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Whitecat 10th April 2017 05:56 PM
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Jay Z's Spotify Catalog Pulled | Billboard



Jay Z, hip-hop megastar, music business mogul, entrepreneur and co-owner of streaming music site Tidal, has seemingly deployed his own "nuclear option."

Whitecat 6th April 2017 09:12 PM
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Are We Witnessing The Beginning Of The End For Free Music Streaming? : The Record : N



Spotify has long evangelized free listening as a way to pull users in to paying for its service. The music industry's patience with the strategy seems to have run out.

Whitecat 4th April 2017 08:57 PM
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Spotify to host top stars' albums for premium subscribers only | Technology | The Gua



Deal with Universal Music is first time users of music streaming service’s ad-supported free tier won’t have full access to catalogue

Whitecat 4th April 2017 07:50 AM
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Steve Lillywhite Sells CDs At Indonesian KFCs - Stereogum



In addition to his long and storied career of producing for bands like U2, the Rolling Stones, and Dave Matthews Band, Steve Lillywhite serves as the executive

Whitecat 1st April 2017 11:27 AM
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YouTube ‘exploits legal loopholes’ to pay artists poorly, RIAA claims



U.S. streaming revenues were up 68 percent year-on-year and for the first time accounted for the majority of the music industry's sales.

Whitecat 31st March 2017 07:35 AM
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U.S. Music Industry Sees First Double-Digit Growth in Almost 20 Years as Streaming Ta



Streaming overtakes sales for the first time as the leading driver of revenue for the U.S. recorded music business.

Whitecat 30th March 2017 12:50 PM
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Where Have All The Bob Seger Albums Gone? : The Record : NPR



In the era of streaming music, everything ever recorded is supposed to be at our fingertips. So how did one of the biggest names in the Classic Rock canon go missing?

Whitecat 27th March 2017 10:37 PM
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Don't believe the UK music industry has a problem? Just look at this year's festival



A recent comment piece fretted about why Ed Sheeran's*headline slot at Glastonbury*was greeted with “little more than a shrug”. The short answer? Everyone already knew. Ed Sheeran headlining*was the worst-kept secret in the music industry for months, and by the time he finally announced it, no one could be arsed to protest.* What critics are right about is that he probably shouldn't be headlining.

Whitecat 24th March 2017 11:23 PM
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Viagogo's shady reputation grows as it shuns critics | Business | The Guardian



Elusive company that snubbed MPs runs its multimillion ticket resale empire from a small office in a business park in Limerick, Ireland

Whitecat 23rd March 2017 01:50 PM
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There's a great singles chart out there – it's just not the one we use as the Top 4



The Official Charts Company’s physical singles chart, based on CD and vinyl sales, paints a very different picture to the ‘real’ Top 40 – and a much more attractive one

GearAndGuitars 22nd March 2017 05:40 AM
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Spotify Finally Finds a Way to Secure Licensing Deals and Go Public



Following months of negotiations with major music labels, Spotify looks to secure its IPO by locking down major albums for premium-only subscribers.

Whitecat 21st March 2017 01:01 PM
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Drake's 'More Life' Streamed 29M More Times on Apple Music Than Spotify in Last 24 Ho



Drake's new More Life album was streamed 89.9 million times during its first 24 hours on Apple Music, breaking single-day album streaming records...

Whitecat 20th March 2017 09:17 PM
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Pink Floyd to launch Interstellar Overdrive for Record Store Day - Prog



Pink Floyd will release previously unheard 1966 instrumental Interstellar Overdrive on 12-inch vinyl for this year’s Record Store Day.

Whitecat 18th March 2017 04:44 PM
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Apple paid Chance the Rapper $500,000 for a two-week exclusive



It's tough for streaming music services to stand out. Cosmetic differences aside, all of them offer virtually the same thing. Each major platform has the songs...

Whitecat 17th March 2017 12:55 AM
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New York's Music Business Drives $21 Billion Annually, Study Shows | Billboard



The city’s music business supports almost 60,000 jobs and $5 billion in wages, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group.

Whitecat 15th March 2017 11:36 PM
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Paul McCartney, Denied Control Over Beatles Hits For Decades, Is Told To Wait : The R



McCartney has long sought control of The Beatles hits he co-authored and has filed a court case against the company that controls them.

Whitecat 13th March 2017 05:27 PM
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Spotify Announces First Ever Weather-Triggered Song Release | Pitchfork



Spotify has announced the first weather-triggered release of a song. In a new initiative with outerwear company The North Face, Spotify is making White Denim’s new, rain-themed song “Seek No Shelter” available only in U.S. regions receiving rainfall.

Whitecat 12th March 2017 10:38 AM
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Hasbro And Harmonix Are Bringing The Party With 'DropMix'



Harmonix and Hasbro are bringing the party this fall with the release of DropMix, a music-themed mobile game where players collect physical cards to play against each other.

Whitecat 10th March 2017 09:49 PM
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Ed Sheeran's dominance of the Top 20 is a only a symptom of how sick the charts are |



With endless streaming on services such as Spotify, one artist was bound to dominate the Top 40 at some point. Can the charts be fixed?

Whitecat 10th March 2017 08:34 PM
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Ticket tout 'harvesting' software to become criminal offence | Money | The Guardian



Exclusive: Touts face unlimited fines in move to curb resale of tickets at huge mark-ups before fans can buy them
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Whitecat 10th March 2017 01:02 PM
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Two rare David Bowie albums will be released on Record Store Day - NME



Two rare David Bowie albums are to be released on vinyl to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day.

Whitecat 10th March 2017 10:03 AM
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Elton John walks into Vancouver record store, asks for gangster rap - British Columbi



Store clerks ask, "May I help you, sir?" all the time but it's not every day that they get to say, "May I help you, Sir Elton John?"

Whitecat 10th March 2017 12:22 AM
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The New Rules Of The Music Industry | The Huffington Post



Because music is still a business. Always has been. Always will be.

Whitecat 9th March 2017 12:27 PM
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Australian Music prize: AB Original become first Indigenous act to win $30,000 award



Briggs and Trials beat Nick Cave and the Avalanches to prize for their debut album, Reclaim Australia

Whitecat 8th March 2017 11:56 AM
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$7.5 million guitar sale in Lewes may smash world record



The sale of a 1935 Rickenbacker by Rehoboth's Nick Lee passed a Guinness record, with a $7.5 million price tag.

Whitecat 7th March 2017 06:40 PM
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Big changes are coming at Pandora this month - one way or another - Music Business Wo



MBW should have had some Pandora news for you on Friday (March 3).

That was the deadline for the streaming music company’s new nominations for its board. But, in a rare occurrence for a publicly-traded business, Pandora instead announced that it was postponing the event by two weeks, to next Friday (March 17).

This was not a run-of-the-mill declaration.

Whitecat 4th March 2017 12:17 AM
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SXSW Criticized Over Deportation Clause in Artist Contracts (VIDEO)



Several musicians have decided to pull out of this year's South by Southwest festival because of the clause.

Whitecat 2nd March 2017 11:32 PM
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Spotify Hits 50M Subscribers, Plans Hi-Fi Tier - Stereogum



Congratulations to Spotify! Today the streaming service hit 50 million paid subscribers, just a little over five months after reaching 40 million last fall.

Whitecat 2nd March 2017 01:40 PM
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U2’s being sued for stealing parts of Achtung Baby’s “The Fly”



A British songwriter is accusing U2 of ripping off one of his songs for a single off 1991’s Achtung Baby. Per Billboard, songwriter Paul Rose lodged a complaint against the band on Monday, seeking a songwriting credit and $5 million in damages over allegations that “The Fly” copies elements of his song “Nae Slappin.”

Whitecat 1st March 2017 05:14 PM
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Devialet and the Coming Sonic Boom - Bloomberg



Backed by Jay Z and the Qatari wealth fund, a French inventor wants to squeeze the technology of his Devialet audiophile amplifier into your mobile phone.

Whitecat 28th February 2017 05:49 PM
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Congrats To Tom DeLonge On His UFO Researcher Of The Year Award - Stereogum



Two years ago, under contentious circumstances, Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge was kicked out of the band. Since then, he's had time to pursue other interests

Whitecat 28th February 2017 10:34 AM
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Viagogo accused of trying to manipulate online reviews | Business | The Guardian



Controversial ticket resale website offered customers who attended concerts about a decade ago the chance of a €100 voucher if they posted on Trustpilot

Whitecat 27th February 2017 07:15 PM
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Dartford's Vox factory, popular with Rolling Stones and The Beatles, remembered with



When Dartford and music are mentioned together the Rolling Stones spring to mind but another piece of the town's musical heritage has been celebrated.

Whitecat 26th February 2017 09:09 AM
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13 Hours: Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Nomination for Greg P. Russell | Deadline



The Academy rescinded the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from 13 Hours for violation of Academy campaign regulations.

Whitecat 26th February 2017 01:01 AM
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'La La Land' sound mixer Ai-ling Lee makes Oscar history



Oscar-nominated sound editor and mixer Ai-ling Lee talks about her work on 'La La Land,' making car horns beep in a key that complements the music.

Whitecat 25th February 2017 01:05 AM
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T Bone Burnett Delivers Scathing Message to Copyright Office Urging Reform: 'Our



T Bone Burnett delivered a scathing video message to the U.S. Copyright Office today urging reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbors provision.

Whitecat 24th February 2017 01:59 PM
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Jack White makes vinyl beautiful at Third Man Pressing



Splashy new pressing plant, in the back of Third Man’s Cass Corridor retail store, celebrates its grand opening Saturday

Whitecat 23rd February 2017 01:02 AM
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Jay Z, Max Martin, Berry Gordy, Chicago and The Time To Enter The Songwriters Hall Of



Shawn Carter joins Swedish hit factory Max Martin, Motown co-founder Berry Gordy, The Time's Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and more.

Whitecat 20th February 2017 10:34 AM
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Google and Bing to demote pirate sites in UK web searches - BBC News



Copyright-infringing music and film websites and unofficial sport streams could be made harder to find under a new agreement.

GearAndGuitars 20th February 2017 05:23 AM
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High Court upholds Kim Dotcom extradition decision | Stuff.co.nz



The High Court has ruled against Kim Dotcom - and the case is set to head back to court.

Whitecat 18th February 2017 08:55 PM
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Chance the Rapper is turning down '$10m offers' to stay independent | The Independent



Chance the Rapper is reportedly turning down some very generous record label offers after he achieved a historic win at the 2017 Grammy Awards. The*New York Post*reports that the Chicago MC has turned down offers worth up to $10 million, after he beat Drake and Kanye West to win*the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Whitecat 15th February 2017 10:38 AM
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Viagogo accused of sitting on refunds after overcharging for tickets | Money | The Gu



Dozens of fans who bought gig tickets through website claim to have been left up to hundreds of pounds out of pocket

GearAndGuitars 14th February 2017 08:45 PM
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SoundCloud Execs Jump Ship as 'Desperate' Fundraising Begins



As SoundCloud begins a new round of fundraising, it downplayed two key executives suddenly (read: abruptly) leaving the company.

Whitecat 14th February 2017 03:31 PM
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UK Gov outlines plans to help protect live music venues | Musical instrument industry



New policy could help retailers expand their businesses to offer more live music events.

Whitecat 13th February 2017 09:40 PM
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What would it take to fix the Grammys?



Last night was the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, an event that, year after year, sparks the same debate: Do the Grammys actually matter? And while the question of awarding art is always up in the air, this year it was more apparent than ever that the Grammys really aren’t concerned with the awards themselves.

Whitecat 12th February 2017 12:42 PM
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What Big Tech's Quarterly Reports Say About The Future Of Music : The Record : NPR



The past week brought a slew of high-level financial filings from tech and music companies — from which we read the tea leaves.

chrisso 12th February 2017 12:31 PM
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The clock is ticking for Spotify - BBC News



Spotify may be "too big to fail", according to Billboard magazine, but the clock is ticking as the company hatches its plans to go public.
'In the interest of finally becoming a profitable company, it would like to lower that percentage, but this is unlikely to go down well with artists, who argue that the royalties they receive from streaming are unfairly low as it is.'
Whitecat 11th February 2017 03:13 PM
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The Grammys May Not Be Hip, But For These Nominees, The Awards Still Matter : NPR



In a year when the likes of Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber have dismissed the awards show as irrelevant, Mandalit del Barco speaks to a few artists for whom a Grammy win remains a very big deal.

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