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Whitecat 1st May 2016 04:16 PM
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Tidal: can Prince and Beyonce save the underdog of streaming services? | Music | The



It was one of the few platforms that Prince trusted with his music and bills itself as the artists’ friend. So why is Jay Z’s Spotify rival still in such choppy waters?

Whitecat 29th April 2016 06:35 PM
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Radiohead's corporate empire: inside the band's dollars and cents | Music | The Guard



The band have proven themselves shrewd businessmen, forming some 20 companies since their inception – including LLLP LLP and Random Rubbish Ltd

Whitecat 29th April 2016 12:22 AM
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Harris Publications, Former Home of XXL & Guitar World, Shutting Down | Billboard



Harris Publications, home of dozens of enthusiast-focused magazine titles including Celebrity Hairstyles, Dog News and Fresh Quilts, has announced to employees that it is shutting down immediately.

GearAndGuitars 28th April 2016 04:28 PM
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Inside The Taylor Swift Anti-Piracy Battle: Regulatory Filing Reveals UMG's Massive E



Few musicians or labels are fans of music piracy. But with Taylor Swift's decision to keep her music anticipated album '1989' off streaming music services, UMG, her label's distributor, became particularly concerned and hatched a plan to fight it. ______________________________ A Universal Music Group filing with the U.S. Copyright office...

GearAndGuitars 27th April 2016 08:06 PM
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The best way to celebrate Prince’s life: Actually pay for his music - The Wash



It may have been hard to share Prince's music in the days after his death. But that's because the artist forced you to place actual value on his work.

Whitecat 27th April 2016 09:56 AM
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Prince holds every spot in the top 5 midweek chart | News | Culture | The Independent



Prince's passing sent mourning fans, in search of the smallest comfort, straight to his monumental musical legacy.*

GearAndGuitars 26th April 2016 04:47 PM
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Artist backlash over YouTube's royalty payments grows noisier - Music Business W



While YouTube swats away major label criticism, anger amongst the artist community over royalties paid out by the video giant is steadily getting louder.

GearAndGuitars 26th April 2016 12:59 AM
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Digital pioneer, Jaron Lanier, on the dangers of “free” online culture | WIPO Magazine



I actually helped make the argument that music should be free and would ultimately benefit culture and musicians, so it's not that I am unwilling to accept this new thing. I helped make it.

Whitecat 25th April 2016 11:56 AM
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Spotify says Tidal's 'Lemonade' exclusive is bad for everyone



The music industry wars have officially moved to the streaming realm, and it's starting to get ugly.

GearAndGuitars 25th April 2016 05:50 AM
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Surprise: Things That Aren't Free on the Internet Are Still Available | Criticwire



The A.V. Club offered a helpful hint about "how to listen to Prince online right now," and the Daily Beast explained "Why You Can't Listen to Prince's Music After His Death," but though both articles at least acknowledge the possibility that you could simply go to iTunes and drop $12.99 on his greatest hits, their headlines effectively equate music's being available with it being free. There's no reason "you" can't listen to Prince's music, and there never was. He just wanted to be damn sure that you paid for it.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:23 PM
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PRINCE'S LAST WORDS: "Stop Stealing My Music" | Digital Music News



Prince dedicated part of his career to fighting exploitation by Google and streaming music services. Now, Prince's last words and war have been lost.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:20 PM
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Google’s YouTube Extorts Artists And Pockets The Profits | Hypebot



Although its shell company Alphabet is raking in massive amounts of revenue, and YouTube is the most popular music service in world, Ted Kalo of the musicFIRST Coalition looks at how he says Google has been able to exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying creators the money they deserve.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:19 PM
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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google • The Register



"There’s the onerous and ineffective takedown bureaucracy for suppliers, and also the refusal to use cheap, modern technology to clean up the supply chain cesspit. All this sits against the ominous backdrop that Google’s astroturf mobs will be unleashed on anyone upsetting the apple cart."

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:17 PM
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Artists. Lives in the Balance.| Huffington Post



"It doesn’t take a legal expert to see the glaring flaws in Section 512, but that is no guarantee of success for those who have been forced to sacrificed so much for others’ success on the internet.”

Whitecat 23rd April 2016 05:42 PM
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Prince set to top UK singles and albums charts | Music | The Guardian



Grieving fans propel Purple Rain single and greatest hits collection to early leads, despite absence from streaming services

Whitecat 23rd April 2016 02:30 PM
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Prince's copyright stance makes free digital access to music difficult - Arts & E



For those who would like to share their favourite Prince song on Facebook or newcomers looking delve into his considerable discography, Prince's hardline stance on copyright and digital distribution means you'll likely have to pay.

Whitecat 22nd April 2016 08:20 PM
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Prince the businessman: a raconteur who bent the music industry to his will | Music |



The musician’s resolve to make music on his own terms saw a career peppered with commercial disputes – many of which now seem remarkably prescient

Whitecat 21st April 2016 08:33 PM
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Rare early version of David Bowie's Hunky Dory to be auctioned | Music | The Guardian



Acetate record with handwritten label penned by Bowie estimated to fetch more than £36,000

Whitecat 20th April 2016 11:37 AM
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Rihanna overtakes the Beatles for number of weeks spent at US No 1 | Music | The Guar



The Bajan singer’s singles combined have spent 60 weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts – including collaborations with other artists

Whitecat 20th April 2016 07:42 AM
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Is YouTube a music industry devil or buzz-making deity? | Music | The Guardian



Red Hot Chili Peppers’ manager Peter Mensch is the latest to slam the internet company for not fairly paying artists. But there’s more to the online music streaming debate than meets the ear

Whitecat 19th April 2016 02:09 PM
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Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog: Amazon Prime Music Takes Another Baby Step



If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I've been saying all along to watch out for Amazon Prime Music as the next big disrupter in the streaming music space.

Whitecat 19th April 2016 02:08 PM
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Facebook gets its own Content ID with Rights Manager



There is lots to say about what Facebook announced at its annual f8 conference last night, but the most immediate story is something called Rights Manager.

chrisso 18th April 2016 04:00 PM
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Metallica manager: 'YouTube is the devil' - BBC News



Peter Mensch, who manages bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse, says YouTube is killing the record industry.
"If someone doesn't do something about YouTube, we're screwed," he said. "It's over. Someone turn off the lights."
Whitecat 16th April 2016 11:26 PM
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A Remembrance For Chicago's Jazz Record Mart : NPR



People from all over the world went to visit the record store, which has closed after more than 60 years. In an age of online shopping, customers remember it as a unique brick-and-mortar experience.

Whitecat 15th April 2016 09:40 PM
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UK reclaims spot as No. 3 global music market | Music Week



UK overtakes Germany after 0.6% growth

Whitecat 15th April 2016 09:23 PM
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Record Store Day: This is what happens inside a vinyl factory - BBC Newsbeat



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

Whitecat 15th April 2016 11:27 AM
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Grimes says 'numerous' producers have demanded sex from her | Music | The Guardian



The Canadian artist says producers have said they won’t finish songs unless she goes back to their hotel room

Whitecat 14th April 2016 11:30 AM
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No direction: have boybands hit the end of the road? | Music | The Guardian



With One Direction on hiatus and the latest manufactured outfits tanking, the future looks bleak for pop’s permabuffed princelings. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the dance routine …

Whitecat 14th April 2016 08:01 AM
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Music streaming boosts sales of vinyl - BBC News



Almost half of the people who bought a vinyl record in the last 12 months did so after hearing it on a streaming site like YouTube or SoundCloud, new research shows.

Whitecat 12th April 2016 06:58 PM
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Streaming revenues bring big boost to global music industry | Music | The Guardian



Digital sales, including downloads, overtake revenue from physical music formats for first time, says industry report

Whitecat 12th April 2016 05:12 PM
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Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says | Music | The Guar



‘Substantial’ similarities are enough to warrant a trial over whether Robert Plant and Jimmy Page lifted opening chords from Taurus by the band Spirit

GearAndGuitars 11th April 2016 06:33 AM
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46% of Americans 'Not That Into Streaming,' Study Finds



Are music downloads really on the decline? Track downloads on iTunes are dropping, though a new study changes the streaming vs. downloading debate.

GearAndGuitars 11th April 2016 06:32 AM
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What Does Spotify’s Billion Dollars of Debt Mean for Labels and Artists? –



The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify has raised $1 billion in convertible debt with this telling analysis: Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors, a deal that extends the money-losing company’s runway but comes with some strict guarantees, people familiar with the matter said. Private-equity firm TPG, hedge…

Whitecat 8th April 2016 09:42 AM
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Bandcamp has made $150M in artist profits in the last eight years



The streaming platform and digital retailer Bandcamp has paid out $150M in artist sales in the past eight years after becoming profitable in 2012.

Whitecat 7th April 2016 07:56 PM
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The 50 most amazing moments in pop history (that never actually happened) | Music | T



Bowie producing Elvis, Pharrell saving Jacko, Kanye and Lady Gaga’s Fame Kills tour. The history of music is littered with what-might-have-beens. Here are some of the best ...

Whitecat 7th April 2016 11:05 AM
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Kesha's 'slavery' claims in Sony contract case dismissed by New York judge - BBC



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

Whitecat 6th April 2016 12:15 PM
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This J-pop music video takes control of your iPhone | The Verge



It can be hard to stand out in Japan's crowded pop market, but new idol group Lyrical School has a neat trick — making it look they've hacked your iPhone. The group's debut video for song "Run and...

Whitecat 5th April 2016 11:58 PM
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New owners to take over Heritage Guitar in old Gibson Guitar factory | MLive.c



Heritage Guitar today announced new ownership of the business that took over Kalamazoo's Gibson Guitar factory 31 years ago.

Whitecat 5th April 2016 10:57 PM
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Music could start being censored while you listen to it - BBC Newsbeat



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

GearAndGuitars 4th April 2016 03:59 PM
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Streaming Music vs. Downloading, 2015 - Digital Music News



Music downloading is dying, and music streaming is surging. But what does that mean for revenues? Here's a streaming music vs. downloading comparison...

GearAndGuitars 3rd April 2016 05:00 AM
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Fight For The Future Of Corporate Astroturf Ripping Off Creators! | The Trichordist



Musicians, know who your friends are and are not. Here is another example of big tech money, corporate astroturf, attempting to remove your rights. In the last hours of the submissions to the Copyright Office for comments on the DMCA a webform was introduced. Note the fear-inducing reference to "robots"--"robots" must refer to the tools…

GearAndGuitars 3rd April 2016 04:33 AM
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Line 6 | Airiax



Line 6 Airiax air guitar modeling gloves are the latest in air guitar and hand expression technology for the air guitarist thirsty for ultimate tone.
Best April Fools Gear Story.
Whitecat 1st April 2016 08:23 AM
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Musician sues Royal Opera House over ruined hearing - BBC News



A renowned viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for ruining his hearing and his career during rehearsals of Wagner's Die Walkure.

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