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Whitecat 21 hours ago 11:00 AM
Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor in the UK - BBC News

Music streaming service Soundcloud launches a UK subscription service to rival the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

Whitecat 23 hours ago 09:55 AM
SoundCloud Go: Launching subscription service was a big challenge - BBC Newsbeat

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

Whitecat 1 day ago 04:45 PM
Buttholes and lawyers: How a lawsuit threatened the indie music model

Electriclarryland, released 20 years ago last month, was the Butthole Surfers’ receipt for years spent cementing their reputation as arguably the most notorious band to ever fall on the pop music radar.

Whitecat 2 days ago 07:29 PM
Drake has beaten Adele's record for the most UK single streams in a week | NME.C

The Canadian rapper notched up more than 7 million plays in a single week

Whitecat 2 days ago 04:16 PM
Tidal: can Prince and Beyonce save the underdog of streaming services? | Music | The

It was one of the few platforms that Prince trusted with his music and bills itself as the artists’ friend. So why is Jay Z’s Spotify rival still in such choppy waters?

Whitecat 4 days ago 06:35 PM
Radiohead's corporate empire: inside the band's dollars and cents | Music | The Guard

The band have proven themselves shrewd businessmen, forming some 20 companies since their inception – including LLLP LLP and Random Rubbish Ltd

Whitecat 5 days ago 12:22 AM
Harris Publications, Former Home of XXL & Guitar World, Shutting Down | Billboard

Harris Publications, home of dozens of enthusiast-focused magazine titles including Celebrity Hairstyles, Dog News and Fresh Quilts, has announced to employees that it is shutting down immediately.

GearAndGuitars 5 days ago 04:28 PM
Inside The Taylor Swift Anti-Piracy Battle: Regulatory Filing Reveals UMG's Massive E

Few musicians or labels are fans of music piracy. But with Taylor Swift's decision to keep her music anticipated album '1989' off streaming music services, UMG, her label's distributor, became particularly concerned and hatched a plan to fight it. ______________________________ A Universal Music Group filing with the U.S. Copyright office...

GearAndGuitars 6 days ago 08:06 PM
The best way to celebrate Prince’s life: Actually pay for his music - The Wash

It may have been hard to share Prince's music in the days after his death. But that's because the artist forced you to place actual value on his work.

Whitecat 6 days ago 09:56 AM
Prince holds every spot in the top 5 midweek chart | News | Culture | The Independent

Prince's passing sent mourning fans, in search of the smallest comfort, straight to his monumental musical legacy.*

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 04:47 PM
Artist backlash over YouTube's royalty payments grows noisier - Music Business W

While YouTube swats away major label criticism, anger amongst the artist community over royalties paid out by the video giant is steadily getting louder.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 12:59 AM
Digital pioneer, Jaron Lanier, on the dangers of “free” online culture | WIPO Magazine

I actually helped make the argument that music should be free and would ultimately benefit culture and musicians, so it's not that I am unwilling to accept this new thing. I helped make it.

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:56 AM
Spotify says Tidal's 'Lemonade' exclusive is bad for everyone

The music industry wars have officially moved to the streaming realm, and it's starting to get ugly.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 05:50 AM
Surprise: Things That Aren't Free on the Internet Are Still Available | Criticwire

The A.V. Club offered a helpful hint about "how to listen to Prince online right now," and the Daily Beast explained "Why You Can't Listen to Prince's Music After His Death," but though both articles at least acknowledge the possibility that you could simply go to iTunes and drop $12.99 on his greatest hits, their headlines effectively equate music's being available with it being free. There's no reason "you" can't listen to Prince's music, and there never was. He just wanted to be damn sure that you paid for it.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 08:23 PM
PRINCE'S LAST WORDS: "Stop Stealing My Music" | Digital Music News

Prince dedicated part of his career to fighting exploitation by Google and streaming music services. Now, Prince's last words and war have been lost.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 08:20 PM
Google’s YouTube Extorts Artists And Pockets The Profits | Hypebot

Although its shell company Alphabet is raking in massive amounts of revenue, and YouTube is the most popular music service in world, Ted Kalo of the musicFIRST Coalition looks at how he says Google has been able to exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying creators the money they deserve.

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 08:19 PM
Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google • The Register

"There’s the onerous and ineffective takedown bureaucracy for suppliers, and also the refusal to use cheap, modern technology to clean up the supply chain cesspit. All this sits against the ominous backdrop that Google’s astroturf mobs will be unleashed on anyone upsetting the apple cart."

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 08:17 PM
Artists. Lives in the Balance.| Huffington Post

"It doesn’t take a legal expert to see the glaring flaws in Section 512, but that is no guarantee of success for those who have been forced to sacrificed so much for others’ success on the internet.”

Whitecat 1 week ago 05:42 PM
Prince set to top UK singles and albums charts | Music | The Guardian

Grieving fans propel Purple Rain single and greatest hits collection to early leads, despite absence from streaming services

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:30 PM
Prince's copyright stance makes free digital access to music difficult - Arts & E

For those who would like to share their favourite Prince song on Facebook or newcomers looking delve into his considerable discography, Prince's hardline stance on copyright and digital distribution means you'll likely have to pay.

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:20 PM
Prince the businessman: a raconteur who bent the music industry to his will | Music |

The musician’s resolve to make music on his own terms saw a career peppered with commercial disputes – many of which now seem remarkably prescient

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:33 PM
Rare early version of David Bowie's Hunky Dory to be auctioned | Music | The Guardian

Acetate record with handwritten label penned by Bowie estimated to fetch more than £36,000

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:37 AM
Rihanna overtakes the Beatles for number of weeks spent at US No 1 | Music | The Guar

The Bajan singer’s singles combined have spent 60 weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts – including collaborations with other artists

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:42 AM
Is YouTube a music industry devil or buzz-making deity? | Music | The Guardian

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ manager Peter Mensch is the latest to slam the internet company for not fairly paying artists. But there’s more to the online music streaming debate than meets the ear

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:09 PM
Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog: Amazon Prime Music Takes Another Baby Step

If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you know that I've been saying all along to watch out for Amazon Prime Music as the next big disrupter in the streaming music space.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:08 PM
Facebook gets its own Content ID with Rights Manager

There is lots to say about what Facebook announced at its annual f8 conference last night, but the most immediate story is something called Rights Manager.

chrisso 2 weeks ago 04:00 PM
Metallica manager: 'YouTube is the devil' - BBC News

Peter Mensch, who manages bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse, says YouTube is killing the record industry.
"If someone doesn't do something about YouTube, we're screwed," he said. "It's over. Someone turn off the lights."
Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:26 PM
A Remembrance For Chicago's Jazz Record Mart : NPR

People from all over the world went to visit the record store, which has closed after more than 60 years. In an age of online shopping, customers remember it as a unique brick-and-mortar experience.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:40 PM
UK reclaims spot as No. 3 global music market | Music Week

UK overtakes Germany after 0.6% growth

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:23 PM
Record Store Day: This is what happens inside a vinyl factory - BBC Newsbeat

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

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:27 AM
Grimes says 'numerous' producers have demanded sex from her | Music | The Guardian

The Canadian artist says producers have said they won’t finish songs unless she goes back to their hotel room

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:30 AM
No direction: have boybands hit the end of the road? | Music | The Guardian

With One Direction on hiatus and the latest manufactured outfits tanking, the future looks bleak for pop’s permabuffed princelings. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the dance routine …

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:01 AM
Music streaming boosts sales of vinyl - BBC News

Almost half of the people who bought a vinyl record in the last 12 months did so after hearing it on a streaming site like YouTube or SoundCloud, new research shows.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:58 PM
Streaming revenues bring big boost to global music industry | Music | The Guardian

Digital sales, including downloads, overtake revenue from physical music formats for first time, says industry report

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:12 PM
Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says | Music | The Guar

‘Substantial’ similarities are enough to warrant a trial over whether Robert Plant and Jimmy Page lifted opening chords from Taurus by the band Spirit

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 06:33 AM
46% of Americans 'Not That Into Streaming,' Study Finds

Are music downloads really on the decline? Track downloads on iTunes are dropping, though a new study changes the streaming vs. downloading debate.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 06:32 AM
What Does Spotify’s Billion Dollars of Debt Mean for Labels and Artists? –

The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify has raised $1 billion in convertible debt with this telling analysis: Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors, a deal that extends the money-losing company’s runway but comes with some strict guarantees, people familiar with the matter said. Private-equity firm TPG, hedge…

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:42 AM
Bandcamp has made $150M in artist profits in the last eight years

The streaming platform and digital retailer Bandcamp has paid out $150M in artist sales in the past eight years after becoming profitable in 2012.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:56 PM
The 50 most amazing moments in pop history (that never actually happened) | Music | T

Bowie producing Elvis, Pharrell saving Jacko, Kanye and Lady Gaga’s Fame Kills tour. The history of music is littered with what-might-have-beens. Here are some of the best ...

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:05 AM
Kesha's 'slavery' claims in Sony contract case dismissed by New York judge - BBC

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

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:15 PM
This J-pop music video takes control of your iPhone | The Verge

It can be hard to stand out in Japan's crowded pop market, but new idol group Lyrical School has a neat trick — making it look they've hacked your iPhone. The group's debut video for song "Run and...

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:58 PM
New owners to take over Heritage Guitar in old Gibson Guitar factory | MLive.c

Heritage Guitar today announced new ownership of the business that took over Kalamazoo's Gibson Guitar factory 31 years ago.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:57 PM
Music could start being censored while you listen to it - BBC Newsbeat

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

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 03:59 PM
Streaming Music vs. Downloading, 2015 - Digital Music News

Music downloading is dying, and music streaming is surging. But what does that mean for revenues? Here's a streaming music vs. downloading comparison...

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