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GearAndGuitars 7 Hours Ago 08:04 PM
Bill Gates said content would be king. So why are ad-funded services paying us so lit

This is not a question, as some would suggest, of choosing between growth from digital platforms and growth from the creative sector. Rather, a healthy creative sector generates the content that powers the growth of the digital economy. Bill Gates understood this synergy in 1996. He wrote: “For the Internet to thrive, content providers must be paid for their work”.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 09:53 PM
Paris Live Music Industry Seeks Emergency Aid | Billboard

France's live music industry has appealed for €50 million ($53 million) in state aid, following the Paris terrorist attacks.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 08:38 PM
Adele says she'll 'probably' let '25' stream someday

Adele says she'll "probably" put her album on a streaming service in the future.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 02:02 PM
Wu-Tang Clan sell copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for 'millions' | Music | The Gu

As the album’s only copy is sold at auction, RZA says ‘the impact of this historical sale will echo through the ages’

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 12:20 PM
Ticket fraud: Fans lose £1.2m in six months - BBC News

Music and sports fans have lost £1.2 million to ticket fraud in the last six months, police figures reveal.

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 09:33 PM
What’s Good for Adele, Sucks For Everyone Else… And Here’s Why

We celebrate in all the success that Adele deserves. Like Taylor Swift and Beyonce' before her the ladies are leading the industry with common sense. We applaud all three for windowing their new albums off of Spotify and other FREE streaming services. We also have some concerns about the implications for other artists who currently can’t do the same.

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 03:41 PM
Glastonbury myths 'made up by 12th-century monks' | Science | The Guardian

Archaeological study dismisses abbey’s links to King Arthur and Joseph of Arimathea, saying many stories were created to raise funds after a fire
A tenuous music industry link perhaps but Glastonbury is the site of one of the world's biggest & most famous music festivals and the historical connections are oft-touted when it comes to the "vibe" of the place. Enjoy!
Whitecat 3 Days Ago 02:24 PM
Adele is NOT No.1 on this chart (and it's a really important one)

If you didn’t catch the news over the weekend, Adele’s 25 is currently on course to smash records on both sides of the Atlantic.

As revealed on MBW yesterday, the star’s third album sold approximately 1.9m copies in its first two days on sale in the US.

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 01:18 PM
Last trance saloon: why is music's cheesiest genre making a comeback? | Music | The G

Once maligned for its naff image and sugary euphoria, trance is being embraced by DJs such as Evian Christ and Rustie. Time to break out the confetti canons

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 06:55 AM
Adele Proves Again that Spotify Needs Hits but Hits Don’t Need Spotify | MUSIC

Following what is rapidly becoming standard industry practice, Adele’s “25” will not appear initially on streaming platforms.
... streaming services need hits, hits don't need streaming services ...
GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 06:14 AM
Why safe harbour will be the music industry's big battle in 2016

The heads of music industry bodies have been speaking out about safe harbour increasingly openly and at length in the past year.

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 06:07 AM
Federal Judge Rules That Cox Communications Isn’t Protected by the DMCA | Digital Music News

Last year, two music publishers had the balls to sue a major ISP, an expensive and risky undertaking. Now, that gamble is paying off: late last week, a federal judge ruled that Cox Communications, one of the largest ISPs in the U.S., has forfeited its right to DMCA ‘safe harbor’ protections based on its failure to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers.
... this is big ...
GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 06:06 AM
Rdio Owed $220M to Creditors When it Filed for Bankruptcy* | Digital Trends

Music streamer Rdio, which Pandora bought key assets from yesterday, owes about $220 million to creditors.
... so advances to labels are a bad idea, but stiffing folks with $220 million in Debt is good? ...
GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 06:02 AM
TuneCore Reports 90% Streaming and Download Growth, But Just 6.3% Rise in Payments To

D.I.Y. digital distributor TuneCore announced today that is artists had a collective 3.6 billion downloads and streams in the last 3 months. That resulted in 90% increase versus the same time last year, and artists saw a 6.1% in earnings over the same time period, totaling $34.7 million. 90% growth...

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 10:55 PM
Feline groovy: one man's Kickstarter quest to make the purrfect music for cats | Life

More than 7,000 investors have already put up money to help composer David Teie fund his project: music which he claims is scientifically proven to enrich the lives of cats

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:21 AM
Adele's Spotify boycott isn't selfish - it's savvy

Superstar singer Adele might be the patron saint of heartbreak, but she’s definitely the one calling the shots. Today, with the release of her new album, she’s called time on her relationship with music streaming service Spotify - and Spotify is currently doing an excellent impression of a passive aggressive ex partner.

theblue1 6 Days Ago 09:53 PM
What Happened to Kesha?: A Timeline | Passion of the Weiss

If Kesha's lawsuit against Dr. Luke is the first-of-its-kind, precedent-setting decision her lawyer says it will be, all women in the music industry...
Extremely disturbing accounts from the singer, her lawyer, and supporters about her treatment by her longtime producer, Dr. Luke.
Whitecat 6 Days Ago 02:47 PM
‘Women find it difficult to find music’, say Apple’s Iovine

Women - do you find it hard to make your mind up? Do you wonder where men get all their music from? Do you wish someone could help you and that little brain of yours?

Whitecat 6 Days Ago 02:19 PM
Google offers YouTube copyright support - BBC News

YouTube owner Google says it will help fund up to $1m (£650,000) in legal fees for some content creators who receive copyright takedown notices.

Whitecat 6 Days Ago 12:18 PM
Adele's 25 goes on sale – with no queues outside record shops | Music | The Guardia

The days of the megastores opening overnight to sate the appetites of fans have been killed by downloading – and it’s rather a shame

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 06:08 AM
Adele's new album 25 will not be streamed on Spotify | Music | The Guardian

The artist is taking the Taylor Swift route by not making her new album available for streaming, according to multiple sources

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 11:15 PM
Apple's iTunes Is Alienating Its Most Music-Obsessed Users | WIRED

People with terabytes of MP3s who want a solid app to catalog and organize their libraries feel abandoned by Apple's new cloud-based music strategy.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 05:11 PM
Let's move the Time Warp again: how a techno festival fell foul of New York's gentrif

The dance music event has switched locations after pressure from local residents and politicians, who argue it’s a symptom of creeping gentrification

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 04:14 PM
Adele's record company moves quickly to plug leaks of 25 | Music | The Guardian

Two-minute snippets of 25 reportedly available on the web three days before the album is officially released, then taken down

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 03:31 PM
Abbey Road Studios and remastered music: Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Van Morrison and

“Can you hear it?” I can’t. “There it is.” I still can’t. I can see it on the screen, but for the life of me I can’t hear it. The man next to me can, though. He’s Ian Jones, one of the top engineers at the most famous recording studios in the world, and he’s helping on a quest that began with yet another review CD of remastered music arriving at The Independent: I was asked if I could hear the difference between remasters and the originals. “Not really,” I said. Which started me on my quest to find out what’s so special about remastered music.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:16 AM
The long, sad and totally predictable death of Rdio

Pandora is acquiring Rdio's assets, but the company has been on life support since 2011.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:29 PM
A Point of View: Why it's time to turn the music off - BBC News

It's necessary in order to rediscover its true value, says Roger Scruton.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:37 AM
Beats Music IS Shutting Down November 30 | Variety

Beats Music is finally shutting down, and remaining subscribers are urged to switch to Apple Music.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 03:55 AM
Barnes & Noble Has a Full-Blown Vinyl Section In Every StoreDigital Music News

How giant is the vinyl comeback going to be? Mega-retailers like Barnes & Noble are getting on board and promising another huge year.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 03:50 AM
Users of Music, from Tech Giants to Fans, Need More Incentive to Fix a Broken Market:

If we value music as a society, or as a commodity for businesses to use, less money going to those who create or control it means less incentive and resources to write and record it
... jeff price might be right, God help us ...
GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 03:44 AM
New York Attorney General asked to investigate Spotify’s unpaid mechanicals |

Some music publishers acknowledge that weakness and forgive the digital services to an extent, but others argue that – even if the music industry is to blame for some of the inefficiencies – that doesn’t alter the digital services’ obligations to ensure royalties are paid.
... show me the money ...
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 08:40 AM
YouTube Music is here, and it’s a game changer | The Verge

YouTube is first and foremost a video portal, the world’s largest and most popular online collection of moving images. But it’s also a search engine, the world’s second largest, trailing only its...

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:29 AM
The sad truth behind Sandi Thom's tearful Facebook video | Music | The Guardian

Complaining that her new single is not on the Radio 2 playlist reveals a singer-songwriter out of tune with the hard facts of life in the music business

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 06:54 PM
Judge dismisses Taylor Swift lawsuit with Taylor Swift lyrics

On Tuesday Nov. 10, Judge Gail J. Standish shook off Jesse Graham's complaint by filling in the blank spaces in her paperwork with T-Swift lyrics.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 03:39 PM
All Songs +1: Danger Mouse Is Starting His Own Record Label : All Songs Considered :

Brian Burton, best known as the musician, songwriter and producer Danger Mouse, is kicking off the launch of his new label, 30th Century Records, with a compilation of songs by mostly unknown artists.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 02:44 PM
One Direction rack up £45.4m profit – and pay more tax than Facebook | Music | The

Albums, gig tickets and merchandise helped sales soar to £73.7m as company made up of boyband’s original five members paid £8.24m in UK tax

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:44 AM
Leaning power: Spotify names its most streamed track of all time | Music | The Guardi

Step aside, Stairway to Heaven – the song the world has yearned to hear was a summer hit released only eight months ago

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:14 AM
Amen Break musician finally gets paid - BBC News

The musician behind one of the most-sampled pieces of music in history gets a cheque for £24,000 after a fund-raising campaign

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:24 AM
Apple Music launches on Android to tap billion-strong new audience | Technology | The

Streaming service crosses into rival territory with its core features and free trial intact: ‘It’s a full native app, so it will look and feel like an Android app’

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 08:41 AM
Universal Music Group Now Gets Over Half of Digital Revenue From Streaming | Billboar

Services like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube accounted for 51 percent of digital revenue in the third quarter.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:33 PM
British Music Industry Has 'Envy Of The World'

A record £500m was invested in the last year and the number of new artists signed to labels is at a five-year high.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:45 AM
Justin Bieber chastised audience for clapping on the offbeat: The biggest challenge f

Justin Bieber recently took it upon himself to address a bad clapping situation. As the Biebs sang “What Do You Mean?” on the Spanish TV show El Hormiguero

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:15 AM
Hidden treasures of a remote record shop - BBC News

Until this year, people in Mongolia had to travel 1,000km (600 miles) to the nearest record shop - but a new specialist store has opened in the capital, Ulan Bator.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:17 AM
John Lennon's guitar sold for $2.4m at auction | Music | The Guardian

The Gibson acoustic was stolen in in 1963, and used on the recordings of Love Me Do and PS I Love You

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:30 AM
What Happened To The Art Of Listening To Music?

When I was a kid, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to music. Seriously, whenever a friend would call and ask what I was up to, more often that not I would say, “Listening to music.” and the response would invariable be, “Awesome, what are you listening to?” and the conversation would go from there.

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