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GearAndGuitars 9 Hours Ago 10:50 PM
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Inside Former CEO Jeff Price's Ouster from TuneCore: 'A Tale of Betrayal an



A lawsuit over severance pay filed by TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price against the online music distribution service sheds some light on how the innovative but controversial executive was ousted from the company in 2012.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 12:33 AM
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Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran lead revamped album chart - BBC News



Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood take the top spots in the first UK album chart to count streaming data alongside sales.

GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 07:18 PM
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Kim Dotcom is running out of money, and his wife has run off with a 17-year-old boy - Business Insider



German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been dealt another financial blow after PayPal stopped processing customer payments for his cloud storage site MEGA. The company published a blog post on Thursday that said payments have ceased with immediate effect.

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 10:21 PM
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Music fans should cut their intake to just one hour a day: WHO - 9news.com.au



A new report by the World Health Organisation suggests that people should listen to music for no longer than one hour a day in order to protect their hearing.

GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 08:32 AM
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Dear Facebook, Please Stop Killing Music. | The Skinny



An Open Letter to Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg, Dear Facebook, Please Stop Killing Music! My name is J.R. and I am the Founder of GigDog. GigDog is a streaming music service that only plays the music of bands/artist performing live in your city in the near future.

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 03:32 AM
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Who will be the First Fired Label Execs over Spotify Fiasco & Cannibalization? | Trichordist



We don't know if the rumors are true, but we're hearing rumblings from the upper echelons of the music business that top management is very unhappy with the cannibalization of the transactional business that is being accelerated in a death spiral towards a $3b record industry. Did you guys get this headline on the midyear…
* david lowery predicted the house cleaning of major label digital executives last year in October.
Whitecat 4 Days Ago 02:04 AM
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Scarlett Johansson told she must change band name | Music | The Guardian



Los Angeles band the Singles issues a cease-and-desist order to Johansson’s new group of the same name

GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 08:06 PM
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The Future of the US Copyright Office | Copyhype

The Copyright Office has evolved tremendously since it was first created 118 years ago, and I think it’s commendable that its role and status, along with its functions and resources, are being fully examined.



GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 10:46 PM
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Viewers Don’t Add Up to Profit for YouTube - WSJ



YouTube accounted for about 6% of Google’s overall sales last year, but the video website doesn’t produce a profit—despite a billion monthly users. New efforts to build ad revenue include tapping into Google’s search data, subscriptions for non-music content and other changes.

GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 08:41 PM
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Music industry to announce Friday as global release day



Music industry "on the verge" of announcing Friday as global release day

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 08:03 PM
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Why Did Rob Wells UMG Chief Digital Exec Resign? | The Trichordist



We saw the surprise announcement that Rob Wells chief of digital has stepped down from UMG. We have no idea why he would have resigned. It seems to be a great mystery.   Who will be the First Fired Label Execs over Spotify Fiasco & Cannibalization?   Let The Heads Roll…More Genius From The Record…

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 08:43 AM
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Is Tumblr Cracking Down Harder on Copyright Infringement By Users? | Billboard



Tumblr appears to be taking a harder stance against content infringement by its users.

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 08:38 AM
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YouTube MCNs Attacked in Lawsuits Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music (Exclusive) -



On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 09:07 PM
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Copyright is Broken. Can Congress Fix It? | William Buckley Jr.



With the exception of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, just one year before Napster and the beginning of online piracy, many of today's copyright laws and regulations date back to 1976....

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 08:24 PM
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If copyright's a dud, what business models do work for creatives?



Much of the creative work we value – whether it’s films, music, novels, or TV shows – requires a significant input of time and resources. The established method for raising the resources to fund such work…

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:23 AM
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Still Radical: Oscar Nominee Gregg Alexander Says the Music Industry Needs More Class



Having worked both in the music business and the film industry, ex-New Radical Gregg Alexander has developed a strong opinion about the differences between the two entertainment forms and the way award nominees behave during the prestigious events. In the film world, Kanye West's rude and childish interruption of Beck at the Grammys would never happen.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 09:41 AM
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Indie Execs Voice Concern Over iTunes Store Changes | Billboard



The changes appear to benefit the major labels at the expense of indies, leaving the indie label sector in a diminished showing compared to where they were previously inside the store. iTunes didn't respond to a request for comment.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 11:11 PM
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These are the sounds left behind when you compress a song to MP3 | The Verge



If you're listening to music right now, you can probably hear the vocalist's slight pitch-shifts, or hiss of a drummer's hi-hats, or the padded thump of a synth bed. But do you ever think about...

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:46 PM
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Audiophiles: Neil Young’s Pono has brought unfair scorn for lovers of high-end



Thirty years ago, I visited a newly opened “high-end audio” store called Excalibur, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., with the idea of writing a scathing exposé. Back then I read Stereo Review, which insisted that pretty much all audio components sounded alike. (If they measured the same on a...

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:33 PM
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Where Did the Best Original Song Oscar Category Go Wrong?



We talk to two experts about why the Oscar's Best Original Song category so rarely involves songs we know and love.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 01:28 AM
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So Much For Spotify in Sweden, Overall Sales Drop… and Norway Too…Streami



Remember how we've been told for years that Spotify is the solution to the record industry's problems? Remember how we've been told that Spotify is the solution to piracy? Remember the stories of how "sales are growing" in Sweden and Norway? Well guess what? According to Digital Music News (reported by IFPI) overall sales in…

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:12 PM
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Subscriptions Key to Music Industry, Says UMG’s Lucian Grainge | Re/code



Free, ad-funded music services won't sustain artists or labels, says Lucian Grainge.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:02 PM
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'HMV is not our enemy': 10 rules for running a record shop | Music | The Guardian



To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kingston upon Thames’s thriving Banquet Records, owner Jon Tolley shares his tips on how to keep the music playing and the lights on

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 07:31 PM
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NME denies reports that it will go free after slump in sales - News - Music - The In



Venerable music magazine NME has denied reports that it is to become a free publication, after its sales crashed to a record low.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 02:25 PM
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is the music industry becoming a hobby for the upper classes? | read | i-D



After the argument between shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant, and privately educated singer James Blunt, i-D investigates the decline in working class musicians.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 11:44 PM
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Who's making money in digital music?



Musicians continue to sing the blues over royalty revenues in the digital era, where success online continues to be a mixed bag. "Nobody's making any money,"says Paul Resnikoff.

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 10:37 PM
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Zane Lowe defends new soundtrack for cult film Drive - BBC Newsbeat



Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe defends his new soundtrack for the movie Drive after criticism online.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 03:41 PM
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Zane Lowe to leave Radio 1 for Apple - Telegraph



The DJ, who is credited with helping to discover Adele and Ed Sheeran, is moving to iTunes radio

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:41 PM
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Apple Doesn't Want to Compete -- It Wants to Own the Record Business | Billboard



Sources say changes at iTunes along with meetings between Jimmy Iovine and the labels signal the almost-here arrival of*a new, all-you-can-eat music subscription service.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:06 PM
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The iPod effect: how near limitless storage made content worthless | Media Network |



As many new iPhone users have to cope with less space, we should welcome the return of choice and value

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 11:56 PM
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Blurred sidelines: meet the musicians who are doctors, gardeners and authors | Music



Recording artists are pursuing myriad other professions on top of their songcraft – and not simply to pay the bills

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 04:12 PM
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Finland music industry statistics show rise of streaming - Business Insider



Finland is just like Sweden and Norway when it comes to music.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 04:11 PM
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Kanye West says upstaging Beck was 'a joke – like the Grammys themselves' | Music |



Rapper says his Grammys interruption of Beck was misconstrued and that he’d like to make music with Taylor Swift, whom he interrupted in 2009

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 07:15 PM
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New Models: The State of Music Commissioning | 21cm



The state of commissioning in the 21st century is so varied and confusing that even established composers have trouble describing it: to some it’s the best of times, to others, much more trying.

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 07:13 PM
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Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore



After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever.

Lars Fox 3 Weeks Ago 01:23 AM
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Apple, The Record Label? | TechCrunch



You better believe that when Apple's streaming music service comes out later this year, it's going to come hard. Apple's MO is to arrive late but with..
game on!
GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 12:21 AM
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Grammys 2015: Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Uses Speech to Lobby on Streaming



Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, joined by Jennifer Hudson and OneRepublic singer and producer Ryan Tedder, used his annual speech from the Grammy stage to introduce the Creators Alliance, meant to push for increased remuneration for artists in the digital age.

GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 07:08 AM
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Grammys creating advocacy coalition | USA Today



Recording Academy president Neil Portnow will use his speech during tonight's 57th Grammy Awards to announce a Creators Alliance designed to bring the nation's music professionals together to lobby for copyright reform.

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