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Whitecat 20th June 2017 01:30 PM
Apple Music quietly added a $99 annual subscription plan | TechCrunch

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student...

Whitecat 19th June 2017 04:26 PM
Brexit Talks Start, U.K. Entertainment Industry Hopes to Maintain Strong European Tie

Britain and the European Union on Monday started their Brexit talks in Brussels amid hopes in the U.K. entertainment industry that the split will be a soft rather than a hard one.

GearAndGuitars 19th June 2017 06:53 AM
Spotify financials reveal a €539.2m net loss in 2016

Spotify has published its financials for 2016, and they reveal that the company’s net loss increased from €231.4m in 2015 to €539.2m ($601.4m) last year.

GearAndGuitars 19th June 2017 06:53 AM
German High Court Slams Google Over a Sneaky Little Takedown Trick

After a local company found offensive URLs on Google, a German High Court ordered the search giant to remove transparency report notices.

Whitecat 18th June 2017 08:22 AM
Morrissey Accuses HMV Of Attempting To “Freeze Sales” Of The Smiths&#8217

The Smiths' album The Queen Is Dead came out 31 years ago yesterday. In celebration of that anniversary, the band announced a new vinyl reissue of the LP's

Whitecat 16th June 2017 03:42 PM
Bob Seger Catalog Finally Goes On Spotify - Stereogum

One of the biggest major acts who was holding out against the streaming revolution has caged. Bob Seger, the '70s-vintage Detroit classic rocker who remains

Whitecat 14th June 2017 09:33 PM
Gene Simmons is trying to trademark the devil horns hand gesture · N

KISS might be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and he might have received awards for his humanitarian work, but Gene Simmons is still worried about his legacy.

Whitecat 13th June 2017 07:43 PM
Why rock fans are loyal to the brand – not the band | Music | The Guardian

The return of Guns N’ Roses and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow underlines how logos and audience loyalty are more crucial to a group’s success than who is on stage

GearAndGuitars 12th June 2017 06:06 PM
The European perspective on music’s ‘value gap’ (#midem)

The music industry’s arguments about the ‘value gap’ tend to be summarised as ‘rightsholders versus YouTube’. They were explored today at Midem.

Whitecat 10th June 2017 04:01 PM
Hung parliament: What does this mean for the industry? | Media | Music Week

Regardless of where you land on the political spectrum, very few could have predicted the outcome of yesterday’s General Election, as the widely expected Conservative landslide failed to materialise. In fact, despite being the largest party, the Tories also failed to deliver the majority required to take Government, resulting in a hung parliament.

Whitecat 9th June 2017 11:35 PM
Ed Sheeran song 'Shape of You' hits one billion streams on Spotify | The Independent

Ed Sheeran's monster hit 'Shape of You' has reached one billion streams on Spotify.* The song, which was one of two singles released simultaneously at the beginning of his album campaign for ÷ [Divide] in January,*passed the one billion mark in the afternoon on 8 June.*

Whitecat 8th June 2017 11:45 AM
Airline employee got into an argument with a musician over a violin - The Washington

Yennifer Correia told the airline gate agent that checking her 17th-century violin wasn't an option.

Whitecat 7th June 2017 02:04 PM
The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' hits No. 3 in Billboard 50 years later - LA

The 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles' classic album nears the top of Billboard's album chart

GearAndGuitars 4th June 2017 11:41 PM
How to Destroy YouTube & Save the Music Industry

Some of the most powerful people in the music industry hate YouTube. Now, they have a way to destroy it — without destroying fan relationships.

Whitecat 2nd June 2017 08:59 AM
Jerry Garcia’s Wolf Guitar Becomes The 3rd Most Expensive Ever Sold At Auction

Last night, as the Associated Press reports, someone paid $1.9 million for the late Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's Wolf, a famous guitar that Garcia

Whitecat 2nd June 2017 08:55 AM
In $43 Million Settlement, Spotify Forced To Confront A Persistent Problem : The Reco

The streaming service settled a class action lawsuit filed by songwriters who accused Spotify of using their work without a license.

GearAndGuitars 1st June 2017 05:59 PM
YouTube must not be allowed to benefit from 'legalised piracy on an unimaginable

“there are fewer than 2,000 people in the UK today earning above the annual national average salary from their PRO royalties.”

Whitecat 1st June 2017 09:04 AM
Arcade Fire Sign Two-Album Deal With Columbia - Stereogum

Arcade Fire are selling their new song "Everything Now," which is possibly the first single from a new album called Infinite Content, at Primavera Sound

Whitecat 30th May 2017 08:14 PM
Theresa May protest song 'liar liar' hits No 1 on iTunes

Captain Ska's song, which calls the PM a "liar", has been banned by radio stations despite reaching No 1 on iTunes.

GearAndGuitars 30th May 2017 05:28 AM
Review: Pirated music is free, but artists pay a price | Features |

MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. By Jonathan Taplin. Little, Brown. 308 pages. $29.

GearAndGuitars 30th May 2017 05:19 AM
Music piracy still popular in age of music streaming: CHART - Business Insider

The new piracy method of choice is called stream ripping.

Whitecat 29th May 2017 08:53 AM
Booming Blackpool: the musical rebirth sweeping Britain's coastal towns | Music | The

As Britons head for the beach for bank holiday Monday, we examine how the UK’s seaside resorts are becoming hotbeds of everything from DIY grime to escapist pop

Whitecat 28th May 2017 04:26 PM
Coke made a label that doubles as a wristband for music festivals

Coke is partnering with Romanian music festivals

Whitecat 28th May 2017 03:26 PM
Why Do Amusement Parks Still Crank Songs From The '80s? : All Songs Considered : NPR

Everything changes — except theme-park playlists, where REO Speedwagon, Journey and Supertramp have never gone out of style. Why is that, exactly?

Whitecat 27th May 2017 11:02 PM
Don't Worry, Your MP3s Are Safe: A Frank Discussion On The Future Of A Format : The R

The survival of the MP3 is more complicated than the lapse of a patent and its marketplace by its inventors. A wide-ranging discussion with professor Jonathan Sterne helps us unpack its implications.

Whitecat 27th May 2017 12:24 PM
Spotify hopes going public will cement streaming as music's future | Technology | The

As music industry celebrates second straight year of growth, service hopes to buck trend of tech industry disappointments on Wall Street

Whitecat 27th May 2017 10:56 AM
Spotify Settles Class Action Lawsuits Filed By David Lowery And Melissa Ferrick With

Spotify has reached a settlement with a group of songwriters who had sued for copyright infringement, eliminating an potential complication to the public

Whitecat 24th May 2017 09:19 AM
PayPal sues Pandora over similar logo | New York Post

Pandora’s logo change isn’t music to PayPal’s ears. The digital-payment company says Pandora’s big blue “P,” unveiled in October, damages its...

Whitecat 24th May 2017 08:23 AM
DJ Shadow: 'Music has never been worth less, and yet sampling has never been more ris

In Australia for a ‘block party’ curated by the Avalanches at the Sydney Opera House, the pioneering DJ spoke about the evolving challenges of his craft

Whitecat 24th May 2017 08:15 AM
Guildford Spectrum and Woking Leisure Centre have dropped music contracts and people

One disgruntled customer says they think teachers will leave and classes will be "miserable"
A very local issue in the U.K. at the moment but may be symptomatic of something greater...
GearAndGuitars 23rd May 2017 10:27 PM
Piracy is theft - Tech News | The Star Online

Illegal streaming may be convenient, but at the end of the day, it is still illegal.

GearAndGuitars 22nd May 2017 03:59 AM
How the Internet financially kills musicians and other artists - The Washington Post

Jonathan Taplin says hope of digital democratization is now dominance by a powerful few.

GearAndGuitars 20th May 2017 07:10 AM
A Leaked Financial Report Shows Spotify's Losses More Than Doubling

Ahead of their long-awaited IPO, a leaked financial report given to investors show that Spotify's losses continue growing.

Whitecat 19th May 2017 08:26 PM
How and Why Has "Mr Brightside" Never Left the UK Charts? - Noisey


An Important Roundtable Discussion.

GearAndGuitars 19th May 2017 02:21 AM
If Only Artists and Managers Had Listened To Us : Spotify Per Stream Rates Keep Dropp

We hate to say we told ya so, but... Below is our post from September 2015. Two years ago we predicted the inevitable truth of the all you can eat Spotify subcription model. Like many of our predictions and proposals (example; windowing titles) we've had to wait for the industry to catch up to us.…

GearAndGuitars 19th May 2017 02:20 AM
Exclusive Report: Spotify Artist Payments Are Declining In 2017, Data Shows

As Spotify prepares for their IPO, they may have forgotten one thing: artist payouts. A new chart shows that musicians are earning less on the service.

Whitecat 16th May 2017 11:23 AM
Pirates pirate Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and demand ransom from Disney - The Verge

Hackers claim to have stolen the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are demanding that Disney pay a ransom or else have it released online, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline. ...

Whitecat 16th May 2017 09:44 AM
PWR BTTM’s music is being pulled from digital stores and streaming services

A few days ago, indie rock band PWR BTTM was dropped from its label after sexual assault allegations against member Ben Hopkins began to surface.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2017 03:19 AM
For Sale: Pandora Internet Radio (Serious Offers Only)

After losing nearly $750 million, Pandora Radio received a $150 million investment. However, as losses mount, will anyone purchase the company?

Whitecat 14th May 2017 08:31 AM
Famous Hollywood recording studio Grandmaster Recorders sold for redevelopment - LA T

Legendary Hollywood recording studio Grandmaster Recorders to become restaurant

Whitecat 14th May 2017 01:28 AM
‘It’s two hit songs then off’ – artists fight festivals’ shorter sets | Mus

Insiders say ‘stack ’em high’ formula of packing as many bands in as possible is driving performers away

GearAndGuitars 13th May 2017 05:23 AM
BPI and IFPI slam Google-commissioned report claiming YouTube is not bad for biz |

The new report suggests that YouTube is not having a negative impact on the music industry, stating “without YouTube, 85% of time spent listening to it would be lost or shifted to lower or similar value channels”.

Whitecat 12th May 2017 09:31 AM
Apple is bringing iTunes to the Windows Store - The Verge

Apple is planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft revealed it has been working with Apple to get...

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