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Whitecat 12th November 2015 09:44 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 12th November 2015 08:14 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 11th November 2015 08:24 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 11th November 2015 07:41 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 9th November 2015 11:33 AM
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 9th November 2015 09:45 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 9th November 2015 09:15 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 8th November 2015 09:17 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 8th November 2015 01:30 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.

GearAndGuitars 8th November 2015 01:10 AM
Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music

While Jay Z's streaming service grabs headlines, music's majors are quietly hijacking the multibillion-dollar digital revolution.
Because piracy was going to bring down the labels...
Whitecat 6th November 2015 05:55 PM
Facebook launches music sharing app called Music Stories - BBC Newsbeat

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

Whitecat 6th November 2015 12:06 PM
All Hail: How Adele's 'Rolling Stone' Cover Destroys the Male Gaze | N

What does it say about a culture when it’s considered “daring” to put a woman on a magazine cover without the pretense of sex?

Whitecat 6th November 2015 11:21 AM
Reclusive French rap duo shoot to top of iTunes chart | World news | The Guardian

PNL’s videos have been viewed millions of times and their first gig was packed out but little is known about the brothers

Whitecat 6th November 2015 10:41 AM
Adele's new album will be big. But will it be streaming?

Her choice will reflect the industry’s debate over how fully to embrace the format. By streaming new songs immediately, they risk sacrificing lucrative ...

theblue1 4th November 2015 10:52 PM
Pop stars slamming Spotify should 'talk to their record labels' instead, says house m

Swedish House Mafia star Steve Angello describes streaming as "the best thing ever."

Whitecat 3rd November 2015 01:01 AM
Victory Records Says It Will Begin Layoffs Unless Spotify Restores Its Catalog

Victory's founder says the streaming giant, which accounts for 70 percent of the label's digital income, hasn't paid in months.

Whitecat 3rd November 2015 01:00 AM
Rod Stewart reveals he would not go into the music business today | Daily Mail Online

The Maggie May singer, 70, said that it was ‘so discouraging’ that albums do not sell like they did back when he began his career in the 1960s.

theblue1 2nd November 2015 04:13 PM
Maybe Spotify Isn’t Killing The Music Industry After All | FiveThirtyEight

In 2013, David Lowery, a singer and guitarist for the band Cracker, was aghast with the music service Pandora. In a now infamous blog post, Lowery lambasted Pan…
From an unlikely source -- the economics section of US statistics and polling guru Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog -- comes this rather dispassionate article about a pair of economists who set out to get beyond the manufactured hype and outrage surrounding the music streaming controversy and get at the overall numbers.
Whitecat 1st November 2015 09:31 PM
Queen's Brian May joins campaign to save AIR Studios

Queen guitarist Brian May has backed the ongoing campaign to save AIR Studios from potentially disruptive construction work planned by its neighbours.

He joins the dispute which argues that the Hampstead-based studio could suffer up to six months of interruptions if planning consent is granted by Camden Council, leading to fears that he facility will lose its status as a prime destination for projects such as movie soundtrack recordings.

Whitecat 1st November 2015 03:36 PM
Taylor Swift sued over Shake It Off lyrics - BBC News

US pop star Taylor Swift is being sued for $42m (£27m) for allegedly stealing the lyrics to her hit song Shake It Off.

GearAndGuitars 29th October 2015 06:51 PM
Sensing Horrific Disaster Ahead, Deezer Calls Off Its IPO - Digital Music News

Deezer is one of the largest streaming music services in the world. So why is this company suddenly skittish about going public?

Whitecat 29th October 2015 04:51 PM
Why Solo Songwriters Are No Longer Today's Hitmakers | Billboard

The past 40 years of the Hot 100 show that music-by-committee is the way to get a hit.

Whitecat 29th October 2015 04:41 PM
Music Director at WJCU Breaks with National Association of Broadcasters in Letter to

The United States is the only democracy in the world that does not pay recording artists for radio airplay. Artists and record labels have been fighting a legislative battle for decades to bring the U.S. in line with the rest of the world, but the powerful broadcasters lobby has always beaten them back.

Whitecat 29th October 2015 12:36 PM
Adele's Hello beats Taylor Swift's record for most-viewed video in 24 hours | Music |

British singer’s new music video viewed 27.7m times in its first day, 7m more than Swift’s celebrity-studded clip for Bad Blood

GearAndGuitars 26th October 2015 10:46 PM
Guest Commentary: Music is changing; so should the laws - The Denver Post

Last week, I contacted my U.S. representative to encourage him to support the songwriters, performers and producers who make up a vital part of our community.

GearAndGuitars 26th October 2015 09:27 PM
James Blunt Spotify royalties are £0.0004499368 per stream

James Blunt is the latest artist to publish details of how much he earns from streams of his music, telling his Twitter followers that he earns less than £0.0005 per stream on Spotify.

“I get paid £00.0004499368 per stream. Beers are on me! Cheers @Spotify,” tweeted Blunt last weekend. And like other cases of artists announcing their streaming earnings, it’s left us with plenty of questions.

GearAndGuitars 26th October 2015 12:31 AM
Goodbye Popcorn Time — Medium

This experiment has come to an end
... quitters... not so valiant as to defend the indefensible...
GearAndGuitars 24th October 2015 06:00 AM
Spotify Broke the Law on Songwriter Licenses, Therefore Rights Holders Have to Build

Spotify has put quite an interesting *spin on its failure to license or pay on as much as 25% of the songs on its service. Quoting from the Wall Street Journal We want to pay every [fraction of a] penny, but we need to know who [sic] to pay,” Spotify spokesman Jonathan Prince said in…
... funny thing is, record labels have been paying songwriters and publishers for decades, but Spotify is "confused" how to do it, says legal licensing music is "too complicated"...
theblue1 24th October 2015 03:49 AM
Spotify's Victory Records Flap Shows How Complicated Digital Music Really Is

Payment for digital music is far more complicated that many believe, but much of the difficulty still stems from the fact that the music industry is still transitioning from an analog world.
Collecting the money from either advertisers or subscribers isn’t much of a problem for a digital music service, but paying the specific royalties can be. The reason is that payment revolves around the metadata supplied with the song when it’s uploaded to the service. [...]

Attaching metadata is still mostly a manual process, with most record labels leaving the job to untrained interns instead of a dedicated team that can hunt some of the more obscure publishing information down.

GearAndGuitars 23rd October 2015 06:44 PM
Kickass Torrents Is Infected With So Much Malware It's Starting To Look Like The

Kickass Torrents, the most popular piracy website in the world, is spreading more than free movies and TV shows.

GearAndGuitars 23rd October 2015 06:31 AM
YouTubers Are Up In Arms About YouTube Red*

The past 24 hours have been a tortured 24 hours for YouTube professionals and their fans. The famously free video site announced a new paid service called YouTube Red, and nobody’s really sure what it means. But some YouTubers are already making end-time predictions.

Whitecat 23rd October 2015 01:21 AM
Will digital tech tear up the paper concert ticket? - BBC News

A pair of British start-ups is plotting the demise of the paper ticket for music concerts, but are we really ready to embrace digital ticketing technologies?

Whitecat 22nd October 2015 12:56 AM
The weird worlds of Roger Dean, prog rock's artist in residence | Music | The Guardia

Space was not the final frontier for artist Roger Dean, best known for his album covers for the band Yes – he went far beyond the galaxies for these fantastical images

Whitecat 21st October 2015 11:56 PM
Classical music isn't a secret society unless we allow it to be | Music | The Guardia

It doesn’t matter if you weren’t brought up with it or don’t know how to pronounce the composers’ names – I wasn’t, I can’t, and it still lets me in

GearAndGuitars 20th October 2015 09:46 PM
Spotify Pulls Victory Records' Releases - Victory Records

Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.

GearAndGuitars 20th October 2015 09:45 PM
Victory Records Pulls Its Entire Catalog from SpotifyDigital Music News

Victory says Spotify owes them more money. Spotify thinks that's BS, and has removed the entire Victory catalog as a result.
... ruh oh...
Whitecat 20th October 2015 08:27 PM
When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have? - The Globe and

‘When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail’

Whitecat 20th October 2015 07:01 PM
As Apple Music Trials Wrap, Spotify Snags The #1 Top Grossing Spot In US App Store Fo

Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday may have been touting the number of Apple Music music paying subscribers*- 6.5 million, but at the same time rival Spotify was..

Whitecat 20th October 2015 05:09 PM
Music industry won't find stars of tomorrow without radical action to stop venue clos

The music industry will be unable to find the stars of tomorrow unless radical action is taken to halt the closure of live venues, a new report warns. Nearly 50 grassroots venues have shut down in London in the last eight years – a third of the total – with smaller clubs under threat from rising rents, licensing restrictions, noise complaints and developers.*

Whitecat 20th October 2015 03:07 PM
Apple Music Has 6.5 Million Paying Subscribers | Variety

More than 15 million people have signed up for Apple's music subscription service, and 6.5 million are currently paying for it.

Whitecat 19th October 2015 04:26 PM
As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing : Paralle

U.S. economist Michael Pettis, an expert on China's economy and professor at Beijing University, is also a key figure nurturing a distinct American sound in Beijing's avant-garde music scene.

Whitecat 19th October 2015 10:44 AM
Spotify Moves Closer To Launches In Indonesia And Japan | TechCrunch

It's now two and a half years since Spotify first brought its music streaming service to Asia, and the company is moving close to entering in two important..

Whitecat 18th October 2015 07:35 PM
The Good Listener: What's The Matter With Canada? : All Songs Considered : NPR

Why do so many of Canada's most successful musicians shy away from acknowledging their home country?

GearAndGuitars 17th October 2015 07:37 AM
Joanna Newsom: "Spotify Is the Banana of the Music Industry. It Just Gives O

"Spotify is like a villainous cabal of major labels. The business is built from the ground up as a way to circumvent the idea of paying their artists."
... Spotify and it's discontents ...
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