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Whitecat 28th February 2016 09:42 AM
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Singer's legal battle casts spotlight on sexism in the music industry | Music | The G



Music’s biggest female stars back singer’s legal battle to free herself from contract with producer she alleges was her abuser

Whitecat 28th February 2016 12:36 AM
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Samsung has restarted talks to purchase Jay Z’s TIDAL



“Samsung is re-engaging,” a source close to the talks says about Samsung restarting talks to purchase Jay Z’s TIDAL. “They are working on something really big."

Whitecat 26th February 2016 02:34 PM
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This photo rocks! Iron Maiden bid to buy the rights to stunning photo of their jumbo



Photographer Robert Starling took the picture, shown, last week of the heavy metal band's Boeing 747 coming in to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Whitecat 26th February 2016 09:58 AM
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Uncool to use English: the rise of 'dialectical' rap | Cities | The Guardian



A fresh wave of hip-hop in Lagos is rejecting American cliches and fusing street slang with native dialect. Suddenly Nigerian rappers are talking in their own languages about their own experiences – and it’s hugely popular

GearAndGuitars 25th February 2016 09:38 PM
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Kanye May Have Just Doubled Tidal's Subscribers...



Just how big is Tidal following Kanye's high-profile exclusive? Early numbers suggest a very big surge in subscribers, and more exclusive action ahead.

Whitecat 24th February 2016 10:21 AM
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BBC Music? There's an app for that –*and it works with Spotify and YouTube | Media



Broadcaster’s new Android and iOS app will help people discover music from its radio and TV output and listen to it through streaming services

GearAndGuitars 23rd February 2016 10:09 PM
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Study suggests ‘streamripping’ is music’s new piracy problem



Is streaming killing off music piracy? Some forms of streaming are fuelling new methods of copyright infringement, according to US research firm MusicWatch.
Because streaming is the solution to piracy...
Whitecat 23rd February 2016 12:46 PM
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Are cassette tapes making an unexpected comeback? - BBC News



Cassette tapes could be making a comeback despite being all but killed off by CDs in 1990s.

Whitecat 23rd February 2016 11:20 AM
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Anna Meredith: the proms composer ditching classical music for club bangers | Music |



She’s a respected composer of classical music. So how did that lead to an album of pop and techno stompers?

Whitecat 22nd February 2016 11:29 PM
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Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it? | Music | The Guardian



He’s released The Life of Pablo digitally, but continues to tinker with it – much like a computer game upgrade

Whitecat 21st February 2016 11:19 PM
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Taylor Swift Spotify - 11 Musicians Who Won't Stream Their Music



Reasons why successful musicians don't let you stream their music online.

GearAndGuitars 20th February 2016 11:54 PM
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Block an Ad Save an Artist? Google Still Supporting Ad Funded Piracy Time to Fight



Let me apologize in advance for the rather lo-fi nature of this video, but it's from an informal webinar I've created for artist's rights activists in training. * Here I explain the basics of ad funded piracy; how Google profits from this activity; how this causes market failure drives down the price of music across…

GearAndGuitars 20th February 2016 08:40 PM
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Kanye West reportedly considering legal action against Pirate Bay over Life of Pablo



Kanye's new album is exclusively available on Tidal, driving up pirate downloads.

GearAndGuitars 20th February 2016 08:37 PM
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The Future of Sony Music Is Hollywood-Style Windowing



The days of easy, ad-supported access are rapidly coming to a close, not just for Sony Music but the overall music industry. *

Whitecat 19th February 2016 09:06 PM
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Kesha lost court injunction - Business Insider



Kesha can't escape her contract with Sony and the producer Dr. Luke.

GearAndGuitars 19th February 2016 04:33 PM
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Sony Entertainment Chief Predicts Music Will Move to Phased Release | Re/code



Music may see a "windowed" release, with new songs coming to paid services first.

Whitecat 19th February 2016 09:04 AM
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Grammy awards suffer seven-year TV audience low - BBC News



This year's Grammy awards US TV broadcast records its lowest audience figure in seven years.

GearAndGuitars 18th February 2016 11:14 PM
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Village Roadshow launches legal action to block piracy-related website in Australia -



The movie giant files a case against a piracy website in the Federal Court, the first time Australia's website blocking laws have been used since they were signed into law in June last year.

GearAndGuitars 18th February 2016 10:39 PM
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Vevo CEO: "Ad-Supported Is Not Sustainable In the Long Run" - Digital Music



If advertising can't support the music video industry, will paying subscribers make it viable? That's what Vevo now hopes to discover.

Whitecat 18th February 2016 07:54 PM
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Party politics: why grime defines the sound of protest in 2016 | Music | The Guardian



From Skepta’s anarchist tattoo to Stormzy’s takedown of David Cameron, it’s tempting to see 2016 as the year that grime finally got political – but the truth is that it always has been

GearAndGuitars 17th February 2016 11:05 PM
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The Reality of Touring Revenue From Someone Who Has Done It For 32 Years | The Tricho



(I posted this on my facebook page 6 months ago. It continues to get shared so I'm updating and posting it here.) It amuses me to no end when people suggest that artists can make up for recorded music revenues with live music revenues. These are people who obviously know little about the live music…

Whitecat 16th February 2016 08:24 PM
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Taylor Swift is everything that’s wrong with the Grammys and the music indust



Swift beat out Kendrick Lamar for Album of the Year—and his performance reminded everyone why he deserved to win

Whitecat 16th February 2016 06:47 PM
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Kanye West album 'pirated 500,000 times' already - BBC News



The Life of Pablo has already appeared on several illegal sites since its release on Sunday.

Whitecat 16th February 2016 01:29 PM
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Coldplay Confirmed As Glastonbury Headliners



The four-piece will be the first band to headline four times, after outings in 2002, 2005 and 2011.

Whitecat 16th February 2016 12:19 PM
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Kanye West Says New Album Will 'Never' Be Available Through Apple Music - Mac Rumors



Kanye West's latest album, "The Life of Pablo," is available exclusively on Tidal, the Apple Music rival service created by Jay Z....

Whitecat 15th February 2016 11:19 PM
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Official UK trending chart launches 'to predict future smashes' - BBC Newsbeat



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

GearAndGuitars 15th February 2016 02:13 AM
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SO SPOTIFY DOESN’T KNOW WHO TO PAY? HERE’S THE SIMPLE SOLUTION l Auddly



It’s not optional for General Motors to have a system in place to pay the companies that supply the wheels and tyres for the cars they sell, accurately, neither should it be optional for a digital music service to have a system in place to pay songwriters.

Whitecat 13th February 2016 10:51 PM
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Coldplay's seventh album tops chart after Super Bowl - BBC News



The band's A Head Full Of Dreams tops the album chart for the first time after their performance at the Super Bowl.

Whitecat 12th February 2016 09:43 PM
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YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools | Te



YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash. So today it announced it's acquired BandPage, a..

Whitecat 12th February 2016 12:07 AM
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What's it like to win a Grammy? | Music | The Guardian



From raining on Slash’s parade to rubbing shoulders with Stevie Wonder, past winners of the coveted gongs tells us their stories of success

Whitecat 11th February 2016 09:34 PM
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No surprises: how unexpected album drops became the norm | Music | The Guardian



Rihanna, Beyoncé, Pixies, Bowie and Radiohead all sidestepped industry traditions by dropping albums with no warning. But now we all expect the unexpected, has the trick lost its excitement?

GearAndGuitars 11th February 2016 05:49 PM
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SoundCloud could be forced to close after $44m losses



A financial report shows the company's overheads have increased faster than its revenue.

Whitecat 11th February 2016 02:03 PM
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Warner Pays $14 Million For Illegitimate "Happy Birthday" Claims - TorrentF



After raking in dozens of millions in licensing fees, Warner/Chappell has admitted that it doesn't own the rights to the song "Happy Birthday". The music company has agreed to set aside a $14 million settlement fund for people who paid to use Happy Birthday in public. In addition, the court has been asked to enter the song into the public domain.

Whitecat 8th February 2016 08:38 PM
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Super Bowl Halftime Show Marred By Functioning Sound System - The Onion - America's F



SANTA CLARA, CA—Disappointing the thousands of fans in attendance as well as an estimated 100 million viewers watching at home, the Super Bowl 50 halftime show was marred Sunday by the stadium’s functioning sound system, sources confirmed.

Whitecat 5th February 2016 11:14 PM
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In Defense of the CD | Rolling Stone



When and why did the CD become public sonic enemy Number One?

Whitecat 5th February 2016 04:29 PM
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The guitar Kurt Russell smashed in The Hateful Eight was an antique not a prop and th



The Martin Guitar Museum has vowed never to loan guitars to movies ever again, after a six-string from the 1870s was smashed to pieces on the set of The Hateful Eight.

Whitecat 4th February 2016 04:32 PM
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Warner will pay artists Spotify IPO money when it sells its shares - Music Business W



Warner Music Group has taken the unprecedented step of promising its artists that, should the major ever sell its stake in Spotify, it will pay them a portion of the proceeds.

Whitecat 4th February 2016 10:40 AM
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BBC Radio 6 Music reaches record audience figures - BBC News



BBC Radio 6 Music is the most listened-to digital-only station in the UK, new figures from ratings body Rajar reveal.

Whitecat 3rd February 2016 10:28 AM
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Rihanna's Anti sold fewer than 1,000 copies in a week. Is it a flop? | Music | The Gu



Sales of the star’s much-delayed album look dire on paper – but in a world of streaming, free downloads and blockbuster tours, that may not matter any more

Whitecat 2nd February 2016 09:45 PM
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Racism is Phil Anselmo's problem, not metal's | Music | The Guardian



The ex-Pantera singer’s antics prove metal has its share of racist idiots, but its real purpose is to celebrate the downtrodden, not oppress them

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2016 08:59 PM
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Spotify/YouTube mash-up Wefre 'paused' after legal concerns



Last week, we reported on a new site called Wefre that had the potential to give music rightsholders a few sleepless nights.

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2016 08:57 PM
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How Many Streams Make a Platinum Album? 1.5 Billion...Digital Music News



The RIAA is the organization that issues gold and platinum album awards. Now, the stodgy boys club is trying how to make streaming fit.

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2016 07:23 PM
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Avid Has Another Round Of Layoffs | Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture Music Production Blog



Things are getting ugly at Avid again as the company pink-slipped as many as 60 employees from its Pro Tools, Venue and other audio teams last week.

Whitecat 2nd February 2016 03:27 PM
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Jay Z's Roc Nation sues Rita Ora for $2.3m | Music | The Guardian



Company issues countersuit in response to Ora’s demand to be released from the label – but a settlement is expected soon

Whitecat 2nd February 2016 09:14 AM
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Forget Selling Albums — Artists Can Now Go Platinum Via Streaming : The Record : NP



As fans' listening habits become more and more focused on streaming, the RIAA is trying to catch up.

GearAndGuitars 1st February 2016 07:59 PM
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How Online Piracy Hurts Emerging Artists | Forbes



You may not realize it, but by using pirate sites, you take money from artists and give it to pirates and criminals.

Whitecat 1st February 2016 05:56 PM
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TurnRoll: Amazon wants to take on Spotify with a new music streaming service



Long gone are the days when Amazon was just a bookstore. Lately, we can buy all sorts of things. What's even more fascinating is that Amazon recently winks at the streaming music sector.

GearAndGuitars 1st February 2016 08:40 AM
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