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Whitecat 2nd June 2017 08:55 AM
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In $43 Million Settlement, Spotify Forced To Confront A Persistent Problem : The Reco



The streaming service settled a class action lawsuit filed by songwriters who accused Spotify of using their work without a license.

GearAndGuitars 1st June 2017 05:59 PM
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YouTube must not be allowed to benefit from 'legalised piracy on an unimaginable



“there are fewer than 2,000 people in the UK today earning above the annual national average salary from their PRO royalties.”

Whitecat 1st June 2017 09:04 AM
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Arcade Fire Sign Two-Album Deal With Columbia - Stereogum



Arcade Fire are selling their new song "Everything Now," which is possibly the first single from a new album called Infinite Content, at Primavera Sound

Whitecat 30th May 2017 08:14 PM
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Theresa May protest song 'liar liar' hits No 1 on iTunes



Captain Ska's song, which calls the PM a "liar", has been banned by radio stations despite reaching No 1 on iTunes.

GearAndGuitars 30th May 2017 05:28 AM
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Review: Pirated music is free, but artists pay a price | Features | postandcourier.co



MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. By Jonathan Taplin. Little, Brown. 308 pages. $29.

GearAndGuitars 30th May 2017 05:19 AM
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Music piracy still popular in age of music streaming: CHART - Business Insider



The new piracy method of choice is called stream ripping.

Whitecat 29th May 2017 08:53 AM
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Booming Blackpool: the musical rebirth sweeping Britain's coastal towns | Music | The



As Britons head for the beach for bank holiday Monday, we examine how the UK’s seaside resorts are becoming hotbeds of everything from DIY grime to escapist pop

Whitecat 28th May 2017 04:26 PM
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Coke made a label that doubles as a wristband for music festivals



Coke is partnering with Romanian music festivals

Whitecat 28th May 2017 03:26 PM
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Why Do Amusement Parks Still Crank Songs From The '80s? : All Songs Considered : NPR



Everything changes — except theme-park playlists, where REO Speedwagon, Journey and Supertramp have never gone out of style. Why is that, exactly?

Whitecat 27th May 2017 11:02 PM
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Don't Worry, Your MP3s Are Safe: A Frank Discussion On The Future Of A Format : The R



The survival of the MP3 is more complicated than the lapse of a patent and its marketplace by its inventors. A wide-ranging discussion with professor Jonathan Sterne helps us unpack its implications.

Whitecat 27th May 2017 12:24 PM
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Spotify hopes going public will cement streaming as music's future | Technology | The



As music industry celebrates second straight year of growth, service hopes to buck trend of tech industry disappointments on Wall Street

Whitecat 27th May 2017 10:56 AM
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Spotify Settles Class Action Lawsuits Filed By David Lowery And Melissa Ferrick With



Spotify has reached a settlement with a group of songwriters who had sued for copyright infringement, eliminating an potential complication to the public

Whitecat 24th May 2017 09:19 AM
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PayPal sues Pandora over similar logo | New York Post



Pandora’s logo change isn’t music to PayPal’s ears. The digital-payment company says Pandora’s big blue “P,” unveiled in October, damages its...

Whitecat 24th May 2017 08:23 AM
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DJ Shadow: 'Music has never been worth less, and yet sampling has never been more ris



In Australia for a ‘block party’ curated by the Avalanches at the Sydney Opera House, the pioneering DJ spoke about the evolving challenges of his craft

Whitecat 24th May 2017 08:15 AM
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Guildford Spectrum and Woking Leisure Centre have dropped music contracts and people



One disgruntled customer says they think teachers will leave and classes will be "miserable"
A very local issue in the U.K. at the moment but may be symptomatic of something greater...
GearAndGuitars 23rd May 2017 10:27 PM
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Piracy is theft - Tech News | The Star Online



Illegal streaming may be convenient, but at the end of the day, it is still illegal.

GearAndGuitars 22nd May 2017 03:59 AM
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How the Internet financially kills musicians and other artists - The Washington Post



Jonathan Taplin says hope of digital democratization is now dominance by a powerful few.

GearAndGuitars 20th May 2017 07:10 AM
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A Leaked Financial Report Shows Spotify's Losses More Than Doubling



Ahead of their long-awaited IPO, a leaked financial report given to investors show that Spotify's losses continue growing.

Whitecat 19th May 2017 08:26 PM
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How and Why Has "Mr Brightside" Never Left the UK Charts? - Noisey

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An Important Roundtable Discussion.

GearAndGuitars 19th May 2017 02:21 AM
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If Only Artists and Managers Had Listened To Us : Spotify Per Stream Rates Keep Dropp



We hate to say we told ya so, but... Below is our post from September 2015. Two years ago we predicted the inevitable truth of the all you can eat Spotify subcription model. Like many of our predictions and proposals (example; windowing titles) we've had to wait for the industry to catch up to us.…

GearAndGuitars 19th May 2017 02:20 AM
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Exclusive Report: Spotify Artist Payments Are Declining In 2017, Data Shows



As Spotify prepares for their IPO, they may have forgotten one thing: artist payouts. A new chart shows that musicians are earning less on the service.

Whitecat 16th May 2017 11:23 AM
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Pirates pirate Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and demand ransom from Disney - The Verge



Hackers claim to have stolen the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are demanding that Disney pay a ransom or else have it released online, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline. ...

Whitecat 16th May 2017 09:44 AM
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PWR BTTM’s music is being pulled from digital stores and streaming services



A few days ago, indie rock band PWR BTTM was dropped from its label after sexual assault allegations against member Ben Hopkins began to surface.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2017 03:19 AM
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For Sale: Pandora Internet Radio (Serious Offers Only)



After losing nearly $750 million, Pandora Radio received a $150 million investment. However, as losses mount, will anyone purchase the company?

Whitecat 14th May 2017 08:31 AM
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Famous Hollywood recording studio Grandmaster Recorders sold for redevelopment - LA T



Legendary Hollywood recording studio Grandmaster Recorders to become restaurant

Whitecat 14th May 2017 01:28 AM
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‘It’s two hit songs then off’ – artists fight festivals’ shorter sets | Mus



Insiders say ‘stack ’em high’ formula of packing as many bands in as possible is driving performers away

GearAndGuitars 13th May 2017 05:23 AM
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BPI and IFPI slam Google-commissioned report claiming YouTube is not bad for biz |



The new report suggests that YouTube is not having a negative impact on the music industry, stating “without YouTube, 85% of time spent listening to it would be lost or shifted to lower or similar value channels”.

Whitecat 12th May 2017 09:31 AM
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Apple is bringing iTunes to the Windows Store - The Verge



Apple is planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft revealed it has been working with Apple to get...

Whitecat 11th May 2017 08:05 PM
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Universal Demands Cancellation Of $30 Million Deal With Prince Estate - Stereogum



Universal Music Group has demanded that its $31 million deal with the Prince estate involving the late icon's recorded-music catalog be canceled and the money

Whitecat 11th May 2017 06:40 PM
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The MP3 Is Officially Dead, According To Its Creators : The Record : NPR



The MP3 upended the way the world receives and hears music, for better and for worse. Now it's dead.

Whitecat 10th May 2017 09:27 PM
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Canadians want crackdown on ticket reselling and bots: poll - Manitoba - CBC News



Canadians are fed up with ticket resellers and want the government to make the practice illegal, a new poll by Angus Reid Institute suggests.

Whitecat 10th May 2017 08:32 PM
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How Is Pandora Doing? Well, It's Tough Out There : The Record : NPR



The Internet radio (and now on-demand streaming) service has $150 million coming from a private equity firm, as long as nobody wants to buy it for a fair price.

Whitecat 9th May 2017 08:03 AM
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Amazon moves into UK live music starting with Blondie London gig | Business | The Gua



US company to expand music strategy with Prime Live Events, in latest move to attract subscribers

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2017 05:49 PM
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SoundCloud Is Going Bankrupt & There's Nothing You Can Do About It | DMN



As a way to bring in new users, SoundCloud is quietly offering its Go+ service for three months at the low, low price of $1.

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2017 01:18 AM
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Napster, Spotify and the Fall of the 'Middle-Class Musician' | Rolling Stone



An excerpt from Jonathan Taplin's 'Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy'

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2017 01:15 AM
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The Last Songwriter Depicts Fate of Composers in the Digital Age | CMT



The Last Songwriter, a documentary that made its debut last week at the Nashville Film Festival, does not present quite as dire a picture as its title suggests, but it does depict the fate of composers working in the digital age.

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2017 01:12 AM
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The Reports Of The Record Industry's Rebirth Are Greatly Exaggerated | The Quietus



Last week the major labels were all over the media shouting excitedly about new positive streaming figures. But, points out Eamonn Forde, the reality is far from rosy - especially for those artists tQ loves.

GearAndGuitars 8th May 2017 01:06 AM
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The rise of the very short song | The Outline



The radio used to determine how artists made music. Streaming is changing everything.
Short Songs = More Plays. More Plays = More Money.
Whitecat 7th May 2017 04:49 PM
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Can’t help falling in price: why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value | Music |



As the King’s fans die of old age, and their collections hit the second-hand market, vintage Elvis records have never been cheaper

Whitecat 7th May 2017 03:42 PM
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Lazy Sundays in one of Amsterdam's great record shops | Travel | The Guardian



‘At Concerto you accidentally find records in the same way that John Peel used to present his radio show,’ says techno DJ Dave Clarke

Whitecat 6th May 2017 03:12 PM
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Spotify adds QR-like codes for quick music sharing



Spotify is rolling out a new feature to its mobile apps that offers a new way to instantly stream music or share songs with friends nearby.

Whitecat 4th May 2017 11:33 AM
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Adele earned £40m last year, says Sunday Times Rich List - BBC News



The singer made £40m last year, taking her fortune to £125m, the Sunday Times Rich List says.

Whitecat 3rd May 2017 11:01 AM
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The Eagles sue Hotel California | Reuters



The Eagles have filed a lawsuit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name "Hotel California," arguably the band's most famous song, without permission.

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2017 05:37 PM
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Kickass Torrents to be blocked Australia-wide within weeks - CNET



The Australian Federal Court has ordered the country's ISPs to block Kickass Torrents, but just how many different domains will they have to chase down?

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2017 05:36 PM
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Spotify Finally Caves And Begins Allowing Major Record Labels To 'Window' New



Sorry free listeners, you're going to have to wait to hear that new album everybody's talking about.

GearAndGuitars 1st May 2017 05:33 PM
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Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act Passes Congress Overwhelming



[UPDATED] HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a roll call vote with 378 for and 48 against. Little opposition is expected in the Republican controlled Senate and President Trump is expected to sign the law. The Register of...

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