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Whitecat 31st July 2017 11:05 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

GearAndGuitars 8th July 2017 04:47 AM
The Streaming Problem: How Spammers, Superstars, and Tech Giants Gamed the Music Industry

On a website with more than 100 million active daily users, there are plenty of ways to game the system, be it for attention, or, if the streams pile up enough, profit. And the frauds cashing in on the latest hot single are hardly alone.

Whitecat 7th July 2017 06:43 PM
Spotify Accused Of Manufacturing Fake Artists - Stereogum

According to a lengthy piece pinned to Vulture, Spotify has been reportedly paying producers to create songs under fake names. Filling its playlists with fake

Whitecat 7th July 2017 04:08 PM
SoundCloud will lay off 40 percent of its staff to stay afloat

SoundCloud has been having a rough go of it lately and today it told staff that 173 jobs would be cut, which amounts to nearly 40 percent of its employees. In a...

Whitecat 6th July 2017 09:29 PM
Google Is About to Kill Every Single Torrent Site

A new feature about to be unveiled on Google Chrome will cause torrent sites to lose millions, with many possibly closing their doors for good.

Whitecat 6th July 2017 03:48 PM
'We represent them': how musicians kept the UK's attention on Grenfell | Music | The

From the big Simon Cowell charity single to a host of grassroots benefit gigs, musicians have rallied to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Whitecat 6th July 2017 09:10 AM
MPs working on a copyright deal for post-Brexit Britain - M Magazine

Brexit has dominated our political and economic spheres for the last 12 months, raising questions about the opportunities and challenges it poses for the UK’s music industry and our creators.

Whitecat 6th July 2017 08:19 AM
The final bar? How gentrification threatens America's music cities | Cities | The Gua

Austin, Nashville and New Orleans have thrived on the success of vibrant music scenes. But as rents rise and noise complaints become more common, do they risk ruining what made them famous in the first place?

Whitecat 4th July 2017 12:14 AM
Venue Wars Heat Up: AEG Warns Acts That Skip LA’s Staples Center Can’t Pl

After months of threats and posturing in its ongoing war with Madison Square Garden, AEG has instituted a new booking policy to protect its flagship venue in

Whitecat 3rd July 2017 11:58 PM
How Countries Around the World Fund Music—and Why It Matters | Pitchfork

As President Trump eyes abolishing federal arts funding in the U.S., a survey of tax-supported music from Australia to Iceland reveals a complex, shifting landscape.

Whitecat 2nd July 2017 05:03 PM
Kanye West Reportedly Leaves Tidal Over Financial Dispute - Stereogum

Kanye West is one of the original "artist owners" of Tidal, but he's been chafing under the "Apple/Tidal bull****" for a while now, and TMZ reports that he's

Whitecat 1st July 2017 09:30 AM
Canada 150: Celine Dion & Shania Twain Lead Nielsen Music Canada’s Top Canadian

Canada 150: Celine Dion and Shania Twain are the biggest Canadian artists of the Nielsen Music Canada era.

Whitecat 1st July 2017 09:29 AM
Canada's Supreme Court Deals Blow to Google, Win For Music | Billboard

The music industry scored a big victory in its fight against piracy after the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Google to remove illegal sites from its search engine’s results worldwide.

Whitecat 1st July 2017 09:26 AM
Paul McCartney Settles Lawsuit Against Sony Over Beatles Copyrights

Musician had sought the rights to songs he wrote with John Lennon between September 1962 and "approximately June 1971"

Whitecat 30th June 2017 05:35 PM
New Tidal Subscribers Can’t Hear JAY-Z’s 4:44 Unless They Also Have Sprin

Last night, at midnight, JAY-Z released his intense and personal new album 4:44. As previously reported, the album is a Tidal exclusive. But it's not just a

Whitecat 29th June 2017 12:30 PM
Sony to start making records again 30 years after abandoning vinyl | World news | The

Factory south-west of Tokyo will be pressing records by March as demand for format surges

Whitecat 28th June 2017 09:31 AM
The xx Cancel Night + Day Festival - Stereogum

The festival economy is indeed going bust, with several large-scale music events including Canada's Pemberton and (quite notoriously) Fyre Fest abruptly

Whitecat 27th June 2017 03:22 PM
Official Charts Company shakes up rules to stop the Ed Sheeran effect | Music | The G

The singles chart revamp includes limiting the number of tracks per artist, aiming to adapt to the rise in streaming and showcase new music

Whitecat 26th June 2017 05:11 PM
Devil Hornz - Who Did It First?

Gene Simmons recently attempted to copyright the 'Devil hornz' universal Heavy Metal gesture but this week we hear that he has dropped the claim.

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2017 05:26 AM
Electronic Music Pioneer & CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre: 'We're Li

One of the true pioneers of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre has sold over 80 million albums in a colorful 40 year career, while his live shows are legendary around the globe for their ground breaking use of technology and innovative visuals.

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2017 05:16 AM
Tesla Wants to Build Its Own Version of Spotify

As major record labels continue posting revenue thanks to music streaming, Tesla and Elon Musk apparently want to create their own version of Spotify.

GearAndGuitars 26th June 2017 05:04 AM
Spotify’s $600 Million Loss, Currency Risk and What it Means for Artists | The

Stuart Dredge over at Music Ally is reporting Spotify's losses widened to $600 million last year. * Read his article here. I just wanted to point out that some significant portion of these widening losses are due to currency swings. * March 29th 2016 Spotify announced a $1 billion US denominated convertible debt deal with…

Whitecat 23rd June 2017 10:50 AM
Gene Simmons gives up on trying to trademark the devil horns

It looks like The Demon is throwing in the towel: The Wrap reports that Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has abandoned his plans to try to trademark the devil horns, the iconic hand gesture that Simmons claims to have invented as far back as 1974.

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