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GearAndGuitars 19th May 2015 07:11 PM
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This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify | The Verge



Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog...
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Whitecat 19th May 2015 01:45 PM
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Lee Ryan becomes fourth and final Blue member to file for bankruptcy | Music | The Gu



Despite selling 15m records and having 40 No 1s around the world, each member of the boyband Blue has subsequently gone bust
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Whitecat 19th May 2015 09:52 AM
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Starbucks making baristas the DJ in deal with streaming service Spotify - BBC Newsbea



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

Whitecat 18th May 2015 04:46 PM
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Guitar solos are getting the ax in country music songs - LA Times



There's a disturbing new trend in country music: Producers are cutting out instrumental sections to make the songs fit certain broadcast formats.

Whitecat 15th May 2015 01:56 PM
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Apple Beats Music Vs. Spotify: Free streaming limited to 3 months | BGR



It seems that Apple is getting part of its wish and Spotify will at least severely restrict users' ability to stream songs for free.*Digital Music News' sources claim that Spotify is planning to limit users' ability to stream music for free to just three months.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2015 02:29 AM
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Ministry of Sound boss: major labels have ‘f***ed everybody up the arse’ on streaming
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Does the phrase ‘fireside chat’ conjure up a vision of warm cosiness? Not when Ministry of Sound boss Lohan Presencer is one of the chatterers, it doesn’t.
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GearAndGuitars 15th May 2015 02:28 AM
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Digital downloads are now declining faster than CD sales in the UK - Tech News - Digi



Digital downloads are hit hard as music streaming in the UK surges.
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Old Goat 15th May 2015 02:17 AM
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McLean: 'The music business as we knew it is dead' - BBC News



Singer-songwriter Don McLean tells BBC HARDtalk the music business as he knew it was 'dead'.

GearAndGuitars 13th May 2015 04:17 AM
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NME News Billy Corgan: 'Music industry is run by feckless idiots who tell artists the



Smashing Pumpkins News. The Smashing Pumpkins singer speaks about Tidal and the music business in a new TV interview
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GearAndGuitars 11th May 2015 11:01 PM
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David Byrne Joins SoundExchange Board Of Directors - hypebot



As the debate over copyright and royalty reform heats up, its essential to have thoughtful artists engaged in discussions at the highest level. Today SoundExchange smartly gave David Byrne a seat at the table. _____________________________ SoundExchange has added David Byrne to its Board of Directors. Byrne is a singer, songwriter,...
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GearAndGuitars 11th May 2015 11:00 PM
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"If you want to use music, you've got to pay for it": Music's crisi



Why the music industry should be tackling three major problems: infrastructure, transparency, and technology.
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GearAndGuitars 9th May 2015 12:51 AM
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Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree : The Record : NPR



The Department of Justice is exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.
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GearAndGuitars 9th May 2015 12:50 AM
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The Most Popular Keys of All Music on Spotify - hypebot



Each day, approximately 20,000 new songs appear on Spotify, which now has over 30 million tracks. As the Beastie Boys maintained, there are “only twelve notes, well a [hu]man can play.” They were right, at least when it comes to Western music at least (rock, rap, classical, country, and many...
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GearAndGuitars 9th May 2015 12:49 AM
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Spotify plans to enter Web video business: WSJ - Yahoo News



From Yahoo News: (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify is laying plans to enter the Web video business and has been in discussions with several digital media players about potential partnerships, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The company has been reaching out to companies that specialize in making content for Google Inc's YouTube to discuss both acquiring their material and co-creating original video series, the Journal said. Spotify could announce its video plans as early as this month, the report said. Spotify declined to comment.
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GearAndGuitars 9th May 2015 12:48 AM
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Why We Can't Protect Artists in America | William Buckley Jr.



Online piracy is an epidemic that knows no boundaries, impacting film, television, music, books, photography, software, video games and all works that can be copied, digitized and distributed over the internet.
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Whitecat 8th May 2015 11:54 AM
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Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record



A close examination of the problems facing the vinyl manufacturing industry in 2015.

Whitecat 6th May 2015 03:04 PM
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Noel Gallagher attacks Tidal: 'Do these people think they're saving the world?' | Mus



The songwriter branded the stars promoting Tidal as ‘Jay-Z’s minions’ in interview before quashing hopes of an Oasis reunion

Whitecat 6th May 2015 09:13 AM
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Hip Hop hailed as music pinnacle - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk



For some it was the unforgettable tunes of the Beatles; for others the intricate "prog rock" arrangements of Yes or the thunderous melding of blues and folk that was Led Zeppe

Whitecat 6th May 2015 09:10 AM
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Beatles did not revolutionise music, study claims | Music | The Guardian



British bands such as the Fab Four and the Rolling Stones only followed existing musical trends, researchers using data analysis say

GearAndGuitars 5th May 2015 11:25 PM
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Can Russia's anti-piracy law revive the global music business? - Music Business



“If torrent site owners are not interested in legal business, the response of the state will become quite obvious.” - Sergei Zheleznyak
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GearAndGuitars 5th May 2015 07:47 PM
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Why brands like Unilever and Microsoft are paying to get inside the music slipstream



Why brands like Unilever and Microsoft are paying to get inside the music slipstream, Brands spend millions each year brokering partnerships with music artists in a bid to get a taste of the
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GearAndGuitars 5th May 2015 07:35 PM
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NP AAAARGGHHHHH: @NPR CEO Jarl Mohn Funded Piracy Client Vuze and Vuze Sponsors Torrent Freak | Trichordist



NPR CEO Jarl Mohn is a card carrying member of the dark side. He funded the bittorrent piracy client Vuze not once but twice. He was part of the B series round of $12 million and the C series round of $20 million. And make no mistake Vuze is a key part of the piracy ecosystem.
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GearAndGuitars 5th May 2015 07:20 PM
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Tidal, Music Streaming Service, Seeks Footing After a Stumble - The New York Times



Behind Tidal’s celebrity power is a broader concern — common among all artists — that the digital economy is spinning out of control, resulting in a world where technology interests are all-powerful and content is an often cheap and ubiquitous commodity.
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Whitecat 5th May 2015 03:14 PM
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Apple Is Trying To Kill Free Spotify - Report



With many expecting Apple to launch a revamped music streaming service, it is reportedly putting the squeeze on record labels.

GearAndGuitars 4th May 2015 03:40 AM
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In music today, it’s all or nothing – rich at the top or languishing forlornly at Bottom | New Statesman



Would I want my children to go into music? I do have to wonder,*just as my parents wondered.
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GearAndGuitars 4th May 2015 03:38 AM
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Can we say no to piracy? - The Express Tribune



Napa observ*es World Intell*ectual Proper*ty day to addres*s the rampan*t issue and its impact on local music indust*ry.
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Whitecat 3rd May 2015 06:01 PM
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The tech that helps techno artists get paid - BBC News



When music is played in public, the artist who created it is meant to receive royalties. Thanks to music recognition software, the system is beginning to work better.

Whitecat 3rd May 2015 11:48 AM
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NME News Pink Floyd's Roger Waters accuses music industry of 'stealing every ****ing



Pink Floyd News. Waters also states that a Pink Floyd reunion is 'out of the question'

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2015 08:47 PM
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Grooveshark Shuts Down, Apologizes "Without Reservation" To RIAA - hypebot



"It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission," appeared to be Grooveshark's mantra. The company was defiant to the point of arrogance. They had nothing wrong, they insisted, as criticism and then lawsuits mounted, and were protected by DMCA safe harbor provisions. Now the site has shut down, and they are singing a very different tune.
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Whitecat 1st May 2015 07:31 PM
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How Avid Hopes To Fix A Broken Music Industry - Forbes



You might not have heard of Avid Technology—the company behind Pro Tools (music editing/mixing software), Media Composer (digital video editing software) and Sibelius (music notation software)—but I can assure you that everyone who works on the production side of the industry has: behind the scenes, Avid is a household name, [...]

Whitecat 1st May 2015 06:01 PM
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Uptown Funk credits Oops Up Side Your Head writers - BBC News



Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars give writers of The Gap Band's 1979 track Oops Up Side Your Head a writing credit on their hit Uptown Funk.

Whitecat 1st May 2015 06:58 AM
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Grooveshark Music Service Settles with Labels After Court Loss | Re/code



As part of a court settlement: An apology, and a plug for legal services like Spotify.

Whitecat 30th April 2015 10:30 AM
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Forget streaming: Apple should get out of the music business | VentureBeat | Media |



Opinion: If you want to know how well the iTunes Store is doing these days, all you have to do is listen to what Apple executives said about it in the second-quarter earnings call yesterday: Nothing.

Whitecat 30th April 2015 10:28 AM
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Exclusive Q&A: Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz Is Demanding a Better Music Industry



"Someone needs to save the industry. Someone needs to be brave, don't you agree?" Billboard chats with Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz.

GearAndGuitars 30th April 2015 01:30 AM
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Instagram launches @music account to spotlight music artists



Remember Twitter #music? That move into music discovery didn't work out so well for the social network. Let's hope Instagram @music goes better, eh?
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Whitecat 29th April 2015 07:11 PM
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Musicians sue Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM for outsourcing | Entertainment News



A musicians union said the studios violated a collective bargaining agreement that music for Hollywood films would be produced in the U.S. or Canada.

GearAndGuitars 29th April 2015 02:27 AM
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Daniel Lanois Advice to the Young | Louisiana Channel



“Should one be so lucky to find something they are good at, then pursue it with full passion, man.” Spot-on advice from one of the world’s most sought-after producers Daniel Lanois, who forwards wisdom from the legendary Brian Eno.
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Whitecat 28th April 2015 10:51 PM
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NME News Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey backs Tidal, praises Jay Z for taking on 'new



Jay Z News. Music streaming service has been criticised by a number of artists

Whitecat 28th April 2015 01:46 PM
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Billy Corgan joins TNA Wrestling as senior producer | Music | The Guardian



Smashing Pumpkins frontman plans to put his ‘deep-rooted passion for pro-wrestling’ to use developing programmes for US entertainment company

GearAndGuitars 27th April 2015 10:54 PM
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Big Layoffs At BitTorrent - BuzzFeed News



The company behind the revolutionary file-sharing protocol sacks dozens of employees... BitTorrent’s restructuring follows a tumultuous few years for the company which has struggled for years to build a sustainable business on the back of the file-sharing technology that catapulted it to fame.
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Whitecat 27th April 2015 09:36 AM
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Festival fever cheers economy to the tune of £1bn - Business News - Business - The



Music festivals have added £1bn to the economy over the last four years.

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