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Whitecat 14 hours ago 06:47 PM
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Independent thinking: can music shops survive on today's high street? | Music | The G



Small retailers everywhere are struggling to compete with online competition. But one classical music store in north London is surviving - and even thriving

GearAndGuitars 2 days ago 06:46 AM
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Artists Are the Biggest Casualties in the Streaming Wars - DMN



Today's entertainers are leaving money (and data) on the table in their pursuit of more plays on streaming sites. Marketers can learn from their plight.

GearAndGuitars 2 days ago 06:34 AM
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SiriusXM Could Pay up to $99M as Part of Flo & Eddie Settlement | Billboard



The total amount includes future royalties for a 10-year license.

Whitecat 3 days ago 12:55 PM
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Adele tickets are being sold online for £9,000 despite pledge to stop touts | The In



Adele tickets are being sold with huge mark-ups on secondary websites despite a massive effort by the artist to combat ticket touts.* Hundreds of tickets to see Adele at Wembley stadium next summer*appeared for resale on so-called 'secondary ticketing' sites such as*Viagogo and StubHub even before they went on advance sale on her official website.

Whitecat 6 days ago 12:24 AM
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Taylor Swift is the world's best-paid musician | Music | The Guardian



Singer’s 1989 world tour boosted her earnings to $170m, $60m more than second-placed One Direction, says Forbes

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:55 PM
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Now that's what I call unstoppable! How a compilation CD survived the digital age | M



Now 95 is sweeping all before it in the Christmas sales rush. How has the no-frills anthology series managed to prosper in the era of streaming?

GearAndGuitars 1 week ago 04:08 AM
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Audio Rewind: The Mysterious Resurgence of Vinyl and Human Connection | Nerdist



In 1994, the compact disc industry was flourishing. Vinyl was already a distant memory, and the cassette, too, was being removed*from music sales grace year

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:10 PM
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New BPI report reveals how AI is impacting the music industry - M Magazine



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing how artists write music as well as how it is marketed to fans, a new BPI commissioned report has revealed.

Whitecat 1 week ago 03:12 PM
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Hear what may be the first full-length audio book, found in Canada - Home | As It Hap



Matthew Rubery thinks he has found the first full-length audio book, a 1935 recording of Joseph Conrad's 'Typhoon'.

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:09 PM
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Can porn sites find success in the mainstream music industry? | Music | The Guardian



An adult website’s premiere of rapper Mykki Blanco’s new music video is the latest move by the video service to reposition itself as a one-stop shop for culture

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:06 AM
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American Music Awards Hit All-Time Low Ratings - Stereogum



It turns out that you can't just put a bunch of pop stars in a room together and expect ratings gold. Or, at least, you can't do that anymore. The Dick Clark

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:41 PM
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Brexit blues: weak pound pushes up guitar prices | Business | The Guardian



US brands Gibson and Fender increase list prices as music stores fear up to 40% rise in price of some instruments

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:29 PM
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Fighting for Fender: Legacy guitar brand looks to the future



The hallway to Fender CEO Andy Mooney’s office is lined with his personal collection of rare electric guitars, some dating back to the iconic guitar maker’s first year of production in the early 1950s. The guitars are more than artifacts of the storied music brand’s past for Mooney, who became CEO in

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:18 PM
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Metallica Catalog To Be Available On Napster After 17 Years



After famously sparring in the early 2000s, Metallica and Napster have come to an agreement with the band's music being available via Napster's service.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:49 PM
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Copy-and-paste songwriting for a switched-on world | Music | The Guardian



It’s called interpolation – when you sing a riff from someone else’s song over your own – and it’s the sound of pop in 2016. But is it laziness or a clever response to the global playlist?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:34 AM
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Ticketing websites 'acting like old-fashioned fences', say MPs | Money | The Guardian



Ticketing firms questioned by Commons committee investigating claims touts use underhand methods to obtain tickets

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:03 AM
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Pop music was a great leveller. Now it’s a bespoke plaything for the rich | John Ha



Buying albums and watching bands were egalitarian pursuits. Now both reflect society’s wealth divide

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 07:32 PM
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Spotify Is Dumping Huge Amounts Of Junk Data On Your Hard Drive, Fix Promised - hypeb



[UPDATE] Spotify users are falling prey to a major bug in its desktop application across multiple platforms that is leaving 10-700 gigabytes and more of junk data every hour on unsuspecting user's hard drives. ________________________________ UPDATE: Version 1-.42.151 is available to most users as of 11/14/2016 For five months or...

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:00 PM
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Samsung is buying Harman for $8B to further its connected car push | TechCrunch



Samsung is increasing its focus on the connected car after the Korean firm announced plans to buy auto product maker Harman in an all cash deal worth $8..

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:59 AM
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Amazon launches Spotify rival in the UK | Technology | The Guardian



Library of ‘over 40 million’ songs available with monthly or annual subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 04:07 AM
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Google 'taking over the world': Free content fight brews with change at Copyright Office | Chicago Tribune



Music artists are outraged at the dismissal of the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, calling it an aggressive attack that bolsters advocates of free content.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:31 PM
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Kraftwerk Concert May Be Cancelled Because Of Buenos Aires’ Electronic Music Fe



Earlier this year, Buenos Aires put a ban on electronic music shows (more specifically, concerts that use "synthesizers or samplers as their primary

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 02:48 PM
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Universal Music Group Revenues Up Nearly 4 Percent This Year | Billboard



Looking at the first nine months of the company’s fiscal year, ended Sept. 30, UMG turned in a strong performance with revenues up 3.8 percent to €3.62 billion ($4.02 billion) from €3.49 billion ($3.9 billion).

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 09:21 PM
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The Wall Street Journal Criticizes Google's "US Copyrights Office Coup&quot



A Wall Street Journal opinion piece criticized Maria Pallante's firing as motivated by Google in their attempt to control the US Copyrights Office.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:25 AM
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Neil Young restores catalog to Apple Music, Spotify & other streaming services



Folk/rock artist Neil Young's back catalog has returned to streaming music services including Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify, a report noted on Friday, a little over a year after the musician declared a moratorium over audio quality issues.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:18 AM
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Now That's What I Call Music: How Songs Get Picked in the Series - Thrillist



We talk to Jeff Moskow, the A&R man behind the long-running "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation series.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:04 PM
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George Martin's Last Project, PBS Series 'Soundbreaking,' Lovingly Det



Sir George Martin had a last project: a documentary series on the impact of recorded music. Unfortunately, the legendary Beatles producer died before the final work was completed, but his spirit imbues every frame of "Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge of Recorded Music," an 8-part series that airs on PBS beginning Nov. 14.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:33 PM
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Adobe is working on an audio app that lets you add words someone never said - The Ver



Adobe is working on a new piece of software that would act like a Photoshop for audio, according to Adobe developer Zeyu Jin, who spoke at the Adobe MAX conference in San Diego, California today....

Whitecat 1st November 2016 09:51 AM
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Billy Corgan Loses Lawsuit Against Wrestling Company - Stereogum



Earlier this month, Billy Corgan sued TNA Wrestling -- the company owned by Impact Ventures, which Corgan was named president of back in August -- for control

Whitecat 26th October 2016 11:08 AM
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Why Iron Maiden won't make bands pay for support slots - Classic Rock



Steve Harris insists Iron Maiden will never make bands pay to support them on tour

Whitecat 25th October 2016 07:04 PM
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The U.S. Border Is Killing Canadian Bands | Greg Jarvis



Canadian groups headed to America have two choices: Stump up $2000-$5000 in border fees and union dues and wait weeks for a permit, or go without and risk a two to five year personal ban from the US. Whether it's a one night show played for beer and beds or a full arena tour makes little difference to the costs and paperwork involved.

GearAndGuitars 24th October 2016 03:57 AM
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Google Fires Head of U.S. Copyright Office – Artist Rights Watch



In a typically backstabbing lame duck kabuki dance, Google has fired Maria Pallante, the head of the U.S. Copyright Office. *This is a real tragedy because Register Pallante was even handed and concerned about treating everyone involved with copyright fairly--consumers as well as creators, not to mention cooperating with Google and Amazon in permitting the…

GearAndGuitars 24th October 2016 03:44 AM
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11 Artists You Still Can't Find on Any Major Streaming Service | Billboard



Although Garth Brooks may have been the biggest artist remaining whose music was unavailable across all major services before signing up with Amazon Music Unlimited this yet, it's hardly a complete set for the streaming world just yet. Here are 11 of the biggest names still at large, before the Internet can truly catch 'em all.

Whitecat 22nd October 2016 01:29 PM
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MMR magazine - Victory for JHS in Gibson counterfeiting case



UK distributor JHS, has won a legal victory over US guitar giant Gibson, in a case of alleged counterfeiting against its Vintage guitar brand.

Whitecat 21st October 2016 04:42 PM
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'There's a big problem': Two-thirds of Tragically Hip tickets weren't sold directly to fans



CBC’s Marketplace investigated why it’s so hard for fans to get good seats and found that only one-third of tickets for the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour made it to fans at face value.

Whitecat 19th October 2016 11:49 AM
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Music streaming services 'too expensive for many non-subscribers' - BBC News



Almost half of the people who do not currently subscribe to music streaming services think they are too expensive, a UK survey suggests.

Whitecat 18th October 2016 08:37 PM
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New Negativland Album Comes With A Bag Of A Band Member's Remains : All Songs Conside



The forthcoming album from the experimental rock band comes with a plastic bag containing 2 grams of Don Joyce's cremated remains.

Whitecat 18th October 2016 02:25 PM
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Universal caught up in $125m lawsuit as Spinal Tap star sues Vivendi for fraud



This Is Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer is suing Universal parent Vivendi for what he alleges is dramatic and deliberate under-payment of music royalties from the classic spoof rockumentary.

Whitecat 15th October 2016 10:00 AM
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Bob Dylan's Spotify Streams Up 500% After Nobel Win | Billboard



Following Bob Dylan's win for the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, the singer-songwriter's music has increased by more than 500 percent on Spotify.

Whitecat 14th October 2016 11:41 AM
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NBC Developing Streaming Music Competition Series - Stereogum



NBC has ordered a new streaming music competition series called The Stream, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Based on the Norwegian show of the same name, the

Whitecat 13th October 2016 01:18 PM
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Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize - BBC News



US singer Bob Dylan is awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature for creating "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Whitecat 13th October 2016 12:06 PM
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Prince's vault of unreleased music on sale for $35m - BBC News



Pop star Prince's much-vaunted "vault" of unreleased music is offered for sale, according to US reports.

Whitecat 12th October 2016 08:23 PM
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Amazon Seeks To Recapture Music Fans With New Streaming Service : The Record : NPR



With Amazon Music Unlimited, the company is seeking to lure consumers away from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music — and it might be a game-changing proposition.

GearAndGuitars 9th October 2016 12:08 AM
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T Bone Burnett: Treading on Hallowed Ground – Google, the Ryman, and The Future of



Music creators must urge Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to prevent Google from exploiting them.

Whitecat 8th October 2016 02:04 PM
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UK artists and independent record labels offered new music export grants - BBC Ne



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

Whitecat 7th October 2016 07:37 PM
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Spotify and Apple Music get unofficial mixes, the best part of SoundCloud | TechCru



SoundCloud's big differentiator is its offering of unofficial, user-uploaded content that the major labels don't release and that isn't on Spotify or Apple..

Whitecat 6th October 2016 01:18 PM
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Global MI market set for rapid growth thanks to reality shows, classical music and ke



Future Market Insights predicts ‘consistent growth opportunity’ for keyboard manufacturers.

Whitecat 6th October 2016 01:00 PM
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Multiple reports of Spotify Free ads launching malware, including in Safari on Mac



There have been multiple reports of Spotify Free ads launching malware on all platforms – including in Safari on Macs. This is not the first time the issue has occurred, the company apologising after a previous incident back in 2011 …

GearAndGuitars 6th October 2016 03:19 AM
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Trent Reznor: “YouTube is built on the back of stolen content” | Conseque



Nine Inch Nails frontman has strong words for one of Apple Music's biggest competitors.

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