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GearAndGuitars 13th October 2015 05:48 PM
Does Trans Pacific Partnership deal mean global online piracy will face the music? -

Does the Trans Pacific Partnership deal mean online piracy will finally have to face the music?
... law and order coming to the digital frontier? ...
Whitecat 13th October 2015 01:30 PM
David Bowie has 'decided to retire' according to live agent | Music | The Guardian

The artist’s booking agent compares Bowie to Phil Collins, and says that he has decided that he will never tour again

Whitecat 13th October 2015 11:43 AM
Elvis Costello and the curse of Top of the Pops | Music | The Guardian

‘Every time we played TOTP, we went down the charts’ … in this exclusive extract from his memoir, Elvis Costello relives the shiny suits, the flying harness – and the video that caught the unravelling of his marriage

Whitecat 13th October 2015 10:54 AM
TPP Wikileaks: ISP copyright infringement section revealed | BGR

Oh goody: A recent WikiLeaks document dump of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement reveals that the deal compels Internet service providers to hand over the identities of copyright infringers to rights holders.

GearAndGuitars 13th October 2015 02:40 AM
The Truth About Vinyl And Streaming – And It Is Not Pretty… | The Trichor

There’s a romanticism about vinyl, and we share that enthusiasm of the format for obvious reasons. However it should be noted that the romanticism that surrounds vinyl, is largely that- romanticism. Below we’ve assembled a number of recent editorials and reports about the state of vinyl production to shed some light and much needed perspective on this subject.
... ahhh romance...
GearAndGuitars 13th October 2015 02:32 AM
The War of Exclusives – an Incompatibility Problem | Cynical Musician

Whichever way you look at it, the streaming sphere has suddenly become competitive. Incumbent Spotify and the two upstarts now face stiff competition to increase their user-bases (and keep the users they already have) – and that is likely to result in a bidding war for exclusives on new releases. We are arguably seeing one of the first volleys being fired in the form of Prince’s latest: HITNRUN.

Score one for Jay Z.

Whitecat 12th October 2015 10:50 AM
Jimi Hendrix estate sues for return of guitar worth up to $1m | Music | The Guardian

The guitar store owner in Tucson who has the Acoustic Black Widow says he bought it in good faith but estate alleges it was stolen by a previous owner

GearAndGuitars 12th October 2015 07:37 AM
Is ‘Artisanal’ Music the Next New Thing? - The Daily Beast

Processed and modified are out. Natural and crafted are in. Is the music business about to imitate the food industry? And will the industry giants get caught napping again?

GearAndGuitars 12th October 2015 07:07 AM
YouTube Accounts for 40% of All Music Listening, and 4% of All Music RevenuesDigital

YouTube may be the worst-paying music platform on the planet, with Apple revealing fresh details on depressingly-low payouts to artists.

GearAndGuitars 12th October 2015 07:03 AM
The Devaluation of Music: It’s Worse Than You Think — Cuepoint — Medium

Starving artists have been affected by more than just piracy and streaming royalties

Whitecat 11th October 2015 12:04 PM
Tame Impala royalties lawsuit against record company dismissed - BBC Newsbeat

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

GearAndGuitars 11th October 2015 03:56 AM
Pandora Has $450 Million to Buy a Ticketing Company, But Only $5,600 to Pay a Top Son

Pandora is the largest online radio provider with 80 million users, but are they also the biggest exploiters of songwriters and musicians?
... So where is all that money going for artist royalties? ...
theblue1 10th October 2015 09:11 PM
Future Of Streaming Music Hangs On A 3 Member Board | The Daily Caller

Will there be competition or will there be an oligopoly?

GearAndGuitars 10th October 2015 02:08 AM
100 Million Fewer Downloads Have Been Sold In 2015Digital Music News

Just how badly are paid downloads sinking? The latest year-to-date stats from Nielsen show a shockingly strong plunge in 2015.
...the brain trust death spiral continues from the self inflected wound that is free streaming...
theblue1 10th October 2015 01:11 AM
Copyright Royalty Board Asks If It Can Set Different Rates for Different Music Suppli

The Copyright Royalty Board, which is currently deliberating for webcasting rates, may have just opened up a Pandora’s box for record labels: It has posed the question to the Copyright Office if it can set different royalty rates for different music suppliers.
Will the Copyright Royalty Board set a higher stream royalty rate for major labels than independent labels and musicians?
GearAndGuitars 9th October 2015 06:44 PM
The problem is the music-streaming companies | TheHill

It takes nearly one million streams, on average, for a songwriter to make just $100.

GearAndGuitars 9th October 2015 06:41 PM
Transparency Starts Upstream for Streaming Royalties | Huffington Post - Chris Castle

Remember--most streaming royalties are a share of the service's advertising revenue. If you can't confirm that all the advertising revenue is paid through properly, that would be worse than a record company refusing to let artists see CD manufacturing records. It would be like the label telling the artist they can't confirm all the sales from WalMart while boosting WalMart as a a major retail channel.

GearAndGuitars 9th October 2015 06:39 PM
Yes, Piracy Costs Content Creators a Fistful of Dollars | The Innovation Files

"While the literature is still open to new contributions, current research and analysis is demonstrating more and more that piracy has a measurable, negative impact on content creation and profits, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.”

theblue1 9th October 2015 06:03 PM
Universal Music Stole Streaming Royalties from Lady Gaga, Manager SaysDigital Music N

“We’ve always gotten screwed from record royalties, anyway…”

Last year, Digital Music News published a leaked portion of Lady Gaga’s contract with Universal Music Group sub-division Interscope Records. The source of the leak wanted to show how artists like Lady Gaga were being systematically underpaid, or not paid at all, on streaming through misleading and deceptive contract language.
The former manager of Lady Gaga confirms that his artist was systematically cheated by one of the largest labels in the world.

GearAndGuitars 9th October 2015 03:25 AM
Hatebreed Frontman Explains Why Online Piracy Is Much Worse Than Tape Trading or Burn

'No, it's specifically so you don't have to pay.' / Daily rock, metal, alternative, and punk music news at Ultimate-Guitar.Com

theblue1 9th October 2015 01:50 AM
50 Ways to Leave Your Record Label - Speakeasy - WSJ

Musical artists are deciding the disadvantages of major labels can outweigh the advantages.
The rise of the label services sector?
GearAndGuitars 8th October 2015 08:47 PM
Jimmy Iovine on Apple, music streaming and Taylor Swift - LA Times

On YouTube and music

"Here’s a little statistic ... they are 40% of consumption of music and 4% of the revenue. That's a problem!

Whitecat 8th October 2015 03:38 PM
Video games: US voice actors approve strike action - BBC News

The US actors who voice video games have voted to strike over pay and conditions unless agreement with publishers can be reached soon.

GearAndGuitars 8th October 2015 04:41 AM
Blake Morgan’s Notes from The Music Managers Forum’s first US meeting in

The Music Managers Forum is hosting a number of meetings in the US in the coming days: Blake Morgan attended the first MMF meeting in New York so we asked him some questions about how it went and what jewels of wisdom the assembled brain trust imparted to the audience. *For those of you who…
Whitecat 6th October 2015 09:40 PM
EDM After The Drop: What A Wounded Corporate Giant Means For Dance Music Culture : Th

Do the struggles at SFX Entertainment reflect the challenges of turning the dance-music experience into big business? Or is it something bigger?

GearAndGuitars 6th October 2015 06:04 AM
Wall Street Is Totally Unimpressed With Streaming MusicDigital Music News

The music industry hailed streaming music as its saviour. Now, with paid subscriber numbers flat, Wall Street is wondering what's going on.

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2015 04:43 PM
Russia Will Publish a List of 100 Major Advertisers Supporting PiracyDigital Music Ne

Russia is planning to out a long list of major brands by publishing a "Board of Shame" with the 100 biggest advertisers on pirate sites.

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2015 04:41 PM
Hacked Patreon Data Appears Online + How To Find Out If Your Data Was Breached - hype

Yesterday, we reported that Patreon had been hacked. At the time, company co-founder Jack Conte assured users that no sensitive information had been breached. Now, much of the hacked data has appeared online, and the damage may be worse than feared. The data hacked from popular fan patronage site Patreon...

GearAndGuitars 5th October 2015 04:40 PM
Which Billboard Artists Are Being Illegally Downloaded The Most? - hypebot

While Billboard takes a number of factors into account when calculating its rankings, it does not include illegal downloads, which would alter their statistics significantly. Here we look at which albums and genres are most commonly pirated, and what these illicit downloads might indicate for the artist. ______________________________________ Guest Post...

Whitecat 5th October 2015 02:00 PM
Why I ditched Apple Music for Spotify - CNET

Commentary: Back in June, I signed up for Apple Music, eager to make it my one-and-only music service. But after just a few weeks, I jumped ship for Spotify. Here's why.

Whitecat 5th October 2015 01:59 PM
Pink Floyd memorial for Syd Barrett in Cambridge set to be approved

A memorial in Cambridge to Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett looks likely after the city council proposed a £10,000 grant for the project. Calls for a prominent tribute to one of Cambridge's most...

GearAndGuitars 3rd October 2015 06:11 PM
No, vinyl sales have not overtaken music streaming revenues - Telegraph

Vinyl records generated more revenue in the first half of the year than free-to-use streaming services, but that's not the full story

Whitecat 3rd October 2015 09:17 AM
French rebel over music language quotas - BBC News

A radio boycott of a quota system to ensure French language music is widely heard is a reminder that cultural protection is very much alive in France, says Hugh Schofield.

Whitecat 2nd October 2015 08:13 PM
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall becomes first ever Bond No 1 | Music | The Guardian

Singer’s theme tune to the new Bond film Spectre tops UK singles charts, beating competition from Justin Bieber

Whitecat 30th September 2015 12:56 PM
Is Apple Music worth paying for? | Technology | The Guardian

Three months after its free trial began, users of Apple’s Spotify rival must decide whether to start paying for it. What are the pros and cons?

Whitecat 30th September 2015 12:36 PM
Exclusive: Apple snubbed invitation to put Apple Music on Chromecast Audio

Google’s new Chromecast Audio supports an impressive roster of music streaming services, but Apple Music is an unfortunate no-show.

GearAndGuitars 30th September 2015 06:59 AM
Guardian Live | The new music industry with Imogen Heap | The Guardian Members

Music is heard and enjoyed more than ever before, yet the industry has halved in value and creators are struggling to get …
Whitecat 29th September 2015 09:54 PM
The Power Station Is Up for Sale | Billboard

Among the albums made in the Manhattan complex: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," Rolling Stones' "Some Girls," Peter Gabriel's "So" and Duran Duran's "Seven and the Ragged Tiger."

GearAndGuitars 29th September 2015 09:16 PM
Taylor Swift Deleting Periscope Concert Streams: 5 Facts |

If you're looking for a live stream from Taylor Swift's 1989 concert, you might have a tough time. She's having all Periscope videos taken down.

Whitecat 29th September 2015 02:48 PM
Consumer Rights Act 2015 - Which?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is the biggest shake up in consumer rights law in a generation and seeks to ‘simplify, strengthen and modernise’ UK consumer law.
Of interest to UK-based consumers... your rights regarding purchases of both tangible goods (hardware, instruments etc) and software are about to change.
GearAndGuitars 28th September 2015 09:14 PM
In the age of digital music, the tape is making an unlikely comeback

Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.
... and two of my cassette threads were closed for being "controversial"...
Whitecat 28th September 2015 11:47 AM
Denmark Street: remembering its rich legacy

Walking its barely one hundred yards length today, it is hard to hear the echoes of Denmark Street as the birthplace of the British music business.

GearAndGuitars 28th September 2015 07:17 AM
Music copyright reform takes center stage in Nashville

Congressional leaders will be in Nashville on Tuesday for a listening session on music copyright issues.
GearAndGuitars 28th September 2015 02:44 AM
Insomnia, anxiety, break-ups … musicians on the dark side of touring | Music | The

Long hours in vans and solitary hotel rooms. Screaming fans when you’re on stage, then back home to feed the cat. Musicians talk about the psychological dangers of life on tour
... because touring and t-shirts, oh the glamorous life ...
Whitecat 27th September 2015 08:43 AM
The US vinyl market in 2015 is worth more than Spotify Free, YouTube and Vevo combine

The US vinyl market in 2015 is worth more than Spotify Free, YouTube and Vevo combined - The Vinyl Factory - The Home of Vinyl

GearAndGuitars 25th September 2015 12:40 AM
Can Blocking Ads Help Artists? Should Artists Encourage Fans to Block Ads? | The Tric

In the fight for fair pay artists are not at war with the Internet or really even the streaming services, we are at war with the online advertising industry. As we have demonstrated time and time again, subscription (paid) music streaming services pay at least 7 times the rate that the free services pay. When you see artists (like myself) post absurdly low royalty payments it’s usually from one of the services that is predominately ad supported. Above is a chart that illustrates this nicely.
... disruptive innovation baby ...
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