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Whitecat 17th February 2015 02:25 PM
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is the music industry becoming a hobby for the upper classes? | read | i-D



After the argument between shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant, and privately educated singer James Blunt, i-D investigates the decline in working class musicians.

Whitecat 16th February 2015 11:44 PM
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Who's making money in digital music?



Musicians continue to sing the blues over royalty revenues in the digital era, where success online continues to be a mixed bag. "Nobody's making any money,"says Paul Resnikoff.

GearAndGuitars 15th February 2015 10:37 PM
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Zane Lowe defends new soundtrack for cult film Drive - BBC Newsbeat



Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe defends his new soundtrack for the movie Drive after criticism online.

Whitecat 15th February 2015 03:41 PM
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Zane Lowe to leave Radio 1 for Apple - Telegraph



The DJ, who is credited with helping to discover Adele and Ed Sheeran, is moving to iTunes radio

Whitecat 13th February 2015 09:41 PM
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Apple Doesn't Want to Compete -- It Wants to Own the Record Business | Billboard



Sources say changes at iTunes along with meetings between Jimmy Iovine and the labels signal the almost-here arrival of*a new, all-you-can-eat music subscription service.

Whitecat 13th February 2015 12:06 PM
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The iPod effect: how near limitless storage made content worthless | Media Network |



As many new iPhone users have to cope with less space, we should welcome the return of choice and value

Whitecat 12th February 2015 11:56 PM
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Blurred sidelines: meet the musicians who are doctors, gardeners and authors | Music



Recording artists are pursuing myriad other professions on top of their songcraft – and not simply to pay the bills

Whitecat 12th February 2015 04:12 PM
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Finland music industry statistics show rise of streaming - Business Insider



Finland is just like Sweden and Norway when it comes to music.

Whitecat 12th February 2015 04:11 PM
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Kanye West says upstaging Beck was 'a joke – like the Grammys themselves' | Music |



Rapper says his Grammys interruption of Beck was misconstrued and that he’d like to make music with Taylor Swift, whom he interrupted in 2009

GearAndGuitars 10th February 2015 07:15 PM
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New Models: The State of Music Commissioning | 21cm



The state of commissioning in the 21st century is so varied and confusing that even established composers have trouble describing it: to some it’s the best of times, to others, much more trying.

GearAndGuitars 10th February 2015 07:13 PM
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Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore



After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever.

Lars Fox 10th February 2015 01:23 AM
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Apple, The Record Label? | TechCrunch



You better believe that when Apple's streaming music service comes out later this year, it's going to come hard. Apple's MO is to arrive late but with..
game on!
GearAndGuitars 10th February 2015 12:21 AM
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Grammys 2015: Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Uses Speech to Lobby on Streaming



Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, joined by Jennifer Hudson and OneRepublic singer and producer Ryan Tedder, used his annual speech from the Grammy stage to introduce the Creators Alliance, meant to push for increased remuneration for artists in the digital age.

GearAndGuitars 9th February 2015 07:08 AM
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Grammys creating advocacy coalition | USA Today



Recording Academy president Neil Portnow will use his speech during tonight's 57th Grammy Awards to announce a Creators Alliance designed to bring the nation's music professionals together to lobby for copyright reform.

Whitecat 9th February 2015 02:28 AM
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Grammys 2015: The awards you didn't see - CNN.com



Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera -- and several artists added to their lifetime hauls.

GearAndGuitars 8th February 2015 09:28 AM
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Grammys 2015: Transcript of Bob Dylan's MusiCares Person of Year speech - LA Tim



Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night. After performances by artists including Tom Jones , Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Beck, Jackson Browne and others, Dylan himself took a rare opportunity in the spotlight to deliver a 30-plus-minute acceptance speech.

GearAndGuitars 8th February 2015 09:07 AM
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Bob Dylan's Surprising Speech Highlights Incredible MusiCares Tribute | Rolling Stone



Stars like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Jack White covered Bob Dylan's music at the 2015 MusiCares 'Person of the Year' dinner. Read our report.

Whitecat 7th February 2015 06:39 PM
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Deke Dickerson's 'The Strat in the Attic 1 & 2': The Definitive Study of 'Guitarchaeo



With a wonderfully breezy writing style, Mr. Dickerson imparts newly uncovered history of one of the single most influential and culturally important items Mankind has ever devised... The Electric Guitar....

GearAndGuitars 7th February 2015 08:59 AM
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Can the music industry survive the streaming revolution? | PBS



ROSANNE CASH: OK. For an 18-month period, I had 600,000 streams, and I was paid $104.

HARI SREENIVASAN: One hundred and four dollars…

ROSANNE CASH: Yes.

HARI SREENIVASAN: … for 600,000 streams?

ROSANNE CASH: Yes.

Whitecat 6th February 2015 11:42 PM
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Proxy music: why the cover version's days could be numbered | Music | The Guardian



iTunes and the US government are both reportedly overhauling their rules for licensing cover versions. But the music industry is conflicted about how to handle a great tradition of pop-scavenging

Whitecat 6th February 2015 06:31 PM
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A revitalized Capitol Records forges a new path forward - LA Times



One of the first things Steve Barnett did when he took the helm at Capitol Records in 2012 was to pull down all the framed and platinum records that had long adorned the lobby of the landmark Capitol Tower offices in Hollywood. The cheap cardboard cutout of the Beatles that used to greet visitors, also gone.

Whitecat 5th February 2015 02:47 AM
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Apple reportedly integrating Beats streaming into iOS and iTunes — Tech News an



After*Beats was purchased in 2014, and even before then, one main question facing Apple is when the company plans to come out with a streaming music service. According to a new report from ace*Apple*reporter*Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, the company has been working to integrate*Beats Music streaming […]

Whitecat 3rd February 2015 12:12 PM
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Neil Young dismisses vinyl revival as a 'fashion statement' | Music | The Guardian



The legendary rocker, who has launched his own music player, says people are listening to digital masters, which ‘are actually CDs on vinyl’

GearAndGuitars 3rd February 2015 07:10 AM
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We Believe The Cellist: Google Smears @zoecello and All Independent Artists | The Trichordist



As David noted in his recent post (“Zoë Keating vs YouTube: The End of an Artist’s Right to Choose Where Their Music Appears on The Internet“), Google started a whisper campaign to journalists against Zoë Keating as soon–if not even before–the story first broke on Digital Music News. What is a “whisper campaign”? It’s an anonymous effort by a usually skilled corporate PR department to discredit someone who is criticizing the corporation, an effort directed at journalists with whom the corporate flacks have a relationship and who are willing to publish unattributed statements that contradict the whistleblower who spoke on the record.

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2015 06:57 PM
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Father John Misty is here to make fun of every digital music service at once | Bleade



The songwriter takes aim at Pono and Spotify with a satirical streaming music service called SAP.

Whitecat 2nd February 2015 05:26 PM
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Spotify cancels launch in Russia for the 'foreseeable future' - Business N



Music-streaming service Spotify has cancelled its launch in Russia – amid continuing unrest in the country.

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2015 09:33 AM
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The Dark Side Of YouTube | Zach Hemsey

It’s no secret that copyrighted content gets illegally uploaded to YouTube daily. Many of these videos are completely harmless (fan-made music videos, bedroom sing-alongs, etc). However, few realize that copyrighted content is also being illegally monetized on YouTube daily. This occurs when someone naively (or not so naively) monetizes their upload of a 3rd party work, but it also occurs in a far more troubling way: the systematic monetization of every upload of a 3rd party work via YouTube’s Content ID System.

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2015 02:36 AM
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Online infringement hurts: interviews with Australian creators



Music is no longer a treasured experience between artist and audience, people want easy consumption and access – Australian musician/ songwriter. Australian creators have been severely affected both financially…

GearAndGuitars 2nd February 2015 12:12 AM
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Apple aims to "legalize" music, video file sharing with new patent | ZDNet



It's likely this will build on Apple's own AirDrop technology. But this may be one of the first steps in recent years that may combat illegal file sharing.

GearAndGuitars 1st February 2015 11:58 PM
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An Argument for Bringing Back Mini-CDs and 8-Track Tapes | WIRED



“Unless something physically exists, unless I can touch it, it doesn’t have the same significance," says one artist.

GearAndGuitars 1st February 2015 01:24 AM
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Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes



It was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. Its inventors sought $800,000 in funding from the public — but raised a gigantic $6.2 million.

GearAndGuitars 31st January 2015 05:51 PM
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How To Ruin Your Career & Bring Down The Music Industry - 8dio



So here we are … the revenue is pretty cut in half over the last 15 years and there are no signs of notable recovery. We are seeing streaming services that makes it impossible for any upcoming artist to make any notable revenue and even high-end artists (ex. Taylor Swift) have decided to pull out. But the notion is not just that music should be free. It is also that movies, games, software and music software should be free..

GearAndGuitars 30th January 2015 05:13 PM
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Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit over unpaid royalties - LA Times



Sly Stone is awarded $5 million in lawsuit against Jerry Goldstein, Glenn Stone and Even St. Productions over unpaid royalties

GearAndGuitars 29th January 2015 10:53 PM
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Italy Launches Largest Ever Pirate Site Blockade | TorrentFreak



A complaint filed by 21st Century Fox's Sky TV has ended in Italy's most aggressive site-blocking action yet. Coordinated by the Public Prosecutor of Rome, the operation has resulted in more than 120 international 'pirate' streaming websites being blacked out by local ISPs

Whitecat 29th January 2015 10:38 PM
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Tom Petty on Sam Smith song similarity: 'Nothing more than a musical accident' | Musi



Veteran singer publishes amicable response regarding Stay With Me’s likeness to 1989 hit I Won’t Back Down

Whitecat 29th January 2015 09:12 PM
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Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays | Music | The Guardian



In 50s Soviet Union, western records such as Rock Around the Clock and Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy were banned. But intrepid music lovers found a way to defy the authorities by making bootleg pressings on discarded x-rays. Pete Paphides reports

GearAndGuitars 29th January 2015 07:49 PM
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Assessing piracy harm is like climate science. - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of



An article in TorrentFreak wonders why piracy didn't harm the box office success of "American Sniper." This is the wrong question.

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