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Whitecat 16th August 2017 10:27 AM
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Drake Isn’t On Billboard‘s Hot 100 For The First Time Since 2009 - Stereogum



The record streak is over: Drake is absent from the Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time since his debut hit, "Best I Ever Had," debuted on the chart in

GearAndGuitars 14th August 2017 04:25 AM
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Spotify's Restricted, Paid-Only Content Expected to Start This Fall



Spotify has signed a major licensing deal with yet another major label. But, what does this mean for users who listen to Spotify for free?

GearAndGuitars 14th August 2017 04:23 AM
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Judge Rules KickassTorrents Founder Properly Charged With Criminal Copyright Conspira



Artem Vaulin, awaiting extradition from Poland, can't convince the judge he's being charged with something — secondary copyright infringement — that's not a crime.

Whitecat 12th August 2017 08:39 AM
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SoundCloud stays alive with $169.5 million investment deal



SoundCloud has secured a crucial $169.5 million investment deal from global merchant bank The Raine Group and Singapore-based investment company Temasek.

Whitecat 11th August 2017 10:15 AM
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Amazon May Take On Ticketmaster With New Event-Ticketing Business – Consumerist



Though many have tried, no online ticket sellers have even come close to touching Ticketmaster. It doesn’t hurt that its parent company is Live Nation, which owns or operates many of the biggest concert venues and promotes the biggest touring acts. Is Amazon one of the few companies with enough size and reach to actually take on Ticketmaster? We might soon find out.

Whitecat 11th August 2017 09:27 AM
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SoundCloud's Investors May Terminate the Company In 24 Hours



On Friday, SoundCloud's existing investors will determine if the company lives or dies. CEO Alex Ljung also looks like he will be fired.

Whitecat 10th August 2017 09:30 PM
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How to Claim Your Piece of Spotify's $43.5 Million Songwriter Settlement



Are you a songwriter with tracks on Spotify? Digital Music News guides you on how to claim a sweet of that $43.5 million settlement pie.

Whitecat 10th August 2017 01:03 PM
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Citizen Ticket promises to 'revolutionise' the market with anti-ticket tout tech | Mu



The history of each ticket is hardcoded into the life of the ticket itself, showing to all where it’s been and who owns it.

Whitecat 9th August 2017 10:43 AM
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Ed Sheeran’s Divide puts Warner Music’s streaming income on track to cross £1bn



Streaming services continue to revive fortunes of music industry as new albums from top artists drive sales to record high

Whitecat 7th August 2017 10:28 AM
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Submissions open this month for the 2018 Music Producers Guild Awards | Musical instr



Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the awards take place in London on March 1st 2018 and will be presented by broadcaster Shaun Keaveny.

Whitecat 6th August 2017 11:03 PM
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Pentakill: how a metal band that doesn’t exist made it to No 1 | Music | The Guardi



The band from the game League of Legends has stormed the charts and bagged cameos from the likes of Tommy Lee – despite existing only in the imaginations of their creators

Whitecat 6th August 2017 09:26 AM
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AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm? | Technology | The Guardian



Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks?

Whitecat 5th August 2017 12:20 PM
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Matchbox Twenty show delayed by bees · Newswire · The A



Yesterday turned out to be a weird day for concert cancellations; we already reported that Lollapalooza was forced to end early for the night, thanks to inclement weather.

Whitecat 4th August 2017 12:56 PM
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How A Small Town Record Store Quietly Released An Exclusive Aphex Twin Record : The R



Todd Osborn quietly put an exclusive release from electronic music legend Aphex Twin on the shelf of his store — before long there was a line around the block.

Whitecat 4th August 2017 07:45 AM
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RIP Manny’s: A big piece of NYC music history was just cleared for demolition



It was a favorite shopping spot for famous musicians from Buddy Holly and the Beatles to Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, and now the building is set to be pummeled into a purple haze.

GearAndGuitars 4th August 2017 02:12 AM
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What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2017)



How much should artists expect to receive when streaming their music? Digital Music News breaks down payouts at eight major streaming platforms.

GearAndGuitars 4th August 2017 02:09 AM
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Music Sales in 2017: Discogs Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights



Check out this in-depth analysis of music sales in 2017, comparing Nielsen Music data to Discogs Marketplace and Database highlights. Is vinyl still King?

Whitecat 2nd August 2017 11:48 PM
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Home studios change face of recording industry in Edmonton | Edmonton Journal



Four boys hanging an old mattress on the wall of their parents’ Mill Woods basement sums up the modern age of rock and roll.

Whitecat 2nd August 2017 12:47 PM
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Yamaha launches world's first piano that can scan any iTunes track and teach you how to play it



Yamaha has introduced the world’s first instruments that can scan audio songs in the user’s iTunes library and analyse the chord structure to produce a music score that appears directly on the piano.

Whitecat 2nd August 2017 11:29 AM
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Sony streaming revenue up 25% in Q1 | Labels | Music Week



Sony Corp’s global financial results for the first quarter of the year reveal a strong performance in streaming and physical sales of recorded music.

Whitecat 1st August 2017 09:41 PM
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MTV wiki: First 5 videos aired on MTV in 1981



Here are the first 5 music videos to ever play on MTV.

Whitecat 31st July 2017 11:05 PM
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Spotify Reaches 60 Million Paid Subscribers - Stereogum



Spotify has reached 60 million paid subscribers, according to a new report from Reuters. The streaming company announced back in March of this year that they

Whitecat 30th July 2017 08:02 PM
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Soundcloud Is Near Deal to Sell Stakes to Private Equity - Bloomberg



SoundCloud Ltd. is close to a deal to sell stakes in the company to a pair of private equity firms,*according to people familiar with the matter, an investment that will help the beleaguered music-streaming service keep operating for the foreseeable future.

Whitecat 30th July 2017 03:27 PM
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Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudness - Motherboard



Your ears will appreciate the end of the "Loudness Wars."

Whitecat 29th July 2017 08:49 PM
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Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Tours With Young ‘Nightflyers’ - WSJ



Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen says he is going on tour—with a much-younger backup band—in part to make money that once flowed in from album sales.

Whitecat 28th July 2017 06:17 PM
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Apple Discontinues iPod Nano & Shuffle | Billboard



Apple confirmed to Bloomberg today that it would be “simplifying” its iPod selection to just iPod Touch models at 32GB and 128GB that cost $199 and $299, respectively.

Whitecat 25th July 2017 05:03 PM
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Rock solid-arity: how fans and bands helped save Team Rock's music magazines



“It was purely helping out friends in a time of need.”

Whitecat 24th July 2017 11:42 PM
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Sorry, but the dress code for Arcade Fire’s Brooklyn show wasn’t the band’s idea



Did Arcade Fire annoy some people by suggesting people dress up for shows on their 2013 North American tour, then walk it back by saying the dress code was “super not mandatory?” Yes.

Whitecat 24th July 2017 04:49 PM
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Spotify and Warner Music Close to Signing Deal That Would Restrict Some Releases to P



Music streaming service Spotify is close to signing a deal with Warner Music Group that would see artists under the label launch albums exclusively...

Whitecat 21st July 2017 08:56 PM
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Gotye Apparently Turned Down Millions In YouTube Royalties - Stereogum



Australian musical artist Gotye had an inescapable #1 hit song in the early part of this decade, but now he's just somebody that you used to know. And according

GearAndGuitars 21st July 2017 02:29 AM
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Spotify Faces $365 Million In New Copyright Infringement Claims



Spotify has just been slapped with two lawsuits from independent music publishers. Meanwhile, the threat of a major publishing lawsuit is dangling.

Whitecat 20th July 2017 11:37 AM
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How Spotify's 'Fake Artist' Controversy Has Increased Tensions With Labels



As Spotify works to hammer out its final major-label licensing deal, controversy over its playlisting of songs by "fake" or pseudonymous artists has not only enraged its label partners but it could cost the streaming service at the negotiating table.

GearAndGuitars 20th July 2017 05:29 AM
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Spotify Hit With Two Lawsuits Claiming "Staggering" Copyright Infringement



The plaintiffs, including a founding member of the group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, call the streaming giant's recent $43 million settlement with publishers and songwriters an "empty gesture."

Whitecat 19th July 2017 06:42 PM
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What's the Best Song, According to Science?



Some songs stick to your soul like ectoplasm. Whether you’re at the club or Chuck E. Cheese, sometimes you hear a certain song that brings you back to a moment in your life you’d forgotten

Whitecat 19th July 2017 04:47 PM
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'Despacito' Quickly Becomes The Most-Streamed Song Ever : The Two-Way : NPR



Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's hit, with help from the remix including Justin Bieber, has generated more than 4.6 billion plays on digital services in just over six months.

Whitecat 17th July 2017 01:55 PM
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CEO Alec Ljung Pushes Back: "SoundCloud is not going away." - hypebot



Decrying the "insane amount of noise about SoundCloud" over multiple reports that the music service is running out of money. CEO and co-founder joined SoundCloud fan and artist Chance The Rapper in pushing back against the doom and gloom. His statement in full: SoundCloud is here to stay. Hey everyone,...

Whitecat 16th July 2017 08:45 PM
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Juggalo March on Washington: Insane Clown Posse fans to demand end to 'gang' designat



Demonstration organised by horrorcore band and its label seeks to highlight FBI’s 2011 classification of fans, which they say has prompted discrimination

Whitecat 16th July 2017 09:40 AM
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Why musicians are so angry at the world’s most popular music streaming service - Th



Labels accuse YouTube of being the biggest threat to the industry since piracy in the 2000s.

Whitecat 14th July 2017 04:05 PM
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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse



Music hosting biz SoundCloud, having just axed 40 per cent of its staff, is now trying to ward off rumors that it will go broke in less than two months.

Whitecat 13th July 2017 05:29 PM
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Are Spotify's 'fake artists' any good? | Technology | The Guardian



The streaming giant has been accused of commissioning generic instrumental music to go on its hugely popular playlists – and save it millions in royalties. We take a listen

Whitecat 13th July 2017 03:51 PM
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Vanilla Ice Reveals That He Just Straight-Up Bought “Under Pressure” From Queen



Vanilla Ice got famous on the back of the monstrously huge 1990 single 'Ice Ice Baby', a song that was recorded when you could still get away with releasing rap songs with uncleared samples.

Whitecat 11th July 2017 03:10 PM
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Spotify Reaches Deal With Sony Music: Sources | Billboard



After months of negotiations, Sony Music Entertainment has reached a licensing agreement with Spotify, sources tell Billboard, becoming the second major label to do so this year and paving the way for the streaming service to go public.

Whitecat 10th July 2017 10:50 AM
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Spotify denies filling popular playlists with 'fake artists' | Technology | The Guard



Streaming music company rejects accusations that it is padding out popular playlists such as Sleep and Ambient Chill with fake artists

Whitecat 10th July 2017 10:47 AM
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Prince's Music Videos Are Back Online : The Two-Way : NPR



The Purple One's official videos for "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," as well as three live Purple Rain-era performances, were uploaded to YouTube and Vevo Friday.

GearAndGuitars 9th July 2017 11:14 PM
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Spotify Allegedly Creates Fake Artists to Avoid Paying Real Ones



To avoid paying out real artists their well-deserved royalty checks, Spotify has allegedly paid producers an upfront fee to create fake artists.

GearAndGuitars 8th July 2017 04:57 AM
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SoundCloud Bankruptcy Nears: 173 People Laid Off; 2 Offices Closed



The situation at SoundCloud is quickly deteriorating. Company CEO Alex Ljung has just announced the layoff of 173 employees, with offices shutting down.

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