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Whitecat 20th May 2016 01:58 PM
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Why is the music industry battling YouTube and what happens next? | Technology | The



Labels are facing off with Google’s video service over revenues and rights, yet it’s also their biggest partner for streaming music

Whitecat 20th May 2016 01:27 PM
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Bandcamp Grew 35% Last Year, Monthly Transactions Top $4.3M - hypebot



The indie music community has embraced Bandcamp and its suite of direct to fan monetization tools. And unlike most music tech startups, Bandcamp, which launched in 2008, has been profitable "in the now-quaint revenues-exceed-expenses sense" since 2012. _______________________________________________ Bandcamp grew 35% last year, according to new stats just released by...

Whitecat 20th May 2016 11:04 AM
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One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star - BBC News



The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year.

Whitecat 19th May 2016 09:13 AM
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Drake overtakes Justin Bieber on Spotify to become world's most streamed artist -



Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 18th May 2016 09:50 PM
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Congress’s Chance to Be Fair to Musicians - The New Yorker



Jeffrey Toobin on the promise of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which aims to change the way musicians are compensated for their work.

Whitecat 18th May 2016 08:53 AM
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How UK's Exit From The EU Could Effect Music Industry - hypebot



As the UK referendum on exiting the European Union approaches, new research looks at how a Brexit could affect the music industry. Ticket reseller Ticketbis has taken a look into the possible impacts, from touring artists to fans travelling for gigs and festivals. The major aspects of the music and...

GearAndGuitars 18th May 2016 12:50 AM
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A Five-Time Grammy Winner Explains Why YouTube are Total Scumbags



YouTube is a bunch of bullying, abusive, intimidating, duplicitous, law-breaking scumbags, according to this five-time Grammy winning musician.

Whitecat 17th May 2016 05:07 PM
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Pandora's own biggest shareholder gives damning verdict on company - Music Busin



Pandora’s biggest investor is fed up with seeing the company’s share price slide – and has demanded the firm’s board reconsider its strategy and explore the possibility of a sale.

Whitecat 16th May 2016 07:15 PM
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Response to my brother's open letter... - Dweezil Zappa



Hello Ahmet,

Now that I've completed my Via Zammata' tour I've had a chance to read your open letter. Since it can be challenging to convey tone in print I will preface this by saying I am not responding to you with animosity.
...The Zappa estate feud gets ugly...
Whitecat 16th May 2016 06:06 PM
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Tape recording was introduced 70 years ago today - Recode



A case of insomnia led to the introduction of tape recording — and, by extension, the entire home media business.

Whitecat 16th May 2016 04:06 PM
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SoundCloud Preparing Massive Restrictions on DJ Uploads



SoundCloud is now undergoing a serious platform change, one that could seriously limit the ability of DJs to upload mixes.

Whitecat 16th May 2016 11:11 AM
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Radiohead video breaching copyright, say Trumpton creator's family | Music | The Guar



Son-in-law of Trumpton mastermind Gordon Murray says the band’s Burn the Witch ‘tarnished the brand’ of the beloved 1960s TV show

GearAndGuitars 16th May 2016 01:42 AM
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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times • The Register



Head of the recording industry trade group BPI Geoff Taylor says that video music consumption doubled, but revenue only rose by 0.5 per cent.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2016 10:39 PM
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'It's a System That Is Rigged Against the Artists': The War Against YouTube



As labels, artists and managers go public with their outrage at the video platform's meager payouts, their best -- perhaps only -- hope for change rests in government corridors a continent away.

Whitecat 15th May 2016 11:51 AM
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How the ticket touts get away with bleeding fans dry | Money | The Guardian



Special report: Resale sites are dominated by touts who buy thousands of tickets and sell them on at exorbitant prices. Can the trade be stopped?

GearAndGuitars 14th May 2016 03:09 AM
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Intellectual Property Office sets out copyright objectives for next four years | Co



The UK’s Intellectual Property Office yesterday published a policy paper called ‘IP Enforcement 2020’ which “sets out how the government will make effective, proportionate and accessible enforcement of IP rights a priority for the next four years”. Good times.

Whitecat 12th May 2016 12:12 PM
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Seattle music-licensing firm sues Cruz campaign over songs in ads | The Seattle



A Seattle music firm has filed a federal lawsuit seeking at least $2 million in damages from the campaign of one-time Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, alleging it improperly used copyrighted songs in political advertisements.

Whitecat 12th May 2016 08:32 AM
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Report: Apple will stop selling iTunes music downloads in as little as two years | Ma



A new report claims that Apple is planning to "terminate" iTunes Store downloads in favor of Apple Music streaming.
UPDATE: Apple claims this is "not true." See link for new details.
GearAndGuitars 11th May 2016 08:36 PM
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Four out of the Top 5 albums in the UK aren't on Spotify - Music Business Worldw



Four of the Top 5 current UK midweek albums aren’t on Spotify – and are, streaming wise, particularly fragmented. A quick scan down the rankings, sent to labels today, shows that the same fact applies to five of the Top 6, six of the Top 10 and nine of the Top 13.
Windowing. It just works.
Whitecat 11th May 2016 07:44 PM
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The government's launched a crackdown on illegal downloading - BBC Newsbeat



Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 11th May 2016 02:22 PM
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Study of U2 could help music fans find what they're looking for



Music fans' emotions could be used to help them find new songs online, according to research at the University of Strathclyde.

Whitecat 10th May 2016 04:46 PM
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Spotify Growing at Faster Pace Since Apple Music Launched Last Year - Mac Rumors



Despite the launch of Apple Music, which recently reached 13 million paid subscribers, rival service Spotify told Reuters that it has experienced a...

Whitecat 10th May 2016 01:04 PM
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A Spotify for elevator music could finally uncover streaming’s elusive profits - Ya



'A Spotify for elevator music could finally uncover streaming’s elusive profits' on Yahoo Finance UK. A music-streaming startup partly owned by Spotify is going after the elevator-music market—and it’s squarely aiming at the company that currently dominates it. Soundtrack Your Brand, which is about 30% owned by Spotify, introduced itself in the US on May 5 with the announcement of a deal with McDonald’s. It won’t be a big revenue…

Whitecat 9th May 2016 09:18 PM
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Led Zeppelin's plagiarism lawsuit: a sign of the times in the music industry | Music



In an age of declining revenue, suing over chord progressions and samples opens a new revenue stream for disgruntled artists – but such action is nothing new

Whitecat 9th May 2016 07:37 PM
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Legendary record store Other Music to close its doors in June | Dangerous Minds



  Other Music opened its doors on East 4th Street in 1995, right across the street from the gargantuan downtown branch of Tower Records. After it opened, for a few weeks I obscurely thought that it must be an adjunct of Tower Records. It seemed perfectly plausible that Tower might open an annex called ‘Other Music’ across the street from one of its major locations. Plus the Internet wouldn’t have had good information on something like that back then, so I just didn’t know. After a couple of visits, however, it became clear that something entirely else was going...

Whitecat 9th May 2016 05:52 PM
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Spotify Announces Original Video Programs Including T-Bone Burnett, Tim Robbins | Bil



Spotify's lineup of 2016 original programming will feature 12 concepts focused on three main themes: music performance, music profiles and music culture. The videos will be offered to free and premium users in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Sweden on iOS and Android devices.

Whitecat 9th May 2016 05:48 PM
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Dear YouTube: An open letter from Irving Azoff - Recode



"You have built a business that works really well for you and for Google, but it doesn’t work well for artists," says the legendary artists' manager.

Whitecat 9th May 2016 04:53 PM
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Radiohead's new album isn't on Spotify. So what? Spotify doesn't need it | Music | Th



It’s more dramatic to portray Radiohead and Spotify as being at war, but in truth it’s just business as usual for them both

Whitecat 6th May 2016 05:13 PM
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All Tomorrow's Parties: where did it all go wrong for the beloved indie festival? | M



In the wake of the collapse of its recent Manchester event, we investigate how Barry Hogan’s project went from anti-corporate utopia to debt-stricken disaster

Whitecat 6th May 2016 10:35 AM
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'This is the pop culture legacy business': JAM Inc manages artists after death | Busi



Jeffrey Jampol has become the go-to guy for managing rock estates, preventing the kind of legal chaos that has paralysed many legends’ fortunes

Whitecat 4th May 2016 02:16 PM
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Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog: Record Store Day May Have Peaked



Since 2008, Record Store Day every April has been a huge hit. In fact, many in the music industry feel that it's been a big reason for vinyl's resurgence, calling attention to a side of the business that had been essential dead and buried and has now returned to a level of surprising growth.

Whitecat 3rd May 2016 11:00 AM
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Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor in the UK - BBC News



Music streaming service Soundcloud launches a UK subscription service to rival the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

Whitecat 3rd May 2016 09:55 AM
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SoundCloud Go: Launching subscription service was a big challenge - BBC Newsbeat



Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 2nd May 2016 04:45 PM
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Buttholes and lawyers: How a lawsuit threatened the indie music model



Electriclarryland, released 20 years ago last month, was the Butthole Surfers’ receipt for years spent cementing their reputation as arguably the most notorious band to ever fall on the pop music radar.

Whitecat 1st May 2016 07:29 PM
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Drake has beaten Adele's record for the most UK single streams in a week | NME.C



The Canadian rapper notched up more than 7 million plays in a single week

Whitecat 1st May 2016 04:16 PM
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Tidal: can Prince and Beyonce save the underdog of streaming services? | Music | The



It was one of the few platforms that Prince trusted with his music and bills itself as the artists’ friend. So why is Jay Z’s Spotify rival still in such choppy waters?

Whitecat 29th April 2016 06:35 PM
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Radiohead's corporate empire: inside the band's dollars and cents | Music | The Guard



The band have proven themselves shrewd businessmen, forming some 20 companies since their inception – including LLLP LLP and Random Rubbish Ltd

Whitecat 29th April 2016 12:22 AM
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Harris Publications, Former Home of XXL & Guitar World, Shutting Down | Billboard



Harris Publications, home of dozens of enthusiast-focused magazine titles including Celebrity Hairstyles, Dog News and Fresh Quilts, has announced to employees that it is shutting down immediately.

GearAndGuitars 28th April 2016 04:28 PM
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Inside The Taylor Swift Anti-Piracy Battle: Regulatory Filing Reveals UMG's Massive E



Few musicians or labels are fans of music piracy. But with Taylor Swift's decision to keep her music anticipated album '1989' off streaming music services, UMG, her label's distributor, became particularly concerned and hatched a plan to fight it. ______________________________ A Universal Music Group filing with the U.S. Copyright office...

GearAndGuitars 27th April 2016 08:06 PM
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The best way to celebrate Prince’s life: Actually pay for his music - The Wash



It may have been hard to share Prince's music in the days after his death. But that's because the artist forced you to place actual value on his work.

Whitecat 27th April 2016 09:56 AM
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Prince holds every spot in the top 5 midweek chart | News | Culture | The Independent



Prince's passing sent mourning fans, in search of the smallest comfort, straight to his monumental musical legacy.*

GearAndGuitars 26th April 2016 04:47 PM
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Artist backlash over YouTube's royalty payments grows noisier - Music Business W



While YouTube swats away major label criticism, anger amongst the artist community over royalties paid out by the video giant is steadily getting louder.

GearAndGuitars 26th April 2016 12:59 AM
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Digital pioneer, Jaron Lanier, on the dangers of “free” online culture | WIPO Magazine



I actually helped make the argument that music should be free and would ultimately benefit culture and musicians, so it's not that I am unwilling to accept this new thing. I helped make it.

Whitecat 25th April 2016 11:56 AM
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Spotify says Tidal's 'Lemonade' exclusive is bad for everyone



The music industry wars have officially moved to the streaming realm, and it's starting to get ugly.

GearAndGuitars 25th April 2016 05:50 AM
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Surprise: Things That Aren't Free on the Internet Are Still Available | Criticwire



The A.V. Club offered a helpful hint about "how to listen to Prince online right now," and the Daily Beast explained "Why You Can't Listen to Prince's Music After His Death," but though both articles at least acknowledge the possibility that you could simply go to iTunes and drop $12.99 on his greatest hits, their headlines effectively equate music's being available with it being free. There's no reason "you" can't listen to Prince's music, and there never was. He just wanted to be damn sure that you paid for it.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:23 PM
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PRINCE'S LAST WORDS: "Stop Stealing My Music" | Digital Music News



Prince dedicated part of his career to fighting exploitation by Google and streaming music services. Now, Prince's last words and war have been lost.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:20 PM
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Google’s YouTube Extorts Artists And Pockets The Profits | Hypebot



Although its shell company Alphabet is raking in massive amounts of revenue, and YouTube is the most popular music service in world, Ted Kalo of the musicFIRST Coalition looks at how he says Google has been able to exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying creators the money they deserve.

GearAndGuitars 23rd April 2016 08:19 PM
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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google • The Register



"There’s the onerous and ineffective takedown bureaucracy for suppliers, and also the refusal to use cheap, modern technology to clean up the supply chain cesspit. All this sits against the ominous backdrop that Google’s astroturf mobs will be unleashed on anyone upsetting the apple cart."

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