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Whitecat 6 minutes ago 11:58 PM
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The women behind Prince: ‘The respect he showed us speaks volumes’ | Life and sty



Throughout his career, Prince championed female musicians, unlike many of his peers. We speak to some of those he influenced – and who, in turn, inspired him

Whitecat 1 day ago 11:00 PM
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Neil Young to launch his own digital music service (again)



In the world of little devices that play music, Microsoft’s Zune is probably one of the more memorable flops. Compared to Neil Young’s Pono, though, it might as well be one of those cool iPods with the click wheel.

Whitecat 2 days ago 11:22 PM
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Am I Too Old To Go To Rock Shows? : All Songs Considered : NPR



A reader is self-conscious about being one of the oldest fans at concerts. Should she be?

GearAndGuitars 2 days ago 08:10 PM
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Why won't Spotify allow users to manually empty the cache on mobile devices? - Q



There's a huge debate raging on the Spotify help forums with people complaining that Spotify won't allow users to manually delete the cached storage space it uses on iPhone because it is sneakily trying to avoid paying royalties

Whitecat 3 days ago 11:12 PM
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This Is Spinal Tap’s $400 Million Lawsuit - Bloomberg



The creators of This is Spinal Tap, the most influential mockumentary ever made, have been paid almost nothing. The rock gods are angry.

Whitecat 4 days ago 03:58 PM
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Kickstarter calls for more musical instrument projects | Musical instrument industry



“If your project fits the bill, we can help make it shine and spotlight it for our community of 13 million backers.”

Whitecat 6 days ago 01:07 PM
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Is Spotify Lying About Its Numbers? New Research Raises Suspicions



Spotify says it has 50 million paying subscribers and over 100 million total users. But a new research report suggests those numbers might be fabricated.

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:11 AM
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Talking about a new generation … festivals ditch the ‘heritage acts’ | Music |



Why the rock gods of the past are headlining elsewhere as they are dropped from line-ups at US music events

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:55 PM
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Music industry goes to war with YouTube | Business | The Guardian



Record labels are angry about the relatively small fees the platform pays for music videos compared with streaming services

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:15 PM
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Streaming set to overtake physical music sales in the UK | The Independent



Music streaming is set to overtake physical sales as the biggest generator of income for the UK record industry, it has been reported.* As consumers continue to opt for subscriptions to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, revenues were pushed to a five-year high in 2016.

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:50 PM
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Streaming Didn't Kill the Music Industry. Major Labels Did. | Music Feature | Indy We



Musicians struggle to make money through streaming, but the same platforms offer other opportunities for artists to build their careers.

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:04 PM
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Has pop finally run out of tunes? | Music | The Guardian



Ed Sheeran has reached a £16m settlement over his song Photograph in the latest claim over pop plagiarism. So are songwriters out of ideas? Time to call in the musicologists

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:14 PM
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Music streaming is on the rise, Nielsen figures show - LA Times



Nielsen Music's first-quarter results for 2017 show music streaming is the clear choice among music fans today.

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:03 PM
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Portugal Pushes Law To Partially Ban DRM, Allow Circumvention | Techdirt



You might think that copyright on its own has enough problems. And yet DRM, originally designed to protect digital copyright material from unauthorized copying, has managed to make things much worse.

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:11 AM
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‘Almost Famous’: Artist discovers his music was released by shady record



  Yesterday, we told you about “tax scam records,” and the incredible story of Richard Goldman, the exceptional singer-songwriter who made the shocking discovery that two versions of an album—largely made up of his tunes—had been released without his knowledge. But that’s not the end of this strange tale. Decades had gone by, when Richard happened upon yet another LP of his songs, the vinyl pressed up by a similarly mysterious record company. How did this happen—again?     Sweethearts was released by Granya Records in 1977. The album was comprised of studio demos Richard recorded between 1971...

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:10 AM
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‘Tax Scam Records’: Artist discovers albums of his songs were released by sh



  “Tax Scam Records” is a phrase that was coined by collectors to identify albums that are believed to have been manufactured for the sole purpose of—get this—losing money. From around 1976 until 1984, a number of record labels were established as tax shelters, with investors putting their money into albums. A financier would invest, say, $20,000 in an LP, and if it tanked, the backer could claim a loss on their taxes, based on the assessed value of the master recording. Technically, the practice was legal, but to maximize the write-off, the appraisal was often grossly inflated—as high as...

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:29 AM
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Ed Sheeran reaches deal to end $20m copyright infringement claim | Music | The Guardi



Sheeran’s track Photograph was said to feature ‘note-for-note’ copying from X Factor winner Matt Cardle’s song Amazing

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:56 PM
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Jay Z's Spotify Catalog Pulled | Billboard



Jay Z, hip-hop megastar, music business mogul, entrepreneur and co-owner of streaming music site Tidal, has seemingly deployed his own "nuclear option."

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:12 PM
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Are We Witnessing The Beginning Of The End For Free Music Streaming? : The Record : N



Spotify has long evangelized free listening as a way to pull users in to paying for its service. The music industry's patience with the strategy seems to have run out.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:57 PM
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Spotify to host top stars' albums for premium subscribers only | Technology | The Gua



Deal with Universal Music is first time users of music streaming service’s ad-supported free tier won’t have full access to catalogue

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:50 AM
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Steve Lillywhite Sells CDs At Indonesian KFCs - Stereogum



In addition to his long and storied career of producing for bands like U2, the Rolling Stones, and Dave Matthews Band, Steve Lillywhite serves as the executive

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:27 AM
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YouTube ‘exploits legal loopholes’ to pay artists poorly, RIAA claims



U.S. streaming revenues were up 68 percent year-on-year and for the first time accounted for the majority of the music industry's sales.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:35 AM
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U.S. Music Industry Sees First Double-Digit Growth in Almost 20 Years as Streaming Ta



Streaming overtakes sales for the first time as the leading driver of revenue for the U.S. recorded music business.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:50 PM
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Where Have All The Bob Seger Albums Gone? : The Record : NPR



In the era of streaming music, everything ever recorded is supposed to be at our fingertips. So how did one of the biggest names in the Classic Rock canon go missing?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:37 PM
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Don't believe the UK music industry has a problem? Just look at this year's festival



A recent comment piece fretted about why Ed Sheeran's*headline slot at Glastonbury*was greeted with “little more than a shrug”. The short answer? Everyone already knew. Ed Sheeran headlining*was the worst-kept secret in the music industry for months, and by the time he finally announced it, no one could be arsed to protest.* What critics are right about is that he probably shouldn't be headlining.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:23 PM
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Viagogo's shady reputation grows as it shuns critics | Business | The Guardian



Elusive company that snubbed MPs runs its multimillion ticket resale empire from a small office in a business park in Limerick, Ireland

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:50 PM
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There's a great singles chart out there – it's just not the one we use as the Top 4



The Official Charts Company’s physical singles chart, based on CD and vinyl sales, paints a very different picture to the ‘real’ Top 40 – and a much more attractive one

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 05:40 AM
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Spotify Finally Finds a Way to Secure Licensing Deals and Go Public



Following months of negotiations with major music labels, Spotify looks to secure its IPO by locking down major albums for premium-only subscribers.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:01 PM
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Drake's 'More Life' Streamed 29M More Times on Apple Music Than Spotify in Last 24 Ho



Drake's new More Life album was streamed 89.9 million times during its first 24 hours on Apple Music, breaking single-day album streaming records...

Whitecat 20th March 2017 09:17 PM
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Pink Floyd to launch Interstellar Overdrive for Record Store Day - Prog



Pink Floyd will release previously unheard 1966 instrumental Interstellar Overdrive on 12-inch vinyl for this year’s Record Store Day.

Whitecat 18th March 2017 04:44 PM
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Apple paid Chance the Rapper $500,000 for a two-week exclusive



It's tough for streaming music services to stand out. Cosmetic differences aside, all of them offer virtually the same thing. Each major platform has the songs...

Whitecat 17th March 2017 12:55 AM
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New York's Music Business Drives $21 Billion Annually, Study Shows | Billboard



The city’s music business supports almost 60,000 jobs and $5 billion in wages, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group.

Whitecat 15th March 2017 11:36 PM
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Paul McCartney, Denied Control Over Beatles Hits For Decades, Is Told To Wait : The R



McCartney has long sought control of The Beatles hits he co-authored and has filed a court case against the company that controls them.

Whitecat 13th March 2017 05:27 PM
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Spotify Announces First Ever Weather-Triggered Song Release | Pitchfork



Spotify has announced the first weather-triggered release of a song. In a new initiative with outerwear company The North Face, Spotify is making White Denim’s new, rain-themed song “Seek No Shelter” available only in U.S. regions receiving rainfall.

Whitecat 12th March 2017 10:38 AM
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Hasbro And Harmonix Are Bringing The Party With 'DropMix'



Harmonix and Hasbro are bringing the party this fall with the release of DropMix, a music-themed mobile game where players collect physical cards to play against each other.

Whitecat 10th March 2017 09:49 PM
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Ed Sheeran's dominance of the Top 20 is a only a symptom of how sick the charts are |



With endless streaming on services such as Spotify, one artist was bound to dominate the Top 40 at some point. Can the charts be fixed?

Whitecat 10th March 2017 08:34 PM
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Ticket tout 'harvesting' software to become criminal offence | Money | The Guardian



Exclusive: Touts face unlimited fines in move to curb resale of tickets at huge mark-ups before fans can buy them
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Whitecat 10th March 2017 01:02 PM
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Two rare David Bowie albums will be released on Record Store Day - NME



Two rare David Bowie albums are to be released on vinyl to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day.

Whitecat 10th March 2017 10:03 AM
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Elton John walks into Vancouver record store, asks for gangster rap - British Columbi



Store clerks ask, "May I help you, sir?" all the time but it's not every day that they get to say, "May I help you, Sir Elton John?"

Whitecat 10th March 2017 12:22 AM
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The New Rules Of The Music Industry | The Huffington Post



Because music is still a business. Always has been. Always will be.

Whitecat 9th March 2017 12:27 PM
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Australian Music prize: AB Original become first Indigenous act to win $30,000 award



Briggs and Trials beat Nick Cave and the Avalanches to prize for their debut album, Reclaim Australia

Whitecat 8th March 2017 11:56 AM
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$7.5 million guitar sale in Lewes may smash world record



The sale of a 1935 Rickenbacker by Rehoboth's Nick Lee passed a Guinness record, with a $7.5 million price tag.

Whitecat 7th March 2017 06:40 PM
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Big changes are coming at Pandora this month - one way or another - Music Business Wo



MBW should have had some Pandora news for you on Friday (March 3).

That was the deadline for the streaming music company’s new nominations for its board. But, in a rare occurrence for a publicly-traded business, Pandora instead announced that it was postponing the event by two weeks, to next Friday (March 17).

This was not a run-of-the-mill declaration.

Whitecat 4th March 2017 12:17 AM
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SXSW Criticized Over Deportation Clause in Artist Contracts (VIDEO)



Several musicians have decided to pull out of this year's South by Southwest festival because of the clause.

Whitecat 2nd March 2017 11:32 PM
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Spotify Hits 50M Subscribers, Plans Hi-Fi Tier - Stereogum



Congratulations to Spotify! Today the streaming service hit 50 million paid subscribers, just a little over five months after reaching 40 million last fall.

Whitecat 2nd March 2017 01:40 PM
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U2’s being sued for stealing parts of Achtung Baby’s “The Fly”



A British songwriter is accusing U2 of ripping off one of his songs for a single off 1991’s Achtung Baby. Per Billboard, songwriter Paul Rose lodged a complaint against the band on Monday, seeking a songwriting credit and $5 million in damages over allegations that “The Fly” copies elements of his song “Nae Slappin.”

Whitecat 1st March 2017 05:14 PM
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Devialet and the Coming Sonic Boom - Bloomberg



Backed by Jay Z and the Qatari wealth fund, a French inventor wants to squeeze the technology of his Devialet audiophile amplifier into your mobile phone.

Whitecat 28th February 2017 05:49 PM
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Congrats To Tom DeLonge On His UFO Researcher Of The Year Award - Stereogum



Two years ago, under contentious circumstances, Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge was kicked out of the band. Since then, he's had time to pursue other interests

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