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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 05:10 PM
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Digital music revenues overtake physical sales for the first time - Telegraph



A strong growth in streaming services boosted digital sales despite dwindling downloads, according to the latest IFPI Digital Music Report

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:42 AM
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Mumford & Sons: Tidal's celeb owners are 'new school f*cking plutocrats'



"That’s just commercial bullshit ... I don’t want to align myself with Spotify, Beats, Tidal, or whatever."

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 02:43 PM
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David Bowie's new songs for Lazarus 'sound like classics' - BBC News



David Bowie has written a number of new "classics" about love and violence for his forthcoming musical stage show, its director has revealed.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:09 AM
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Vinyl records get into groove with own charts | Music | The Guardian



Rock-led record-buying revival leads Official Chart Company to begin top 40 singles and albums countdowns from Monday

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 02:07 AM
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He Wrote The Most Recorded Song In Rock History, Then Sold His Rights For $750. Don&#



R&B musician Richard Berry wrote "Louie Louie, AKA the most recorded rock song of all time. He sold his rights for $750 and ended up homeless until something amazing happened...
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 05:38 PM
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Apple Thinks Exclusive Content Will Make Their Streaming Service Succeed - Digital Music News



According to Bloomberg, Apple has asked Florence and the Machine and over a dozen other artists for exclusives. They’ve also asked Taylor Swift and other artists about partnerships.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 05:35 PM
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TIDAL HiFi, Why I Kicked Spotify To The Curb | Music of Our Heart



Four years ago, I became a Day One subscriber to Spotify for $9.99 a month. I kicked Zune to the curb. I subscribed to Spotify for two main reasons. 1) Spotify promised better audio quality than the MP3 Freemium music distribution model. 2) Spotify promised to pay artists better royalty payments with a "portion" of…
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 09:26 PM
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EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office | Electronic Fr



San Francisco - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalided key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent” today after a petition for review from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)—a decision that significantly curtails the ability of a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 08:36 AM
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10 things we learned from a day of indie labels talking digital music | Technology |



Thom Yorke as King Cnut, Madonna’s ‘ridiculous’ Meerkat debut, potential playlist payola, Spotify, SoundCloud and more from AIM Music Connected conference

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 05:17 PM
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CultureCrash | The Collapsing Fortunes of the Club Deejay



The latest evidence of this is an online rant of a club deejay. Here’s a bit from “The Dead Art of DJing” which shows the coming of the winner-take-all economy that’s reshaped other fields:
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 03:13 PM
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Q&A: Record producer Clive Davis talks past, present, future of music industry |



One of the biggest trends in the music industry over the last 49 years is not a sound or style, but a man – Clive Davis. Fondly referred to by his industry peers as “the Man with the Golden Ears,” Davis’ ability to identify top-level talent has cemented him as a titan in his industry.

Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 01:07 PM
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Music industry goes all-in on streaming



The buzzwords were many, issued from the stage throughout last week’s curiously memorable and well-covered media event announcing the new Tidal music-streaming service: notions of revolution, of changing the status
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 01:59 AM
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'Dallas Buyers Club' wins copyright battle against Australian ISPs - RN Bre



Nearly 5,000 Australians may soon be receiving letters from Hollywood demanding damages for illegally downloading the film 'Dallas Buyers Club'.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 01:10 AM
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Vivendi in Talks to Buy 80% Stake in Dailymotion | New York Times



Vivendi, which also owns the Universal Music Group, on Tuesday entered exclusive talks to buy an 80 percent stake in Dailymotion for about 217 million euros, or about $235 million, from the French telecommunications giant Orange.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 09:42 PM
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Tidal Highlights YouTube’s Moral Hazard for All the World to See | MTP



Part of Tidal’s business model relies on artists being able to grant exclusives. The concept of an exclusive requires property rights that are respected by other platforms in the channel.

Imagine if Showtime began showing rips of Game of Thrones day and date with its HBO release. Forget that HBO would sue them and win. The actors, screenwriters, producers and the vast below the line personnel would think twice about working for Showtime in the future.
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 07:00 PM
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Lily Allen, you're wrong about Tidal | Music | The Guardian



Allen criticises Jay Z’s music streaming service, but it’s clear that he wants to credit the creators more – if he wanted profit he could sell branded headphones
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:44 PM
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Madonna uses Meerkat app to debut new Ghosttown music video | Technology | The Guardi



Promo will have its live premiere on star’s official channel, with social app joining Snapchat, Instagram and Grindr in her promotional armoury
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 12:32 PM
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Music's Marginal Reinvention: There's More Than Just Streaming | Seth Schac



It's not clear where all this plays out, but meeting many across the music industry this past year, I saw a clear picture of an industry trying to reinvent itself. And while labels still have an important role, the new equilibrium brings a healthy c...
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:54 AM
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Sleeping Through A Revolution–reclaiming the creative class | MUSIC • TECHNOL


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If you do nothing else for yourself this week, take a half hour someplace quiet and watch Professor Jonathan Taplin’s remarkably insightful presentation at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, “Sleeping Through A Revolution.” Taplin gives a clear eyed history of the Silicon Valley unifying ideology that rationalizes events like 350 million take down notices as a product feature of Google search and selling advertising against ISIS videos in YouTubeistan.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:51 AM
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40 Funny Quotes By Musicians - My Music Masterclass



40 Funny Quotes By Musicians: As many of you know, I frequently post inspiring or funny musician quotes on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ pages. Since there aren't many good sources to find all of these gems in one convenient place, I've decided to compile 40 of my favorites in this post. Feel free to add some more in the comment section below too...I'm always hunting for new ones. So, here we go…
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:42 AM
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Jay-Z, Becoming An HBO For Streaming, And Digital Music Bling | Music Industry Blog



Jay-Z just made his much hyped entrance into streaming official with his star studded but awkward signing ceremony for TIDAL. Once having navigated a few objections from minor shareholders, Jay-Z’s first major act after successfully buying the not-very-appropriately-named-for-a-hip-hop-superstar WiMP was to rebrand it to TIDAL, the name that WiMP’s high quality service had been operating…
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:41 AM
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Grooveshark Loses in Court Again, EMI Wins Summary Judgment in Copyright Case | Billb



Grooveshark, a music streaming service that's survived years of legal battles, could be closer to extinction after a court decision issued Friday.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:39 AM
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'Modernise' safe harbour laws for the tech oligarch era – IP czar • The Register



The Prime Minister’s outgoing IP advisor has said the shift in the balance of power to now-dominant tech multinationals means “Safe Harbour” provisions devised in the 1990s should be modernised and made fit for purpose.
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 10:53 PM
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Lily Allen warns Jay Z's Tidal could lead to more music piracy and affect new a



Lily Allen has criticised Jay Z's new music streaming service Tidal, warning it will lead to more piracy and could affect upcoming artists struggling to break into the industry.
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 08:26 PM
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Legal battle over Jay Z's sampling on Big Pimpin' comes to head after eight years | M



Descendent of Egyptian songwriter Baligh Hamdy claim rapper and producer Timbaland sampled the 1960 song Khosara Khosara without proper licences
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 07:47 PM
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Melody on the menu: how a sprinkle of Mozart might give your meal zing | Science | Th



Psychologists have found that colours and certain types of music can enhance the enjoyment of wine and food
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 08:46 PM
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Rock And Roll, Russian Gangsters & Rising From The Dead: The Saga Of Electro-Harm



The entrepreneurial spirit is like an unrestrainable beast that’s quivers beneath the skin of some folks. As Mr. Hyde was just a tantrum away from taking over the mannerly Dr. Jekyll, the inner entrepreneur has only to smell an opportunity for profit or market share before convulsing to the surface. [...]
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 06:51 PM
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West Molesey record shop owner in battle with Royal Mail - BBC News



The owner of a 42-year-old record shop in Surrey hopes a petition will stop his business from being taken over by Royal Mail.
If you live nearby, perhaps get involved in helping stand up for the little guy... the world needs more independent record shops, not fewer.
GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 12:37 AM
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Turning a Profit From Music Mashups - WSJ



The music industry is gearing up to spin revenue from a new source: the billions of hours of DJ mixes and mashups that dance-music fans listen to online each year.
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GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 12:32 AM
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Cracker’s David Lowery updates his Silicon Valley relationship status: It's complicated | Venture Beat



While recording the latest Cracker album in the East Bay, lead singer and songwriter David Lowery watched tensions between locals and the booming tech industry boil over.
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 11:11 AM
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How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube? | Technology | Th



Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic
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GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 02:13 AM
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Spotify must change its free music service, says Universal records - Telegraph



First it was Taylor Swift, now the music label giant Universal is joining the chorus of those who fear Spotify's free music service is damaging the industry
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GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 08:54 PM
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Why Artists Believe Tidal Will Change Music - Bloomberg Business



ECR Music Group CEO Blake Morgan discusses the escalating battle over streaming music and how Tidal will standout from competitors. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox and Cory Johnson on “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 08:22 PM
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Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, And The Coming Streaming Music Wars



The battle for listeners is about much more than one star's catalog.
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 02:01 PM
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Now EU is going after Apple's new music business - The Times of India



Regulators in Europe are investigating Apple over its relationship with record labels and digital music companies, the Financial Times reports.
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 01:04 PM
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Pandora CFO Calls Apple a 'Frenemy,' Says Music Service is Coming to CarPlay and Apple Watch



When Apple's CarPlay feature launched last year, Apple partnered with several music services to offer a variety of listening choices on the...
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 02:05 PM
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Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival criticised for making wealthy artists even richer



Jay Z has promised to change the financial model of music streaming with his new service Tidal.
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 07:31 PM
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Here's a big list of everything that's wrong with Tidal | News | TechRadar



Here's a big list of everything that's wrong with Tidal | It's expensive, it's not a revolution, and there's no guarantee that smaller artists are going to benefit. Shall I go on? Buying advice from the leading technology site
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 04:24 PM
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Beats Music Vs Spotify: How Beats can beat Spotify | BGR



When*Apple acquired Beats Music for $3 billion last May, it instantly became the company's most expensive purchase ever. While the dollar amount involved in the deal might have raised some eyebrows, the acquisition target certainly did not.
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 04:18 PM
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Tidal: not new, not expensive, not a problem for Spotify - Telegraph



Stars including Jay-Z, Kanye West and Madonna have created a "platform owned by artists" to rival Spotify and put more profits in the hands of artists rather than middlemen. But Spotify and Apple are unlikely to be worried, writes Matthew Sparkes
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GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 05:14 AM
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Spotify is the Problem, Not Labels. (Well, Mostly…) | The Trichordist



There is a narrative that keeps getting repeated by Spotify apologists and propagandists. It goes something like this, "The problem is not that Spotify pays too little to artists it's that record labels are not paying the artists their fair share of royalties from Spotify." Ha! When the gross payable is half a cent or…
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 12:34 PM
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Spotify arrives on the PlayStation - and it's free | Expert Reviews



Sony's Spotify app brings free streaming to set-top boxes for the first time
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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 09:54 AM
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Jay Z launches streaming music service TIDAL | Consequence of Sound



"The first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial."
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