopes To Cash In On

Pimovi, a media and entertainment company, partnered with one of the architects of Namecoin and they plan to release Songcoin next week for use within the music business.

Whitecat 2nd March 2014 09:50 PM
Third time lucky for Pharrell's Happy

Pharrell Williams reaches the top of the UK singles chart for the third time with Happy, putting him in a select group of artists to achieve this feat.

Whitecat 2nd March 2014 12:56 PM
Pearl Jam executive heading to prison for stealing from band's coffers - Winnipeg Fre

SEATTLE - A former executive with Pearl Jam is heading to prison for 14 months after being caught fo... - World - Winnipeg Free Press.

Whitecat 2nd March 2014 12:17 PM
Spotify and Ministry end legal fight

The streaming service and dance music brand reach agreement over playlists

GearAndGuitars 2nd March 2014 12:37 AM
We’re being screwed by Spotify! David Byrne, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Cake’s John McCrea on the fight for artists’ rights | Salon

"We need to have a sustainable system for people who create culture," says John McCrea, announcing a new coalition

Let’s talk about that specifically. You’ve conceived of the Content Creators Coalition not simply as a group of musicians but as a place for writers, artists, journalists, artisans, others. What do these groups, all of whom do different things, have in common? Why do they belong together?

We all have in common the fact that our work — sometimes things that we do that take five years in a small room, as in the case of an author of a book — is easily digitized and distributed, sometimes consensually, sometimes nonconsensually, and I think therein lies our commonality. We need to have a sustainable system for people who create culture. Independent filmmakers, authors of books, journalists increasingly are without much of a bulwark against giant market forces, giant corporations — corporations the size of nation-states, who I guess we’re supposed to be negotiating with in a free market. But there’s a problem with the size of some of these entities compared with the size of a band or a writer or a filmmaker.

It’s not a fair fight at this point.

Yeah. We think that there needs to be aggregation of content-worker power.

GearAndGuitars 28th February 2014 10:55 PM
Court Says YouTube Cannot Publicly Blame GEMA for Blocked Videos... | DMN

The District Court of Munich agrees with GEMA, saying YouTube has illegally made them out as a villain. The court said YouTube should make it clear that the videos are unavailable because of a disagreement between both parties.

The verdict is not yet finalized. If it goes through as-is, YouTube could be fined up to €250,000 for every video that continues to display the message.

Whitecat 26th February 2014 09:26 AM
Musician Zoe Keating reveals iTunes, Spotify and YouTube payouts for 2013 | Technolo

Cellist’s latest publicly-shared numbers reveal 92% of her income still comes from sales rather than streams. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 25th February 2014 11:09 PM
Dear Congress, Please Make Pandora Stop Screwing Us. Signed, Songwriters... | Digital Music News

Essentially, the bill attempts to plug two massive loopholes in copyright law that greatly benefit Pandora but essentially screw songwriters. ”Roughly two-thirds of a songwriter’s income is heavily regulated by law or through outdated government oversight,” National Music Publishers’ Association CEO David Israelite explained to Digital Music News. ”This legislation addresses two significant inequities under current copyright law that prevent songwriters and music publishers from receiving compensation that reflects the fair market value of their work.”

GearAndGuitars 25th February 2014 11:07 PM
More proof that online piracy is profitable (for pirates) | Vox Indie

This report confirms that content theft isn’t a cottage industry—it’s big business. Plain and simple, ad-supported rip-off sites are exploiting the Internet and advertising community to get rich. The result is a damage to brand value for advertisers and serious harm to people who work in the creative industries. We hope this report pushes the online advertising community to take additional steps to protect brand value and stop ads from appearing on content theft sites that are undermining the vibrancy and safety of the digital marketplace.

GearAndGuitars 25th February 2014 02:02 AM
Musicians Sing for a Cause That’s Their Own| The New York Times

In the latest example, a group of artists including David Byrne, Mike Mills of R.E.M., John McCrea of Cake and the guitarist Marc Ribot are putting on a free concert on Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village to protest the way radio stations pay royalties, and to introduce a new advocacy group, the Content Creators Coalition.

“This is possible now because musicians and artists are fed up,” said Mr. Ribot, who is renowned for his work with musicians including Tom Waits, another coalition member. “It takes a lot to get a musician to go to a meeting, serve on a committee. It’s not what we do; we play music. But the way things are now, many of us feel that our backs are to the wall.”

Whitecat 24th February 2014 12:53 PM
How my research into pop's posh takeover was hijacked | Music | The Observer

The 'fact' that 60% of today's pop stars are privately educated keeps being quoted, but it's just an example of internet-era Chinese whispers, writes Simon Price

Whitecat 24th February 2014 12:06 PM
Which band's beer is top of the hops? | Tony Naylor | Life and style | The Guardian

Tony Naylor: Merch has moved on from T-shirts and posters, bands do beers these days. We line up the offerings from Elbow, Iron Maiden, Status Quo and more

GearAndGuitars 20th February 2014 05:41 PM
Streaming Price Index Updated 2014 : Per Stream Pay Rates | The Trichordist

Here ya go, the world of micro-decimal math.


Streaming Price Index : Pay Rates as of*12/31/11

Music Streaming Math, Can It All Add*Up?

Streaming Services Will Never Become Profitable, Study Finds…

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 04:58 PM
Camper Van Beethoven’s 2013 Net Profit Was $645 Million Dollars Higher Than Twitter.

Technologists in Silicon Valley love to tell artists we need to update our business model.

This is hilarious since each of my businesses have been profitable for decades. Stunning when you look at just how unprofitable these Silicon Valley Companies actually are. Twitter for instance lost $645 million dollars last year. Jaw dropping when you consider that there total revenues were $646 million dollars. They spent 2 dollars for every 1 dollar of revenue. And if you look at their losses they are accelerating.

Now consider the fact that the City of San Francisco also gave them approximately $56 million in tax beaks. This is while the city has been pushing to slash benefits to city workers.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 04:11 PM
Digital albums overtake CDs in the US, but iTunes music revenues down

We’re more interested in its estimates for the revenue growth in 2013 of the various content categories in iTunes: apps up 105%, video up 19%, but music downloads down 14% of the year.

Streaming music’s impact isn’t a surprise, but it’s good to have more data to quantify what’s happening – albeit without the corresponding global increase in revenues from streaming services.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 03:56 PM
Homegrown Music: The Challenges Of Running A Record Label in D.C. | Music Download

“I don’t think people understand the idea that music is someone else’s property because it’s just in digital bits,” Feigenbaum says. “It’s intangible. People who feel music has no value and want to steal from you will steal from you. It’s so ubiquitous—it’s so easy”.

“I have people come up to me and tell me how much they love what I do, and I’ll be like, ‘That’s great, where do you buy it?’” notes Feigenbaum. “And you can see they weren’t expecting that and they start to stammer. It’s like, ‘You’re not helping me. You’re not a fan-you’re a leech.’”

“I could go on and on about the things I don’t like about iTunes,” he says, “But they do pay. It’s not my favorite business model, but I get paid from them.” Spotify, however, is another matter.

“They don’t pay shit,” he says. “The only people who make money off of Spotify is Spotify. We were getting thousands of listens on Spotify, which added up to literally one and a quarter pennies. So we opted out.”

Whitecat 19th February 2014 03:17 PM
Why This Venture Capitalist Is Optimistic About the Music Business (Guest Post from P

Fairly straightforward “traditional” business models (primarily retail) have been disrupted, but a new, multipronged “community”-based model is poised to significantly increase the overall pie.

Whitecat 19th February 2014 03:16 PM
Digital music now half of all record industry revenues - Business News - Business -

The rise of downloads and streaming means that digital music now accounts for half of record industry income in the UK for the first time, according to new figures.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 01:04 AM
Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO | Reuters

* Move adds to speculation about IPO

* Senior banker says firm to be valued at $7-8 bln

* Spotify doubled revenue but registered loss in 2012

STOCKHOLM, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at as much as $8 billion.

Meeting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) standards for filing financial disclosures is essential for any firm planning to go public and bankers and lawyers said they inferred from the job ad that the company is getting ready for an initial public share offering (IPO), possibly next year.)

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2014 12:57 AM
Streaming Services Will Never Become Profitable, Study Finds... | Digital Music News

“The streaming business has to slowly move from a free economy to a paid economy as the sustainability of ad-supported revenue model is a big question mark.”

GearAndGuitars 18th February 2014 05:34 PM
New Report Says How Much Advertising Is Going to Piracy Sites | Adweek

In the longstanding fight to combat online piracy, there’s been growing pressure on the advertisers whose ads appear on sites that steal copyrighted material. The Obama administration has called for private-sector actions to reduce piracy.

Whitecat 17th February 2014 12:44 PM
Career in music industry requires serious business acumen

A few years back I had the opportunity to perform at an event with the legendary rock musician Randy Bachman (of Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who) on one

Whitecat 17th February 2014 12:43 PM
Taxman targets music business over unpaid interns - Business News - Business - The I

The music business is the latest to face a tax probe over use of unpaid interns.

Whitecat 14th February 2014 09:51 PM
Pink Floyd studio nearly floats away on River Thames | Meridian - ITV News

Read the latest Meridian stories, Pink Floyd studio nearly floats away on River Thames on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Meridian news

GearAndGuitars 14th February 2014 08:34 PM
Pandora Suit May Upend Century-Old Royalty Plan | NY Times

After federal antitrust investigations, both groups agreed to government supervision in 1941.

This system has hummed along for decades. But with the rise of Internet radio, publishers have complained that the rules are antiquated and unfair. They point to the disparity in the way Pandora compensates the two sides of the music business: Last year, Pandora paid 49 percent of its revenue, or about $313 million, to record companies, but only 4 percent, or about $26 million, to publishers.

“It’s a godawful system that just doesn’t work,” said Martin N. Bandier, the chairman of Sony/ATV, the world’s largest music publisher.

The wider music world has been galvanized by the issue of low royalties from fast-growing streaming companies.

GearAndGuitars 14th February 2014 08:28 PM
How You’re Murdering the Music Industry. | unEARTH Music Hub

Oddly, few people are talking about how much money they are actually making through Spotify, but it’s estimated that the average play is worth an abysmal $0.005. That’s half a cent…if you’re getting anything at all. An artist needs to rack up 200 plays to make $1. How are we letting this happen?! Is the general population truly oblivious to the tremendous effort and cost involved in making music?

Surprise! Songs don’t just pop out of artists like perfectly polished Easter eggs. These creative humans have dedicated a large amount of their time, money and soul to create a tangible piece of art for your listening pleasure. Studio time is expensive! Rehearsal space is expensive! Gas is expensive! Instruments are expensive! Craft beer is expensive!!! Strike that last one. But seriously guys, when you buy music, you’re not just paying for a song, you’re supporting the artist and the process.

Whitecat 14th February 2014 04:43 PM
De La Soul to Make Entire Catalog Available for Free for 25 Hours | Music News | Roll

In honor of next month's 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soulare making their entire catalog available for free do

Whitecat 13th February 2014 07:38 PM
Trevor Horn: 'I had delusions the label would be a hub of creativity' | Media | theg

Helienne Lindvall: The man behind Video Killed the Radio Star on 30 years of ZTT records and why running an unsuccessful label would be easier

Whitecat 13th February 2014 10:02 AM
Rock overtakes pop in UK album chart

Rock music overtook pop in UK album sales last year as rock took its biggest share of the market for five years, new figures show.

GearAndGuitars 11th February 2014 05:54 PM
Washington Turned a Deaf Ear to Artists' Rights Until One Guy Wrote The Words "I Respect Music" on an Index Card and Showed It to the World | Digital Journal

The Washington beltway turned a deaf ear to artists' rights until one guy, one activist, wrote the words "I Respect Music" on an index card and showed it to the world.

Now, thousands upon thousands of music makers and music lovers are standing together and making history by adding their names to a petition that is not only shaking up the music world, it's shaking up Congress.

The petition, written and launched from the laptop of artist and musician Blake Morgan, has gone viral at an unprecedented pace. Everyday working musicians, music fans, music organizations, and luminaries like David Byrne, Patrick Stewart, Gavin DeGraw, Jean Michele Jarre, Marc Ribot, Roseanne Cash, Mike Mills, John McCrea, Civil Twilight, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and countless others have voiced their support by both signing the petition and posting or tweeting a "selfie" with the hashtag: #IRespectMusic.

Whitecat 11th February 2014 10:49 AM
Queen reach six million album sales

British rock band Queen make UK chart history, becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album with their first Greatest Hits collection.

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