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Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 02:28 AM
Grammys 2015: The awards you didn't see -

Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera -- and several artists added to their lifetime hauls.

GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 09:28 AM
Grammys 2015: Transcript of Bob Dylan's MusiCares Person of Year speech - LA Tim

Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night. After performances by artists including Tom Jones , Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Beck, Jackson Browne and others, Dylan himself took a rare opportunity in the spotlight to deliver a 30-plus-minute acceptance speech.

GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 09:07 AM
Bob Dylan's Surprising Speech Highlights Incredible MusiCares Tribute | Rolling Stone

Stars like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Jack White covered Bob Dylan's music at the 2015 MusiCares 'Person of the Year' dinner. Read our report.

Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 06:39 PM
Deke Dickerson's 'The Strat in the Attic 1 & 2': The Definitive Study of 'Guitarchaeo

With a wonderfully breezy writing style, Mr. Dickerson imparts newly uncovered history of one of the single most influential and culturally important items Mankind has ever devised... The Electric Guitar....

GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 08:59 AM
Can the music industry survive the streaming revolution? | PBS

ROSANNE CASH: OK. For an 18-month period, I had 600,000 streams, and I was paid $104.

HARI SREENIVASAN: One hundred and four dollars…


HARI SREENIVASAN: … for 600,000 streams?


Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 11:42 PM
Proxy music: why the cover version's days could be numbered | Music | The Guardian

iTunes and the US government are both reportedly overhauling their rules for licensing cover versions. But the music industry is conflicted about how to handle a great tradition of pop-scavenging

Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 06:31 PM
A revitalized Capitol Records forges a new path forward - LA Times

One of the first things Steve Barnett did when he took the helm at Capitol Records in 2012 was to pull down all the framed and platinum records that had long adorned the lobby of the landmark Capitol Tower offices in Hollywood. The cheap cardboard cutout of the Beatles that used to greet visitors, also gone.

Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 02:47 AM
Apple reportedly integrating Beats streaming into iOS and iTunes — Tech News an

After*Beats was purchased in 2014, and even before then, one main question facing Apple is when the company plans to come out with a streaming music service. According to a new report from ace*Apple*reporter*Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, the company has been working to integrate*Beats Music streaming […]

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 12:12 PM
Neil Young dismisses vinyl revival as a 'fashion statement' | Music | The Guardian

The legendary rocker, who has launched his own music player, says people are listening to digital masters, which ‘are actually CDs on vinyl’

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:10 AM
We Believe The Cellist: Google Smears @zoecello and All Independent Artists | The Trichordist

As David noted in his recent post (“Zoë Keating vs YouTube: The End of an Artist’s Right to Choose Where Their Music Appears on The Internet“), Google started a whisper campaign to journalists against Zoë Keating as soon–if not even before–the story first broke on Digital Music News. What is a “whisper campaign”? It’s an anonymous effort by a usually skilled corporate PR department to discredit someone who is criticizing the corporation, an effort directed at journalists with whom the corporate flacks have a relationship and who are willing to publish unattributed statements that contradict the whistleblower who spoke on the record.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 06:57 PM
Father John Misty is here to make fun of every digital music service at once | Bleade

The songwriter takes aim at Pono and Spotify with a satirical streaming music service called SAP.

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 05:26 PM
Spotify cancels launch in Russia for the 'foreseeable future' - Business N

Music-streaming service Spotify has cancelled its launch in Russia – amid continuing unrest in the country.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 09:33 AM
The Dark Side Of YouTube | Zach Hemsey

It’s no secret that copyrighted content gets illegally uploaded to YouTube daily. Many of these videos are completely harmless (fan-made music videos, bedroom sing-alongs, etc). However, few realize that copyrighted content is also being illegally monetized on YouTube daily. This occurs when someone naively (or not so naively) monetizes their upload of a 3rd party work, but it also occurs in a far more troubling way: the systematic monetization of every upload of a 3rd party work via YouTube’s Content ID System.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 02:36 AM
Online infringement hurts: interviews with Australian creators

Music is no longer a treasured experience between artist and audience, people want easy consumption and access – Australian musician/ songwriter. Australian creators have been severely affected both financially…

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 12:12 AM
Apple aims to "legalize" music, video file sharing with new patent | ZDNet

It's likely this will build on Apple's own AirDrop technology. But this may be one of the first steps in recent years that may combat illegal file sharing.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 11:58 PM
An Argument for Bringing Back Mini-CDs and 8-Track Tapes | WIRED

“Unless something physically exists, unless I can touch it, it doesn’t have the same significance," says one artist.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 01:24 AM
Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes

It was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. Its inventors sought $800,000 in funding from the public — but raised a gigantic $6.2 million.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 05:51 PM
How To Ruin Your Career & Bring Down The Music Industry - 8dio

So here we are … the revenue is pretty cut in half over the last 15 years and there are no signs of notable recovery. We are seeing streaming services that makes it impossible for any upcoming artist to make any notable revenue and even high-end artists (ex. Taylor Swift) have decided to pull out. But the notion is not just that music should be free. It is also that movies, games, software and music software should be free..

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 05:13 PM
Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit over unpaid royalties - LA Times

Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit against Jerry Goldstein, Glenn Stone and Even St. Productions over unpaid royalties

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 10:53 PM
Italy Launches Largest Ever Pirate Site Blockade | TorrentFreak

A complaint filed by 21st Century Fox's Sky TV has ended in Italy's most aggressive site-blocking action yet. Coordinated by the Public Prosecutor of Rome, the operation has resulted in more than 120 international 'pirate' streaming websites being blacked out by local ISPs

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 10:38 PM
Tom Petty on Sam Smith song similarity: 'Nothing more than a musical accident' | Musi

Veteran singer publishes amicable response regarding Stay With Me’s likeness to 1989 hit I Won’t Back Down

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 09:12 PM
Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays | Music | The Guardian

In 50s Soviet Union, western records such as Rock Around the Clock and Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy were banned. But intrepid music lovers found a way to defy the authorities by making bootleg pressings on discarded x-rays. Pete Paphides reports

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:49 PM
Assessing piracy harm is like climate science. - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of

An article in TorrentFreak wonders why piracy didn't harm the box office success of "American Sniper." This is the wrong question.

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:47 PM
The Australian Music Industry Is In Trouble - Forbes

Plenty of countries saw their music industry numbers climb this past year—including the United States, which actually wtinessed a small bit of growth across the entire industry, even if certain sectors actually declined—but unfortunately it looks like Australia’s industry isn’t seeing the same, and it may be in trouble. According to [...]

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 07:46 PM
SoundExchange to Audit iHeart, CBS and Other Webcasters and Digital Music Services |

This week, several notices of the intent to audit the records of several webcasters and other digital music services were published in the Federal Register

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 05:57 PM
Washington Post Op-ed: Digital economy a major source of inequality | The Salt Lake

By Andrew White Special To The Washington Post NOTTINGHAM, England • When we think about income and wealth inequalities, we are tempted to lay blame on the old way of doing things. In “Capital in ...

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 03:54 PM
Guvera: 'We'll be the biggest music streaming company in the world' | Music Week

Australian company hails ad-funded model after buying Tesco's Blinkbox Music

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 03:51 PM
Sub Pop artist creates music-streaming site to mock Pandora, Spotify | Ars Technica

Father John Misty: "Is there a way to prevent anyone from spending money ever?"

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 09:36 AM
Down with Debrett’s: an alternative guide to UK music's most influential | Music |

Caroline Sullivan names her contenders for the most influential people in British music, in response to Debrett’s 500

GearAndGuitars 4 Weeks Ago 04:16 AM
Why I’m Not Streaming My New Album | Grant Langston

But this record is going to be different from the others for another reason. I’m not going to sell it on streaming services. You can still find all my other work on Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora and others, so I suppose I’m not a militant opposer. But it’s easy to keep this new recording away from that streaming universe, and I’d like to share the reasons why I’ve made the choice to do so.

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 06:04 PM
Sony axes PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of Spotify | Technology | The

Streaming service will be exclusive partner for new PlayStation Music brand across consoles, smartphones and tablets

Whitecat 4 Weeks Ago 02:42 PM
Why CDs May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl - Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Eve

LA Weekly is the definitive source of information for news, music, movies, restaurants, reviews, and events in Los Angeles.

GearAndGuitars 26th January 2015 05:58 PM
Zoe Keating Shows Us Why YouTube’ Attitudes To Its Creators Must Change

It is easy to think of the internet as a mature medium, especially for those who were born into the internet era. However we are still at the earliest of stages. We are where radio was in the 1930’s and where TV was in the 1950’s: the first signs of the future markets are in…

Whitecat 26th January 2015 05:23 PM
Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me"

UK crooner's breakout single shares distinct similarities to "I Won't Back Down."

GearAndGuitars 26th January 2015 05:54 AM
Google Tells Zoe Keating: Sign Music Key Deal or We'll Block Your YouTube Channel - h

Google has cut deals with the major labels and most independents to launch YouTube Music Key, a paid music and video subscription service. But truly indie artists like Zoe Keating are now being forced to sign a new Google deal as-is or be pulled off YouTube entirely. "They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me," Keating wrote on her blog. "but the message was firm.... I need to sign on to the new Youtube music services agreement or I will have my Youtube channel blocked." Zoe Keating has built a successful career outside the traditional music...

Whitecat 26th January 2015 12:39 AM
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of th

Pop artists are finding new ways of reaching No 1. Two very different groups are making new albums available in single-copy sales to the highest bidder – one solitary copy of each for the whole world.

theblue1 25th January 2015 03:42 AM
What should I do about Youtube? | Zoë Keating

What should I do about Youtube? My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need...
This has gotten some third party ink recently; in one notable case, the facts were substantially mischaracterized regarding the types of YouTube account holders that Zoe's vexing predicament applies to. These issues are already complicated enough without misinterpretations and errors of fact being added by others. Here's Zoë's account in her own words...
GearAndGuitars 24th January 2015 09:17 PM
YouTube Is Removing Any Artist That Refuses to License Its Subscription Service... -

Last year, this was a threat. Now, YouTube isn’t backing down. The following post comes from successful independent artist and acclaimed cellist Zoë Keating, who just finished talking to YouTube about their upcoming subscription service, Music Key.

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