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Whitecat 21st March 2018 01:13 AM
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Beloved guitar maker Gibson faces crushing debt that's due this summer



Gibson has come to a crossroads. The guitar company's CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, traded a slice of Gibson’s soul in an attempt to become more than just the maker of the world’s most beloved guitar, and now the devil’s knocking on Gibson's door. Debt of as much as $560 million is due this summer.

Whitecat 20th March 2018 11:12 AM
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Borehamwood based Orange Amplification celebrate 50th anniversary | Borehamwood Times



Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Page, Madonna, and Led Zeppelin might have heard about Orange Amplification but have you?

Whitecat 19th March 2018 11:57 AM
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The life of Mr Brightside: why the Killers hit is still in the charts | News | The Gu



The band’s indie disco staple has just celebrated its 200th week in the top 100. Some people just cannot let go of their university parties …

Whitecat 18th March 2018 12:54 AM
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How Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine's partnership led to billion dollar Beats - BBC News



The unlikely partnership between Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine is made into a Netflix documentary.

Whitecat 17th March 2018 12:06 PM
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Streaming is easy but I don't want idiots listening to my favourite albums | Music |



I know I’m an old man screaming about how scary the future is but technology is ruining music

Whitecat 16th March 2018 11:50 AM
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Spotify Confirms April 3 Public Offering in Investor Day Presentation – Variety



Spotify Confirms April 3 Public Offering, doubles down on it Freemium service in ‘Investor Day’ Presentation

Whitecat 16th March 2018 11:50 AM
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'I wouldn’t want this for anybody’s daughter': will #MeToo kill off the rock'n'ro



Male rock stars of the 1970s and 80s were often notorious for sleeping with young female fans. Now women are starting to see those encounters in a very different light

Whitecat 15th March 2018 05:49 PM
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iHeartMedia Turns The Dial To Bankruptcy : The Two-Way : NPR



The country's largest radio broadcaster, iHeartMedia spent years trying to manage $20 billion in debt. Now, the company has reached an agreement that will cut that debt by half.

Whitecat 13th March 2018 12:33 AM
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Canary In A Coal Mine: How Streaming Music Presages The End Of Ownership ... Of Every



Music often acts as a Canary In A Coal Mine. As goes the music industry, oftentimes so, too, does every other industry. Could the way consumers have abandoned the concept of ownership around music presage the end of ownership generally?

Whitecat 12th March 2018 11:58 PM
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Chinese Investment Consortium Is Eyeing a Gibson Guitar Acquisition



Near-bankrupt Gibson Guitar may be plucked by an overseas investment consortium, according to preliminary acquisition plans emerging.

Whitecat 12th March 2018 01:46 PM
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One in 35 million: How unlicensed music by Aaliyah ended up on Spotify



Vanessa Okoth-Obbo investigates the bizarre underbelly of Aaliyah bootlegs on Spotify.

Whitecat 12th March 2018 01:45 PM
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Spotify plans to go public next month - The Boston Globe



Based on previous transactions, the music streaming service has a valuation that exceeds $20 billion.

Whitecat 12th March 2018 01:43 PM
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Got some old band T-shirts at home? You might be quids in … | Music | The Guardian



A rare Led Zeppelin shirt fetched $10,000 – and others go for hundreds as nostalgic memorabilia market booms

Whitecat 11th March 2018 11:54 AM
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From Nashville with love: how the UK is taking country music to its heart | Music | T



A growing army of fans for both US stars and UK acts has seen the genre go from corny to cool as 80,000 people attend the C2C festival

Whitecat 8th March 2018 01:06 AM
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Gibson Guitars lays off as credit downgraded: Music retail disruption



S&P downgrades Gibson, which lays off custom shop workers

GearAndGuitars 7th March 2018 06:28 PM
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Spotify Threatens Hacked App Users With Suspension As Practice Spreads - hypebot



There are no stats as to how many of Spotify's 159 million active users are accessing the music streamer with a hacked app or account. But judging from forum comments, its not a small problem. As it prepares for its first public stock offering, Spotify is moving aggressively to curb... Many unauthorized or modified apps appear to make paid Premium features available to free users.

Whitecat 7th March 2018 05:38 PM
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Apple is ending the iTunes LP album format



Apple has reportedly told the music industry it will no longer accept iTunes LPs.

Whitecat 7th March 2018 04:48 PM
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Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Awarda –



Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter will be presented with the prestigious Music Visionary of the Year award by UJA-Federation of New York.*

Whitecat 7th March 2018 04:31 PM
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Time's Up Leader Tina Tchen To Head Recording Academy's Diversity Task Force : The Re



The organization behind the Grammy Awards took a first public step in its attempt to address issues of gender inequality within its organization — and the music industry more broadly.

Whitecat 7th March 2018 02:29 PM
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NME to close print edition magazine and expand digital platforms | The Independent



NME*has announced that this week's issue (Friday 9 March) will be its final free print edition, as it attempts to expand its digital audience. NME*was launched as the New Musical Express in 1952. The free*NME*launched on 18 September 2015 and featured Rihanna on its cover. It has been handed out to commuters and students around the UK on a weekly basis since.*

Whitecat 7th March 2018 12:44 PM
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The British Library's race to save old audio recordings - BBC News



The recordings are on more than 40 different formats and some are degrading due to decay.

Whitecat 6th March 2018 12:44 AM
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Grizzly Bear Frontman Explains Why The Music Industry Is ****ed - Stereogum



Over the weekend, Grizzly Bear kicked off a tour in New Zealand and Australia, and the band's frontman Ed Droste took to his Instagram story to lament the state

Whitecat 5th March 2018 11:05 PM
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Martin Shkreli Has to Give Up His Precious Wu-Tang Album - VICE



The pharma bro will have to use the $2 million purchase toward the $7.36 million he owes the government.

Whitecat 5th March 2018 02:32 PM
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How bands are escaping the music industry snake pit - BBC News



Technology is helping musicians, bands and artists get a bigger share of the revenues from their work.

Whitecat 5th March 2018 02:31 PM
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Spotify Is Getting Paid to Save the Music Industry: DealBook Briefing - The New York



Spotify has revived the fortunes of recording artists, funneling billions of dollars to music companies. But a charity Spotify is not.

Whitecat 4th March 2018 10:55 PM
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15-Month-Old Bon Jovi Album Hits #1 Thanks To Concert Ticket Bundle - Stereogum



​Bon Jovi’s former #1 album, This House Is Not For Sale, is back atop the Billboard 200 chart for a second week. The set re-enters the tally with 120,000

Whitecat 3rd March 2018 01:25 AM
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Journey's Greatest Hits*hits 500 weeks on the Billboard 200



In this life, we all make choices. You can save your money, or you can spend it. You can build walls around your heart to keep it safe, or you can open yourself up to love. You can ignore the way your brain stem lights up every time you hear the intro of “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” or you can liberate yourself with the truth: Being an insufferable snob is a stifling and joyless way to live, and liking Journey is actually okay.

Whitecat 3rd March 2018 01:04 AM
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Is Spotify really worth $20bn? | Technology | The Guardian



Music service will soon have its IPO and investors think it can be as big as Netflix. Are they right?

Whitecat 2nd March 2018 11:30 PM
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Mike Huckabee Resigns From Music Education Board After Fierce Backlash From Nashville



Huckabee's appointment to the board of the Country Music Association Foundation, a music education initiative, lasted a single day.

GearAndGuitars 1st March 2018 07:13 PM
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‘Success’ on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty - Bloomberg



You can have a million views a month and still not be able to make rent

GearAndGuitars 27th February 2018 08:08 PM
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Neil Young: Google, Facebook, Amazon 'Use All the Great Music of All Time &



Neil Young worries about how young artists can survive. Here, he berates Google, Facebook, and Amazon for grossly underpaying artists.

Whitecat 26th February 2018 03:38 PM
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Avid Technology Names Jeff Rosica As CEO; Terminates Louis Hernandez, Jr. - Nasdaq.co



-Avid Technology Inc. said its board of directors has appointed Jeff Rosica as Chief Executive Officer of the company, with immediate effect. The.

Whitecat 25th February 2018 11:24 PM
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Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz Talks Challenges Facing Guitar Retail Industry: 'Th



If Gibson Guitars is in serious financial straits, longtime owner and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has an extremely good poker face - but he's realistic about the challenges ahead.

Whitecat 25th February 2018 09:43 AM
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Public broadcaster music library closing, CD’s to be digitised, destroyed



Canada’s public broadcaster CBC (English) and Radio-Canada (French) is going through massive changes. [caption id=

Whitecat 23rd February 2018 11:26 AM
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How Claiming Creative Control Helps Women Musicians Stay The Course : NPR



The 1990s saw a wave of prominent women musicians who took the reins, creatively and professionally, over their music — and provided a blueprint for lasting careers.

GearAndGuitars 23rd February 2018 03:50 AM
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Snapchat Market Value Drops $1.3B After Single Tweet, CEO Earned $638M Last Year - hy



If you live by social media, you die by social media. Just ask any musician who spent countless hours building an audience on MySpace audience (and now there are signs that Facebook is next). Today, the market value of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. fell $1.3 billion after a single tweet...

GearAndGuitars 23rd February 2018 03:45 AM
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Pandora Is Losing 850,000 Listeners a Month. Now for the Bad News...



Pandora has los 8 million users in 9 months, according to the latest financial disclosures.* What could be worse than that?

Whitecat 22nd February 2018 09:23 AM
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The great big Spotify scam: Did a Bulgarian playlister swindle their way to a fortune



A Bulgarian playlist-maker scammed the Spotify payout system for months last year – and could well have made themselves a millionaire off Daniel Ek’s platform.

Whitecat 20th February 2018 03:06 PM
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Spotify Job Listings Say Company 'On Its Way' to Launch of First Physical Products, H



Following an ad for a senior product manager last spring that hinted at Spotify's interest in creating a hardware product, this week a collection...

Arthur Stone 20th February 2018 01:36 AM
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Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy | The Independent



One of the world's favourite*guitar*manufacturers*could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.* Gibson, a favourite of musicians*such as*BB King, Slash, Santana and Bob Marley, is struggling with*debt repayment deadlines and the recent departure of its chief financial officer after less than a year in the job.
Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy.
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One of the world's favourite guitar manufacturers could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.

According to a recent report in the Nashville Post, Gibson Guitars faces a $375m (£268m) deadline for a debt repayment in less than six months’ time. A further $145m worth of bank loans are due to mature immediately, if those notes – which were issued back in 2013 – are not refinanced or repaid by 23 July...

Whitecat 17th February 2018 02:08 AM
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Who's making money in digital music?



Musicians continue to sing the blues over royalty revenues in the digital era, where success online continues to be a mixed bag. "Nobody's making any money,"says Paul Resnikoff.

Whitecat 15th February 2018 05:29 PM
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Neil Young Says Pono Was Killed By Record Labels - Stereogum



We all remember Pono, don't we? Neil Young's Kickstarter-funded vanity music player cost $400. It had a 64-gig storage capacity and a tiny, ****ed-up

Whitecat 14th February 2018 04:00 PM
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Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K



Of all the one-of-a-kind Prince items to go up for sale since his death, Chris Moon's new offering might be the biggest surprise with the highest price tag.

Whitecat 13th February 2018 12:24 AM
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Gibson ‘running out of time – rapidly’ | Nashville Post



Company faces big debt deadlines; CFO exits after less than a year

Whitecat 12th February 2018 07:49 PM
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Music Industry Men Join Cry To Change The Recording Academy : The Record : NPR



Nearly forty powerful men in the business have signed a letter calling for the Grammy organization to "transform its member base."

Whitecat 12th February 2018 07:32 PM
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Here’s why you don’t like new music any more



Every week, Spotify and Apple Music are flooded with a slew of new, zeitgeist-defining albums that are yours for the streaming. Why, then, after a few songs, do we tend to retreat back into the comforting arms of Tupac Shakur, Alanis Morissette, or Robert Smith? No, it’s not because nobody makes ’em like they used to; it’s because, as is the case with pretty much everything in life, we’re still beholden to the things that shaped us as teenagers.

Whitecat 7th February 2018 01:05 PM
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EU to review Apple's reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam | Technology | The G



European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden

Whitecat 6th February 2018 10:56 AM
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The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Slaves To The Algorithm: How Facebook Is Throttling Underground Culture



We turn to the art in times of political strife - it helps us to navigate, and alleviate, our troubles. So what happens when one of the causes of that political strife is absorbing more and more of our arts and culture?

Whitecat 4th February 2018 07:39 PM
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Apple Music Now Has 36 Million Subscribers, Could Eclipse Spotify in United States Th



Apple Music now has 36 million paying subscribers around the world, an increase from well over 30 million reported last September. Apple...

Whitecat 4th February 2018 12:05 PM
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Pirate Bay warning: internet provider forced to hand over names of illegal downloader




 A landmark ruling in Sweden has forced a popular ISP to hand over the names of those engaged in piracy


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