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GearAndGuitars 4th February 2017 06:43 AM
Is Spotify Going Bankrupt In 2017? Wall Street Delivers Another Red Flag

Wall Street is rejecting their IPO. A $1.5 billion debt pile is now a ticking time bomb. Is this the year that Spotify collapses?

Whitecat 31st January 2017 10:12 PM
Prince’s music is coming to streaming services February 12 · Newsw

Yesterday, we told you about speculation, fueled by cryptic purple Spotify billboards, that Prince’s back catalog—which the Artist fiercely protected during his life—would be coming to Spotify and Apple Music after his death. Well, that speculation has now been confirmed

Whitecat 31st January 2017 10:54 AM
5 Female Producers to Watch in 2017 | Milk

5 Female Producers to Watch in 2017 on Milk | Step aside, gender stereotypes: the music industry is getting a heavy dose of female influence, and it goes…

Whitecat 30th January 2017 11:04 PM
Where concert ticket money goes: who's getting rich off live music's golden age? | Mu

The money you’re forking over to see your favourite band is paying for an entire touring ecosystem, including artists, promoters, sets and medical staff

GearAndGuitars 30th January 2017 07:12 AM
YouTube Pays Indies 10% Of What Spotify Does, says Merlin CEO - hypebot

[UPDATED] One of the many current battles between tech and the music industry is the size and fairness of YouTube payments to creators and rightsholders. Charles Caldas, the CEO of indie licensing trade group Merlin, threw some gas on the fire during a presentation in London. _____________________________________ Music streaming “fundamentally...

GearAndGuitars 30th January 2017 12:33 AM
YouTube’s Value Gap is the Record Industry’s Biggest Problem To Fix, and

If the record industry is serious about growing streaming revenues (and the digital economy in general) it must address the problems with the exploitative practices of Google's YouTube. We've been lucky to be supplied with Content ID data from the same source as our previous data - so we added that into the mix to…

GearAndGuitars 26th January 2017 10:06 PM
Spotify's Latest Offer To Labels: A 14% Lower Royalty Rate - hypebot

Spotify, YouTube and other music streamers are locked in tough re-negotiations with the major labels. But for Spotify, the stakes are the highest. The largest music streamer, which loses millions of dollars quarterly, is planning an IPO this year. __________________________________ Spotify's latest offer to record labels marks an almost 14%...

Whitecat 25th January 2017 02:35 PM
Tributes to WorldStarHiphop founder Lee 'Q' O'Denat - BBC Newsbeat

Lee O'Denat, the founder of legendary website WorldStarHiphop, has died following a reported heart attack.
Known as "Q" and described as a "brilliant businessman" he originally set out to publish and share mix tapes.

Whitecat 21st January 2017 09:23 PM
Cassette album sales rise by 74% in 2016 - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

Cassettes are having an unexpected revival with sales almost doubling in 2016, driven by speciality releases by Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.

Whitecat 20th January 2017 10:12 PM
Spotify has a lot of catching up to do to reach Netflix's numbers - Business Insider

Netflix’s numbers shine some stark light on the distance Spotify has to travel in order to reach an important goal.

Whitecat 20th January 2017 08:50 PM
Jam band Slightly Stoopid presses $6,000 worth of hash into entirely stupid LP

Slightly Stoopid, a San Diego jam band that describes its music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae, and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal, and punk,” likes to smoke weed. The group has released albums like Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid, and has given a number of its tours pot-related names—the Blazed And Confused tour of 2009, the Legalize It tour of 2010, the Seedless Summer tour of 2011, and so on.

Whitecat 20th January 2017 12:58 AM
Jack White’s Third Man Records is opening a vinyl production facility in Detroit

Penning a figurative love letter to the alt-rocker’s preferred musical medium, as well as to his financially troubled hometown, Jack White’s Third Man Records has announced that it’s opening its own vinyl pressing factory in Detroit.

Whitecat 19th January 2017 12:56 AM
Paul McCartney Sues Sony Over Beatles Copyrights - Stereogum

Paul McCartney has sued Sony Music, asserting that he intends to reclaim US publishing ownership of Beatles songs that he wrote or co-wrote -- songs whose

GearAndGuitars 18th January 2017 06:15 PM
Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Ne

The BPI announced that ‘album equivalent sales’ were up by 1.6% in volume terms in 2016, with vinyl and streaming identified as the key drivers. Many people retain a nostalgic soft spot for vinyl, so an apparently vinyl led revival is always going to get people’s attention. But not only is vinyl not the future…

Whitecat 17th January 2017 05:26 PM
The Academy won’t hear The Neon Demon’s terrific sound design over its unpopularity

What it would do as an Oscar nominee for Sound Mixing is offer a decidedly different approach than the more realistic recreations of gunfire or drum solos.

Whitecat 17th January 2017 03:59 PM
Remembering Trash: the London club night that defined the rock'n'rave era | Music | T

Erol Alkan, LCD Soundsystem, 2ManyDJs and Bloc Party were all regulars at the feted Monday night party destination, which shut its doors 10 years ago this month. They recall an eclectic, eccentric event that reshaped UK nightlife

GearAndGuitars 16th January 2017 10:10 PM
Updated! Streaming Price Bible w/ 2016 Rates : Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal,

The last time we did this was back in 2014, so we thought it was time for an update. Not a lot of surprises but as we predicted when streaming numbers grow, the per stream rate will drop. This data set is isolated to the calendar year 2016 and represents an indie label with an…

Whitecat 16th January 2017 07:49 PM
A day at the Village - how L.A.'s legendary record studio cleaned up its act

It’s more than fate that has brought Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie to Studio D, the recording suite inside this one-time Masonic temple.

Whitecat 16th January 2017 07:35 PM
From anti-releases to 1-inch records: 13 albums you have to work too hard to hear

Obsessive music fans are a strange ilk. Not only will they fill their homes with every deluxe reissue of a record, but they’ll take on some barely functional curiosities, too.

Whitecat 16th January 2017 12:35 AM
Jimmy Iovine on Apple Music Expansion Reports | Hollywood Reporter

"We're going to do whatever hits popular cultural smack on the nose," Iovine said when asked about Apple's reported expansion.

GearAndGuitars 15th January 2017 05:14 AM
Trent Reznor blames “toxic” social media for ruining music

Nine Inch Nails mastermind and Oscar winning composer Trent Reznor is disappointed with music and he thinks social media is to blame.

Whitecat 14th January 2017 10:45 PM
Are Coldplay and Justin Bieber's fan-made music videos just cheap marketing ploys? |

Chris Martin and co are the latest act to succumb to the fad for homemade vids. When will this lazy trend end?

Whitecat 13th January 2017 09:31 PM
Top 10 Schools for Music Recording Technology & Audio Design - College Magazine

Do you dream, sleep and breathe music recording? Does the thought of getting down and dirty in technology make your heart sing? Look no further.

GearAndGuitars 12th January 2017 12:59 AM
Pandora Loses $150 Million In Value As Stock Drops Again On Monday - hypebot

Pandora stock dropped for the second trading day in a row on Monday after news that SiriusXM was "unlikely" to buy the music streaming service. As of mid-morning, the stock had fallen almost 6% since opening on Friday to $12.26. ______________________________________ Pandora stock lost almost $150 million in value on...

Whitecat 11th January 2017 08:08 PM
Pop pileup: music's crowded chorus of producers, rappers and bit-part players | Music

Clean Bandit’s Christmas hit Rockabye with Sean Paul and Anne-Marie is only the latest popular track to have a silly number of headliners. What lies behind this drive for communal credits?

Whitecat 10th January 2017 03:54 PM
Spotify offers Barack Obama a job as 'President of Playlists' - BBC News

The music streaming service is seeking a "President of Playlists" with "eight years' experience".

Whitecat 10th January 2017 12:07 AM
Upper reaches of music industry 'a man's world', diversity study finds | Business | T

UK Music taskforce finds that women make up 59% of entry-level business roles, but only 30% of senior executives

GearAndGuitars 9th January 2017 09:23 PM
Peter Bart: How Content Creators Are Exploited By Monoliths Apple, Google, Facebook

Will Taylor Swift ultimately emerge as a role model for musicians, writers and other artists toiling in the pastures of pop culture? This could become reality because the pop megastar took on a role usually assumed by investigative journalists: She decided to "follow the money." So when she

Whitecat 9th January 2017 07:15 PM
No need to fret: Metal Hammer magazine saved from closure | Media | The Guardian

Future Publishing buys firm’s classic magazines, websites and events including 30-year-old Metal Hammer for £800,000

GearAndGuitars 8th January 2017 09:00 PM
2016 Was The Year Torrent Giants Fell - TorrentFreak

2016 has been a memorable year for torrent users but not in a good way. Over a period of just a few months, several of the largest torrent sites vanished from the scene. From KickassTorrents, through Torrentz to, several torrent giants have left the scene.

GearAndGuitars 8th January 2017 08:49 PM
A Turntable Reborn Turns Its Back on Its Hip-Hop Legacy

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan — In the sofa-appointed listening room of a factory north of Tokyo, hi-fi fans can listen to vintage vinyl records on a sound system costing $45,000, including a sleek silver turntable. Musical choices include rock — the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” sounding warm and vivid through four-foot-tall speakers — jazz and classical.

Not on the menu: hip-hop.

GearAndGuitars 8th January 2017 08:46 PM
Universal, Sony and Warner Music, Pandora, RIAA Announce Support for Hi-Res Audio Str

A large swath of the music business have announced their support for studio-quality hi-res audio for music streaming.

Whitecat 6th January 2017 09:22 PM
Record sales: vinyl hits 25-year high | Music | The Guardian

LP sales up by 53% on 2015 after deaths of many music greats throughout the year and a trend for returning to ‘tangible music’

Whitecat 6th January 2017 09:44 AM
Norway to become 1st country to switch off FM radio - World - CBC News

Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit.

Whitecat 6th January 2017 09:32 AM
British Retail Group Points to Music as Entertainment's Fastest-Growing Sector |

Music revenues in the U.K. grew by 4.6 percent in 2016 -- driving music, video and games sales to an all-time high of £6.3 billion ($7.8 billion), according to annual figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

GearAndGuitars 5th January 2017 11:49 PM
SoundCloud "may run out of cash this year" after $52 million loss in 2015

Its funding may run out if its subscription service isn't a hit.

Whitecat 5th January 2017 09:37 PM
Syncing feeling lifts music industry - BBC News

Bands used to be accused of "selling out" if a TV programme or commercial used their music, but now "sync licensing" is a big earner for them.

Whitecat 5th January 2017 04:24 PM
Global grime, political struggle and a Chinese pop explosion – what will be 2017’

Will 2017 see a rock revival? Or will R&B and dancehall-pop still reign? We asked experts from across the music industry – including Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and Charli XCX what lies ahead

Whitecat 30th December 2016 09:27 PM
Adele and Coldplay lead 2016's album sales | Music | The Guardian

Singer’s album, 25, was UK’s top seller for second year, with Michael Ball, Justin Bieber and Elvis Presley also making the top five

Whitecat 29th December 2016 05:42 PM
Music streaming hailed as industry's saviour as labels enjoy profit surge | Technolog

Some record labels have had their biggest rise in revenue in over a decade thanks to services such as Spotify and Apple Music

Whitecat 26th December 2016 06:17 PM
3 Music Industry Predictions That Flopped In 2016

Where did we fall short this year, and why?

Whitecat 20th December 2016 10:32 AM
Jobs lost as rock music media firm Team Rock collapses - BBC News

More than 70 people are laid off following the collapse of South Lanarkshire-based rock music media firm Team Rock Ltd.

GearAndGuitars 19th December 2016 03:35 AM
Why You'll Never Get Rich on YouTube (In One Easy Diagram)

It's not that YouTube won't help to you build an audience (it will). But it definitely shouldn't be your long-term focus (unless you like being broke).

GearAndGuitars 19th December 2016 03:33 AM
1 Year Jailtime for The Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrents Uploader

A Liverpool man pleaded guilty to uploading over 200 UK Top 40 singles on The Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrents. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Whitecat 16th December 2016 03:10 PM
President Obama Signs Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016 - By The Wavs

This is big news for anyone who struggles to buy tickets online. Today, President Obama has signed the “Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016 which makes it illegal to use software to purchase tickets online.

Whitecat 16th December 2016 11:06 AM
R&B is in a golden age – and 2016 was its most potent year yet | Music | The Guardi

From Beyoncé and Frank Ocean to Dawn Richard and Laura Mvula, there was a sense that artists saw success as a means to an end, whether that was speaking out or pushing boundaries

Whitecat 13th December 2016 01:47 PM
Neil Young is turning Pono into a high-res music streaming service - The Verge

Neil Young’s quixotic quest for glorious mobile audio seems to be shape-shifting into something more practical than the Pono player but only modestly less difficult of a sell. Young is working to...

Whitecat 13th December 2016 09:32 AM
Nashville’s storied music spaces threatened with silence | PBS NewsHour

Downtown Nashville has been a backbone of the nation’s music industry for more than six decades, giving the nation stars such as Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. But the increasing demand for new apartments and office buildings is threatening its historic music spaces. Jeffrey Brown reports on the city’s struggle to find a balance between preserving history and making room for the future.

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