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Whitecat 4 hours ago 11:07 AM
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The sound systems of Notting Hill carnival: 'I'll stop when I can't walk' | Culture |



With customised speakers pumping out earthquaking bass, sound systems are the booming heart of carnival. A selection of operators talk about 50 years of playing records from reggae to grime. Plus: a map of the sounds at this year’s event

Whitecat 1 day ago 10:28 PM
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Hasbro Now Owns Death Row Records - Stereogum



In a wild turn of events, Death Row Records is now owned by Hasbro, the gargantuan toy and board game company that is behind My Little Pony, Furby, Monopoly, G.

Whitecat 2 days ago 09:38 PM
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Will merch save or doom the music industry?



Taylor Swift, BTS, and Travis $cott have followed Kanye West in the merch race—and it’s only the beginning.

Whitecat 3 days ago 12:46 AM
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Taylor Swift Confirms Plans To Re-Record Her Masters Following Scooter Braun Deal - S



Taylor Swift has a plan to get her masters back. In clips from an interview with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday Morning, the music superstar revealed that she

Whitecat 4 days ago 08:18 PM
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Battle monsters at a Korn concert in the pinnacle of video game experiences



Back in February, the EDM producer Marshmello held a live, in-game concert in Fortnite. Depending on your point of view (and, let’s be honest, age) this was either a monumental convergence of two massive bits of cultural phenomena, or absolutely bewildering. Certainly there is something intriguing about the idea of a live performance from a real-world artist held in a shared online space, so what if, instead of a DJ whose main rival is a chicken restaurant and a game for shrieking children, there was a similar experience for mature, refined adults? What if Korn played a live show in an obscure MMORPG that’s only available on mobile and PC?

Whitecat 4 days ago 07:05 PM
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Do traditional album cycles help or hinder artists? Two NME writers fight it out

The traditional album cycle of releasing an album every couple of years, then touring it, is no longer the norm; but is this a good thing?

Whitecat 4 days ago 06:52 PM
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Neil Young’s Lonely Quest to Save Music - The New York Times



He says low-quality streaming is hurting our songs and our brains. Is he right?

Whitecat 4 days ago 04:48 PM
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'It's an act of defiance': the rise of all-female festival lineups | Music | The Guar



Major music festivals such as Reading and Leeds continue to feature mostly male artists, but a number of events are fighting back by removing men from the billing altogether

Whitecat 1 week ago 06:05 PM
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Digging into concert setlist data: Which artists play the same songs over and over? |



Have you ever considered how much thought a band gives to the songs they play in their live sets? How much does their setlist vary for each venue they play on a tour?

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:03 AM
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New bands: own your masters, it’s more important than you think

In the light of the sale of Taylor Swift’s back catalogue to Scooter Braun, and the recently publicised Universal warehouse fire of 2008, it’s becoming ever more apparent that to have control over your artistic future, you should keep hold of those special original tapes

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:13 AM
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UK consumers switch to online streaming en masse | Business | The Guardian



Retailers suffer as DVD, CD and video games sales plunge by up to a fifth

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:41 AM
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Men Used to Dominate Jamaican Dancehall. These Women Are Changing That. - The New Yor



For most of its history, dancehall has been a male-dominated genre. Meet four of the women who are changing that.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:04 PM
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Woodstock, a Utopia? Not for Every Generation - The New York Times



Being born in the ’90s means the 1969 festival feels like the husk of a dream, the musician Lucy Dacus writes.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:26 PM
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Britons break second £100m-a-week digital streaming milestone | Technology | The Gua



Consumers spent total of £3.3bn on entertainment products in first six months

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:41 PM
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No-deal Brexit: 'Big unanswered questions' for UK music - BBC News



Touring will be "chaos" and copyright is "up in the air" after a no-deal Brexit, warn music bosses.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:30 PM
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Kraftwerk win 20-year sampling case over Metal On Metal - BBC News



The European Court of Justice rules musicians cannot “sample” other artists' records without permission.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:09 PM
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Pollstar | Exclusive: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide Tour’ To Break U2’s All-Time Touring Record Tonight



Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour will tonight officially break U2’s 360 Tour's all-time highest grossing tour record from 2011.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:38 AM
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Katy Perry told to pay $550k to Christian rapper Flame - BBC News



She has to pay a portion of the $2.7m settlement out of her own pocket.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:46 PM
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It is finished: Woodstock 50 goes up in smoke



Woodstock 50 is dead. As dead as the flower power of the ‘60s. As dead as nu-metal’s chokehold over 1999. As dead as Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock was at the box office.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:11 PM
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Spotify Grows to 108M Paid Subscribers Compared to Apple Music's 60M - MacRumors



Spotify today announced that it has grown to 108 million paid subscribers globally as of June 30, 2019. That number is an increase from 100 million...

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:09 PM
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Katy Perry loses copyright case against Christian rapper Flame | Music | The Guardian



Her US No 1 hit Dark Horse was found to have a similar beat to Flame’s track Joyful Noise

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:27 PM
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When will the white rockumentary conveyor belt end? | Film | The Guardian



Blinded By the Light and Yesterday are essentially uncritical, feature-length promos for heritage bands, and there’s more to come

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:21 PM
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Rising numbers of younger fans spark a UK jazz renaissance | Music | The Guardian



Streaming sites report growth in young listeners and festivals are signing up more jazz acts

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:20 PM
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A Look At The Future Of Music Licensing - hypebot



If you're looking to use someone's music that you don't have the rights to, you'll need to get some form of official license from the copyright holder. These types of licenses are pervasive in every aspect of the music industry, but the ways in which music licensing works is changing...

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:37 PM
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Tips for making it big in the music industry - BBC News



Streaming has changed the game - and older artists such as Franz Ferdinand are benefiting too

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 07:32 PM
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'Hello Tunbridge Wells!' Why uncool small festivals are big business | Music | The Gu



Forget Glastonbury and Reading. There’s a whole world of more modest shindigs that attract loyal followings – and give a lifeline to faded bands

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:01 AM
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These Women Are Changing New York’s D.J. Game. Watch Them Work. - The New York Time



Women in New York who are still dealing with the nuances of working as D.J.s in a traditionally male industry have started forming collectives to promote each other — and to get paid.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:05 AM
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What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Listens to John Coltrane's Interstellar



Some enjoy free jazz as soon as they first hear it; others think it sounds like music from an alien civilization, a listening experience fit only for a jazz fan as high as a kite. But how about as high as a space probe?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 08:46 PM
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The Amazing Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming The Music Industry



Artificial intelligence (AI) helps businesses in the music industry sort through data, gain insights from it and become more efficient. From creating music and lyrics to helping discover new musical talent, AI is disrupting the music industry.

Whitecat 19th July 2019 08:29 PM
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Secretly Recorded Phone Call Offers Window Into How Live Nation Helped Metallica And



In February 2017, days before Metallica announced its WorldWired North American stadium tour, Live Nation president of US concerts Bob Roux spoke by phone with

Whitecat 17th July 2019 04:07 PM
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Sony Corp. Restructures Music Division



For years, Sony/ATV has been separate from Sony Music Entertainment, with their respective leaders until now reporting into corporate management separately.

Whitecat 17th July 2019 02:28 PM
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Google suspends ticket website Viagogo from paid-for global search rankings | Money |



Search engine’s decision follows pressure from campaign groups and MPs

Whitecat 17th July 2019 09:32 AM
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Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars crowned the most-played song of the 21st Century | Ents &



Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars went on to feature in TV shows and was the last song performed live on Top Of The Pops.

Whitecat 15th July 2019 03:11 PM
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Walter Becker of Steely Dan’s Guitar Collection Heads to Auction – Rollin



A collection of guitars, sound equipment and recording gear belonging to late Steely Dan member Walter Becker will be up for auction.

Whitecat 11th July 2019 11:29 PM
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The way Spotify and Apple Music pays artists isn’t fair — Quartz



If you only stream one artist's music, your subscription payment doesn't just go to that artist.

Whitecat 11th July 2019 05:04 AM
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Metallica are publishing a children’s book, 'The ABCs of Metallica'

Metallica are publishing a children’s book, the band announced yesterday (July 10).

Whitecat 9th July 2019 11:36 PM
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Emotional Oranges: The band whose hidden identity keeps them 'normal' - BBC News



LA-based disco R&B band Emotional Oranges prefer to keep their identities secret and focus on music.

Whitecat 8th July 2019 05:55 AM
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A Detroit Music Festival That Charged White People More Backtracks on Its Pricing - T



Afrofuture Fest initially planned to charge people of color $20 and “non-POC” $40. By Sunday evening, it announced a general admission fee of $20 for all.

Whitecat 7th July 2019 04:28 PM
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A brief history of why artists are no longer making a living making music – Roo



I would like to begin this talk on the future of “popular” music with a few cautionary notes about our ability to see into the future clearly.

Whitecat 6th July 2019 08:18 PM
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Guitar sales soar following The Cure’s Glastonbury headline set



Sales of electric guitars have reportedly soared in the wake of The Cure's headline set at this year's Glastonbury

Whitecat 4th July 2019 04:49 AM
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Taylor Swift's lawyer says she was never given opportunity to buy masters | Music | T



Donald Passman refutes Big Machine label head Scott Borchetta’s claim that Swift ‘had every chance’ to own her recordings

Whitecat 3rd July 2019 03:20 PM
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Spotify will no longer let artists upload their own music - CNN



After a brief experiment, Spotify will no longer let artists upload their music directly to its platform.

Whitecat 1st July 2019 08:10 PM
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Taylor Swift is furious at the sale of her master tapes – but she’s luckier than



A company fronted by Scooter Braun – whom Swift has accused of bullying her – has bought the rights to the singer’s older work

Whitecat 30th June 2019 09:58 PM
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Ticketmaster Fined $4.5 Million by Canadian Government for Misleading Pricing | Pitch



Investigation found that fees would increase prices by “more than 20% and, in some cases, over 65%” what was advertised

Whitecat 28th June 2019 02:21 PM
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Pre-saving music online can cost you privacy, report says | Music | The Guardian



Fans eager to hear new albums first are warned they give labels extensive access to their data

Whitecat 28th June 2019 12:33 PM
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Can hit songs be worth more than gold? - BBC News



Chart-topping tunes are the latest thing you can invest your money in. But how wise is that exactly?

Whitecat 27th June 2019 04:10 PM
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Pro Audio Weighs the Troubles with Tariffs - ProSoundNetwork.com



By Steve Harvey. Manufacturers feel the pressure as the U.S. trade war with China heats up.

Whitecat 26th June 2019 12:48 AM
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Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire - The New Y



Some musicians have filed suit. Others are rethinking what the company told them about their masters over the past decade.

Whitecat 25th June 2019 08:12 PM
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‘You lift with your mind, not with your muscles’: female sound engineers on worki



Two female sound engineers explain why they chose a career in a male-dominated industry – and how they deal with discrimination

Whitecat 25th June 2019 08:05 AM
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Music industry urged to join campaign for gender parity | World news | The Guardian



Keychange pledge by PRS Foundation advocates gender balance at music festivals

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