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GearAndGuitars 16th September 2014 02:18 AM
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CultureCrash | David Lowery: The Internet is a Cargo Cult



"The Internet has become cargo cult. People worship the Internet like a cargo cult. It’s this thing that they have that brings them free stuff, and they think it’s magic. It’s beyond rational thought and reason, right? And they have no sense that behind all that free stuff are the drowned ships and sailors. They don’t want to hear that behind the way you get this free stuff, some really actually ****ed-up things have happened to individuals and their individual rights."

Whitecat 15th September 2014 09:59 PM
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Apple makes it easier to delete the new U2 album from iTunes libraries | Technology



Responds to controversy around ‘Songs of Innocence’ being pushed to people’s devices with new web removal tool. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 12th September 2014 06:40 PM
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The Problem With Audiences (A Letter To Daniel Ek) | Music Industry Blog



Dear DanielI enjoy our occasional Twitter exchanges and last night’s about MIDiA Research’s new music forecasts was no exception. For the record, I believe you deserve great credit for engaging as much as you do on Twitter. But as valuable a platform as Twitter is, it is not the best environment for discussing more complex…

Whitecat 12th September 2014 09:51 AM
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Got iTunes? You got a U2 album. Here's how to delete it. - BBC Newsbeat



Apple gave all iTunes users a free copy of U2's new album with the iPhone 6 launch. Don't want it? Find out how to bin it here.

GearAndGuitars 11th September 2014 02:34 AM
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Time to hit downloaders hard, musicians say



APRA AMCOS, which collects royalties to more than 80,000 musicians in Australasia, is calling for stiff penalties for illegal downloading and refuted claims that making content more available would solve the piracy problem.

GearAndGuitars 11th September 2014 02:33 AM
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Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users | Billboard



If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen.

Whitecat 10th September 2014 06:19 PM
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Mercury prize 2014 ignores big stars in favour of FKA Twigs, Young Fathers and East



The only big names on this year’s shortlist are Damon Albarn and Bombay Bicycle Club, with seven debuts and three jazz artists making up a relatively obscure list of nominations

GearAndGuitars 10th September 2014 05:41 PM
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WholeWorldBand app enables music artists, fans to collaborate via Web - LA Times



Drummer and founding Police member Stewart Copeland is ready for a jam session in his Brentwood home studio, which he calls the Sacred Grove.

Whitecat 9th September 2014 11:13 PM
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See me after the show: when pop stars attack their own audiences | Music | theguardi



From Kanye West’s face-off with a fan over a diamond-encrusted mask to Badly Drawn Boy’s on-stage meltdown, why do so many musicians pick fights with their own crowds?

GearAndGuitars 9th September 2014 07:04 PM
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LouFest 2014: Cake's John McCrea Talks | MusicTimes



"As much as I hated major labels and indie labels, probably more than anyone I know, one thing you can say for them is that they were able to translate the success of one band and invest in a new band that no one knew about. And there is nothing currently that is actually doing that anymore. So that's a structural problem. But you know who is going to fight to keep the current status quo are the tech companies that have grease running down their faces and hands from the fat of their plunder."

Whitecat 8th September 2014 11:59 PM
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Music therapy gets a rock ’n’ roll makeover



“Now he trusts the beauty of the great unknown. Now he believes in love.” lyrics from Sarah

GearAndGuitars 8th September 2014 05:55 AM
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'Piracy sites don't love music - they love money' | Music Week



"Copyright crooks don’t love music - they love money, and they’ve been attracted to the industry solely by its potential to make them rich. Take away their profits and you take away their reason for being.”

GearAndGuitars 8th September 2014 05:25 AM
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Gene Simmons: 'Rock Is Finally Dead' - Esquire



"The masses do not recognize file-sharing and downloading as stealing because there's a copy left behind for you — it's not that copy that's the problem, it's the other one that someone received but didn't pay for. The problem is that nobody will pay you for the 10,000 hours you put in to create what you created. I can only imagine the frustration of all that work, and having no one value it enough to pay you for it."

GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2014 08:33 PM
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Apple and Collapsing Music Sales - Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) - 24/7 Wall St.



Of the $15 billion in 2013 global sales of recorded music, nearly 40% came from digital sources such as ad-supported and subscription streaming or paid digital downloads.

GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2014 08:32 PM
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Guest Blog: Songwriters Gave America Much -- It’s Time to Return the Favor | Americ



Sue Ennis is a nationally-recognized songwriter, educator, and Trustee of The Recording Academy.* The Academy’s comments to the Dept. of Justice can be vie

GearAndGuitars 1st September 2014 07:49 PM
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David Lowery: Here’s how Pandora is destroying musicians - Salon.com



Cracker and Camper van Beethoven's David Lowery tells Salon how streaming services might end true avant garde music

GearAndGuitars 1st September 2014 05:12 PM
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Twitter Opens Analytics Dashboard To Your Band - hypebot



It's important to know what's happening with all that social media activity that so often seems to be an act of faith. Twitter's making it easier to keep up with the reach of your tweets on Twitter by opening their Tweet activity dashboard to all users. Previously available for advertisers and whoever Twitter deemed special enough to verify, Twitter's analytics may tell you some things you didn't know but leave you wanting more. Given how many analytics products there are and how many of those have third party solutions to the problem of surfacing and displaying the most important information,...

Whitecat 31st August 2014 04:38 PM
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NME News Kate Bush becomes the first female artist in UK history to have eight simult



Read more on 'Kate Bush becomes the first female artist in UK history to have eight simultaneous Top 40 albums ' from NME.COM

GearAndGuitars 29th August 2014 04:29 AM
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Album Sales Hit A New Low | Billboard



As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.

Whitecat 28th August 2014 10:55 PM
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Mexico is undergoing a streaming music revolution | Music Week



59% of all sales in country are now digital

GearAndGuitars 28th August 2014 09:39 PM
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Blake Morgan on How Google Alerts Drive Traffic to Pirates and Hurt Indie Artists and



After our post yesterday about how Google drives traffic to pirate sites through Google Alerts (also supported by Facebook and Twitter), I got a chance to speak to Blake Morgan of ECR Music Group. (MTP readers will remember Blake from the #IRespectMusic campaign, still going strong.)

Blake had the same experience with his label mate Janita (whom we interviewed about her experiences in Washington, DC supporting the #IRespectMusic campaign).

GearAndGuitars 27th August 2014 02:34 AM
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How Copyright Encourages Creativity and Opportunity in Hollywood | The Trichordist



We hear a lot from the copyleft and opponents of Artist’s Rights that copyright stifles creativity, but this is simply not true. We’re not going to go down the tired road of the arguments about remixing, which can be read in this excellent article at Copyhype titled, “Remix Without Romance.“

GearAndGuitars 25th August 2014 05:32 AM
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Rightscorp’s new plan: Pay our copyright fees, or we take your browser | Ars Techni



Online copyright cop charging $20 per song explains 2014 strategy to investors.

Whitecat 21st August 2014 06:35 PM
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Music Service SoundCloud Introduces Ads - Business Insider



The German company had previously tried to work out equity deals with major U.S. music labels.

Whitecat 21st August 2014 08:07 AM
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Shakira song 'broke copyright laws'



Colombian pop star Shakira's hit song Loca was indirectly copied from a Dominican songwriter's work, a US federal judge rules.

GearAndGuitars 21st August 2014 06:11 AM
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No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall | Billboard



Another example bubbles up of the streaming industry's effects on music sales.

GearAndGuitars 21st August 2014 06:06 AM
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Juniper: Spotify and Pandora under threat from Apple and Google in slow digital music



Figures from Juniper Research show the market will increase from $12.3 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion in 2019 as streaming and piracy continue to...

Whitecat 20th August 2014 09:57 PM
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Calvin Harris tops Forbes' richest DJ list with $66m earnings last year | Music | th



Scottish producer and DJ, known for work with Rihanna and Rita Ora as well as solo hits like Summer, tops the list for the second year in a row, beating David Guetta and Avicii

Whitecat 20th August 2014 12:19 PM
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Rockers drop sex-and-drugs for a nice glass of wine - Telegraph



Fans of bands such as Queen and Guns 'N' Roses prefer Riesling, while classical music lovers favour Gewurztraminer

GearAndGuitars 19th August 2014 09:52 PM
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Is Spotify Killing Music? | TakePart



"We are creating a culture where content creators are a new servant class, and paid as such."
— Rosanne Cash

Whitecat 19th August 2014 02:54 PM
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YouTube to launch 'Music Key' subscription service | Mail Online



The service will offer access to over 20 million tracks, along with concert footage and remixes, along with videos.

Whitecat 19th August 2014 08:33 AM
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Royal Blood rewrite the rules of rock



Rock duo Royal Blood are about to release one of the most anticipated rock albums of the year. The two-piece speak to the BBC about their meteoric rise from playing at weddings to sell-out shows.

GearAndGuitars 18th August 2014 04:50 PM
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How The iPhone 6 May Be The Start Of Apple’s ‘Back To Music’ Strate



With the launch of its new iPhones just round the corner Apple could be forgiven for feeling rather more positive about its smartphone outlook than it has for a while. The sheen has worn off its number one competitor Samsung, with cheap Chinese and Indian competitors seriously eating into its market share and the investor…

GearAndGuitars 18th August 2014 04:50 PM
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3 Reasons Pandora Media Inc. Stock Could Fall



Pandora Media Inc. stock could face some challenges in the near future. - Rick Munarriz - Consumer Goods

Whitecat 18th August 2014 03:45 PM
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Online music videos to carry age rating from October, says David Cameron | Media | t



PM announces pilot to protect children from graphic content, saying rules for online videos should be in line with content bought offline

Whitecat 18th August 2014 02:08 PM
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Did the California Labor Commissioner Just Shake Up the Music Industry? | Billboard



Every so often, California's requirement that talent agents be licensed mucks up relationships in the entertainment industry. On Monday, the California Labor Commissioner promulgated a decision that has the potential to be a huge disrupter in the music business, changing how artists, producers and record labels co-exist with each other.

Whitecat 18th August 2014 12:02 PM
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Ed Sheeran equals male album record



Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's album X clocks up eight weeks at number one, becoming the joint longest chart-topper by a male solo artist.

Whitecat 18th August 2014 09:38 AM
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Drug-fueled, EDM-obsessed millennials are saving the music business – Quartz



Electronic dance music (EDM) is not just growing, it's absolutely booming. The genre,*which has been popular in Europe for decades but only really broke through in the US in the last couple of years, has now spawned an industry conservatively estimated to be worth $6.2 billion a year, according to figures from the Association for...

GearAndGuitars 15th August 2014 06:11 PM
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Individual Songwriters Come Out In Droves, Submit Large Number Of Comments To DOJ | T



So this week the Capitol has been buzzing about the surprising number of comments that INDIVIDUALS submitted to the DOJ on the consent decree that governs songwriters. There were over 180 comments from individuals submitted!

GearAndGuitars 15th August 2014 06:10 PM
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Musical nostalgia: The psychology and neuroscience for song preference and the remini



As I plod through my 20s, I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon: The music I loved as a teenager means more to me than ever—but with each passing year, the new songs on the radio sound like noisy nonsense.

GearAndGuitars 15th August 2014 06:07 PM
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Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers



Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin doesn't agree with the sunny outlook towards an increasingly dominant form of music listening.

Whitecat 14th August 2014 09:05 PM
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Female rock fans shout out: 'I shouldn't have to like pop just because I'm a girl' |



Caroline Sullivan: Female metalheads feel marginalised by mainstream radio, but as Radio 1 gives its Rock Show a primetime slot, more and more girl rockers are flocking to the moshpit

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