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Whitecat 7 hours ago 10:44 AM
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 23 hours ago 07:17 PM
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 1 day ago 12:23 PM
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 1 day ago 10:39 PM
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 2 days ago 12:26 PM
'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 3 days ago 06:18 PM
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 3 days ago 03:05 PM
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 3 days ago 03:02 PM
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 3 days ago 01:13 AM
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 days ago 11:12 AM
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 5 days ago 11:57 AM
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 6 days ago 12:54 AM
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 1 week ago 12:06 PM
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 1 week ago 11:50 AM
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 1 week ago 11:50 AM
'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 1 week ago 05:49 PM
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 1 week ago 12:33 AM
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 1 week ago 11:58 PM
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 1 week ago 01:46 PM
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 1 week ago 01:45 PM
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.

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:43 PM
Got some old band T-shirts at home? You might be quids in … | Music | The Guardian

A rare Led Zeppelin shirt fetched $10,000 – and others go for hundreds as nostalgic memorabilia market booms

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:54 AM
From Nashville with love: how the UK is taking country music to its heart | Music | T

A growing army of fans for both US stars and UK acts has seen the genre go from corny to cool as 80,000 people attend the C2C festival

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 01:06 AM
Gibson Guitars lays off as credit downgraded: Music retail disruption

S&P downgrades Gibson, which lays off custom shop workers

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 06:28 PM
Spotify Threatens Hacked App Users With Suspension As Practice Spreads - hypebot

There are no stats as to how many of Spotify's 159 million active users are accessing the music streamer with a hacked app or account. But judging from forum comments, its not a small problem. As it prepares for its first public stock offering, Spotify is moving aggressively to curb... Many unauthorized or modified apps appear to make paid Premium features available to free users.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:38 PM
Apple is ending the iTunes LP album format

Apple has reportedly told the music industry it will no longer accept iTunes LPs.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:48 PM
Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Awarda –

Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter will be presented with the prestigious Music Visionary of the Year award by UJA-Federation of New York.*

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:31 PM
Time's Up Leader Tina Tchen To Head Recording Academy's Diversity Task Force : The Re

The organization behind the Grammy Awards took a first public step in its attempt to address issues of gender inequality within its organization — and the music industry more broadly.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:29 PM
NME to close print edition magazine and expand digital platforms | The Independent

NME*has announced that this week's issue (Friday 9 March) will be its final free print edition, as it attempts to expand its digital audience. NME*was launched as the New Musical Express in 1952. The free*NME*launched on 18 September 2015 and featured Rihanna on its cover. It has been handed out to commuters and students around the UK on a weekly basis since.*

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:44 PM
The British Library's race to save old audio recordings - BBC News

The recordings are on more than 40 different formats and some are degrading due to decay.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:44 AM
Grizzly Bear Frontman Explains Why The Music Industry Is ****ed - Stereogum

Over the weekend, Grizzly Bear kicked off a tour in New Zealand and Australia, and the band's frontman Ed Droste took to his Instagram story to lament the state

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:05 PM
Martin Shkreli Has to Give Up His Precious Wu-Tang Album - VICE

The pharma bro will have to use the $2 million purchase toward the $7.36 million he owes the government.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:32 PM
How bands are escaping the music industry snake pit - BBC News

Technology is helping musicians, bands and artists get a bigger share of the revenues from their work.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:31 PM
Spotify Is Getting Paid to Save the Music Industry: DealBook Briefing - The New York

Spotify has revived the fortunes of recording artists, funneling billions of dollars to music companies. But a charity Spotify is not.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:55 PM
15-Month-Old Bon Jovi Album Hits #1 Thanks To Concert Ticket Bundle - Stereogum

​Bon Jovi’s former #1 album, This House Is Not For Sale, is back atop the Billboard 200 chart for a second week. The set re-enters the tally with 120,000

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:25 AM
Journey's Greatest Hits*hits 500 weeks on the Billboard 200

In this life, we all make choices. You can save your money, or you can spend it. You can build walls around your heart to keep it safe, or you can open yourself up to love. You can ignore the way your brain stem lights up every time you hear the intro of “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” or you can liberate yourself with the truth: Being an insufferable snob is a stifling and joyless way to live, and liking Journey is actually okay.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:04 AM
Is Spotify really worth $20bn? | Technology | The Guardian

Music service will soon have its IPO and investors think it can be as big as Netflix. Are they right?

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:30 PM
Mike Huckabee Resigns From Music Education Board After Fierce Backlash From Nashville

Huckabee's appointment to the board of the Country Music Association Foundation, a music education initiative, lasted a single day.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 07:13 PM
‘Success’ on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty - Bloomberg

You can have a million views a month and still not be able to make rent

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 08:08 PM
Neil Young: Google, Facebook, Amazon 'Use All the Great Music of All Time &

Neil Young worries about how young artists can survive. Here, he berates Google, Facebook, and Amazon for grossly underpaying artists.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 03:38 PM
Avid Technology Names Jeff Rosica As CEO; Terminates Louis Hernandez, Jr. -

-Avid Technology Inc. said its board of directors has appointed Jeff Rosica as Chief Executive Officer of the company, with immediate effect. The.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:24 PM
Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz Talks Challenges Facing Guitar Retail Industry: 'Th

If Gibson Guitars is in serious financial straits, longtime owner and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has an extremely good poker face - but he's realistic about the challenges ahead.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:43 AM
Public broadcaster music library closing, CD’s to be digitised, destroyed

Canada’s public broadcaster CBC (English) and Radio-Canada (French) is going through massive changes. [caption id=

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:26 AM
How Claiming Creative Control Helps Women Musicians Stay The Course : NPR

The 1990s saw a wave of prominent women musicians who took the reins, creatively and professionally, over their music — and provided a blueprint for lasting careers.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 03:50 AM
Snapchat Market Value Drops $1.3B After Single Tweet, CEO Earned $638M Last Year - hy

If you live by social media, you die by social media. Just ask any musician who spent countless hours building an audience on MySpace audience (and now there are signs that Facebook is next). Today, the market value of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. fell $1.3 billion after a single tweet...

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 03:45 AM
Pandora Is Losing 850,000 Listeners a Month. Now for the Bad News...

Pandora has los 8 million users in 9 months, according to the latest financial disclosures.* What could be worse than that?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:23 AM
The great big Spotify scam: Did a Bulgarian playlister swindle their way to a fortune

A Bulgarian playlist-maker scammed the Spotify payout system for months last year – and could well have made themselves a millionaire off Daniel Ek’s platform.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:06 PM
Spotify Job Listings Say Company 'On Its Way' to Launch of First Physical Products, H

Following an ad for a senior product manager last spring that hinted at Spotify's interest in creating a hardware product, this week a collection...

Arthur Stone 4 weeks ago 01:36 AM
Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy | The Independent

One of the world's favourite*guitar*manufacturers*could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.* Gibson, a favourite of musicians*such as*BB King, Slash, Santana and Bob Marley, is struggling with*debt repayment deadlines and the recent departure of its chief financial officer after less than a year in the job.
Gibson: Iconic guitar brand reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy.
One of the world's favourite guitar manufacturers could be forced to pull the plug because of dire financial problems, as the industry struggles to cope with waning interest in rock music.

According to a recent report in the Nashville Post, Gibson Guitars faces a $375m (£268m) deadline for a debt repayment in less than six months’ time. A further $145m worth of bank loans are due to mature immediately, if those notes – which were issued back in 2013 – are not refinanced or repaid by 23 July...

Whitecat 17th February 2018 02:08 AM
Who's making money in digital music?

Musicians continue to sing the blues over royalty revenues in the digital era, where success online continues to be a mixed bag. "Nobody's making any money,"says Paul Resnikoff.

Whitecat 15th February 2018 05:29 PM
Neil Young Says Pono Was Killed By Record Labels - Stereogum

We all remember Pono, don't we? Neil Young's Kickstarter-funded vanity music player cost $400. It had a 64-gig storage capacity and a tiny, ****ed-up

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