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Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales.

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Streaming didn't only kill illegal mp3 downloading, it's killing legit mp3 sales too.

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Frank Ruiz's curator insight, December 4, 2014 7:25 PM

Streaming services are even affecting legal download stores such as iTunes one of the famous known places to buy music online. Due to the increase in streaming services iTunes has even seen a decrease i its sales.

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This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify

This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify; Tidal launched a new platform owned by artists, not record companies; and Apple is preparing to muscle in on the market with its own offering. The one thing missing from much of this discussion has been the details on how deals get done between these groups, but that is no longer the case.
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So you thought Spotify would treat majors and indie labels just the same? You couldn't be any wronger.

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Grooveshark has been cloned and its music is back online

Grooveshark has been cloned and its music is back online | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark has come back online — but not officially. A clone of Grooveshark is now being hosted at Grooveshark.io (the original site was a .com), allowing visitors to keep streaming, downloading, and searching for music files, including the many, many copyrighted files that got the original site in trouble.

The cloned site's creator, who goes under the pseudonym Shark, claims to have started backing up Grooveshark after suspecting that it was about to go offline. Shark claims to have backed up 90 percent of Grooveshark's content and to have also assembled a team dedicated to bringing all of Grooveshark's features, including playlists and favorites, back online. "I was connected to Grooveshark a few years back and I have, together with the team I've gathered, the knowledge and the technological abilities to bring it back to life," Shark writes in an email to The Verge.
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Grooveshark's ready to play hide and seek

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 6, 10:15 AM

"The Clone Wars have begun."

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Inside the New Royalty Split for 'Uptown Funk': Who Gets Paid What

Inside the New Royalty Split for 'Uptown Funk': Who Gets Paid What | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Success, in music especially, has many fathers -- just look at "Uptown Funk!" With a ballooning songwriter count, how do these new names get paid?

Songwriting credits for "Uptown Funk!" went to four people initially: Ronson, Mars, Phillip Martin Lawrence and Jeffrey Bhasker. However, before the song was even released it had gained two more: Nicholas Williams (AKA Trinidad James) and producer Devon Gallaspy, the authors of "All Gold Everything," both receiving a share for a sampling interpolation. This credit was shared at the behest of the original songwriters/publishers; Billboard's sources say the team behind the hit reached out to Gallaspy and Williams without prompting. Gallaspy and Williams spit a 15 percent take, leaving the original four songwriters with a 21.25 percent share each.
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Doing the Uptown Funk Math 

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Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels - Stereogum

Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels - Stereogum | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Ever since its loud, hubristic launch event a month ago, Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal has been in damage-control mode, with the company doing everything it can to avoid being seen as a vanity project from a bunch of millionaire pop stars. As part of that effort, Jay jumped on Twitter last weekend to insist that Tidal is a new company still finding its way and that people shouldn’t be judging it yet. And now Tidal’s chief investment officer Vania Schlogel, as part of that same push, recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter, hoping to draw attention to Tidal Rising and Tidal X, company initiatives that will supposedly support artists who aren’t quite so established yet. But in the interview, she also clarified that one of Jay’s Twitter claims isn’t as utopian as it sounds.
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Tidal: enough with the tweets, let's get to the facts.

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Jay Z defends TIDAL: "We are here for the long haul ... Please give us a chance to grow & get better"

Jay Z defends TIDAL: "We are here for the long haul ... Please give us a chance to grow & get better" | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
This afternoon, another TIDAL owner, Jay Z, responded to critics in a series of tweets. He defended TIDAL’s early success (“We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month … The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful…”), and also addressed payout rates for artists (“Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers – not just the founding members on stage.”)

“We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better,” Jay Z wrote, adding, “We are human (even Daft Punk ha). We aren’t perfect – but we are determined.”
Pierre Priot's insight:

770,000 subscriptions after one month is far from being a failure ; that's Spotify sub figure by the end of 2010 (and this was only achieved thanks to their free plan).

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Can Apple Bring About the End of Free Streaming?

Can Apple Bring About the End of Free Streaming? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Jimmy Iovine and the major labels are conspiring to get rid of free. Not only the free tier on Spotify, but on YouTube too. Apple writes a check to the labels at 40 million subscribers for years, whether they reach that number or not, and everybody pays for music.

 

 

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No doubt Apple, Iovine and Majors want to secure an exclusive revenue feed by killing all free alternatives, may they be legit or pirate.

 

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The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop

The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

To make matters worse for Tidal, its main rivals are now surging. On April 20th, Pandora and Spotify occupied positions No. 3 and No. 4 on the U.S. iPhone revenue chart, respectively. This was the first time two music streaming services have hit the top 4 in sales simultaneously. In order to achieve the feat, Pandora and Spotify had to push Candy Crush Saga out of U.S. iPhone top 4 revenue chart, which is a remarkable achievement.

 

 

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Sadly, it seems Tidal only made Spotify &Pandora stronger

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Jay Z relaunches Tidal with music's biggest artists as his co-owners

Jay Z relaunches Tidal with music's biggest artists as his co-owners | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
At a press conference in New York City this afternoon, Jay Z and a huge group of musical stars took the stage to officially relaunch TIDAL, the streaming music service he recently acquired as part of a $56 million deal. The rallying cry was a service that would "turn the tide" and restore the value to music by launching a service owned by artists. Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, and Beyoncé joined Jay Z in the owners circle. He is reportedly offering millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists who join him.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Now we've got something new: a streaming service owned by artists (or at least artists who can afford to invest)

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Influential Record Retailer Insound is Reportedly Shutting Down

Influential Record Retailer Insound is Reportedly Shutting Down | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Internet music retailer Insound will reportedly shut down at the end of March.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Established 1999, took over by WMG in 2008, shut down in 2015 - don't call it a crisis, it's nothing but consolidation

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YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin

YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This is HUGE. It may not look like much, but if you’re involved in music production, recording, mixing or mastering, this image could be the most important thing you’ll see all year.

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The loudness war keeps on roaring. This time YouTube pulls out the ultimate mastering engineer nightmare 

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Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under

Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

At Amoeba Music, the hangar-size rock 'n' roll Mecca on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, something ­surprising happened just before Christmas in 2013. After a few years of ­moderate growth, vinyl records started flying off the shelves in serious quantities for the first time since CDs took over in the late 1980s. Powered by Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and ­classic rock reissues, LP sales "exploded" that November, ­according to Amoeba GM Rik Sanchez. "It's just continued since -- it's substantial, a really heavy spike," he says. "Having a record in your hand is just way cooler than having a file in your iPod."

 

 

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Profiling the vinyl enthusiasts

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Music industry to announce Friday as global release day

Music industry to announce Friday as global release day | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music industry "on the verge" of announcing Friday as global release day
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I urge all indie labels to announce Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday as indie global release days.

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Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why?

Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Pandora is currently suing BMI songwriters over the rate it will pay for the next 4 or 5 years.

Pandora wants to pay 1.75%.  BMI songwriters would like them to pay 2.5%. In 2014 Pandora paid BMI $16.1 million dollars.   So basically Pandora is using the entire apparatus of the federal courts to get a reduction of less than $7 million dollars in 2015.  If it’s a 4 year deal that means Pandora saves $28 million dollars (Pandora growth has virtually stopped).  Court cases like this have typically cost the parties tens of millions of dollars.  This does not include the millions it costs taxpayers.

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Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

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How Spotify can become profitable - Music Business Worldwide

How Spotify can become profitable - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Spotify’s €1.08bn revenue haul in 2014 will have given Daniel Ek plenty to cheer.
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I have no doubt Spotify will eventually turn out to be profitable - I'd be more interested in data proving it will get profitable for musicians

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The tech that helps techno artists get paid - BBC News

The tech that helps techno artists get paid - BBC News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
When music is played in public, the artist who created it is meant to receive royalties. Thanks to music recognition software, the system is beginning to work better.
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Back in the days we would fill a set list before leaving the venue.

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Grooveshark

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Today we are shutting down Grooveshark

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Bummer. Grooveshark is down.

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Christine Rose Infanger's comment, May 3, 10:07 AM
Good. Perhaps when they're writing their settlement check for $50m they'll be reminded that pesky things like copyright matter. I don't understand why people/companies don't ever seem to learn that you can't keep ignoring the rights of artists and other rights holders without consequence.
Pierre Priot's comment, May 4, 3:15 AM
nobody's too big to fail!
Cy Queen's curator insight, May 4, 4:34 PM

Does this make things better or worse?

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Spotify Data Proves You’re Not As Cool As You Used To Be

Spotify Data Proves You’re Not As Cool As You Used To Be | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
If you’re over the age of thirty, you’re a musical dinosaur. You probably don’t understand the garbage those “damn kids” are listening to and you don’t want to. You’re not cool. When did this happen? Spotify may have just figured it out.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Data proves that It's better to burn out than to fade away

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Andrée Laforge's curator insight, April 28, 6:08 AM

C'est cool ce que l'on peut faire avec du data...

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Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules - hypebot

Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules
Grooveshark has always seemed to have nine lives. Despite multiple lawsuits, app takedowns and a whole lot of bad press, Grooveshark has continued to deliver free streaming music to a significant user base.  Their luck may have finally run out.
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I doubt those $736M will make any difference for most of the unauthorized content right-holders.

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The Man Who Broke the Music Business

The Man Who Broke the Music Business | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Dell Glover manufactured CDs for a living, but he began to wonder: if the MP3 was just as good, why bother with the CD?

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A mighty good read, as the story concludes: "there was scarcely a person younger than thirty who couldn't trace music in his or her collection to him."

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Vinyl sales are still on the rise in 2015, fueling a revival that keeps pointing up

Vinyl sales are still on the rise in 2015, fueling a revival that keeps pointing up | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
It looks like the vinyl resurgence isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, for 2015, it may be getting stronger. Vinyl album sales between January and March of this year were 53 percent higher than the first three months of 2014, according to a recent Nielsen report.
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US Vinyl sales hit 9.2 million units in 2015 - highest figure in 20 years!

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FOR THE RECORD

FOR THE RECORD | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

How your music data is tracked and how Gracenote plans to make music sharing more possible

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Good point Gracenote, we need reliable metadata to keep songs & playlists service independent & bring cross-service sharing.

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bijou letord's curator insight, May 8, 2:44 AM

we'll see. . .

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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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Great, Now “Blurred Lines” Has Ruined the Entire Music Industry

Great, Now “Blurred Lines” Has Ruined the Entire Music Industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
No matter how much you may hate "Blurred Lines" and Robin Thicke, you don't want to come down on the side of the jury's verdict in the Marvin Gaye lawsuit.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Blame it on lawyers. Such law suits wouldn't occur if music hadn't turned into a business. If it wasn't for royalties who would care about anyone crossing the "influence" line and getting into plagiarism?

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Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt

Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Backing for publishing and rights company as it tries to bridge gap between music industry and Silicon Valley – and get songwriters paid
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Kobalt clearly plans to storm the publishing business the Google way: offer artists and labels the best rates ever until the competition is dead.

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YouTube: 1 Billion Viewers, No Profit

YouTube: 1 Billion Viewers, No Profit | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
YouTube accounted for about 6% of Google’s overall sales last year, but the video website doesn’t produce a profit—despite a billion monthly users. New efforts to build ad revenue include tapping into Google’s search data, subscriptions for non-music content and other changes.
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Google's not making the money it would expect from Youtube?

Blame it on copyright holders and bloody artists! 

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