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Whitecat 9 hours 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 1 day ago 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 1 day ago 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 1 day ago 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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:39 PM
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Music fund Hipgnosis tunes into Beyonce in £200m float



Merck Mercuriadis is launching another attempt to bring Hipgnosis to the London market, Sky News learns.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 12:44 AM
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The Quietus | News | YouTube Faces Payouts In Copyright Vote



European parliament action could see YouTube paying out millions to artists whose music videos are viewed on the platform

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 12:43 AM
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'Article 13' Advances In Europe, Potentially Costing YouTube Billions



With today's ruling by the EU's legal affairs committee, Google could potentially pay billions to the music industry for music videos on YouTube.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:15 PM
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Akon Plans Cryptocurrency Akoin - Stereogum



Most of us in the regular world have no idea what cryptocurrency even is, beyond some sort of internet-based get-rich-quick scheme. But there are plenty within

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:28 AM
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Coachella’s Radius Clause Details Exposed In Legal Fight With Oregon Festival -



We now know more details about the radius clause Coachella organizers impose on artists playing the massive Southern California festival, thanks to an ongoing

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 07:46 AM
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End of Owning Music: How CDs, Downloads Died - Rolling Stone



Physical formats are cratering, but vinyl's niche is growing. Jack White and other experts explain the future of listening.

Whitecat 8th June 2018 01:05 PM
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Lifeline for Gibson Guitars? - The Music Network



The Music Network is Australia’s #1 source for music industry news, charts and jobs since 1994.

Whitecat 7th June 2018 05:07 PM
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Spotify Offers Managers, Artists Advances to License Music Directly to Its Streaming



Spotify has offered advances to a number of managers and indie acts in exchange for licensing their music directly to the streaming service, sources tell Billboard.

Whitecat 6th June 2018 04:39 PM
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People: how the National and Bon Iver's streaming service frees musicians | Music | T



Can the new, open-access audio ‘publishing platform’ attract more than just superfans of its indie-rock creators?

Whitecat 6th June 2018 11:05 AM
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Vinyl and Brexit: 'Terrifying' or a 'great opportunity'? - BBC News



Newsbeat's been hearing from leading music industry voices about how Brexit will affect the future of vinyl.

Whitecat 5th June 2018 09:18 PM
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Rare Prince album surfaces in Canada - BBC News



A pristine copy of the star's "lost classic" The Black Album is discovered in Canada.

Whitecat 5th June 2018 03:49 PM
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BBC to close Maida Vale studios and move live music base to east London | Media | The



World-famous studios have hosted thousands of performances ranging from the Beatles to Beyoncé

Whitecat 4th June 2018 05:34 PM
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RIP Channel U:*the urban music champion that gave power to the people | Music | The



The likes of Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and Giggs all had their careers boosted by the now-defunct satellite channel, but its real magic lay in giving non-professionals a voice

Whitecat 2nd June 2018 09:49 AM
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Spotify Rescinds Hateful Conduct Policy, Restores XXXTentacion To Playlists - Stereog



A few weeks ago, Spotify announced a new hate content and hateful conduct policy, but after industry pushback they have officially rescinded the policy and

Whitecat 31st May 2018 06:36 PM
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Recording Academy Chief Neil Portnow To Step Down Next Year - Stereogum



Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, will step down from his post when his contract expires, sources tell Billboard. Portnow, who has served as

Whitecat 30th May 2018 10:32 PM
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Michael Jackson's estate sues ABC for copyright infringement | Article [AMP] | Reu



Michael Jackson's estate sued ABC on Wednesday, arguing that a special the network aired last week about the pop singer's final days used his songs and music videos without permission.

Whitecat 29th May 2018 09:36 PM
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London buskers first in world to be paid with contactless cards



Street musicians across the capital to accept payments via cash, contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin.

Whitecat 29th May 2018 08:29 AM
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YouTube deletes 30 music videos after Met link with gang violence | UK news | The Gua



Content removed as police chief associates drill lyrics with surge in stabbings and murders

Whitecat 27th May 2018 10:26 AM
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Has it all gone Pete Tong for electronic dance music? | Music | The Guardian



The fast-growing, all-conquering subculture appears to have hit a sales plateau

Whitecat 27th May 2018 09:27 AM
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Guitar maker Fender and four Japanese musical instrument manufacturers raided in pric



The world-famous guitar maker Fender and four leading keyboard manufacturers are at the centre of a price fixing investigation after “dawn raids” were carried out at their British offices.

Whitecat 26th May 2018 06:42 PM
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Bye, Spotify: can this new streaming service help listeners play fair? | Music | The



Music subscription service Resonate gives artists both money and power over content with a stream-to-own model

Whitecat 25th May 2018 10:20 PM
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Spotify partially walks back its "hateful conduct" policy after pushback fr



Two weeks ago, Spotify made headlines by announcing that it was extending its “hateful speech” and “hateful conduct” policies out into the real world, removing from its playlists music by artists whose off-stage actions are “so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something that we don’t want to associate ourselves with.” Specifically, the service de-playlisted music by R. Kelly—who’s been accused multiple times over the years of predatory behavior against young women, up to and including allegations of running a “sex cult”—and rapper and accused domestic abuser XXXTentacion.

Whitecat 24th May 2018 09:11 PM
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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 24th May 2018 01:51 PM
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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 22nd May 2018 07:27 PM
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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 22nd May 2018 06:31 PM
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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 19th May 2018 01:02 AM
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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 17th May 2018 06:44 PM
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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 17th May 2018 05:48 PM
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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 16th May 2018 09:31 PM
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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

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