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Whitecat 2 days ago 02:08 AM
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Who's making money in digital music?



Musicians continue to sing the blues over royalty revenues in the digital era, where success online continues to be a mixed bag. "Nobody's making any money,"says Paul Resnikoff.

Whitecat 4 days ago 05:29 PM
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Neil Young Says Pono Was Killed By Record Labels - Stereogum



We all remember Pono, don't we? Neil Young's Kickstarter-funded vanity music player cost $400. It had a 64-gig storage capacity and a tiny, ****ed-up

Whitecat 5 days ago 04:00 PM
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Prince collaborator selling 'Soft and Wet' songwriting credit on eBay for $490K



Of all the one-of-a-kind Prince items to go up for sale since his death, Chris Moon's new offering might be the biggest surprise with the highest price tag.

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:24 AM
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Gibson ‘running out of time – rapidly’ | Nashville Post



Company faces big debt deadlines; CFO exits after less than a year

Whitecat 1 week ago 07:49 PM
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Music Industry Men Join Cry To Change The Recording Academy : The Record : NPR



Nearly forty powerful men in the business have signed a letter calling for the Grammy organization to "transform its member base."

Whitecat 1 week ago 07:32 PM
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Here’s why you don’t like new music any more



Every week, Spotify and Apple Music are flooded with a slew of new, zeitgeist-defining albums that are yours for the streaming. Why, then, after a few songs, do we tend to retreat back into the comforting arms of Tupac Shakur, Alanis Morissette, or Robert Smith? No, it’s not because nobody makes ’em like they used to; it’s because, as is the case with pretty much everything in life, we’re still beholden to the things that shaped us as teenagers.

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:05 PM
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EU to review Apple's reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam | Technology | The G



European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:56 AM
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The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Slaves To The Algorithm: How Facebook Is Throttling Underground Culture



We turn to the art in times of political strife - it helps us to navigate, and alleviate, our troubles. So what happens when one of the causes of that political strife is absorbing more and more of our arts and culture?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:39 PM
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Apple Music Now Has 36 Million Subscribers, Could Eclipse Spotify in United States Th



Apple Music now has 36 million paying subscribers around the world, an increase from well over 30 million reported last September. Apple...

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:05 PM
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Pirate Bay warning: internet provider forced to hand over names of illegal downloader




 A landmark ruling in Sweden has forced a popular ISP to hand over the names of those engaged in piracy


Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:11 PM
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Women in music to man in charge of Grammys: 'Time's up, Neil'



"We do not have to sing louder, jump higher or be nicer to prove ourselves."

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:23 AM
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Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs, And Target Might Be Next - Stereogum



Even though digital is on the upswing, physical is still performing relatively well on a global basis -- if not in the U.S. market, where CD sales were down 18

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:22 PM
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Spotify adds songwriter credits to desktop platform - and they're coming to mobi



It’s been a long time coming – but Spotify has confirmed that it is finally adding songwriter and producer credits to its platform.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:14 AM
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The audio expert behind the Super Bowl halftime show reveals secrets about the year



Sound engineer Patrick Baltzell designed the audio for the Super Bowl halftime show for the first time in 1998, and in that year and the five that followed it all went great. Fans in the stadium could clearly hear performers such as Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder or Phil Collins and U2, and the millions and millions of viewers watching on television never missed a note.

But in 2004, when Super Bowl XXXVIII was headed to Houston, Baltzell realized he had a problem.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:59 PM
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Chinese Rap In Chengdu Tackles Consumer Culture And More : NPR



In the capital city of Sichuan province, rappers are channeling frustrations about China's education system, economy and the treatment of ethnic outsiders into their music.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 01:01 PM
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Lorde: Israeli fans sue activists over tour cancellation | World news | The Guardian



Lorde cancelled Tel Aviv performance as part of ‘artistic boycott’ prompting Israeli law group to file suit against New Zealand women for ‘emotional injury’

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:38 AM
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'We Shall Overcome' Ruled Public Domain In Copyright Settlement : NPR



The civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" is now in the public domain. The music publishers that copyrighted the song in the 1960s settled the lawsuit on Friday.

mikeka 3 weeks ago 05:35 PM
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New Ruling Raises Music Streaming Royalties for Songwriters on Apple Music, Spotify,



The Copyright Royalty Board this past weekend ruled on a long-running music streaming royalty case in the U.S., favoring songwriters and music...
Maybe some good news?
Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:51 AM
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My problem with Spotify – even though I’m a subscriber | John Harris | Opinion |



It’s a miracle of the age, but Spotify’s suspect ‘playlists’, shaky finances and low pay are bad for music fans and creators alike

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:13 AM
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New Study Shows A Grave Lack Of Gender Diversity In The Music Industry : NPR



Among other findings, more than 90 percent of Grammy nominees in the past six years have been men.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:58 AM
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Spotify's Unusual IPO Model Will Test The Company's Strength : NPR



Spotify's IPO, slated for this spring, gives investment banks a smaller role in the company's trading. It's been seen as a sign of Spotify's strength, but there are many unanswered questions.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:37 AM
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Competition Bureau sues Ticketmaster for inflating prices with mandatory fees - Natio



Canada’s Competition Bureau is suing Ticketmaster for deceptive practices.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:50 PM
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Enrique Iglesias sues Universal for lost royalties in multimillion dollar lawsuit | M



The Latin pop star filed a suit in Miami alleging that Universal ‘systematically underpaid’ his streaming royalties

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:33 PM
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YouTube Unveils Plans to Benefit Artists & Songwriters: Consolidating Content, Im



YouTube announced plans on Tuesday to consolidate artist's channels on its platform, uniting all an artist's subscribers under their Official Artist Channel.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:05 AM
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Where Are All the Female Music Producers?



Why no woman has ever been awarded the Grammy for producer of the year, non-classical -- and what female producers face behind the boards.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:13 PM
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Young team: Scottish post-rock band Mogwai sponsor primary school footballers | Music



The band behind Like Herod, A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters and Kids Will Be Skeletons sponsor kits for the school in Roystonhill, Glasgow

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:46 PM
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Music venues hail 'seismic victory' in housing noise battle - BBC News



Developers, rather than venues, will have to deal with complaints from new residents, say ministers.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 07:35 PM
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Def Leppard Finally Stream Their Classic Albums - Stereogum



Long-running pop-metal greats Def Leppard were, until today, one of the last multi-platinum titans whose music still wasn't available on streaming platforms.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:22 PM
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The Eagles settle Hotel California legal battle - BBC News



The veteran rock band had sued a Mexican hotel that named itself after their biggest hit.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:18 AM
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UMPG Partners With Max Martin's Auddly to Tackle Music's Song Data Problem



Today, Auddly announces a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for the company to begin using its software to help manage and track song data. Although Auddly already works with several large performance rights organizations, this is its first deal with a major publisher.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:40 AM
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Native Instruments' new subscription service is Spotify for samples

Native Instruments is launching a new subscription service for musicians called Sounds.com. Scott Wilson talks to the company to find out how it works and what it means for producers.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:46 AM
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Facebook sets 12 March licensing deadline for indie publishers



Earlier this month, Facebook announced a partnership with HFA/Rumblefish that would enable independent publishers and self-published songwriters to opt in.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 02:23 AM
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Cassette Sales Rose 35% in 2017 | Pitchfork



Guardians of the Galaxy, Stranger Things soundtracks among top-sellers

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 02:20 AM
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Sales of Cassette Tapes Have Quietly Grown 136.1% In the Past Year



Over the past few years, the classic cassette tape has been growing in popularity alongside the classic vinyl record. Their sales are up 136.1%.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:04 PM
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Former Ataris Bassist Facing Decades In Prison For Telemarketing Scam - Stereogum



The Ataris are a successful pop-punk band best known outside those circles for their Don Henley-despised cover of "The Boys Of Summer." The band has experienced

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:16 PM
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Chicken and tunes: Nando's has opened a music studio in London



Nando's has opened a music studio at one of their main London restaurants, giving budding musicians the chance to lay down their own tracks

GearAndGuitars 15th January 2018 11:24 PM
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2017 Streaming Price Bible! Spotify per Stream Rates Drop 9%, Apple Music Gains Marke



We first did this back in 2014, and then again last year, so here we are again. As we predicted as streaming consumption grows, the per stream rate will continue to drop, every year, year to year. This data set is isolated to the calendar year 2017 and represents a mid-sized indie label with an…

Whitecat 15th January 2018 03:51 PM
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Baby boomers destroyed their hearing. Biotech is trying to fix it



Baby boomers grew up with music blasting from dorm room turntables, car stereos, and arenas where the sound of a band at full throttle could rival the roar of a jet engine. Volume became an act of generational defiance. As rocker Ted Nugent put it: “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.”

GearAndGuitars 14th January 2018 10:13 PM
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'Music Modernization Act' Page 38: Artists Forfeit ALL Unclaimed Royalties



Major publishers and streaming services love the bill.* But is the 'Music Modernization Act' screwing the rest of the music industry?

GearAndGuitars 14th January 2018 10:10 PM
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The Huffington Post Rips Down an Article Sharply Criticizing Spotify — Here's



The Huffington Post abruptly yanked an article critical of Spotify this week, for reasons that are unclear. Here's what was removed*— in its entirety.

Whitecat 14th January 2018 01:10 AM
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The death of the best of: why Rihanna will never get her greatest hits | Music | The



Unless you’re a veteran like Vera Lynn, a career spanning compilation is unlikely to happen - and it’s all thanks to streaming

Whitecat 11th January 2018 10:40 AM
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Ed Sheeran Sued For Copyright Infringement Again - Stereogum



Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who together released a song in October titled "The Rest Of Our Life," along with Ed Sheeran who is credited with co-writing this

Whitecat 11th January 2018 10:40 AM
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Spotify Is in the Business of Selling You Spotify, Not Music



Make no mistake—Spotify is only interested in selling you Spotify.

Whitecat 10th January 2018 11:27 AM
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Beatles icon Sir Paul McCartney: The future of music is in danger



The legendary musician is throwing his support behind an MP's bill which aims to stop music venues from shutting their doors.

Whitecat 9th January 2018 10:27 PM
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Radiohead’s Publishers Dispute Lana Del Rey’s Claims About Copyright Dispute



Over the weekend Lana Del Rey seemed to confirm rumors that Radiohead were suing her over "Get Free," the closing track on last year's Lust For Life, due to

Whitecat 9th January 2018 10:21 PM
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The Slippery Slope of Censorship: @HuffPost Pulls Story Critical of @Spotify Ahead of



Artists Rights advocate Blake Morgan (#IRespectMusic) published a story in the Huffington Post this morning critical of Spotify. The story was rapidly gaining traction when it was suddenly deleted and Morgan received this email from the Huffington Post: From: Bryan Maygers <> Subject: Spotify’s Fatal Flaw Exposed Date: January 8, 2018 at 11:43:41 AM EST…

Whitecat 9th January 2018 03:32 PM
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********, ∆, †‡† ... the most unpronounceable band names ever | Music | The G



Whether it’s a marketing gimmick or a way to stop anyone ever talking about your band, musicians are rejecting random nouns in favour of punctuation and ancient languages

Whitecat 7th January 2018 11:37 PM
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Lana Del Rey Says Radiohead Are Suing Her: “Their Lawyers Have Been Relentless&



This weekend, rumors emerged that Radiohead were taking legal action against Lana Del Rey for copying "Creep" on her Lust For Life song "Get Free." (Currently,

Whitecat 5th January 2018 11:41 PM
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U.S. Cassette Album Sales Rose 35% In 2017 - Stereogum



Cassette album sales continued to show growth in 2017, led by all things Guardians Of The Galaxy. Last year, cassette album sales rose by 35 percent to 174,000

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