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GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:51 AM
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Three Albums Have Sold Over 1 Million Units So Far This Year



According to Nielsen Music's mid-year report, three albums have sold over 1 million units so far this year - Adele: 25; Drake: Views; and Beyonce: Lemonade.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:21 AM
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KickassTorrents meets its maker, alleged founder arrested by U.S. government



The on-again, off-again top torrent site KickassTorrents has been shut down -- maybe for good this time -- after the U.S. government arrested alleged founder Artem Vaulin in Poland last week.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:19 AM
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U.S. Record Industry Sees Album Sales Sink to Historic Lows (Again) -- But People Are



It's the worst year (so far) for music sales since the 1991 debut of SoundScan (now Nielsen Music).

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:21 PM
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Secret Garden Party pioneers drugs testing for festival-goers | Society | The Guardia



About 200 people use facility offered by The Loop charity, local police and council at Cambridgeshire festival aiming to promote safer drug use

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:02 PM
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US copyright law faces legal challenge - BBC News



Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) attempts to overturn parts of US copyright law which, it says, are unconstitutional.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 06:35 PM
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We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse - Stereogum



From 1996 - 1999, I worked at a New York City record store called Rebel Rebel. I was a student at NYU when I got the job, and then I graduated from school but

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:25 AM
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Pirate sites are 'affecting dance music in a bad way' - BBC Newsbeat



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

Whitecat 21st July 2016 10:36 AM
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World's 'biggest online pirate' faces charges over $1bn of illegal copying | Technolo



Ukrainian man Artem Vaulin, the alleged ringleader of Kickass Torrents, was arrested in Poland and faces charges in US

GearAndGuitars 20th July 2016 09:01 PM
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Ugly: Spotify, Goldman Sachs Accused of Securities Fraud | Digital Music News



We said David Lowery's class action lawsuit was on its last limbs. David Lowery says DMN is getting manipulated by a smooth Spotify Wall Street machine.

Whitecat 20th July 2016 07:36 PM
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Jack White Teases Latest Record-Breaking Stunt… The First Vinyl Played In Space? -



Third Man Records has posted a video teaser claiming that they will "making vinyl history again" with an announcement set for 7/30. The video shows an image

Whitecat 20th July 2016 06:21 PM
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The reinvention of radio: how Spotify, Beats 1, Red Bull changed the airwaves | Music



Spotify have announced two new shows with presenters. Is this an attempt to steal a march on Apple’s Beats1 and Red Bull’s RBMA Radio – or is it the savviest way of guiding listeners round an endless landscape of music?

Whitecat 17th July 2016 09:21 AM
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Has streaming broken the UK singles chart? - BBC News



Fewer records than ever before are making the UK top 40 as fans keep streaming the same songs over and over again. But what does that mean for music and new artists in particular?

Whitecat 13th July 2016 10:39 PM
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Healing crystal theft claim puts singer 'at risk of bad energy' - BBC News



Famous musician claims to have 'liberated' a healing crystal stolen from LA health shop, despite warnings of negative energy exposure.

Whitecat 13th July 2016 09:44 PM
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Can female-focused events forge the future of the music industry? | Music | The Guard



A series of events this summer hopes to encourage more women into music – the composers, producers and curators the business desperately lacks

Whitecat 12th July 2016 08:43 AM
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How Women Are Smashing Misogyny in the Music Business | L.A. Weekly



Using social media as their platform, women are now able to make their voices and stories heard — perhaps more loudly than ever.

Whitecat 8th July 2016 07:22 PM
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Is jazz entering a new golden age? | Music | The Guardian



It’s been sidelined for decades, but now the genre is in the spotlight thanks to endorsements by music’s biggest stars and the end of internal bickering

Whitecat 6th July 2016 08:59 AM
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U.S. Dept. Of Justice Deals Crushing Blow To Songwriters



'This would create Armageddon in the professional songwriter community.'

Whitecat 5th July 2016 10:16 AM
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Queen's greatest hits crowned as UK's biggest-selling album | Music | The Guardian



With 6.1m copies sold, Queen’s 1981 compilation heads list marking 60 years of the album chart first topped by Frank Sinatra

Whitecat 5th July 2016 09:38 AM
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Music Subset of Anonymous Releases Track, Amerikkka



It's the fourth of July, and in light of the current political climate and general sentiment of urgency for America to make rational decisions before the...

Whitecat 4th July 2016 12:06 AM
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Happy Birthday: my campaign to liberate the people's song – video | News | The Guar



Jenn Nelson tells the story of her four-year legal campaign to prove that global music publisher did not own the rights to the world-famous song Happy Birthday

Whitecat 2nd July 2016 09:53 AM
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Why would Apple want to buy Tidal? | Music | The Guardian



It’s struggled to compete with the likes of Spotify, Jay Z pretends it’s not his, and it has relied on three big releases. So what’s the attraction for Apple?

Whitecat 1st July 2016 08:20 AM
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Why Independent Music Publishers Should Wait to Join Class Action Against Spotify [MO



Today is the last day for music publishers to sign on to participate in the Spotify and NMPA (National Music Publishers Association) settlement agreement. But independent musician and songwriter David Lowery and independent publishing executive Monica Corton have a one-worded piece of advice: WAIT! __________________________________________________ By MONICA CORTON and DAVID...

Whitecat 1st July 2016 08:17 AM
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Spotify: Apple Rejected Our iOS Update To Drive iPhone Owners To Apple Music - Stereo



Do you guys like to live in a state of constant paralyzed technophobic horror? You should read Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, The Circle, or this article about why

Whitecat 30th June 2016 10:04 AM
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Seven things we’ve learned from the first year of Apple Music | Technology | The Gu



Changes ahead for streaming service as, with 15m paying subscribers, it continues the battle with rivals Spotify and YouTube

Whitecat 30th June 2016 09:13 AM
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Music Gear Thefts Dealt a Blow After 130 Arrested in Houston | Saving Country Music



On Tuesday (6-28), the Houston Police Department, in conjunction with the nearby Pasadena and Baytown Police Departments and the Department of Homeland Security

Whitecat 29th June 2016 10:13 AM
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Judge Says IP Address Doesn't Prove Anything in Piracy Case



What do you do if you get busted for pirating a terrible Adam Sandler movie? Deny it. That seems to be the lesson of a recently dismissed federal case, which raises the burden of proof that copyright owner must meet in order to hold you accountable for infringement.

GearAndGuitars 28th June 2016 10:33 PM
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People Can Tell When They Hear Hi-Res Music, Study Finds



According to a study carried out by Queen Mary University in London, people are able to tell when they hear Hi-Res audio.

Whitecat 26th June 2016 06:14 PM
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Will Brexit affect touring musicians? - BBC News



Musicians at Glastonbury grapple with the implications of leaving Europe for their upcoming tours, anticipating "big changes" ahead.

Whitecat 24th June 2016 12:59 AM
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Jagger's Vinyl Cancelled After One Season



HBO decide "not to proceed" with a second series of the Rolling Stones frontman's show about the record industry.

barney69 22nd June 2016 01:20 PM
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Olympia’s K Records puts building up for sale to pay its debts | The Olympian



Olympia’s K Records, a mainstay of the independent music scene, is in debt to many of the artists who’ve recorded for the label, so it is selling its headquarters, the former home of Temple Beth Hatfiloh.

GearAndGuitars 20th June 2016 10:57 PM
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More Artists Join the Grassroots Movement Against DMCA and YouTube’s Legacy Bus



This ad went out today signed by dozens of recording artists opposed to the archaic DMCA and YouTube's legacy business model.

Whitecat 19th June 2016 09:37 PM
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Get well, Mr Loaf: it’s wrong that artists must gig so much | Barbara Ellen | Opini



The rock star’s collapse suggests that the digital music industry is broken

Whitecat 18th June 2016 09:05 PM
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New York Lawmakers Pass Tax Credit to Boost Music Production in State | Billboard



If signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the bill will provide a 25 percent tax credit for eligible production costs downstate (NYC), and a 35 percent break for upstate music businesses.

Whitecat 16th June 2016 09:14 PM
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Streaming-Only Projects Are Now Eligible For Grammys - Stereogum



It's been the case for many years: Much of the best music out there, rap music especially, will never be commercially available. Instead, free mixtapes and

Whitecat 16th June 2016 04:21 PM
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ATP Shuts Down - Stereogum



The All Tomorrow's Parties company began booking small, artist-friendly boutique festivals at UK holiday camps in 1999, and since then, they've run many of

GearAndGuitars 16th June 2016 02:00 AM
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Five Lies In YouTube’s Spin on Content ID | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY



An increasing number of artists are stepping forward to condemn YouTube's sleazy business practices ranging from YouTube's improbable royalty payments to Google's*legacy*DMCA notice and shakedown business practices. *YouTube has struck back with the usual squid ink trying to obfuscate Google's*absurdly ineffective Content ID and Content Management System ("CMS&quot, most recently to the New York Times.…

Whitecat 15th June 2016 10:50 AM
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Foo Fighters sue UK insurance companies over cancelled European shows - BBC Newsb



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

Whitecat 15th June 2016 10:47 AM
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Trent Reznor: YouTube is built on the back of stolen content | Technology | The Guard



Nine Inch Nails musician and Apple Music executive joins music industry’s debate over Google’s video service: ‘I find YouTube’s business to be very disingenuous’

Whitecat 15th June 2016 09:01 AM
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Rhapsody Is Changing Its Name To Napster - Stereogum



OG streaming service Rhapsody has owned the brand of OG file-sharing service Napster since 2011. They recently relaunched Napster as a Canadian-only streaming

GearAndGuitars 15th June 2016 12:50 AM
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#GoogleMath: No Clue What They Are Paying You — Medium



For one of the richest, most valuable companies in the world, a few extra or less dollars here or there probably doesn’t mean as much as it…

Whitecat 13th June 2016 07:36 PM
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Nikki Sixx ramps up protest against YouTube video royalties | Technology | The Guardi



The former Mötley Crüe member has written to site owners Google, accusing it of stonewalling musicians in negotiations

Whitecat 13th June 2016 09:52 AM
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UK festivals suffer in a costly and crowded field, study shows | Business | The Guard



Study claims more than 1 in 10 festivals will fold amid ever-increasing security and infrastructure costs and tougher competition for ticket sales

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2016 01:42 AM
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Rhapsody / Napster Restructures, Laying Off Staff, Closing San Francisco Office - hy



[UPDATED] Rhapsody and Napster are reportedly closing their San Francisco office and laying off staff in a broad restructuring effort, as the company fights to find profitability in the increasingly competitive streaming music sector. __________________________________________ Rhapsody is closing its long time San Francisco office and laying off staff, according to...

GearAndGuitars 13th June 2016 01:40 AM
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Distributor Allegro Closes, Leaving 100s Of Indie Labels In Limbo - hypebot



The latest victim of the rapid decline in music sales is indie distributor Allegro Media. It's sudden closure has left hundreds of independent labels with their product locked in a warehouse and no distribution. _________________________________________ Music and video distributor Allegro has shut down unexpectedly, laying off employees and leaving dozens...

Whitecat 11th June 2016 09:11 AM
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Amazon is preparing to launch streaming music service – sources | Technology | The



New music offering to be offered at $9.99 a month and aimed at increasing appeal of Amazon Echo home speaker

GearAndGuitars 11th June 2016 02:28 AM
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Emails from 2014 Show Spotify Was Aware of Royalty Problems



Spotify knew about very serious non-payment issues involving songwriters and publishers, with damning emails from early 2014 now surfacing.

Whitecat 10th June 2016 10:44 PM
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Google’s computers are creating songs. Making music may never be the same. - T



Artificial intelligence is making it possible to create new songs in just seconds.

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