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Whitecat 11 hours ago 10:33 AM
Ticketmaster secret scalper program targeted by class-action lawyers | CBC News

A U.S. law firm is seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of fans who purchased inflated resale tickets through Ticketmaster, on the heels of a CBC News/Toronto Star investigation.

Whitecat 3 days ago 08:52 PM
Spotify will now let artists directly upload their music to the platform - The Verge

Spotify has announced a new beta feature that will allow independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform instead of through a label or digital aggregator. The upload feature will be contained within the service’s existing Spotify for Artists platform, which, among other things, allows artists to view data about their listeners and directly submit their songs for editorial playlist consideration.

Whitecat 4 days ago 09:11 AM
Senate passes Music Modernization Act, paving the way for big royalty changes

As reported by Billboard, the Senate has unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation designed to update—or modernize—the way songwriting royalties work in today’s stream-heavy world. Most importantly, though, the Senate also decided to change the bill’s name to the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, because the Utahan politician is a songwriter himself (he’s also one of those brave Republicans who vehemently disagrees with every awful thing Donald Trump does but won’t do anything to stop him, which is great).

Whitecat 5 days ago 06:24 PM
Singled out: the Top 40 formats that fell by the wayside | Music | The Guardian

Remember when a pop rookie and grandee would team up? Or when a soap star could call in Beyoncé to guest on their single? We pay tribute to the song types consigned to chart history

Whitecat 5 days ago 06:08 PM
Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine | Ars Technica

Mbira's tone change depends on whether tine is filled with good or bad medicine.

Whitecat 1 week ago 03:29 PM
Spotify can tell if you’re sad. Here’s why that should scare you | Opinion | The

Our personal, private moments with music are being turned into data points. That could be lucrative for companies – and emotionally very costly for consumers

Whitecat 1 week ago 03:42 PM
How The Future Of Music Streaming Will Sound — If Then | News on technology, Si

On this week’s If Then, Will Oremus and April Glaser are joined once again by their Slate colleague Mark Joseph Stern to make sense of a what a Kavanaugh-court might mean for the internet going forward.They are also joined by music and technology writer David Turner, who pens the weekly newsletter Penny Fractions, which is all about the economics and culture of music streaming. They’ll talk to him about how streaming works for artists and if there’s anything they can do to push back against the streaming giants like Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. And they’ll also talk about some of the surprising ways in which streaming is changing music itself.

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:31 PM
First-known David Bowie studio recording sells for £39,360 | Music | The Guardian

Tape dates from 1963 when the star was a 16-year-old singer with his band the Konrads

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:15 PM
Alternative 1988: Billboard's First Modern Rock Singles Chart Reviewed - Stereogum

A breakdown of every song that appeared on the Modern Rock Chart's first week, from Joan Armatrading to Siouxsie Sioux.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:41 PM
Spotify Is Reportedly Negotiating Direct Deals with Independent Artists | SPIN

Spotify has reportedly been arranging direct deals with independent artists over the course of the last year.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:57 PM
Gibson Drops New Guitars In Middle of Bankruptcy – Rolling Stone

The beleaguered Nashville company is hammering out a restructuring, battling lawsuits and hunting for a new CEO.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:43 PM
The Tension Is Building Between Spotify & The Music Industry

Marc Cimino is frustrated. The Universal Music Publishing executive oversees one of the largest song catalogs in the world, collecting royalties for Nicki Minaj, Adele and Justin Bieber.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:06 PM
Apple's takeover of Shazam cleared by EU - Sky News

Apple's £286m takeover of UK-based music app Shazam has been cleared by EU regulators.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:32 AM
The Sounds of Music in the Twenty-first Century | The New Yorker

Contemporary composition has become as fractured as the art world—and that’s a good thing, Alex Ross writes.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:48 PM
Ethan Hawke launches record label with hilariously cool name

Ethan Hawke may have come across as a bit snobbish when he suggested that superhero movies can’t be “great,” but—with total, uncharacteristic sincerity—we have now determined that he really does have the right to make sweeping judgements like that. This is because he and his friends Louis Black and Charlie Sexton have now created their own record label, and it has the all-time best name for anything ever: SexHawkeBlack.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:19 PM
Viagogo sues Ed Sheeran’s promotion company for alleged fraud | Money | The Guardia

Proceedings issued over promoter’s decision to cancel thousands of tickets bought through resale site

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:42 PM
Judge turns up Spinal Tap lawsuit, clears band to sue merch companies for fraud

It’s been two years since Harry Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against entertainment groups Vivendi and StudioCanal, saying he’s received only $81 in merchandising income from Spinal Tap’s enduring array of albums, tours, swag, and home video sales. In 2017, Shearer’s lawsuit brought on fellow bandmates Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, as well as Rob Reiner, the director of the original film, upping the damages sought to $400 million. The suit alleges, among many infractions, breach of contract and fraud by concealment and misrepresentation. We also assume it contains the lyrics of “Gimme Some Money.”*

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:42 PM
The rock star whisperer: how one woman helps A-list musicians survive | Music | The G

Kathryn Frazier spent much of her career raising the profiles of clients like Justin Bieber and Miguel through publicity but now as a life coach she also helps them stay on an even keel

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:37 AM
'Profiteering' Viagogo called to face MPs after earlier refusal | Money | The Guardia

Controversial ticketing firm expected to send deputy to speak for ‘publicity shy’ founder

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:17 PM
Live Nation's grip on music festivals 'stifling competition' | Music | The Guardian

Independent groups call for CMA to investigate US firm’s ‘anticompetitive behaviour’

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:05 AM
Viagogo to move UK staff to New York as European investigations mount | Money | The G

Ticketing website’s workforce relocation comes amid inquiries into its European operations

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:08 AM
Guns N' Roses Heads For $500 Million Tour Earnings As 'November Rain' Sets YouTube Re

The earning power of Guns N’ Roses has been underlined as the band’s reunion tour closes in on $500 million in revenue – and its video for “November Rain” surpasses 1 billion views on YouTube.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:01 PM
‘Bigger than MTV’: how video games are helping the music industry thrive | Games

The success of a booming video game industry, expected to generate $137.9bn in revenue this year, is music to the ears for bands, musicians, record labels and composers

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 12:11 AM
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Launches Record Label Loud Robot - Stereogum

Bad Robot is getting into the music business. The J.J. Abrams-headed production outfit has launched indie music label, Loud Robot, partnering with Capitol

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:50 PM
Best Selling Album In History: Eagles' 'Greatest Hits' Beats Michael Jackson's 'Thril

At least in America, the Eagles now have the most popular album of all time. In February of 1976, the Californian country-rockers released Their Greatest Hits

Whitecat 18th August 2018 01:26 AM
The Guardian view on the secret of singing: whatever it is, Aretha knew it | Editoria

Editorial: From the Neanderthals to Auto-Tune, singing has evolved in myriad cultures and eras. Only a few singers are true greats. In Aretha Franklin, we have just lost one of them

Whitecat 17th August 2018 10:23 PM
23 Prince albums available to stream online for the first time

Two years on from Prince's death, 23 records by the singer-songwriter are being made widely available online for the first time.

Whitecat 15th August 2018 08:59 AM
American guitar companies are feeling good [Video]

Despite a lot of*bad PR*recent years, manufacturers say that demand is strong for American-made guitars ten years after the 2008 financial crisis hammered the industry.

Whitecat 14th August 2018 06:37 PM
Spotify rolls out songwriter and producer credits on mobile for iOS users - Music Bus

The global music business was thrilled when Spotify confirmed that it was finally adding songwriter and producer credits to its platform in February, and the feature is now rolling out to iOS mobile as of today.

Whitecat 14th August 2018 09:07 AM
Spotify Escalates Its Battle With Apple Music With A New Samsung Agreement - Music 3.

Should Apple Music be worried now that Spotify has become the "go-to" music provider on Samsung devices?

Whitecat 13th August 2018 11:31 AM
Ticketmaster to shut Seatwave and GetMeIn resale sites | Money | The Guardian

Controversial secondary ticketing sites will be replaced by fan-to-fan exchange

Whitecat 10th August 2018 06:35 PM
Apple Music Launches New Classical Music Section Curated by Deutsche Grammophon, Incl

Apple Music this week began rolling out a new section in Browse curated by Deutsche Grammophon, known as one of the biggest classical musical labels...

Whitecat 9th August 2018 09:31 AM
Warner Music Group sells Spotify stake worth over $500 million

Warner Music Group's sale of a large Spotify stake is not out of lack of confidence in the business model, but rather because the music company doesn't want to hold equity long term, said the media company's CEO.

Whitecat 8th August 2018 04:50 PM
'Hipster kryptonite': will CDs ever have a resurgence? | Music | The Guardian

Compact discs don’t have the romance of vinyl – but as a generation of tastemakers reconnect with their youth, that could be about to change

Whitecat 8th August 2018 09:11 AM
Musicians get 12% of $43 billion generated by music industry: Study - Business Inside

Recording artists received just 12% of the $43 billion that the music industry generated in 2017, according to a Citigroup report. The proportion of the...

Whitecat 6th August 2018 02:37 PM
Copy of Prince's The Black Album sells for record-breaking $27,500 | Music | The Guar

Rare vinyl LP from 1987 becomes most expensive item ever sold on the Discogs marketplace

Whitecat 3rd August 2018 10:19 PM
Rapper Giggs attacks the Sun over UK drill story: 'Your paper is so dead' | Music | T

The British music star castigated the newspaper over its front-page story about Tim Westwood and violence in the drill music scene

bgood 3rd August 2018 10:14 AM
Quincy Jones, In Conversation

I love this guy... master
Whitecat 2nd August 2018 07:19 PM
Easier streaming services put dent in illegal downloading - BBC News

'It is easier to stream music than to pirate it,' say fans, as the number of illegal downloads falls.

Whitecat 2nd August 2018 12:54 PM
London drill rapper killed in knife attack admitted music's effect on crime | UK news

Incognito, who was stabbed to death in Camberwell, had said drill music was contributing to violence in capital

Whitecat 31st July 2018 06:52 PM
Menswear Startup Uses Spotify Data To Recommend Clothes - Stereogum

Look, I'm not going to pretend to be some fashion expert here. Father John Misty would probably dismiss my wardrobe as graphic-designer quality at best. So

Whitecat 31st July 2018 01:43 PM
We’re living in an age of inequality. Music struggles to reflect it. - Vox

Popular music has always delivered social critique. But it can’t grapple with economic inequality.

Whitecat 31st July 2018 12:48 PM
Baby love: how pop stars embraced pregnancy | Life and style | The Guardian

Stars used to keep quiet about their pregnancies, fearing they could ruin their career. Now they are celebrating them – and Cardi B is leading the pack

Whitecat 29th July 2018 11:14 PM
'Now That's What I Call Music 100' Delivers Banner Week in U.K. | Bill

The landmark 100th U.K. edition of 'Now That's What I Call Music' (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) delivers a banner week there, as the fastest-selling album of 2018.

Whitecat 28th July 2018 09:35 PM
Big beasts of the orchestra could become extinct, arts chief warns as YouTube generat

They are the big beasts of the orchestra, famous for their booming depths and resounding crescendos.

But the days of the oboe, bassoon, french horn and tuba could be numbered, an arts chief has warned, as interest from the younger generations has dwindled to such a low that the instruments now risk becoming extinct.

Whitecat 28th July 2018 08:52 PM
Spotify says Metallica is using its data to design set lists now

Because nothing says, “**** yeah, metal!” like meticulously curated data analytics, Spotify reported to shareholders this week that rock mainstays Metallica have apparently been using the service’s info to help plan its tours. According to the company’s CEO, Daniel Ek, the once-internet-hostile band has been using data from the service’s streaming info to figure out which of its songs are most popular in different markets, and then tailoring their sets to give the people what they want. (Which, we have to assume, means “Enter Sandman” on endless repeat.)

Whitecat 28th July 2018 01:35 PM
Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own - The New York Times

How Ryuichi Sakamoto assembled the soundtrack for Kajitsu, in Murray Hill, and what it says about the sounds we hear (or should) while we eat.

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