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Whitecat 20 hours ago 09:11 PM
Facebook made an AI that convincingly turns one style of music into another

Researchers from Facebook's AI Research team just unveiled an neural network capable of processing and translating music in a way that's never before been done. Hearing is believing.

Whitecat 1 day ago 01:51 PM
Spotify to pay out $112m in royalties to songwriters after settlement | Music | The G

The streaming company will recompense songwriters not paid enough royalties, but one unhappy music publisher claims ruling is ‘a free pass on wilful infringement’

Whitecat 2 days ago 07:27 PM
How Ed Sheeran is tackling ticket touts - BBC News

The pop star has taken an aggressive stance by cancelling more than 10,000 tickets for his tour.

Whitecat 2 days ago 06:31 PM
Nashville Producer Fights for Backyard Studio as Home-Studio Owners Nationwide Hope N

Home recording studios have boomed over the past couple decades with software's increasing sophistication, but in most major cities they continue to operate in a legal grey area between commercial and private use.

Whitecat 6 days ago 01:02 AM
Lyor Cohen, YouTube's Music Head, Faces Down A Doubtful Music Business : The Record :

The former rap mogul and current head of music at YouTube on #MeToo (sort of), Migos and his mortality.

Whitecat 1 week ago 06:44 PM
YouTube to launch new music streaming service | Music | The Guardian

YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music and take on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal

Whitecat 1 week ago 05:48 PM
Study shows pop music is getting sadder, just like the rest of us

Ah, music: A series of bleeps and bloops placed into semi-deliberate order, with an eye toward making people feel stuff in their think-meat. We generally operate on the assumption that a society’s music says something about it, good or bad, which is why it’s wearyingly depressing—but also depressingly understandable—that modern music has apparently gotten a lot sadder over the last few years.

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:31 PM
Feel the beat: deaf fans fight for access to live music | Music | The Guardian

The myth that deafness impedes appreciation of music is gradually being debunked – and new technology is helping. But marginalised deaf fans say attitudes are still a huge problem

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:17 PM
Tim Cook confirms Apple Music's 50 million users, big push into tv and movies

In a wide-ranging interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook divulged Apple Music subscriber numbers, and said that a strong push into television and movies is underway.

Whitecat 1 week ago 12:34 PM
Liam Gallagher, Jack White, Damon Albarn: how to grow old in rock | Music | The Guard

Festival lineups are filled with middle-aged stars and former headliners. But how can musicians stay relevant in a millennial music age?

Whitecat 1 week ago 08:07 PM
Peter Gabriel’s Music is Coming to Spotify | Music News | Consequence of Sound

Listen to Gabriel's first four solo albums, plus So, Us, and Up and a pair of greatest hits compilations on Spotify beginning May 18th.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 07:37 PM
Whole lotta debt: can Gibson guitars strike a chord again? | Music | The Guardian

The guitar-maker favoured by everyone from Jimmy Page to Johnny Marr has filed for bankruptcy. But with old models fetching up to £200,000, the firm should still be able to trade on its reputation

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:07 PM
Spotify removes R. Kelly, XXXTentacion from playlists under new hateful conduct polic

The campaign to #MuteRKelly has gained another powerful ally: This morning, Spotify quietly removed Kelly’s music, as well as that of accused domestic abuser XXXTentacion, from its editorial and algorithmic playlists, according to Billboard and Pitchfork. Both men’s music still comes up when you search their names, and their artist-specific “This is...” playlists are still up on the streaming service. But Spotify will no longer include them in its various genre- and mood-based playlists (i.e., RapCaviar and New Music Friday), and they will no longer pop up in users’ algorithmically-generated Discover Weekly playlists, either.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:58 PM
Tidal Accused Of Falsifying Beyoncé & Kanye West Streaming Numbers - Stereogum

A new investigation from a Norwegian newspaper accuses Tidal of falsifying Beyoncé and Kanye West's streaming numbers that they reported around the release of

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 05:32 PM
The Ultimate Analog Music Is Back, Ballfinger Reel-to-Reel Tape - Bloomberg

Surging demand for vinyl LPs has raised hopes for the reel-to-reel tape deck, which returns to sale this month for the first time in decades.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:39 AM
FYF 2018 Canceled Due To Poor Ticket Sales - Stereogum

This year's FYF Fest, which was to be headlined by Janet Jackson, Florence + the Machine and Future, is being canceled due to poor ticket sales, Billboard has

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 09:16 AM
Smart ticketing system may finally outwit the ruthless touts | UK news | The Guardian

Two British graduates launch solution to rampant counterfeiting and resale profiteering

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:46 AM
Played out? Gibson's bankruptcy fuels fears for the guitar's future | Music | The Gua

The industry faces threats from changing musical tastes, online commerce, and the instrument’s own durability. But new talent offers hope

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:41 PM
Facial recognition is coming to TicketMaster events

Ticketmaster's parent company, Live Nation, has acquired the facial recognition company Blink Identity, which will allow it to scan faces at events.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 02:05 PM
Why fans want to hear the hits not ‘one from the new album’ | Music | The Guardia

From Liam Payne to Gwen Stefani and (almost) Nadine Coyle, pop stars are increasingly relying on their old bandmates to shift tickets

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:23 AM
Record Store Day hits new sales peak - BBC News

David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen helped Record Store Day reach a new peak in 2018.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:24 PM
Music Modernization Act will alter how old recordings are reimbursed by Apple Music a

The new Music Modernization Act bill has passed the House of Representatives that aims to bring laws for music licensing and royalty payments into alignment with modern technologies, like streaming through Apple Music and Spotify.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:53 PM
Gibson guitar maker files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The Nashville, Tenn.-based company said it had support from creditors for a deal that would allow it to survive.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:43 AM
"Gigs will go dark" - Petition launched against EU 'threat' to ve

A new petition has been launched to combat EU regulations that production professionals claim pose a direct and "immediate" threat to all live concert lighting.*

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:51 AM
Spotify's 'Got You by the Balls' — And Now They're Testing Out

Spotify's got 71 million reasons to test a price increase out.* But will this little experiment work? Here's the latest on Spotify premium price bump.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:05 PM
Music downloads can gauge consumer vibe – Bank of England | Business | The Guardian

Chief economist says ‘taste in books, TV and radio may also offer a window on the soul’

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 04:10 PM
Gibson to sue Tronical as it brands auto-tuning firm’s lawsuit “a public

Troubled guitar giant alleges German firm's claims of damages are 'unsubstantiated'

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:43 AM
Digital killed the CD. Will anyone mourn it? | Brigid Delaney | Opinion | The Guardia

It’s hard now to believe, but there was a time when people would break into your car to steal the shiny, cheaply made scratch-magnets, says Guardian columnist Brigid Delaney

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 07:34 PM
YouTube Struggles With Plan to Clean Up Mess That Made It Rich - Bloomberg

Extremist propaganda, dangerous hoaxes, videos of tasered rats—the company is having its worst year ever. Except financially.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:05 AM
How ‘Girls I Rate’ is creating opportunities for women in the music industry

Launching in 2016, Girls I Rate has managed to evolve from a dinner for female creatives to an organisation quickly becoming the go-to place for A&Rs to find talent. Speaking to PSNEurope in a recent interview, producer, songwriter and Girls I Rate founder Carla Marie Williams revealed how the organisation is empowering young women, and…

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:50 PM
Before Zedd Found Maren Morris, 12 Female Singers Tried ‘The Middle’ &#82

The Zedd hit "The Middle" cycled through 12 singers, including Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Bebe Rexha, before landing on Maren Morris.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 08:53 PM
High levels of sexual harassment reported by professional UK musicians | Music | The

A new study by Incorporated Society of Musicians has found that 60% of those who responded had experienced sexual abuse, in what is deemed a ‘toxic culture’

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:45 PM
Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives – Variety

In what is being hailed as a historic day for music creators, the Music Modernization Act passed the House Wednesday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 06:51 PM
Auschwitz rap: German Echo music prize scrapped in anti-Semitism row - BBC News

Germany's music industry abolishes its Echo prize after an outcry over its award to a rap duo.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:10 PM
Spotify Redesigns Its Free Tier, With Hopes Of Grabbing Even More Users : The Record

The streaming giant announced changes to its mobile app that the company hopes will lure even more users worldwide to its free tier.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 08:19 PM
Spotify’s Big Lie, Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits | The Trichordist

One of the biggest lies told by Spotify is that streaming will provide more revenue over the life of a record because every play will be monetized. This as opposed to the one time payment earned from a transactional purchase where all the revenue from the purchase of the record is paid at once. There…

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 06:23 PM
‘We’ve got more money swirling around’: how streaming saved the music industry

Thanks to the success of Spotify, big stars from Ed Sheeran to Fleetwood Mac are cashing in, while even artists in niche genres such as Danish cloud rap are flourishing, sometimes without record labels. Is this unexpected revival here to stay?

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:26 PM
Apple's Shazam takeover investigated by EU competition regulators | Technology | The

EC concerned £300m deal with music-recognition app could give Apple data on users and rival streaming services to aid poaching

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:29 PM
Tronical to sue Gibson for $50 million | MusicRadar

Company behind guitar auto-tuning systems, marketed as G-Force, taking legal action

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 04:56 AM
Unsigned Artists Account for Just 2.7% of Global Recording Sales

Last year, thanks to streaming music services, the big 3 major labels made over $11.9 billion. Unsigned artists? Just $472 million.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:06 PM
Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs - BBC News

The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:27 PM
Guitar Center Faces Imminent Bankruptcy After 59 Years In Business

As guitar sales plummet, some of the biggest guitar brands and retailers are facing bankruptcy.* The latest is Guitar Center, Inc.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:23 AM
Gurrumul’s album Djarimirri is first Indigenous-language chart-topper | Music | The

Posthumous record becomes first Indigenous-language release to reach No 1 in Australia’s Aria album charts

Whitecat 20th April 2018 12:12 PM
Charges Of Anti-Semitism Roil German Music Awards : The Record : NPR

The hip-hop duo of Farid Bang and Kollegah, whose lyrics have been described as anti-semitic, won the Germany equivalent of a Grammy, prompting several to return their own awards in protest.

Whitecat 19th April 2018 08:49 PM
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 19th April 2018 07:18 PM
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 18th April 2018 02:11 PM
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 18th April 2018 08:37 AM
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 17th April 2018 03:30 PM
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

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