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GearAndGuitars 25th August 2014 05:32 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Whitecat 14th August 2014 01:35 PM
Neil Young's PonoMusic crowdfunding again, this time offering equity | Technology |

High-resolution music startup trying to raise $2.5m more from backers buying stakes in the company. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 13th August 2014 12:37 PM
Music industry considering global weekly release date | Music |

Success of Beyoncé’s surprise album and piracy prevention are thought to be contributing factors in the business reportedly moving towards a unified worldwide streetdate of Friday

GearAndGuitars 8th August 2014 05:55 PM
Indie Filmmakers Confront Piracy’s Impact on Distribution

The movie Lyle is being streamed online for free This week I've come across two pieces written by indie filmmakers that discuss*distribution options in the

GearAndGuitars 8th August 2014 05:53 PM
Why the Summer Music Festival Bubble is About to Burst | Wondering Sound

Grayson Haver Currin explores how the rapid, exponential growth of music festivals is impacting the entire industry.

GearAndGuitars 8th August 2014 05:49 PM
Twitch Will Start Automatically Muting Copyrighted Music in Videos

Twitch has partnered with Audible Magic to identify unauthorized music during playback of videos and mute it.

Whitecat 8th August 2014 08:23 AM
Piracy police arrest 20-year-old

A man who allegedly ran a service that provided roundabout access to pirated content has been arrested by City of London police.

GearAndGuitars 8th August 2014 05:30 AM
The Royal Scam Part 1: How the rush for the equity trough trades artist royalties fo

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Napoleon in Animal Farm by George Orwell The U.S. Copyright Office has raised a relevant question in its request for comments on music licensing: Please address possible methods for enhancing transparency in the reporting of usage, payment, and distribution data by licensees, record…

Whitecat 7th August 2014 09:57 AM
Superfans and House Concerts | Music Business Journal | Berklee College of Music

For fans of mainstream pop culture and arena-filling acts, house concerts are an unheard of phenomenon. You won’t see Katy Perry or Kings of Leon announcing a summer house concert tour. However, they can be an integral part of an up-and-coming artist’s touring strategy.

Whitecat 6th August 2014 02:21 PM
Who Stole the Music Business? And How You Can Get a Piece of the Loot? - hypebot

The music business has been and is continuing to be a tough nut to crack. lt takes an unmatched work ethic to be competitive and it takes a lot of time and consistency to turn that into success. It is possible if you take into account the changes that have occured in the industry and capitolize on the opportunity to turn new marketing avenues into solid revenue streams. Performing more live shows helps counter balance the fact that CD sales are down tremendously, but it isn't enough to balance it completely. You have to go the extra mile, do the...

GearAndGuitars 6th August 2014 03:06 AM
Kurt Sutter Attacks Google Over Copyright Law, Piracy: Guest Column | Variety

Google is in the process of systematically destroying our artistic future, and more importantly, the future of our children and grandchildren. They’re spending tens of millions of dollars each year on eroding creative copyright laws. I believe that if the creative community doesn’t intervene now, and by now, I mean, f'ing now — we will be bound to a multigenerational cluster**** that will take 40 to 50 years to unravel.

Whitecat 5th August 2014 08:07 PM
Nashville Public Radio | Ben Folds Moving Out Of Studio A, Says New Owner's Rent

The musician who spearheaded the charge to save Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A says he’s leaving the facility later this year.

GearAndGuitars 5th August 2014 05:18 AM
Shawn Mendes (and Team): From 6 Second Vine Clips To An iTunes No. 1 - hypebot

Shawn Mendes' self-titled EP is currently no. 1 on the iTunes Albums chart and apparently it took him only 37 minutes to get there. Though he now has a strong presence beyond Vine, it was on the 6-second video sharing service where he got his start. The transition from Vine to YouTube, let alone major label artist status, is in no way assured as other artists are finding out. For Mendes the ability to transition, seemingly without effort, from unsigned to Island Records' artist while maintaining a strong direct connection to his fans is making the difference. I'm just getting...

GearAndGuitars 5th August 2014 05:15 AM
Global management group joins call for more transparency in digital dealing | CMU

Following the indie label community’s recent Fair Digital Deals Declaration, which saw hundreds of independent record companies commit to be fair and transparent with their artists when it comes to the often complex and secretive world of digital music deals, the International Music Managers Forum – which brings together artist manager trade groups around the world – has issued its own call for more clarity in the digital domain.

GearAndGuitars 5th August 2014 05:09 AM
How art became advertising | Thomas Honeyman

In the modern music industry, there are two classes: the stars, and the impoverished.

How did this happen?
(and where do we go from here?)

The online social contract devalues creative works

anthonyyy 4th August 2014 06:57 PM
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Whitecat 4th August 2014 01:52 PM
4 Reasons Why Music Careers Are Getting Trounced By Tech - Forbes

"Making a living is the new success." It used to be that if our best and brightest had any affinity for music at all, they would go to great ends to enter the business, with a long-term vision in mind. Not so today, as music careers are getting trounced by the [...]

GearAndGuitars 4th August 2014 03:46 AM
Songwriters don’t tour or sell t-shirts for a living. | Vox Indie

Time for music licensing to meet*the 21st century For consumers, the digital age means accessing*music anywhere, anytime at a very low cost (or free) but

GearAndGuitars 3rd August 2014 05:30 PM
Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV - The Daily Beast

As record lables repeat tired formulas and watch their business model, they should turn on the television to see how another outmoded industry came back from the brink.

Whitecat 3rd August 2014 11:44 AM
Rare Nick Drake demo pulled from sale after legal row | Music | The Observer

Singer and close friend Beverley Martyn had hoped to raise thousands from auction of tape made in 1967

Whitecat 3rd August 2014 11:43 AM
The case for fortysomething festival goers | Lauren Laverne | Life and style | The O

Why do we give middle-aged pop fans such a hard time for refusing to grow up? Surely, staying in love with music is something we should applaud, writes Lauren Laverne

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2014 08:28 PM
'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band : NPR

I was a young drummer starting a band with classmates at Indiana University, which would eventually get a short stint as Motown recording artists, playing throughout the Midwest and even in Japan. Watching Purple Rain, before all that would happen, felt a bit like seeing an autobiography, set to the baddest music around.

A band is essentially a marriage with three or four or eight or ten people. It requires you to spend outlandish amounts of time together, sweating to make the kind of art that might move a few hearts and allow you to earn a living besides.

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2014 08:26 PM
Google’s piracy profit machine continues unchecked | Vox Indie

Watch Disney's hit Frozen online for free, thanks to Google Google says it's get tough with online piracy, but actual*evidence continues

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2014 08:23 PM
New Study: Impact of Pre-Release Piracy | The Illusion of More

A new study from the Technology Policy Institute at Carnegie Mellon looks at the impact of pre-release piracy on box-office sales.

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2014 08:22 PM
Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora? | Billboard

Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release.

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