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GearAndGuitars 4 Hours Ago 05:14 AM
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Spotify is the Problem, Not Labels. (Well, Mostly…) | The Trichordist



There is a narrative that keeps getting repeated by Spotify apologists and propagandists. It goes something like this, "The problem is not that Spotify pays too little to artists it's that record labels are not paying the artists their fair share of royalties from Spotify." Ha! When the gross payable is half a cent or…
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Whitecat 20 Hours Ago 12:34 PM
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Spotify arrives on the PlayStation - and it's free | Expert Reviews



Sony's Spotify app brings free streaming to set-top boxes for the first time
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Whitecat 23 Hours Ago 09:54 AM
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Jay Z launches streaming music service TIDAL | Consequence of Sound



"The first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial."
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razorboy 1 Day Ago 09:53 PM
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Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies | New Yo



It’s 2020. The New England Patriots, winners of six straight Super Bowls, are having yet another routine meeting with the Commissioner’s Office. Deputy NFL Commissioner Tom Brady and his chief...
Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies | New York Post

This is not about "music biz" in a direct sense, but where the music biz and Google come up against one another, this shows which way things are going to go.
Whitecat 1 Day Ago 12:45 PM
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Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs - BBC News



Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in more than 1,500 other songs.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 11:21 PM
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‘Culture Crash,’ by Scott Timberg | The New York Times



Numbers tell some of the story. After the financial crisis of 2008, jobs in graphic design fell by 19.8 percent over four years, in photography by 25.6 percent over seven years, and in architecture by 29.8 percent over three years. In 1999, recordings generated $14.6 billion in revenue to the music business; by 2012, the figure was down to $5.35 billion.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 11:14 PM
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Apple calls on Trent Reznor to design its new music app | VatorNews



Apple calls on Trent Reznor to design its new music app. The Nine Inch Nails frontman was previously chief creative officer for Beats by Steven Loeb on March 26, 2015
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GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 10:14 PM
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Are streaming music services about to bite the dust? | UK Progressive



Daily Dot's The Kernel asks... A little over a year ago, I declared streaming music the next major music industry ice age. In the past year, the major
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GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 09:56 PM
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The Pros and Cons of Spotify | Taste Of Country



“Some people say, ‘The problem is the major labels. They’re keeping your money,’” she says. “I don’t actually see that that’s the problem. I’ve traced some of this back, and it’s true that if you don’t own your own masters or your own publishing, some of that money does disappear to those files, but at the same time there’s this huge black hole that is not accountable, that Spotify says the money is being paid out, but we don’t see it.”
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GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 09:47 PM
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Selling Songs for a Song? Scrutinizing the Streaming Model - WSJ



The Numbers: Ever since streaming music service Spotify put a number on the price of one play of a song, the music industry has debated whether the figure is fair. By some measures, it doesn’t appear so, but by others it could be a game-changer.
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theblue1 2 Days Ago 03:31 PM
An old story retold...
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Our Record Industry Nightmare: Unlocking the Truth’s Journey From Viral Craze to La



Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about.

GearAndGuitars 3 Days Ago 06:48 PM
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Guest Post: Is Pandora's Licensing Deal With Classical Label Naxos Unfair to Pro



Members of the American Federation of Musicians continue to be deeply concerned about greed and profiteering in the music industry at the expense of those who create music. Professional musicians make all the music, but it seems like everyone else makes all the money.
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Whitecat 4 Days Ago 03:57 PM
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Taylor Swift’s grammar marked down incorrectly | Books | The Guardian



The Princeton Review has sniffed at the (misheard) lyrics of the pop star’s song Fifteen. But its ‘correction’ is more than five centuries out of date
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Whitecat 4 Days Ago 11:48 AM
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Final Ruling for Air Travel With Musical Instruments | News | BMI.com



As of March 6, 2015, it’s official and no longer at the discretion of the various airlines.
This news is a few months old now but some people are just finding out and it's very important if you ever fly commercial with musical instruments!
Whitecat 4 Days Ago 08:52 AM
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Former Beats Execs Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor Leading Development of Apple's New M



Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the...
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 03:56 PM
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Who benefits from ad supported streaming? Three guesses. | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY •



What do you pay for when you pay for a subscription to an ad supported service like Spotify or Pandora? *It stops being ad supported. *So who benefits from that? *Fans and artists who hate advertising. *Artists who get a higher royalty rate. Who doesn't benefit? Well, who do ya think? *Here's a risk factor…
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 03:42 PM
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Why South by Southwest is a huge, exploitative scam



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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 03:39 PM
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US recorded music revenues dipped in 2014



The much-anticipated 2014 recorded music figures for the US were published yesterday by the RIAA, providing an overview of the current digital transition in the market.
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Whitecat 5 Days Ago 03:16 PM
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Taylor Swift puts back catalogue on Jay Z's streaming service Tidal after shunning Spotify



After pulling her entire back catalogue from Spotify, Taylor Swift has sanctioned Jay Z’s new streaming service to host her music.
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 03:13 PM
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Spotify Desperately Doubles Down on Dumb Bad Math… Free Doesn’t Pay, It&#



Bring out your shills... It's no surprise that Spotify has once again enlisted it's shills and PR machinery to defend it's exploitation of artists, bad business model, and horrible royalties. The latest offensive comes as the major labels have announced that the unlimited free tier is not working for them (go figure, free doesn't pay?).…
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Whitecat 5 Days Ago 12:32 PM
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'Let's not pull the rug from under Spotify's progress'



The battle over freemium music is intensifying. The Financial Times reports that the major labels – led by Lucian Grainge at Universal Music – are demanding that Spotify places more restrictions on its non-paying customers in a bid to drive them to premium.
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 03:31 AM
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Report: Apple Sides With Music Labels, Thinks Free Streaming Service Tiers Are Bad | Consumerist



Last year, Apple acquired Beats, a company that makes two things that go nicely with media players and smartphones: high-end headphones and a subscription-based music streaming service. While they’re happy to offer a free trial and will be reportedly be pushing the Beats Music app to iDevice users in the future, Apple will not follow competitor Spotify’s lead in offering a free, ad-supported tier.
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 03:28 AM
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Op-Ed: Taylor Swift buys ‘taylorswift.porn’ domain, raises big questions



She may not be famous for her intellectual songs, but Swift is showing a lot of genuine business savvy in recent times. Her latest is to shut down the possibility of anyone starting taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult sites by buying the name.
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 02:43 AM
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What happened when Ministry of Sound shared a stage with Deezer and Rdio



Hats off to whoever put Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer on a Mobile World Congress panel with representatives of two streaming music services.
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 02:41 AM
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The Case For A Freemium Reset | Music Industry Blog



Ministry Of Sound’s Lohan Presencer stirred up a hornets’ nest with his impassioned critique*of the freemium model at a recent MWC panel. This is one of those rare panel discussions that is worth watching all the way through but the fireworks really start about 16 minutes in. For a good synopsis of the panel see…
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Whitecat 6 Days Ago 09:19 AM
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National Music Centre restoring mobile studio used by Rolling Stones - Calgary - CBC



A legendary studio on wheels that was owned by The Rolling Stones is being restored by technicians at the National Music Centre in Calgary.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 02:24 PM
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The music industry wants to fight the internet again—and it’s probably going to lose



AUSTIN, Texas–Should music ever be free? That was the inescapable topic of discussion among the hordes of recording-industry middlemen and hangers-on gathered for the music section of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last week. It's a schism that has emerged just when it looked like subscription streaming services, such as Spotify, were bringing an end to the music...
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 04:01 AM
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SXSW Loses Integrity: Takes Orders From Biotech Industry | Collective-Evolution



It remains clear that the awakened public has checkmated the GMO industries. However, at South by Southwest (SXSW), it appears that GMO corporation money talks, as real debate is controlled and censored. Katherine Paul, Associate Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an organization dedicated to protecting organic standards, has officially been censored from SXSW. […]
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 04:00 AM
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Creativity might be playful – but it's also work



The view that art is essentially unworldly and creativity is play has a long history, dating back to the Romantics in the 18th century. According to this view, art must be kept separate from money, lest…
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GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 05:53 PM
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YouTube is the world's largest piracy site.



YouTube is allowing anybody to upload any music and it's allowing anybody to listen to it and download it. So YouTube is the world's largest piracy site.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 05:14 PM
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Spotify reportedly under pressure from music labels to limit free streaming - News -



A new row has erupted over Spotify, which is reportedly now under pressure from Universal to encourage more users to pay for its premium music streaming service.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:37 AM
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Streaming income overtakes CD sales in the US - Music Business Worldwide



Earlier this year, we learnt that album unit sales in the US were down 11% in 2014. Now the RIAA has revealed that, financially, things weren’t as bad as first first: the retail value of the industry was down just 0.5% in the year – mainly thanks to streaming.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:15 AM
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Concert hall simulator helps musicians prepare to perform | Music | The Guardian



Music students learn stage skills with help of noisy virtual audiences created by computer
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:14 PM
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Black music artists are struggling to compete with white major-label soul-pop - Feat



Chances are that the picture of Sam Smith with arms barely big enough to cradle his haul of gold statuettes at this year’s Grammy awards will end up in a platinum frame as the UK music industry audits its success before the year is over.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:44 PM
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Producers, Mixers and Engineers to Get Digital Royalties in New House Bill : Buzz : M



A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is being introduced in Congress this week that would give producers, engineers and mixers -- often times the unsung and forgotten heroes in the whole song-making process -- a piece of the digital royalty pie. The Allocation for Music Producer Act, or AMP Act (H.R. 1457), is being formally introduced by congressmen from both sides of the aisle: Reps. Joe Crowley (D-New York) and Tom Rooney (R-Florida).
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 08:53 AM
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Hunting for Prince's vault - BBC News



There is the pop-star Prince and Prince the enigma - and one of the biggest mysteries surrounds a vault rumoured to contain thousands of unreleased recordings.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 08:03 AM
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Roadies: Unlikely Survivors in the Music Business - WSJ



The shakeout that is rattling the music business is turning up some unlikely survivors: roadies, the black-clad backstage grunts of live shows.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 04:01 PM
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Marvin Gaye’s family continues its quest to destroy anyone involved with “Blurred Lines"



Just a week after a judge ordered that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have to pay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye due to the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” Gaye’s family is going after even more of the people involved in “Blurred Lines.”
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 03:45 PM
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Adele's 21 is the bestselling UK album of the millennium | Music | The Guardian



The singer’s second album has sold 4,740,000 copies in the UK since its release, beating the likes of Amy Winehouse, James Blunt and Coldplay
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:32 PM
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Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill achieves Diamond status | Consequence of Sound



Iconic hip-hop trio's debut album has officially sold more than 10 million copies.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:20 PM
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The real reason why the Spotify model is broken


Streaming services, most notably Spotify, use what could be called a pari-mutuel royalty system: All the money collected goes into a big pool, Spotify takes its 30 percent off the top, and whatever is left is distributed to artists based on their share of overall plays.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 10:13 AM
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Kendrick Lamar sets 'new global record' with Spotify streams - LA Times



Kendrick Lamar's new album has been fixed at the top of the iTunes album chart since it unexpectedly appeared late Sunday night.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 02:12 PM
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Living the dream: Pakistani rock star moves to Scranton, opens dollar store - News -



Farooq Ahmed is used to crowds of 2,000 people. Once, he pulled in 12,000.

These days, he sees about 200 on a good day, and is hoping for a daily average of more than 300.

A decade ago, Mr. Ahmed was a rock star and flamboyant frontman for his band, Aaroh, in his birth country of Pakistan.

Now, he and his wife are raising their two daughters and running their newly-reopened dollar store, Disco Dollar, on Green Ridge Avenue in Scranton.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:51 PM
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Is the Music Streaming Industry Destined to Leave Artists Unhappy? | Adweek



Pharrell's "Happy" was the song of 2014, topping the charts in the U.S. and two dozen other countries, selling 6.45 million copies and winning a slew of accolades, including a Grammy Award and the inaugural Grand Clio Music Award.
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 12:45 PM
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The electronica that thrives in the Siberian expanse | World news | The Guardian



Labels in the vast ‘blank slate’ of Russia are releasing some of the country’s most exciting and experimental electronic music. The Calvert Journal travels to hear it, in -20C
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 03:21 AM
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Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray: The ‘Free Internet’ Will Not Set You Free | Observ



Humans need to control their destiny on the Internet, the Internet shouldn't control us. And that’s why consent is so important.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 03:13 AM
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Streaming Music Services Criticized for Paying Songwriters Low Royalties in Senate He



"This ain't no way to make a living," Sen. Al Franken says
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 07:41 PM
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How Verve Records Got Gutted - The Daily Beast



The record label of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald just got swallowed by a hip-hop business… and no one even noticed!
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