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Whitecat 19th August 2013 06:24 PM
Musician calls for big bands to come clean on secret backing tracks - News - Music -

Bands who rely on secret backing tapes when they play live are “conning” fans, a rising musician has claimed.

GearAndGuitars 18th August 2013 05:13 PM
Pollstar’s Mid-Year Charts for 2013 | Pollstar

Bon Jovi ruled the world during the first six months of 2013, achieving the No. 1 position on Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours while The Rolling Stones topped North America’s touring scene.

Whitecat 17th August 2013 12:08 PM
Increase in capital's vinyl sales

Buying music on vinyl is becoming increasingly popular with sales doubling in the past year.

Whitecat 15th August 2013 03:00 PM
Want a Job in the Music Business? These Are the Cities You Should Live In (From the M

Big cities like New York and Los Angeles have more music industry jobs, but you're more likely to have a neighbor in the biz in Nashville.

Whitecat 14th August 2013 03:40 PM
DJ David Guetta says electro music is 'growing' -

From Brazil to Malaysia, Thailand to Canada, electronic music festivals are springing up worldwide as record labels and promoters push for a dance revolution with a new beat.

Whitecat 14th August 2013 03:39 PM
Steinway agrees $512m private sale

Steinway Musical Instruments, the US company famous for its grand pianos, agrees a buyout deal with hedge fund firm Paulson & Co.

GearAndGuitars 13th August 2013 08:13 PM
Special Report -- The Pandora Wars: 'You Can't Be Victim to Congress and Success to Wall St.'

"Legislation is often about helping victims. Wall Street is about survival of the fittest. Those are two contradictory messages. You can't present yourself as a victim to Congress and as a successful company to Wall Street."

GearAndGuitars 13th August 2013 08:07 PM
The Future of Anti-Piracy? Millions of Lady Gaga Fans Plug A Leak | DMN

The extremely unusual public shaming is now a coordinated effort involving Lady Gaga, Universal Music Group, and die-hard Little Monsters. Which has subsequently led to removals and shutdowns at familiar places like Soundcloud and Perez Hilton.

Sounds like the emergence of crowd-sourced anti-piracy, with other artists potentially following suit. Gaga first sparked the outrage, and even lent support to another artist suffering a big leak, Katy Perry.

GearAndGuitars 12th August 2013 07:25 PM
How Will Musicians Survive In the Spotify Era? : The New Yorker

Sasha Frere-Jones, Dave Allen, Jace Clayton, and Damon Krukowski discuss how (mildly) popular musicians are going to survive.

Krukowski: What jumps out at me is how Dave’s emphasis on artists holding on to copyrights and Jace’s idea of microsales to microaudiences are both about musicians capitalizing on their work without going through mediators (which is how I read Wilco’s business efforts, as well).

That seems like a natural way to use the power of the Internet, to reach one’s audience directly—yet here we are dealing with larger structures than ever that stand between music and online listeners: Apple, Spotify, Pandora… The audience is being seduced to turn to ever-decreasing numbers of sources for music, even as they are being encouraged to diversify their listening. The middleman is only growing bigger.

GearAndGuitars 12th August 2013 05:48 AM
Why Telling Artists To Stop Selling Music & Just Make Money Through Live Shows Is Ridiculous

There are a lot of reasons it's ridiculous for people in the tech world, in particular, to say that you should just give away all your music for free and make a living through live shows.

GearAndGuitars 6th August 2013 10:39 PM
Lou Reed and Dead Kennedys Go Public Against Ad Funded Piracy with Facebook Posts

In the recent weeks we’ve heard from Aimee Mann, Pink Floyd, Thom Yorke, Blake Morgan, Lou Reed and the Dead Kennedys on various issues negatively effecting artists in the “digital economy.”

Whitecat 6th August 2013 11:46 AM
Cowell calls music business 'a girls' World'

Perhaps you haven't noticed but Simon Cowell is, quite literally, level-headed.

GearAndGuitars 2nd August 2013 04:31 PM
U.S. Album Sales Hit Historic Lows | Billboard

U.S. album sales have hit new historic lows over the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive stretch in the SoundScan era that the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units. And, over the last two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows. Which begs the question, is it all due to the summer doldrums, streaming's rise, dwindling catalog sales or all three?

GearAndGuitars 1st August 2013 04:01 PM
Lou Reed doesn’t like it when his music is pirated | PandoDaily

On one hand you could argue that these advertisers don’t control where their ads appear if Google is serving them. On the other, ad networks are a convenient cover for these brands. Do you see American Express, AT&T, and Chevrolet advertisements on hardcore porn sites? If not, can’t Google, if it wanted, screen out pirate music sites?

GearAndGuitars 1st August 2013 03:57 PM
Digital Music News - This Is the Story of How Convenience Killed Piracy In Norway...

Convenience works for us as a business. It works for the audience. Convenience is the best remedy and will in the end marginalize piracy to the point of insignificance. Blocking TPB would accelerate the process, since they, too, provide a form of convenience. Tell every politician you meet to block them and similar sites.

GearAndGuitars 31st July 2013 04:16 AM
Repeat after me… “Artists are Innovators!” | Vox Indie

Testimony from copyright hearing highlights what’s at stake for content creators

Whitecat 30th July 2013 01:20 PM
Spotify vs Musicians: 10 things to read to better understand the debate | Technology

Is streaming music harming the careers of new artists, or could it be their salvation? Here are some opinions and data to help you reach an informed view. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 30th July 2013 01:19 PM
Business Matters: Misinterpreting The Size, Shape and Momentum of the Digital Music M

The data should create the narrative, not the other way around. A number of journalists have ignored this rule in recent weeks. If you stay current on music industry news, you may have read some articles that will give you the wrong impression about the size, shape and momentum of the digital music marketplace.

Whitecat 30th July 2013 01:18 PM
9.7 billion reasons to like Nashville's music industry - Nashville Business Journal


Nashville's music and entertainment industry has a $9.7 billion annual economic ...

GearAndGuitars 29th July 2013 11:35 PM
Why Spotify is NOT the Enemy of Artists, and Who Is… | The Trichordist

As much as we disagree with Spotify over their rates and PR spin on several issues, we also recognize that they are legal, licensed and pay out royalties as they have been negotiated. Artists are able to opt out of Spotify individually (and also if their label permits). It is for these reasons that Spotify are NOT the enemy.

However this begs the question, if Spotify are not the enemy, who is? Well, as we stated above it is the massively deceptive Ad Tech businesses who have been financing mainstream music piracy for over a decade. This is the Silicon Valley internet tech lobby (lead by Google) who seek to dismantle and destroy copyright protection for individual creators.

GearAndGuitars 25th July 2013 05:04 PM
Why Spotify's Piracy Study Isn't Cause for Celebration | SPIN | Newswire

Report shows promising signs, but only in the Netherlands. There are currently no plans to do a similar study in the U.S. or U.K. markets.

The report follows news that music sales increased greatly in Sweden, Spotify's home country, corresponding with the service's growing popularity there. Which is great news across the pond, but which doesn't necessarily scale to America's humungous market. The Netherlands is a country of under 17 million people with 6.8 million residential broadband connections versus the United State's 313 million population and 82.4 million broadband users.

GearAndGuitars 24th July 2013 07:59 PM
Aimee Mann Could Score Millions in Massive Digital Royalty Lawsuit | SPIN | Newswire

Lawyer cites Thom Yorke amid $18 million copyright-infringement case against MediaNet

GearAndGuitars 23rd July 2013 03:18 AM
Royalty disputes strike sour note in streaming music | USA TODAY

Streaming music continues to grow but some artists such as Thom Yorke and Pink Floyd are rebelling at what they consider an unbalanced revenue equation.

The digital music evolution has become "a paradox," says Resnikoff, "in which consumers have about 100 times more enjoyment and access than they have ever had, but the only problem is that the value of those plays ... (what) goes back to artists has decreased. That causes all sorts of problems."

Whitecat 22nd July 2013 11:50 AM
Bolan son sues music publisher

The son of T Rex frontman, Marc Bolan, is suing a UK music publisher for $2m, alleging the company has violated copyright laws.

GearAndGuitars 22nd July 2013 04:52 AM
Digital Music News - It's Official: Paid Downloads Are Down 2.3 Percent In the US...

According to half-year stats shared by Nielsen Soundscan with Digital Music News this weekend, paid downloads are slumping 2.3 percent at the half-point, meaning the period from January 1st through June 30th.

GearAndGuitars 19th July 2013 08:30 PM
Half of surveyed Britons listened to pirated music last month says | Music Week

Almost half of a sample of Britons listened to illegally downloaded music last month, according to new survey by music streaming service

When asked whether they had listened to music acquired from an illegal online service, from the 976 respondents, 49 per cent admitted that they had

GearAndGuitars 18th July 2013 09:11 PM
Industry Roundup: Tech Giants Block Music Piracy | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

Every torrent site you visit will often have banner ads, and there's big money in it with the kind of traffic that these torrent sites pull. But some have questioned why companies like Google can't do more to take their ad networks off these sites and potentially stop piracy for good.

Now the major tech companies have taken action, with Google, Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo among those who said they will start to remove ads if they're notified by rights-holders.

GearAndGuitars 18th July 2013 08:42 PM
Digital Music News - Pandora Is Now Preparing 'Independent' Responses for the 'Next Artist Attack'

Pandora seems to be anticipating something similar from another artist at the level of Pink Floyd (or even bigger). Accordingly, Pandora is taking steps to have well-written, careful responses ready to go within 24 hours in places like Digital Music News.

Whitecat 18th July 2013 11:56 AM
Online Piracy Surges After Music Festivals, Spotify Reveals | TorrentFreak

New research released by Spotify shows that music festivals appear to cause a spike in piracy, while streaming and digital sales remain unaffected. The findings suggest that festivals increase demand for artists' music, but that festival goers mainly sample through unauthorized channels. Spotify further reveals that artists who delay their Spotify releases suffer more from piracy than those who release it directly.

GearAndGuitars 16th July 2013 11:28 PM
Thom Yorke Vs Spotify : Why Doesn’t Spotify Speak Out Against Ad Funded Piracy?

Solutions for Artist Rights must include the acknowledgement that the mathematical facts of streaming services is that they are unsustainable at current rates. Therefore, there must be regulatory enforcement to protect artists and other creators (authors, filmmakers, etc) from Ad Sponsored Piracy.

Whitecat 16th July 2013 06:56 PM
Piracy Collapses As Legal Alternatives Do Their Job | TorrentFreak

Entertainment industry groups in Norway have spent years lobbying for tougher anti-piracy laws, finally getting their way earlier this month. But with fines and site blocking now on the agenda, an interesting trend has been developing. Quietly behind the scenes music piracy has collapsed to less than a fifth of the level it reached five years ago while movie and TV show downloading has been cut in half.

Whitecat 16th July 2013 03:15 PM
Universal launches vinyl crowdfunding site to reprint rare and deleted albums | Musi

Sonic Youth's Goo and Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance are being considered for the project

GearAndGuitars 15th July 2013 06:56 PM
Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace Boycott Spotify - Speakeasy - WSJ

Saying they are defending the rights of new and emerging recording artists, Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace have removed their tracks from Spotify, the commercial music streaming service.
* Not to double up on the same subject, but this is from The Wall Street Journal.
Whitecat 15th July 2013 09:10 AM
Thom Yorke blasts Spotify on Twitter as he pulls his music | Technology | guardian.c

Radiohead star says 'new artists get paid **** all' on streaming service, as producer Nigel Godrich adds 'it's bad for new music'. By Charles Arthur

GearAndGuitars 13th July 2013 07:08 PM
Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted (And You Didn't)

I worked for Hans Zimmer for about 8 years, 5 of which were in a studio at Remote Control. ... Hans gets what he gets because he deserves it. Here is why:

Whitecat 13th July 2013 12:08 PM
Why singles sales aren't the good news the music industry claims | Music | guardian.

Eamonn Forde: Single tracks might be more popular than ever, but it's albums that make money – and sales of full-lengths continue to slump

GearAndGuitars 11th July 2013 08:55 PM
Is Pandora Unfairly Undervaluding Songwriters?

Faced with lawsuits and criticism from musicians, Pandora has to deal with the accusation that it's skimping on paying the people creating its core product.

“The number one concern of the individual songwriters and composers we represent is getting fair payment from digital services,” Paul Williams, president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, told Wired. “Whenever I meet with members from all genres of music who are struggling to make ends meet, that’s the thing they ask about most. They know that streaming is growing, and they don’t want to be left out in the cold in terms of having their creative work valued fairly.”

GearAndGuitars 10th July 2013 09:32 PM
You Never Give Me Your Money: Songwriters Push Back Against Pandora | Fast Company |

Camper Van Beethoven Pink Floyd and other artists join an uprising over webstreaming payments.

The issue is simple. About half Pandora's earnings currently go to musicians' royalties. Pandora, which had a successful IPO in 2011, is now petitioning Congress to pass the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act to renegotiate the royalty rate web streamers pay to both performers and songwriters (which are separate kinds of royalties).

The company has said it wants to pay a percentage closer to what satellite radio companies pay, which is just 7.5% of revenue. This would likely mean huge cuts in payments to artists, who already feel that they're earning peanuts from streaming.

Whitecat 10th July 2013 01:17 PM
Why Japan’s Music Industry Is Booming… For Now | Billboard

After the IFPI dropped the bombshell that Japan is catching up to the United States and could surpass it as the world’s most valuable music market, people have been trying to figure out why that might be. Here, Alan Swarts, a former VJ for MTV Japan and 17-year veteran of the company explains why this might be

GearAndGuitars 10th July 2013 01:23 AM
Pandora's PR problem: how the web radio titan became music's big villain | The Verge

Pandora struggles to win hearts and minds because its leadership lacks credibility, and has also been utterly inept at pitching the company's plan to the public, press, and Congress. Pandora failed to generate congressional support to lower royalties last year and unless the company's leadership dramatically changes its strategy, the popular radio service doesn't appear to have a prayer of getting help from Washington any time soon.

Michael Pachter, a research analyst with Wedbush Securities, believes Pandora will eventually thrive but that its attempt to legislate lower costs is misguided. "The bill is idiotic," Pachter said. "It's insulting to Congress to say you want regulation to lower your costs at the expense of artists. Did you see who was on stage with Obama helping him campaign? Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen. That's the Democrats, and how many Republicans are going to want to legislate against capitalism and the free market?"

GearAndGuitars 8th July 2013 08:04 PM
A Guide to Music Performance Royalties, Part 1 | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY

Let’s start at the beginning. Broadly speaking, each recording of a song contains two copyrights: the copyright in the “musical work” or what is commonly called the “song” and the copyright in the recording of the song, commonly called the “track” or the “master”.

90% of all mistakes made by anyone in discussions of the online music business (and really the music business in general) starts right there. If you made this mistake, don’t feel self-conscious. You are not alone, believe me. Sometimes shockingly not alone.
Essential Reading.
Whitecat 6th July 2013 01:20 PM
New Service Lets Musicians Sell Through iTunes For Cheap - Forbes

Distrokid lets users upload unlimited tracks to iTunes for just $19.99 a year. A musician sits hunched over a guitar, occasionally tapping at the laptop in front of her. With the proliferation of music production software like GarageBand and Ableton, the image of a bedroom music maker is an increasingly familiar [...]

GearAndGuitars 5th July 2013 05:57 PM
Jay-Z's Samsung deal signals a musical future where the rich get richer | Music | gu

Never mind the chart positions –*Jay-Z gets everything he wants out of Roc Nation's link with the phone company. And so does Samsung

Whitecat 5th July 2013 05:05 PM
Going for a song: How long until the marketing giants take notice of the new era musi

Of all the established industries disrupted by the disruptive technology that is the internet, none has been more badly battered than the...

Whitecat 5th July 2013 05:04 PM
Sir Elton John hits out at the modern music business - Telegraph

The winners of TV talent shows such as The Voice are “nonentities” who are propelled into fame too fast, Sir Elton John has said.

Whitecat 3rd July 2013 01:40 PM
Tax bombshell rocks DV creditors meeting | Musical instrument industry news | MI Pro

Unexpected £250K tax shortfall weakens creditors' position as industry seeks answers.

Don Hills 3rd July 2013 12:53 AM
Getting Sensible About Pandora Royalties: An Analysis By Jay Frank - hypebot

By Jay Frank (@Repojay), Owner and CEO of DigSin.

Pandora royalties came under fire once again last week, with a firestorm of blog posts pointing a ton of virtual fingers. Facts become “facts” as each side is skewing the story to their benefit. All sides should take equal blame for misrepresentation. The truth is that online plays equal audience impressions, and this disparity causes confusion on both sides. When you do the actual math, Pandora is likely paying songwriters less than other broadcasters, but also has a royalty at an enormously higher multiple compared to others for their “all in”...

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