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GearAndGuitars 6th October 2016 02:19 AM
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Trent Reznor: “YouTube is built on the back of stolen content” | Conseque



Nine Inch Nails frontman has strong words for one of Apple Music's biggest competitors.

GearAndGuitars 6th October 2016 12:03 AM
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Philip Glass on controlling your output and getting paid for what you make – The Cr



The legendary composer Philip Glass discusses authorship, and getting paid for what you make, in the age of digital streaming.

Whitecat 4th October 2016 10:03 PM
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Fabric gets court date to appeal against licence revocation - BBC News



A date is set for bosses of nightclub Fabric to appeal against the decision for its licence to be taken away.

Whitecat 29th September 2016 06:15 PM
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Get rich or try dying – how musicians’ estates are the biggest earners in pop | M



Michael Jackson’s estate made $115m last year – proof that artists’ work can carry on making a fortune after their death. From Nick Drake to Elvis, it’s about selling an artist as if they are still alive – and learning how to say no

Whitecat 29th September 2016 10:50 AM
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Gibson Guitars' new rating from Moody's means some ugly stuff



Gibson Brands just got a new corporate family rating from Moody's, and it makes Guitar Center look good by comparison. Yikes.

Whitecat 28th September 2016 10:57 PM
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Spotify Reportedly In “Advanced Talks” To Buy SoundCloud - Stereogum



SoundCloud has had a rough go of its move toward monetization, but it's still the most important and influential service on the planet for unsigned or under-the

Whitecat 28th September 2016 02:43 PM
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Drake's 'Views' Album Becomes First to Reach Over 1 Billion Streams on Apple Music -



Canadian rapper Drake's hit album "Views" has become the first album on Apple Music to be streamed more than 1 billion times, according...

Whitecat 27th September 2016 09:55 PM
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Langley Records closes as Royal Mail takes possession of site after 18-month battle -



A statement from the West Molesey vinyl shop thanked everyone for their support, describing the takeover as a "sad day"

Whitecat 27th September 2016 04:37 PM
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No Wave: Is This The End Of Tidal? And If So … Then What? - Stereogum



On June 30, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks to acquire Tidal, the on-demand music-streaming service launched by Jay Z.

Whitecat 27th September 2016 03:51 PM
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Adele’s 25 Certified Diamond - Stereogum



In the entire history of the recording industry, only 78 albums have sold 10 million copies, earning the rare diamond certification from the RIAA.

Whitecat 26th September 2016 10:59 PM
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Council agrees to relax Edinburgh's live music policy



Council agrees to relax Edinburgh's live music policy*. The licensing board voted to amend the controversial policy which is 'stifling' gigs in the city.

Whitecat 26th September 2016 09:52 PM
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Record Labels Sue One Of Those YouTube-Ripping Sites - Stereogum



One of the murkier and most difficult-to-pin-down ways of illegally obtaining music right now are websites that convert YouTube streams to MP3s, and now one of

GearAndGuitars 26th September 2016 03:25 AM
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Jeremy Corbyn hits out at music piracy as he promises to 'democratise the intern



Labour leader says piracy means that 'musicians do not get paid'

Whitecat 24th September 2016 10:18 PM
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Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Blasts Beyoncé’s Pepsi Money, Live Nation, Havi



Unlike the number 22, these are a few things that Justin Vernon doesn't like: Beyoncé's Pepsi Money, Live Nation, and having his picture taken. The

GearAndGuitars 23rd September 2016 10:11 PM
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Is It Over? Sales of Vinyl Records Down 9.1% In 2016...



After surging for more than 10 years, maybe vinyl records are taking a breather. But how reliable is the latest data? You might think this is just a blip.

GearAndGuitars 23rd September 2016 10:09 PM
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European Commission President Calls Out YouTube, Presents Copyright Reforms in State



New proposals around copyright and user-generated services were unveiled at the European Commission’s (EC) annual State of the Union address, delivered by EC president Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg today (Sep. 14).

Whitecat 23rd September 2016 11:15 AM
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Music industry is finally making money from streaming (even if artists aren't) | Tech



Despite controversies surrounding revenue and royalties, streaming has allowed the music industry to return to growth.

Whitecat 23rd September 2016 11:14 AM
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YouTube, beware: Facebook is ready to do some global music licensing - Music Business



Facebook looks set to make a major splash in music in the coming months… if a revealing new job ad is anything to go by.

Whitecat 20th September 2016 11:01 AM
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Dr Dre faces return to court in Beats headphones case | Music | The Guardian



California judge decides a jury should hear the accusations made against the headphones mogul by a former partner

Whitecat 20th September 2016 08:55 AM
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Kaytranada wins Canada's equivalent of the Mercury prize | Music | The Guardian



Haitian-Canadian becomes the first Polaris prize winner to represent hip-hop and R&B

GearAndGuitars 19th September 2016 04:15 AM
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Songwriters Sue Justice Department Over Licensing Rules - The New York Times



On Tuesday, Ms. Lewis and Songwriters of North America, an advocacy group she helped found a year ago, sued the Justice Department, saying that the agency overstepped its authority and that its ruling violated the property rights of songwriters by potentially nullifying private contracts between writers who have worked on the same song.

GearAndGuitars 19th September 2016 04:14 AM
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Music industry welcomes EC copyright proposal as 'a good first step'



The music industry has cautiously welcomed the European Commission’s new proposal to address copyright in the digital single market.

GearAndGuitars 19th September 2016 04:03 AM
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Stream ripping surpasses file sharing as main form of music piracy | Gigwise



A new spanner in the works for the music industry | Gigwise

GearAndGuitars 18th September 2016 06:07 PM
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Stream Ripping: How Google/YouTube Is Slowly Killing the Music Industry - Breitbart



Stream Ripping: How Google/YouTube Is Slowly Killing the Music Industry

Whitecat 16th September 2016 09:18 AM
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Pandora is launching a new $5 ad-free service · Newswire



Pandora’s been a weird outlier in the streaming music market for years now, generally playing second fiddle to on-demand services like Spotify or Apple Music.

Whitecat 15th September 2016 10:37 PM
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Mercury prize 2016 goes to Skepta's Konnichiwa | Music | The Guardian



North-London grime artist beat the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead and The 1975 to the £25,000 prize

Whitecat 15th September 2016 04:25 PM
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Now That's What I Call Streaming … Major labels plan cut-rate hits feed | Business



Universal and Sony plan app streaming playlists of hits for £4.99 a month to plug gap between free, ad-based services and premium subscriptions

Whitecat 14th September 2016 04:32 PM
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Spotify Reaches Over 40 Million Paying Subscribers, Continues to Outpace Apple Music



Spotify has announced that it now has over 40 million paying subscribers as of this month, meaning that it has added some 10 million subscribers...

Whitecat 14th September 2016 04:17 PM
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Apple's Phil Schiller says the biggest criticism of removing the headphone jack i



BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski has a big story diving into Apple’s decision to kill the headphone jack, which is definitely worth a read. Basically, the company’s decision boiled down to letting go of...

Whitecat 14th September 2016 01:15 PM
See further down the article for a note about giving musicians the power to renegotiate rights deals they feel are unfair.

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Publishers May Get Paid for Web News as EU Swipes at Google - Bloomberg



Newspaper publishers would get the right to curb the online use of their content, allowing them to demand payment from Google News and other sites that use clips of their articles, under new European Union draft copyright rules published Wednesday.

Whitecat 13th September 2016 09:49 PM
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Government urged to help music industry tackle ticket touts | Business | The Guardian



Agents, promoters and musicians say politicians are not doing enough to stop profiteering at expense of live music fans

Whitecat 13th September 2016 03:45 PM
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University of Manitoba students receive 'extortion' letters over illegal downloads -



Thousands of students at the University of Manitoba have received copyright infringement letters that the school says amount to “extortion.”

Whitecat 12th September 2016 12:21 PM
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UK music industry in plea to protect its status during Brexit negotiations | Business



After music exports rose in 2015, trade group says politicians must take notice of economic and cultural contribution

Whitecat 10th September 2016 04:27 PM
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Disney Blog Goes Behind The Scenes Of Strained Daft Punk TRON Courtship - Stereogum



Before Random Access Memories, Daft Punk composed the score for TRON: Legacy, an appropriate pairing for the famously helmeted duo. A new article on Oh My

Whitecat 10th September 2016 04:22 PM
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Any SoundCloud song can be pressed to vinyl thanks to new service



This promising new startup aims to work with fans and artists to bring Soundcloud tracks to vinyl

Whitecat 10th September 2016 03:32 PM
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Littersweet Symphony: Album For Cats Released



Albums could also be aimed at other animals, with Universal Music saying music for dogs and horses is also possible.

Whitecat 9th September 2016 09:51 AM
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Absolute Radio founders launch DJ-less national station | Media | The Guardian



National digital channel Union Jack targets ‘reluctant adults’ aged 40 to 54, with listeners picking the songs on the its app

Whitecat 9th September 2016 08:49 AM
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Startup Studios: Exploring The Silicon Valley’s Fractured, DIY Recording Indust



The Annex*in Menlo Park was doing about as well as any recording studio could hope to do. Throughout the aughts, or post-Napster years, everyone in the recording industry—from the labels and musicians to producers and engineers—had to innovate to survive.

Whitecat 8th September 2016 02:21 PM
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DRM products are defective by design. Time to tell users what they're buying | Techno



The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling for the labelling of products encumbered with digital rights management. It’s increasingly important as we trust technology with our lives

Whitecat 8th September 2016 01:29 PM
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Fabric closure: What next for the UK's club scene? - BBC News



The closure of Fabric, one of the UK's best-known nightclubs, sets a "disturbing precedent", club owners tell the BBC.

GearAndGuitars 5th September 2016 04:10 AM
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Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Dead at 75 - Rolling Stone



Jerry Heller, the longtime music manager that helped launch the career of N.W.A and the gangsta-rap movement, died Friday at the age of 75.

Whitecat 5th September 2016 01:31 AM
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Es Devlin: ‘A touring stadium rock show is a formidable physical phenomenon’ | Mu



Acclaimed theatre designer Es Devlin also creates visionary sets for Adele, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West. She talks about the magic of staging a pop spectacular

Whitecat 4th September 2016 02:53 PM
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Musical.ly, the craze turning pop fans into stars | Technology | The Guardian



Lip-synching app Musical.ly has gone from web gimmick to internet smash, hosting souped-up video clips for 95 million (mostly) teens

GearAndGuitars 1st September 2016 09:07 PM
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212 Artists Sign Court Document In Favor Of Williams and Thicke’s Blurred Lines App



212 music artists, including top industry names, have signed a court document in support of Blurred Lines. We analyze and break down their arguments.

Whitecat 1st September 2016 04:11 PM
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Blind Melon Sue Dance-Pop Artist For Ripping Off “No Rain” - Stereogum



In what might be one of the weirder recent cases of copyright infringement, Blind Melon filed a lawsuit yesterday against dance-pop singer Mandy Jiroux. Both

Whitecat 30th August 2016 08:03 PM
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Spotify Can't Live on $10 a Month - Bloomberg Gadfly



One-price-fits-all is destined for the same fate as Tower Records.

GearAndGuitars 29th August 2016 06:03 PM
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Spotify Retaliating Against Apple Music Exclusive Artists, Execs Say...



Is an Apple Music exclusive a horrible long-term decision for artists? Now, Spotify is accused of sabotaging those that hand the jewels to Apple first.

GearAndGuitars 29th August 2016 04:44 AM
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Spotify IPO 'On Hold' as Major Labels Refuse Long-Term Contracts



The Spotify IPO you've been waiting for may be interminably on hold, thanks to complicated holdouts from a difficult group of major recording labels.

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