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Whitecat 19 hours ago 10:59 AM
How we made: Ministry of Sound | Culture | The Guardian

‘I found a car park in Elephant and Castle, south London, with a roof covered in pigeon poo. I walked in and thought, “This is it!”’

Whitecat 3 days ago 08:37 PM
Tim Ingham: Album in Trouble, Music Business Probably Can’t Save It – Rolling

Sales are plummeting, and the music industry is returning to the era of track-led consumption. Is the LP doomed?

Whitecat 4 days ago 08:00 PM
'Fake band' Threatin just played a UK tour to... pretty much no-one - NME

Paid-for Facebook likes and YouTube comments from a 'fake band' called Threatin have led to one of the strangest stories of the year.

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:31 PM
Music education 'thrown to the wolves' in the UK - BBC News

A study suggests children from poorer families are being priced out of learning musical instruments.

Whitecat 1 week ago 04:28 PM
Guitar Center Unveils Remodeled Hollywood Store and How It Plans to Come Back From th

After a rough couple years and a mounting debt crisis, Guitar Center is back on the upswing and looking to chart a new path forward.

Whitecat 1 week ago 03:30 PM
Welcome online, Adam Rickitt! Abandoned pop's digital revival | Music | The Guardian

Some of the biggest 90s and 00s pop hits are now available to stream, thanks to one dogged fan’s Twitter campaign, Pop Music Activism

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:52 PM
Matt Hancock: GPs should prescribe concerts and mixtapes - BBC News

Government's 'social prescribing' plans include concert trips and arts classes for patients.

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:35 AM
Inside the booming business of background music | News | The Guardian

The long read: Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise.

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:05 AM
Reclining album sales? Why pop stars are making sofas not songs | Music | The Guardia

From Louise Redknapp’s footstools to Kylie’s Atmosphere Duvet, an increasing number of musicians are turning to home furnishings

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:54 AM
If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, will you find love? | Music

Maddened by the improbability of the pina colada song, in which a cheating couple end up on a blind date with each other, a data journalist crunches the numbers

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:30 AM
Do androids dream of electric beats? How AI is changing music for good | Music | The

Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence make music composition easier than ever – because a machine is doing half the work. Could computers soon go it alone?

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:39 PM
'Everybody is looking at us right now': how black British pop reclaimed the charts |

It was once ignored by major labels, but thanks to a diasporic sound and a fiercely independent attitude, black British music is at an all-time high. Six artists – Mabel, Not3s, Kojo Funds, B Young, Amelia Monet and Steel Banglez – explain their meteoric rise

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:00 PM
Has stadium rock been unplugged? - BBC News

We ask if the era of big-haired rock and roll bands headlining at Wembley Stadium has come to an end.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:31 PM
Can't always get what you want: why artists struggle to stop politicians using their

Pharrell has sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter, requesting he stop playing Happy at rallies. Will it make a difference?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:05 PM
Tekashi69 XXXtentacion & Music Industry Complicity

The music industry has no clue what to do with the men that make them lots of money but do horrible things.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:20 AM
UK Music seeks reassurance on Budget's tech tax | Talent | Music Week

The trade body has broadly welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget, but called for further clarification on areas including the proposed digital tax targeting tech giants, business rates, licensing and support for music in schools to support future talent. “Music should be a right and an opportunity for children to experience everywhere,” said CEO Michael Dugher.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:20 PM
'Now!' Turns 20: Remembering 2 Decades Of Soulless Pop Comps - Stereogum

I burned my final mix CD in 2013. "Random Music" was scrawled in sharpie across the reflective silver disc, belying the very deliberate and not at all random

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 01:35 PM
Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales

A revealing look at three decades of music industry sales. After a devastating decline, streaming services like Spotify are helping the industry regain its footing.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 12:37 AM
Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj over unauthorised sample | Music | The Guardian

Singer has filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement over a track sampling 1988 hit Baby Can I Hold You

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 03:46 PM
The new movie soundtrack: A Spotify playlist | The Star

Spotify Technology SA is disrupting another part of the music business: the soundtrack album. Independent movie studio A24 is releasing the music to the new film “Mid90s” as a playlist on the streaming service, rather than as an album distributed by a record label.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:11 AM
Drake beats the Beatles' 1964 record for most US Top 10 hits in a year | Music | The

Canadian rapper’s guest spot on MIA by Bad Bunny marks his 12th Top 10 hit in 2018

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:27 PM
How do musicians make money - Business Insider

Streaming isn't nearly as lucrative for artists as other revenue streams. The majority of an artist's revenue comes from touring, selling merchandise...

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:28 PM
Rock Is Dead, Thank God - Noisey


It’s time to face the reality that rock has been eclipsed by pop, hip-hop, and EDM, and accept that it might actually be a positive thing for the genre.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:36 PM
How U2's technology is changing concerts for the better - BBC News

The band's groundbreaking stage show is designed to ensure everyone has a front-row seat.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:46 PM
Young women now make up 50% of new guitar players - NME

A new study has found that young women now make up for half people starting to learn how to play the guitar.*

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:33 PM
Keep stag and hen parties away from your mics, York buskers told | UK news | The Guar

Council issues order to street performers after complaints about drunken singing

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:18 AM
Fleetwood Mac Dispute Lindsey Buckingham Lawsuit - Stereogum

Fleetwood Mac disputes allegations in a lawsuit filed by Lindsey Buckingham for kicking him off the band's new tour. In a statement, band spokesperson

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:05 PM
Blink-182 Founder's UFO Organization Is $37.4M In Debt - Stereogum

Since long before he was forced out of Blink-182 three and a half years ago, Tom DeLonge has been pouring most of his time, money, and energy into the study of

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:36 PM
Why has the UK stopped producing pop superstars? | Music | The Guardian

Three years ago British artists made up half the global top 10. Now the biggest new stars barely make a mark overseas. What is behind this sea change – and is there a way back?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 07:28 PM
Producers, Engineers To Benefit from Music Modernization Act -

Unanimously passing the House and Senate, the Act was signed into law October 11.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:11 PM
Fyre Festival founder sentenced to 6 years in prison

And to think: Just a few years ago, none of us had ever even heard of low-rent supervillain Billy McFarland, the guy who managed to trap a bunch of sense-light, disposable-income-heavy music fans on an island like it was his own, personal, Blink-182-adjacent Hunger Games. We’re talking, of course, about Fyre Festival, now the gold standard in unlawfully separating music festival fans from all their precious gold. McFarland—whose just-convicted crimes include wire fraud, bank fraud, lying to investigators, and, unofficially, besmirching the good name of Ja Rule—was sentenced to six years in jail today, partly for his role in the planning (or, as we’re now legally obligated to label it, “scheming”) of the festival, as well as a number of other business ventures of equally dubious character.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:43 PM
Nobody watched the AMAs, so democracy is just dead now, we guess

Suggesting that not even “the people”*give an actual **** about what the people want anymore, last night’s American Music Awards ended up being the least-watched outing in the popular-vote-based event’s history. Not even the pull of a Cardi B performance, or the final, inescapable cultural ascendancy of Taylor Swift, could lure audiences in to watch the special, which drew in a meager 1.8 rating among the fabled “demographic.”

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:05 PM
Lindsey Buckingham Sues Former Fleetwood Mac Bandmates: Report - Stereogum

Lindsey Buckingham has reportedly filed a lawsuit against his four former Fleetwood Mac bandmates after the group fired him early this year. According to court

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 08:03 PM
Trump signs landmark legislation for musicians, who he says have been "treated v

About a month ago, the Senate passed the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation meant to update the way royalties work for musicians and songwriters, and Donald Trump signed it into law today alongside the biggest/only music superstars he could rope in, including Mike Love, Craig Morgan, John Rich, Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and future White House chief of staff Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie. Of course, Trump is Trump, so he could’ve had John Lennon on hand and we still wouldn’t be impressed, so let’s just talk about what the Music Modernization Act actually does.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 07:38 PM
Breakthrough at Latest CITES Meeting « MMR Magazine

MMR Magazine is the music products industry and retailer's leading news source and publication. New product and instrument new, retailer news and spotlights -

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 05:15 PM
Spotify at 10: men dominate streaming service's most-played artists | Music | The Gua

Sheeran’s single Shape of You is the music platform’s most-streamed song since it launched

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:44 AM
Music disappearing from curriculum, schools survey shows | Education | The Guardian

Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE

Whitecat 9th October 2018 11:53 PM
Fleetwood Mac Use Watermarked Getty Images In Concert - Stereogum

Fleetwood Mac are currently touring the country without Lindsey Buckingham, the guitarist whose entry to the band in the mid-’70s (along with Stevie Nicks)

Whitecat 9th October 2018 10:04 PM
More than one third of music consumers still pirate music | Music | The Guardian

Despite rise of legal streaming, a substantial number of listeners still rip music from sites such as YouTube for offline listening

Whitecat 6th October 2018 11:25 PM
‘Cultural jail’: Brexit could bring booming industry to its knees | Politics | Th

Top UK musicians tell PM in open letter why Europe is so important to their industry

Whitecat 5th October 2018 01:38 PM
Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? | Music | The Guardian

The streaming service is a decade old on Sunday. So has it created a post-CD paradise for listeners – or turned today’s music into a grey goo? Our music editors argue for and against

Whitecat 30th September 2018 06:48 PM
It is with a heavy heart that we report that Tidal is good now

You have already read the headline. I know that you do not want to hear this, and probably do not care, but I swear, it is appreciably and quantifiably better than any other streaming service. I say this as someone who was a fairly happy Spotify user for many years before finally switching to Apple Music earlier this year under some delusion that it might stream from my Apple TV better. I was wrong, and Apple TV is the worst thing on earth—finicky, slow, poorly organized, requiring five or six more steps than ever makes sense. It should be erased from the face of the earth. Do not even consider Apple Music.

Whitecat 30th September 2018 02:29 PM
Spotify asks delinquent Family Plan customers for GPS coordinates

Spotify may be cracking down on Family Plan customers who don't live at the same address by asking them to confirm their GPS coordinates.

Whitecat 29th September 2018 11:32 PM
Led Zeppelin to face new Stairway to Heaven trial - BBC News

A San Francisco appeals court orders a new trial into Stairway to Heaven riff copyright claims.

GearAndGuitars 28th September 2018 01:54 AM
Streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue - The Verge

While record sales are down, everyone continues to stream music, allowing streaming to account for the vast majority of revenue when it comes to music sales.

GearAndGuitars 28th September 2018 01:53 AM
EU Copyright Directive Analysis for Media, Tech, Internet Users | Hollywood Reporter

On Sept. 12, the European Parliament approved a major overhaul of copyright law that, if its supporters are believed, will update copyright for the digital age and force online giants like Google and Facebook to share revenues with content creators. Or, according to the critics of the European Union Copyright Directive, it will destroy the internet as users know it, blocking free speech, stifling competition and reinforcing the entrenched power of media conglomerates. The reality, as always, is somewhere in the middle.

GearAndGuitars 28th September 2018 01:53 AM
Article 13 approved by European Parliament by 438 votes to 226

MEPs have voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. Of the 751 politicians voting on the directive today in Strasbourg, 438 voted in favour, 226 against and 39 abstained.

Whitecat 26th September 2018 10:05 PM
Bestival music events firm bought for £1.1m | Music | The Guardian

Dorset entrepreneur James Benamor buys business days after it fell into administration

Whitecat 25th September 2018 10:56 PM
Spotify Is Using DNA Tests to Curate Playlists, Which Is Pretty Creepy - Noisey

The streaming service is partnering up with Ancestry to create custom playlists based on your lineage.

Whitecat 24th September 2018 03:29 PM
Deezer researchers developed an AI system that detects a song’s musical mood - The

Researchers at Deezer have developed an AI system capable of associating certain songs with moods and intensities. The work is described in a newly published paper on titled "Music Mood Detection Based on Audio Lyrics With Deep Neural Nets."

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