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Whitecat 5 hours ago 08:33 PM
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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app? - BBC News



Rivalry against Spotify and augmented reality ambitions are two possible reasons for the takeover.

Whitecat 6 hours ago 07:00 PM
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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam | Article [AMP] | Reuters



Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

Whitecat 1 day ago 09:19 PM
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Indies feel pushed out of vinyl boom as 'dad rock' sells in record numbers | Music |



Small labels report lengthy production delays as big stars monopolise Europe’s two main pressing plants

Whitecat 2 days ago 01:25 PM
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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source |

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Whitecat 4 days ago 07:04 PM
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Apple 'On Schedule' to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019



Apple is scheduling a complete removal of music downloads from the iTunes Store by 2019, part of an aggressive transition towards streaming.

Whitecat 4 days ago 02:07 AM
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Caroline Polachek Pulls Out Of Moogfest Over Lineup Announcement - Stereogum



The Durham, NC-based experimental festival Moogfest announced its initial 2018 lineup today with a list focusing on the female, nonbinary, and transgender

Whitecat 5 days ago 06:48 PM
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Federal Judge Asks Spotify: 'How Many Songs Have You Infringed, Anyway?'



Spotify's licensing problems went from bad to worse.* And these damages could be seriously catastrophic. Here's the latest from New York.

Whitecat 6 days ago 10:09 PM
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How Dua Lipa became the most streamed woman of 2017 | Music | The Guardian



Her smash hit New Rules gave relationship advice to an army of young women, making her more popular than Beyoncé and Rihanna – and her carefully nurtured rise could change the music industry for good

Whitecat 6 days ago 05:32 PM
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Mariah Carey is still making a ****-ton of money off “All I Want For Christmas Is Y



There’s one of them at every winter holiday gathering. “Happy capitalist exploitation day!” they’ll sarcastically intone, or maybe just cheerfully snark, “Happy buy people stuff month.” Yes, there is always someone ready to ruin your holiday cheer with their bold, no-holds-barred ability to point out that these yearly rituals involve purchasing gifts, and that means participating in the exchange of money for goods and/or services. While they are fearlessly drawing attention to the fact that the holiday involves doing the same thing you do every other day—buy stuff, only in this case you do it to be nice to others, you monster—you’re presumably (hopefully) on your third whiskey-infused egg nog.

Whitecat 1 week ago 06:43 PM
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The Feds Want Martin Shkreli's Secret Wu-Tang Album - VICE



As well as a bunch of other bizarre rich-people ****, per a new court document.

Whitecat 1 week ago 03:35 PM
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Ticket resale sites could face court over consumer law concerns | Business | The Guar



Competition watchdog promises to widen investigation into sales tactics used by websites such as Viagogo and StubHub

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:36 PM
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Spotify's Top 'Fake Artists' Make Six-Figure Salaries



According to Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Höglund, his (alleged) ‘fake artists’ on Spotify earn five-digit pound sums for their works.

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:34 PM
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The Payola Blues: New Technology, Same Old Tune?



Has the sanctity of tastemaker playlists been polluted? Is a golden era of streaming passing us by in the blink of an eye?

Whitecat 1 week ago 02:34 PM
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Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike



Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 01:45 AM
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Have You Been Suckered on Net Neutrality Debate by Google and Big Tech? | The Trichor



Tomorrow July 12th you will probably be asked by a well meaning friend *or perhaps someone that works for a progressive activist group to call or write your congressman and ask them to support "net neutrality." *IMHO I think you will be making a mistake. I really don't give a **** if I get flamed…

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:49 PM
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'We could build something revolutionary': how tech set underground music free | Music



YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:29 AM
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Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker’s Estate - Stereogum



Steely Dan lead singer Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his longtime bandmate Walter Becker in an effort to keep the band's name and music alive. Fagen

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:57 PM
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The vinyl frontier: why do we keep sending music to outer space? | Music | The Guardi



Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 08:38 PM
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How ‘Africa’ by Toto Became the Internet’s Favorite Song - Motherboard



Somehow, this cheesy, emotional tune, which turns 35 this year, inspires unironic, almost undivided adoration across the web.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:59 PM
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Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain | New Scientist



Around three minutes of brain stimulation is all it takes to change people’s love of music, and even how much money they’re willing to spend on it

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:04 PM
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Musicians, You’re About to Lose Your Tax Deductions – Finance For Musicians



Musicians have been asking me if the new tax bill passed by the House yesterday will have any impact on us. Yes, the legislation, if passed in the Senate, will greatly reduce the ability of professional musicians to deduct many of the expenses we incur in our work.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:03 AM
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Swedish music industry rocked by sexual assault scandal as 1,993 women sign open lett



Nearly 2,000 women working in the Swedish music industry have alleged that they have experienced sexual assault, harassment or overt sexism during their career – in an open letter calling for drastic change

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:12 PM
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Nick Cave Holds Press Conference About Playing Israel To “Take Stand” Aga



Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a "principled stand" by

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 03:22 PM
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Pandora Death Watch: Stock Sinks Below $5 as Users Flee App



Pandora Radio's stock has plummeted to all-time lows. Users have all-but-abandoned the service. Will the streaming platform finally shut down soon?

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 03:21 PM
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November 8th, 2018: iHeartMedia Declares Bankruptcy



iHeartMedia is hitting hard times*— and warning investors of a possible collapse ahead.* That is, in less than one year. Here's the latest.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 03:18 PM
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Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Stra



Fans may be annoyed that Swift’s new album is not available on streaming services right away, but Team Taylor is wise to experiment with windowing.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:59 AM
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From Fleet Foxes to Grizzly Bear: has the 'Pitchfolk' scene finally burned out? | Mus



With Bon Iver going awol and sales falling steadily, it looks as if the era of the heartsore wildman may be over

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:25 PM
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Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Stream



Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists and composers: The ECM Records catalogue is coming to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and all major streaming services.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:34 PM
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Warped Tour Ending In 2018 - Stereogum



When you think about it, it's crazy that the Warped Tour was still happening. The traveling festival tour has crossed North America every summer since 1995.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 01:04 PM
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China’s Toutiao is buying Musical.ly in a deal worth $800M-$1B | TechCrunch



Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app popular with teens and young people, has been sold to Chinese social media giant Toutiao, according to an announcement made..

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:04 AM
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StubHub and Viagogo offices raided in ticket touting investigation | Business | The G



Competition and Markets Authority officials seize data relating to schemes that allegedly benefit industrial-scale touts

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:15 AM
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Canadian scalper's multimillion-dollar StubHub scheme exposed in Paradise Papers - Bu



A CBC/Radio-Canada investigation done jointly with the Toronto Star has revealed how a Canadian scalper has been able to vacuum up thousands of tickets to some of the highest-grossing concert tours and shows in a matter of minutes and resell them at a premium with the help of the ticket website StubHub.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:00 PM
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Woking musician secures record deal after 27-year-old cassette tape found in American



A music collector from Oregon tracked down Carola Baer after finding her tape in a charity shop

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:38 PM
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Deliverance Interrupted - Feature - Portland Mercury



A Vancouver music company tried to release new music from Prince. They didn’t get very far.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:36 PM
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V Festival is over, Richard Branson announces | The Independent



V Festival held its last edition this year, Richard Branson has announced.* The popular music event which had been running for 22 years has been scrapped the Virgin head said in a statement, effectively making this summer's*show with*Pink and Jay-Z as headline acts the last.*

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:03 PM
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Why does Taylor Swift write so many one-note melodies? - BBC News



The singer has dozens of melodies that sit on one note - but it's less of a cop-out than you think.

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 06:48 AM
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C3 Uses Fire to Fight Fire — Artist Rights Watch | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQuqug4HEpw [Editor Charlie sez: What’s more fun than using Facebook to expose Facebook? What’s more fun than hosting a blog on Blogger to expose Google? What’s more fun is posting a video on YouTube exposing*YouTube!] via C3 Uses Fire to Fight Fire — Artist Rights Watch

GearAndGuitars 4 weeks ago 06:47 AM
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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 12:25 AM
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How a big Australian bank bought into Sheryl Crow's back catalogue | News | The Guard



Paradise Papers reveal that leading banks are parties to schemes that use tax havens to minimise tax for their wealthy clients

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 07:47 PM
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Tidal Begins Adding Liner Notes to Albums and Songs | Billboard



Tidal has begun adding in-depth credits -- including composers, musicians, vocal breakdowns, mastering, production, mixing, label info and even album artwork credits -- to millions of albums and tracks.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:31 PM
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JAY Z sells $6 tickets to US gigs to cut out touts and resale rip-offs - BBC News



Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 5th November 2017 11:37 PM
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A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling - WSJ



Brisk demand from fans both old and new prompts a Missouri company to dust off production blueprints for a long-paused business. “The finest equipment the 1960s has to offer.”

Whitecat 4th November 2017 08:22 PM
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Why the indie band never dies: fake breakups, permanent adolescence and cash comeback



Do bands such as LCD Soundsystem ever split up – or is ‘quitting’ just the first stage of a long, tactical manoeuvre?

Whitecat 1st November 2017 07:58 PM
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Supermarket swing: Sainsbury's launches own-brand vinyl albums | Music | The Guardian



Store to release compilation albums as it looks to consolidate its position as one of the largest vinyl sellers in the UK

Whitecat 31st October 2017 10:29 PM
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45 songs by Chris Brown, anyone? Why albums are getting longer | Music | The Guardian



R&B and hip-hop albums frequently number 20 tracks or more, while dance artists are making records that last five hours. Are musicians spreading themselves too thinly?

Whitecat 30th October 2017 11:00 PM
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Touts threaten UK's £4.5bn music industry, survey reveals | Business | The Guardian



Mass online touting causing long-term damage and ripping off fans as poll finds strong support for limiting resale prices at face value

Whitecat 28th October 2017 07:20 PM
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Southwest Airlines launches new innovation in in-flight misery: Inescapable live musi



The “race to the bottom” mentality that inspired commercial airlines to compete to see who could install the smallest seats and most egregious fees is now being applied to in-flight entertainment. One month after Icelandair tried out the nightmarish experiment of inescapable interactive live theater on one of its transatlantic flights, Southwest Airlines is formally launching a program to bring inescapable live pop-country music to unwitting passengers on select flights.

Whitecat 25th October 2017 03:44 PM
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Eminem wins $600,000 after New Zealand political party breached his copyright | Music



National party found to have infringed the rapper’s copyright in a 2014 election campaign advertisement that used strains of Lose yourself

Whitecat 20th October 2017 03:44 PM
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Gibson Guitar Factory Looking For New Home - Memphis Daily News



Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. is putting its Downtown Memphis factory on the market as it looks for a new, smaller home.

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