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Whitecat 10th January 2017 12:07 AM
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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
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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
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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
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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 What.cd, several torrent giants have left the scene.

GearAndGuitars 8th January 2017 08:49 PM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3 Music Industry Predictions That Flopped In 2016



Where did we fall short this year, and why?

Whitecat 20th December 2016 10:32 AM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Whitecat 12th December 2016 12:52 PM
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Giant 'Mozart 225' Box Set is 2016's Biggest-Selling CD Release | Bill



The massive boxed set of Mozart recordings has emerged as the biggest-selling CD release of the year.

Whitecat 10th December 2016 02:05 AM
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How 'Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer' Became a Holiday Staple | Mental Floss



With more than 11 million copies sold, the kooky country Christmas classic that is "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" is a musical gift that keeps on giving—and that can evidently never be returned.

Whitecat 6th December 2016 06:47 PM
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Independent thinking: can music shops survive on today's high street? | Music | The G



Small retailers everywhere are struggling to compete with online competition. But one classical music store in north London is surviving - and even thriving

GearAndGuitars 5th December 2016 06:46 AM
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Artists Are the Biggest Casualties in the Streaming Wars - DMN



Today's entertainers are leaving money (and data) on the table in their pursuit of more plays on streaming sites. Marketers can learn from their plight.

GearAndGuitars 5th December 2016 06:34 AM
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SiriusXM Could Pay up to $99M as Part of Flo & Eddie Settlement | Billboard



The total amount includes future royalties for a 10-year license.

Whitecat 3rd December 2016 12:55 PM
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Adele tickets are being sold online for £9,000 despite pledge to stop touts | The In



Adele tickets are being sold with huge mark-ups on secondary websites despite a massive effort by the artist to combat ticket touts.* Hundreds of tickets to see Adele at Wembley stadium next summer*appeared for resale on so-called 'secondary ticketing' sites such as*Viagogo and StubHub even before they went on advance sale on her official website.

Whitecat 1st December 2016 12:24 AM
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Taylor Swift is the world's best-paid musician | Music | The Guardian



Singer’s 1989 world tour boosted her earnings to $170m, $60m more than second-placed One Direction, says Forbes

Whitecat 29th November 2016 02:55 PM
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Now that's what I call unstoppable! How a compilation CD survived the digital age | M



Now 95 is sweeping all before it in the Christmas sales rush. How has the no-frills anthology series managed to prosper in the era of streaming?

GearAndGuitars 27th November 2016 04:08 AM
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Audio Rewind: The Mysterious Resurgence of Vinyl and Human Connection | Nerdist



In 1994, the compact disc industry was flourishing. Vinyl was already a distant memory, and the cassette, too, was being removed*from music sales grace year

Whitecat 24th November 2016 02:10 PM
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New BPI report reveals how AI is impacting the music industry - M Magazine



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing how artists write music as well as how it is marketed to fans, a new BPI commissioned report has revealed.

Whitecat 23rd November 2016 03:12 PM
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Hear what may be the first full-length audio book, found in Canada - Home | As It Hap



Matthew Rubery thinks he has found the first full-length audio book, a 1935 recording of Joseph Conrad's 'Typhoon'.

Whitecat 23rd November 2016 12:09 PM
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Can porn sites find success in the mainstream music industry? | Music | The Guardian



An adult website’s premiere of rapper Mykki Blanco’s new music video is the latest move by the video service to reposition itself as a one-stop shop for culture

Whitecat 22nd November 2016 12:06 AM
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American Music Awards Hit All-Time Low Ratings - Stereogum



It turns out that you can't just put a bunch of pop stars in a room together and expect ratings gold. Or, at least, you can't do that anymore. The Dick Clark

Whitecat 21st November 2016 12:41 PM
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Brexit blues: weak pound pushes up guitar prices | Business | The Guardian



US brands Gibson and Fender increase list prices as music stores fear up to 40% rise in price of some instruments

Whitecat 19th November 2016 02:29 PM
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Fighting for Fender: Legacy guitar brand looks to the future



The hallway to Fender CEO Andy Mooney’s office is lined with his personal collection of rare electric guitars, some dating back to the iconic guitar maker’s first year of production in the early 1950s. The guitars are more than artifacts of the storied music brand’s past for Mooney, who became CEO in

Whitecat 18th November 2016 08:18 PM
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Metallica Catalog To Be Available On Napster After 17 Years



After famously sparring in the early 2000s, Metallica and Napster have come to an agreement with the band's music being available via Napster's service.

Whitecat 17th November 2016 02:49 PM
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Copy-and-paste songwriting for a switched-on world | Music | The Guardian



It’s called interpolation – when you sing a riff from someone else’s song over your own – and it’s the sound of pop in 2016. But is it laziness or a clever response to the global playlist?

Whitecat 16th November 2016 11:34 AM
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Ticketing websites 'acting like old-fashioned fences', say MPs | Money | The Guardian



Ticketing firms questioned by Commons committee investigating claims touts use underhand methods to obtain tickets

Whitecat 16th November 2016 10:03 AM
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Pop music was a great leveller. Now it’s a bespoke plaything for the rich | John Ha



Buying albums and watching bands were egalitarian pursuits. Now both reflect society’s wealth divide

GearAndGuitars 14th November 2016 07:32 PM
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Spotify Is Dumping Huge Amounts Of Junk Data On Your Hard Drive, Fix Promised - hypeb



[UPDATE] Spotify users are falling prey to a major bug in its desktop application across multiple platforms that is leaving 10-700 gigabytes and more of junk data every hour on unsuspecting user's hard drives. ________________________________ UPDATE: Version 1-.42.151 is available to most users as of 11/14/2016 For five months or...

Whitecat 14th November 2016 01:00 PM
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Samsung is buying Harman for $8B to further its connected car push | TechCrunch



Samsung is increasing its focus on the connected car after the Korean firm announced plans to buy auto product maker Harman in an all cash deal worth $8..

Whitecat 14th November 2016 11:59 AM
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Amazon launches Spotify rival in the UK | Technology | The Guardian



Library of ‘over 40 million’ songs available with monthly or annual subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited

GearAndGuitars 14th November 2016 04:07 AM
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Google 'taking over the world': Free content fight brews with change at Copyright Office | Chicago Tribune



Music artists are outraged at the dismissal of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, calling it an aggressive attack that bolsters advocates of free content.

Whitecat 10th November 2016 10:31 PM
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Kraftwerk Concert May Be Cancelled Because Of Buenos Aires’ Electronic Music Fe



Earlier this year, Buenos Aires put a ban on electronic music shows (more specifically, concerts that use "synthesizers or samplers as their primary

Whitecat 10th November 2016 02:48 PM
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Universal Music Group Revenues Up Nearly 4 Percent This Year | Billboard



Looking at the first nine months of the company’s fiscal year, ended Sept. 30, UMG turned in a strong performance with revenues up 3.8 percent to €3.62 billion ($4.02 billion) from €3.49 billion ($3.9 billion).

GearAndGuitars 8th November 2016 09:21 PM
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The Wall Street Journal Criticizes Google's "US Copyrights Office Coup&quot



A Wall Street Journal opinion piece criticized Maria Pallante's firing as motivated by Google in their attempt to control the US Copyrights Office.

Whitecat 6th November 2016 01:25 AM
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Neil Young restores catalog to Apple Music, Spotify & other streaming services



Folk/rock artist Neil Young's back catalog has returned to streaming music services including Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify, a report noted on Friday, a little over a year after the musician declared a moratorium over audio quality issues.

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