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GearAndGuitars 5th August 2014 05:18 AM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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Google’s piracy profit machine continues unchecked | Vox Indie



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

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2014 08:23 PM
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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
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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.

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2014 08:20 PM
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After YouTube’s Indie Label Catastrophe, Why Did Spotify Let Google Buy Its Way



You’ve all been following YouTube’s absolutely tone deaf “take it or leave it” brinksmanship strategy with indie labels represented by Merlin and WIN. This one sided “negotiation” appears to still be grinding on. Why would it take so long? Why wouldn’t YouTube simply say, we’ll treat you like everyone else and close up the problem.

So what is Google’s next move to calm the waters? Google buys its way onto the Spotify board and the Spotify board allowed them to do it.

Whitecat 1st August 2014 11:19 AM
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BBC Newsbeat - Top DJs say Ibiza is too expensive for young people



Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold and Steve Angello say Ibiza has become too VIP and is pricing normal people out.

Whitecat 31st July 2014 10:55 AM
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Is it all over for the album? - Telegraph



Artists were the kings of vinyl. Now, everyone can create their own digital playlist – but Spotify will never be Pet Sounds

Whitecat 31st July 2014 08:53 AM
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Will the next Jake Bugg be discovered at Sports Direct? | Music | The Guardian



Some high street chains are playing music by unsigned acts in their stores instead of chart music. Harriet Gibsone hangs out among the football boots in the hope of hearing the next big thing

anthonyyy 30th July 2014 06:01 PM
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Working on the road can be an amazing experience in the Live Sound world.

You get to see new things and places all over the world, learn new stuff, meet interesting people, and all while getting paid.

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Jeff has had an amazing career so far working on tour recently with Jay-Z on the Magna Carter US tour, Maroon 5 as their monitor technician, as well as previous jobs working live sound for Kelly Clarkson, Paul McCartney, Adam Lambert, Kenny Chesney and more. He's also doing more work as the system engineer for live production shows.

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Whitecat 30th July 2014 01:02 PM
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BBC Newsbeat - Co-op changes store music policy after staff complaints



The supermarket chain is now playing signed and unsigned music artists throughout its UK stores.

Whitecat 30th July 2014 12:46 PM
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The Music Industry Wants Royalties From Ford. It Won't Get Them - Businessweek



Record companies say that auto companies have to pay them every time they put a CD burner in a car dashboard

Whitecat 30th July 2014 12:45 PM
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Making Money In The Music Industry - Forbes



Last year, Jimmy Kimmel Live sent a crew to Coachella, the two-weekend music festival held in the middle of the Southern California desert, to ask attendees their opinions about various bands that would ostensibly be playing during the event. One after another, interviewees appeared on camera to say that they knew [...]

Whitecat 29th July 2014 06:45 PM
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Government ends prison guitar ban



A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales is reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr.

Whitecat 29th July 2014 12:58 PM
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Gabriel: Record label can survive



Musician Peter Gabriel says that his world music label can be sustained for a further 25 years, despite the decline in physical music sales.

Whitecat 29th July 2014 11:12 AM
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Police placing ads on piracy sites



The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally.

Whitecat 29th July 2014 09:34 AM
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Ford and General Motors Sued Over 'CD Ripping Cars' | TorrentFreak



The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies has launched a class action lawsuit against Ford and General Motors over the CD-ripping capability of their cars. The music industry group claims that the car companies violate federal law and demand millions of dollars in damages.

Whitecat 29th July 2014 08:17 AM
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Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights | Billboard



Pharrell joins OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder at Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett's new rights company.

GearAndGuitars 28th July 2014 08:16 PM
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Free Music, at Least While It Lasts | The New York Times



Late last Thursday, I stopped at the fruit stand and some big, vivid red grapes caught my eye. The vendor said a two-pound bunch would be $6, which seemed steep. I was about to tell him as much, and then came to my senses and gave him the money.

I wondered why I hesitated when it came time to pony up and realized that, as just one more participant in the Something for Nothing economy, I’d grown accustomed to getting all sorts of lusciousness for the price of zero.

GearAndGuitars 26th July 2014 02:12 AM
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Department of Justice: “Illegal Streaming Should Be a Felony”…|DMN



The Department of Justice wants Congress to make the penalty for illegally streaming media more severe.

David Bitkower, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, addressed the issue at hearing on copyright infringement held by the House Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property.

Whitecat 24th July 2014 01:22 PM
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Spotify: seven reasons why Google might buy the streaming music service | Technology



And a few why it might not, despite rumours that internet giant is in the frame for $10bn acquisition. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 23rd July 2014 10:23 PM
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YouTube Music’s Head Quits, a Setback to Paid Service - Digits - WSJ



The head of YouTube's effort to launch a music subscription service is leaving, marking yet another hurdle for the long-delayed project.

GearAndGuitars 23rd July 2014 10:20 PM
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Google-Backed Creative Commons Wants Taxpayers To Subsidize Their Hustle | MTP



The “sharing economy” is the antebellum underpinning of much of the Web 2.0 monetary system–artists create a work for free and then let companies like Google sell advertising against it and grow their valuations. This is what Lessig calls the “hybrid economy” (Lessig is the founder of Creative Commons after his stunning loss before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Eldred case. Well…stunning to him.)

GearAndGuitars 23rd July 2014 10:18 PM
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It’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming m



More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger

GearAndGuitars 23rd July 2014 06:10 PM
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RIAA vs. Archived Radio: Licenses Mean Abandoning On-Demand | Billboard



If you grew up on Top 40 and want to relive those memories by listening to radio as it sounded then, there are plenty of websites featuring station airchecks from legendary personalities such as Wolfman Jack and Casey Kasem.

Whitecat 23rd July 2014 11:51 AM
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Google Considers Buying Spotify But Finds the Price Too High - WSJ



Google Inc. tried to buy music-streaming service Spotify AB late last year, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Whitecat 22nd July 2014 06:15 PM
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YouTube star sued over copyright



The entrepreneur is being taken to court for alleged copyright infringement by a record label whose own artist Kaskade has come forward to defend her.

Whitecat 20th July 2014 01:36 AM
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How the Music Industry Could Use Streaming to Reinvent Itself - Fair Observer



With declining sales, the music industry’s biggest players are shifting toward the online streaming market.

Whitecat 20th July 2014 01:35 AM
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RIAA Now Bullying Fully Licensed, Zero Revenue Music Site | TorrentFreak



Earlier this week it was reported how the RIAA had decided to turn the licensing thumbscrews on a site offering decades-old radio archives for download. Now another archival site, one that pays thousands of dollars in license fees to BMI, ASCAP and SoundExchange yet makes not a cent, is now in the RIAA spotlight.

Whitecat 19th July 2014 10:06 AM
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UK anti-piracy action set to begin



People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal.

GearAndGuitars 18th July 2014 05:43 AM
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The Problem With Streaming in One Simple Chart - The Cynical Musician



Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Since I've already written several thousand words on the problems with Streaming As We Know It, I thought it might help to illustrate the argument

GearAndGuitars 16th July 2014 09:37 PM
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New Statesman | “Fifteen years of utter bollocks”: how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity



Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen.

Jared Paul 16th July 2014 03:07 AM
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Indie Labels Unite to Launch "Fair Digital Deals Declaration" Initiative | N



Over 700 labels team up for initiative, including Sub Pop, Domino, Secretly Canadian, Saddle Creek, XL, 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade

GearAndGuitars 15th July 2014 07:24 PM
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Lost Sales v. Gained Streams - The Cynical Musician



Streaming continues to confuse people and those who are looking to cash in on it keep spreading supposedly common-sense memes that are intended to boost rights holder confidence.

It is no big stretch to say that widespread music piracy is pretty much the only thing keeping streaming afloat. A particular unsettling – from the streaming services’ point of view – trend that has developed over the years is popular artists withholding their new releases from streaming services.

Whitecat 15th July 2014 10:08 AM
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Music Industry Revenues Chart - Business Insider



The revenues pendulum has swung away from recorded music and toward live.

Whitecat 14th July 2014 11:12 PM
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Ed Sheeran named most powerful figure in black and urban music by 1Xtra | News | NME.



Wiley critical of 'backwards' list and claims black artists are getting 'bumped'

Whitecat 14th July 2014 10:57 AM
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Neil Young becomes PonoMusic CEO after the Kickstarter gold rush | Technology | theg



Musician steps up to run digital music company that he founded, ahead of launch for gadget and high-def downloads store. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 13th July 2014 07:10 PM
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Why Are Songs on the Radio About the Same Length? | Science Blogs | WIRED



Besides Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, most artists produce songs of around the same length: about three minutes. The reason for this is historical and yet, with better technology, the average length of a song has changed over time.

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