GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 05:11 PM
No, vinyl sales have not overtaken music streaming revenues - Telegraph

Vinyl records generated more revenue in the first half of the year than free-to-use streaming services, but that's not the full story

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 08:17 AM
French rebel over music language quotas - BBC News

A radio boycott of a quota system to ensure French language music is widely heard is a reminder that cultural protection is very much alive in France, says Hugh Schofield.

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 07:13 PM
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall becomes first ever Bond No 1 | Music | The Guardian

Singer’s theme tune to the new Bond film Spectre tops UK singles charts, beating competition from Justin Bieber

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:56 AM
Is Apple Music worth paying for? | Technology | The Guardian

Three months after its free trial began, users of Apple’s Spotify rival must decide whether to start paying for it. What are the pros and cons?

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:36 AM
Exclusive: Apple snubbed invitation to put Apple Music on Chromecast Audio

Google’s new Chromecast Audio supports an impressive roster of music streaming services, but Apple Music is an unfortunate no-show.

GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 05:59 AM
Guardian Live | The new music industry with Imogen Heap | The Guardian Members

Music is heard and enjoyed more than ever before, yet the industry has halved in value and creators are struggling to get …
Whitecat 5 Days Ago 08:54 PM
The Power Station Is Up for Sale | Billboard

Among the albums made in the Manhattan complex: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," Rolling Stones' "Some Girls," Peter Gabriel's "So" and Duran Duran's "Seven and the Ragged Tiger."

GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 08:16 PM
Taylor Swift Deleting Periscope Concert Streams: 5 Facts |

If you're looking for a live stream from Taylor Swift's 1989 concert, you might have a tough time. She's having all Periscope videos taken down.

Whitecat 5 Days Ago 01:48 PM
Consumer Rights Act 2015 - Which?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is the biggest shake up in consumer rights law in a generation and seeks to ‘simplify, strengthen and modernise’ UK consumer law.
Of interest to UK-based consumers... your rights regarding purchases of both tangible goods (hardware, instruments etc) and software are about to change.
GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 08:14 PM
In the age of digital music, the tape is making an unlikely comeback

Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.
... and two of my cassette threads were closed for being "controversial"...
Whitecat 6 Days Ago 10:47 AM
Denmark Street: remembering its rich legacy

Walking its barely one hundred yards length today, it is hard to hear the echoes of Denmark Street as the birthplace of the British music business.

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 06:17 AM
Music copyright reform takes center stage in Nashville

Congressional leaders will be in Nashville on Tuesday for a listening session on music copyright issues.
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 01:44 AM
Insomnia, anxiety, break-ups … musicians on the dark side of touring | Music | The

Long hours in vans and solitary hotel rooms. Screaming fans when you’re on stage, then back home to feed the cat. Musicians talk about the psychological dangers of life on tour
... because touring and t-shirts, oh the glamorous life ...
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 07:43 AM
The US vinyl market in 2015 is worth more than Spotify Free, YouTube and Vevo combine

The US vinyl market in 2015 is worth more than Spotify Free, YouTube and Vevo combined - The Vinyl Factory - The Home of Vinyl

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 11:40 PM
Can Blocking Ads Help Artists? Should Artists Encourage Fans to Block Ads? | The Tric

In the fight for fair pay artists are not at war with the Internet or really even the streaming services, we are at war with the online advertising industry. As we have demonstrated time and time again, subscription (paid) music streaming services pay at least 7 times the rate that the free services pay. When you see artists (like myself) post absurdly low royalty payments it’s usually from one of the services that is predominately ad supported. Above is a chart that illustrates this nicely.
... disruptive innovation baby ...
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 10:17 PM
GroupM Singles Out Piracy Websites as Marketers Next Ad-Fraud Headache | Adweek

As the advertising industry looks to get a better handle on fraud, it's getting more specific about the types of sites that cause huge spikes in bogus traffic while also demanding more from ad-tech vendors.
... chip by chip, dollar by dollar ...
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:26 AM
Apple Patents A New Shape For Headphone Jack That Will Anger Everyone

Could Apple really be about to wreck a universal industry standard?

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:08 AM
Death By YouTube: Streaming Music Is Killing The Singles Business

Figures released Tuesday show a big drop in sales of single tunes, once the lifeblood of digital revenue.
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:54 PM
Swedish artist Johan Johansson sues to stop label putting his music on Spotify

Sweden may be the home of streaming music, but there’s a fascinating legal dispute afoot. It concerns “punk icon” Johan Johansson and Spotify.
... wow ...
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:15 PM
What If There Aren't Any More Streaming Music Subscribers?Digital Music News

With streaming music subscribers barely increasing, companies like Spotify, Apple, and Deezer, as well as the music industry, face a serious issue.
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:05 PM
'All About That Bass' writer decries streaming revenue

The songwriter behind the international smash hit "All About That Bass" said he was only paid $5,679 in streaming revenue.
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 05:43 PM
A brief history of live-concert bootlegging · For Our Consideration

People have been making recordings of performances by musical artists without their knowledge or permission for years, but the first recognized, wide-release bootleg to hit the underground-store shelves came in the summer of 1969.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:52 PM
Can bitcoin save music? - MoneyWeek

The internet revolution has made it harder for musicians to make a living from their work. But it’s not all bad news for the industry, says Simon Wilson.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:03 PM
Diddy tops hip-hop rich list with $60m earnings | Music | The Guardian

Diddy’s earnings put him ahead of Jay Z, Drake and last year’s winner Dr Dre on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:49 AM
Kesha’s career is “effectively over” if her lawsuit against Dr. Luke isn’t resolved

Last year, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, her longtime producer, for allegedly verbally and physically assaulting her for years. Dr. Luke filed a countersuit, claiming Kesha was merely trying to extort him so she could get out of her contract, and Kesha responded earlier this summer by expanding her lawsuit to include all of Sony Music, which she argues chose to ignore that Dr. Luke was drugging and raping her—thereby putting her and other female artists in danger. Unsurprisingly, the story is now getting even uglier.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 08:37 AM
US judge rules Happy Birthday is public domain and throws out copyright claim | Busin

A federal court judge has thrown out a copyright claim to the Happy Birthday song from the music publishing company collecting its royalties for decades

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:11 PM
Music-Streaming Service Deezer Plans IPO - WSJ

Music-streaming service Deezer is seeking to raise capital through a public offering, as the firm faces competition from bigger and richer rivals including Apple.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:10 PM
Buffy Sainte-Marie beats Drake to win Polaris music prize | Music | The Guardian

The veteran folk artist’s 21st album was named the Canadian album of the year

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 03:02 AM
Ellie Goulding 'On My Mind' withheld from YouTube

It's a big day for fans of Ellie Goulding: pre-orders for her new album have gone live, and her latest single 'On My Mind' is making its debut.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 03:01 AM
Digital song sales hit record low in the US | Music Week

But streaming has its best ever week
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 03:00 AM
Mega founder Kim Dotcom facing extradition

The hearing will be watched by developers for signs of how far Washington is willing to go to protect U.S. copyright holders.
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 04:32 PM
Album sales at concerts will now count towards UK Official Chart - Music Business Wor

It’s long been a bugbear for labels, but now sales of albums at live concerts in the UK will be counted towards the market’s Official Albums Chart.

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 06:37 PM
Why Indie Rock Managers Are Repping Viral Stars Like Grumpy Cat and The Fat Jew | Bil

A surprising number of executives with indie pedigree are repping viral stars in a curious case of symbiosis, indie rock managers are taking on viral stars that have never picked up a guitar.
... no comment ...
Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:02 PM
Spotify testing ‘Concerts’ section in its desktop client

We reported on Spotify’s new ‘About’ tab for artists yesterday, but the screenshot of Hunter Hayes’ profile supplied by the streaming service let slip another new feature.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 08:59 AM
Yahoo News Digest — Moving to a different beat: Struggling NME to be...

Moving to a different beat: Struggling NME to be given away free
Music-lovers' must-read, the NME, will be distributed for free...

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:05 AM
... because all ur rights belong to us... you will be assimilated... we are borg...
Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 01:32 PM
The pop star and the prophet - BBC News

Musicians starting a recording career today are far less likely to get rich than in the past. But the French guru who predicted this in 1976 says all is not lost.

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 01:45 AM
The DMCA, Fair Use and Dancing Babies | Plagiarism Today

A fair use ruling this week in the 'Dancing Baby' case has many celebrating. However, it's impact on the DMCA is likely very limited.
... let's not let facts get in the way of a good story ...
Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 04:00 PM
Prince is trying to sue over a baby dancing to his music - News - Music - The Indepe

I know it’s hard out there for a musician to monetise these days, but you’d think a label the size of Universal could let song use by a dancing infant slide.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 07:06 PM
A Rational Conversation: Do We Need New Old Soul Music? : The Record : NPR

Leon Bridges' devotion to retro soul has won him admiration — and criticism. Why replicate the sound of the past when so many crucial musical and political changes have pushed that sound forward?

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 07:00 PM
Karl Martin Sandberg, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen and Other Songwriters Behind the

Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.

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