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Alan McGee: What’s the story? Glory years of big record labels are over says the man who discovered Oasis

Alan McGee: What’s the story? Glory years of big record labels are over says the man who discovered Oasis | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Alan McGee, one of the music industry’s most controversial and enigmatic figures is set to return to the business he once shunned more than a decade ago.
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Hear it from Alan McGee. The days of major labels are over!

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Gramofon: An All-In-One Cloud Music Player, Social Jukebox, and Router... - Digital Music News

Gramofon: An All-In-One Cloud Music Player, Social Jukebox, and Router... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Fon (the company behind the “world’s largest WiFi network“)  has introduced the Gramofon, which is essentially a wireless router that plugs into your stereo system.

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Xavier Niel, we want this as the next freebox feature!

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Vevo's HD Music Videos and Original Content Now Available on Yahoo Screen

Vevo's HD Music Videos and Original Content Now Available on Yahoo Screen | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Vevo and Yahoo have long been friends — the two companies have had an agreement in place since 2012 to syndicate Vevo’s programming to Yahoo Music — but the pair has announced an extended partnership that will see its video content available via Yahoo Screen from today.

 
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Now you just can't  ignore it: Vevo is this decade's MTV.

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This band is scamming Spotify into funding their upcoming tour

This band is scamming Spotify into funding their upcoming tour | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The Ann Arbor, Michigan based band decided to tour on an entirely free circuit, and to afford hosting free gigs for fans, came up with the idea for Sleepify, an album they’re urging fans to stream on repeat while they’re asleep. If you stream the album for 8 hours, that’s 800 listens. And while at $0.005 that amounts to just $4, the idea is still incredibly clever.

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Vulfpeck is running a brilliant Spotify hack.

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Musical artists: your official tour dates in the Knowledge Graph

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Musical artists: your official tour dates in the Knowledge Graph | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

When music lovers search for their favorite band on Google, we often show them a Knowledge Graph panel with lots of information about the band, including the band’s upcoming concert schedule. It’s important to fans and artists alike that this schedule be accurate and complete. That’s why we’re trying a new approach to concert listings. In our new approach, all concert information for an artist comes directly from that artist’s official website when they add structured data markup.

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Cause everything start with a Google  search request, you may wish to ensure that your tour dates are listed there.

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PonoMusic - Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music

Pono's mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music.
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The Pono Kickstarter page discloses many tech facts about the upcoming Pono player

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Neil Young Launching PonoMusic Via Kickstarter

Neil Young Launching PonoMusic Via Kickstarter | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, Neil Young is set to unveil his long-gestating high-quality digital music player Pono at SXSW. But before he introduces it to the public, details have been announced. The device, called PonoPlayer, will reportedly cost $399 and come with 128GB of memory. They'll start taking discounted pre-orders on March 15 via Kickstarter.

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Neil Young's lauching Pono over KickStarter ; yet another reason to celebrate the loner's  flair!

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Gracenote Teams With Musicmetric To Bring Social Data To Its Rhythm Music-Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch

Gracenote Teams With Musicmetric To Bring Social Data To Its Rhythm Music-Recommendation Platform | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Today Gracenote announced that Rhythm, its Internet radio and music recommendation service, is becoming a bit smarter with new inclusion of social data from Musicmetric.

Rhythm is a white-label service that helps companies and brands create Internet radio solutions, but doesn’t provide music licenses. Gracenote is more than willing to help connect you to a raw music provider, but is more interested in helping you curate the radio station content itself.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Metadata is the next frontier. Every music service provider is currently trying to purchase one or to cut a deal with one of them (The EchoNest, Musicmetric... ) 

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Phoenix: We support Fair Use of our music! We were upset to...

We support Fair Use of our music! We were upset to find out that a lecture by Professor Lawrence Lessig titled ‘Open’ was removed from YouTube without review, under the mistaken belief that it...
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Don't let a major company, nor a law firm, digital aggregator, algorithm... teach you about fair use. 

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Can we save AM radio?

Can we save AM radio? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Before Facebook, before the internet, before cellphones and TV and even FM radio, there was AM radio. Entire families would gather around elaborate refrigerator-sized receivers and bask in the warm glow of vacuum tubes as news, music, and entertainment poured from the only source of broadcast content in existence — NBC, ABC, and CBS were all on AM before they were on TV. Amplitude modulation operated at the very core of American culture.

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AM Broadcasting as the new cultural diversity frontier?

AMen to that!

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Get your merchandise on Spotify

Get your merchandise on Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We’re excited to announce that, from today, all artists can now list their merchandise within Spotify, for free!

In partnership with Topspin, you’ll now be able to display your t-shirts, vinyl, posters, bundles and other merchandise to all of your fans and followers on Spotify.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Spotify announces merchandise listing along with stream.

As they count vinyl as merch, yes, they're going after physical too!

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Last.fm – the Blog · Did Someone Say On Demand?

Last.fm – the Blog · Did Someone Say On Demand? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We’ve teamed up with Spotify to bring their entire catalogue, on demand, to the world’s leading music recommendation service. Whether it be your own profile page, artist pages or album pages – if Spotify has it, you can play it and control it on Last.fm via the Spotify playbar at the bottom of the screen. Using your Spotify account (premium or free) you can listen to any track simply by pressing the play button. This will load all tracks on a Last.fm page as a playlist in Spotify.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Now Spotify is taking over a streaming service holy grail:  Last.fm user profiling expertise along with its world leading scrobbling data.

 

To make it simple: if someone knows what you're playing and you'll be playing next, that Last.fm. Spotify had to team up with Last.fm before Deezer or another service cut a closer deal.

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Europe Moves to Ease Cross-Border Access to Online Music - Digits - WSJ

Europe Moves to Ease Cross-Border Access to Online Music - Digits - WSJ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The European Parliament voted in favor of a new law that aims to make it easier to make music available online, via streaming or downloading, in more than one EU country.
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Are regional releases still making sense in 2014?

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Streaming Services Like Spotify Lift Music Revenues in Sweden - Digits - WSJ

Streaming Services Like Spotify Lift Music Revenues in Sweden - Digits - WSJ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The music industry’s revenues in Sweden are back to the highest level since 2004, fueled by the growing popularity of streaming services like Spotify.
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Hail to Sweden, home of Spotify, SoundClound... and The Pirate Bay!

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How Much Does YouTube Cost the Music Industry? (GOOG)

How Much Does YouTube Cost the Music Industry? (GOOG) | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
It might cost album sales, but it more than makes up for it in royalty payments. - Adam Levy - The Business
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Youtube, good or evil? It's up to you to make the right move.

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Wu-Tang Clan will sell only a single copy of their new album

Wu-Tang Clan will sell only a single copy of their new album | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

s music sales have dwindled over the years, artists have increasingly turned to making special editions of their albums to entice hardcore fans to spend more hard-earned cash — but there's never been an album quite like what Wu-Tang Clan is cooking up. In addition to releasing a 20th anniversary album this summer called A Better Tomorrow, the hip-hop collective also recorded a double album in secret over the last two years — and is only releasing one single copy of it.

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The most limited release ever! No doubt this will turn out to bring big money to WTC.

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PledgeMusic, CD Baby, and Disc Makers Team Up... - Digital Music News

PledgeMusic, CD Baby, and Disc Makers Team Up... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
PledgeMusic, Cd Bbay y Disk Makers

PledgeMusic, CD Baby, and CD Baby-affiliate Disc Makers all provide great tools for independent musicians (as well as larger acts). It makes complete sense that these companies have now banded together in a partnership

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Consolidation. Or how to build up a 360 degree offer for indie uprising acts.

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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.

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

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Audiam Raises $2M to ‘Get People Paid’ for Use of their Music on YouTube

Audiam Raises $2M to ‘Get People Paid’ for Use of their Music on YouTube | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

New York startup Audiam Inc. has raised $2 million in Series A financing to “get people paid” for the use of their music on YouTube, according to its founder and CEO, serial music industry entrepreneur Jeff Price.

Mr. Price, who earlier founded TuneCore Inc. (and left in July 2012 amid controversy) eschewed traditional venture capital this time and raised funds from big names in music, instead.

Audiam’s backers include rock and punk stars Jason Mraz, Jimmy Buffet and Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz, along with Scott Schreer, the composer of the NFL on Fox theme song and founder and CEO of TuneSat Inc.; the Los Angeles management firm GSO Business Group; an artist manager and promoter who books the Hollywood Bowl, Bill Silva; and serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor Jonathan Siegel.

 

 

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Metadata wars keep roaring. Audiam is raising millions on a sole promise: providing rights-holders all metadata needed to track down Youtube streams and monetize any unclaimed sync.

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Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest

Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Spotify today announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest.  The acquisition supports Spotify’s strategy to grow global music consumption and overall revenue back to the music industry by building the best user experience and music discovery engine for millions of global fans.  

This deal will allow Spotify to leverage The Echo Nest’s in depth musical understanding and tools for curation to drive music discovery for millions of users around the globe.  The addition of The Echo Nest to Spotify will also strengthen Spotify’s ability to help brands and partners build amazing music experiences for their audiences.

 

 

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What did I just say? Metadata is the streaming services' holy grail

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Blitzr Beta goes public

Blitzr Beta goes public | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Blitzr is a brand new music tech startup providing metadata driven solutions. We have been working on Blitzr together about a year and a half before founding the company a few months ago. Our lifelong love of music has been a huge motivating factor throughout that time: we also have a direct experience has band manager, label owner, booker or musician. Music is our life and coding is our weapon. Our attitude is partnership, not Big Brother.

Blitzr is not another streaming service, neither another music player nor another music app. We rely on semantic technologies to bring order to and to offer a 360 degrees perspective on music. Music is all but an anonymous and cultureless product. Music is art, and art is life.

We’re working hard to build a semantic music platform that allows music lovers to take advantage of the net in an innovative and artist friendly way.

Blitzr is free, with no ads and is now in public beta.

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Blitzr is building a great service upon the orwellian EchoNest api.

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Warner Music Mines Shazam for Underground Hits | Wired Business | Wired.com

Warner Music Mines Shazam for Underground Hits | Wired Business | Wired.com | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Warner will mine Shazam's database of song lookups to figure out what songs and artists are about to break out. It's a smart partnership that will make Warner smarter about marketing and give it access to up and coming artists.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Did you ever wonder who's monitoring your Shazam requests?

Well, Warner Music is.

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ThinkDigital™'s curator insight, February 20, 9:21 AM

Clandestinely, America's next IPO darling.  

 

Say it with me: "A... C... R... Shazam !"

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You Can't Buy De La Soul's Music on the Web. So How Did the Band Give It Away?

You Can't Buy De La Soul's Music on the Web. So How Did the Band Give It Away? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

De La Soul gave its fans a pretty great Valentine’s Day present on Friday. Via a website, the pioneering hip-hop group gave away its entire six-album catalog, asking only for downloaders’ email addresses in return.

Free download promotions aren’t groundbreaking these days, but they’re still pretty cool. And De La Soul’s move was extra cool, because they were giving away something you couldn’t get — legally, at least — any other way: Almost all of the band’s music has been AWOL from download stores like iTunes and subscription services like Spotify, due to an odd licensing tangle involving Warner Music Group, the band’s old label.*

So how did De La Soul get the rights to give away music you can’t buy anywhere on the Web?

Pierre Priot's insight:

So you thought you were downloading legit releases?

Turns out you were wrong: De La Soul handed out illegal files to their fans!

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Pierre Creff's curator insight, February 18, 12:35 AM

Explication du pourquoi du comment ! Pour ma part j'ai téléchargé 2 des 6 albums

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Industrial Metal Band Skinny Puppy Bills Pentagon for Guantanamo Music - Washington Wire - WSJ

Industrial Metal Band Skinny Puppy Bills Pentagon for Guantanamo Music - Washington Wire - WSJ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Canadian industrial metal band Skinny Puppy’s music is aggressive, abrasive and in-your-face. But the group’s founder doesn’t think it should be used as a weapon of war.

Skinny Puppy’s  cEvin Key says he has sent the Pentagon a bill for $660,000 after being told that guards at Guantanamo Bay had used the band’s music to torment prisoners.

“To some people it could be a terrible nightmare, but to others it’s just a creative, artistic endeavor that sort of plays with dark writings,” he told Canada’s CTV News on Wednesday.

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Smart move.

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The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind

The Next Big Thing In Music? Apps That Read Your Mind | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Inspired by radio's killer app, The Echo Nest thinks tomorrow's music services will be mind-reading personal DJs.
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The orwellian music industry has already been set in motion.
Big Brother is spinning records for you.

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ThinkDigital™'s curator insight, February 10, 9:17 AM

more progress on marrying The Muse with AI

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The rise of vinyl and why records sound ‘warm’ | Toronto Star

The rise of vinyl and why records sound ‘warm’ | Toronto Star | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This year the major labels get back on board with analog technology in a big way.

In 2014, it’s safe to say, the major Canadian music labels will release more music on vinyl than they have since the heyday of the format more than 30 years ago.

Pierre Priot's insight:

2014, expect even more releases on vinyl.

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Pierre Creff's curator insight, February 2, 5:07 AM

"Universal also plans to bring back some notable ’70s reggae albums from the Virgin Front Line label." Good news !