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Exclusive: Record Store Day responds to accusations of “betraying” small labels

Exclusive: Record Store Day responds to accusations of “betraying” small labels | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As we reported last week, two UK indie labels Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral have denounced Record Store Day for harming small indie labels, branding the day a “marketing stepping stone” for major labels.

Deploring Record Store Day for betraying its original intent, the labels lodged a complaint against the rules and regulations of RSD – like minimum pressing quantities and no direct sales to customers – which they argued work against the small indies. And they blamed the event for clogging up pressing plants with gimmicky, mediocre records.

The statement from the two labels revealed plans to release a split single and, rather than limiting it to the one day, one copy would be released every day for 365 days since “every day should be Record Store Day”.

 

 

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Every day should be Record Store Day

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An alternative Christmas message to the music industry from Lohan Presencer

An alternative Christmas message to the music industry from Lohan Presencer | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

In ten short years, music has gone from being valued and paid for to being commoditised and free. Industry revenues have declined from $30bn to $15bn. Profits have been even harder hit.

We in the business only have ourselves to blame. And long-term the trend looks dire. Add Spotifiers to YouTube’s one billion users to countless millions using other free music services, and what do you get? A generation who’ve never paid for music.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Lohan Presencer speaks words of wisdom, especially the "generation who’ve never paid for music" part.

Bringing back that generation to pay for music will be the toughest part of the job!

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Spotify is now profitable in the UK, but what does that mean?

Spotify is now profitable in the UK, but what does that mean? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Amid the regular arguments about whether streaming music pays off for artists, another important question sometimes gets forgotten: does streaming music even pay off for the companies that provide it?

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Profitable? Is it for musicians? I doubt that.

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BBC: YouTube's new music service is shortchanging independent acts - Engadget

BBC: YouTube's new music service is shortchanging independent acts - Engadget | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Who's going to argue that stuffing a veritable world of music in your pocket isn't awesome? Probably very few. One of the downsides to the digital age, though, is that musicians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to payment. Spotify and Pandora's per-song pay rates for most artists are abysmal, and based on a BBC report, YouTube's rumored music service won't be much better. If true, the video giant's business tactics aren't exactly honorable, either.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Rule #1:

Youtube doesn't negociate.

Rule #2:

See Rule #1

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The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of 2014 so far

The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of 2014 so far | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The success of the various albums has helped get 2014 off to the best start in more than a decade for vinyl albums. Last year saw 790,000 vinyl albums sold in the UK – but 2014 is already more than one-third of the way to that target after 15 weeks, putting it on course for sales around 900,000 for the full year (if sales continue at the current rate).

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Vinyl top 20 features a lot more of great albums than the regular charts! 

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Strictly on the record... The rebirth of the vinyl album

Strictly on the record... The rebirth of the vinyl album | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Not only has vinyl made a comeback, but it has consolidated it – with sales of LPs doubling in 2013. Metro asks why a new generation of music fans have fallen in love with records.
Pierre Priot's insight:

UK 2013 sales figures: LP at its highest since 1997, and even digital album sales went up.

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Trevor Parks's curator insight, November 6, 2014 12:33 PM

Unlike the Music Tank article, this one only has one infographic (the one you see here), as well as a picture of John Cusack in High Fidelity being surrounded by vinyl LPs. As for the article itself, it seems very well informed despite the fact that there is not much information about the author who wrote is besides being the In Focus features editor for the website Metro.co.uk.

Clae Wilson's curator insight, November 9, 2014 6:06 PM

This article was written by Ross McGuinness for Metro.co.uk. It links not only to what he has written for Metro, but also to his personal website, his Google+ account and his Twitter. It's a great example of authenticity because you can find other work that the author has been a part of and see that he knows what he's talking about, as well as communicate with him one-on-one over Twitter and speak to him directly regarding his thoughts on the matter.

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Indies capture best albums share this century

Indies capture best albums share this century | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Independents have increased their share of UK album sales to a 21st Century high of 26.4% this year, according to a Music Week presentation at AIM's Indie-Con event.
Pierre Priot's insight:

UK Indie labels are scoring big sales ; and big players like Beggars or Domino are now established as indie heavyweight

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Vinyl helps boost independent record shop sales - Telegraph

Vinyl helps boost independent record shop sales - Telegraph | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
For the first time in 10 years, independent record shops are showing signs of recovery.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Which dinosaur is supporting the other? Vinyl or Bowie?

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Now That’s What I Call Saving The Music Industry: Surprise as digital sales of compilation albums grow

Now That’s What I Call Saving The Music Industry: Surprise as digital sales of compilation albums grow | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Downloading was supposed to mean the death of the compilation album. Because why would you want to buy the complete selection when you could cherry pick your favourite tracks?
Pierre Priot's insight:

Now, that's what I call a cheap business.

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U.K. Digital Downloads to Pass CD Sales in 2013

U.K. Digital Downloads to Pass CD Sales in 2013 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A gloomy report shows the continuing decline of the U.K. music industry as CD sales fell by a fifth last year.
Pierre Priot's insight:

face it, it's happening, CD's dying.

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Phil Book's comment, October 11, 2014 5:44 PM
The switch to digital could definitely be a good thing considering it will drop production costs of CD's. I personally like to have the CD but ever since I started using Spotify I haven't wanted to buy a CD. Even though I use it I think it's programs like Spotify that are causing the real problems.
Frank Ruiz's curator insight, December 4, 2014 7:00 PM

Throughout the years we have slowly been seeing a decline in cd sales as digital downloads begin to take over in the music industry. Digital downloading is increasing mainly due to the fact of the convenience and ease that it has not only this but consumers don't need to worry about albums selling out before they can get a chance to listen to them.  

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Challenges Remain for U.K. Music Industry

Challenges Remain for U.K. Music Industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
While digital sales grow, the collapse in physical products continues, challenging the industry.
Pierre Priot's insight:

2012 sales figures in UK: over £1 billion worth of digital purchases (and rising)

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HMV, Oxford Street, London - Retronaut

HMV, Oxford Street, London - Retronaut | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Pierre Priot's insight:

A look at the 1950s HMV. 60 years later HMV goes into administration. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/entertainment-giant-hmv-set-to-go-into-administration-8451438.html)

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Universal Music boss calls on commercial radio to do more for artists

Universal Music boss calls on commercial radio to do more for artists | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Universal Music UK and Ireland's David Joseph says number of breakthrough British acts remains in single figures in 2012.
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Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric

Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Analytics... are the opiate of the record industry

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Mixmag | UK VINYL SALES AT HIGHEST SINCE 1996

Mixmag | UK VINYL SALES AT HIGHEST SINCE 1996 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
UK music shops have shifted one million records this year and the amount of wax units sold is expected to rise even further over Christmas.

It's the first time this amount of sales has been achieved in a year since 1996 and follows last month's estimation that the figure would be reached.

As a result of the wax resurgence, the Official Chart Company (OCC) is set to launch a weekly vinyl chart, revealing that the vinyl industry is now worth around £20 million, and sales are estimated to hit 1.2 million after the festive period.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Party like it's 1996

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Is 2014 the year the album business fell apart?

Is 2014 the year the album business fell apart? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

In recent years, albums from the likes of Adele and Emeli Sandé have hit 1m sales in the UK. But with even the biggest acts failing to match them this year, the blockbuster album looks increasingly like a relic of the past

Pierre Priot's insight:

Or maybe big acts fail to make big album sales because they fail to put out decent albums. Right now with per song purchase, a smash hit remains a one song success. People are now longer buying albums so they'll get that one song they like. 

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Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users | TechCrunch

Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Just over a week ago, Shazam updated the free version of its mobile apps for iOS and Android so that users in the UK (and Germany, Mexico and Brazil, as it happens) could now open and play tracks that have been identified and ‘tagged’ by the app, in music streaming service Deezer.

Pierre Priot's insight:

If you were still wondering why all services are looking after Shazam...

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Streaming makes up a quarter of UK entertainment spend

Streaming makes up a quarter of UK entertainment spend | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

ERA has published its numbers for digital entertainment revenues in the UK in 2013 with the headline stat being that streaming and access-based services now make up 26% of the market value.
But that needs to be put into context – that quarter share is across all entertainment forms such as movies and TV as well as music and it also, according to ERA’s definition of “access models”, includes in-app purchases for games. If we peel it back we see that online makes up 63.6% of the music sector (£663.8m in value) while physical stores account for 36.4% (£379.2m). Music overall generated over £1bn in revenues, down 0.5% from 2012. ERA lays the blame for this decline on “an exceedingly poor release schedule of UK repertoire” last year.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Like or not, the streaming market is growing fast. Now let's focus on fairly redistributing all that dough.

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UK music retailers blame weak release schedule for 2013 sales decline

UK music retailers blame weak release schedule for 2013 sales decline | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

UK retailers have blamed a decline in both albums and singles sales in 2013 on a “weak” music release schedule.

As reported yesterday, across physical and digital, UK album unit sales declined 6.4% to 94 million last year, while single sales dropped for the first time in recent history by 3.4% to 182.2m.

Annual revenue generated by singles sales was down 1.6% to £167.8m, while the albums market dropped 3.6% to £772.1m.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Physical sales are going down and yet retailers don't blame piracy? That's something new.

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Record labels ask broadband providers to collect data on illegal downloads

Record labels ask broadband providers to collect data on illegal downloads | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and Talk Talk are being asked to sign up to a voluntary code for policing illegal downloading
Pierre Priot's insight:

Going after your audience - pirate or legit - is NOT the answer.

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Mauricio Gallant's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:15 AM

Record labels started collecting illegal download data, but they still don't have a good plan of action to follow that up with. Prosecuting the fans will not solve anything

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Digital Music News - 84% of Brits Think £10-a-month Is Too Much for Unlimited Streaming...

Digital Music News - 84% of Brits Think £10-a-month Is Too Much for Unlimited Streaming... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Almost half of all Britons listened to illegally downloaded music last month, according to a new survey by music streaming serviceBloom.fm – and 84% of those questioned said that £120 a year for a premium streaming subscription (the typical cost charged by services such as Spotify and Deezer) is too expensive.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Come on people!

£10 for unlimited music is too expensive?

I bet you wouldn't call it too expensive for unlimited beer!

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Online Revenue Outstrips Radio for U.K. Musicians

Online Revenue Outstrips Radio for U.K. Musicians | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Royalties paid to U.K. musicians by online music services have risen by a third in the last year, industry group PRS for Music said.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Online revenues rise as deals are cut between tech giants and PRS (or SACEM for France, where a recent Google deal just concluded a long Youtube royalty hiatus)

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Digital music 'becomes mainstream'

Digital music 'becomes mainstream' | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
One in five music fans now buys all their music as downloads, according to new figures from the recording industry.
Pierre Priot's insight:

face it, digital is mainstream, physical for elitists

 

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UK music industry 'wants stores in the high street' as HMV collapses - Telegraph

UK music industry 'wants stores in the high street' as HMV collapses - Telegraph | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The head of the UK music umbrella body said he wanted to see the chain stay on the high street, as the stricken company said it will no longer accept gift vouchers at its HMV or Fopp stores.
Pierre Priot's insight:

where do you want your music from?
indie stores, hmv sized superstores, supermarkets, on-line?

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British music industry wants to shut down the Pirate Party’s Pirate Bay proxy

British music industry wants to shut down the Pirate Party’s Pirate Bay proxy | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
BPI requests a swift shut off...
Pierre Priot's insight:

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THE BRITISH PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY (BPI) has written to the UK Pirate Party and asked it to shut down its proxy server for The Pirate Bay.

The Party began offering the proxy server when The Pirate Bay was blocked by the main UK Internet service providers, and it is now, for many, their only route to the website.


The Inquirer (http://s.tt/1vofI)"

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