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Whitecat 6th March 2018 12:44 AM
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Grizzly Bear Frontman Explains Why The Music Industry Is ****ed - Stereogum



Over the weekend, Grizzly Bear kicked off a tour in New Zealand and Australia, and the band's frontman Ed Droste took to his Instagram story to lament the state

Whitecat 5th March 2018 11:05 PM
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Martin Shkreli Has to Give Up His Precious Wu-Tang Album - VICE



The pharma bro will have to use the $2 million purchase toward the $7.36 million he owes the government.

Whitecat 5th March 2018 02:32 PM
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How bands are escaping the music industry snake pit - BBC News



Technology is helping musicians, bands and artists get a bigger share of the revenues from their work.

Whitecat 5th March 2018 02:31 PM
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Spotify Is Getting Paid to Save the Music Industry: DealBook Briefing - The New York



Spotify has revived the fortunes of recording artists, funneling billions of dollars to music companies. But a charity Spotify is not.

Whitecat 4th March 2018 10:55 PM
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15-Month-Old Bon Jovi Album Hits #1 Thanks To Concert Ticket Bundle - Stereogum



​Bon Jovi’s former #1 album, This House Is Not For Sale, is back atop the Billboard 200 chart for a second week. The set re-enters the tally with 120,000

Whitecat 3rd March 2018 01:25 AM
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Journey's Greatest Hits*hits 500 weeks on the Billboard 200



In this life, we all make choices. You can save your money, or you can spend it. You can build walls around your heart to keep it safe, or you can open yourself up to love. You can ignore the way your brain stem lights up every time you hear the intro of “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” or you can liberate yourself with the truth: Being an insufferable snob is a stifling and joyless way to live, and liking Journey is actually okay.

Whitecat 3rd March 2018 01:04 AM
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Is Spotify really worth $20bn? | Technology | The Guardian



Music service will soon have its IPO and investors think it can be as big as Netflix. Are they right?

Whitecat 2nd March 2018 11:30 PM
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Mike Huckabee Resigns From Music Education Board After Fierce Backlash From Nashville



Huckabee's appointment to the board of the Country Music Association Foundation, a music education initiative, lasted a single day.

GearAndGuitars 1st March 2018 07:13 PM
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‘Success’ on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty - Bloomberg



You can have a million views a month and still not be able to make rent

GearAndGuitars 27th February 2018 08:08 PM
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Neil Young: Google, Facebook, Amazon 'Use All the Great Music of All Time &



Neil Young worries about how young artists can survive. Here, he berates Google, Facebook, and Amazon for grossly underpaying artists.

Whitecat 26th February 2018 03:38 PM
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Avid Technology Names Jeff Rosica As CEO; Terminates Louis Hernandez, Jr. - Nasdaq.co



-Avid Technology Inc. said its board of directors has appointed Jeff Rosica as Chief Executive Officer of the company, with immediate effect. The.

Whitecat 25th February 2018 11:24 PM
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Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz Talks Challenges Facing Guitar Retail Industry: 'Th



If Gibson Guitars is in serious financial straits, longtime owner and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has an extremely good poker face - but he's realistic about the challenges ahead.

Whitecat 25th February 2018 09:43 AM
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Public broadcaster music library closing, CD’s to be digitised, destroyed



Canada’s public broadcaster CBC (English) and Radio-Canada (French) is going through massive changes. [caption id=

Whitecat 23rd February 2018 11:26 AM
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How Claiming Creative Control Helps Women Musicians Stay The Course : NPR



The 1990s saw a wave of prominent women musicians who took the reins, creatively and professionally, over their music — and provided a blueprint for lasting careers.

GearAndGuitars 23rd February 2018 03:50 AM
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Snapchat Market Value Drops $1.3B After Single Tweet, CEO Earned $638M Last Year - hy



If you live by social media, you die by social media. Just ask any musician who spent countless hours building an audience on MySpace audience (and now there are signs that Facebook is next). Today, the market value of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. fell $1.3 billion after a single tweet...

GearAndGuitars 23rd February 2018 03:45 AM
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Pandora Is Losing 850,000 Listeners a Month. Now for the Bad News...



Pandora has los 8 million users in 9 months, according to the latest financial disclosures.* What could be worse than that?

Whitecat 22nd February 2018 09:23 AM
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The great big Spotify scam: Did a Bulgarian playlister swindle their way to a fortune



A Bulgarian playlist-maker scammed the Spotify payout system for months last year – and could well have made themselves a millionaire off Daniel Ek’s platform.

Whitecat 20th February 2018 03:06 PM
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Spotify Job Listings Say Company 'On Its Way' to Launch of First Physical Products, H



Following an ad for a senior product manager last spring that hinted at Spotify's interest in creating a hardware product, this week a collection...

Arthur Stone 20th February 2018 01:36 AM
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Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy | The Independent



One of the world's favourite*guitar*manufacturers*could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.* Gibson, a favourite of musicians*such as*BB King, Slash, Santana and Bob Marley, is struggling with*debt repayment deadlines and the recent departure of its chief financial officer after less than a year in the job.
Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy.
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One of the world's favourite guitar manufacturers could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.

According to a recent report in the Nashville Post, Gibson Guitars faces a $375m (£268m) deadline for a debt repayment in less than six months’ time. A further $145m worth of bank loans are due to mature immediately, if those notes – which were issued back in 2013 – are not refinanced or repaid by 23 July...

Whitecat 17th February 2018 02:08 AM
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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.

Whitecat 15th February 2018 05:29 PM
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Neil Young Says Pono Was Killed By Record Labels - Stereogum



We all remember Pono, don't we? Neil Young's Kickstarter-funded vanity music player cost $400. It had a 64-gig storage capacity and a tiny, ****ed-up

Whitecat 14th February 2018 04:00 PM
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Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K



Of all the one-of-a-kind Prince items to go up for sale since his death, Chris Moon's new offering might be the biggest surprise with the highest price tag.

Whitecat 13th February 2018 12:24 AM
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Gibson ‘running out of time – rapidly’ | Nashville Post



Company faces big debt deadlines; CFO exits after less than a year

Whitecat 12th February 2018 07:49 PM
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Music Industry Men Join Cry To Change The Recording Academy : The Record : NPR



Nearly forty powerful men in the business have signed a letter calling for the Grammy organization to "transform its member base."

Whitecat 12th February 2018 07:32 PM
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Here’s why you don’t like new music any more



Every week, Spotify and Apple Music are flooded with a slew of new, zeitgeist-defining albums that are yours for the streaming. Why, then, after a few songs, do we tend to retreat back into the comforting arms of Tupac Shakur, Alanis Morissette, or Robert Smith? No, it’s not because nobody makes ’em like they used to; it’s because, as is the case with pretty much everything in life, we’re still beholden to the things that shaped us as teenagers.

Whitecat 7th February 2018 01:05 PM
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EU to review Apple's reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam | Technology | The G



European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden

Whitecat 6th February 2018 10:56 AM
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The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Slaves To The Algorithm: How Facebook Is Throttling Underground Culture



We turn to the art in times of political strife - it helps us to navigate, and alleviate, our troubles. So what happens when one of the causes of that political strife is absorbing more and more of our arts and culture?

Whitecat 4th February 2018 07:39 PM
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Apple Music Now Has 36 Million Subscribers, Could Eclipse Spotify in United States Th



Apple Music now has 36 million paying subscribers around the world, an increase from well over 30 million reported last September. Apple...

Whitecat 4th February 2018 12:05 PM
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Pirate Bay warning: internet provider forced to hand over names of illegal downloader




 A landmark ruling in Sweden has forced a popular ISP to hand over the names of those engaged in piracy


Whitecat 3rd February 2018 12:11 PM
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Women in music to man in charge of Grammys: 'Time's up, Neil'



"We do not have to sing louder, jump higher or be nicer to prove ourselves."

Whitecat 3rd February 2018 12:23 AM
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Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs, And Target Might Be Next - Stereogum



Even though digital is on the upswing, physical is still performing relatively well on a global basis -- if not in the U.S. market, where CD sales were down 18

Whitecat 2nd February 2018 06:22 PM
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Spotify adds songwriter credits to desktop platform - and they're coming to mobi



It’s been a long time coming – but Spotify has confirmed that it is finally adding songwriter and producer credits to its platform.

Whitecat 2nd February 2018 12:14 AM
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The audio expert behind the Super Bowl halftime show reveals secrets about the year



Sound engineer Patrick Baltzell designed the audio for the Super Bowl halftime show for the first time in 1998, and in that year and the five that followed it all went great. Fans in the stadium could clearly hear performers such as Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder or Phil Collins and U2, and the millions and millions of viewers watching on television never missed a note.

But in 2004, when Super Bowl XXXVIII was headed to Houston, Baltzell realized he had a problem.

Whitecat 1st February 2018 04:59 PM
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Chinese Rap In Chengdu Tackles Consumer Culture And More : NPR



In the capital city of Sichuan province, rappers are channeling frustrations about China's education system, economy and the treatment of ethnic outsiders into their music.

Whitecat 31st January 2018 01:01 PM
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Lorde: Israeli fans sue activists over tour cancellation | World news | The Guardian



Lorde cancelled Tel Aviv performance as part of ‘artistic boycott’ prompting Israeli law group to file suit against New Zealand women for ‘emotional injury’

Whitecat 30th January 2018 11:38 AM
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'We Shall Overcome' Ruled Public Domain In Copyright Settlement : NPR



The civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" is now in the public domain. The music publishers that copyrighted the song in the 1960s settled the lawsuit on Friday.

mikeka 29th January 2018 05:35 PM
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New Ruling Raises Music Streaming Royalties for Songwriters on Apple Music, Spotify,



The Copyright Royalty Board this past weekend ruled on a long-running music streaming royalty case in the U.S., favoring songwriters and music...
Maybe some good news?
Whitecat 29th January 2018 11:51 AM
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My problem with Spotify – even though I’m a subscriber | John Harris | Opinion |



It’s a miracle of the age, but Spotify’s suspect ‘playlists’, shaky finances and low pay are bad for music fans and creators alike

Whitecat 29th January 2018 12:13 AM
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New Study Shows A Grave Lack Of Gender Diversity In The Music Industry : NPR



Among other findings, more than 90 percent of Grammy nominees in the past six years have been men.

Whitecat 26th January 2018 08:58 AM
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Spotify's Unusual IPO Model Will Test The Company's Strength : NPR



Spotify's IPO, slated for this spring, gives investment banks a smaller role in the company's trading. It's been seen as a sign of Spotify's strength, but there are many unanswered questions.

Whitecat 26th January 2018 01:37 AM
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Competition Bureau sues Ticketmaster for inflating prices with mandatory fees - Natio



Canada’s Competition Bureau is suing Ticketmaster for deceptive practices.

Whitecat 24th January 2018 07:50 PM
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Enrique Iglesias sues Universal for lost royalties in multimillion dollar lawsuit | M



The Latin pop star filed a suit in Miami alleging that Universal ‘systematically underpaid’ his streaming royalties

Whitecat 24th January 2018 04:33 PM
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YouTube Unveils Plans to Benefit Artists & Songwriters: Consolidating Content, Im



YouTube announced plans on Tuesday to consolidate artist's channels on its platform, uniting all an artist's subscribers under their Official Artist Channel.

Whitecat 24th January 2018 10:05 AM
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Where Are All the Female Music Producers?



Why no woman has ever been awarded the Grammy for producer of the year, non-classical -- and what female producers face behind the boards.

Whitecat 23rd January 2018 09:13 PM
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Young team: Scottish post-rock band Mogwai sponsor primary school footballers | Music



The band behind Like Herod, A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters and Kids Will Be Skeletons sponsor kits for the school in Roystonhill, Glasgow

Whitecat 20th January 2018 01:46 PM
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Music venues hail 'seismic victory' in housing noise battle - BBC News



Developers, rather than venues, will have to deal with complaints from new residents, say ministers.

Whitecat 19th January 2018 07:35 PM
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Def Leppard Finally Stream Their Classic Albums - Stereogum



Long-running pop-metal greats Def Leppard were, until today, one of the last multi-platinum titans whose music still wasn't available on streaming platforms.

Whitecat 19th January 2018 01:22 PM
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The Eagles settle Hotel California legal battle - BBC News



The veteran rock band had sued a Mexican hotel that named itself after their biggest hit.

Whitecat 19th January 2018 01:18 AM
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UMPG Partners With Max Martin's Auddly to Tackle Music's Song Data Problem



Today, Auddly announces a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for the company to begin using its software to help manage and track song data. Although Auddly already works with several large performance rights organizations, this is its first deal with a major publisher.

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