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theblue1 3 Hours Ago 10:13 PM
Stop the presses! Move the stream wars debates to the back burner.

Here's a real 'Perry Mason Moment' from the copyright courts... new evidence shows the much-acted-upon "Happy Birthday" to be in public domain -- and perhaps almost as startlingly, Warners/Chappell Music appear to have been caught doctoring documents...


theblue1 9 Hours Ago 05:02 PM
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry* chief on the state of industry revenues...
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IFPI chief defends labels' pay outs to artists for streaming | Music Week



'Remuneration has increased as a proportion of record companies' revenues'
As she lays it out, paid subscription streaming is a definite plus, she defends the sometimes large slice of the revenue that labels take as necessary to marketing the music, noting that 70% of unsigned artists want to be on labels, and lays blame for declining revenue on abuse of user-upload services like SoundCloud and Youtube.

Here's a rather different shading on the story that notes that the IFPI's primary villains, Soundcloud and Youtube, are among primary promotional vehicles for many truly independent artists: http://www.completemusicupdate.com/a...al-pie-debate/

*The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the organisation that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. It is a not-for-profit members' organisation registered in Switzerland. It operates a Secretariat based in London, with regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong and Miami.




GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 06:15 PM
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The true cost of streaming: Spotify paid Kiwi band with five-star reviews and 90,000



• Local band She's So Rad earned multiple 5-star reviews for their album Tango and have two songs on A-rotate on Hauraki. • Yet they've only sold a total of 20 physical - New Zealand Herald
... it's just math ...
Whitecat 1 Day Ago 01:07 PM
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BMG, and YouTube Curator BroadbandTV Launch Joint Venture to Boost Music Artists on YouTube



The Bertelsmann music division, led by Hartwig Masuch, will pact to launch Windfall to turn music talent into media stars.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 01:06 PM
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5 Reasons the Music Business Is in the Toilet - Breitbart



It doesn't take a big-shot music executive or a statistician to see that the music industry is in a major period of upheaval.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 01:05 PM
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Imogen Heap's Mycelia: Creating A Fair Trade Music Business, Inspired By Blockchain -



In yesterday' interview with Zoe Keating and previous posts in this series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard explored Bitcoin Blockchain and its potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, he interviews musician, artist and inventor Imogen Heap, who is working on her own Blockchain inspired solution to...

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 11:50 AM
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T-Mobile adds Apple Music to its data-free music streaming plan | The Verge



T-Mobile's controversial Music Freedom program just got a lot bigger. In an announcement today, CEO John Legere announced he was adding Apple Music to the carrier's free music-streaming program,...

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 02:53 PM
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Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says



A day shy of its one-month anniversary, Apple Music has reeled in more than 10 million subscribers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes, a report said Monday.

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 12:59 PM
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Amazon Prime Music takes on Spotify and Apple Music in the UK - Telegraph



Amazon has launched its music streaming service in the UK, in an attempt to entice more customers onto its Prime membership scheme

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:32 PM
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The new pirate radio crackdown: 400 stations closed in the past two years | Televisio



Illegal radio setups are still being seized by the authorities, but you shouldn’t fear for their future

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 10:36 PM
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SoundCloud confirms subscription service is on the way



You'll soon be able to pay to get rid of the ads.

Whitecat 5 Days Ago 06:51 PM
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UK music streaming hits high note of 500m songs per week | Technology | The Guardian



Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Rihanna helping to drive the boom in audio streams on services such as Spotify, Deezer and Google Play

Whitecat 6 Days Ago 11:45 AM
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From Simple Minds' Jim Kerr to Bono and the Edge: Rock stars are no longer tras



“You won’t hear* ‘Alive And Kicking’ being played in the elevator. Don’t worry! And there’s no Simple Minds memorabilia there,” quips Jim Kerr, the band’s lead singer, about Hotel Villa Angela, the delightful boutique establishment he opened in Sicily a decade ago. “When I first came across Taormina, I thought it was the most magical little town I had ever seen. I still do.” An Italophile since his early teens, the Simple Minds frontman simply acquired a piece of land with spectacular views of Mount Etna and the deep blue Mediterranean and decided to build a small hotel “so that others could come visit and, as a result, go home feeling as recharged and rejuvenated as I did every time I came to this part of the world. People mostly thought I had lost my mind when I told them of my plan”.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 08:40 PM
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Grooveshark cofounder dies at 28



One of the creators of the controversial and recently shuttered music streaming service Grooveshark was found dead in his Florida home.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 04:49 PM
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UK says it's once again illegal to rip CDs for personal use



Brits: we hope you enjoyed that brief, glorious year of legal media ripping, because you're once again flouting the law. In the wake of a challenge from the mus...

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 02:40 AM
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Large-scale online pirates to face up to 10 years’ jail under ministers’ proposal



Consultation calls for maximum sentence to be vastly increased so penalties for online offences tally with those for copyright infringement of physical goods

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:11 AM
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'Music Tourism' Hits A New High In The UK



Trips by foreign music fans to the UK's numerous live music events and festivals has increased by 39% since 2011.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:42 PM
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Neil Young pulls music from streaming services: “The worst audio in history&#82



"I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution."

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:21 AM
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Is streaming good for music? - BBC News



Four experts give their view about the effect of streaming on the music industry.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:33 AM
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Pharrell wins back $1m in Blurred Lines plagiarism case - BBC News



Pharrell's damages in the Blurred Lines copyright case are reduced by $1m, as a judge rules out a new trial.

theblue1 2 Weeks Ago 04:02 AM
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Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle? : The Record : NPR



A report on the music industry from Berklee College of Music offers recommendations for ensuring that royalties make it to their rightful owners.
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The output of a year-long study, the report cites estimates "that anywhere from 20-50 percent of music payments don't make it to their rightful owners." Proposed fixes include better behind-the-scenes technologies, a "Creator's Bill of Rights," a "Fair Music" seal and education campaigns.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:15 PM
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Nicola Roberts: Small songwriters need to be paid by big music companies - BBC Ne



Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 01:55 PM
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FTC looking into Apple Music antitrust claims, while Apple pockets 92% of smartphone revenue



Apple Music has been available for the masses since the end of June, and now, according to reports, the FTC is looking into some antitrust claims.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:56 PM
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Kanye West: why can't rock'n'roll's old guard handle him? | Music | The Guardian



Rock’n’roll history is littered with egocentric mavericks whose bad behaviour was celebrated. So why do past greats expect Kanye to act respectfully?

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:29 PM
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No studio? No problem. Meet Prince Harvey, the man who secretly recorded an album at an Apple Store



The rapper covertly created his record using just a display laptop, the GarageBand app, friendly members of staff - and a little background noise from unaware New York shoppers

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:36 AM
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Ritchie Blackmore demands Deep Purple payments | Music | The Guardian



Guitarists says he is owed £750,000 and claims a percentage of income from the group’s albums

theblue1 3 Weeks Ago 05:11 PM
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Rdio Partners With "Cool" Record Labels For Specially-Curated Stations - Forbes



In an effort to separate themselves from the pack (of other streaming services), Rdio has partnered with some of the coolest record labels in the world, all of whom will be contributing to the site with individual stations. Unlike major firms (Warner, Universal, etc.) that focus on trying to sign [...]
Rdio sneaks out of the shadows to do a bit of freshening up of their veteran service.

(Rhapsody? Are you guys awake out there? I didn't even know until recently that you'd switched up to 320 kbps streams, and I was a happy customer for more than a couple years. Y'all need to blow your own horn.)
GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 01:58 AM
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Apple Music will make Spotify totally irrelevant within a year - Business Insider



Apple Music will dominate iPhone users because every iOS user will get an easy way to sign up for a three-month trial, and the service will hook them
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GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 10:40 PM
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Why .002 is Greater than .001 and Why 90 Days is Better than Forever… | The Tri



There's been a lot of talk and understandable dissent surrounding Apple's free tier payment of the reported .002 per play during each consumers 90 day free trial period. We now live in a world of lessor evils. Here are three things that we may want to keep in mind... One: Eliminating the Unlimited Free, Ad-Supported,…
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 06:40 AM
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Feuding ukulele bands battle it out in court - BBC News



A British ukulele band wins a High Court battle against a rival German-based group it accused of copying its act.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 11:57 PM
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Spotify Hater Thom Yorke Is Streaming His Albums On Apple Music - Stereogum



In July 2013, Thom Yorke pulled his solo album The Eraser and the Atoms For Peace album AMOK off the streaming services Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer. Discussing
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:55 PM
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Apple Music Launches | News | Pitchfork



Pitchfork is an official curator
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Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 04:05 AM
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AC/DC is on the highway to Spotify as rockers will finally stream their music



AC/DC, one of the few remaining artists who have refused to let fans stream their songs, will put their music catalog on Spotify and Rdio, Mashable confirmed.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 05:21 AM
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Illegal music sharing is ending: How the Internet finally grew up and learned to stop



From the moment I arrived at college in 1997, I was a pirate. Like me, the Internet was in its adolescence. Its infancy had been a time of academic cultivation. Its mature form today is mostly a corporate affair. In between though, there was what some have called the “golden...
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 04:40 AM
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Sweden losing $100m from film-TV piracy | News | Screen



The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 06:34 PM
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Canadian court reflects common sense in rejecting Google appeal. - The Illusion of Mo



Last week's rejection of Google appeal in Equustek v Google offers refreshing dose of common sense.
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GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 06:09 PM
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B.C. court ruling orders Google to block sites worldwide | Globe and Mail



In an unprecedented ruling, a B.C. court has ordered Google Inc. to block a group of websites from its worldwide search engine – a decision raising questions over how far one country’s courts can exert their power over the borderless Internet.
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Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 09:29 PM
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Taylor Swift may have triumphed, but Apple will still call the tune | Music | The Gua



The tech giant’s retreat over paying artists during trials of its music streaming service looked like a defeat. In fact, it may have cleared the way to success

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 01:21 AM
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One Pissed-Off Artist Made an App to Scam Spotify's Royalty Payments | Gizmodo



For as much love as Spotify gets from customers, it draws equal hatred from musicians, who are consistently unhappy with the tiny amount of revenue generated by streaming music. But as the Silicon Valley proverb goes: if you don’t like it, just code an automated app to optimize the problem away (and get paid in the process).
more of this!
GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 01:18 AM
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Dear Apple, any chance you could help get us out of this mess? - Music Business World



the worldwide record industry’s annual income has dropped by a scary $16bn over the past 15 years, representing a shocking 60% fall.
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GearAndGuitars 26th June 2015 01:14 AM
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TIME | Cracker Guitarist on the Real Problem With Streaming Music Services



I'm paid about 1/7 less when listeners stream my songs for free
move over taylor swift?
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