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GearAndGuitars 5th December 2014 01:52 AM
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Disney’s global success with ‘Frozen’ took lots of translation, inv



"Authenticity was key," both domestically and internationally, producer John Del Vecho says.

GearAndGuitars 5th December 2014 01:49 AM
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Rap Lyrics & Digital Rights Are At Stake In The Supreme Court's Latest Case | Bustle



On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a case that calls rap lyrics and digital rights into question, and may set an interesting precedent for how certain types of music, or rather, their lyrics, are to be interpreted. The key issue at stake in Monday’s case rests upon how rap lyrics, particularly those suggesting violent actions, are to be perceived. In other words, does rapping about killing someone constitute a threat?

Whitecat 3rd December 2014 01:43 PM
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Some Alternatives: Brands, Bands, Sellouts and Meltdowns Pt. II | BDCwire



Has 'selling out' taken on a whole new meaning in 2014? We look at some of the top examples from podcasts, advertisements, and other media outlets.

GearAndGuitars 3rd December 2014 02:39 AM
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Vinyl's great, but it's not better than CDs - Vox



Let's not fool ourselves, though. Vinyl is great, but the idea that its sound quality is superior to that of uncompressed digital recordings is preposterous. They sound different, and that's exactly the point.

Whitecat 2nd December 2014 01:01 PM
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Stapp asks fans for $480k - Classic Rock



Breaking news, in-depth reviews, exclusive interviews, radio, videos and more from the world of high-voltage rock 'n' roll.

GearAndGuitars 2nd December 2014 05:57 AM
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You Can’t Make It On YouTube Anymore — Medium

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At least, not alone.

GearAndGuitars 1st December 2014 10:19 PM
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BMG, Round Hill Music Sue Cox Communications For Facilitating Piracy - hypebot



BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music are suing Cox Communications which provides Internet services to 4 million households. In the lawsuit, which could have wide ranging implications, the publishers claim that Cox does not do enough to identify and punish offenders. If the charges are proven, Cox could be responsible for thousands of unauthorized downloads by its customers. Further, other ISPs would likely take more aggressive action to avoid similar fines. According to lawyers for BMG, "Today, BitTorrent systems are like the old P2P systems on steroids. Despite its published policy to the contrary, Cox's actual policy is to...

Whitecat 1st December 2014 06:57 PM
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Is lots of vinyl being sold?



More than a million vinyl albums have been sold this year - is that a lot?

GearAndGuitars 1st December 2014 06:41 PM
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Kathleen Edwards calls it quits, opens Quitters Coffee | Toronto Star



After publically quitting music in February, the celebrated singer-songwriter has started a new life as a café owner, where she finds her strength returning.

Whitecat 1st December 2014 03:07 PM
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Kim Dotcom Dodges Jail Before Extradition Bid



The founder of Megaupload accuses the FBI of lying to a New Zealand court as he says the legal battle has left him broke.

GearAndGuitars 29th November 2014 04:20 AM
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Spotify Top 10 Territories : Global Revenue Marketshare & Streaming Percentages |



The Top 10 territories account for 87.10% of all streams and 91.48% of all revenue. So all revenue outside of the Top 10 is less than 9% of global revenues. So if you're streaming your music outside of the Top 10 territories, you are more or less giving your music away. Here's the summed, net…

Whitecat 28th November 2014 10:30 PM
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Little-known Spanish singer from the 80s discovers his song is worldwide hit | World



Fernando García Sánchez, who retired in 1989, finds dozens of DJs use his track and may have sold millions of copies

GearAndGuitars 28th November 2014 04:22 AM
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Australian Musicians Back New Piracy Reform Proposals



Josh Pyke and Tina Arena are among an ensemble of Australian artists urging the Abbott government to take a hard stance against online piracy.

Whitecat 27th November 2014 12:39 PM
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Take That spurn Spotify to stream album exclusively with Google - News - Gadgets and



Another high-profile artist has left Spotify, as Take That announced that it had signed an exclusive streaming agreement with rival Google.

Whitecat 27th November 2014 12:12 PM
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Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high



More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 08:32 PM
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All Three Pirate Bay Founders Now in Jail | Billboard



One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 07:15 PM
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Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke'



The founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, says he is out of funds after spending $10m on a legal battle.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 05:28 PM
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Spotify, Apple, YouTube And The Streaming Pincer Movement | Music Industry Blog



The Financial Times yesterday reported that Apple is planning on integrating Beats Music into an iOS update as early as the first quarter of 2015. Which means the entire base of Apple’s 500 odd million iOS devices suddenly become Apple’s acquisition funnel. As I wrote back in May, this was always the strategy Apple was…

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 05:26 PM
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Music industry disunited over costs and benefits of online music streaming services S



Music streaming websites like Spotify and Rdio have made the internet a music lover's paradise, but not everyone is happy.

GearAndGuitars 26th November 2014 05:25 PM
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Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play : NPR



The Internet radio service offers greater exposure to artists in exchange for a lower royalty rate.

theblue1 26th November 2014 04:56 PM
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Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming | Billboard


[NOT Ron Pope with Swift.]

Musician Rob Pope explains, in easy-to-understand detail, why he loves streaming services -- and why Taylor Swift should, too.
Taylor Swift, as it's been sorted out, isn't opposed to paid subscription streaming -- but only to advertising-supported streams which pull down the average per-stream rate at Spotify. (Her works are still available on non-Spotify all-paid-subscription sites like Google All Access, Beats, etc.)

When Spotify's ad-driven tier was first announced in the US, there were to be limits on the number of ad-supported spins per tune (five total, if memory serves). And a lot of folks were mollified -- until Spotify (owned in large part by big labels) changed the terms allowing unlimited ad-supported plays. That raised the fear and loathing level considerably.

But there ARE indie musicians -- who don't have a label sucking up 80-90% of the revenue from their music sales -- who feel that the ad-supported tier at Spotify and the 'discovery-oriented' features of similarly ad-driven Pandora 'radio' actually work for them, as this indie musician-penned op-ed at Billboard lays out, showing how stream revenues work for indie musicians who don't have a label taking most of the stream pie:

Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming | Billboard
Whitecat 25th November 2014 10:47 PM
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Have any prices fallen faster than singles?



Bob Geldof says the price of a single has fallen 72% in the past 30 years.

GearAndGuitars 25th November 2014 04:09 AM
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Taylor Swift Uses American Music Awards Acceptance Speech To Defend The Album - hypeb



It was not your typical acceptance speech from music's latest carefully scripted darling at last night's American Music Awards. Taylor Swift chose to use part of her precious podium time to defend the album and the value of music: "By going out and investing in music and albums you're saying you beleive in the same things I believe in - that music is valuable, and that music should be consumed as albums, and that albums should be consumed as art and appreciated." Related articles Taylor Swift's #1 Sold More Than Billboard's #2 - 107 COMBINED Rhapsody says, 'We're still streaming...

GearAndGuitars 25th November 2014 02:04 AM
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Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits — Medium



Pomplamoose just finished a 28-day tour. We played 24 shows in 23 cities around the United States. The Bottom Line. Add it up, and that’s $135,983 in total income for our tour. And we had $147,802 in expenses. We lost $11,819.

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 05:36 PM
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Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray: The Problem With YouTube | New York Observer



Google's corporate slogan is "Don't be evil" The joke is on all of us.

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 04:35 AM
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Hmm: Blink-182 Member Says Streaming Music Is Like Killing Elephants



Tom DeLonge, guitarist of Blink-182, a band whose full catalog is currently available on Spotify, said in a recent interview with Faster Louder that streaming music is like killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues.

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 03:16 AM
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WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F



Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with Spotify: Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor's head of music, who called the ubiquity of free, ad-supported streaming music services "a f---ed-up, torturous thing for 15 years," at Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards on Thursday (Nov. 20).

GearAndGuitars 24th November 2014 03:15 AM
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Essay: Why Streaming (Done Right) Will Save the Music Business | Billboard



Rhapsody’s co-chairmen pick a side in the Taylor Swift vs. Spotify debate.

GearAndGuitars 22nd November 2014 11:16 PM
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"Grooveshark Offline by Christmas"... - Digital Music News



On September 29th, the United States District Court in Manhattan found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement, and specifically named CEO Sam Tarantino and CTO Josh Greenberg as bad actors. Now, the curtains are starting to drop: just days after that decision was rendered, federal judge Thomas Griesa issued another decision that removed all doubt that the plaintiffs — a total of 9 recording labels — had triumphed in the case.

GearAndGuitars 21st November 2014 03:39 AM
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Billy Bragg Apologizes to Taylor Swift, Says YouTube Featured Her Music in Demos - Di



Billy Bragg has apologized to Taylor Swift for saying she "sold her soul to Google". He says he will support her if she's seeking transparency for artists.

GearAndGuitars 21st November 2014 12:12 AM
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USA Spotify Streaming Rates Reveal 58% of Streams Are Free, Pays Only 16% Of Revenue



Since we published the Streaming Price Bible we've been getting data submissions to crunch the numbers. According to one set of data it appears Spotify is reporting seven different streaming rates (in a single month). But the most interesting discovery in the data is the percentage of free streaming volume and revenue versus paid streaming…

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 10:43 PM
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Billy Bragg Falsely Accuses Taylor Swift of Promoting YouTube Music - Digital Music N



Billy Bragg (who has partnership with Spotify) said Taylor Swift has a secret deal with Google to promote YouTube Music Key. This isn't true...

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 10:42 PM
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Taylor Swift albums missing from YouTube Music Key streaming service | Technology | T



Contrary to Billy Bragg criticism, star is sticking to her policy of keeping her back catalogue off free on-demand services. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 06:49 AM
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Hans Zimmer Defends Musicians, Taylor Swift - Business Insider



[Music] It shouldn’t be free. It’s their livelihood. It’s their job.

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 02:22 AM
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Billboard to Count Streams, Track Sales Toward Album Chart | News | Pitchfork



1,500 song streams from services like Spotify will count as a full album sale

GearAndGuitars 20th November 2014 02:17 AM
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• Chart: Vinyl Comes Back From Near-Extinction | Statista



This chart shows worldwide vinyl music sales since 1997.

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2014 11:11 PM
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How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er) — Medium



Change How Streaming Royalties Are Calculated And Save The Full-length Album While You Are At It

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2014 08:17 PM
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YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning - Hol



YouTube has apparently made the decision not to immediately remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles, Pharrell Williams and John Lennon, and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of the risks of "defiance."

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:13 PM
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Spotify Says Per-Play Royalties Will 'Likely Never Go Up' - Digital Music News



The two takeaways were this: the executives from Spotify said that the per-stream rate that artists get will likely never go up, no matter how much Spotify grows, or how fast it grows.

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:09 PM
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BREAKING: Spotify Per Stream Rates Drop as Service Adds More Users… | The Trich



WE NOW HAVE THE PROOF. STREAMING RATES HAVE PEAKED. As we noted yesterday The UN is airlifting calculators and behavioral economics textbooks to Hollywood and Silicon valley. So soon we hope some of the executives being paid to do the math on streaming will actually do the math on streaming. In the meantime we crunched the numbers and it appears that Spotify rates per stream have peaked and are now dropping as they add more users.

GearAndGuitars 18th November 2014 11:05 PM
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Garth Brooks Weighs In on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube Controversies | Rolling Stone



Garth Brooks weighs in on artists pulling music from Spotify and calls out YouTube for not paying artists fairly, calling the site "the devil."

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