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GearAndGuitars 22nd April 2014 07:39 PM
SCOTUS v. the Internet: How the Supreme Court could change TV and streaming video f

Streaming TV service Aereo is at the mercy of the Roberts court —*but there's even more at stake

GearAndGuitars 22nd April 2014 07:37 PM
Here Are 1,400 Songs You Might Never Hear Again on Your Pandora Station - NationalJou

From the Stones' “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” songs recorded before 1972 are the subject of a new copyright lawsuit.

GearAndGuitars 22nd April 2014 07:16 PM
Growing Consensus in Washington on Need for Modernizing Music Licensing

ASCAP’s advocacy efforts took center stage in the nation’s capital last week. From the introduction of the Songwriter Equity Act to a panel discussion with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, the need to modernize music licensing was the focus.

GearAndGuitars 22nd April 2014 07:15 PM
Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings | Billboard

The lawsuit filed against Pandora by the three majors, ABKCO, and the RIAA in New York State follows a similar suit against Sirius XM in California.

Whitecat 22nd April 2014 02:42 PM
State of Music: Fans Have Spoken – Is the Recording Industry Listening? | Linke

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers analyze the state and future of their industry. Read all the posts here. Thirteen years ago I left eMusic, a pioneer in the paid music

Whitecat 21st April 2014 08:02 PM
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' named the UK's most downloaded so

It was the song of last summer for not altogether good reasons and now, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been named the UK’s most downloaded track of all-time.

GearAndGuitars 21st April 2014 03:32 PM
Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? – 2 Years Later | The Trichordist

It’s been exactly two years since I caused a furor by posting “Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss?” I think it’s worth reading if you have never read it. If you have read it you might want to re-read it and ask: “what has changed and what has stayed the same?”

GearAndGuitars 21st April 2014 03:30 PM
Prince re-signs deal with Warner Bros. Records after 18 year split | Music | theguar

After writing the word 'slave' on his face to protest the contract he once had with the label, the singer has inked a new deal, promising a new album and a digitally remastered deluxe edition of his classic album Purple Rain.
So much for "evil labels" if internet empowerment doesn't work for Prince, who does it work for?
GearAndGuitars 21st April 2014 03:29 PM
11 numbers that show how prolific illegal downloading is right now | GlobalPost

The world's obsession with online piracy shows little sign of letting up.

Whitecat 21st April 2014 02:48 PM
Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora – Quartz

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of Napster, the file sharing service that disrupted the music business and conditioned a generation of consumers to expect to be able to listen to their favorite songs for free. Internet-based*music platforms are legitimate businesses now, but tensions between the music establishment and new media remain...

Whitecat 20th April 2014 11:48 PM
BBC News - Paolo Nutini scores fastest-selling album of 2014

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini tops the charts with Caustic Love, which becomes the fastest-selling album of the year.

Whitecat 20th April 2014 05:13 PM
Record Store Day Isn't for Everyone, But It Is for Me and Lots of People Like Me | Ti

Yes, I'm an ambassador for Record Store Day (that's even official). Yes, I have a single out on Record Store Day. Yes, my label is releasing a long lost track of Dub Sex (recorded by the legendary Martin Hannett, available in participating outlets). Yes, I have a list of records that are out that day that I'd like for my own collection. But does this make me biased? Yes, of course it does but it doesn't mean I can't have my say. I've heard the grumbles about there being too many releases, even conspiracy theories about major labels clogging up the schedules of pressing plants so that small labels can't get their stock in time. But, for me, these are good problems to have.

Whitecat 19th April 2014 03:44 PM
How Betty Who came from nowhere to climb the charts | Music | The Observer

Betty Who's song was used as the soundtrack to a video of a marriage proposal that went viral on YouTube. Now fame beckons

Whitecat 19th April 2014 03:17 PM
The eight tribes of vinyl collector

As the seventh annual Record Store Day approaches, here are eight different groups of vinyl collectors.

Whitecat 16th April 2014 05:50 PM
Z.Vex Effects: Winning loyalty from rock royalty - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Jo


Innovative sound and a can't-beat-it warranty is a guitar pedal-maker's recipe for success.

Whitecat 16th April 2014 09:24 AM
Why buy music you never intend to play? | Music |

A new study shows that 15% of people who purchase music don't plan to play it. It sounds crazy, but you might have done it yourself …

Whitecat 16th April 2014 09:23 AM
MusicQubed aims for ‘forgotten fans’ priced out by streaming music services | Te

British startup thinks there is room for mid-priced music apps as an alternative to Spotify and iTunes. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 14th April 2014 07:02 PM
CDs Refuse To Die, And That's Bad For The Music Business - Forbes

The 2013 global music industry revenue numbers are out courtesy of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonograph Industry - an outdated name if there ever was one), and streaming is now a huge part of not only digital sales, but all music sales. According to its latest Digital Music [...]

GearAndGuitars 12th April 2014 04:14 AM
Beggars reviewing 50/50 streaming split with artists | Complete Music Update

any DSP bashing last night was reserved for YouTube.

The Google-owned platform is an important partner for the music industry everyone agreed, but the music community’s relationship with the content giant – skewed by the firm’s opt-out rather than opt-in approach to dealing with rights owners – needs to change.

There has been a real swing against YouTube in the music community in the last year, with growing resentment over the particularly low royalties the platform pays out, and the limited control it offers artists and rights owners over their content. There’s also a growing fear that the market-leading content service will prevent other more industry-friendly platforms from ever going into profit.

But, said Wheeler, YouTube has big ambitions to move into the audio streaming space, and the industry needs to now use the shortlived power that ambition gives artists, labels and publishers to restructure their working relationship with the Google company.

GearAndGuitars 11th April 2014 11:50 PM
High Definition iTunes Music Downloads May Be on the Horizon - Mac Rumors

Apple may also be planning to add high resolution audio downloads to iTunes as part of the revamp, allowing users to download lossless 24-bit audio files. According to music blogger Robert Hutton, who cites an unspecified source, Apple is going to roll out hi-res iTunes music downloads in early June, possibly at WWDC.

GearAndGuitars 11th April 2014 07:30 PM
Researchers Claim That Releasing YouTube Music Videos Reduces Album Sales - hypebot

A new report on the relationship of posting videos on YouTube and album sales claims that posting on YouTube reduces album sales. Taking the Warner Music YouTube blackout period in 2009, researchers apply advanced statistical methods to find causation and then total up losses using a "rough back-of-the-envelope calculation." This innovative use of mixed methods leads them to conclude that lots of sales of top-charting albums are being missed by labels who post on YouTube.

The key point seems to be that for top-selling albums by artists with which listeners are already familiar, YouTube's free listening acts as direct competition to sales of such albums. In fact, they seem to claim that not having videos on YouTube increased sales by "on average 10,000 units per week for top albums."

Whitecat 11th April 2014 04:18 PM
Apple Blocks iAd Advertising Ahead of U.K. iTunes Radio Launch - Mac Rumors

London-based streaming-music service says it has been blocked from advertising on Apple's iAd network because it is a threat to the...

Whitecat 11th April 2014 11:36 AM
Kim Dotcom and Megaupload sued for copyright infringement by music labels | Technolo

RIAA civil lawsuit follows MPAA filing, but cyberlocker's lawyer slams 'assault by Hollywood on cloud storage in general'. By Stuart Dredge

Whitecat 10th April 2014 05:32 PM
The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Music | Fast Company | Business

The most exciting acts in the music industry are embracing the best of what technology has to offer and some fresh new takes on traditional marketing.

GearAndGuitars 10th April 2014 01:40 AM
Download Sales Are Already Down 13.3 Percent In 2014... | Digital Music News

Keep in mind that 2013 was the first year that digital download sales ever declined…
Now, in this first quarter digital sales have gone down another 13.3 percent.

Digital track sales are down 12.5 percent, from 356.5 million to 312 million. Digital album sales went down 14.2 percent, from 32.4 million to 27.8 million.

CD sales have even higher losses: they’re down 20.5 percent from last year’s first quarter, from 40.1 million units to 31.9 million.

GearAndGuitars 9th April 2014 04:53 AM
Beggars Group recalibrates 50% streaming payment to artists and attacks YouTube | Mus

While Wheeler was positive about subscription streaming services, he opened both barrels on YouTube. “If YouTube launches a subscription service and it eats Spotify and Rdio, you’ll look back at these times as great days,” he cautioned. “They want to eat all the other music services and our business. That’s their plan.” He said the record industry was “caught out” in the early days of YouTube and didn’t realise the video site would become so big, initially thinking it was just about licensing music for a video of “a cat on a skateboard and then it became the biggest music service in the world”.

Bragg backed him up by saying, “If you want to talk about artists getting angry about the use of their music, YouTube is the place we should be looking at.”

Wheeler concluded, “We got caught out and that needs addressing. Otherwise they will eat our dinner.”

GearAndGuitars 9th April 2014 03:40 AM
The Internet Empowered Artist? What 1 Million Streams Means To You! #sxsw | The Trichordist

An artist needs to generate THREE MILLION PLAYS on the two largest and most popular streaming platforms to equal just 1,125 album downloads from Itunes. This is an important metric to put in context.

In 2013 only 4.8% of new album releases sold 2,000 units or more. So if only 4.8% of artists can sell 2,000 units or more, how many artists can realistically generate over four million streams from the same album of material?

GearAndGuitars 9th April 2014 01:26 AM

After 4,175,149 Plays, Pandora Pays Bette Midler $144.21 | Digital Music News

@Spotify and @Pandora have made it impossible for songwriters to earn a living: three months streaming on Pandora, 4,175,149 plays=$114.11. — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) April 4, 2014 .

GearAndGuitars 9th April 2014 01:07 AM
Sorting Through the Streaming Music Universe | Adweek

"There better be a breakout, otherwise there will be a shakeout,” warned a technology executive who works with several of the digital streamers. “They can’t sit there and rely on their desktop audience. It’s about the other devices. We will learn a lot this holiday season—who’s got the best partnerships?” Streaming music services Pandora, Spotify, Songza, Rdio, TuneIn, Rhapsody, Deezer, Slacker, iHeartRadio and Beats by Dre are all feeling the heat to either build market share or be tuned out.

GearAndGuitars 9th April 2014 01:00 AM
Dean Wareham: “You can get attention. You just can’t sell music”

The former Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman tells Salon about Lou Reed, Andy Warhol and his brilliant new solo album

GearAndGuitars 8th April 2014 09:51 PM
Pelosi, Hoyer and McCarthy jam at GRAMMYs on the Hill | TheHill

“I don’t want more than my share, I just want what’s fair,” Burr and Shaw sang. Collins, who has sponsored the Songwriter Equity Act, provided backup vocals and percussion.

The message of fairness will be conveyed by hundreds of musical professionals from across the United States, as they head to Capitol Hill Thursday for The Recording Academy’s annual advocacy day.

GearAndGuitars 8th April 2014 09:45 PM
'Grammys' event strikes Hill chord - Patrick Gavin -

Hanson, Lady Antebellum, Booker T. Jones, Dionne Warwick and Los Lonely Boys joined members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the annual Grammys on the Hill day, which pairs pols up with performers for both a musical show and some good old-fashioned policy talks about intellectual property rights. Dave Haywood, a guitarist for Lady Antebellum, said these type of visits don’t always come natural for him, calling himself “probably the least political person on the planet.”

“I think everybody understands music and understands taking care of people,” Haywood said. “The music industry has gone through so many changes even since we’ve started as a band. … The challenge is always going to be how do you find ways to make sure people are being well-supported for the stuff they’re creating and people aren’t being robbed of that intellectual property? I think it’s a bipartisan thing that people agree on.”

GearAndGuitars 8th April 2014 09:42 PM
Online Piracy Finally In the Crosshairs | HuffPo William Buckley Jr.

Now, fifteen years later, most pirate sites are still operating under the protection provided by the DMCA's Safe Harbor; a loop-hole that has enabled pirate sites to thrive in a quasi-legal gray area. A safe harbor from which online pirates claim compliance by engaging in what is commonly referred to as whack-a-mole, a process where infringing sites comply with take down notices by taking down the infringing content only to have the same content reposted almost immediately from another source.

The proposed change referred to as Stay Down strives to eliminate the safe harbor loop-hole. Copyright holders and administrators, while still responsible for policing their work, are only responsible for notifying a website operator one time. Once that is accomplished, the hosting site is now responsible for blocking the infringing content. A process that can be managed by software programs. If a service provider fails to comply they are in violation of the law. ...

Whitecat 8th April 2014 09:52 AM
PRS reveal a record revenue for 2013

The organisation, which works with over two million musicians worldwide, has seen a 3.7% increase on 2012.

GearAndGuitars 6th April 2014 12:21 AM
YouTube subscription music launch nears

a clause stipulating that labels will provide their entire catalogues of sound recordings and music videos to both the premium and ad-supported tiers of YouTube’s new service, set by default to “monetize” all that content (i.e. not opting out of having ads against it).

Some sources tell Music Ally that their fear is of an ‘all-out or all-in’ approach: either labels make everything available on YouTube, or have to take it all off. With some artists continuing to withhold their music from streaming services, we’d be surprised if such a hardball policy was followed through.

GearAndGuitars 6th April 2014 12:18 AM
Exclusive: 'YouTube Music' Is Launching This Summer... | Digital Music News

here are just a few of updates what YouTube Music may be planning:

* Complete, millions-plus catalog of videos, similar to Spotify but with videos.
* Easily-accessible, pre-assembled albums, curated playlists, and histories.
* Offline cacheing to mobile devices and tablets (unconfirmed for launch).
* Perfectly-synched playlists, histories, and accounts across 3+ multiple devices.
* Ad-free enjoyment.
* HD-quality videos of consistent quality.
* ‘Video as a layer’: Audio-only listening will remain an easy option (and possible a lower-bandwidth solution on devices in a future release). On a laptop or desktop, videos are easily subsumed into a stack of browser tabs.
* Integration into broader Google Play suite of services (unconfirmed for launch).
* Pre-licensed security against sudden DMCA takedowns.
* Simple, more elegant search results, without endless multiples of the same songs and karaoke covers.
* Easily-access viewing histories and recommendations based on previous activity.

GearAndGuitars 6th April 2014 12:05 AM
Police to cut off illegal websites' cash | BBC

Websites offering illegal copyrighted material could see their advertising revenue cut under a new initiative.

Police have created an online database of websites "verified" as being illegal.

It is hoped that firms that handle advertising will use the resource to make sure they do not serve advertising on those sites, cutting off revenue.

Top piracy sites generate millions of pounds thanks to advertising.

GearAndGuitars 5th April 2014 11:20 PM
Nobody should be surprised that Spotify is already planning its IPO

Officially, Spotify has 6m paying subscribers out of 24m active users. Those numbers haven’t been updated since March 2013 though: label sources suggest that the company will soon hit 10m paying users globally. All of this points towards an exit of some kind – likely an IPO unless a tech giant decides to swoop in beforehand.

Spotify’s last funding round in November 2013 valued the company at $4bn, which in a world where Facebook pays $19bn for messaging app WhatsApp and $2bn for fledgling virtual reality startup Oculus Rift, means Spotify remains well within acquisition range for the biggest beasts of the technology world. Talk of IPO timescales may well flush any late-stage suitors out….

GearAndGuitars 5th April 2014 11:13 PM
David Byrne speaks out again on artists' survival in the streaming era

For much of its history, digital music is something that’s been done to musicians, not done by them. They haven’t played a role in creating the services, and usually haven’t had a choice about where or how their music is made available. The current transition from sales to streaming, ownership to access – whatever you call it – needs to be different.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see Byrne end his piece with four suggestions. First: that there should be no free on-demand streaming unless artists are directly controlling it through their own sites, or as publicity. Second: that they should get 50% of all streaming income paid to their labels. Third: that they should have approval of whether their work can be used. Fourth: transparent accounting and data sharing, to help artists reach their fans to market their music more effectively.

Whitecat 3rd April 2014 02:19 PM
A Look Into The Music Industry's Crystal Ball - Forbes

“Crystal Ball, Crystal Ball, tell me things as you think they will be.” The great thing about the music business now is that, unlike previous eras, it’s rapidly shifting and morphing at a faster pace than ever. That makes it difficult for some to keep up, more difficult for others [...]

Whitecat 3rd April 2014 11:27 AM
Artist plants fake Bieber CDs in LA stores | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgameric

LOS ANGELES ? An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles stores.

Whitecat 3rd April 2014 11:23 AM
Someone Has Offered Wu-Tang Clan $5 Million For Their Single-Copy Album | HUH.

When Wu-Tang Clan announced that they would be releasing their new album in an edition of 1, selling it for a multi-million dollar figure, there were quite a few people who questioned their ability to fetch such a high asking price. According to RZA, however, the offers are coming in thick and fast. Speaking to Billboard he said offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday… So far, $5 million is the biggest number. The decision to release the album, entitled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, as a one off isn't just a way of making a quick buck though. According to the group, the move politicises the state of the current music industry and demonstrates the role art plays within commerce. By limiting the supply, they've managed to show how much demand their is for their music. I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some, RZA says. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It’s been real positive.

Whitecat 3rd April 2014 11:15 AM
U2 Joshua Tree album added to archive

U2's The Joshua Tree is among 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, the US Library of Congress's archive of recordings deemed important enough to be preserved for posterity.

Whitecat 31st March 2014 01:28 PM
Government takes important step towards modernising copyright - Press releases - GOV.

Changes updating UK copyright law for the digital age progress as government publish final exceptions to copyright regulations.

Whitecat 26th March 2014 02:24 PM
Facebook's Oculus deal is Kickstarter's first billion-dollar exit | Technology | the

Early backers of the Oculus Rift project are questioning the value of their investment after the virtual reality firm was acquired by Facebook. By Alex Hern
This is one of the reasons why we don't currently permit Kickstarter solicitations on the forum...
Whitecat 24th March 2014 11:14 PM
7 ways a streaming iTunes could compete with Spotify and its rivals | Technology | t

Apple rumoured to be in talks with labels over on-demand service. Here's what it needs to do. By Stuart Dredge

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