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Whitecat 2 days ago 09:36 PM
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Why has the UK stopped producing pop superstars? | Music | The Guardian



Three years ago British artists made up half the global top 10. Now the biggest new stars barely make a mark overseas. What is behind this sea change – and is there a way back?

Whitecat 2 days ago 07:28 PM
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Producers, Engineers To Benefit from Music Modernization Act - ProSoundNetwork.com



Unanimously passing the House and Senate, the Act was signed into law October 11.

Whitecat 3 days ago 11:11 PM
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Fyre Festival founder sentenced to 6 years in prison



And to think: Just a few years ago, none of us had ever even heard of low-rent supervillain Billy McFarland, the guy who managed to trap a bunch of sense-light, disposable-income-heavy music fans on an island like it was his own, personal, Blink-182-adjacent Hunger Games. We’re talking, of course, about Fyre Festival, now the gold standard in unlawfully separating music festival fans from all their precious gold. McFarland—whose just-convicted crimes include wire fraud, bank fraud, lying to investigators, and, unofficially, besmirching the good name of Ja Rule—was sentenced to six years in jail today, partly for his role in the planning (or, as we’re now legally obligated to label it, “scheming”) of the festival, as well as a number of other business ventures of equally dubious character.

Whitecat 3 days ago 10:43 PM
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Nobody watched the AMAs, so democracy is just dead now, we guess



Suggesting that not even “the people”*give an actual **** about what the people want anymore, last night’s American Music Awards ended up being the least-watched outing in the popular-vote-based event’s history. Not even the pull of a Cardi B performance, or the final, inescapable cultural ascendancy of Taylor Swift, could lure audiences in to watch the special, which drew in a meager 1.8 rating among the fabled “demographic.”

Whitecat 3 days ago 10:05 PM
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Lindsey Buckingham Sues Former Fleetwood Mac Bandmates: Report - Stereogum



Lindsey Buckingham has reportedly filed a lawsuit against his four former Fleetwood Mac bandmates after the group fired him early this year. According to court

Whitecat 3 days ago 08:03 PM
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Trump signs landmark legislation for musicians, who he says have been "treated v



About a month ago, the Senate passed the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation meant to update the way royalties work for musicians and songwriters, and Donald Trump signed it into law today alongside the biggest/only music superstars he could rope in, including Mike Love, Craig Morgan, John Rich, Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and future White House chief of staff Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie. Of course, Trump is Trump, so he could’ve had John Lennon on hand and we still wouldn’t be impressed, so let’s just talk about what the Music Modernization Act actually does.

Whitecat 3 days ago 07:38 PM
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Breakthrough at Latest CITES Meeting « MMR Magazine



MMR Magazine is the music products industry and retailer's leading news source and publication. New product and instrument new, retailer news and spotlights - MMRMagazine.com

Whitecat 4 days ago 05:15 PM
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Spotify at 10: men dominate streaming service's most-played artists | Music | The Gua



Sheeran’s single Shape of You is the music platform’s most-streamed song since it launched

Whitecat 5 days ago 09:44 AM
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Music disappearing from curriculum, schools survey shows | Education | The Guardian



Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE

Whitecat 5 days ago 11:53 PM
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Fleetwood Mac Use Watermarked Getty Images In Concert - Stereogum



Fleetwood Mac are currently touring the country without Lindsey Buckingham, the guitarist whose entry to the band in the mid-’70s (along with Stevie Nicks)

Whitecat 5 days ago 10:04 PM
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More than one third of music consumers still pirate music | Music | The Guardian



Despite rise of legal streaming, a substantial number of listeners still rip music from sites such as YouTube for offline listening

Whitecat 1 week ago 11:25 PM
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‘Cultural jail’: Brexit could bring booming industry to its knees | Politics | Th



Top UK musicians tell PM in open letter why Europe is so important to their industry

Whitecat 1 week ago 01:38 PM
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Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? | Music | The Guardian



The streaming service is a decade old on Sunday. So has it created a post-CD paradise for listeners – or turned today’s music into a grey goo? Our music editors argue for and against

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 06:48 PM
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It is with a heavy heart that we report that Tidal is good now



You have already read the headline. I know that you do not want to hear this, and probably do not care, but I swear, it is appreciably and quantifiably better than any other streaming service. I say this as someone who was a fairly happy Spotify user for many years before finally switching to Apple Music earlier this year under some delusion that it might stream from my Apple TV better. I was wrong, and Apple TV is the worst thing on earth—finicky, slow, poorly organized, requiring five or six more steps than ever makes sense. It should be erased from the face of the earth. Do not even consider Apple Music.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 02:29 PM
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Spotify asks delinquent Family Plan customers for GPS coordinates



Spotify may be cracking down on Family Plan customers who don't live at the same address by asking them to confirm their GPS coordinates.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 11:32 PM
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Led Zeppelin to face new Stairway to Heaven trial - BBC News



A San Francisco appeals court orders a new trial into Stairway to Heaven riff copyright claims.

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 01:54 AM
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Streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue - The Verge



While record sales are down, everyone continues to stream music, allowing streaming to account for the vast majority of revenue when it comes to music sales.

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 01:53 AM
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EU Copyright Directive Analysis for Media, Tech, Internet Users | Hollywood Reporter



On Sept. 12, the European Parliament approved a major overhaul of copyright law that, if its supporters are believed, will update copyright for the digital age and force online giants like Google and Facebook to share revenues with content creators. Or, according to the critics of the European Union Copyright Directive, it will destroy the internet as users know it, blocking free speech, stifling competition and reinforcing the entrenched power of media conglomerates. The reality, as always, is somewhere in the middle.

GearAndGuitars 2 weeks ago 01:53 AM
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Article 13 approved by European Parliament by 438 votes to 226



MEPs have voted to pass the much-discussed Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive. Of the 751 politicians voting on the directive today in Strasbourg, 438 voted in favour, 226 against and 39 abstained.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:05 PM
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Bestival music events firm bought for £1.1m | Music | The Guardian



Dorset entrepreneur James Benamor buys business days after it fell into administration

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 10:56 PM
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Spotify Is Using DNA Tests to Curate Playlists, Which Is Pretty Creepy - Noisey

The streaming service is partnering up with Ancestry to create custom playlists based on your lineage.

Whitecat 2 weeks ago 03:29 PM
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Deezer researchers developed an AI system that detects a song’s musical mood - The



Researchers at Deezer have developed an AI system capable of associating certain songs with moods and intensities. The work is described in a newly published paper on Arxiv.org titled "Music Mood Detection Based on Audio Lyrics With Deep Neural Nets."

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 04:01 AM
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YouTube download sites are biggest piracy threat to music industry | The Independent



Websites dedicated to “stream ripping” music from YouTube represent the biggest threat to the global music business, industry figures have warned, as a major crackdown seeks to address it. Sites that allow YouTube videos to be converted into an MP3 file and illegally downloaded to someone’s phone or computer are attracting millions of visitors, with estimates suggesting that a third of 16-24-year-olds in the UK have ripped music from the Google-owned platform.

GearAndGuitars 3 weeks ago 03:15 AM
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Music Modernization Act & EU Copyright Directive: How the Music Business Came Tog



Tuesday evening, the music business scored a political victory that some executives couldn't chew on until after Yom Kippur ended: The Senate passed the Music Modernization Act.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 10:33 AM
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Ticketmaster secret scalper program targeted by class-action lawyers | CBC News



A U.S. law firm is seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of fans who purchased inflated resale tickets through Ticketmaster, on the heels of a CBC News/Toronto Star investigation.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 08:52 PM
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Spotify will now let artists directly upload their music to the platform - The Verge



Spotify has announced a new beta feature that will allow independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform instead of through a label or digital aggregator. The upload feature will be contained within the service’s existing Spotify for Artists platform, which, among other things, allows artists to view data about their listeners and directly submit their songs for editorial playlist consideration.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:11 AM
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Senate passes Music Modernization Act, paving the way for big royalty changes



As reported by Billboard, the Senate has unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation designed to update—or modernize—the way songwriting royalties work in today’s stream-heavy world. Most importantly, though, the Senate also decided to change the bill’s name to the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, because the Utahan politician is a songwriter himself (he’s also one of those brave Republicans who vehemently disagrees with every awful thing Donald Trump does but won’t do anything to stop him, which is great).

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 09:42 PM
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Gibson Brands files amended plan of reorganization, Henry Juszkiewicz to step down &b



Future owners also tip an imminent Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit for Gibson.

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:24 PM
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Singled out: the Top 40 formats that fell by the wayside | Music | The Guardian



Remember when a pop rookie and grandee would team up? Or when a soap star could call in Beyoncé to guest on their single? We pay tribute to the song types consigned to chart history

Whitecat 3 weeks ago 06:08 PM
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Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine | Ars Technica



Mbira's tone change depends on whether tine is filled with good or bad medicine.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:29 PM
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Spotify can tell if you’re sad. Here’s why that should scare you | Opinion | The



Our personal, private moments with music are being turned into data points. That could be lucrative for companies – and emotionally very costly for consumers

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 03:42 PM
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How The Future Of Music Streaming Will Sound — If Then | News on technology, Si



On this week’s If Then, Will Oremus and April Glaser are joined once again by their Slate colleague Mark Joseph Stern to make sense of a what a Kavanaugh-court might mean for the internet going forward.They are also joined by music and technology writer David Turner, who pens the weekly newsletter Penny Fractions, which is all about the economics and culture of music streaming. They’ll talk to him about how streaming works for artists and if there’s anything they can do to push back against the streaming giants like Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. And they’ll also talk about some of the surprising ways in which streaming is changing music itself.

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 09:31 PM
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First-known David Bowie studio recording sells for £39,360 | Music | The Guardian



Tape dates from 1963 when the star was a 16-year-old singer with his band the Konrads

Whitecat 4 weeks ago 04:15 PM
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Alternative 1988: Billboard's First Modern Rock Singles Chart Reviewed - Stereogum



A breakdown of every song that appeared on the Modern Rock Chart's first week, from Joan Armatrading to Siouxsie Sioux.

Whitecat 9th September 2018 06:41 PM
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Spotify Is Reportedly Negotiating Direct Deals with Independent Artists | SPIN



Spotify has reportedly been arranging direct deals with independent artists over the course of the last year.

Whitecat 7th September 2018 09:57 PM
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Gibson Drops New Guitars In Middle of Bankruptcy – Rolling Stone



The beleaguered Nashville company is hammering out a restructuring, battling lawsuits and hunting for a new CEO.

Whitecat 6th September 2018 09:43 PM
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The Tension Is Building Between Spotify & The Music Industry

Marc Cimino is frustrated. The Universal Music Publishing executive oversees one of the largest song catalogs in the world, collecting royalties for Nicki Minaj, Adele and Justin Bieber.

Whitecat 6th September 2018 05:06 PM
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Apple's takeover of Shazam cleared by EU - Sky News

Apple's £286m takeover of UK-based music app Shazam has been cleared by EU regulators.

Whitecat 6th September 2018 10:32 AM
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The Sounds of Music in the Twenty-first Century | The New Yorker



Contemporary composition has become as fractured as the art world—and that’s a good thing, Alex Ross writes.

Whitecat 5th September 2018 12:48 PM
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Ethan Hawke launches record label with hilariously cool name



Ethan Hawke may have come across as a bit snobbish when he suggested that superhero movies can’t be “great,” but—with total, uncharacteristic sincerity—we have now determined that he really does have the right to make sweeping judgements like that. This is because he and his friends Louis Black and Charlie Sexton have now created their own record label, and it has the all-time best name for anything ever: SexHawkeBlack.

Whitecat 4th September 2018 02:19 PM
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Viagogo sues Ed Sheeran’s promotion company for alleged fraud | Money | The Guardia



Proceedings issued over promoter’s decision to cancel thousands of tickets bought through resale site

Whitecat 30th August 2018 09:42 PM
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Judge turns up Spinal Tap lawsuit, clears band to sue merch companies for fraud



It’s been two years since Harry Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against entertainment groups Vivendi and StudioCanal, saying he’s received only $81 in merchandising income from Spinal Tap’s enduring array of albums, tours, swag, and home video sales. In 2017, Shearer’s lawsuit brought on fellow bandmates Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, as well as Rob Reiner, the director of the original film, upping the damages sought to $400 million. The suit alleges, among many infractions, breach of contract and fraud by concealment and misrepresentation. We also assume it contains the lyrics of “Gimme Some Money.”*

Whitecat 30th August 2018 07:42 PM
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The rock star whisperer: how one woman helps A-list musicians survive | Music | The G



Kathryn Frazier spent much of her career raising the profiles of clients like Justin Bieber and Miguel through publicity but now as a life coach she also helps them stay on an even keel

Whitecat 30th August 2018 11:37 AM
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'Profiteering' Viagogo called to face MPs after earlier refusal | Money | The Guardia



Controversial ticketing firm expected to send deputy to speak for ‘publicity shy’ founder

Whitecat 27th August 2018 07:17 PM
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Live Nation's grip on music festivals 'stifling competition' | Music | The Guardian



Independent groups call for CMA to investigate US firm’s ‘anticompetitive behaviour’

Whitecat 27th August 2018 12:05 AM
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Viagogo to move UK staff to New York as European investigations mount | Money | The G



Ticketing website’s workforce relocation comes amid inquiries into its European operations

Whitecat 26th August 2018 12:08 AM
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Guns N' Roses Heads For $500 Million Tour Earnings As 'November Rain' Sets YouTube Re



The earning power of Guns N’ Roses has been underlined as the band’s reunion tour closes in on $500 million in revenue – and its video for “November Rain” surpasses 1 billion views on YouTube.

Whitecat 22nd August 2018 02:01 PM
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‘Bigger than MTV’: how video games are helping the music industry thrive | Games



The success of a booming video game industry, expected to generate $137.9bn in revenue this year, is music to the ears for bands, musicians, record labels and composers

Whitecat 22nd August 2018 12:11 AM
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J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Launches Record Label Loud Robot - Stereogum



Bad Robot is getting into the music business. The J.J. Abrams-headed production outfit has launched indie music label, Loud Robot, partnering with Capitol

Whitecat 20th August 2018 02:50 PM
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Best Selling Album In History: Eagles' 'Greatest Hits' Beats Michael Jackson's 'Thril



At least in America, the Eagles now have the most popular album of all time. In February of 1976, the Californian country-rockers released Their Greatest Hits

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