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Whitecat 20 hours ago 09:10 PM
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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 20 hours ago 08:19 PM
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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 22 hours ago 06:23 PM
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‘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 1 day ago 02:26 PM
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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 1 day ago 01:29 PM
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Tronical to sue Gibson for $50 million | MusicRadar



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

GearAndGuitars 1 day ago 04:56 AM
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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 1 day ago 11:06 PM
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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 2 days ago 02:27 PM
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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 3 days ago 10:23 AM
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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 5 days ago 12:12 PM
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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 5 days ago 08:49 PM
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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 5 days ago 07:18 PM
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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 1 week ago 02:11 PM
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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 1 week ago 08:37 AM
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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 1 week ago 03:30 PM
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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

Whitecat 1 week ago 10:58 PM
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Numero Group Blasts Record Store Day: “The Only People Who Are Really Happy Are



Smaller labels and organizations have been griping about the behemoth known as Record Store Day for a long while now. The latest to voice a complaint is the

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:32 PM
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Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other : Th



The "music omnibus" bill represents the rare compromise between the music business and tech companies, who have spent years fighting each other over fractions of pennies.

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:17 PM
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Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender fetches $250,000 at auction - ABC News



The blues legend used the guitar in his first studio recording

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:05 AM
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Striking a new chord: musicians diversify to extend their careers | Business | The Gu



Billy Bragg, Chris Difford and the Selecter’s Pauline Black among those turning to talks and books

Whitecat 1 week ago 09:02 AM
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“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Year | Pitchfork



With a new $4.8 million investment, an Austrian startup says it could have “HD vinyl” in stores by 2019

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 04:35 PM
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UK record labels' revenue grows at fastest rate since 1995 | Business | The Guardian



Music companies report a 10.6% surge in earnings for 2017 as music lovers turn to Spotify, Apple and Amazon

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:41 PM
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Despacito: Most watched YouTube video ever 'deleted' in apparent hack | The Independe



Luis Fonsi’s record-breaking video for “Despacito” was temporarily*deleted from YouTube after a small number of high profile Vevo accounts were hacked. Just five days after it was announced that the video, which also features*Daddy Yankee, had reached the remarkable milestone of becoming the first YouTube video in history to reach 5 billion*views, it disappeared.*

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 12:00 PM
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With KKR's attempted takeover of Gibson nixed, what's next?



Disagreements over the terms of a new deal between Gibson and the private equity firm have surfaced, hindering future plans for the debt-saddled music company.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:20 AM
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Brits to give bronze disc to new artists - BBC News



The music industry is relaunching its gold, silver and platinum disc awards, with a twist.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:28 PM
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Spotify Is, For Now, The World's Most Valuable Music Company : The Record : NPR



The Stockholm-founded company has become symbiotic with the recording business, but has eclipsed any one company's value by multiples. But they all still need each other.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:06 AM
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Meme come true: Fleetwood Mac re-enter US charts thanks to Twitter post | Music | The



A humorous tweet featuring the band’s enduring hit Dreams sent it into the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:31 PM
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Spotify Valued at $29.5 Billion as Stock Begins Trading at $165.90 Per Share



Spotify, Apple Music's main competitor, this morning opened on the New York Stock Exchange at $165.90 per share, valuing the company at...

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:32 PM
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Head of copyright committee wants to deny EU creators the right to share - Creative C



Over the last few years the European Union has been working on revising its rules on copyright. But the latest proposal from the head of the copyright committee would deny creators the right to refuse remuneration — the right to share a work without getting paid — which could undermine the use of CC licenses if approved.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:20 PM
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Spotify poised to be a $25bn company on eve of IPO | Technology | The Guardian



Music streaming service’s IPO comes amid fierce competition in the sector and high volatility

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 11:07 PM
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Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing, Some Say With Threats - The New York Times



Eight years after the Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger, the giant company’s power has drawn complaints from competitors and scrutiny from regulators.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:28 PM
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For Fender Guitars, The Future Is Digital And Female



Forget what you've read. Fender says that the guitar business is not dead and that its future is female.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 07:22 PM
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Saving Studios to Build A New Future | ProSoundNetwork.com




By rescuing historic studios, developers aim to forge new communities in challenged neighborhoods.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:06 PM
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The compact disc era may finally be entering its hospice stage



Best Buy cuts compact discs. As with 78 rpm records and 8-track tapes before them, does the news further the compact disc’s march toward redundancy? Are CDs now on their way to becoming a niche product in the same manner as the cassette?

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 01:53 PM
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Musicians hit by 'management scam' - BBC News



Artists say management company BMU has disappeared with thousands of pounds of their money.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 11:01 PM
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Spotify, the 'Solution to Music Piracy,' Is Getting Pirated by 2 Million Pe



Spotify vows to suspend users of unauthorized apps. More than 2 million users had been accessing the free version of the streaming-music service.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 05:55 PM
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Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing - BBC News



A viola player who sued the Royal Opera House for ruining his hearing wins a landmark case.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 11:34 AM
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Nashville Songwriters Share Stories Of Sexual Harassment : NPR



The "co-write" is a staple of music-making in Nashville that draws on personal experiences and intimate details. Several women, however, say that collaboration can be fraught.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 02:09 PM
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Lana Del Rey Says Radiohead Lawsuit Is Over - Stereogum



Lana Del Rey's legal issues with Radiohead have always been a little bit mysterious. Earlier this year, on Twitter, Del Rey claimed that Radiohead were suing

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:51 PM
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Spotify reports 2 million users were secretly blocking ads



Spotify adjusts its monthly active users total after discovering that roughly 2 million were using third-party ad blockers to get premium services for free.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 10:44 AM
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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 4 weeks ago 07:17 PM
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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 4 weeks ago 12:23 PM
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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 4 weeks ago 10:39 PM
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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 4 weeks ago 12:26 PM
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'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 4 weeks ago 06:18 PM
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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 21st March 2018 03:05 PM
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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 21st March 2018 03:02 PM
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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 21st March 2018 01:13 AM
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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 20th March 2018 11:12 AM
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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?

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