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theblue1 22 Hours Ago 03:45 AM
Apple Music exec Ian Rogers resigns - San Jose Mercury News

Apple's online music subscription service is losing Ian Rogers, a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.
(The 'new') Billboard takes a slightly different spin on it -- seeing the reception of Apple Music by critics and the public in a rosier light:
Whitecat 1 Day Ago 12:01 PM
Chvrches singer condemns sexist abuse from online trolls - BBC News

Chvurches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has hit back at misogynistic abuse online, after being widely targeted by internet trolls for wearing a short dress in the band's recent video.

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 10:07 AM
Got room for a 60ft teacher? Pink Floyd and Queen stage props go up for auction | Mus

Inflatables used by Pink Floyd and Queen to go under the hammer, for those with the space to deploy them

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 11:06 PM
'Katrina Washed Away Our Gigs': How New Orleans Got Its Groove Back

In the decade since the levees failed after Hurricane Katrina, nearly drowning New Orleans, there were concerns that the Big Easy’s unique, crucial music culture had been swept away with the neighborhoods that the storm surge demolished.

GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 09:25 PM
It's Your Copyright. Don't Apologize for Defending It.Digital Music News

Guest author Peter Csathy tackles numerous myths related to file-sharing, copyright and piracy, and urges artists and rights owners to defend their works.
Whitecat 2 Days Ago 01:51 PM
SoundCloud faces legal action from PRS for Music

"This is now a legal matter," says the Performing Right Society in a long email to its members.

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 10:21 AM
'Is your boyfriend in the band?' Critic airs tales of music industry sexism | Music |

Music critic Jessica Hopper put out a call for colleagues to tell their stories, which ranged from enduring misogynistic comments to sexual assault

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 08:56 AM
Why One Direction's gap year should worry you – even if you can't stand them | Musi

The group was as much a cash cow as a pop phenomenon, and their hiatus will affect all the people – and the bands – whose careers depend on boyband cash

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 10:51 PM
New York Times Magazine: Wrong on the Arts, Wrong on Data Journalism | Flavorwire

Johnson vastly inflates the conclusions of number-crunching Data Journalism—and frequently misses the point of the arguments he’s refuting.
... the NY Times beating continues, and deservedly so...
Whitecat 3 Days Ago 09:49 PM
Court clears Gibson, Fender and Guitar Center of price fix allegations | Musical inst

US Ninth Circuit refused to revive a class action accusing the brands of conspiring to fix prices.

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 11:41 AM
Wu-Tang Clan Still Hasn’t Sold That $5 Million Album | Flavorwire

With a baseline price of $5 million, the Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' has yet to find a willing buyer.

Whitecat 3 Days Ago 11:32 AM
Does Unlimited Streaming Cost Too Much? - hypebot

Although streaming services have rapidly become the main source of music for many individuals, having risen above the ashes of both physical album sales and digital downloads, there remains some question over whether a $10 a month price tag is simply too much for the average consumer to pay. _________________________________...

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 05:49 AM
Spotify’s New Privacy Policy: Music’s Not the Product, You Are | Flavorwi

In June 2013, Flavorwire ran a piece about Spotify, written in the wake of Thom Yorke's condemnation of the service for not paying enough money to up-and-coming artists.
... you are the product ...
GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 10:42 PM
The Fall Of SFX: From Billion-Dollar Company To Bankruptcy Watch

SFX Entertainment and its CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman once promised it would dominate the dance music industry. Following a failed IPO and poor management, investors are left wondering what exactly went wrong.
... because live music ...
GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 08:17 PM
Are Creators Really Thriving in the Digital Age? Doesn't Look Like It | Billboar

In a piece for the New York Times, Steven Johnson examines whether creators as a group are making more money. There’s considerable evidence they’re not.
Whitecat 4 Days Ago 01:05 PM
Stock Markets End The Day Battered, Music Companies Suffer Losses | Billboard

It's being called 'Black Monday' -- stocks plunged amidst a worldwide selloff influenced by deep losses on the Chinese stock market, a slowdown in the country's economy and the devaluation of its currency.

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 01:04 PM
Japanese Digital Music Revenues Up 5 Percent | Billboard

The physical-reliant Japanese recorded music market saw a rise in digital sales, but a drop in overall revenue.

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 12:23 PM
PRS for Music inks new multi-territory deal with Spotify | Music Week

Licensing agreement covers UK, Ireland and territories across Europe

GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 04:31 AM
The New York Times sells out artists: Shallow data paints a too-rosy picture of “thriving” creative class in the digital age | Salon

The magazine's cheerleading for the post-Napster Internet is being described as "an exercise in gaslighting"

Musicians, writers, and other creative folk are still scratching their heads over the cover story in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine: “The New Making It” — packaged online as “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t” — looked at how the Internet economy, instead of destroying creative careers, had redrawn them in “complicated and unexpected ways.” The story’s author, Steven Johnson, is an engaging writer, and the piece is told largely through statistics, which most readers assume to be beyond criticism. So why are so many people who work in the world of culture wondering why the article seemed to describe a best-of-all-worlds planet very different from the one they live on?

GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 04:26 AM
Why is the New York Times Coverage on Artist Rights So Oddly Inconsistent? | MUSIC TECHNOLOGY POLICY

If you read the New York Times Sunday Magazine (which probably means you’re over 40 or live inside of the Acela corridor), you may have noticed a story last week titled “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t“. This piece is another of these “Sky is Rising” type things bankrolled by the Computer & Communications Industry Association, aka Google. I’m not accusing the author of being on anyone’s payroll (except perhaps the Times itself…more about that later), but I can’t help noticing the similarities.

GearAndGuitars 4 Days Ago 04:19 AM
The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t - The New York Times

There are certainly pockets of the creative world, like those critically acclaimed books dropping off the mainstream best-*seller lists, where the story is discouraging. And even the positive trends shouldn’t be interpreted as a mindless defense of the status quo. Most full-time artists barely make enough money to pay the bills, and so if we have levers to pull that will send more income their way — whether these take the form of government grants, Kickstarter campaigns or higher fees for the music we stream — by all means we should pull those levers.
... epic display of dis-information... merchants of doubt style...
GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 09:01 PM
They didn’t write that?: Hits you (probably) didn’t realize were cover s

  Recently I had a friend hip me to a song that I had no idea existed, having thought for decades that the later cover of it by an ‘80s one-hit-wonder band was the original and only version ever recorded. This epiphany led to a conversation about hit songs that we didn’t at first realize were covers—sometimes not discovering the existence of the original versions until many years after the fact. A few friends joined in, and at the end of the conversation I was sitting on a list of nearly 50 well-known hit songs that were “surprise” cover...
... why songwriters deserve fair compensation ...
GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 08:00 PM
Could a new sound format change music production? - BBC News

LJ Rich gets to grips with the new stems music format
GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 06:45 PM
Location, Sensors, Voice, Photos?! Spotify Just Got Real Creepy With The Data It Coll

Spotify has updated its privacy policy, and users should be careful about what they agree to. The music streaming giant now wants phone sensor information to determine if users are moving or standing still, GPS location, photos, contacts and much more.
... oh boy ...
theblue1 5 Days Ago 04:30 PM
“It takes something democratic and makes it so that money wins,” grouses a digital executive.
How 'Playola' Is Infiltrating Streaming Services: Pay for Play Is 'Def

Playlists were once a democratic realm of tastemakers, but the most popular ones have been influenced -- and in some cases purchased -- by promotion companies, one of which was recently hired by the world’s largest music corporation.
[an article seemingly based on this was posted several days ago, but it was only the 'lead' article for one minute and many may have missed it; this Billboard article preceded the earlier posted article and was likely the source for many of its points of fact]
Whitecat 5 Days Ago 04:03 PM
One Direction: the plight of the Directioners is familiar to anyone who ever loved a boyband

Boybands’ careers are built on the constancy of teenage girls and young women – and the nature of their love is unchanged since Beatlemania

Whitecat 5 Days Ago 08:44 AM
Why Is 'Billboard' Asking Industry Execs If They Believe Kesha? : The Record : NPR

After an anonymous questionnaire circulated to "top music-industry executives" leaked online, questions arise about the industry publication's ethics and objectives.

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 06:05 PM
Jason Aldean on Spotify: “Artists Don’t Make Crap, Writers Are Getting Cheated” | Digital Music News

For me, I got a lot of friends who make a living writing songs, and those guys are getting cheated. Taylor Swift, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and myself, a lot of guys are starting to see that as well. That’s all it was about. You want it to be fair.

As artists, we don’t make crap off of streaming.
... you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time ...
GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 06:04 PM
Labels handing out 'playola' to get songs on streaming playlists | Digital

Record labels now pay for placement on particularly popular streaming music playlists, according to Billboard.
... the more things change, the more they stay the same...
Whitecat 6 Days Ago 09:40 AM
Spotify's 'Sorry' Fails to Cut Through Confusion | Privacy | TechNewsWorld

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Friday issued a public apology for poor communications regarding the company's new privacy policy. The new policy, which took effect Wednesday, immediately triggered alarm. Several tech publications railed against the terms, and Minecraft creator Markus Persson engaged Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in a Twitter debate that ended with Persson and others quitting the music service.

GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 07:49 AM
What would user-centric streaming payouts mean for artists?

Could Spotify and other music streaming services answer their musician critics by changing the way they calculate their payouts?
GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 07:42 AM
The Knights Who Say SOPA - The Illusion of More

The EFF sticks to its playbook, crying SOPA at every case. It's tedious and offensive.

Of course, Silicon Valley doesn’t like this sort of thing, but not because of anything to do with your freedoms so much as with their bottom line. News flash: industries don’t like regulation.
... The EFF becomes a parody of itself ...
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:11 AM
Brace yourself: SOPA set to strike again | InfoWorld

An obscure case involving dental aligners could have huge implications for the free flow of data across the global Web

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:39 PM
‘Parliament should decide’ after Muse slam Download face scanning - BBC News

Police say the law needs to change after critics including rock band Muse condemn the use of facial recognition software at the Download Festival.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 05:46 PM
You Can't Do Squat About Spotify's Eerie New Privacy Policy (UPDATED) | WIR

A new Spotify privacy policy shows that you don't have any. is just bait for big data...
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:26 PM
Spotify faces user backlash over new privacy policy | Technology | The Guardian


Music streaming service asks to access contacts, photos and GPS locations from user mobiles, as company focuses on personalisation and discovery

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:31 AM
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson sells private jets in Harrods | Music | The Guardian

A company the Maiden singer chairs has set up a private jet pop-up in the luxury department store

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 01:42 AM
A Rational Conversation: Does Anybody Even Have Time For An 80-Minute Album? : The Re

In a musical environment that prizes economy and the listener's ability to shuffle, skip and create playlists, is there still a place for ambitious, sprawling albums meant to be consumed all at once?
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:56 PM
Carlos D: Coldplay made me want to leave Interpol | Music | The Guardian


The former Interpol bassist battled many demons while in the band ... but the moment he knew he had to leave was while watching Chris Martin perform on Saturday Night Live

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:28 PM
Money in the music streaming business keeps mysteriously disappearing. Here’s why.

The music streaming business has an unsolved mystery: Where is the money going?

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:07 PM
Almost half of Apple Music subscribers have already cancelled, claims survey

According to a survey published today, 48 percent of Apple Music listeners polled say they have given up listening to the streaming music -- and the free t

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 11:37 AM
Club promoters are blaming Tinder for the death of the live music scene

While the young 'uns used to trawl pubs and clubs looking for partners, they now just have to unlock their phones and start swiping.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 12:38 AM
Have We Reached Peak Vinyl? - Stereogum

Stewart Anderson has had enough. The frontman for noise-pop veterans Boyracer and head of likeminded label 555 Recordings has been releasing music on vinyl since 1991. But the well-documented manufacturing delays that have gone hand in hand with the format’s unlikely resurgence have finally pushed the artist/entrepreneur to the point of wanting to break it off with analog discs.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 12:26 AM
Google v Hood Not Even a B-Movie Drama - The Illusion of More

If the story of Google V Hood sounds like a bad movie plot, it's because it rings rather hollow. Believe what you want about the players, their actions, and their motives. The details and misrepresentations are so out of proportion now, it’s futile to even go there. For the sake of argument, then, let’s assume companies are companies, all morally or amorally equal, if you will. Yes, the motion picture industry would like to curb piracy; and yes, Google would like to avoid taking responsibility (financial or otherwise) for its role in the problem. That’s business. We get that. But the idea that the story of Hood v Google is an epic tale of good vs evil — about the forces of openness vs the forces of censorship — is preposterous.
... be careful of which wolf you feed ...
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 08:34 PM
‘We’ll retire at 106. What else can we do?’ The rockers who won't quit | Music


From Suzi Quatro to Saxon’s Biff Byford, rock’s pioneers have been making music for more than 40 years. Here they talk about leather jumpsuits, performing when you’re in your 60s – and the enduring appeal of a nice biscuit

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 11:38 AM
The ukulele maker and his race against Parkinson's - BBC News

Master ukulele maker Pete Howlett has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is trying to speed up his life's work.

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