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GearAndGuitars 31st October 2014 04:24 PM
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CultureCrash | Rosanne Cash on Our Culture’s Big Lie



"If art and music are not important to you, by all means, don’t buy them. If they are, then PAY for them, as you do everything else in your life that you require for physical or spiritual sustenance."

GearAndGuitars 31st October 2014 04:21 PM
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YouTube Music Service Could Cost Artists, Labels $2.3 Billion Per Year In Lost Income



[UPDATED] A new report from Mark Mulligan and media industry analysts MIDiA looks at the massive impact YouTube along with its yet to launch Music Key service will have on the music industry. YouTube delivers a massive audience of 210 million active music fans, according to the study. But it fails to deliver the commensurate revenue, and that is likely to get much, much worse. YouTube's Free Tier Will 'Suck The Oxygen' From Spotify, Competitors YouTube Music key "should prove to be among the most compelling music product offerings in the marketplace, yet YouTube’s net impact on the subscriptions’ sector...

Whitecat 31st October 2014 12:13 PM
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Robin Thicke and Pharrell lose first round in Blurred Lines copyright battle | Music



Judge says Marvin Gaye’s family ‘made a sufficient showing that elements of Blurred Lines may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of Got to Give It Up’

GearAndGuitars 30th October 2014 06:37 PM
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Op-Ed: Does BitTorrent Actually Want to Empower Artists? | Billboard



BitTorrent has failed in the past to build a system that pays artists for their work, writes Ruth Vitale. Executive Director of CreativeFuture. This time they are way behind the competition.

Whitecat 30th October 2014 11:22 AM
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Young Fathers win Mercury Prize



Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the £20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead.

Whitecat 29th October 2014 12:07 PM
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Why do old musicians always think the kids have lost their way? | Lindy West | Comme



Lindy West: The Who’s Roger Daltrey is moaning about One Direction’s lack of ‘angst and purpose’ – a classic mistake from his generation

GearAndGuitars 28th October 2014 09:57 PM
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Production legend Daniel Lanois on 12 career-defining records | Music Radar



"My criteria has always been the same: to invent new sounds and make soul music"

Daniel Lanois' master class in recording can be boiled down to a simple dictum consisting of just three words: No phone calls.

Whitecat 27th October 2014 09:12 PM
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Has The X Factor run out of singers? | Television & radio | theguardian.com



When even Simon Cowell is moaning about the quality of the vocals on this year’s show, you know you’re in trouble, writes Sam Wolfson

Whitecat 27th October 2014 12:46 AM
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The Mercury prize: is it still relevant? | Music | The Observer



Every year the shortlist is a target for fresh sniping and outrage, but the spotlighted artists won’t be worrying too much about that, writes Kitty Empire

kafka 26th October 2014 07:26 PM
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How Musicians Really Make Money in One Long Graph - The Atlantic



How are bands supposed to make money off of clouds and $0.99 files? We'll show you.

GearAndGuitars 23rd October 2014 09:02 PM
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Zane Lowe defends BBC decision to let him re-score Drive - Telegraph



BBC Three will broadcast Drive next week – but Cliff Martinez's acclaimed score will be replaced by a soundtrack curated by Lowe

Whitecat 23rd October 2014 11:57 AM
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BBC Radio 6 Music hits biggest-ever weekly audience with nearly 2 million | Media |



Lauren Laverne presents most popular show with 868,000 listeners, but Nick Grimshaw continues to struggle on Radio 1. By John Plunkett

Whitecat 21st October 2014 10:39 PM
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What's driving Beijing's indie boom? | Music | theguardian.com



China’s alternative music scene is exploding. But with few labels to support it, festivals and corporate sponsorship are stepping in to fuel the revolution

GearAndGuitars 21st October 2014 06:33 PM
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SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak | Billboard



Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the "Frozen" soundtrack is the year's best-seller so far with a robust 3.12 million units.

Whitecat 21st October 2014 05:30 PM
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Taylor Swift Track 3: Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes cha



A piece of performance art about the state of modern pop iTunes glitch has caused an eight-second track purportedly by Taylor Swift featuring nothing but hissing noises to rise to the top of Canada's iTunes chart.

Whitecat 21st October 2014 05:27 PM
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Musicians Play Moneyball: Data Revolutionizes Another Industry - Forbes



"The music business hasn’t had a history of really wanting to know what's going on," says Taylor Hanson, of the eponymous Grammy-winning pop rock group. "There are no open-source music companies. There are a lot of black boxes." And if record labels made data-driven decisions a la Billy Beane's Moneyball? "Then artists wouldn't be getting screwed."

Whitecat 20th October 2014 11:07 PM
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Paul Stanley Says Illegal Music Downloading Is 'Morally And Ethically Wrong, And



KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes that illegal music downloading is "morally" and "ethically wrong," and laments the fact that new artists "don't...

Arthur Stone 20th October 2014 08:35 PM
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BBC iPlayer - BBC Music John Peel Lecture - 1. 2014: Iggy Pop



Iggy Pop delivers a lecture on the subject of free music in a capitalist society.
An interesting talk by Iggy Pop that parallels many of the discussions here on Gearslutz: a classic line from the programme: "...an LP is a being not a product, it has a lifeforce, a personality..."

Programme available on BBC iPlayer until 20th Nove 2014 (approx).
Whitecat 20th October 2014 10:59 AM
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Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings | Techn



Promises new crackdown on ‘some of the most notorious sites’ in effort to win over music and movie rightsholders. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 20th October 2014 09:00 AM
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On the tracks of Australia's last record maker - BBC News



How discs are pressed at the only record company in Australia with a vinyl press.

GearAndGuitars 20th October 2014 03:17 AM
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When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have? - The Globe and



‘When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail’

Whitecat 19th October 2014 08:00 PM
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2014 is first year ever with ZERO platinum-certified records | Death and Taxes



2014 will mark the first year since its inception in 1976 that no artists album will be certified as Platinum from sales.

GearAndGuitars 18th October 2014 07:31 AM
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SoundCloud partners with Twitter for audio integration | Music Week



Coldplay and David Guetta some of the launch artists for Twitter audio cards

GearAndGuitars 16th October 2014 05:29 PM
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SiriusXM Dealt New Blow in RIAA's Lawsuit Over Older Music - Hollywood Reporter



It's getting worse for SiriusXM in the ongoing strife over pre-1972 music.

Whitecat 15th October 2014 09:49 AM
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Taylor Swift responds to angry fans after new single 'Out of the Woods' no



Taylor Swift has tried to appease British fans after her new single “Out of the Woods” was not made available on iTunes in the UK yesterday.*

GearAndGuitars 15th October 2014 01:49 AM
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How To Fix Streaming Music's Business Model - hypebot



It’s not that streaming can’t work. It can. It’s that Spotify is a bad business model that has unsustainable economics and exploits artists because it is a wall street financial instrument and not a music company.

We’ve previously published a couple posts on streaming music where we explore how access models and windowing are working for the film industry and could serve as a guide to the record business. We’ve also shown how transactional music purchases have made legal music consumption the best value in the history of recorded music. The key to...

GearAndGuitars 14th October 2014 11:40 PM
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Iggy Pop takes aim at YouTube and U2



Rock legend Iggy Pop gives his backing to independent record labels in a royalties dispute with YouTube during the John Peel Lecture.

GearAndGuitars 13th October 2014 11:46 PM
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Spotify's Artist Outreach Mission Leaves Some Wanting More | Billboard



Spotify had a rough couple of days last week. Besides Jimmy Buffett's petition for more money, less problems and the ill fate of their #thatsongwhen campaign, the streaming service's artist-only streaming sessions with the Music Managers' Forum the Future Artists Coalition in New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles did not go well, according to those who spoke to Billboard.

Whitecat 13th October 2014 11:27 PM
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Iggy Pop criticises U2’s free album ploy | Music | The Guardian



Former Stooges frontman’s John Peel lecture also takes aim at free downloaders and music industry executives

Whitecat 13th October 2014 09:59 AM
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Nickelback's Chad Kroeger praises Stop Nickelback Playing UK campaign | Music | theg



Frontman admits that without anti-Nickelback crusades such as the recent Kickstarter campaign, their career would have died out years ago

GearAndGuitars 13th October 2014 12:18 AM
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Marc Ribot Talks Respecting Artists’ Rights | The Talkhouse Music



The legendary guitarist and activist shows how content creators aren’t getting a fair shake from the big tech giants, and why we all should care.

Whitecat 12th October 2014 12:23 PM
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Adele 'in talks to sign landmark £80m Sony deal' that would see singer gi



Adele is apparently in the process of negotiating a mammoth £80million deal with Sony for her next studio album, which would also see the singer set up with her own record label.

Whitecat 11th October 2014 12:39 PM
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Taylor Swift is named Billboard Woman of the Year 2014 - BBC Newsbeat



Becoming the first artist to win the award twice, Taylor Swift is named Billboard's Woman of the Year.

GearAndGuitars 7th October 2014 10:07 PM
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Why Are Opening Acts for Superstars Losing Money? | Billboard



While headliners can walk away with $400,000 a night, the opening act may lose money.

GearAndGuitars 7th October 2014 08:57 PM
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A Tale of Two Pirates? Daniel Ek (uTorrent) and Kim Dotcom (Megaupload) | Trichordist



Perhaps it is ironic that Kim Dotcom is the arch nemesis of the record industry while Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is celebrated as the former Co-Founder and CEO of uTorrent. uTorrent is described as "the world's most popular BitTorrent client with more than 100 million downloads" on Mr. Ek's Wikipedia page. This week the embattled…

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2014 06:31 AM
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Music Streaming is "just dressed-up piracy" says Rosanne Cash - hypebot



Singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash has testified passionately before Congress on the need for copyright reform. But Johnny Cash's little girl also has some strong opinions about music streaming - including paid services like Spotify. She took to Facebook this week to throw a few bombs at what she sees as pirates dressed in new clothing.

Cash also said her music had been streamed by Spotify 600,000 times over an 18-month period, resulting just $104 in royalties.

GearAndGuitars 3rd October 2014 09:58 PM
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Studio A saved, at the final bell - Nashville Business Journal



Tim Reynolds says he has found a new buyer for Studio A. For now, the buyer's identity remains cloaked in the entity name AMT Trust. The fate of Studio A became a poster child for the broader identity crisis confronting Music Row, the two parallel mile-long streets in Midtown where the country music recording industry began blossoming six decades ago.

GearAndGuitars 3rd October 2014 03:32 AM
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A Detailed Explanation on Why Streaming Has Failed... - Digital Music News



This was presented by Digital Music News at the Vienna Music Business Research Days symposium this morning.

GearAndGuitars 2nd October 2014 07:32 PM
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Judge Modifies $48 Million Verdict Against 'Manipulative' MP3Tunes Founder



U.S. District Judge William Pauley, who since 2007 has presided over what might be the most complex copyright lawsuit of all time, took the opportunity on Monday to slam both sides of litigation that produced a $48 million jury verdict against MP3Tunes and its founder,*Michael Robertson.

Whitecat 1st October 2014 01:58 PM
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UK Legalizes CD Ripping and Cloud Backups Today | TorrentFreak



Starting today UK citizens are free to copy MP3s, CDs, DVDs and live broadcasts for personal use. After an unexpected delay, UK copyright law was amended to legalize this common form of copying. In addition, the changes also broaden other forms of fair use, including parody and quotation rights.

Whitecat 30th September 2014 09:10 AM
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Universal ink deal which integrates adverts into existing music videos | Music | the



Working alongside tech company Mirriad, music videos could soon include product placements which adjust depending on your location and demographic

GearAndGuitars 29th September 2014 02:27 AM
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No, It's Not OK to Buy Vinyl at Urban Outfitters



After reading 'Yes, It's OK to Buy Vinyl at Urban Outfitters,' an independent record store owner responds.

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