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Whitecat 9th June 2016 09:22 AM
A California club bans DJs who use laptops … but why? | Music | The Guardian

When DJs started to use CDs, purists were up in arms – and now an even more recent piece of kit has been declared verboten. Yet, like dance music itself, technology moves on – so why not embrace it?

Whitecat 8th June 2016 08:22 PM
Songwriters Sue Ed Sheeran For $20M For Ripping Off “Photograph” - Stereo

Good news! Ed Sheeran is finally getting sued for making ****ty-ass music. Billboard reports that the British musician's song "Photograph" came under fire this

Whitecat 8th June 2016 07:29 PM
Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool Coming To Spotify Next Week - Stereogum

Once upon a time, Thom Yorke called Spotify "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse," but next week Radiohead's latest album A Moon Shaped Pool will arrive

Whitecat 8th June 2016 05:34 PM
EMI collapse cost Guy Hands €200m, court hears | UK news | The Guardian

Financier says deal for ailing music group damaged his reputation, as he seeks £1.5bn from Citigroup over ill-fated takeover

Whitecat 6th June 2016 09:49 PM
Three jailed in Iran for distributing underground music | World news | The Guardian

Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian and their friend Yousef Emadi found guilty of ‘spreading propaganda against the system’

GearAndGuitars 6th June 2016 03:47 AM
What an Artist Needs to Sell to Make an Average Spotify Salary

The average Spotify employee makes $168,787 a year, but is that attainable for an artist or songwriter? Here's the shocking diagram of what it takes.

Whitecat 5th June 2016 10:56 AM
Madonna wins Vogue copyright case - BBC News

Pop star Madonna did not violate copyright law when she used a fragment of another song in her number one hit, Vogue, a US court rules.

Whitecat 4th June 2016 12:06 PM
Jam fans tour Tescos in search of rare pink vinyl | Business | The Guardian

Supermarket ‘caught offguard’ by surge in demand for Father’s Day limited edition of the band’s 1980 LP

Whitecat 3rd June 2016 05:25 PM
Why it’s so hard to score Tragically Hip tickets and how you might be able to beat

Fans cried foul when presale tickets for the Tragically Hip’s final concert tour were scooped up by digital scalpers and offered for resale at inflated prices. Eric Andrew-Gee and Laurent Bastien explain how it happened and how fans might be able to beat the bots when Hip tickets go on sale to the general public Friday

GearAndGuitars 3rd June 2016 08:17 AM
Silicon Valley's Problem and Why Music Startups Have to Die |

If your business model depends on the kindness of strangers and special deals, go back to the drawing board.

GearAndGuitars 3rd June 2016 04:16 AM
Is the Era of Free Streaming Music Coming to an End? | Pitchfork

With streaming services asserting their market dominance, the music industry must now try to convince an entire generation raised on free to start paying up—without scaring them off.

GearAndGuitars 2nd June 2016 11:09 PM
Roger Daltrey: There's no music industry anymore, why would we make an album

The Who frontman says the internet has stolen the record industry and gives musicians no incentive to make new music

Whitecat 2nd June 2016 11:15 AM
Big audio dynamite: how theatre is moving at the speed of sound | Stage | The Guardia

Long treated as a final flourish, sound design is now sitting at the heart of theatre productions – and new technology means it can make drama more tense and terrifying than ever before

GearAndGuitars 1st June 2016 12:59 AM
New Research Debunks Myth That Piracy Site Blocking Does Not Work

Game of Thrones (HBO) Brett Danaher has a ready response to skeptics who claim court orders to take down film and TV piracy websites anywhere in the world will never work because freeloaders will find other unlicensed sites or use virtual private networks (VPNs) to get the content they want. If enough [...]

GearAndGuitars 1st June 2016 12:56 AM
Music World Bands Together Against YouTube, Seeking Change to Law | NY Times

A few years ago, the biggest enemy of the music industry was Pandora Media. Then Spotify became the target. Now it is YouTube’s turn.

Whitecat 31st May 2016 02:17 PM
Gary Numan Thinks The Music Industry's Collapse Is A Beautiful Thing | Fast Company

We talked to synth pop pioneer Gary Numan about Moog synthesizers and the state of the music industry.

Whitecat 31st May 2016 01:04 PM
Kraftwerk Lose Court Fight Over Sampled Song - Yahoo Finance UK

'Kraftwerk Lose Court Fight Over Sampled Song' on Yahoo Finance UK. Kraftwerk have lost a 19-year-long copyright battle against an artist who had sampled a two-second drum sequence from one of their songs. The electronic group's lead singer had claimed elements of their 1977 song Metal On Metal had been stolen and used in Sabrina Setlur's 1997 release Nur Mir, which translates into English as Only Me. Ms Setlur, along with producer Moses Pelham, had argued the initial verdict infringed their artistic freedom - not least because sampling is a common practice in the hip-hop genre.

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2016 06:41 AM
T Bone Burnett’s Remarks on Music and the American Story (with intro by Rosanne Cas

Remarks on Music and the American StoryT Bone Burnett Washington, DC May 11, 2016. The First Amendment gives us freedom of speech. For most of us here, that’s at the very core of who we are — the freedom to speak, to sing, to create, to tell stories.

Whitecat 30th May 2016 12:09 PM
And on the MiMu gloves … the ingenious devices helping disabled musicians to play a

How can a trumpeter paralysed from the neck down play music again? With a little help from tech. Meet the players whose careers have been reignited by the HiNote, the Headspace and the Quirkitar

Whitecat 29th May 2016 09:24 PM
Michael Eavis urges Glastonbury festival revellers to vote in the EU referendum | Hom

Michael Eavis, the founder of Glastonbury, has urged attendees of this year’s music festival to vote in the forthcoming referendum on whether the UK is to remain in or leave the European Union.
 Young people should throw their support behind staying a member of the economic-political union, according to the 80-year-old owner of Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Whitecat 29th May 2016 11:11 AM
Music fans could be target of next UK terror attack - security chief | UK news | The

Top counter-terrorism officer tells music executives to take extra security measures in run-up to festival season

GearAndGuitars 27th May 2016 07:56 AM
Songwriter Would Need 288 Million Spins To Equal Average Spotify Employee Salary | Th

Spotify just posted their financials and Paul Resnikoff at Digital Music News was quick to point out that the average Spotify employee salary is $168, 747.Contrast that to the plight of songwriters. There would be no music business without the fundamental efforts of songwriters. Yet, there is not a free market in songs.

Whitecat 27th May 2016 07:04 AM
Spotify strikes deal to stream user-created DJ mixes

The deal means that all rights holders and mix creators get paid royalties.

GearAndGuitars 26th May 2016 11:52 PM
My Band Has 1,000,000 Spotify Streams. Want to See Our Royalties?

What do you get for 1,000,000 Spotify streams? Here's an actual statement from a band that did just that, then got signed.

Whitecat 26th May 2016 11:18 PM
The British pop talent crash: where have all the new acts gone? | Business | The Guar

With the charts dominated by North American titans such as Beyoncé and Drake, it is getting harder and harder for the UK’s rising stars to break in. Will we ever see another Adele?

Whitecat 26th May 2016 06:36 PM
Car Seat Headrest Expands On Licensing Fiasco, Recall Cost Matador Over $50k - Stereo

Last Friday, Car Seat Headrest released the digital version of the new LP Teens Of Denial, one of the year's best indie rock records. It would've been even

Whitecat 26th May 2016 12:50 PM
Rock music is dead, says Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea – MyKotori

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea took the opportunity during an interview on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio to say that rock music is dead. He said that current rock music is nothing alike the old days.

Whitecat 26th May 2016 09:13 AM
Wish You Were Here: Royal Mail stamps honour 50 years of Pink Floyd | Music | The Gua

Stamps mark half-century since group turned professional, with albums and live performances represented

GearAndGuitars 25th May 2016 10:36 PM
Spotify's Financial Results Reinforce How Broken the Music Business Is - Fortune

Revenues grew last year, but payments to record labels grew even faster.

GearAndGuitars 25th May 2016 10:13 PM
Spotify Now Faces One Big Fat $350 Million Lawsuit

Lowery and Fericks lawsuits against Spotify have now been combined. The lawsuit will see Spotify face $350 million in damage recovery.

Whitecat 25th May 2016 08:44 PM
The HMRC hold music is -sort of - one of 2015's biggest tunes - BBC Newsbeat

If you've ever had to ring the government to ask about your tax, you might know the HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) tune.
You hear it when you're on hold, waiting for your call to be answered.

Whitecat 24th May 2016 03:13 PM
Paul McCartney to Appear In Six-Part Virtual Reality Documentary Series - Hollywood

Directed by Tony Kaye and produced by VR startup Jaunt, the series is built around the June 10 release of 'PURE McCartney.'

Whitecat 24th May 2016 09:16 AM
Spotify revenues rise but losses widen - BBC News

Streaming music platform Spotify saw revenue top 1.95bn euros ($2.2bn; £1.5bn) over the past year, but has yet to make a profit.

Whitecat 23rd May 2016 09:38 PM
Adele's singular contract shows why she is pop's greatest outlier | Music | The Guard

Sony’s reported £90m deal may not quite stack up to that sum, but the singer can call the shots because she is bankability personified

Whitecat 23rd May 2016 11:05 AM
The new tastemakers: a day in the life of a music-streaming playlister | Technology |

Once, people like Sam Lee would have aspired to work in music journalism or radio. Now they’re curating playlists for services like Deezer

Whitecat 23rd May 2016 10:06 AM
Adele 'to sign £90 million Sony Music contract' -

Adele is reportedly due to sign a £90 million record contract, landing the biggest deal ever handed to a British musician.

GearAndGuitars 23rd May 2016 02:24 AM
How I Skipped Spotify and Made 10 Times the Revenue

How can you beat Spotify at its own game? Meet the label that skipped one of the biggest streaming music platforms in the world, and won.

Whitecat 22nd May 2016 01:21 PM
Family Guy 'stole' a video of Double Dribble from YouTube then claimed the original v

YouTube is a fantastic source for knowledge - from explainers on the latest Game of Thrones theories, to slow-motion balloons being popped, there is an unprecedented amount*of both brilliant and awful content available to anyone with access to the internet.*

GearAndGuitars 21st May 2016 06:06 PM
The Frame | Hello, Spotify! Goodbye, songwriters? | 89.3 KPCC

When you write a song that streams on Spotify or Apple Music or another service millions of times, how much do you get paid? Not enough to by a vente latte at Starbucks. But perhaps just enough to possibly start a revolution.

GearAndGuitars 21st May 2016 06:02 PM
Do You Love Music? Silicon Valley Doesn’t | The New York Times

Los Angeles — ON Sunday night, the entire music industry will pause during the Billboard Music Awards to commemorate the visionary musician Prince. And while the focus will be on his artistic legacy, Prince also fought throughout his career against digital piracy and for the rights of artists to control their own work.

Whitecat 21st May 2016 09:16 AM
Call for ticket touting to be criminalised | Money | The Guardian

There’s a growing outcry over vastly inflated gig prices as the government prepares to publish its review of the secondary-ticketing market

Whitecat 20th May 2016 01:58 PM
Why is the music industry battling YouTube and what happens next? | Technology | The

Labels are facing off with Google’s video service over revenues and rights, yet it’s also their biggest partner for streaming music

Whitecat 20th May 2016 01:27 PM
Bandcamp Grew 35% Last Year, Monthly Transactions Top $4.3M - hypebot

The indie music community has embraced Bandcamp and its suite of direct to fan monetization tools. And unlike most music tech startups, Bandcamp, which launched in 2008, has been profitable "in the now-quaint revenues-exceed-expenses sense" since 2012. _______________________________________________ Bandcamp grew 35% last year, according to new stats just released by...

Whitecat 20th May 2016 11:04 AM
One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star - BBC News

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year.

Whitecat 19th May 2016 09:13 AM
Drake overtakes Justin Bieber on Spotify to become world's most streamed artist -

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

Whitecat 18th May 2016 09:50 PM
Congress’s Chance to Be Fair to Musicians - The New Yorker

Jeffrey Toobin on the promise of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which aims to change the way musicians are compensated for their work.

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