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GearAndGuitars 8th March 2016 01:38 AM
Sharing has been hijacked — Medium

Unless you are sharing a billion dollars, which would be rather cool. In reality it’s millions of people ‘sharing’ to produce a handful of billionaires. Riddled with contradiction, it brings to mind a pseudo-communist dictatorship with a well groomed leader.

GearAndGuitars 7th March 2016 07:51 PM
Study Refutes Idea of Piracy’s Promotional Boost | Variety

Any promotional effects from piracy of movies are outweighed by the amount of cannibalization caused by online infringement, a new study from Carnegie Mellon University shows.

Whitecat 7th March 2016 04:42 PM
The 1975's Spotify gamble pays off as they hit No.1 in the US and UK

British band The 1975 made a big bet with the release of their second album last month – windowing the LP so it stayed off Spotify for two weeks but was available from day one on paid-for streaming services.

Whitecat 7th March 2016 02:00 PM
Gibson credit rating downgraded after 'weak 2015 performance' | Musical instrument

Moody’s also downgraded the firm for high turnover in senior financial management.

Whitecat 7th March 2016 10:07 AM
Adam Levine’s Songwriter Competition Show Under Fire for Requiring Contestants to Waive All Royalties

Songwriters hoping to get their big break selling a song NBC’s upcoming competition reality series “Songland” may have just given away their best material for free. Entertainment lawyer Wallace Collins issued an “urgent warning” to songwriters on Friday, the deadline to submit a song and audition video

Whitecat 6th March 2016 12:32 PM
Josh Homme on Iggy Pop: ‘Lemmy is gone. Bowie is gone. He's the last of the one-and-onlys'

At 68, the punk icon has recorded a new album with the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman. In a frank conversation, the pair discuss sex, death and David Bowie

Whitecat 5th March 2016 01:12 AM
What’s it like to own one of the country’s best music venues?

For more than 30 years, Metro Chicago (and its adjoining watering hole-slash-dance club Smart Bar) has been one of the city’s most dependable and storied venues, from its origins as the rented hall of an early R.E.M. concert to upcoming shows by artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Cheap Trick, RJD2, and more.

GearAndGuitars 5th March 2016 12:53 AM
Talking to Santigold about the streaming economy: ‘I hope there’s a backlash'

Last year, Jay Z and a cadre of music industry titans launched Tidal, a streaming service meant to take a stand against free streaming and give artists value again. Grammy Foundation president Neil...

GearAndGuitars 5th March 2016 12:52 AM
Breaking: The Guy That Sued Tidal Just Settled With Microsoft... - Digital Music News

Jay Z's Tidal blew it off as a frivolous lawsuit. But Microsoft has decided to settle, raising the possibility of a serious battle ahead.

Whitecat 4th March 2016 04:47 PM
All Tomorrow's Parties took out a loan ahead of festival cancellation confusion

There should not be this much confusion over whether a promotions company's two events are or are not happening but here we are - with new information.

Whitecat 4th March 2016 04:46 PM
TomorrowWorld 2016 Has Officially Been Cancelled, Beatport To Be Auctioned Off | EDM

As more and more news emerges around the financial chaos SFX Entertainment is currently experiencing, many rumors have circulated surrounding what the future holds for the company’s numerous productions around the globe.

Whitecat 4th March 2016 11:31 AM
The latest chapter in the Legendary TJ's story - BBC News

Six years after the death of owner John Sicolo, a new club based on iconic venue TJ's is to open in Newport.

Whitecat 3rd March 2016 03:13 PM
Will Tidal be the next music streaming service to drown? | Music | The Guardian

The company bagged exclusives from Kanye West and Rihanna, who released the biggest albums of 2016, but it still has daunting challenges

Whitecat 3rd March 2016 02:35 PM
St John Coltrane Church faces eviction, a sign of San Francisco's lost jazz history |

This 48-year-old church finds divinity in the music of John Coltrane, and is one of the few venues left in a neighborhood once known as the ‘Harlem of the West’

Whitecat 2nd March 2016 11:05 AM
Kanye West: secret Pirate Bay user? | Technology | The Guardian

Did Yeezy download a pirated version of synthesiser Serum? The rapper-slash-designer might have revealed too much on Twitter

GearAndGuitars 2nd March 2016 05:58 AM
The dangers of digital: Brian Eno on technology and modern music

Digital technology has enhanced music production, recording and distribution in ways unimaginabl

GearAndGuitars 1st March 2016 06:52 AM
Why Vinyl’s Resurgence Won’t Save the Music Industry | | Observer

An early-'90s Boyz II Men slow jam sums up in just eight words what countless articles and analytical studies keep reinforcing.

GearAndGuitars 1st March 2016 06:17 AM
Illegal Download Site MP3Skull Is Closing For Good

A screenshot of MP3Skull, which just shuttered for good.   Bad news for those who are used to downloading their favorite music for free (but good news for record labels, artists, and the entire music industry): MP3Skull, one of the world’s most popular sites for illegal music downloads, is no more. The website [...]

GearAndGuitars 1st March 2016 06:15 AM
57 Million Americans Are Actively Stealing Music, Study Finds... - Digital Music News

Just how bad is music piracy in the United States? A new study from MusicWatch suggest that stealing music is still a national sport.

Whitecat 29th February 2016 10:41 AM
A brief history of Rick Rubin lying down | Features | Culture | The Independent

I think it was Confucius who said ‘Teachers open doors, but you must lie down in the room by yourself’, a proverb Rick Rubin has taken to heart in his prolific and illustrious career, lying down on the leather sofas of countless studios and dispensing sage advise to the world’s biggest musicians.

Whitecat 28th February 2016 09:42 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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