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theblue1 9th October 2015 05:03 PM
Universal Music Stole Streaming Royalties from Lady Gaga, Manager SaysDigital Music N

“We’ve always gotten screwed from record royalties, anyway…”

Last year, Digital Music News published a leaked portion of Lady Gaga’s contract with Universal Music Group sub-division Interscope Records. The source of the leak wanted to show how artists like Lady Gaga were being systematically underpaid, or not paid at all, on streaming through misleading and deceptive contract language.
The former manager of Lady Gaga confirms that his artist was systematically cheated by one of the largest labels in the world.

GearAndGuitars 9th October 2015 02:25 AM
Hatebreed Frontman Explains Why Online Piracy Is Much Worse Than Tape Trading or Burn

'No, it's specifically so you don't have to pay.' / Daily rock, metal, alternative, and punk music news at Ultimate-Guitar.Com

theblue1 9th October 2015 12:50 AM
50 Ways to Leave Your Record Label - Speakeasy - WSJ

Musical artists are deciding the disadvantages of major labels can outweigh the advantages.
The rise of the label services sector?
GearAndGuitars 8th October 2015 07:47 PM
Jimmy Iovine on Apple, music streaming and Taylor Swift - LA Times

On YouTube and music

"Here’s a little statistic ... they are 40% of consumption of music and 4% of the revenue. That's a problem!

Whitecat 8th October 2015 02:38 PM
Video games: US voice actors approve strike action - BBC News

The US actors who voice video games have voted to strike over pay and conditions unless agreement with publishers can be reached soon.

GearAndGuitars 8th October 2015 03:41 AM
Blake Morgan’s Notes from The Music Managers Forum’s first US meeting in

The Music Managers Forum is hosting a number of meetings in the US in the coming days: Blake Morgan attended the first MMF meeting in New York so we asked him some questions about how it went and what jewels of wisdom the assembled brain trust imparted to the audience. *For those of you who…
Whitecat 6th October 2015 08:40 PM
EDM After The Drop: What A Wounded Corporate Giant Means For Dance Music Culture : Th

Do the struggles at SFX Entertainment reflect the challenges of turning the dance-music experience into big business? Or is it something bigger?

GearAndGuitars 6th October 2015 05:04 AM
Wall Street Is Totally Unimpressed With Streaming MusicDigital Music News

The music industry hailed streaming music as its saviour. Now, with paid subscriber numbers flat, Wall Street is wondering what's going on.

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2015 03:43 PM
Russia Will Publish a List of 100 Major Advertisers Supporting PiracyDigital Music Ne

Russia is planning to out a long list of major brands by publishing a "Board of Shame" with the 100 biggest advertisers on pirate sites.

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2015 03:41 PM
Hacked Patreon Data Appears Online + How To Find Out If Your Data Was Breached - hype

Yesterday, we reported that Patreon had been hacked. At the time, company co-founder Jack Conte assured users that no sensitive information had been breached. Now, much of the hacked data has appeared online, and the damage may be worse than feared. The data hacked from popular fan patronage site Patreon...

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2015 03:40 PM
Which Billboard Artists Are Being Illegally Downloaded The Most? - hypebot

While Billboard takes a number of factors into account when calculating its rankings, it does not include illegal downloads, which would alter their statistics significantly. Here we look at which albums and genres are most commonly pirated, and what these illicit downloads might indicate for the artist. ______________________________________ Guest Post...

Whitecat 5th October 2015 01:00 PM
Why I ditched Apple Music for Spotify - CNET

Commentary: Back in June, I signed up for Apple Music, eager to make it my one-and-only music service. But after just a few weeks, I jumped ship for Spotify. Here's why.

Whitecat 5th October 2015 12:59 PM
Pink Floyd memorial for Syd Barrett in Cambridge set to be approved

A memorial in Cambridge to Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett looks likely after the city council proposed a £10,000 grant for the project. Calls for a prominent tribute to one of Cambridge's most...

GearAndGuitars 3rd October 2015 05:11 PM
No, vinyl sales have not overtaken music streaming revenues - Telegraph

Vinyl records generated more revenue in the first half of the year than free-to-use streaming services, but that's not the full story

Whitecat 3rd October 2015 08:17 AM
French rebel over music language quotas - BBC News

A radio boycott of a quota system to ensure French language music is widely heard is a reminder that cultural protection is very much alive in France, says Hugh Schofield.

Whitecat 2nd October 2015 07:13 PM
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall becomes first ever Bond No 1 | Music | The Guardian

Singer’s theme tune to the new Bond film Spectre tops UK singles charts, beating competition from Justin Bieber

Whitecat 30th September 2015 11:56 AM
Is Apple Music worth paying for? | Technology | The Guardian

Three months after its free trial began, users of Apple’s Spotify rival must decide whether to start paying for it. What are the pros and cons?

Whitecat 30th September 2015 11:36 AM
Exclusive: Apple snubbed invitation to put Apple Music on Chromecast Audio

Google’s new Chromecast Audio supports an impressive roster of music streaming services, but Apple Music is an unfortunate no-show.

GearAndGuitars 30th September 2015 05:59 AM
Guardian Live | The new music industry with Imogen Heap | The Guardian Members

Music is heard and enjoyed more than ever before, yet the industry has halved in value and creators are struggling to get …
Whitecat 29th September 2015 08:54 PM
The Power Station Is Up for Sale | Billboard

Among the albums made in the Manhattan complex: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," Rolling Stones' "Some Girls," Peter Gabriel's "So" and Duran Duran's "Seven and the Ragged Tiger."

GearAndGuitars 29th September 2015 08:16 PM
Taylor Swift Deleting Periscope Concert Streams: 5 Facts |

If you're looking for a live stream from Taylor Swift's 1989 concert, you might have a tough time. She's having all Periscope videos taken down.

Whitecat 29th September 2015 01:48 PM
Consumer Rights Act 2015 - Which?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is the biggest shake up in consumer rights law in a generation and seeks to ‘simplify, strengthen and modernise’ UK consumer law.
Of interest to UK-based consumers... your rights regarding purchases of both tangible goods (hardware, instruments etc) and software are about to change.
GearAndGuitars 28th September 2015 08:14 PM
In the age of digital music, the tape is making an unlikely comeback

Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.
... and two of my cassette threads were closed for being "controversial"...
Whitecat 28th September 2015 10:47 AM
Denmark Street: remembering its rich legacy

Walking its barely one hundred yards length today, it is hard to hear the echoes of Denmark Street as the birthplace of the British music business.

GearAndGuitars 28th September 2015 06:17 AM
Music copyright reform takes center stage in Nashville

Congressional leaders will be in Nashville on Tuesday for a listening session on music copyright issues.
GearAndGuitars 28th September 2015 01:44 AM
Insomnia, anxiety, break-ups … musicians on the dark side of touring | Music | The

Long hours in vans and solitary hotel rooms. Screaming fans when you’re on stage, then back home to feed the cat. Musicians talk about the psychological dangers of life on tour
... because touring and t-shirts, oh the glamorous life ...
Whitecat 27th September 2015 07:43 AM
The US vinyl market in 2015 is worth more than Spotify Free, YouTube and Vevo combine

The US vinyl market in 2015 is worth more than Spotify Free, YouTube and Vevo combined - The Vinyl Factory - The Home of Vinyl

GearAndGuitars 24th September 2015 11:40 PM
Can Blocking Ads Help Artists? Should Artists Encourage Fans to Block Ads? | The Tric

In the fight for fair pay artists are not at war with the Internet or really even the streaming services, we are at war with the online advertising industry. As we have demonstrated time and time again, subscription (paid) music streaming services pay at least 7 times the rate that the free services pay. When you see artists (like myself) post absurdly low royalty payments it’s usually from one of the services that is predominately ad supported. Above is a chart that illustrates this nicely.
... disruptive innovation baby ...
GearAndGuitars 24th September 2015 10:17 PM
GroupM Singles Out Piracy Websites as Marketers Next Ad-Fraud Headache | Adweek

As the advertising industry looks to get a better handle on fraud, it's getting more specific about the types of sites that cause huge spikes in bogus traffic while also demanding more from ad-tech vendors.
... chip by chip, dollar by dollar ...
Whitecat 24th September 2015 10:26 AM
Apple Patents A New Shape For Headphone Jack That Will Anger Everyone

Could Apple really be about to wreck a universal industry standard?

GearAndGuitars 24th September 2015 07:08 AM
Death By YouTube: Streaming Music Is Killing The Singles Business

Figures released Tuesday show a big drop in sales of single tunes, once the lifeblood of digital revenue.
GearAndGuitars 23rd September 2015 07:54 PM
Swedish artist Johan Johansson sues to stop label putting his music on Spotify

Sweden may be the home of streaming music, but there’s a fascinating legal dispute afoot. It concerns “punk icon” Johan Johansson and Spotify.
... wow ...
GearAndGuitars 23rd September 2015 07:15 PM
What If There Aren't Any More Streaming Music Subscribers?Digital Music News

With streaming music subscribers barely increasing, companies like Spotify, Apple, and Deezer, as well as the music industry, face a serious issue.
GearAndGuitars 23rd September 2015 07:05 PM
'All About That Bass' writer decries streaming revenue

The songwriter behind the international smash hit "All About That Bass" said he was only paid $5,679 in streaming revenue.
Whitecat 23rd September 2015 05:43 PM
A brief history of live-concert bootlegging · For Our Consideration

People have been making recordings of performances by musical artists without their knowledge or permission for years, but the first recognized, wide-release bootleg to hit the underground-store shelves came in the summer of 1969.

Whitecat 23rd September 2015 12:52 PM
Can bitcoin save music? - MoneyWeek

The internet revolution has made it harder for musicians to make a living from their work. But it’s not all bad news for the industry, says Simon Wilson.

Whitecat 23rd September 2015 12:03 PM
Diddy tops hip-hop rich list with $60m earnings | Music | The Guardian

Diddy’s earnings put him ahead of Jay Z, Drake and last year’s winner Dr Dre on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list

Whitecat 23rd September 2015 09:49 AM
Kesha’s career is “effectively over” if her lawsuit against Dr. Luke isn’t resolved

Last year, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, her longtime producer, for allegedly verbally and physically assaulting her for years. Dr. Luke filed a countersuit, claiming Kesha was merely trying to extort him so she could get out of her contract, and Kesha responded earlier this summer by expanding her lawsuit to include all of Sony Music, which she argues chose to ignore that Dr. Luke was drugging and raping her—thereby putting her and other female artists in danger. Unsurprisingly, the story is now getting even uglier.

Whitecat 23rd September 2015 08:37 AM
US judge rules Happy Birthday is public domain and throws out copyright claim | Busin

A federal court judge has thrown out a copyright claim to the Happy Birthday song from the music publishing company collecting its royalties for decades

Whitecat 22nd September 2015 01:11 PM
Music-Streaming Service Deezer Plans IPO - WSJ

Music-streaming service Deezer is seeking to raise capital through a public offering, as the firm faces competition from bigger and richer rivals including Apple.

Whitecat 22nd September 2015 01:10 PM
Buffy Sainte-Marie beats Drake to win Polaris music prize | Music | The Guardian

The veteran folk artist’s 21st album was named the Canadian album of the year

GearAndGuitars 22nd September 2015 03:02 AM
Ellie Goulding 'On My Mind' withheld from YouTube

It's a big day for fans of Ellie Goulding: pre-orders for her new album have gone live, and her latest single 'On My Mind' is making its debut.

GearAndGuitars 22nd September 2015 03:01 AM
Digital song sales hit record low in the US | Music Week

But streaming has its best ever week
GearAndGuitars 22nd September 2015 03:00 AM
Mega founder Kim Dotcom facing extradition

The hearing will be watched by developers for signs of how far Washington is willing to go to protect U.S. copyright holders.
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