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Whitecat 16th April 2015 02:41 PM
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Is your voice trustworthy, engaging or soothing to strangers? | Science | The Guardia



Analysis of millions of audio files has led one US company to claim that their software can predict how a person’s voice will make a listener feel
Slightly OT but interesting and could have implications in the future of vocal production?
Whitecat 16th April 2015 11:47 AM
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Wiz Khalifa's Paul Walker tribute 'See You Again' breaks Spotify record



'See You Again' now has the most streams in a single day on Spotify.

Whitecat 16th April 2015 10:05 AM
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The Media Column: The music business is starting to think the next big thing is just



Discovering new music talent like James Bay, this year’s tipped breakthrough act whose debut album duly topped the charts, is an expensive business for record companies.

GearAndGuitars 16th April 2015 02:12 AM
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Fair Play, Fair Pay Act Of 2015 Introduced To Congress - hypebot



Yesterday, House Democrats Jerrold Nadler, John Conyers Jr. and Ted Deutch and Republican House member Marsha Blackburn introduced the "Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015" to members of Congress seeking to make sure music creators receive fair pay for their work. During a press conference in New York on...
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GearAndGuitars 16th April 2015 01:44 AM
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The music industry has hit its rock bottom – Quartz



It's always darkest before the dawn. At least that's what executives*in the recorded music business*will be telling themselves this morning after new figures released by the*International Federation of the Phonographic Industry*showed that global revenue hit another low last year, falling below the $15 billion threshold in 2014 for the first time in recent memory. Once...
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GearAndGuitars 15th April 2015 06:38 PM
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Spotify Exploits Musicians: What is an Artist to Do? | Alternet



Many artists consider the music streaming service Spotify an exploitative enterprise. Earlier this year, Bjork announced that her new album would not be available on the service. She explained, "To work on something for two or three years and then just, oh, here it is for free. It’s not about the money, it’s about respect, you know? Respect for the craft and the amount of work you put into it."
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Whitecat 15th April 2015 06:01 PM
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Guitar Hero Live – how a UK developer re-envisioned the music gaming legend | Techn



Can the reactive crowds, first-person perspective stage performances and new controller re-awaken interest in guitar games?

GearAndGuitars 15th April 2015 02:46 AM
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Portishead made just $2,500 off 34 million streams | Consequence of Sound



Geoff Barrow shares rough estimate of a crappy deal.
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Whitecat 14th April 2015 07:40 PM
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NME News Ben Gibbard says Jay Z's Tidal is just 'millionaires complaining about not b



Read more on 'Ben Gibbard says Jay Z's Tidal is just 'millionaires complaining about not being paid'' from NME.COM

Whitecat 14th April 2015 05:30 PM
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Vinyl revival: is it back for good? | Bob Stanley | Comment is free | The Guardian



The Official Charts Company is launching new Top 40s for singles and albums, signalling that the vinyl revival is well under way

Whitecat 14th April 2015 05:10 PM
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Digital music revenues overtake physical sales for the first time - Telegraph



A strong growth in streaming services boosted digital sales despite dwindling downloads, according to the latest IFPI Digital Music Report

Whitecat 14th April 2015 09:42 AM
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Mumford & Sons: Tidal's celeb owners are 'new school f*cking plutocrats'



"That’s just commercial bullshit ... I don’t want to align myself with Spotify, Beats, Tidal, or whatever."

Whitecat 13th April 2015 02:43 PM
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David Bowie's new songs for Lazarus 'sound like classics' - BBC News



David Bowie has written a number of new "classics" about love and violence for his forthcoming musical stage show, its director has revealed.

Whitecat 13th April 2015 10:09 AM
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Vinyl records get into groove with own charts | Music | The Guardian



Rock-led record-buying revival leads Official Chart Company to begin top 40 singles and albums countdowns from Monday

GearAndGuitars 12th April 2015 02:07 AM
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He Wrote The Most Recorded Song In Rock History, Then Sold His Rights For $750. Don&#



R&B musician Richard Berry wrote "Louie Louie, AKA the most recorded rock song of all time. He sold his rights for $750 and ended up homeless until something amazing happened...
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GearAndGuitars 11th April 2015 05:38 PM
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Apple Thinks Exclusive Content Will Make Their Streaming Service Succeed - Digital Music News



According to Bloomberg, Apple has asked Florence and the Machine and over a dozen other artists for exclusives. They’ve also asked Taylor Swift and other artists about partnerships.
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GearAndGuitars 11th April 2015 05:35 PM
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TIDAL HiFi, Why I Kicked Spotify To The Curb | Music of Our Heart



Four years ago, I became a Day One subscriber to Spotify for $9.99 a month. I kicked Zune to the curb. I subscribed to Spotify for two main reasons. 1) Spotify promised better audio quality than the MP3 Freemium music distribution model. 2) Spotify promised to pay artists better royalty payments with a "portion" of…
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Whitecat 10th April 2015 09:26 PM
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EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office | Electronic Fr



San Francisco - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalided key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent” today after a petition for review from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)—a decision that significantly curtails the ability of a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small.

Whitecat 10th April 2015 08:36 AM
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10 things we learned from a day of indie labels talking digital music | Technology |



Thom Yorke as King Cnut, Madonna’s ‘ridiculous’ Meerkat debut, potential playlist payola, Spotify, SoundCloud and more from AIM Music Connected conference

GearAndGuitars 8th April 2015 05:17 PM
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CultureCrash | The Collapsing Fortunes of the Club Deejay



The latest evidence of this is an online rant of a club deejay. Here’s a bit from “The Dead Art of DJing” which shows the coming of the winner-take-all economy that’s reshaped other fields:
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Whitecat 8th April 2015 03:13 PM
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Q&A: Record producer Clive Davis talks past, present, future of music industry |



One of the biggest trends in the music industry over the last 49 years is not a sound or style, but a man – Clive Davis. Fondly referred to by his industry peers as “the Man with the Golden Ears,” Davis’ ability to identify top-level talent has cemented him as a titan in his industry.

Whitecat 8th April 2015 01:07 PM
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Music industry goes all-in on streaming



The buzzwords were many, issued from the stage throughout last week’s curiously memorable and well-covered media event announcing the new Tidal music-streaming service: notions of revolution, of changing the status
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GearAndGuitars 8th April 2015 01:59 AM
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'Dallas Buyers Club' wins copyright battle against Australian ISPs - RN Bre



Nearly 5,000 Australians may soon be receiving letters from Hollywood demanding damages for illegally downloading the film 'Dallas Buyers Club'.
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GearAndGuitars 8th April 2015 01:10 AM
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Vivendi in Talks to Buy 80% Stake in Dailymotion | New York Times



Vivendi, which also owns the Universal Music Group, on Tuesday entered exclusive talks to buy an 80 percent stake in Dailymotion for about 217 million euros, or about $235 million, from the French telecommunications giant Orange.
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GearAndGuitars 7th April 2015 09:42 PM
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Tidal Highlights YouTube’s Moral Hazard for All the World to See | MTP



Part of Tidal’s business model relies on artists being able to grant exclusives. The concept of an exclusive requires property rights that are respected by other platforms in the channel.

Imagine if Showtime began showing rips of Game of Thrones day and date with its HBO release. Forget that HBO would sue them and win. The actors, screenwriters, producers and the vast below the line personnel would think twice about working for Showtime in the future.
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Whitecat 7th April 2015 07:00 PM
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Lily Allen, you're wrong about Tidal | Music | The Guardian



Allen criticises Jay Z’s music streaming service, but it’s clear that he wants to credit the creators more – if he wanted profit he could sell branded headphones
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Whitecat 7th April 2015 12:44 PM
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Madonna uses Meerkat app to debut new Ghosttown music video | Technology | The Guardi



Promo will have its live premiere on star’s official channel, with social app joining Snapchat, Instagram and Grindr in her promotional armoury
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Whitecat 7th April 2015 12:32 PM
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Music's Marginal Reinvention: There's More Than Just Streaming | Seth Schac



It's not clear where all this plays out, but meeting many across the music industry this past year, I saw a clear picture of an industry trying to reinvent itself. And while labels still have an important role, the new equilibrium brings a healthy c...
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GearAndGuitars 7th April 2015 02:54 AM
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Sleeping Through A Revolution–reclaiming the creative class | MUSIC • TECHNOL


https://vimeo.com/122361826

If you do nothing else for yourself this week, take a half hour someplace quiet and watch Professor Jonathan Taplin’s remarkably insightful presentation at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, “Sleeping Through A Revolution.” Taplin gives a clear eyed history of the Silicon Valley unifying ideology that rationalizes events like 350 million take down notices as a product feature of Google search and selling advertising against ISIS videos in YouTubeistan.
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GearAndGuitars 7th April 2015 02:51 AM
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40 Funny Quotes By Musicians - My Music Masterclass



40 Funny Quotes By Musicians: As many of you know, I frequently post inspiring or funny musician quotes on our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ pages. Since there aren't many good sources to find all of these gems in one convenient place, I've decided to compile 40 of my favorites in this post. Feel free to add some more in the comment section below too...I'm always hunting for new ones. So, here we go…
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GearAndGuitars 7th April 2015 02:42 AM
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Jay-Z, Becoming An HBO For Streaming, And Digital Music Bling | Music Industry Blog



Jay-Z just made his much hyped entrance into streaming official with his star studded but awkward signing ceremony for TIDAL. Once having navigated a few objections from minor shareholders, Jay-Z’s first major act after successfully buying the not-very-appropriately-named-for-a-hip-hop-superstar WiMP was to rebrand it to TIDAL, the name that WiMP’s high quality service had been operating…
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GearAndGuitars 7th April 2015 02:41 AM
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Grooveshark Loses in Court Again, EMI Wins Summary Judgment in Copyright Case | Billb



Grooveshark, a music streaming service that's survived years of legal battles, could be closer to extinction after a court decision issued Friday.
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GearAndGuitars 7th April 2015 02:39 AM
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'Modernise' safe harbour laws for the tech oligarch era – IP czar • The Register



The Prime Minister’s outgoing IP advisor has said the shift in the balance of power to now-dominant tech multinationals means “Safe Harbour” provisions devised in the 1990s should be modernised and made fit for purpose.
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Whitecat 6th April 2015 10:53 PM
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Lily Allen warns Jay Z's Tidal could lead to more music piracy and affect new a



Lily Allen has criticised Jay Z's new music streaming service Tidal, warning it will lead to more piracy and could affect upcoming artists struggling to break into the industry.
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Whitecat 5th April 2015 08:26 PM
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Legal battle over Jay Z's sampling on Big Pimpin' comes to head after eight years | M



Descendent of Egyptian songwriter Baligh Hamdy claim rapper and producer Timbaland sampled the 1960 song Khosara Khosara without proper licences
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Whitecat 5th April 2015 07:47 PM
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Melody on the menu: how a sprinkle of Mozart might give your meal zing | Science | Th



Psychologists have found that colours and certain types of music can enhance the enjoyment of wine and food
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Whitecat 4th April 2015 08:46 PM
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Rock And Roll, Russian Gangsters & Rising From The Dead: The Saga Of Electro-Harm



The entrepreneurial spirit is like an unrestrainable beast that’s quivers beneath the skin of some folks. As Mr. Hyde was just a tantrum away from taking over the mannerly Dr. Jekyll, the inner entrepreneur has only to smell an opportunity for profit or market share before convulsing to the surface. [...]
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Whitecat 4th April 2015 06:51 PM
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West Molesey record shop owner in battle with Royal Mail - BBC News



The owner of a 42-year-old record shop in Surrey hopes a petition will stop his business from being taken over by Royal Mail.
If you live nearby, perhaps get involved in helping stand up for the little guy... the world needs more independent record shops, not fewer.
GearAndGuitars 4th April 2015 12:37 AM
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Turning a Profit From Music Mashups - WSJ



The music industry is gearing up to spin revenue from a new source: the billions of hours of DJ mixes and mashups that dance-music fans listen to online each year.
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GearAndGuitars 4th April 2015 12:32 AM
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Cracker’s David Lowery updates his Silicon Valley relationship status: It's complicated | Venture Beat



While recording the latest Cracker album in the East Bay, lead singer and songwriter David Lowery watched tensions between locals and the booming tech industry boil over.
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Whitecat 3rd April 2015 11:11 AM
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How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube? | Technology | Th



Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic
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GearAndGuitars 3rd April 2015 02:13 AM
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Spotify must change its free music service, says Universal records - Telegraph



First it was Taylor Swift, now the music label giant Universal is joining the chorus of those who fear Spotify's free music service is damaging the industry
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