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Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:52 PM
Spotify Announces Original Video Programs Including T-Bone Burnett, Tim Robbins | Bil

Spotify's lineup of 2016 original programming will feature 12 concepts focused on three main themes: music performance, music profiles and music culture. The videos will be offered to free and premium users in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Sweden on iOS and Android devices.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:48 PM
Dear YouTube: An open letter from Irving Azoff - Recode

"You have built a business that works really well for you and for Google, but it doesn’t work well for artists," says the legendary artists' manager.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:53 PM
Radiohead's new album isn't on Spotify. So what? Spotify doesn't need it | Music | Th

It’s more dramatic to portray Radiohead and Spotify as being at war, but in truth it’s just business as usual for them both

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:13 PM
All Tomorrow's Parties: where did it all go wrong for the beloved indie festival? | M

In the wake of the collapse of its recent Manchester event, we investigate how Barry Hogan’s project went from anti-corporate utopia to debt-stricken disaster

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:35 AM
'This is the pop culture legacy business': JAM Inc manages artists after death | Busi

Jeffrey Jampol has become the go-to guy for managing rock estates, preventing the kind of legal chaos that has paralysed many legends’ fortunes

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 02:16 PM
Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog: Record Store Day May Have Peaked

Since 2008, Record Store Day every April has been a huge hit. In fact, many in the music industry feel that it's been a big reason for vinyl's resurgence, calling attention to a side of the business that had been essential dead and buried and has now returned to a level of surprising growth.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:00 AM
Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor in the UK - BBC News

Music streaming service Soundcloud launches a UK subscription service to rival the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:55 AM
SoundCloud Go: Launching subscription service was a big challenge - BBC Newsbeat

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:45 PM
Buttholes and lawyers: How a lawsuit threatened the indie music model

Electriclarryland, released 20 years ago last month, was the Butthole Surfers’ receipt for years spent cementing their reputation as arguably the most notorious band to ever fall on the pop music radar.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:29 PM
Drake has beaten Adele's record for the most UK single streams in a week | NME.C

The Canadian rapper notched up more than 7 million plays in a single week

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:16 PM
Tidal: can Prince and Beyonce save the underdog of streaming services? | Music | The

It was one of the few platforms that Prince trusted with his music and bills itself as the artists’ friend. So why is Jay Z’s Spotify rival still in such choppy waters?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 06:35 PM
Radiohead's corporate empire: inside the band's dollars and cents | Music | The Guard

The band have proven themselves shrewd businessmen, forming some 20 companies since their inception – including LLLP LLP and Random Rubbish Ltd

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:22 AM
Harris Publications, Former Home of XXL & Guitar World, Shutting Down | Billboard

Harris Publications, home of dozens of enthusiast-focused magazine titles including Celebrity Hairstyles, Dog News and Fresh Quilts, has announced to employees that it is shutting down immediately.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:28 PM
Inside The Taylor Swift Anti-Piracy Battle: Regulatory Filing Reveals UMG's Massive E

Few musicians or labels are fans of music piracy. But with Taylor Swift's decision to keep her music anticipated album '1989' off streaming music services, UMG, her label's distributor, became particularly concerned and hatched a plan to fight it. ______________________________ A Universal Music Group filing with the U.S. Copyright office...

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 08:06 PM
The best way to celebrate Prince’s life: Actually pay for his music - The Wash

It may have been hard to share Prince's music in the days after his death. But that's because the artist forced you to place actual value on his work.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:56 AM
Prince holds every spot in the top 5 midweek chart | News | Culture | The Independent

Prince's passing sent mourning fans, in search of the smallest comfort, straight to his monumental musical legacy.*

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:47 PM
Artist backlash over YouTube's royalty payments grows noisier - Music Business W

While YouTube swats away major label criticism, anger amongst the artist community over royalties paid out by the video giant is steadily getting louder.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 12:59 AM
Digital pioneer, Jaron Lanier, on the dangers of “free” online culture | WIPO Magazine

I actually helped make the argument that music should be free and would ultimately benefit culture and musicians, so it's not that I am unwilling to accept this new thing. I helped make it.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:56 AM
Spotify says Tidal's 'Lemonade' exclusive is bad for everyone

The music industry wars have officially moved to the streaming realm, and it's starting to get ugly.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 05:50 AM
Surprise: Things That Aren't Free on the Internet Are Still Available | Criticwire

The A.V. Club offered a helpful hint about "how to listen to Prince online right now," and the Daily Beast explained "Why You Can't Listen to Prince's Music After His Death," but though both articles at least acknowledge the possibility that you could simply go to iTunes and drop $12.99 on his greatest hits, their headlines effectively equate music's being available with it being free. There's no reason "you" can't listen to Prince's music, and there never was. He just wanted to be damn sure that you paid for it.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:23 PM
PRINCE'S LAST WORDS: "Stop Stealing My Music" | Digital Music News

Prince dedicated part of his career to fighting exploitation by Google and streaming music services. Now, Prince's last words and war have been lost.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:20 PM
Google’s YouTube Extorts Artists And Pockets The Profits | Hypebot

Although its shell company Alphabet is raking in massive amounts of revenue, and YouTube is the most popular music service in world, Ted Kalo of the musicFIRST Coalition looks at how he says Google has been able to exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying creators the money they deserve.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:19 PM
Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google • The Register

"There’s the onerous and ineffective takedown bureaucracy for suppliers, and also the refusal to use cheap, modern technology to clean up the supply chain cesspit. All this sits against the ominous backdrop that Google’s astroturf mobs will be unleashed on anyone upsetting the apple cart."

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:17 PM
Artists. Lives in the Balance.| Huffington Post

"It doesn’t take a legal expert to see the glaring flaws in Section 512, but that is no guarantee of success for those who have been forced to sacrificed so much for others’ success on the internet.”

Whitecat 23rd April 2016 05:42 PM
Prince set to top UK singles and albums charts | Music | The Guardian

Grieving fans propel Purple Rain single and greatest hits collection to early leads, despite absence from streaming services

Whitecat 23rd April 2016 02:30 PM
Prince's copyright stance makes free digital access to music difficult - Arts & E

For those who would like to share their favourite Prince song on Facebook or newcomers looking delve into his considerable discography, Prince's hardline stance on copyright and digital distribution means you'll likely have to pay.

Whitecat 22nd April 2016 08:20 PM
Prince the businessman: a raconteur who bent the music industry to his will | Music |

The musician’s resolve to make music on his own terms saw a career peppered with commercial disputes – many of which now seem remarkably prescient

Whitecat 21st April 2016 08:33 PM
Rare early version of David Bowie's Hunky Dory to be auctioned | Music | The Guardian

Acetate record with handwritten label penned by Bowie estimated to fetch more than £36,000

Whitecat 20th April 2016 11:37 AM
Rihanna overtakes the Beatles for number of weeks spent at US No 1 | Music | The Guar

The Bajan singer’s singles combined have spent 60 weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts – including collaborations with other artists

Whitecat 20th April 2016 07:42 AM
Is YouTube a music industry devil or buzz-making deity? | Music | The Guardian

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ manager Peter Mensch is the latest to slam the internet company for not fairly paying artists. But there’s more to the online music streaming debate than meets the ear

Whitecat 19th April 2016 02:09 PM
Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog: Amazon Prime Music Takes Another Baby Step

If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I've been saying all along to watch out for Amazon Prime Music as the next big disrupter in the streaming music space.

Whitecat 19th April 2016 02:08 PM
Facebook gets its own Content ID with Rights Manager

There is lots to say about what Facebook announced at its annual f8 conference last night, but the most immediate story is something called Rights Manager.

chrisso 18th April 2016 04:00 PM
Metallica manager: 'YouTube is the devil' - BBC News

Peter Mensch, who manages bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse, says YouTube is killing the record industry.
"If someone doesn't do something about YouTube, we're screwed," he said. "It's over. Someone turn off the lights."
Whitecat 16th April 2016 11:26 PM
A Remembrance For Chicago's Jazz Record Mart : NPR

People from all over the world went to visit the record store, which has closed after more than 60 years. In an age of online shopping, customers remember it as a unique brick-and-mortar experience.

Whitecat 15th April 2016 09:40 PM
UK reclaims spot as No. 3 global music market | Music Week

UK overtakes Germany after 0.6% growth

Whitecat 15th April 2016 09:23 PM
Record Store Day: This is what happens inside a vinyl factory - BBC Newsbeat

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 15th April 2016 11:27 AM
Grimes says 'numerous' producers have demanded sex from her | Music | The Guardian

The Canadian artist says producers have said they won’t finish songs unless she goes back to their hotel room

Whitecat 14th April 2016 11:30 AM
No direction: have boybands hit the end of the road? | Music | The Guardian

With One Direction on hiatus and the latest manufactured outfits tanking, the future looks bleak for pop’s permabuffed princelings. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the dance routine …

Whitecat 14th April 2016 08:01 AM
Music streaming boosts sales of vinyl - BBC News

Almost half of the people who bought a vinyl record in the last 12 months did so after hearing it on a streaming site like YouTube or SoundCloud, new research shows.

Whitecat 12th April 2016 06:58 PM
Streaming revenues bring big boost to global music industry | Music | The Guardian

Digital sales, including downloads, overtake revenue from physical music formats for first time, says industry report

Whitecat 12th April 2016 05:12 PM
Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says | Music | The Guar

‘Substantial’ similarities are enough to warrant a trial over whether Robert Plant and Jimmy Page lifted opening chords from Taurus by the band Spirit

GearAndGuitars 11th April 2016 06:33 AM
46% of Americans 'Not That Into Streaming,' Study Finds

Are music downloads really on the decline? Track downloads on iTunes are dropping, though a new study changes the streaming vs. downloading debate.

GearAndGuitars 11th April 2016 06:32 AM
What Does Spotify’s Billion Dollars of Debt Mean for Labels and Artists? –

The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify has raised $1 billion in convertible debt with this telling analysis: Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors, a deal that extends the money-losing company’s runway but comes with some strict guarantees, people familiar with the matter said. Private-equity firm TPG, hedge…

Whitecat 8th April 2016 09:42 AM
Bandcamp has made $150M in artist profits in the last eight years

The streaming platform and digital retailer Bandcamp has paid out $150M in artist sales in the past eight years after becoming profitable in 2012.

Whitecat 7th April 2016 07:56 PM
The 50 most amazing moments in pop history (that never actually happened) | Music | T

Bowie producing Elvis, Pharrell saving Jacko, Kanye and Lady Gaga’s Fame Kills tour. The history of music is littered with what-might-have-beens. Here are some of the best ...

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