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Whitecat 21 Hours Ago 12:05 PM
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We reveal the ten most valuable records in the world | This is Money



With interest in vinyl records on the rise, the long-standing market for collectible records is being given a new lease of life. Is there a rare gem lurking in your collection?

GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 02:34 AM
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5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating — Medium



I offer this short list of seriously dumb copyright myths to help you through the clutter of free culture bunkum. Hope it helps:
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GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 08:50 PM
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Pandora loses 2m listeners and $48m in three months - Music Business Worldwide



US digital radio platform Pandora’s active listener tally dropped by 2 million people in the first three months of 2015, as it posted a Q1 net loss of US $48.3m.
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GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 06:23 PM
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Grooveshark Faces a $736,050,000.00 Hammer | Digital Music News



When Universal Music Group declared ‘legal jihad’ against Grooveshark, it turns out they actually meant it. Now, after flattening Grooveshark and its principals on grounds of willful copyright infringement, the parties enter the phase of figuring out just how brutal this punishment will be.
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GearAndGuitars 1 Day Ago 06:20 PM
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Ne-Yo: “Streaming Companies Enjoy Billion-Dollar Revenues at Our Expense…” | Digital Music News



Songwriters shouldn’t have to subsidize the billion-dollar streaming industry.

The music streaming business has seen a lot of attention in the last few weeks with the introduction of new players like Tidal— a company that puts artists in control of the valuation of their music, and not at the mercy of the streaming giants.
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Whitecat 1 Day Ago 10:40 AM
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Is Spotify worth more than the entire music industry? - Business News - Business - T



The music streaming debate has been overrun by talk of Jay-Z’s celebrity-endorsed app Tidal, which has already crashed out of the top 700 US apps. Behind these headlines, Spotify is still making its quiet ascendance. According to new reports, Spotify may now be worth more than the entire US music industry.

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 12:34 AM
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Johnny Marr attacks Record Store Day hawkers touting special releases | Music | The G



The former Smiths guitarist warns fans away from ‘eBay tossers’ touting vinyl at inflated prices

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 04:03 PM
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Kanye West Tidal tweets deleted | BGR



How badly has Tidal bombed? So badly that apparently Kanye West no longer wants anything to do with it.*Digital Spy notices that West has not only changed the logo on his Twitter feed from the Tidal logo to the artwork on*one of his old albums, but he's also deleted any tweets that mentioned the s...

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 08:51 AM
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Spotify data hints at a 'musical midlife crisis' for 42-year-old music fans | Technol



And big-data crunch has some bad news for breeders: ‘At every age, parents listen to less currently-popular music than the average listener does’

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 08:43 AM
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Paul McCartney tops musicians' rich list. Again | Music | The Guardian



The former Beatle has a £730m fortune, making him £80m richer than his closest rival in the bank account charts

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 04:23 PM
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Sleeping Through a Revolution — Medium



In my last letter, I told you there was a time in the late sixties when the most critically acclaimed movies and music were also the best selling. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album or Francis Coppola’s Godfather film were just two examples. I said that that is not happening anymore, and I wanted to explore with you why this change occurred.
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Whitecat 3 Days Ago 01:07 PM
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Jay Z's Tidal app falls out of iPhone top 700 chart | Music | The Guardian



The streaming service launched as an alternative to Spotify seems to have floundered. In fact, it may even have boosted sales of its rivals

telecode 3 Days Ago 11:42 AM
I can't seem to post it in the articles section. But a very interesting and good read.

The Man Who Broke the Music Business
The dawn of online piracy.

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 11:16 AM
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We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED



It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 11:08 AM
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Mi2N.com - Loudr Announces Strategic Agreement With CD Baby To Offer Cover Song Licensing



Initiative Provides Leading Independent Music Distributor With Mechanical Licensing Support, Affiliate Opportunities, And Educational Resources.

GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 02:07 AM
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Why Are Soundtracks Suddenly Back? Because They're Better Than Ever | Billboard



We’re in the middle of a full-blown soundtrack revival, nearly two decades after the format’s late 90’s heyday. But why?
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Whitecat 4 Days Ago 08:13 PM
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Ed Sheeran becomes the second artist ever to hit 2 billion Spotify streams



Ed Sheeran asked for some loving on "Give Me Love" in 2011, and since then, the British singer's fans have certainly showered him with much love on Spotify.

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:06 AM
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Spotify's Ad Revenues See Big Jump



Something to consider if you're thinking about launching your own streaming service: Spotify is now worth more than the U.S. recording industry.

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:06 AM
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Pandora Adds Former CEOs of AEG and EMI to Board of Directors | Billboard



Pandora this morning (April 20) announced the election of former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and the nomination of Roger Faxon -- former CEO of EMI Music Group prior to that label’s sale to Universal Music Group -- to the company’s board of directors.

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 10:59 AM
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Why Cloud and streaming will save the music business - Computer Business Review



Analysis: Despite rejection by acts including Taylor Swift the streaming model could be set to take off.

GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 07:38 AM
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The Man Who Broke the Music Business - The New Yorker



How Dell Glover, an employee at a CD-manufacturing plant, became the Patient Zero of Internet piracy.
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 11:58 PM
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More Money, No Profit: Is the “Free For All” Ethos of the Internet Killing Streaming?



What do YouTube, Pandora and Spotify have in common? Yes, they are all streaming services, but what links them together is that none of them earn a profit. Wait, let’s go further. They have never earned an annual profit in all the years they have been in business.
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markbell 5 Days Ago 11:15 AM
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Inside Abbey Road



Google has opened the doors to Abbey Road Studios! Explore, discover and play inside the iconic British recording studio.
Full interactive tour of Abbey Rd..Incredible!

https://insideabbeyroad.withgoogle.com/en/welcome
Whitecat 5 Days Ago 10:14 AM
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Gene Simmons from Kiss: 'I live to make more money' - BBC News



Gene Simmons, bassist and co-vocalist of rock band Kiss, looks back on the band's career, and how he has been in charge of the group's highly lucrative business affairs.

Whitecat 5 Days Ago 10:11 AM
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Wiz Khalifa's Fast and Furious 7 tribute 'See You Again' tops UK char



American rapper Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker has become the quickest-selling single of the year.

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 04:42 AM
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Opponents of Free Music Want YouTube Reeled In - Bloomberg Business



A report says that YouTube and piracy pose the biggest threats to the music industry's financial sustainability
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 07:42 PM
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Has music missed its 'Netflix moment'? - Music Business Worldwide



Subscription streaming movie service Netflix announced earlier this week that it has reached 62m users around the world – almost exactly the same number as Spotify. Big difference is, four times as many of Netflix’s customers pay a subscription each month: 60m of them, or 97% of its total consumer base.
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Whitecat 6 Days Ago 06:21 PM
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Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017



Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.
No static at all...
Whitecat 6 Days Ago 02:34 PM
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You’ve sold 17 million albums and you want to pay me nothing? Pat Pope’s row with Garbage



When the managers of indie giants Garbage asked photographer Pat Pope to use his pictures for no fee, he made a stand

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 11:19 AM
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Record Store Day: was vinyl really that good? - Telegraph



Today is Record Store Day, but don't be suckered by the misplaced nostagia for an impractical and sonically inferior format, says Johnny Sharp

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 08:13 PM
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Spotify Can't Pay an Artist. But They Can Pay 6 Different Lobbying Firms... - Di


Pandora has a gaggle of attorneys and lobbyists camping out at Capitol Hill, all pressing for lowering royalty obligations. Now, Spotify is getting into the same game.
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 06:20 PM
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Global record industry income drops below $15bn for first time in history - Music Bus



New statistics from the IFPI show that overall global record industry revenues dipped by just 0.4% last year – but that was enough to pull the annual tally down from $15.03bn to $14.97bn.
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 06:19 PM
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'YouTube must be stopped from hiding behind safe harbour' - Music Business



“Laws that were designed to exempt passive hosting companies from liability in the early days of the internet – so-called ‘safe harbours’ – should never be allowed to exempt active digital music services from having to fairly negotiate licences with rights holders.
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 06:18 PM
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Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music - Forbes



While Jay Z's streaming service grabs headlines, music's majors are quietly hijacking the multibillion-dollar digital revolution.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 02:41 PM
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Is your voice trustworthy, engaging or soothing to strangers? | Science | The Guardia



Analysis of millions of audio files has led one US company to claim that their software can predict how a person’s voice will make a listener feel
Slightly OT but interesting and could have implications in the future of vocal production?
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 11:47 AM
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Wiz Khalifa's Paul Walker tribute 'See You Again' breaks Spotify record



'See You Again' now has the most streams in a single day on Spotify.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:05 AM
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The Media Column: The music business is starting to think the next big thing is just



Discovering new music talent like James Bay, this year’s tipped breakthrough act whose debut album duly topped the charts, is an expensive business for record companies.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 02:12 AM
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Fair Play, Fair Pay Act Of 2015 Introduced To Congress - hypebot



Yesterday, House Democrats Jerrold Nadler, John Conyers Jr. and Ted Deutch and Republican House member Marsha Blackburn introduced the "Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015" to members of Congress seeking to make sure music creators receive fair pay for their work. During a press conference in New York on...
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 01:44 AM
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The music industry has hit its rock bottom – Quartz



It's always darkest before the dawn. At least that's what executives*in the recorded music business*will be telling themselves this morning after new figures released by the*International Federation of the Phonographic Industry*showed that global revenue hit another low last year, falling below the $15 billion threshold in 2014 for the first time in recent memory. Once...
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 06:38 PM
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Spotify Exploits Musicians: What is an Artist to Do? | Alternet



Many artists consider the music streaming service Spotify an exploitative enterprise. Earlier this year, Bjork announced that her new album would not be available on the service. She explained, "To work on something for two or three years and then just, oh, here it is for free. It’s not about the money, it’s about respect, you know? Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it."
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 06:01 PM
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Guitar Hero Live – how a UK developer re-envisioned the music gaming legend | Techn



Can the reactive crowds, first-person perspective stage performances and new controller re-awaken interest in guitar games?

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 02:46 AM
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Portishead made just $2,500 off 34 million streams | Consequence of Sound



Geoff Barrow shares rough estimate of a crappy deal.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 07:40 PM
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NME News Ben Gibbard says Jay Z's Tidal is just 'millionaires complaining about not b



Read more on 'Ben Gibbard says Jay Z's Tidal is just 'millionaires complaining about not being paid'' from NME.COM

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 05:30 PM
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Vinyl revival: is it back for good? | Bob Stanley | Comment is free | The Guardian



The Official Charts Company is launching new Top 40s for singles and albums, signalling that the vinyl revival is well under way

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