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Whitecat 29th April 2015 07:11 PM
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
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.
Whitecat 28th April 2015 10:51 PM
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
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
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.
Whitecat 27th April 2015 09:36 AM
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.

Whitecat 27th April 2015 09:01 AM
Why Jay Z’s Tidal Has Been a Boon for Spotify -- NYMag

Tidal is tanking. But other, bigger streaming services aren't.

GearAndGuitars 27th April 2015 06:21 AM
Green party plan to limit copyright attacked by writers and artists | The Guardian

Manifesto proposal to make copyright shorter to reduce restrictions on shared cultural heritage slammed as an ‘appalling injustice’
GearAndGuitars 26th April 2015 09:54 PM
Copyright - standing up for Brighton's creative industries, artists and writers

Many of those I met and have been in touch with by email and social media over the last few days recognise the Green Party's strong support for the arts, and I am proud of our commitment to reinstate the arts funding that's been cut by this government. But I think we have got it wrong on copyright and need to think again.
Whitecat 26th April 2015 08:52 PM
Jay Z goes on tweeting spree to defend his Tidal streaming service

Jay Z fired back at critics of his Tidal music service on Sunday, claiming the site is "doing just fine" and that its subscriber base is growing.

Whitecat 26th April 2015 01:17 PM
Do the charts matter in the age of Spotify? | Music | The Guardian

The BBC is about to launch a new chart show, on children’s channel CBBC. But with our increasingly fragmented listening, will it have any relevance?

Whitecat 26th April 2015 11:06 AM
Universal Music Group Announces Dismantling of Distribution Company, Executive Shuffl

The Universal Music Group has announced a sizable shakeup, dismantling Universal Music Group Distribution into separate commercial enterprise functions within the company.

Whitecat 26th April 2015 09:35 AM
Music boss Len Blavatnik named as Britain's richest man - BBC News

Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik is Britain's richest man with a £13.17bn fortune, but the Queen has dropped out of the top 300 for the first time, according to the Sunday Times.

Whitecat 25th April 2015 12:05 PM
We reveal the ten most valuable records in the world | This is Money

With interest in vinyl records on the rise, the long-standing market for collectible records is being given a new lease of life. Is there a rare gem lurking in your collection?

GearAndGuitars 25th April 2015 02:34 AM
5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating — Medium

I offer this short list of seriously dumb copyright myths to help you through the clutter of free culture bunkum. Hope it helps:
GearAndGuitars 24th April 2015 08:50 PM
Pandora loses 2m listeners and $48m in three months - Music Business Worldwide

US digital radio platform Pandora’s active listener tally dropped by 2 million people in the first three months of 2015, as it posted a Q1 net loss of US $48.3m.
GearAndGuitars 24th April 2015 06:23 PM
Grooveshark Faces a $736,050,000.00 Hammer | Digital Music News

When Universal Music Group declared ‘legal jihad’ against Grooveshark, it turns out they actually meant it. Now, after flattening Grooveshark and its principals on grounds of willful copyright infringement, the parties enter the phase of figuring out just how brutal this punishment will be.
GearAndGuitars 24th April 2015 06:20 PM
Ne-Yo: “Streaming Companies Enjoy Billion-Dollar Revenues at Our Expense…” | Digital Music News

Songwriters shouldn’t have to subsidize the billion-dollar streaming industry.

The music streaming business has seen a lot of attention in the last few weeks with the introduction of new players like Tidal— a company that puts artists in control of the valuation of their music, and not at the mercy of the streaming giants.
Whitecat 24th April 2015 10:40 AM
Is Spotify worth more than the entire music industry? - Business News - Business - T

The music streaming debate has been overrun by talk of Jay-Z’s celebrity-endorsed app Tidal, which has already crashed out of the top 700 US apps. Behind these headlines, Spotify is still making its quiet ascendance. According to new reports, Spotify may now be worth more than the entire US music industry.

Whitecat 24th April 2015 12:34 AM
Johnny Marr attacks Record Store Day hawkers touting special releases | Music | The G

The former Smiths guitarist warns fans away from ‘eBay tossers’ touting vinyl at inflated prices

Whitecat 23rd April 2015 04:03 PM
Kanye West Tidal tweets deleted | BGR

How badly has Tidal bombed? So badly that apparently Kanye West no longer wants anything to do with it.*Digital Spy notices that West has not only changed the logo on his Twitter feed from the Tidal logo to the artwork on*one of his old albums, but he's also deleted any tweets that mentioned the s...

Whitecat 23rd April 2015 08:51 AM
Spotify data hints at a 'musical midlife crisis' for 42-year-old music fans | Technol

And big-data crunch has some bad news for breeders: ‘At every age, parents listen to less currently-popular music than the average listener does’

Whitecat 23rd April 2015 08:43 AM
Paul McCartney tops musicians' rich list. Again | Music | The Guardian

The former Beatle has a £730m fortune, making him £80m richer than his closest rival in the bank account charts

GearAndGuitars 22nd April 2015 04:23 PM
Sleeping Through a Revolution — Medium

In my last letter, I told you there was a time in the late sixties when the most critically acclaimed movies and music were also the best selling. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album or Francis Coppola’s Godfather film were just two examples. I said that that is not happening anymore, and I wanted to explore with you why this change occurred.
Whitecat 22nd April 2015 01:07 PM
Jay Z's Tidal app falls out of iPhone top 700 chart | Music | The Guardian

The streaming service launched as an alternative to Spotify seems to have floundered. In fact, it may even have boosted sales of its rivals

telecode 22nd April 2015 11:42 AM
I can't seem to post it in the articles section. But a very interesting and good read.

The Man Who Broke the Music Business
The dawn of online piracy.

Whitecat 22nd April 2015 11:16 AM
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.

Whitecat 22nd April 2015 11:08 AM
Quote: - Loudr Announces Strategic Agreement With CD Baby To Offer Cover Song Licensing

Initiative Provides Leading Independent Music Distributor With Mechanical Licensing Support, Affiliate Opportunities, And Educational Resources.

GearAndGuitars 22nd April 2015 02:07 AM
Why Are Soundtracks Suddenly Back? Because They're Better Than Ever | Billboard

We’re in the middle of a full-blown soundtrack revival, nearly two decades after the format’s late 90’s heyday. But why?
Whitecat 21st April 2015 08:13 PM
Ed Sheeran becomes the second artist ever to hit 2 billion Spotify streams

Ed Sheeran asked for some loving on "Give Me Love" in 2011, and since then, the British singer's fans have certainly showered him with much love on Spotify.

Whitecat 21st April 2015 11:06 AM
Spotify's Ad Revenues See Big Jump

Something to consider if you're thinking about launching your own streaming service: Spotify is now worth more than the U.S. recording industry.

Whitecat 21st April 2015 11:06 AM
Pandora Adds Former CEOs of AEG and EMI to Board of Directors | Billboard

Pandora this morning (April 20) announced the election of former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and the nomination of Roger Faxon -- former CEO of EMI Music Group prior to that label’s sale to Universal Music Group -- to the company’s board of directors.

Whitecat 21st April 2015 10:59 AM
Why Cloud and streaming will save the music business - Computer Business Review

Analysis: Despite rejection by acts including Taylor Swift the streaming model could be set to take off.

GearAndGuitars 21st April 2015 07:38 AM
The Man Who Broke the Music Business - The New Yorker

How Dell Glover, an employee at a CD-manufacturing plant, became the Patient Zero of Internet piracy.
GearAndGuitars 20th April 2015 11:58 PM
More Money, No Profit: Is the “Free For All” Ethos of the Internet Killing Streaming?

What do YouTube, Pandora and Spotify have in common? Yes, they are all streaming services, but what links them together is that none of them earn a profit. Wait, let’s go further. They have never earned an annual profit in all the years they have been in business.
markbell 20th April 2015 11:15 AM
Inside Abbey Road

Google has opened the doors to Abbey Road Studios! Explore, discover and play inside the iconic British recording studio.
Full interactive tour of Abbey Rd..Incredible!
Whitecat 20th April 2015 10:14 AM
Gene Simmons from Kiss: 'I live to make more money' - BBC News

Gene Simmons, bassist and co-vocalist of rock band Kiss, looks back on the band's career, and how he has been in charge of the group's highly lucrative business affairs.

Whitecat 20th April 2015 10:11 AM
Wiz Khalifa's Fast and Furious 7 tribute 'See You Again' tops UK char

American rapper Wiz Khalifa's tribute to Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker has become the quickest-selling single of the year.

GearAndGuitars 20th April 2015 04:42 AM
Opponents of Free Music Want YouTube Reeled In - Bloomberg Business

A report says that YouTube and piracy pose the biggest threats to the music industry's financial sustainability
GearAndGuitars 19th April 2015 07:42 PM
Has music missed its 'Netflix moment'? - Music Business Worldwide

Subscription streaming movie service Netflix announced earlier this week that it has reached 62m users around the world – almost exactly the same number as Spotify. Big difference is, four times as many of Netflix’s customers pay a subscription each month: 60m of them, or 97% of its total consumer base.
Whitecat 19th April 2015 06:21 PM
Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017

Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.
No static at all...
Whitecat 19th April 2015 02:34 PM
You’ve sold 17 million albums and you want to pay me nothing? Pat Pope’s row with Garbage

When the managers of indie giants Garbage asked photographer Pat Pope to use his pictures for no fee, he made a stand

Whitecat 18th April 2015 11:19 AM
Record Store Day: was vinyl really that good? - Telegraph

Today is Record Store Day, but don't be suckered by the misplaced nostagia for an impractical and sonically inferior format, says Johnny Sharp

GearAndGuitars 16th April 2015 08:13 PM
Spotify Can't Pay an Artist. But They Can Pay 6 Different Lobbying Firms... - Di

Pandora has a gaggle of attorneys and lobbyists camping out at Capitol Hill, all pressing for lowering royalty obligations. Now, Spotify is getting into the same game.
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