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Whitecat 3 days ago 08:34 PM
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Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release | Busin



Music industry newsletter claims Universal Music Group will be first major label to ban practice of artists offering exclusives to services such as Tidal and Apple

Whitecat 4 days ago 05:50 PM
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Laura Marling launches podcast investigating lack of women in the recording studio |



There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of women behind the camera in the film industry over the past couple of years, but little scrutiny when it comes to the recording studio. Laura Marling is hoping to change this with a new project launching today called Reversal of the Muse, through which she aims to "establish why there is a real lack of female presence in the recording studio, and to discuss whether it makes any difference to the final outcome of the recordings."

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:57 PM
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Sia is being sued by Israeli fans for a lack of banter – but is on-stage wit a must



Fans in Israel were unsatisfied with the Cheap Thrills singer’s show due to a lack of between-song chat – but banter only works in the right hands

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:11 PM
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Court rules that ISPs do not need to give up information on alleged pirates, copyrigh



An American Internet Service Provider (ISP) has received validation that it does not have to give up personal details of alleged copyright infringers. The Eastern Virginia District Court has denied copyright holder BMG Rights Management a permanent injunction against Cox Communication that would force the ISP to match personally identifiable information such as email address, physical address, and name to an IP address that has been accused of copyright infringement.

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:56 PM
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In the groove: Czech firm tops list of world's vinyl record producers | World news |



Once a dusty communist factory, GZ Media has tapped vinyl’s rebirth to become a £76m outfit pressing 25m records a year

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:02 AM
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Reddit Refuses to Disclose Alleged Music Leaker's IP Address - TorrentFreak



Reddit is refusing to hand over the personal details of one of its users to Atlantic Records. The user is accused of obtaining a copy of a single by band Twenty One Pilots ahead of its commercial release and posting a link on the site. But Reddit says the record label is on a "fishing expedition" and it won't comply.

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:48 AM
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No mud but all the music: fans flock to watch festivals online | Culture | The Guardi



Now viewers around the world can join in the fun as summer events are streamed live

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:14 PM
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Billy Corgan Promoted To President Of Wrestling Company - Stereogum



The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a longtime pro wrestling fan, and last year, he became a writer -- excuse me, Senior Producer Of Creative And

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:02 AM
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(Iron) Maiden flight: Bruce Dickinson lands first passenger jet in Djibouti | World n



Singer relaunches Air Djibouti, 14 years after it shut down operations, flying Boeing 737 from Wales to nation on Horn of Africa

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:41 PM
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Boston’s Debut Album Is One of the Best Records Ever | Observer



Boston's debut album may also be the pinnacle of the lost art of Artisanal Recording.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:46 AM
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Acoustic Prism Invented at EPFL



EPFL scientists have invented a new type of “acoustic prism” that can split a sound into its constituent frequencies. Their acoustic prism has applications in sound detection.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:35 AM
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Research says vinyl buyers are lonely, middle-aged introverts



Confirming a suspicion you’ve probably never voiced, lest a Smiths fan suddenly appear behind you and attack you with his backup, non-mint copies of The Queen Is Dead, a recent study suggests that the current vinyl boom is being driven primarily by people in their 40s and 50s who don’t like sharing their feelings, and tend to spend their time alone.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:23 PM
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Now Ed Sheeran’s Getting Sued For Ripping Off Marvin Gaye - Stereogum



Marvin Gaye's co-writer's heirs claim that Ed Sheeran copied Gaye's probably most-recognized hit, "Let's Get It On." According to TMZ, the lawsuit specifically

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 01:19 PM
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A Cappella Singer Defends Proliferation Of Music Online : NPR



NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Peter Hollens, an a cappella singer who regularly releases new music on his YouTube channel, about how the proliferation of music online could be a plus for artists.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:05 AM
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Ozzy Osbourne sued by Bob Daisley in unpaid royalties dispute | Music | The Guardian



The bassist/songwriter alleges Osbourne’s Blizzard Music ‘short-changed’ him in connection with hit song Crazy Train – a claim the company denies

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:49 AM
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New Order Launch Beer - Stereogum



New Order are the latest band to launch their own beer. They have teamed up with

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:19 PM
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The Maccabees: the last of the British guitar rock headliners? | Music | The Guardian



This week the London indie group called it a day. With a lack of bands big enough to top festival bills, is Britain’s stock in global music falling?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:17 AM
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Led Zeppelin lose fight to recoup legal fees from Stairway trial - BBC News



The judge in Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven copyright trial rejects the band's attempts to recoup $800,000 in costs.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:07 AM
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Why Taylor Swift Is Asking Congress To Update Copyright Laws : All Tech Considered :



It's an ongoing standoff between musicians and Google's YouTube: Who should be responsible for removing unauthorized copies of songs posted online?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:08 AM
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Sony Plans More Epic AF-Style “Albums” To Exploit New Chart Rules - Stere



Epic AF, a recent digital compilation album from Epic Records featuring hits by artists like French Montana and DJ Khaled, has sold a grand total of zero copies

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:57 PM
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How Can We Stop Sexual Assault At Music Festivals? One Group Says, Start By Educating



NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to David Huggins, the domestic abuse coordinator of the Isle of Wight Council in the U.K., about efforts to stop sexual violence at music festivals.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:19 PM
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The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | Music For A Purpose: KPM And The History



It's the music we hear more than nearly anything else, but rarely know who made it. Bobby Barry tracks down some of the people who made the library music that became some of our favourite TV and film themes.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:54 AM
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Ronnie James Dio Hologram Debuts at German Metal Festival - Rolling Stone



A Ronnie James Dio hologram made its debut at Germany's Wacken festival, and it may have a bright history ahead of it.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:23 PM
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From Black Flag to Joy Division: the retro band T-shirts selling for $265 | Fashion |



Band tees now exist in the same rarefied space as high-fashion items – and often cost 10 times what you might have once paid at a merch stall

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:38 AM
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Spotify launches Release Radar playlists for users every Friday - BBC Newsbeat



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 06:57 PM
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Viola Beach's debut album tops the UK charts | Music | The Guardian



The four piece, who along with their manager died in a car accident in February, take No 1 slot with self-titled debut album

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:59 PM
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Stream Ripping: How Google/YouTube Is Slowly Killing the Music Industry - Breitbart



Stream Ripping: How Google/YouTube Is Slowly Killing the Music Industry

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:19 PM
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BMI & ASCAP Join Forces to Fight the Department of Justice’s Interpretation



(PRESS RELEASE) BMI and ASCAP, the country’s two leading performing rights organizations (PROs) collectively representing more than one million songwriters, composers and music publishers, have joined forces to fight the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent interpretation of their respective consent decrees and to push for consent decree reform.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:29 PM
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Brexit and the creative industries: the legal situation | Lawyer 2B



Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, has stated “Brexit means Brexit”, but it is not yet known what Brexit means for the UK. There is much speculation as to whether the UK will adopt a Norwegian, Swiss or Canadian model for trading with EU, or something else entirely. In reality, it is impossible to know what is going to happen and how the UK will be affected.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:25 AM
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David Bowie heads Mercury shortlist with his final album, Blackstar | Music | The Gua



The singer, who died in January, appears on a list that also recognises the resurgence of UK grime by including Skepta and Kano

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:08 AM
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Brexit poses major challenges for music performers and the public



You might think that Brexit will not have much effect for music in Ireland. If only

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:18 AM
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Atlantic Subpoenas Reddit To Identify Twenty One Pilots Leaker - Stereogum



Twenty One Pilots, the weirdly popular Ohio rap-rock duo, have a song called "Heathens" on the soundtrack to the new movie Suicide Squad. And if you're the type

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:11 PM
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Lagos calling: Tony Allen opens up Nigeria's music scene | Music | The Guardian



Over the next week, we’re collaborating with Boiler Room on a new series, Gateways, that explores the spreading strands of Nigerian music. And the world-renowned Afrobeat drummer is our chief guide

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 03:06 PM
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Photographer sues Getty Images for $1 billion after she's billed for her own pho



Getty Images demanded a fee from photographer Carol Highsmith for using a photo she had donated to the public; now it's facing a lawsuit.
Not specifically about music but a cautionary tale about digital rights in general and worth a read.
Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:04 PM
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Orfium: The New SoundCloud? - Attack Magazine



New music platform Orfium offers an alternative to the likes of SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Could it be the best option for music makers?

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 05:53 PM
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1 Percent Of YouTube Channels Get 93 Percent Of The Views - Music 3.0 Music Indus



The top 1 percent of YouTube channels get 93 percent of all the views, but that still leaves an enormous number of views for artists and bands.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 05:45 PM
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How Bad Is It? Read the fine print… – Artist Rights Watch



Another chart with cooked numbers to promote streaming.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:49 PM
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IKEA Is Not Taking Kanye Seriously - Stereogum



Back in March, Kanye West took a tour of the IKEA factory and was impressed by what the utilitarian Swedish furniture maker had to offer. In a new interview

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:37 PM
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Kesha drops California sexual assault lawsuit against Dr Luke | Music | The Guardian



Singer also delivers 28 new songs to Sony and will continue her New York lawsuit against the Kemosabe Records boss, who has denied her allegations

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:12 PM
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HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill - ON RECORDS: SALES, SALES, ON SALE



Just last week, for the first time in the digital era, a label employed a once-derided strategy—putting a sale price on a single—as the ultimate hammer. RCA was battling for a #1 position

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 05:11 AM
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Value gap is crucial for the music sector | Letters | Business | The Guardian



Letters: YouTube does great things. But the justifications cited for the world’s largest music services paying negligible rates for music do not wash

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 03:20 PM
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Kanye Calls For End To Music Streaming Wars: “Apple Give Jay His Check For Tida



As the competition between streaming services like Apple Music and Tidal has dragged on, the music world has increasingly fragmented into a mess of

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 06:50 AM
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Kurt Sutter Slams Google, Argues for DMCA Update - Rolling Stone



Kurt Sutter has penned an essay slamming Google for their attempts to prevent a much-needed update to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:09 PM
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How Drake's One Dance ruled the chart - without a music video - BBC Newsbeat



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

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 06:39 PM
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Bryan Adams retains record for longest time at UK No 1 | Music | The Guardian



Rapper Drake is knocked off after 15 weeks at top of charts, having been poised to equal Adams’ 16-week record

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:08 PM
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iTunes Users Targeted In Email Phishing Scam



Apple warns customers to stay vigilant as scammers send iTunes users fake invoices telling them they have spent £20 on a song.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 10:09 PM
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YouTube's Payment Rate to Labels Halved in 2015, Analyst Finds | Billboard



YouTube's market-based system of paying recording artists and labels for each stream did rights owners almost no favors in 2015, despite a huge jump in usage of the video platform.

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