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Whitecat 21st September 2015 04:32 PM
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Album sales at concerts will now count towards UK Official Chart - Music Business Wor



It’s long been a bugbear for labels, but now sales of albums at live concerts in the UK will be counted towards the market’s Official Albums Chart.

GearAndGuitars 19th September 2015 06:37 PM
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Why Indie Rock Managers Are Repping Viral Stars Like Grumpy Cat and The Fat Jew | Bil



A surprising number of executives with indie pedigree are repping viral stars in a curious case of symbiosis, indie rock managers are taking on viral stars that have never picked up a guitar.
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Whitecat 18th September 2015 12:02 PM
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Spotify testing ‘Concerts’ section in its desktop client



We reported on Spotify’s new ‘About’ tab for artists yesterday, but the screenshot of Hunter Hayes’ profile supplied by the streaming service let slip another new feature.

Whitecat 18th September 2015 08:59 AM
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Yahoo News Digest — Moving to a different beat: Struggling NME to be...



Moving to a different beat: Struggling NME to be given away free
Music-lovers' must-read, the NME, will be distributed for free...

GearAndGuitars 18th September 2015 02:05 AM
... because all ur rights belong to us... you will be assimilated... we are borg...
Whitecat 17th September 2015 01:32 PM
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The pop star and the prophet - BBC News



Musicians starting a recording career today are far less likely to get rich than in the past. But the French guru who predicted this in 1976 says all is not lost.

GearAndGuitars 17th September 2015 01:45 AM
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The DMCA, Fair Use and Dancing Babies | Plagiarism Today



A fair use ruling this week in the 'Dancing Baby' case has many celebrating. However, it's impact on the DMCA is likely very limited.
... let's not let facts get in the way of a good story ...
Whitecat 16th September 2015 04:00 PM
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Prince is trying to sue over a baby dancing to his music - News - Music - The Indepe



I know it’s hard out there for a musician to monetise these days, but you’d think a label the size of Universal could let song use by a dancing infant slide.

Whitecat 15th September 2015 07:06 PM
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A Rational Conversation: Do We Need New Old Soul Music? : The Record : NPR



Leon Bridges' devotion to retro soul has won him admiration — and criticism. Why replicate the sound of the past when so many crucial musical and political changes have pushed that sound forward?

Whitecat 15th September 2015 07:00 PM
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Karl Martin Sandberg, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen and Other Songwriters Behind the



Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.

GearAndGuitars 14th September 2015 05:54 AM
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The album is dead: Why album dropping is working - The State Press



Surprise album launches are becoming the expectation for popular music, but is it what's best?
... surprise! ...
GearAndGuitars 14th September 2015 02:11 AM
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Musicians back coding solution to win fair deal for artists | Music | The Guardian



British stars Billy Bragg, Neil Innes, Adam Ant and the Bond and Sherlock composer David Arnold are some well-known names backing the shared technology that Muddiman and her team are developing on a not-for-profit basis. If widely adopted, the composer says it could change the economics of the web.
... chipping away, one brick at a time...
Whitecat 13th September 2015 11:22 PM
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No filter: the female pop stars who understand the power of their own image | Art and



With Instagram and music videos just a click away, visual impact has never been more vital in pop – as a new photography show featuring artists from Katy Perry to Madonna shows

GearAndGuitars 13th September 2015 01:00 AM
... because not all music is equal and no one cares about hobbyist druck, so much for the long tail and digital empowerment ...
Whitecat 11th September 2015 07:05 PM
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Iron Maiden top British album chart with "Book of Souls" | Daily Mail Online



LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Veteran heavy metal rockers Iron Maiden topped the British charts on Friday with their 16th studio album "Book of Souls," the Off...

raz_klinghoffer 10th September 2015 10:23 AM

Whitecat 10th September 2015 09:41 AM
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How Signing a Major Record Deal Nearly Destroyed My Career | Digital Music News



In January 2007 I signed a record deal with Universal Island Records. I’d become friendly with the guys at YouTube, and they asked if I could hold out...

GearAndGuitars 9th September 2015 01:02 AM
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To Hell With Good Intentions: Fandom vs Piracy / In Depth // Drowned In Sound



But the world that Future of the Left exists in is a bleaker one for musicians, even if they've got fanbase that's willing to buy their records occasionally and will make it out to gigs and buy merchandise.

Shifting t-shirts is not what songwriters get started to do and, ultimately, it's no substitute for selling albums.
... reality ...
GearAndGuitars 8th September 2015 08:07 PM
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Recorded Music is the MOST Valuable - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of More



It is a cynical story that we have devalued recorded music when in fact it is the form we value most of all.
... an incredibly powerful and insightful essay from a music fan on the true value of recorded music ...
Whitecat 8th September 2015 11:43 AM
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STOP EVERYTHING - Abz From 5ive Is Selling His BRIT Award On eBay To Fund A Soil Delivery



STOP EVERYTHING - Abz From 5ive Is Selling His BRIT Award On eBay To Fund A Soil Delivery There’s a headline we never thought we’d write. If you’ve got the feeling that you fancy splashing some cash...

GearAndGuitars 7th September 2015 05:42 AM
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'Sample amnesty' will let artists keep royalties if they declare material



Ever since hip-hop became pop’s lingua franca, crafty producers have created new hits using samples from obscure records, often without credit.
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GearAndGuitars 6th September 2015 11:06 PM
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The More Money Spotify Makes, The Less Artists Get PaidDigital Music News



Artists on Spotify are making smaller and smaller per-stream payouts, according to multi-year data just released.
..."scale"... LOL
GearAndGuitars 6th September 2015 11:01 PM
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Making Free Work (Hint Cannibalize Radio Not Sales) | Music Industry Blog



2015 started with freemium fighting for its life. 7 months in and it’s still alive and well but the free debate rages on. It is clear that some form of free experience drives paid subscription uptake but it is also clear that too much free reduces the conversion opportunity. A one month trial is probably…
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GearAndGuitars 6th September 2015 10:13 PM
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'Halo,' 'Destiny' composer Marty O'Donnell wins lawsuit agai



Developer Bungie's former in-house composer Marty O'Donnell had his day in court and it's time for Bungie to pay the piper. In addition to the initial payout of...
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Whitecat 6th September 2015 12:03 PM
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Imogen Heap: saviour of the music industry? | Music | The Guardian



In our age of Spotify, most artists fail to get a fair deal. But with help from coders, Imogen Heap is leading the fightback

Whitecat 5th September 2015 10:27 PM
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Final encore for UK’s live music venues as noise rules lead to closures | Music | T



Report says complaints from owners of new flats are death sentence for grassroots music scene

GearAndGuitars 5th September 2015 02:17 AM
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What the Internet's free culture has cost us in art



In the burgeoning days of the Internet, everything was free, says author Joshua Cohen. Or at least it felt free. And then he started writing for himself, learning the pride of making something and receiving the spark of recognition. In this NewsHour essay, he offers a reflection on the value of intellectual property and the evil of piracy.
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Whitecat 4th September 2015 07:34 AM
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Justin Bieber breaks major Spotify record with 'What Do You Mean?'



Justin Bieber's breathy comeback single 'What Do You Mean?' has made an instant impact, breaking Spotify's record for most streams in a debut week.

Whitecat 3rd September 2015 08:45 PM
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Heavenly records at 25: ‘There was never a plan … it was all about what was happe



From Manic Street Preachers to the Chemical Brothers, some of the UK’s best acts have passed through the doors of Heavenly records. As it hits 25, Saint Etienne, Beth Orton and head honcho Jeff Barrett explain how the label pulled it off

GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:46 AM
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A Stream on Apple Music Pays Songwriters And Publishers 33% More Than A Stream On Spo



All streaming music services are not created equal, at least when its comes to payments. A myriad of advances to major labels, fine print and legal trickery makes it impossible to declare one service more artist friendly than another. But occasionally something emerges that sheds a bit of light. _________________________...
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GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:44 AM
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Spotify Per Play Rates Continue to Drop (.00408) … More Free Users = Less Money



Down, down, down it goes, where it stops nobody knows... The monthly average rate per play on Spotify is currently .00408 for master rights holders. 48 Months of Spotify Streaming Rates from Jun 2011 thru May 2015 on an indie label catalog of over 1,500 songs with over 10m plays. Spotify rates per spin appear…
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GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:42 AM
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The Technics SL-1200 Turntable Is BackDigital Music News



After being discontinued in 2010, Panasonic is bringing back the Technics SL-1200 for 2016. Panasonic unveiled a prototype at IFA in Berlin.
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GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:41 AM
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YouTube as well as SoundCloud should worry about PRS lawsuit



PRS for Music is suing SoundCloud for copyright infringement. But it is also clear that this lawsuit may have strong implications for YouTube.
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Whitecat 2nd September 2015 11:32 PM
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The Last Audio Cassette Factory - Bloomberg Business



Springfield, MO-based National Audio Company opened in 1969 and when other major manufacturers abandoned tape manufacturing for CD production in the late 1990s, the company held on tight. Now, the cassette maker is pumping out more cassettes than ever before. (Video By: Jeniece Pettitt, Ryo Ikegami) (Source: Bloomberg)

Whitecat 2nd September 2015 04:06 PM
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What EMI's six-month sample amnesty means for the music industry | Music | The Guardi



The world’s biggest music publisher has announced an amnesty on using samples from its library – a first for the industry

Whitecat 2nd September 2015 11:24 AM
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How to Hack the Music Industry: The Audience Problem — Cuepoint — Medium

The hardest thing to do as an artist is to identify and monetize an audience that will allow you to create full time

Whitecat 2nd September 2015 07:02 AM
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Tesco becomes first UK supermarket to reintroduce vinyl in stores | NME.COM



New Iron Maiden LP 'The Book of Souls' will be stocked in 55 of their largest stores

GearAndGuitars 2nd September 2015 05:46 AM
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[url=http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2015/09/01/taylor-swifts-african-video-blasted-as-racist-exploitative-white-colonialist/]Taylor Swift Video Blasted as Racist, 'White Colonialist'Digital Music

Taylor Swift's latest video, "Wildest Dreams," is blasted by critics for choosing a 1950s, white colonialist African theme that glamorizes exploitation.
... Has she seriously never watched "Get Him To The Greek?...
Whitecat 1st September 2015 12:07 PM
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Abbey Road Studios gets planning permission to expand - BBC News



Abbey Road's famous recording studios has been given planning permission for a multi-million pound expansion.

GearAndGuitars 31st August 2015 07:11 AM
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The internet is trying to crowd-write the perfect song - News - Music - The Independ



We’ve had crowdfunding, we’ve had Twitch crowd-completing Pokemon, we’ve even had The Button, but now the internet is banding together to write music.
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GearAndGuitars 31st August 2015 06:24 AM
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Mi2N.com - New Survey Shows Users Willing To Pay Much More For Their Audio Streaming



Survey Of 857 Adults Shows Users Willing To Pay As Much As 100% More For Spotify And Apple
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Whitecat 30th August 2015 04:48 PM
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B&W owner hopes to become a big noise for speaker firm | Business | The Guardian



Canadian Joe Atkins reveals why he is looking to entrust his high-end electronics company in West Sussex to the likes of LVMH

theblue1 29th August 2015 03:45 AM
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Apple Music exec Ian Rogers resigns - San Jose Mercury News



Apple's online music subscription service is losing Ian Rogers, a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.
(The 'new') Billboard takes a slightly different spin on it -- seeing the reception of Apple Music by critics and the public in a rosier light: http://www.billboard.com/articles/ne...try-colleagues
Whitecat 28th August 2015 12:01 PM
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Chvrches singer condemns sexist abuse from online trolls - BBC News



Chvurches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has hit back at misogynistic abuse online, after being widely targeted by internet trolls for wearing a short dress in the band's recent video.

Whitecat 28th August 2015 10:07 AM
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Got room for a 60ft teacher? Pink Floyd and Queen stage props go up for auction | Mus



Inflatables used by Pink Floyd and Queen to go under the hammer, for those with the space to deploy them

Whitecat 27th August 2015 11:06 PM
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'Katrina Washed Away Our Gigs': How New Orleans Got Its Groove Back



In the decade since the levees failed after Hurricane Katrina, nearly drowning New Orleans, there were concerns that the Big Easy’s unique, crucial music culture had been swept away with the neighborhoods that the storm surge demolished.

GearAndGuitars 27th August 2015 09:25 PM
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It's Your Copyright. Don't Apologize for Defending It.Digital Music News



Guest author Peter Csathy tackles numerous myths related to file-sharing, copyright and piracy, and urges artists and rights owners to defend their works.
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