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Whitecat 4th October 2019 01:34 PM
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Profits at Spotify's UK division climbed by 95% in 2018



Profits at Spotify’s UK division jumped by more than 95% to £6.8m in 2018.

Whitecat 3rd October 2019 10:44 PM
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No-deal Brexit may make touring Europe 'unviable' for UK artists | Music | The Guardi



Bands, theatre groups and sports clubs could be badly hit by need for visas, carnets and documents

Whitecat 30th September 2019 12:25 PM
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YouTube Music app to replace Google Play Music on Android | Science & Tech News | Sky



Google's music streaming apps have performed much worse than those from rivals, despite Android's hold over the mobile market.

Whitecat 27th September 2019 03:37 PM
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Robert Fripp Battles With David Bowie’s Estate Over Credits – Variety



Guitarist Robert Fripp is in a dispute with David Bowie’s estate over what he feels is improper credit on the late singer’s albums.

Whitecat 27th September 2019 10:22 AM
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Why Are Recording Professionals Working For Free? | Headliner Magazine



Whether it’s due to doing a favour or being held to ransom, the facts don’t lie: recording professionals are not being paid for their work.

Whitecat 26th September 2019 05:14 PM
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Column: How the rise of streaming might turn Hollywood musicians into an endangered s



As streaming takes over the entertainment production world, musicians are being left behind.

Whitecat 26th September 2019 09:40 AM
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Led Zeppelin ordered to go back on trial in 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright



The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a 2016 jury verdict that the band did not steal any original music from a little-known 1968 track.

Whitecat 25th September 2019 08:16 PM
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The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the Internet – Rolling Stone



Twelve years. Thousands of hours of sleuthing. No answers. On the hunt for the three most enigmatic minutes of music.

Whitecat 24th September 2019 12:34 PM
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Beloved BB King 'Lucille' guitar sells for $280,000 at auction | Music | The Guardian



Auction of items from blues guitarist’s estate totals $1.3m, with prize item a prototype Gibson guitar that was stolen and later returned

Whitecat 23rd September 2019 09:37 PM
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Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986 – Rolling Stone



If current growth trends continue, the revenue generated by record sales is likely to surpass the revenue generated by CDs.

Whitecat 19th September 2019 04:09 PM
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Producers are losing millions in royalties every year – here's what you can do abou



A lack of data, information, and will has left electronic music producers lagging way behind their commercial counterparts.

Whitecat 19th September 2019 07:28 AM
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Pollstar Makes Case for Metallica as "Biggest All-Time Touring Band" | Cons



Metallica just might be the "world's biggest touring act," at least according to a new breakdown by concert trade publication Pollstar.

Whitecat 13th September 2019 07:00 PM
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"Changes are overdue": Coldplay's Chris Martin spearheads UK Music drive fo



Coldplay's Chris Martin has joined forces with UK Music to spearhead its campaign to end discrimination against self-employed parents in the music industry. You can find out all the details here...

Whitecat 12th September 2019 11:45 PM
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The Music Biz Will Split From California If The New ‘Gig Law’ Sticks, Warn Artist



The music biz will check out of the Hotel California if Gov. Newsom signs the controversial “gig economy” bill, warn music industry groups who say they hit a wall in negotiations with the musicians’ union.

Whitecat 12th September 2019 04:00 PM
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Spotify Acquires Music Production Marketplace SoundBetter | Hollywood Reporter



Audio streaming giant Spotify Technology has acquired SoundBetter, a music and audio production and collaboration marketplace, for an undisclosed price tag, saying: "As we build out our tools for creators, we want to give them the resources they need to thrive."

Whitecat 11th September 2019 03:49 PM
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Esthero Protests Streaming Royalties In The Middle Of Her New Song - Stereogum



The Canada-born, LA-based singer and songwriter Esthero has been making music steadily since the late-'90s trip-hop era. She's worked with André 3000, Timbaland

Whitecat 7th September 2019 06:24 PM
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Text-Only NPR.org : The Many Requirements Of Hold Music, A Genre For No One

Someone is late for the conference call, so the music starts. "Well, I've been sitting here all day," the song begins, sort of croony, with a vaguely country affect — the kind of opening that leads you to expect there is, somewhere, an ex-lover who probably isn't coming back. A certain variety of pining. But then, a few bars in, a turn: "Yes I'm waiting on this conference call, all alone. And I'm on hold, yes I'm on hold... I hope it's not all day, ey!"

Whitecat 4th September 2019 12:22 PM
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UK Music CEO warns no-deal Brexit could make touring 'unviable' - MUSIC:ED



Michael Dugher highlights growing concerns that the impact of a no-deal Brexit could make touring potentially unviable for many in the UK live music industry.

Whitecat 4th September 2019 11:19 AM
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Icelandic Artist Royalties No Longer Subject to Income Tax – Iceland Review



Revenue from copyrighted material will now be taxed as capital gains in Iceland, and therefore not subject to income tax, RÚV reports.

Whitecat 1st September 2019 09:05 AM
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Report: Historic lost tapes from Allen Toussaint's studio found at Los Angeles flea m



Hundreds of historic reel-to-reel tapes from Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Recording Studio that were taken out of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ended up at a California flea market, the Los

Whitecat 1st September 2019 08:12 AM
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The coming death of just about every rock legend



Rock music isn't dead, but it's barely hanging on.

This is true in at least two senses.

Whitecat 25th August 2019 11:07 AM
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The sound systems of Notting Hill carnival: 'I'll stop when I can't walk' | Culture |



With customised speakers pumping out earthquaking bass, sound systems are the booming heart of carnival. A selection of operators talk about 50 years of playing records from reggae to grime. Plus: a map of the sounds at this year’s event

Whitecat 23rd August 2019 10:28 PM
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Hasbro Now Owns Death Row Records - Stereogum



In a wild turn of events, Death Row Records is now owned by Hasbro, the gargantuan toy and board game company that is behind My Little Pony, Furby, Monopoly, G.

Whitecat 22nd August 2019 09:38 PM
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Will merch save or doom the music industry?



Taylor Swift, BTS, and Travis $cott have followed Kanye West in the merch race—and it’s only the beginning.

Whitecat 22nd August 2019 12:46 AM
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Taylor Swift Confirms Plans To Re-Record Her Masters Following Scooter Braun Deal - S



Taylor Swift has a plan to get her masters back. In clips from an interview with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday Morning, the music superstar revealed that she

Whitecat 20th August 2019 08:18 PM
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Battle monsters at a Korn concert in the pinnacle of video game experiences



Back in February, the EDM producer Marshmello held a live, in-game concert in Fortnite. Depending on your point of view (and, let’s be honest, age) this was either a monumental convergence of two massive bits of cultural phenomena, or absolutely bewildering. Certainly there is something intriguing about the idea of a live performance from a real-world artist held in a shared online space, so what if, instead of a DJ whose main rival is a chicken restaurant and a game for shrieking children, there was a similar experience for mature, refined adults? What if Korn played a live show in an obscure MMORPG that’s only available on mobile and PC?

Whitecat 20th August 2019 07:05 PM
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Do traditional album cycles help or hinder artists? Two NME writers fight it out

The traditional album cycle of releasing an album every couple of years, then touring it, is no longer the norm; but is this a good thing?

Whitecat 20th August 2019 06:52 PM
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Neil Young’s Lonely Quest to Save Music - The New York Times



He says low-quality streaming is hurting our songs and our brains. Is he right?

Whitecat 20th August 2019 04:48 PM
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'It's an act of defiance': the rise of all-female festival lineups | Music | The Guar



Major music festivals such as Reading and Leeds continue to feature mostly male artists, but a number of events are fighting back by removing men from the billing altogether

Whitecat 17th August 2019 06:05 PM
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Digging into concert setlist data: Which artists play the same songs over and over? |



Have you ever considered how much thought a band gives to the songs they play in their live sets? How much does their setlist vary for each venue they play on a tour?

Whitecat 14th August 2019 11:03 AM
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New bands: own your masters, it’s more important than you think

In the light of the sale of Taylor Swift’s back catalogue to Scooter Braun, and the recently publicised Universal warehouse fire of 2008, it’s becoming ever more apparent that to have control over your artistic future, you should keep hold of those special original tapes

Whitecat 12th August 2019 11:13 AM
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UK consumers switch to online streaming en masse | Business | The Guardian



Retailers suffer as DVD, CD and video games sales plunge by up to a fifth

Whitecat 10th August 2019 11:41 AM
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Men Used to Dominate Jamaican Dancehall. These Women Are Changing That. - The New Yor



For most of its history, dancehall has been a male-dominated genre. Meet four of the women who are changing that.

Whitecat 9th August 2019 12:04 PM
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Woodstock, a Utopia? Not for Every Generation - The New York Times



Being born in the ’90s means the 1969 festival feels like the husk of a dream, the musician Lucy Dacus writes.

Whitecat 8th August 2019 02:26 PM
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Britons break second £100m-a-week digital streaming milestone | Technology | The Gua



Consumers spent total of £3.3bn on entertainment products in first six months

Whitecat 7th August 2019 03:41 PM
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No-deal Brexit: 'Big unanswered questions' for UK music - BBC News



Touring will be "chaos" and copyright is "up in the air" after a no-deal Brexit, warn music bosses.

Whitecat 2nd August 2019 07:30 PM
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Kraftwerk win 20-year sampling case over Metal On Metal - BBC News



The European Court of Justice rules musicians cannot “sample” other artists' records without permission.

Whitecat 2nd August 2019 04:09 PM
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Pollstar | Exclusive: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide Tour’ To Break U2’s All-Time Touring Record Tonight



Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour will tonight officially break U2’s 360 Tour's all-time highest grossing tour record from 2011.

Whitecat 2nd August 2019 11:38 AM
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Katy Perry told to pay $550k to Christian rapper Flame - BBC News



She has to pay a portion of the $2.7m settlement out of her own pocket.

Whitecat 31st July 2019 08:46 PM
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It is finished: Woodstock 50 goes up in smoke



Woodstock 50 is dead. As dead as the flower power of the ‘60s. As dead as nu-metal’s chokehold over 1999. As dead as Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock was at the box office.

Whitecat 31st July 2019 05:11 PM
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Spotify Grows to 108M Paid Subscribers Compared to Apple Music's 60M - MacRumors



Spotify today announced that it has grown to 108 million paid subscribers globally as of June 30, 2019. That number is an increase from 100 million...

Whitecat 30th July 2019 01:09 PM
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Katy Perry loses copyright case against Christian rapper Flame | Music | The Guardian



Her US No 1 hit Dark Horse was found to have a similar beat to Flame’s track Joyful Noise

Whitecat 29th July 2019 04:27 PM
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When will the white rockumentary conveyor belt end? | Film | The Guardian



Blinded By the Light and Yesterday are essentially uncritical, feature-length promos for heritage bands, and there’s more to come

Whitecat 29th July 2019 12:21 PM
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Rising numbers of younger fans spark a UK jazz renaissance | Music | The Guardian



Streaming sites report growth in young listeners and festivals are signing up more jazz acts

Whitecat 28th July 2019 08:20 PM
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A Look At The Future Of Music Licensing - hypebot



If you're looking to use someone's music that you don't have the rights to, you'll need to get some form of official license from the copyright holder. These types of licenses are pervasive in every aspect of the music industry, but the ways in which music licensing works is changing...

Whitecat 28th July 2019 05:37 PM
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Tips for making it big in the music industry - BBC News



Streaming has changed the game - and older artists such as Franz Ferdinand are benefiting too

Whitecat 26th July 2019 07:32 PM
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'Hello Tunbridge Wells!' Why uncool small festivals are big business | Music | The Gu



Forget Glastonbury and Reading. There’s a whole world of more modest shindigs that attract loyal followings – and give a lifeline to faded bands

Whitecat 25th July 2019 10:01 AM
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These Women Are Changing New York’s D.J. Game. Watch Them Work. - The New York Time



Women in New York who are still dealing with the nuances of working as D.J.s in a traditionally male industry have started forming collectives to promote each other — and to get paid.

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