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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 06:37 PM
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 2 Weeks Ago 12:02 PM
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 2 Weeks Ago 08:59 AM
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 3 Weeks Ago 02:05 AM
... because all ur rights belong to us... you will be assimilated... we are borg...
Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 01:32 PM
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 3 Weeks Ago 01:45 AM
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 3 Weeks Ago 04:00 PM
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 3 Weeks Ago 07:06 PM
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 3 Weeks Ago 07:00 PM
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 3 Weeks Ago 05:54 AM
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 3 Weeks Ago 02:11 AM
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 3 Weeks Ago 11:22 PM
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 3 Weeks Ago 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 3 Weeks Ago 07:05 PM
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...

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Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 09:41 AM
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 4 Weeks Ago 01:02 AM
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 4 Weeks Ago 08:07 PM
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 4 Weeks Ago 11:43 AM
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 4 Weeks Ago 05:42 AM
'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.
GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 11:06 PM
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 4 Weeks Ago 11:01 PM
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…
GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:13 PM
'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...
Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 12:03 PM
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 4 Weeks Ago 10:27 PM
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 4 Weeks Ago 02:17 AM
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.
Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 07:34 AM
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
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
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. _________________________...
GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:44 AM
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…
GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:42 AM
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.
GearAndGuitars 3rd September 2015 06:41 AM
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.
Whitecat 2nd September 2015 11:32 PM
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
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
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
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
[url=]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
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
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.
GearAndGuitars 31st August 2015 06:24 AM
Quote: - 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
Whitecat 30th August 2015 04:48 PM
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
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:
Whitecat 28th August 2015 12:01 PM
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
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
'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
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.
Whitecat 27th August 2015 01:51 PM
SoundCloud faces legal action from PRS for Music

"This is now a legal matter," says the Performing Right Society in a long email to its members.

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