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Whitecat 23rd January 2015 11:34 PM
Music fans flood in as squatters throw open doors of Soho live venue | Society | The

Activists calling themselves Bohemians 4 Soho occupy bar in central London, which has been shut up ahead of redevelopment

Whitecat 22nd January 2015 03:23 PM
Never Too Early: How The Music Industry Breeds Its Own - hypebot

By Richard J Nardo for Linkedin Pulse As a young entrepreneur, a little more than a year into running my own music industry-based company, I find it a tremendous asset to share an office with the founder and managing partner of one of the fastest growing booking agencies in our industry. Eight years into running his own shop, Ryan Soroka has built the Soroka Agency from an outlet for putting together shows for his friend’s bands in New Jersey to an organization that books national tours and public appearances for some of the most popular musical acts and performance artists...

Whitecat 22nd January 2015 03:22 PM
Cowboys and Indies review – a sweeping overview of the music industry | Books | The

Gareth Murphy’s tantalising history of the record industry tries to cover too much ground, writes Kitty Empire

Whitecat 22nd January 2015 03:19 PM
Fans study Kraftwerk in Birmingham

Birmingham plays host to the world's first academic conference about German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk.

Whitecat 22nd January 2015 01:18 PM
Mortdecai star Johnny Depp says actors making music off the back of movies is 'sickening'

Don't expect the Hollywood superstar to follow in the footsteps of actors capitalising on their fame to become recording artists.

GearAndGuitars 22nd January 2015 03:49 AM
YouTube's 10 most profitable channels of 2014 were, um, not what I expected | Ve

From toy unboxing to virtual cake, Openslate’s list of the top YouTube earners is on the wild side.

Whitecat 21st January 2015 11:02 AM
Fender's move to sell instruments directly to musicians upsets dealers - LA Time

Fender's curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades.

Whitecat 21st January 2015 09:23 AM
Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric | Technology | T

Company helps record labels track digital sales, streams and social stats, and could become part of Beats Music relaunch

Whitecat 20th January 2015 03:44 PM
Meet Nipsey Hussle, the rapper who wants you to pay $1,000 for his album | Music | Th

After leaving Epic Records, the LA rapper had to find a new way to sell his music, and hit on a brainwave – give it away free, but charge a few people a lot. Judging by new release Mailbox Money, it’s working for him

GearAndGuitars 19th January 2015 11:47 PM
HMV beats Amazon and reclaims top spot as Britain's biggest retailer of physical

HMV is making a comeback on the high street, reclaiming the top spot as the UK's biggest seller of physical music, with vinyl sales soaring to thei

Whitecat 18th January 2015 10:45 AM
The Shazam Effect - Atlantic Mobile

Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits. This has been good for business—but is it bad for music?

GearAndGuitars 18th January 2015 12:15 AM
How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry

The old music industry is dead. We’re standing in the ruins of a business built on private jets, Cristal, $18 CDs and million-dollar recording budgets.

Whitecat 17th January 2015 11:01 PM
PJ Harvey begins live recording of new album at Somerset House | Gigwise

Visitors will witness some true recording magic | Gigwise

Whitecat 16th January 2015 06:08 PM
Pink Floyd drummer blames Apple for music's downfall

Pink Floyd drummer blames Apple for music's downfall

GearAndGuitars 16th January 2015 05:46 PM
Music companies round on UPC Ireland over illegal downloads | Digital TV Europe

The Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Warner Music and Unviersal Music have called for legal action to force Liberty Global-owned UPC Ireland to combat illegal downloading on lines that have already been agreed with the country’s largest telco Eircom.

GearAndGuitars 16th January 2015 05:30 PM
LA Studio Musicians Income Fell 68% - hypebot

The lack of work for studio musicians is sending a shockwave through the industry and it's being felt across the nation. Already this year we've heard from frustrated music industry professionals in Nashville who's job security remains uncertain. With artists, musicians, and industry leaders fleeing the country to record at lower costs, what we're feeling on our own soil is the strain of a crippled industry. According to a report released on Dec. 15 by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, recording-session wages have dropped 68% over the last 15 years. A profession once generating $50 million in...

Whitecat 16th January 2015 03:19 PM
Underage against the machine: why labels are desperate to sign teens | Music | The Gu

Record companies are throwing money at kid-rock bands – but more and more of today’s young talents are shunning their offers and going it alone

GearAndGuitars 16th January 2015 04:04 AM
Content Creators Coalition comes to APAP with plea for fair compensation - National P

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) presented a panel Monday at its 2015 conference at New York’s Hilton Hotel that brought together top musici

GearAndGuitars 16th January 2015 01:43 AM
The Musician Who's Gaming Search Engines to Actually Make Money | WIRED

Two hundred songs—that’s how many Matt Farley will record this month. That’s about 50 songs per week. He records whenever he’s not at his day job; over the past seven years, he has written more than 16,000 songs—he’s on keyboard, vocals, and occasionally guitar—available on iTunes and Spotify. Are they any good? No, of course not. But there sure are a lot of them. “I realized people will type weird stuff into search engines, and there’s not always songs for the stuff,” he says. “If you search for ‘love’ on iTunes or Spotify, you’re going to get something like 15 million songs. If you search ‘monkey,’ you’re going to get fewer.” So Farley decided to fill that gap.

GearAndGuitars 16th January 2015 01:35 AM
EU starts in-depth inquiry into online music licensing venture - Yahoo News

From Yahoo News: BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had opened an in-depth investigation into the planned creation of an online joint venture by three organizations which collect rights for music. The joint venture would be between Britain's PRS for Music Limited (PRSfM), Sweden's Foreningen Svenska Tonsattares Internationella Musikbyra (STIM) and Germany's Gesellschaft für musikalische Auffuehrungs- und mechanische Vervielfaeltigungsrechte (GEMA). ...

GearAndGuitars 14th January 2015 12:00 AM
Google was asked to remove 345m search results in 2014 | Technology | The Guardian

The search engine’s battle against copyright infringing content reached new scales last year, figures show

GearAndGuitars 13th January 2015 08:01 PM
Rock stars amp up in digital music copyright war - Alex Byers - POLITICO

There are a lot of policy meetings on Capitol Hill — and they pretty much never end in song.

But when Republican congressional aides sat down recently for a meeting on musicians’ rights, the person across the table was Aloe Blacc, the songwriter behind “Wake Me Up,” which earlier this year was revealed as the most streamed song in Spotify history. Not your typical Washington lobbyist, the Grammy-nominated artist busted out an a cappella version of one of his unreleased songs as the hourlong meeting wrapped.

GearAndGuitars 13th January 2015 07:59 PM
Digital Business Models Should Have to Follow the Law, Too - HBR

Why we can’t let the likes of Uber and YouTube build their advantage on illegal practices.

Whitecat 13th January 2015 03:55 PM
Record high for creative industries

The UK's creative industries, which includes the film, TV and music sectors, were worth a record £76.9bn to the UK economy in 2013, the government says.

Whitecat 13th January 2015 11:31 AM
Pono Rumored to Secure Hi-Def Beatles Catalog, While Pono's Engineers Question Whether It Matters

It looks like Neil Young may not have to wait as long to get the Fab Four's coveted catalog added to his high-end Pono music store.

Whitecat 13th January 2015 11:27 AM
Don't Buy What Neil Young Is Selling

Neil Young's "high resolution" PonoPlayer goes on sale for $400 today. You shouldn't buy it. The recalcitrant rocker isn't wrong for wanting to reclaim audio quality in the digital age, but in the service of that goal he's peddling junk science, and supporting expensive gear and music files you don't need.

Whitecat 9th January 2015 10:26 PM
Universal sues over prison mixtapes

Universal has taken aim at companies that create mixtapes for prisoners in its latest piracy fight.

Whitecat 9th January 2015 12:12 PM
Years & Years win BBC Sound Of 2015

Soulful synth-pop trio Years & Years have come top of the BBC Sound Of 2015 list, which highlights the best new artists for the year ahead.

Whitecat 8th January 2015 01:52 PM
Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine sued over Beats/Monster headphone partnership - BBC Newsbeat

Rapper Dr Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine are being sued by a former business partner who used to own part of Beats.

GearAndGuitars 7th January 2015 07:36 PM
Demystifying the Streaming Debate | Chatter | Impose Magazine

Perhaps most egregious is Ek’s oft-mentioned love of “frictionless” music consumption, which basically refers to the “access” model augmented by better user experience programmers. A streaming executive selling its service to musicians on the merits of “frictionless” fan connection should be regarded with the same derision as a promoter baiting bands into pay-to-play gigs for the “exposure.”

GearAndGuitars 7th January 2015 07:35 PM
Three Points Missing From the Streaming Media Debate | The Pitch | Pitchfork

It’s Less About There Being "No Money" and More About Where the Existing Money Flows says Mark Richardson.

Whitecat 7th January 2015 08:14 AM
Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris | Music | The Guardian

The long read: Vinyl is enjoying an unexpected renaissance. Can the creaking machinery of the few remaining record pressing plants cope?

GearAndGuitars 7th January 2015 02:01 AM
Thom Yorke did not make $20 million from BitTorrent downloads – FACT Magazine:

FACT is the UK's best online music magazine and home to the twice-weekly FACT mix series.

Whitecat 6th January 2015 08:37 PM
Thom Yorke May Have Made $20M On Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes - Stereogum

When Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released his solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes in September, he found a novel way to do it, selling the surprise release as

Critic 6th January 2015 04:17 AM
Sony Walkman Reborn (Again) As a $1200 Hi-Res Audio Handset

Last fall, the Sony Walkman sprung from the ashes of the 90s, reborn as a hi-def audio phoenix with lots of lossless codec support and a $300 price tag. Today, the Walkman returns once again. This time it costs about as much as a used '89 Cadillac Eldorado.
Good to see audio quality possibly getting some respect. Despite the article writer's downplay of its significance.
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