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Whitecat 24th August 2015 04:03 PM
One Direction: the plight of the Directioners is familiar to anyone who ever loved a boyband

Boybands’ careers are built on the constancy of teenage girls and young women – and the nature of their love is unchanged since Beatlemania

Whitecat 24th August 2015 08:44 AM
Why Is 'Billboard' Asking Industry Execs If They Believe Kesha? : The Record : NPR

After an anonymous questionnaire circulated to "top music-industry executives" leaked online, questions arise about the industry publication's ethics and objectives.

GearAndGuitars 23rd August 2015 06:05 PM
Jason Aldean on Spotify: “Artists Don’t Make Crap, Writers Are Getting Cheated” | Digital Music News

For me, I got a lot of friends who make a living writing songs, and those guys are getting cheated. Taylor Swift, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and myself, a lot of guys are starting to see that as well. That’s all it was about. You want it to be fair.

As artists, we don’t make crap off of streaming.
... you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time ...
GearAndGuitars 23rd August 2015 06:04 PM
Labels handing out 'playola' to get songs on streaming playlists | Digital

Record labels now pay for placement on particularly popular streaming music playlists, according to Billboard.
... the more things change, the more they stay the same...
Whitecat 23rd August 2015 09:40 AM
Spotify's 'Sorry' Fails to Cut Through Confusion | Privacy | TechNewsWorld

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Friday issued a public apology for poor communications regarding the company's new privacy policy. The new policy, which took effect Wednesday, immediately triggered alarm. Several tech publications railed against the terms, and Minecraft creator Markus Persson engaged Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in a Twitter debate that ended with Persson and others quitting the music service.

GearAndGuitars 23rd August 2015 07:49 AM
What would user-centric streaming payouts mean for artists?

Could Spotify and other music streaming services answer their musician critics by changing the way they calculate their payouts?
GearAndGuitars 23rd August 2015 07:42 AM
The Knights Who Say SOPA - The Illusion of More

The EFF sticks to its playbook, crying SOPA at every case. It's tedious and offensive.

Of course, Silicon Valley doesn’t like this sort of thing, but not because of anything to do with your freedoms so much as with their bottom line. News flash: industries don’t like regulation.
... The EFF becomes a parody of itself ...
Whitecat 22nd August 2015 10:11 AM
Brace yourself: SOPA set to strike again | InfoWorld

An obscure case involving dental aligners could have huge implications for the free flow of data across the global Web

Whitecat 21st August 2015 10:39 PM
‘Parliament should decide’ after Muse slam Download face scanning - BBC News

Police say the law needs to change after critics including rock band Muse condemn the use of facial recognition software at the Download Festival.

GearAndGuitars 21st August 2015 05:46 PM
You Can't Do Squat About Spotify's Eerie New Privacy Policy (UPDATED) | WIR

A new Spotify privacy policy shows that you don't have any. is just bait for big data...
Whitecat 21st August 2015 01:26 PM
Spotify faces user backlash over new privacy policy | Technology | The Guardian


Music streaming service asks to access contacts, photos and GPS locations from user mobiles, as company focuses on personalisation and discovery

Whitecat 20th August 2015 09:31 AM
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson sells private jets in Harrods | Music | The Guardian

A company the Maiden singer chairs has set up a private jet pop-up in the luxury department store

GearAndGuitars 20th August 2015 01:42 AM
A Rational Conversation: Does Anybody Even Have Time For An 80-Minute Album? : The Re

In a musical environment that prizes economy and the listener's ability to shuffle, skip and create playlists, is there still a place for ambitious, sprawling albums meant to be consumed all at once?
Whitecat 19th August 2015 12:56 PM
Carlos D: Coldplay made me want to leave Interpol | Music | The Guardian


The former Interpol bassist battled many demons while in the band ... but the moment he knew he had to leave was while watching Chris Martin perform on Saturday Night Live

Whitecat 19th August 2015 12:28 PM
Money in the music streaming business keeps mysteriously disappearing. Here’s why.

The music streaming business has an unsolved mystery: Where is the money going?

Whitecat 19th August 2015 12:07 PM
Almost half of Apple Music subscribers have already cancelled, claims survey

According to a survey published today, 48 percent of Apple Music listeners polled say they have given up listening to the streaming music -- and the free t

Whitecat 19th August 2015 11:37 AM
Club promoters are blaming Tinder for the death of the live music scene

While the young 'uns used to trawl pubs and clubs looking for partners, they now just have to unlock their phones and start swiping.

GearAndGuitars 19th August 2015 12:38 AM
Have We Reached Peak Vinyl? - Stereogum

Stewart Anderson has had enough. The frontman for noise-pop veterans Boyracer and head of likeminded label 555 Recordings has been releasing music on vinyl since 1991. But the well-documented manufacturing delays that have gone hand in hand with the format’s unlikely resurgence have finally pushed the artist/entrepreneur to the point of wanting to break it off with analog discs.

GearAndGuitars 19th August 2015 12:26 AM
Google v Hood Not Even a B-Movie Drama - The Illusion of More

If the story of Google V Hood sounds like a bad movie plot, it's because it rings rather hollow. Believe what you want about the players, their actions, and their motives. The details and misrepresentations are so out of proportion now, it’s futile to even go there. For the sake of argument, then, let’s assume companies are companies, all morally or amorally equal, if you will. Yes, the motion picture industry would like to curb piracy; and yes, Google would like to avoid taking responsibility (financial or otherwise) for its role in the problem. That’s business. We get that. But the idea that the story of Hood v Google is an epic tale of good vs evil — about the forces of openness vs the forces of censorship — is preposterous.
... be careful of which wolf you feed ...
Whitecat 18th August 2015 08:34 PM
‘We’ll retire at 106. What else can we do?’ The rockers who won't quit | Music


From Suzi Quatro to Saxon’s Biff Byford, rock’s pioneers have been making music for more than 40 years. Here they talk about leather jumpsuits, performing when you’re in your 60s – and the enduring appeal of a nice biscuit

Whitecat 17th August 2015 11:38 AM
The ukulele maker and his race against Parkinson's - BBC News

Master ukulele maker Pete Howlett has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is trying to speed up his life's work.

Whitecat 17th August 2015 10:52 AM
How the Beatles made the English accent an asset in America as they rose to fame 50

What was it like to be on the receiving end of Beatlemania? Nigel Robinson thinks he has some idea. Fifty years ago, the sixth-form student from Leamington Spa discovered that his English accent – aided and abetted by a pair of Chelsea boots and a John Lennon-style cap – made him an instant celebrity when he joined the 55,000-strong audience for the celebrated concert at New York's Shea Stadium that cemented their US and global success.

GearAndGuitars 17th August 2015 06:36 AM
10 Inspiring Quotes for Musicians | Performer Mag

10 Inspiring Quotes for Working Musicians By Working Musicians by Performer Magazine
Whitecat 15th August 2015 09:23 PM
Hendrix Estate Feud Settled After 45 Years

The guitarist's siblings have battled over his estate since he died in 1970 - but they have now reached a deal over merchandise.

GearAndGuitars 14th August 2015 08:25 PM
SoundCloud Facing Legal Action Before Thanksgiving, Sources SayDigital Music News

SoundCloud now faces significant legal action from the major labels, with litigation potentially starting by Thanksgiving.
GearAndGuitars 13th August 2015 07:16 PM
Prince Names Tidal the Exclusive Home for Upcoming Record 'HITNRUN' | Billb

After years spent scrubbing nearly every shred of sound he's created from platforms like YouTube and denying licenses to streaming services, the legend is making Tidal the exclusive home to his upcoming record HITNRUN, to be released Sep. 7.
... let's see how long it takes for the Tidal "exclusive" to appear on YouTube...
GearAndGuitars 13th August 2015 06:39 PM
How to kill the album: Stop Making Sense - Music Business Worldwide

Current artists likely to benefit from this change in methodology include Ariana Grande, Hozier and Maroon 5… as their streaming and digital song sales have been outperforming their album sales in recent weeks.”

So their song sales have been outperforming their album sales, but it’s best if we attribute them with more album sales than artists who actually achieved more album sales.

Gotcha. Crystal. Flawless logic.

As Martin Mills eloquently put it earlier this year: “Including tracks with albums mixes apples with pears, and fails to chart anything meaningful other than sheer brute size.”
... we reap what we sow...
Whitecat 13th August 2015 05:24 PM
Gibson changes tune: Electronics before guitars

Gibson Brands has emerged as a consumer electronics manufacturer first and foremost and a guitar producer second

theblue1 13th August 2015 03:40 PM
Musicians Union Sues Major Labels For Not Paying Them For Streams On Spotify, Apple M

The American Federation of Musicians claims major record labels haven't paid it a cent of the money it believes it is owed.
The suit will attempt to pry open 'the Black Box' ... at least a little:

Under an agreement initiated in 1994 and renewed and amended most recently in 2012, major labels Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, along with film soundtrack powerhouse Hollywood Records, are required to pay 0.5 percent of “all receipts” that the labels have collected “’as a result of the amendment of the Copyright Act of 1976 to provide copyright owners with the exclusive right, not limited by statutory or compulsory licensing, to publicly perform sound recordings by means of a digital transmission’” into the AFM’s pension fund.

In layman’s terms, those receipts, which include revenue generated from streams, nonpermanent downloads and ringback tones (remember those?), may also include the advances the majors wrung out of services like Spotify in exchange for access to their catalogs. Those advances, whose specific amounts are mostly hidden behind nondisclosure agreements, are widely believed to amount to tens of millions of dollars per label.

GearAndGuitars 13th August 2015 06:19 AM
YouTube star attacks ‘theft, lies and Facebook video’ | Technology | The Guardian

Vlogbrothers’ Hank Green wants social network to rethink the way it counts views, and crack down on ‘freebooted’ videos ripped from YouTube
... irony ...
GearAndGuitars 13th August 2015 02:24 AM
Pay the Band | Viewpoint | Memphis News and Events | Memphis Flyer

Several years ago, a very famous Memphis guitar player got sick. He was one of my entertainment-law clients. I drove him to Wiles-Smith Drug Store...
GearAndGuitars 12th August 2015 07:04 PM
UK police report 73% decrease in top ad spending on piracy sites - Business Insider

'Operation Creative' has been running for nearly two years now, and it has a lot to be happy about.
Whitecat 12th August 2015 01:47 PM
Police anti-piracy operation cuts advertising on illegal sites by 70% | Media | The G

Operation Creative, backed by ad industry and film, music and TV trade bodies, seeks to stop legitimate brands’ campaigns appearing on pirate websites

GearAndGuitars 12th August 2015 02:12 AM
Judge Wants Dr. Luke to Stand Trial Over Breakbeat on Jessie J Hit Song - Hollywood R

Copyright law hits percussion — and the music industry might never be the same.
interesting case.
Whitecat 11th August 2015 03:33 PM
Talking Head talks tough: musicians rebel over 3-cent cheques and 'black boxes'

“The black box of hidden transactions in the music business, while maybe not illegal, is a recipe for chicanery,” says Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

Whitecat 11th August 2015 12:06 PM
Columbia House, the Spotify of the '80s, is dead | The Verge

There was a time in the not-too-distant past where you couldn't just open Spotify, your favorite torrent client, or iTunes and get hold of a song you wanted to hear. No, you had to obtain actual...

Whitecat 11th August 2015 10:00 AM
Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critic

Canada would have to massively overhaul its Copyright Act just a few years after the last round of painstaking amendments, critics warn, if a secret trade and investment deal the government is negotiating is adopted with the terms outlined in a leaked draft that was made public this week.

GearAndGuitars 11th August 2015 06:32 AM
YouTube as you know it might be a thing of the past | New York Post

YouTube’s exploding mobile traffic is creating a new source of friction between the world’s No. 1 content distributor and the music industry, numerous sources told The Post. Universal, Sony and...
GearAndGuitars 11th August 2015 02:09 AM
Did Google & YouTube just Scam The Entire Record Business into Free Streaming Licenses? MusicKey is MIA…

Remember all the controversy over YouTube’s ad-free streaming subscriber service, MusicKey? If the words “Google” and “Ad-Free” sound like a complete contradiction, you are not alone.

Ok, so where is it? We tried to sign up, but we’ll be notified later when the service is available.
theblue1 10th August 2015 03:49 PM
Prince Compares Record Contracts to Slavery: Report | Billboard

Speaking to a group of 10 journalists at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, Prince reportedly voiced his opinion about the state of the music business.

GearAndGuitars 10th August 2015 06:19 AM
Music is the product. |

It's a double edged sword, and Vernon admits as much. On the one hand, Bushmills paid him enough money to finish his recording studio. Whatever money he made from his albums and going on tours must not have brought in enough cash to do so. On the other hand, by aligning himself with a brand, the Bon Iver brand if you will, was ultimately compromised. At least in Vernon's mind. This is far deeper than just "selling out."[/url]
... music is the product, indeed...
GearAndGuitars 10th August 2015 04:45 AM
Spotify Preparing to Offer Premium-Only Content, Sources Say - Digital Music News

Spotify will soon be shifting towards a premium-only, ‘gated access’ model, according to several sources speaking in confidence with Digital Music News over the weekend. The decision will mean that certain releases will only be available to paying Spotify subscribers, or offered for an extremely limited time to non-paying users, according to preliminary details shared.
GearAndGuitars 9th August 2015 05:26 AM
Fun with Digital Royalties - The Cynical Musician

The Trichordist posted a challenge to disassemble Rethink Music's royalty chart today and I do so love a challenge. I won't be pasting the whole of it - just the juicy bits - so
GearAndGuitars 8th August 2015 06:16 AM
SoundCloud 'Could Become the Next Grooveshark,' Sources Say - Digital Music

The comparison may be closer than you think. SoundCloud says they’re obeying the law, unlike Grooveshark, whose top executives ordered employees to infringe copyright while actively lying to frustrated artists and labels (Grooveshark’s co-founder, 28-year-old Josh Greenberg, died last month under suspicious circumstances). But the stark similarity is this: both sites amassed tens of millions of users by offering unlicensed content from major artists, and both attracted the furious, unrelenting ire of the major recording industry.
GearAndGuitars 8th August 2015 12:02 AM
How to ignore YouTube completely: One Direction's radical gamble - Music Busines

Search YouTube for 1D’s new comeback single Drag Me Down, and you’ll discover Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam are nowhere to be found.

Sony won’t confirm it, but the major appears to have a taskforce stamping out any attempt to upload the track onto the platform.

Why? Because One Direction are using their colossal social media presence (Twitter: 24.5m; Facebook 37m; Instagram: 9.7m) to actively push fans towards iTunes and Spotify instead.
unlikely they'll be able to keep anything OFF of youtube...
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