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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.

GearAndGuitars 10th February 2014 11:54 PM
Proposal for Compulsory Remix License Has Foes in Steven Tyler and Attorney Dina LaPolt | Billboard

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and music attorney Dina LaPolt have sent a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office opposing the creation of a compulsory license that would allow anyone to legally create remixes and derivative works, without getting songwriter permission.

For example, in 1986 Run-D.M.C recorded a version of Aersmith's "Walk This Way." As a cover it could have requested a compulsory mechanical license to create their version. But instead Run DMC involved Tyler and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who authored the song, in the process to create "one of the most famous derivative works of our modern times."

"A compulsory license for remixes, mash-ups and sampling is a step too far," they argued in their letter, which was provided to Billboard. "Approval is the most important right that a recording artist or songwriter has and they need to retain the ability to approve how their works are used... The current system does not need reform."

GearAndGuitars 10th February 2014 11:45 PM
The Tyranny of Legality - The Cynical Musician

Music piracy is a subject that has been talked to death over the past decade. So much, in fact, that it seems scarce conceivable that we could say anything more of interest on the subject.

The fundamental point I’d like you to take away from this is: it’s a lot more important to keep a watchful eye on ostensibly legal services – recall that both Pandora and (perhaps to a lesser extent) YouTube are legit – than to agonize over overt piracy.

That pirate services should be hunted to as close to extinction as is feasible goes without saying, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that nobody deserves a medal for going legit. It’s what you’re f-ing supposed to do.

GearAndGuitars 9th February 2014 07:53 PM
Google pretends to care about human rights | Vox Indie

It’s not the message, but the messenger–a hypocrite to its very corporate core. If Google as a company truly believed in “human rights” why does it continue to disregard the rights of artists at every turn? Perhaps those who doodle for Google might want to review the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 27, paragraph 2) which includes this passage:

(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Why is Google so keen on “fair play” and the rights of athletes to compete, but when it comes to artists, not so much?

Whitecat 9th February 2014 05:31 PM
How To Get Your Music On Pandora: Physical CD No Longer Required - hypebot

Pandora has finally opened its doors to musicians (and comics) who aren't on a label and don't have a physical CD with UPC on Amazon. This is great news for both DIY and digital-only musicians whose presence in the industry has grown stronger with the rise of EDM. Once word spreads there's likely to be a glut of music submitted and extra delays in consideration by Pandora so do submit soon and avoid the rush. If you're trying to be findable by fans and future fans, Pandora is one of the places you would typically want to have your music...

Whitecat 8th February 2014 12:53 PM
Composing music with your thoughts

BBC Click's LJ Rich gets her brain wired to make music.

GearAndGuitars 8th February 2014 12:05 AM
The 13 Most Artist-Unfriendly Companies In the World... | Digital Music News

Google’s business interests are diabolically opposed to the interests of artists and media companies. And they are winning.

Just try searching for any popular artist, and watch auto-complete drive you to torrent sites, illegal lyrics sites, and maybe a legitimate destination.

That’s just how a search engine works, right? Bulls**t: Google modifies and controls its search results every day to its own benefit (just ask Rap Genius, which tried to game Google’s SEO). If they don’t like you, you disappear overnight and die. But when it comes to obviously infringing and artist-unfriendly torrent sites, Google is happy to (a) accept their advertising money, and (b) prioritize their placements over legal sites like iTunes.

GearAndGuitars 5th February 2014 06:18 PM
A Pirate Asks a Google Executive, 'Why Is It So Easy to Steal Music from You?

“I just wonder what plans in the future Google has in place to just get rid of that, because you seem to be able to change the rankings of websites daily, but you can’t stop showing sites that allow free downloads.”

[audience applause, 'fantastic...']

GearAndGuitars 5th February 2014 06:12 PM
Jean Michel Jarre: ‘Don’t forget that us creators are the smart part in a smart phone

"We should never forget that in the smartphone, the smart part is us creators. If you get rid of music, images, videos, words and literature from the smartphone, you just have a simple phone that would be worth about $50. Let’s accept that there’s a lot of innovation in the smartphone, so let’s add $100 for this innovation – the remaining $300-$400 of the price should go to us.

So we should sit down and talk to all the telephone companies and computer companies selling hardware, the companies carrying the content on the internet, such as Facebook and Google. We need each other, so at the end of the day we have to find the right partnership. We are talking about a business partnership, not a tax, and this shouldn’t affect the consumer."

Whitecat 5th February 2014 04:00 PM
7 Things a Record Deal Teaches You About the Music Industry | Cracked.com

My fairy tale lasted 11 months before they abruptly dropped me from my recording contract without ever releasing my album, despite my first single going gold (selling over 600,000 copies in just a few months).

Whitecat 5th February 2014 10:00 AM
Anti-piracy app launched in UK

The UK music industry is launching an educational app that aims to put young people in the shoes of aspiring musicians.

GearAndGuitars 3rd February 2014 07:36 PM
U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem wit

What needs to be done is simple, take the sites down and keep them down. If the pirates can manage to replace their sites instantly with legions of bots, Google, with their brilliant algorithm engineers can counter it. We need the technology giants like Google to do the things that labels, the publishers, the artists, the writers repeatedly ask them to do. They need to show corporate and social responsibility. Take down the illegal sites, keep them down and clear the way for the legal digital distributers like iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, the new Jimmy Iovine Beats service, which promises to be a very serious competitor. Those services now exist, it is no longer acceptable to say that the music industry is not available, not making its wares available online. We're all aware in this room that subscription is now replacing downloading -- legal or illegal -- but we do need those mega corporations to make a genuine effort to cooperate and feed the industry that has been so good to them.

GearAndGuitars 3rd February 2014 07:20 PM
Bring Out Your Dead: Goldieblox Gets Superbowl After Ripping Off Dead Guys and Market

Goldieblox was given permission to delay their filing responding to the Beastie Boys claims until…wait for it…after the Superbowl. I know–what a coincidence. A filing that was made on January 27–a couple days before the “announcement” that Goldieblox would win the Intuit “contest”. Thanks to Adland, there seems to be a few Twitter bots at work in the Intuit Small Botnet Contest….

GearAndGuitars 3rd February 2014 07:18 PM
David Byrne Wants Performance Royalties On Commercial Radio - Stereogum

In recent months David Byrne has been using his status as a revered musical elder statesman to opine on subjects including the terrifying reach of the NSA, overpriced New York City rent, and Spotify’s paltry artist royalties. Royalties are at the heart of Byrne’s latest op-ed, too: This time he’s campaigning for musicians to be paid royalties from commercial radio broadcasts.

Whitecat 3rd February 2014 02:24 PM
Super Bowl Winners And Losers Of The Music Business - Forbes

Super Bowl XLVIII ended in a rout, but the game's winners and losers extended far beyond the football world. Some of the biggest names in the music business took center stage at the largest entertainment event of the year, and for every Russell Wilson there was a Peyton Manning. Here's a quick look at who emerged victorious--and who should start getting ready to try again next year.

Whitecat 3rd February 2014 02:24 PM
London Grammar 'teaching the music business important lessons' | Music Week

Jazz Summers on tailor-made model with Ministry of Sound

Whitecat 3rd February 2014 02:23 PM
Will.i.am: 'the music industry is delusional' | Technology | theguardian.com

Black Eyed Peas frontman and entrepreneur says he's saddened that labels 'don't make hardware anymore'. By Helienne Lindvall

Whitecat 3rd February 2014 02:10 PM
Female composers 'lack opportunity'

Jude Kelly and Debbie Wiseman discuss the absence of women at the top level in classical music.

Whitecat 31st January 2014 10:17 AM
Is Rock Dying? | Scott Rowley

The End, it seems, is nigh. "It's strange in rock culture just now," Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie told BBC4's Review Show in December. "It's kinda dead, I think. It's over." The Cult's Ian Astbury, meanwhile, has decided that the album has also reached the end of the line.

GearAndGuitars 30th January 2014 06:00 PM
I Respect Music: Sign The Petition - hypebot

The United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. In retaliation for the US also not paying foreign artists for radio airplay here in the United States, many other countries are not paying American artists in their countries.

That's the motivation behind a petition started by artist and entrepreneur Blake Morgan. David Byrne (pictured right/above) and others have jumped on board. You can sign the I Recpect Music Peition here.

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Whitecat 30th January 2014 12:20 PM
Prince drops legal action against fans

The artist will not pursue legal action against fans accused of posting bootleg footage on blogs and Facebook.

GearAndGuitars 30th January 2014 01:52 AM
#iRespectMusic : Blake Morgan launches iRespectMusic.org | IndieStardust

Blake Morgan Launches I Respect Music. and #irespectmusic hashtag; We artists and musicians have the right to expect from our profession what others expect from their professions.

That through hard work and determination, perspiration and inspiration, we'll have the same fair shot to realize our dreams, answer our callings, support our families. I respect my profession. I respect music.

GearAndGuitars 29th January 2014 07:09 PM
Pete Seeger: America's celebrated folk music troubador - Yahoo News

Seeger died on Monday at the age of 94, leaving behind classics like "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer," laying out his vision of what the United States can and should be.

"Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community –- to stand up for what's right, speak out against what's wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be," Obama said in a statement.

"Over the years, Pete used his voice -– and his hammer -– to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along."

GearAndGuitars 28th January 2014 10:46 PM
Burt Bacharach Urges Policymakers to #StandWithSongwriters

Bacharach points out that the process is governed by outdated settlements between the Justice Department and ASCAP and BMI, called Consent Decrees, that haven’t kept pace with the changing music landscape, saying:

Although Internet radio didn't exist when those decrees were crafted, the decrees apply to the online radio service Pandora, which has a market cap of over $6 billion. The result is that songwriters earn about 8 cents for every 1,000 times Pandora plays their song. If Pandora plays a song 10 million times, it gives the writers $800. Imagine, in one quarter in 2012, Pandora paid songwriter Linda Perry only $349.16—despite playing Christina Aguilera's recording of her song "Beautiful" 12.7 million times.

The Consent Decrees are supposed to guarantee us "reasonable fees," but these aren’t remotely reasonable...As songwriters, we want these new digital services to succeed. But they exist because of our music--and those who create the music deserve to be fairly compensated.

Whitecat 28th January 2014 12:13 PM
The new sound (and business) of music - CBS News

From high-end hi-fi to phone apps that can stream 20 million songs, technology has revolutionized the way we enjoy music - and the music industry is trying to keep up

Whitecat 28th January 2014 12:12 PM
8 Mind-Blowing Facts About Music Business In Japan - hypebot

By Lee Parsons, Founder of Ditto Music. As founder of Ditto Music, an online music distribution service. I was recently asked to undertake a learning expedition to Japan and present my company to the Japanese music market. Here are 8 facts that will blow your mind about the Japanese Music Market.

Whitecat 28th January 2014 12:11 PM
Grammys remain out of touch with the modern music industry

Given the group’s sonic ownership of last summer with Get Lucky, it seems apt that Daft Punk collaborators dominated last night’s Grammy Awards. They had a total of seven wins, including Album of the Year…

Whitecat 28th January 2014 12:11 PM
On Grammy night, no one in the music industry knows what works - Salon.com

Beyoncé is the only pop star who's broken free of the old model -- can the Katy Perrys of the world figure it out? VIDEO

Jules 28th January 2014 10:36 AM
By Ben Sword:

Chances are that if you’ve ever dabbled in the wonderful world of online music marketing you might have set up a blog at some point.

After playing with the fonts and colours for 7 hours (or was that just me?) you got to work eagerly bashing away at the keyboard week after week until finally that sinking feeling hit you like a sucker punch from Grandma…

“Hot Dang’ …Nobody is reading my Shizzle!”
Kinda feels like playing the best show of your life with only the bar staff watching! Not Cool.

But why the radio silence?

Well recently I spent around 3 months talking to every smart and successful blogger I could find could find in an effort to try and CRACK THE CODE....

See more from Ben here

GearAndGuitars 28th January 2014 01:09 AM
Grammy Awards 2014: Complete List of Winners - Us Weekly

The best in the music came out for the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26 -- see the complete list of winners here!

GearAndGuitars 27th January 2014 11:32 PM
State Attorneys General, the Human Trafficking Investigations Should Start at YouTube

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.* Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is one of the 47 state Attorneys General who is leading the AG's initiative against human trafficking of young girls, especially online:

General Bondi emphasizes the need to make parents aware of the dangers that young people face online that parents may be completely unaware of:

[W]e recognize that awareness is a key component to stopping human trafficking, which is why we launched a statewide campaign called “From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare.” The campaign is geared toward informing parents and children about safe Internet use to prevent human traffickers from using the Internet to recruit victims.

GearAndGuitars 27th January 2014 08:53 PM
Why Having To Constantly Hustle Is Bad For Artists - hypebot

In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk to Alina Simone, who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times called “The End of Quiet Music.” In the piece, she depicts the struggles that artists face and the sacrifices they make. She has released albums sung in both English and Russian, and is the author of an essay collection called "You Must Go and Win."

We discuss the myths about the artist-as-entrepreneur and why having to constantly hustle is bad for artists.

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