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Whitecat 5th January 2018 11:56 AM
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theMU - Did you sign a recording contract in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or 1990s?



The MU is collating case studies of members who have recording agreements that date back to before the emergence of downloads and streaming as the predominant way in which consumers listen to recorded music.

Whitecat 5th January 2018 09:34 AM
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Jimmy Iovine Reportedly Leaving Apple Music - Stereogum



Look for Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August. The former Interscope CEO joined Apple in 2014 after selling Beats, the the music service and

Whitecat 5th January 2018 09:24 AM
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Hip-hop and R&B overtake rock as biggest music genre in US | Music | The Guardian



Nielsen music report says genres accounted for eight of top 10 albums in 2017, including by Bruno Mars and Drake

GearAndGuitars 5th January 2018 12:16 AM
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Why Did Wixen Just File A $1.6B Lawsuit Against Spotify: The Music Modernization Act



A clause in The Music Modernization Act, a proposed U.S. law filed just weeks ago, prompted Wixen, the publisher for 50,000 songs by 2000 songwriters including Tom Petty, Neil Young and Weezer, to file a $1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify alleging massive streaming of songs without licences. _________________________________ "We have...

Whitecat 4th January 2018 11:10 AM
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Spotify Confidentially Files For Its IPO - Stereogum



Spotify chose the sleepy week between Christmas and New Year's to file confidential IPO documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a move that

GearAndGuitars 4th January 2018 12:25 AM
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Less Than 2% of Content Creators on Patreon Earn Monthly Minimum Wage



Content creators were expected to earn $150 million on Patreon in 2017. But, before you quit your day job, you should probably check out this study first.

Whitecat 3rd January 2018 01:14 AM
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Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for two decades | Business |



Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998

Whitecat 2nd January 2018 09:08 PM
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Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young So



As the new year begins, the music industry could be set for an epochal moment. Hopes are running high for the first significant reform of music licensing rules

GearAndGuitars 30th December 2017 05:41 AM
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Can You Really Make a Living Off of Spotify Royalty Payments?



One musician had a simple question. How many people had actually earned enough money from Spotify streams? He received a wave of unexpected answers.

Whitecat 29th December 2017 01:32 PM
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Five visions for the future of music - BBC News



What will 2018 look like for fans, bands and artists?

GearAndGuitars 27th December 2017 08:24 PM
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SiriusXM Hit With Big Rate Hike by Copyright Royalty Board – Variety



SiriusXM will be increasing by 40% its royalty payments to artists and labels for the period beginning*Jan. 1*and extending through 2022.

GearAndGuitars 27th December 2017 08:21 PM
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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against DOJ's '100% Licensing' Requirement



US publishers just scored a major victory against the DOJ's 100% licensing requirement.

GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2017 06:29 AM
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Facebook and Universal Music Group sign deal to allow users to upload songs in videos



Facebook has agreed to a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group to allow its users to upload music in their videos. The agreement, which also covers Instagram and Oculus, will...

GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2017 06:27 AM
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Comcast throttling BitTorrent was no big deal, FCC says | Ars Technica



Net neutrality rules unnecessary because ISPs will do the right thing, Pai says.

GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2017 06:25 AM
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Ajit Pai and the FCC want it to be legal for Comcast to block BitTorrent - The Verge



This is what happens when you’re honest about killing net neutrality

Whitecat 22nd December 2017 10:00 PM
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Turntables are golden as UK retailers report bumper Christmas sales | Business | The



HMV predicts turntables will be its top-selling technology product, beating both headphones and speaker docks

Whitecat 22nd December 2017 05:22 AM
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Beatles' favourite Vox getting back to where it once belonged in UK | London Evening



Vox, the musical equipment maker beloved by the Beatles and U2, is returning to its British roots by exploring plans to shift more production back  from Asia. The 60-year-old engineering group, founded in Dartford, is looking to onshore a small number of highly skilled jobs from Vietnam after a successful test run building handcrafted amps in the UK.

Whitecat 20th December 2017 11:18 PM
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Audiotonix Buys Solid State Logic | TVNewsCheck.com



James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix, said: "We are growing the Audiotonix Group with professional audio brands that have exceptional technology, committed people and a real passion for what they do.

Whitecat 20th December 2017 04:29 PM
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U.S. Court of Appeals Sides With Songwriters, Publishers on Fractionalized Licensing



As the music industry heads into the holiday season, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals just gave songwriters and music publishers a gift with its decision that the consent decree allows fractionalized licensing.

Whitecat 17th December 2017 04:40 AM
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Former Warner Bros. Staffer Unearths Sealed Copies Of Prince’s Black Album, Dis



In 1987, Prince was supposed to release an LP called The Black Album. But after he became convinced that the album was "evil," the Purple One decided to shelve

Whitecat 11th December 2017 08:33 PM
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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app? - BBC News



Rivalry against Spotify and augmented reality ambitions are two possible reasons for the takeover.

Whitecat 11th December 2017 07:00 PM
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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam | Article [AMP] | Reuters



Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

Whitecat 10th December 2017 09:19 PM
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Indies feel pushed out of vinyl boom as 'dad rock' sells in record numbers | Music |



Small labels report lengthy production delays as big stars monopolise Europe’s two main pressing plants

Whitecat 9th December 2017 01:25 PM
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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source |

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Whitecat 7th December 2017 07:04 PM
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Apple 'On Schedule' to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019



Apple is scheduling a complete removal of music downloads from the iTunes Store by 2019, part of an aggressive transition towards streaming.

Whitecat 7th December 2017 02:07 AM
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Caroline Polachek Pulls Out Of Moogfest Over Lineup Announcement - Stereogum



The Durham, NC-based experimental festival Moogfest announced its initial 2018 lineup today with a list focusing on the female, nonbinary, and transgender

Whitecat 6th December 2017 06:48 PM
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Federal Judge Asks Spotify: 'How Many Songs Have You Infringed, Anyway?'



Spotify's licensing problems went from bad to worse.* And these damages could be seriously catastrophic. Here's the latest from New York.

Whitecat 5th December 2017 10:09 PM
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How Dua Lipa became the most streamed woman of 2017 | Music | The Guardian



Her smash hit New Rules gave relationship advice to an army of young women, making her more popular than Beyoncé and Rihanna – and her carefully nurtured rise could change the music industry for good

Whitecat 5th December 2017 05:32 PM
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Mariah Carey is still making a ****-ton of money off “All I Want For Christmas Is Y



There’s one of them at every winter holiday gathering. “Happy capitalist exploitation day!” they’ll sarcastically intone, or maybe just cheerfully snark, “Happy buy people stuff month.” Yes, there is always someone ready to ruin your holiday cheer with their bold, no-holds-barred ability to point out that these yearly rituals involve purchasing gifts, and that means participating in the exchange of money for goods and/or services. While they are fearlessly drawing attention to the fact that the holiday involves doing the same thing you do every other day—buy stuff, only in this case you do it to be nice to others, you monster—you’re presumably (hopefully) on your third whiskey-infused egg nog.

Whitecat 2nd December 2017 06:43 PM
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The Feds Want Martin Shkreli's Secret Wu-Tang Album - VICE



As well as a bunch of other bizarre rich-people ****, per a new court document.

Whitecat 28th November 2017 03:35 PM
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Ticket resale sites could face court over consumer law concerns | Business | The Guar



Competition watchdog promises to widen investigation into sales tactics used by websites such as Viagogo and StubHub

Whitecat 28th November 2017 02:36 PM
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Spotify's Top 'Fake Artists' Make Six-Figure Salaries



According to Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Höglund, his (alleged) ‘fake artists’ on Spotify earn five-digit pound sums for their works.

Whitecat 28th November 2017 02:34 PM
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The Payola Blues: New Technology, Same Old Tune?



Has the sanctity of tastemaker playlists been polluted? Is a golden era of streaming passing us by in the blink of an eye?

Whitecat 28th November 2017 02:34 PM
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Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike



Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

GearAndGuitars 27th November 2017 01:45 AM
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Have You Been Suckered on Net Neutrality Debate by Google and Big Tech? | The Trichor



Tomorrow July 12th you will probably be asked by a well meaning friend *or perhaps someone that works for a progressive activist group to call or write your congressman and ask them to support "net neutrality." *IMHO I think you will be making a mistake. I really don't give a **** if I get flamed…

Whitecat 22nd November 2017 02:49 PM
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'We could build something revolutionary': how tech set underground music free | Music



YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Whitecat 22nd November 2017 12:29 AM
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Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker’s Estate - Stereogum



Steely Dan lead singer Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his longtime bandmate Walter Becker in an effort to keep the band's name and music alive. Fagen

Whitecat 21st November 2017 08:57 PM
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The vinyl frontier: why do we keep sending music to outer space? | Music | The Guardi



Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?

Whitecat 21st November 2017 08:38 PM
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How ‘Africa’ by Toto Became the Internet’s Favorite Song - Motherboard



Somehow, this cheesy, emotional tune, which turns 35 this year, inspires unironic, almost undivided adoration across the web.

Whitecat 20th November 2017 05:59 PM
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Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain | New Scientist



Around three minutes of brain stimulation is all it takes to change people’s love of music, and even how much money they’re willing to spend on it

Whitecat 20th November 2017 01:04 PM
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Musicians, You’re About to Lose Your Tax Deductions – Finance For Musicians



Musicians have been asking me if the new tax bill passed by the House yesterday will have any impact on us. Yes, the legislation, if passed in the Senate, will greatly reduce the ability of professional musicians to deduct many of the expenses we incur in our work.

Whitecat 20th November 2017 11:03 AM
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Swedish music industry rocked by sexual assault scandal as 1,993 women sign open lett



Nearly 2,000 women working in the Swedish music industry have alleged that they have experienced sexual assault, harassment or overt sexism during their career – in an open letter calling for drastic change

Whitecat 19th November 2017 08:12 PM
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Nick Cave Holds Press Conference About Playing Israel To “Take Stand” Aga



Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a "principled stand" by

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2017 03:22 PM
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Pandora Death Watch: Stock Sinks Below $5 as Users Flee App



Pandora Radio's stock has plummeted to all-time lows. Users have all-but-abandoned the service. Will the streaming platform finally shut down soon?

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2017 03:21 PM
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November 8th, 2018: iHeartMedia Declares Bankruptcy



iHeartMedia is hitting hard times*— and warning investors of a possible collapse ahead.* That is, in less than one year. Here's the latest.

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2017 03:18 PM
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Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Stra



Fans may be annoyed that Swift’s new album is not available on streaming services right away, but Team Taylor is wise to experiment with windowing.

Whitecat 18th November 2017 01:59 AM
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From Fleet Foxes to Grizzly Bear: has the 'Pitchfolk' scene finally burned out? | Mus



With Bon Iver going awol and sales falling steadily, it looks as if the era of the heartsore wildman may be over

Whitecat 15th November 2017 09:25 PM
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Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Stream



Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists and composers: The ECM Records catalogue is coming to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and all major streaming services.

Whitecat 15th November 2017 08:34 PM
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Warped Tour Ending In 2018 - Stereogum



When you think about it, it's crazy that the Warped Tour was still happening. The traveling festival tour has crossed North America every summer since 1995.

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