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Whitecat 1 day ago 01:26 AM
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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 1 day ago 10:23 PM
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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 4 days ago 08:59 AM
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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 4 days ago 06:37 PM
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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 5 days ago 09:07 AM
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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 6 days ago 11:31 AM
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Ticketmaster to shut Seatwave and GetMeIn resale sites | Money | The Guardian



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

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Whitecat 1 week ago 06:35 PM
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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 1 week ago 09:31 AM
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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 1 week ago 04:50 PM
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'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 1 week ago 09:11 AM
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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 1 week ago 02:37 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 10:19 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 10:14 AM
Quincy Jones, In Conversation

I love this guy... master
Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:19 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 12:54 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 06:52 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 01:43 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 12:48 PM
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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 2 weeks ago 11:14 PM
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'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 3 weeks ago 09:35 PM
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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 3 weeks ago 08:52 PM
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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 3 weeks ago 01:35 PM
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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.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:14 PM
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Safe Mercury shortlist once again raises questions about prize's purpose | Music | Th



After grime was properly recognised at last year’s Mercury, the album prize is back to playing it safe, rewarding commercial success rather than creative innovation

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:11 PM
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The Man Quietly Saving Heavy Metal - WSJ



Andy Sneap is making classic heavy-metal stalwarts like Judas Priest and Accept sound cool again.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:31 AM
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Foreign musicians shunning UK, says Womad organiser | Politics | The Guardian



Chris Smith says trying to enter country is ‘difficult and humiliating’ since Brexit vote

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:02 PM
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Target Issues Apology For CBGB Recreation - Stereogum



Target just opened up a new location in New York's East Village. The building that houses the store is called EVGB, which stands for "East Village's Greatest

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:15 PM
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Ireland: Reselling tickets for more than face value to be banned

Legislation will also ban ‘bot software’ used to buy greater numbers of tickets than permitted per purchaser by event organisers

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 08:37 AM
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Now That's What I Call Music: How one compilation came to rule them all - BBC News



The full, untold story of Now That's What I Call Music - by the people who made it.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:17 AM
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The Big Business of Becoming Bhad Bhabie - The New York Times



How a troubled Florida teenager went from the “Dr. Phil” show to signing a major-label record deal as a rapper.

GearAndGuitars 15th July 2018 12:58 AM
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Music Downloads are Nearing Extinction as Sales Tank 27.4%



Song downloads tanked nearly 30% during the first half of this year, according to US-based stats from Nielsen.* So how long does this format last?

GearAndGuitars 15th July 2018 12:52 AM
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Mastodon Guitarist: It's Nearly Impossible for Bands to Survive Financially



It's becoming extremely difficult for musicians to make a living these days —even successful and award-winning bands such as Mastodon.

Whitecat 14th July 2018 07:54 PM
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Smule may be the biggest music app you haven't heard of - CNET

Smule wants everyone to know its name.

The company, a San Francisco-based startup named from a portmanteau of "sonic" and "mule," runs a collection of music-related apps. The biggest by far is "Sing! Karaoke," an interactive singing app with people belting out 20 million songs with each other daily.

Whitecat 14th July 2018 03:19 AM
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Can Kobalt’s AWAL rewrite the rules of A&R? - Music Business Worldwide



It’s a truism as old – and as bankable – as the pop business itself: getting signed to a record company does not mean you’ve ‘made it’. In fact, the odds of doing so after you ink that contract are greatly stacked against you.

GearAndGuitars 9th July 2018 05:55 PM
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Impala, CISAC, PRS, SACEM React to the Article 13 Defeat



The EU Parliament's decision against passing Article 13 and the broader Copyright Directive is a big blow.* But it ain't over yet...

GearAndGuitars 9th July 2018 05:54 PM
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Google Spent More Than $36 Million to Scuttle Article 13 & the Copyright Directiv



Google has spent millions of dollars lobbying European Union member countries to ensure YouTube doesn't pay what it truly owes musicians.

Whitecat 8th July 2018 03:40 PM
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Drake reigns supreme as streaming music reaches new highs



Fueled by a 45 percent rise in on-demand streams, the amount of music Americans either bought or streamed during the first half of 2018 increased by 18 percent over the same period a year earlier, a report out Friday revealed.

Whitecat 7th July 2018 06:41 PM
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Will digital music kill vinyl anytime soon? - CNET



The LP fan base may make a lot of noise, but digital will eventually kill analog once and for all. Someday.

Whitecat 6th July 2018 03:16 PM
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Apple Music Just Surpassed Spotify's U.S. Subscriber Count



Apple Music has now surpassed Spotify's US-based subscriber tally*— and plans to widen the lead by Christmas. Here's the latest data.

Whitecat 4th July 2018 03:44 PM
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Average U.S. Musician Doesn't Make a Livable Wage | Sixx Sense



Even with streaming revenue on the rise, the average American musician needs to work several jobs to make ends meet.

Whitecat 4th July 2018 02:42 AM
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People are demanding refunds from Spotify because they're sick of Drake



Over the weekend, we reported that Spotify users had already streamed 882 years worth of Drake’s new album Scorpion, with some of the tracks’ play counts getting well into the 9-digit area. But that’s not to say that everyone on the streaming platform is loving this new all-Drake-all-the-time lifestyle. Some users on Reddit have started asking Spotify for refunds because they’re sick of seeing the 31-year-old rapper’s face plastered all over the Browse section of their favorite music app.

Whitecat 4th July 2018 02:02 AM
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NZ National party appeals order to pay Eminem $600,000 in copyright battle | World ne



High court ruled last year that the party infringed when it used version of song Lose Yourself in a campaign ad

Whitecat 4th July 2018 12:40 AM
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The hot new archaic music format is 3.5” floppy disks



A few years ago, small indie labels starting making their new releases available on cassette tape. In the age of digital downloads and streaming services, the chance to buy a physical, playable object from a band was an attractive offer. Plus, it was cheaper than vinyl. But now, as reported by Rolling Stone, there’s a new archaic music format in town: 3.5” floppy discs that are preloaded with the only music suited for such a low-tech vehicle of nostalgia—vaporwave.

Whitecat 1st July 2018 10:31 PM
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'We're righting a wrong,' say the artists taking on YouTube | Business | The Guardian



This week sees the final episode in the battle for the musicians fighting for a fairer deal

Whitecat 28th June 2018 10:32 PM
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'Bowie Bonds' creator sues Ed Sheeran for copying Marvin Gaye hit |



English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran was sued on Thursday for at least $100 million for allegedly copying large parts of Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On" for his smash hit "Thinking Out Loud."

Whitecat 28th June 2018 12:18 PM
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Women Are Saving the Electric Guitar From Cultural Extinction



Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball Music Man, and other guitar manufacturers are looking to the future of shredding—and the future is female

Whitecat 28th June 2018 12:05 AM
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After bankruptcy, Gibson plots return to basics, and possibly ukuleles | Article [



As Gibson Brands Inc targets an exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy later this year, the iconic guitar maker plans a return to traditional guitars after an ill-fated attempt at computerizing them and possibly a foray into ukuleles, CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Reuters on Wednesday.

Whitecat 27th June 2018 12:27 AM
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Tiny bird threatens one of Canada's biggest music festivals | World news | The Guardi



The killdeer, a protected bird that weighs less than five ounces, laid eggs in area where the main stage will be for Ottawa’s Bluesfest

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