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GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 07:21 PM
Meet the Disruptor Trying to Get Artists Paid for Streaming Music | Rolling Stone

Jeff Price, founder of a company who helps artists receive royalties from streaming music, breaks down why artists aren't getting paid

GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 06:30 PM
On Piracy and Promotion - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of More

Observations on the argument/rationalization that piracy is good for promotion of motion pictures.
GearAndGuitars 15th January 2016 07:51 AM
Everyone Is Doomed (Except Adele): The Cold, Hard Truth About The Nielsen Music Repor

Last week, Nielsen shared its 2015 U.S. Music Year-End Report, giving a massive statistical overview of how we consume music, how much music we consume, and how
And that great future for artists brought to you by the Internet is where exactly?
GearAndGuitars 14th January 2016 12:29 AM
The (potential) sounds of silence | TheHill

Without songwriters, there would be no music.

GearAndGuitars 13th January 2016 06:19 PM
David Bowie Understood the Vital Import of Intellectual Property | RedState

If we want to allow for and foster the next David Bowies (if that’s even possible for which to hope), we’d better do our very best to ensure that the things they create – they can protect from technological banditry.
Also in an interview in 1999 Bowie said that if were 19 at the time, he would not chose to be a musician. What a loss that would be for all of us...
Whitecat 12th January 2016 10:21 PM
SFX Entertainment Imploding Into Near-Certain BankruptcyDigital Music News

EDM seemed like a great place to invest hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, SFX is learning that DJs and happy pills don't always make good investments.

Whitecat 11th January 2016 04:06 PM
UK album chart set for David Bowie takeover | Music | The Guardian

Blackstar already on course to become 10th No 1 before news of his death, which could lead to his other albums charting again

Whitecat 11th January 2016 03:06 PM
BowieNet: how David Bowie's ISP foresaw the future of the internet | Technology | The

Always a step ahead of the curve, he spotted the potential of the internet as a venue in which to make, share and expand upon art

Whitecat 9th January 2016 06:17 PM
David Gilmour disc wins record cover prize - BBC News

The avian-themed cover of David Gilmour's fourth solo album wins an annual prize for the year's best album artwork.

Whitecat 8th January 2016 09:38 PM
Justin Bieber sets UK singles chart record - BBC News

Pop star Justin Bieber pulls off another chart coup by occupying the number one, two and three spots in this week's singles countdown.

GearAndGuitars 8th January 2016 08:44 PM
Recording Industry 2015: More Music Consumption and Less Money, That's Digital Deflation

People are consuming more and more music yet less money finds its way to record labels and artists.
... another shocker...
Whitecat 8th January 2016 04:15 PM
Jack Garratt tops BBC Sound of 2016 list - BBC News

Multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt tops the BBC Sound Of 2016 list, which highlights the best new artists for the year ahead.

Whitecat 8th January 2016 03:42 PM
Sonic boom: why clubs are cranking up the quality instead of the volume | Music | The

Venues run by music obsessives are cranking up the quality instead of the volume, and bringing acoustic perfection to the public

Whitecat 8th January 2016 02:20 PM
The Offspring just sold their entire catalog for $35 million | Consequence of Sound

Round Hill Music has purchased the rights to two decades’ worth of pop-punk hits.

Whitecat 8th January 2016 12:46 PM
Mötorhead's Lemmy stars in milk ad released weeks after his death | Music | The Guar

Kilmister filmed campaign for Finnish dairy giant Valio less than a month before he died and ad agency turned it into a tribute

Whitecat 6th January 2016 03:46 PM
CES 2016: Revived Technics turntables revealed by Panasonic - BBC News

Panasonic has shown off its revived Technics turntables at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

GearAndGuitars 6th January 2016 12:07 AM
Why Music Makers Are the Real American Innovators Huffington Post - Blake Morgan

Music is one of the things America still makes that the world still wants. The people who make that music should be paid fairly for their work.

Rock & Roll is an American innovation. Hip-Hop is an American innovation. Jazz is an American innovation. Blues, Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, each of these -- and so many others -- are distinct American innovations.

GearAndGuitars 5th January 2016 03:56 AM
Consumer Spending On Digital Music Actually Fell In 2014 (Yes You Read That Right) |

Though the drop was small – 1% – it was still nonetheless a drop at a period when digital spending should be booming. In some key markets the consumer spending decline was significantly larger, such as a 3% fall in the UK.
Shocker... Not.
GearAndGuitars 4th January 2016 07:58 PM
Spotify Slapped With a Second Class-Action Lawsuit...Digital Music News

Just moments after getting hit with class action lawsuit with estimated damages of $150 million, Spotify is now battling a second suit from a second firm.
One, two punch... uh oh.
Whitecat 1st January 2016 11:05 PM
How Aspiro became Jay Z's music-streaming startup, Tidal - Business Insider

Tidal started life as a small Swedish startup selling ringtones and fax messaging technology.

Whitecat 1st January 2016 03:11 PM
Turntables dominated Amazon's Christmas audio sales

A budget Jensen turntable was Amazon's best-selling home audio product this Christmas.

GearAndGuitars 1st January 2016 06:09 AM
Why Exactly Is Spotify Being Sued and What Does This Mean? - Digital Music NewsDigita

Apple Music is most likely just as at fault as Spotify is. Apple Music will probably get sued for the exact same infringement once they start making payments and publishers begin auditing their numbers.
... And in more detail of the details ...
GearAndGuitars 31st December 2015 08:43 PM
Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better Internet | The Washingto

Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better Internet
... More and more of this to come, the truth will out...
Whitecat 30th December 2015 06:34 PM
Apple Rumored to Be Launching 24/96 Streaming in 2016

Is Apple planning to launch a 24/96 streaming service in 2016? The rumor mill says yes, and Jerry Del Colliano discusses why he thinks it would be a huge boon to the audio industry.

GearAndGuitars 30th December 2015 08:06 AM
Amazon's top home audio product this holiday was a turntable, besting an Apple A

While streaming services like Apple Music and digital downloads from storefronts like iTunes rule the music industry, listener appreciation for analog vinyl audio remains high, as evidenced by new holiday sales data released by retailer Amazon.
...interesting development...
GearAndGuitars 30th December 2015 06:10 AM
Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties | Billboard

Cracker frontman David Lowery is leading a class action lawsuit against Spotify, alleging it knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted composition without obtaining mechanical licenses.
... things are getting real..
GearAndGuitars 28th December 2015 01:02 AM
Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder - The Washington Post

In the new Machine Age, they fight the tech establishment, saying human needs are getting lost in the digital revolution.

GearAndGuitars 26th December 2015 03:34 AM
Artists Rights Advocates Make Gains in 2015… Web/Tech Admissions Laid Bare. | T

So many of the issues we've been talking about for years are finally becoming part of the larger and more mainstream conversations about artists rights and an ethical internet. Seems like there is a little bit more than a slight draft blowing on house of cards that Silicon Valley has built. Here's a quick recap.

Whitecat 25th December 2015 03:41 PM
Justin Bieber beaten by NHS choir to UK Christmas No 1 | Music | The Guardian

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s A Bridge Over You pulled ahead in final hours after Canadian singer tweeted fans to support charity single

GearAndGuitars 25th December 2015 04:35 AM
Robert Johnson revelation tells us to put the brakes on the blues | Music | The Guard

Jon Wilde: We've been listening to the immortal 'King of the Delta Blues' at the wrong speed, but now we can hear him as he intended

Whitecat 24th December 2015 03:39 PM
The Beatles let it stream –*showing that the format is the future | Music | The Gu

It was never a question of whether the Beatles would stream their songs, only when – and at what price. Their presence is a boost for streaming services

Whitecat 23rd December 2015 04:53 PM
Beatles music joins streaming services - BBC News

The Beatles' music is being added to nine music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.

GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2015 01:26 PM
Kim Dotcom loses fight to stay in NZ | Radio New Zealand News

Kim Dotcom should be sent to the United States to stand trial on criminal charges, a New Zealand court has ruled.

Whitecat 23rd December 2015 02:49 AM
Apple High Quality Audio Format

Bono has hinted at it in the past, but it may soon be a reality. According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple is reportedly developing a high quality audio format. Supposedly set to be available to A...

Whitecat 22nd December 2015 04:57 PM
Guitar maker Paul Reed Smith launches a technology firm based on the science of sound

Guitar maker Paul Reed Smith has launched Digital Harmonic, a company that plans to apply science exploring sound waves to medical imaging and the military.

GearAndGuitars 22nd December 2015 08:23 AM
Streaming War Pigs: Apple, Tidal, Spotify, & The Year In Music Services - Stereo

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I was
... A lot to take in ...
GearAndGuitars 22nd December 2015 08:04 AM
Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? -Full Post | The Trichordist

By David Lowery (Copyright in the author, used by permission) What follows is based on my notes and slides from my talk at SF Music Tech Summit. *I realize that I'm about to alienate some of my friends that work on the tech side of the music business. *These are good well intentioned people who…
... Detailed breakdown of "old school" record industry economics versus "new school" economics by an artist to work under both systems ...

theblue1 21st December 2015 07:40 PM
The Root Investigates Who Really Gets Paid in the Music Industry - The Root

Still think a music career is an easy path to a blinged-out life? Don't believe the hype. A whole lot of folks have to get paid before the musician does. The Root traces the money trail.
This article is from 2010 -- but its discussion of the economics of the pre-streaming record business should be something of a serious eye-opener for many folks who have fallen for some of the old-line industry mythos about the supposed 'good old days'...
GearAndGuitars 20th December 2015 05:06 AM
Why I started buying music again in 2015 | Music Ally

A sobering statistic: in 2015 so far I have listened to music on Spotify for 877 hours, but my favourite band’s payout from that was around $2.69.
...depressing as it is true...
GearAndGuitars 20th December 2015 12:49 AM
The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake : Shots - Health News

Recent research hints at how the human brain is uniquely able to recognize and enjoy music. Timing in your brain is nearly everything.
... and now for something completely different ...
GearAndGuitars 19th December 2015 09:36 PM
T Bone Burnett and Anthrax's Scott Ian Chime In on Streaming Debate | Billboard

Music should be worth something. It is worth something. We're creating art, and these businesses have completely devalued what we do, and obviously I think that's bull****."
... different artists, same perspective...
GearAndGuitars 19th December 2015 12:49 AM
EPISODE 2.09: Anthrax’s Scott Ian on legal streaming, playing great gigs and to

“I’m*sure a lot of people saw us last night, probably went home and stole the record online somehow. But at least now they’re*a fan and ...
GearAndGuitars 19th December 2015 12:22 AM
Are Streaming Music Services Providing Useless Artist Data? - hypebot

While many streaming services may talk up the fact that they provide artists with data and analytics regarding their listeners, closer inspection reveals that, in addition to not being all that useful, a lot of this information isn't always accurate, says Chris Castle.
... shell game... want to help artists, allow users to opt into artists controlled email lists ...
GearAndGuitars 18th December 2015 08:35 PM
Our culture loves music. Too bad our economy doesn’t value it. - The Washingto

Too much of the emotional, cultural and economic value that music creates is simply lost now, slipping through the digital cracks in some cases, outright hijacked by bad actors and online parasites in others.
... T-Bone Burnett Breaks It Down... T Bone Burnett is an award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, whose numerous recognitions include 13 Grammy awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
GearAndGuitars 18th December 2015 06:02 AM
h3h3productions Exposes Facebook's Awful Approach to Stolen Videos - CraveOnline

You've likely seen various popular Facebook pages uploading videos to the site ripped straight from YouTube/Vine, failing to attribute a source to these videos and instead passing them off as if they have produced them.

Now Ethan's only real plan of action would be to file a DMCA claim, effectively taking his problem to the government, though this isn't an ideal solution given that it should be Facebook's responsibility to remove it.
... Sounds strangely familiar, like youtuber's uploading musican's songs - hey guys, it's not piracy, it's promotion... LOL....
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