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Whitecat 1 hour ago 08:49 PM
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CMA opens investigation into alleged anti-competitive agreements in the MI sector



The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an investigation into alleged anti-competitive agreements in the musical instruments and equipment sector. On 17th April, the CMA launched the investigation under Chapter I of the CA98 and Article 101 of the TFEU into suspected breaches of competition law by various parties. The Authority says the investigations…

Whitecat 3 hours ago 07:18 PM
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In Defense Of Record Store Day - Stereogum



If you're not doing anything else the evening of Friday, April 20, look in front of your closest independent record store. Go behind the store if there's an

Whitecat 1 day ago 02:11 PM
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Canadian Press: Feds Plan to Boost & Make Significant Changes to Canada Music Fund in 2019



According to reporter Jordan Press of The Canadian Press, the federal Liberal government is telling music industry insiders that it plans to make long-sought changes, and also add more money, to the Canada Music Fund in its 2019 federal budget.

Whitecat 1 day ago 08:37 AM
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Hip-hop takes a victory lap - Poetic justice



SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW) may lure more than 250,000 people to Austin each year to learn about and experience technology, film and video gaming, but music has always been the festival’s raison d’être. Though indie rock has long prevailed, this year it was hip-hop that dominated both the conference rooms and the music venues.

Whitecat 2 days ago 03:30 PM
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After 60 years, Kendrick Lamar has brilliantly brought pop to the Pulitzer | Alexis P



By becoming the first non-classical or jazz winner of the Pulitzer prize for music, the rapper has created US history

Whitecat 2 days ago 10:58 PM
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Numero Group Blasts Record Store Day: “The Only People Who Are Really Happy Are



Smaller labels and organizations have been griping about the behemoth known as Record Store Day for a long while now. The latest to voice a complaint is the

Whitecat 3 days ago 01:32 PM
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Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other : Th



The "music omnibus" bill represents the rare compromise between the music business and tech companies, who have spent years fighting each other over fractions of pennies.

Whitecat 3 days ago 01:17 PM
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Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender fetches $250,000 at auction - ABC News



The blues legend used the guitar in his first studio recording

Whitecat 3 days ago 11:05 AM
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Striking a new chord: musicians diversify to extend their careers | Business | The Gu



Billy Bragg, Chris Difford and the Selecter’s Pauline Black among those turning to talks and books

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:02 AM
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“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Year | Pitchfork



With a new $4.8 million investment, an Austrian startup says it could have “HD vinyl” in stores by 2019

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:35 PM
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UK record labels' revenue grows at fastest rate since 1995 | Business | The Guardian



Music companies report a 10.6% surge in earnings for 2017 as music lovers turn to Spotify, Apple and Amazon

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:41 PM
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Despacito: Most watched YouTube video ever 'deleted' in apparent hack | The Independe



Luis Fonsi’s record-breaking video for “Despacito” was temporarily*deleted from YouTube after a small number of high profile Vevo accounts were hacked. Just five days after it was announced that the video, which also features*Daddy Yankee, had reached the remarkable milestone of becoming the first YouTube video in history to reach 5 billion*views, it disappeared.*

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:00 PM
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With KKR's attempted takeover of Gibson nixed, what's next?



Disagreements over the terms of a new deal between Gibson and the private equity firm have surfaced, hindering future plans for the debt-saddled music company.

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:20 AM
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Brits to give bronze disc to new artists - BBC News



The music industry is relaunching its gold, silver and platinum disc awards, with a twist.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:28 PM
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Spotify Is, For Now, The World's Most Valuable Music Company : The Record : NPR



The Stockholm-founded company has become symbiotic with the recording business, but has eclipsed any one company's value by multiples. But they all still need each other.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:06 AM
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Meme come true: Fleetwood Mac re-enter US charts thanks to Twitter post | Music | The



A humorous tweet featuring the band’s enduring hit Dreams sent it into the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:31 PM
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Spotify Valued at $29.5 Billion as Stock Begins Trading at $165.90 Per Share



Spotify, Apple Music's main competitor, this morning opened on the New York Stock Exchange at $165.90 per share, valuing the company at...

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:32 PM
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Head of copyright committee wants to deny EU creators the right to share - Creative C



Over the last few years the European Union has been working on revising its rules on copyright. But the latest proposal from the head of the copyright committee would deny creators the right to refuse remuneration — the right to share a work without getting paid — which could undermine the use of CC licenses if approved.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:20 PM
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Spotify poised to be a $25bn company on eve of IPO | Technology | The Guardian



Music streaming service’s IPO comes amid fierce competition in the sector and high volatility

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:07 PM
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Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing, Some Say With Threats - The New York Times



Eight years after the Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger, the giant company’s power has drawn complaints from competitors and scrutiny from regulators.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:28 PM
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For Fender Guitars, The Future Is Digital And Female



Forget what you've read. Fender says that the guitar business is not dead and that its future is female.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:22 PM
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Saving Studios to Build A New Future | ProSoundNetwork.com




By rescuing historic studios, developers aim to forge new communities in challenged neighborhoods.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:06 PM
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The compact disc era may finally be entering its hospice stage



Best Buy cuts compact discs. As with 78 rpm records and 8-track tapes before them, does the news further the compact disc’s march toward redundancy? Are CDs now on their way to becoming a niche product in the same manner as the cassette?

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:53 PM
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Musicians hit by 'management scam' - BBC News



Artists say management company BMU has disappeared with thousands of pounds of their money.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 11:01 PM
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Spotify, the 'Solution to Music Piracy,' Is Getting Pirated by 2 Million Pe



Spotify vows to suspend users of unauthorized apps. More than 2 million users had been accessing the free version of the streaming-music service.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:55 PM
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Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing - BBC News



A viola player who sued the Royal Opera House for ruining his hearing wins a landmark case.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:34 AM
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Nashville Songwriters Share Stories Of Sexual Harassment : NPR



The "co-write" is a staple of music-making in Nashville that draws on personal experiences and intimate details. Several women, however, say that collaboration can be fraught.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 02:09 PM
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Lana Del Rey Says Radiohead Lawsuit Is Over - Stereogum



Lana Del Rey's legal issues with Radiohead have always been a little bit mysterious. Earlier this year, on Twitter, Del Rey claimed that Radiohead were suing

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:51 PM
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Spotify reports 2 million users were secretly blocking ads



Spotify adjusts its monthly active users total after discovering that roughly 2 million were using third-party ad blockers to get premium services for free.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:44 AM
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CDs, vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011 - The Washi



The outlook is bleak for digital downloads but great for streaming services.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:17 PM
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Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself? - Bloomberg



Investors are about to decide whether it matters that the most popular music streaming service doesn’t make any money.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:23 PM
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YouTube wants to use ads to “frustrate and seduce” you into paying for its



Sounding a little bit like a pick-up artist pitching his latest “sure fire” scheme to trick women into sleeping with him, YouTube’s Head Of Music announced this week his intentions to “frustrate and seduce” the service’s users into paying for its planned subscription music service. Specifically, Lyor Cohen says he wants to potentially “smoke out” people who already use the site for their music streaming needs and target them with more ads for the plan, in what might be the least joyful use of the phrase “smoke out” in the history of the music business.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:39 PM
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Music Industry Sees Fastest Growth in More Than 20 Years - Bloomberg



The music business posted its fastest growth since Boyz II Men and Hootie & the Blowfish topped the charts 23 years ago.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:26 PM
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'Blurred Lines' copyright ruling is a 'devastating blow' and sets dangerous precedent



The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a controversial 2015 verdict that concluded "Blurred Lines" - the 2013 hit by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams - infringed on the copyright to Marvin Gaye's 1977 song "Got To Give It Up".*

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 06:18 PM
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Guitar Center’s $1 billion in debt reveals this truth about musical tastes



Guitar Center, the nation’s leading musical-instrument retailer, is in trouble. Changing musical tastes are partly to blame.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:05 PM
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Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years



Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it's spending at least $447 million on Google's cloud over the next three years.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:02 PM
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Spotify IPO: Company's First Investor On Why the IPO Makes Sense | Fortune



Northzone general partner Pär-Jörgen Pärson led Spotify’s Series A round in 2008.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:13 AM
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Beloved guitar maker Gibson faces crushing debt that's due this summer



Gibson has come to a crossroads. The guitar company's CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, traded a slice of Gibson’s soul in an attempt to become more than just the maker of the world’s most beloved guitar, and now the devil’s knocking on Gibson's door. Debt of as much as $560 million is due this summer.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:12 AM
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Borehamwood based Orange Amplification celebrate 50th anniversary | Borehamwood Times



Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Page, Madonna, and Led Zeppelin might have heard about Orange Amplification but have you?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:57 AM
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The life of Mr Brightside: why the Killers hit is still in the charts | News | The Gu



The band’s indie disco staple has just celebrated its 200th week in the top 100. Some people just cannot let go of their university parties …

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:54 AM
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How Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine's partnership led to billion dollar Beats - BBC News



The unlikely partnership between Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine is made into a Netflix documentary.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:06 PM
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Streaming is easy but I don't want idiots listening to my favourite albums | Music |



I know I’m an old man screaming about how scary the future is but technology is ruining music

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:50 AM
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Spotify Confirms April 3 Public Offering in Investor Day Presentation – Variety



Spotify Confirms April 3 Public Offering, doubles down on it Freemium service in ‘Investor Day’ Presentation

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:50 AM
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'I wouldn’t want this for anybody’s daughter': will #MeToo kill off the rock'n'ro



Male rock stars of the 1970s and 80s were often notorious for sleeping with young female fans. Now women are starting to see those encounters in a very different light

Whitecat 15th March 2018 05:49 PM
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iHeartMedia Turns The Dial To Bankruptcy : The Two-Way : NPR



The country's largest radio broadcaster, iHeartMedia spent years trying to manage $20 billion in debt. Now, the company has reached an agreement that will cut that debt by half.

Whitecat 13th March 2018 12:33 AM
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Canary In A Coal Mine: How Streaming Music Presages The End Of Ownership ... Of Every



Music often acts as a Canary In A Coal Mine. As goes the music industry, oftentimes so, too, does every other industry. Could the way consumers have abandoned the concept of ownership around music presage the end of ownership generally?

Whitecat 12th March 2018 11:58 PM
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Chinese Investment Consortium Is Eyeing a Gibson Guitar Acquisition



Near-bankrupt Gibson Guitar may be plucked by an overseas investment consortium, according to preliminary acquisition plans emerging.

Whitecat 12th March 2018 01:46 PM
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One in 35 million: How unlicensed music by Aaliyah ended up on Spotify



Vanessa Okoth-Obbo investigates the bizarre underbelly of Aaliyah bootlegs on Spotify.

Whitecat 12th March 2018 01:45 PM
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Spotify plans to go public next month - The Boston Globe



Based on previous transactions, the music streaming service has a valuation that exceeds $20 billion.

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