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Whitecat 8 hours ago 02:49 PM
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'We could build something revolutionary': how tech set underground music free | Music



YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Whitecat 22 hours ago 12:29 AM
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Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker’s Estate - Stereogum



Steely Dan lead singer Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his longtime bandmate Walter Becker in an effort to keep the band's name and music alive. Fagen

Whitecat 1 day ago 08:57 PM
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The vinyl frontier: why do we keep sending music to outer space? | Music | The Guardi



Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?

Whitecat 1 day ago 08:38 PM
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How ‘Africa’ by Toto Became the Internet’s Favorite Song - Motherboard



Somehow, this cheesy, emotional tune, which turns 35 this year, inspires unironic, almost undivided adoration across the web.

Whitecat 2 days ago 05:59 PM
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Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain | New Scientist



Around three minutes of brain stimulation is all it takes to change people’s love of music, and even how much money they’re willing to spend on it

Whitecat 2 days ago 01:04 PM
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Musicians, You’re About to Lose Your Tax Deductions – Finance For Musicians



Musicians have been asking me if the new tax bill passed by the House yesterday will have any impact on us. Yes, the legislation, if passed in the Senate, will greatly reduce the ability of professional musicians to deduct many of the expenses we incur in our work.

Whitecat 2 days ago 11:03 AM
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Swedish music industry rocked by sexual assault scandal as 1,993 women sign open lett



Nearly 2,000 women working in the Swedish music industry have alleged that they have experienced sexual assault, harassment or overt sexism during their career – in an open letter calling for drastic change

Whitecat 3 days ago 08:12 PM
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Nick Cave Holds Press Conference About Playing Israel To “Take Stand” Aga



Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a "principled stand" by

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 03:22 PM
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Pandora Death Watch: Stock Sinks Below $5 as Users Flee App



Pandora Radio's stock has plummeted to all-time lows. Users have all-but-abandoned the service. Will the streaming platform finally shut down soon?

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 03:21 PM
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November 8th, 2018: iHeartMedia Declares Bankruptcy



iHeartMedia is hitting hard times*— and warning investors of a possible collapse ahead.* That is, in less than one year. Here's the latest.

GearAndGuitars 3 days ago 03:18 PM
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Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Stra



Fans may be annoyed that Swift’s new album is not available on streaming services right away, but Team Taylor is wise to experiment with windowing.

Whitecat 4 days ago 01:59 AM
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From Fleet Foxes to Grizzly Bear: has the 'Pitchfolk' scene finally burned out? | Mus



With Bon Iver going awol and sales falling steadily, it looks as if the era of the heartsore wildman may be over

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:25 PM
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Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Stream



Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists and composers: The ECM Records catalogue is coming to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and all major streaming services.

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:34 PM
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Warped Tour Ending In 2018 - Stereogum



When you think about it, it's crazy that the Warped Tour was still happening. The traveling festival tour has crossed North America every summer since 1995.

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:04 PM
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China’s Toutiao is buying Musical.ly in a deal worth $800M-$1B | TechCrunch



Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app popular with teens and young people, has been sold to Chinese social media giant Toutiao, according to an announcement made..

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:04 AM
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StubHub and Viagogo offices raided in ticket touting investigation | Business | The G



Competition and Markets Authority officials seize data relating to schemes that allegedly benefit industrial-scale touts

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:15 AM
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Canadian scalper's multimillion-dollar StubHub scheme exposed in Paradise Papers - Bu



A CBC/Radio-Canada investigation done jointly with the Toronto Star has revealed how a Canadian scalper has been able to vacuum up thousands of tickets to some of the highest-grossing concert tours and shows in a matter of minutes and resell them at a premium with the help of the ticket website StubHub.

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:00 PM
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Woking musician secures record deal after 27-year-old cassette tape found in American



A music collector from Oregon tracked down Carola Baer after finding her tape in a charity shop

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:38 PM
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Deliverance Interrupted - Feature - Portland Mercury



A Vancouver music company tried to release new music from Prince. They didn’t get very far.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:36 PM
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V Festival is over, Richard Branson announces | The Independent



V Festival held its last edition this year, Richard Branson has announced.* The popular music event which had been running for 22 years has been scrapped the Virgin head said in a statement, effectively making this summer's*show with*Pink and Jay-Z as headline acts the last.*

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:03 PM
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Why does Taylor Swift write so many one-note melodies? - BBC News



The singer has dozens of melodies that sit on one note - but it's less of a cop-out than you think.

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 06:48 AM
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C3 Uses Fire to Fight Fire — Artist Rights Watch | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQuqug4HEpw [Editor Charlie sez: What’s more fun than using Facebook to expose Facebook? What’s more fun than hosting a blog on Blogger to expose Google? What’s more fun is posting a video on YouTube exposing*YouTube!] via C3 Uses Fire to Fight Fire — Artist Rights Watch

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 06:47 AM
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Pandora Is Losing 850,000 Listeners a Month. Now for the Bad News...



Pandora has los 8 million users in 9 months, according to the latest financial disclosures.* What could be worse than that?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:25 AM
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How a big Australian bank bought into Sheryl Crow's back catalogue | News | The Guard



Paradise Papers reveal that leading banks are parties to schemes that use tax havens to minimise tax for their wealthy clients

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:47 PM
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Tidal Begins Adding Liner Notes to Albums and Songs | Billboard



Tidal has begun adding in-depth credits -- including composers, musicians, vocal breakdowns, mastering, production, mixing, label info and even album artwork credits -- to millions of albums and tracks.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:31 PM
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JAY Z sells $6 tickets to US gigs to cut out touts and resale rip-offs - BBC News



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 11:37 PM
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A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling - WSJ



Brisk demand from fans both old and new prompts a Missouri company to dust off production blueprints for a long-paused business. “The finest equipment the 1960s has to offer.”

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:22 PM
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Why the indie band never dies: fake breakups, permanent adolescence and cash comeback



Do bands such as LCD Soundsystem ever split up – or is ‘quitting’ just the first stage of a long, tactical manoeuvre?

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:58 PM
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Supermarket swing: Sainsbury's launches own-brand vinyl albums | Music | The Guardian



Store to release compilation albums as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the largest vinyl sellers in the UK

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:29 PM
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45 songs by Chris Brown, anyone? Why albums are getting longer | Music | The Guardian



R&B and hip-hop albums frequently number 20 tracks or more, while dance artists are making records that last five hours. Are musicians spreading themselves too thinly?

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:00 PM
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Touts threaten UK's £4.5bn music industry, survey reveals | Business | The Guardian



Mass online touting causing long-term damage and ripping off fans as poll finds strong support for limiting resale prices at face value

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:20 PM
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Southwest Airlines launches new innovation in in-flight misery: Inescapable live musi



The “race to the bottom” mentality that inspired commercial airlines to compete to see who could install the smallest seats and most egregious fees is now being applied to in-flight entertainment. One month after Icelandair tried out the nightmarish experiment of inescapable interactive live theater on one of its transatlantic flights, Southwest Airlines is formally launching a program to bring inescapable live pop-country music to unwitting passengers on select flights.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:44 PM
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Eminem wins $600,000 after New Zealand political party breached his copyright | Music



National party found to have infringed the rapper’s copyright in a 2014 election campaign advertisement that used strains of Lose yourself

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:44 PM
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Gibson Guitar Factory Looking For New Home - Memphis Daily News



Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. is putting its Downtown Memphis factory on the market as it looks for a new, smaller home.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:52 PM
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Native Instruments unveils huge growth plans following €50m investment | Musical in



The funds will accelerate rapid international growth of the core business as well as the development of new digital services.

Whitecat 16th October 2017 02:26 PM
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No alternative: how brands bought out underground music | Music | The Guardian



Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive?

Whitecat 16th October 2017 11:47 AM
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Sex exploitation 'as bad in music industry as in Hollywood' - BBC News



Music manager Sarah Bowden said she had once been sacked after refusing to sleep with a manager.

Whitecat 14th October 2017 05:03 PM
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The Devaluation of Music: It’s Worse Than You Think

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In their many (justified) laments about the trajectory of their profession in the digital age, songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” Over the years they’ve…

Whitecat 13th October 2017 11:34 AM
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Famous London studio wins two years battle over the sound of silence



A world-famous recording studio where leading symphony orchestras, Sir Paul McCartney, U2 and Liam Gallagher have performed has won a legal battle to stop a neighbour digging a vast “iceberg” basement.

Whitecat 12th October 2017 01:00 PM
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Tonight's live music acts will be mostly male-only. What's holding women back? | Ineq



A Guardian analysis of the UK’s live music line-ups for one day shows just how male-dominated the music industry is. Laura Marling and Emmy the Great discuss the many barriers blocking women’s progress

Whitecat 12th October 2017 10:17 AM
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The Top Recording Studios of 2017 | Billboard



From Abbey Road to The Village Studios, an inside look at the facilities where some of the world’s most iconic music has been made and today’s hitmakers find inspiration.

Whitecat 12th October 2017 09:31 AM
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Unreleased Prince songs worth millions taken from home - Sky News

Prince's sisters have demanded the return of a trove of unreleased music that has been removed from a vault at his home.

Whitecat 11th October 2017 02:32 PM
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From Mick Jagger to Mike Love: all hail the money-grabbing men of rock | Music | The



The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and the Smiths all benefited from business-minded members, so why don’t responsible rock stars ever get their dues?

Whitecat 11th October 2017 11:12 AM
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8 Creative Techniques For Promoting Your Music On Spotify - hypebot



As Spotify continues to gain popularity among music consumers, it has become an important platform from which artists market and share their music. Here we look at eight creative ways artists can promote their music on the streaming service. _____________________ Guest post by Ta'Rikah Jones of the Symphonic Blog Spotify...

Whitecat 11th October 2017 10:46 AM
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Nightmare Scenario: Concert Security Experts Grapple With Lessons Of Las Vegas : The



The Las Vegas shooting is a chilling reminder that big concerts are a soft target. And that the industry still has much work to do to improve security and minimize the damage from future incidents.

Whitecat 10th October 2017 02:40 PM
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CARVIN AUDIO Closes Factory After 70 Years, Will Liquidate Assets - Future Uncertain



It’s been close to 3 years now since the split between Carvin Audio and Carvin Guitars (now Kiesel Guitars), a family torn apart by bitter internal business differences that couldn’t be resolved. Today, Carvin Audio announced that it is closing down its factory after 70 years and liquidating their stock.

Whitecat 9th October 2017 01:27 PM
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Pollstar | Snipers For Concerts? Jonathan Gilliam Makes His Case



Jonathan Gilliam has gone on the record that it is time for concerts to start thinking like the NFL and include law enforcement snipers and/or spotters.

GearAndGuitars 9th October 2017 04:06 AM
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Spotify Threatened Researchers Who Revealed 'Pirate' History - TorrentFreak



A team set to publish a book on the untold history of Spotify were threatened by the company, one of its researchers has revealed. Earlier this year, Rasmus Fleischer, who was also one of the early figures at The Pirate Bay, said that Spotify used 'pirate' MP3s to launch its beta. Soon after, the researchers were contacted by a lawyer, with strong suggestions to stop what they're doing.

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