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A wishlist for the next generation of Spotify-like services

A wishlist for the next generation of Spotify-like services | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Can the next generation of Spotify-like services do a better job of helping you figure out what to listen to next?
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John Jurgensen at WSJ raises a key issue about digital music: we need to make reliable metadata available.
Switching to cloud and streaming wiped out years of ID3 tagging efforts... 

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The Numbers Add Up For YouTube's New Music Key Service

The Numbers Add Up For YouTube's New Music Key Service | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
YouTube's new music service will reportedly be called Music Key and attempt to take advantage of the popularity of music on the platform. Just a quick look at the numbers show that the service doesn't have to be a success to be a winner.
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More Youtube Music Key numbers: a 5% paying subscriber conversion would add up to 12M users.

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Rockbot Grabs Funding From Universal Music Group To Bring Its Social Jukebox To More Businesses | TechCrunch

Rockbot Grabs Funding From Universal Music Group To Bring Its Social Jukebox To More Businesses | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Rockbot, a virtual jukebox solution for businesses, has closed strategic investment from Universal Music Group, which is the largest of the major music labels. That funding will be used as Rockbot seeks to expand its business across a wide range of bars, restaurants and other brick-and-mortar locations throughout the U.S.

 

 

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Face it: the next generation's jukebox will be virtual.

No wonder UMG is investing in such projects.

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Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads

Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
On Thursday, as part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will begin incorporating advertising and for the first time let artists and record labels collect royalties.
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SoundCloud is currently issuing invites to try out its new "On Soundcloud" partner program.

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Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on

Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music nears completion this financial quarter, the Cupertino and Santa Monica, California-based companies have begun work on transitioning select employees and technology resources from Beats to Apple, according to sources briefed on the transition. Apple executives have visited Beats’ Southern California headquarters this week and last week to offer groups of employees positions at Apple and to notify some members of the Beats staff that they will not be included in the transition.

 

 

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Redundant positions? So beat it!

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Articles: Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback

Articles: Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Vinyl’s sharp rise began in 2008, when sales nearly doubled from the previous year’s 1 million to 1.9 million. The tallies have gone up each year since, and 2013’s 6.1 million is a 33 percent increase over 2012’s 4.6 million. (Those numbers are even larger when you account for releases that fall outside SoundScan’s reach.) The resurgent format’s market share is still far smaller than CDs, digital, and streaming—vinyl accounted for only 2 percent of all album sales last year, compared to 41 percent for digital and 57 percent for CDs—and no one expects it to regain dominance. But it’s more than a trend, and it’s not going away anytime soon. “Four years ago, maybe half our releases would get an LP option,” says James Cartwright, production manager at Merge Records. “Now every release we do has a vinyl format.”

 

 

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In-depth pitchfork story on vinyl and the industry embracing its comeback

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Universal Music Looking for Next Big YouTube Star With New Record Label

Universal Music Looking for Next Big YouTube Star With New Record Label | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The venture signals that YouTube stars with palpable buzz and inbuilt fan bases have become increasingly enticing to the world’s biggest music corporations.
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Universal is wisely shifting its investments from TV to Youtube.  

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La venta de música en España crece un 6,2% en la primera mitad de 2014 | Industria Musical

La venta de música en España crece un 6,2% en la primera mitad de 2014 | Industria Musical | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

La industria musical española alcanza el ecuador del año con cifras alentadoras, según los datos de ventas correspondientes al primer semestre que hoy presenta Promusicae. Después de años de bajadas acumuladas en el volumen anual de ventas, los aficionados a la música en España han conseguido revertir esta tendencia durante la primera mitad de 2014. La inversión en música grabada, ya sea en soporte físico o digital, ascendió entre el 1 de enero y el 30 de junio a un total de 58,08 millones de euros, una cifra que mejora en un 6,2% la registrada en idéntico periodo de 2013 (54,68 millones). La consolidación del streaming y la aparición de nuevos discos de artistas tradicionalmente vendedores están detrás de este primer dato positivo desde 2001.

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Music sales are going up 6.2% in Spain this semester. First sales raise since 2001. From our own experience, the Spanish audience is highly supported and has totally embraced the digital revolution.

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Las escuchas de canciones de Ramones aumentan un 300% en Spotify | Industria Musical

Las escuchas de canciones de Ramones aumentan un 300% en Spotify | Industria Musical | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Desde el anuncio de la muerte de Tommy Ramone el número de escuchas del grupo en Spotify ha crecido un 300%.

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Hey ho, let's stream!

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SoundCloud to record labels: Don't sue us and we'll cut you in

SoundCloud to record labels: Don't sue us and we'll cut you in | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

SoundCloud, the Berlin-based audio streaming site, is getting worried about copyright violations on its site.

SoundCloud is like YouTube for audio; it allows anybody to upload any kind of audio. This naturally opens the door to people uploading copyrighted audio. Just as YouTube has had to do, SoundCloud now wants to work out agreements with copyright holders over what to do when this happens

 

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Smart move from SoundCloud. Let the majors in so they won't sue their own endeavor.

That's sad news for the indie world though.

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Facebook fading: where will musicians migrate now? - DIY Musician Blog

Facebook fading: where will musicians migrate now? - DIY Musician Blog | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We have been using Facebook for our band since almost the beginning of time (at least, that’s what it can seem like at some points!)

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and I believe that pretty soon we’ll need to say adieu to Facebook and move on to whatever happens to be next. This is not because I am anti-facebook, or anti-social, or any of those anti things. It has just become impractical to use it for what we have been using it for – a means of communication with YOU, the fans.

We carefully built our Facebook fan page up from a collection of personal friends to where it is now, at over 10k followers who have “liked” the page in order to become a fan of our music and receive our updates, videos, photos, and random musings.

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Remember this: Facebook is here to make money, not friends.

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Find music on Google and start playing it directly in your favorite app - Inside Search

Find music on Google and start playing it directly in your favorite app - Inside Search | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

When you look up musicians and bands on Google, you often want to play their songs right away. Say you’re curious about your favorite pop artist’s latest hits, or you’re with friends chatting about the newest indie rock group and want to play some of their music. Starting today, when you ask Google about a musician, you can simply tap a link to play their music right in one of your installed apps.

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Google introducing Music services into search results. Call it groundwork for the future integration of the upcoming Google Music service.

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YouTube: why one significant indie music group HAS signed licensing deal

YouTube: why one significant indie music group HAS signed licensing deal | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

YouTube is famously under fire from a group of leading independent labels for issuing ‘indefensible’ and ‘non-negotiable’ contracts regarding its new subscription service. But fresh evidence tonight shows that other influential indies have enjoyed a much more positive licensing experience with the Google-owned video giant.

A leaked memo sent from leading digital distributor Believe Digital to its clients today, obtained by Music Week, shows that the company signed a deal to license YouTube’s upcoming subscription service back in February - months before recent headline-grabbing disagreements came to light.

Interestingly, Believe says its royalty agreement followed a full six months of progressive, if intense, negotiations with YouTube, in talks dating back to September 2013.

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More details on the Youtube/Believe Digital deal.

What you need to know if you're signed to Believe.

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The Deal With Independent Music Getting Pulled from YouTube « Saving Country Music

The Deal With Independent Music Getting Pulled from YouTube « Saving Country Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

ere’s there long and short of the current problem: Just like iTunes, Beats, Amazon, your local school district, and your refrigerator repair company, YouTube has decided it’s getting into the digital streaming music service too. Ironically, YouTube is one of the companies that already has a significant chunk of the digital streaming market, and one of the most significant footprints in the business. It’s just not in a convenient delivery form like its competitors. Look at the chart below, graciously provided to us by the industrious folks at Edison Research. Yes that’s right, not radio, not Spotify, not iTunes or their friends at school, but YouTube is the place that music’s coveted 12-24 year-old demographic goes most to discover new music.

 

 

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Kids you must understand this: Google kicking independent artists out of Youtube would bring back the music industry back into the 80ies, when only mainstream acts could get massive exposure.

No doubt major companies will dig this....

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Album Sales Hit A New Low

Album Sales Hit A New Low | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This year, label executives finally conceded something there were reluctant to acknowledge last year: Streaming is cannibalizing digital sales.

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It's either physical or digital, baby. 

Streaming or download.

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Tastebuds Acquires Music-Based Dating App Moosify | TechCrunch

Tastebuds Acquires Music-Based Dating App Moosify | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Tastebuds.fm, the app that matches people based on their musical tastes, has found a match of its own. The London-based startup is acquiring U.S. competitor..
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Yet another application for music profiling: dating.

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Exclusive: This Is YouTube Music Key, Google's Upcoming Subscription Service With Offline Support, Background Audio, No Ads, Free Play Music Key

Exclusive: This Is YouTube Music Key, Google's Upcoming Subscription Service With Offline Support, Background Audio, No Ads, Free Play Music Key | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Google has big plans for both YouTube and Google Play Music. We've heard a lot about YouTube's potential subscription music playback service, background audio, and offline playback, and there's been much speculation about what such an arrangement would mean for Play Music All Access. What we've got today gives those rumors and clues some clarity.

 

 

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Here is Google latest attempt at taking over the streaming service biz.

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5 things every musician should know about copyright

5 things every musician should know about copyright | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Think about it: without copyright law, music would be a hobby. Anyone could record, distribute, perform, or sync your music with video without even asking you, let alone providing payment. In other words, copyright law is the very foundation of your music career, so it makes sense to understand it.

You can leave the finer points of the law to lawyers, but you should have a solid understanding of the basics. Not only will this knowledge help you feel more at ease when discussing contracts, you’ll also be able secure income streams and protect your rights.

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Know your rights!

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Simmons: Poor people owe me

Simmons: Poor people owe me | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Kiss star Gene Simmons says he's proud to be among the One Percent of the world's richest people – and insists everyone else owes him a debt of gratitude.
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You can thank the record industry for nursing the world biggest cunts.

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Hadopi: 7 millions d'euros de budget en 2013 pour 3 millions d'e-mails envoyés depuis 2010 - FrenchWeb.fr

Hadopi: 7 millions d'euros de budget en 2013 pour 3 millions d'e-mails envoyés depuis 2010 - FrenchWeb.fr | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

€ 7MEn 2012, Aurélie Filippetti avait estimé que « 12 millions d’euros annuels et 60 agents, c’est cher pour envoyer un million d’e-mails ». Résultat, le budget de l’Hadopi, la haute autorité pour diffusion œuvres protection droits internet, ne cesse de diminuer depuis deux ans. Celui-ci est passé de 12 millions d’euros en 2012, à 7 millions d’euros en 2013, soit 1 million de moins que les 8 millions d’euros initialement prévus selon BFM Business.

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French government spent €7M on the useless Hadopi last year.
If you're still wondering what stopped piracy in France, it's nothing but Deezer.

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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI

Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier Repeats Warning to ASCAP, BMI | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Sony/ATV Music Publishing sent a letter to its songwriters in the last day, updating them on where the company stands with regards to performance rights, re-iterating Martin Bandier's intention to withdraw from the two U.S. major performing rights organizations and also reveals the news that the company is appealing both the ASCAP and BMI Pandora rate court rulings.

 

 

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing is obviously willing to skip the middle men, i.e. ASCAP & BMI.

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Eighth Grade Metal Band Plots Future After Seven-Figure Record Deal

Eighth Grade Metal Band Plots Future After Seven-Figure Record Deal | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Since the musicians (12-year-old drummer Jarad Dawkins, 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13-year old bassist Alec Atkins) are all minors, the contract was submitted for approval to a Manhattan judge last week. The five-album deal includes 16-to-17 percent royalties and a $60,000 advance, but the rest of their metal-earned cash will only arrive if their first LP sells more than 250,000 copies – a daunting task in the age of declining record sales.

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The record industry learns shit. And keeps playing the same old game.
Only teenage kids would fall for that cheap trick.

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Streaming Won't Save the Music Industry Until 2019, Study Finds... - Digital Music News

Streaming Won't Save the Music Industry Until 2019, Study Finds... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Yes, streaming is reversed avalanching sales stories in countries like Sweden and Norway.  But its effect on the global market now appears limited, at best.

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Like it or not: the industry will keep losing money as long as it will try to maintain both physical and digital markets.

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Whiskeytown's dollars and cents -- but really just cents

Whiskeytown's dollars and cents -- but really just cents | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

By some accounts, Whiskeytown alumnus Ryan Adams has done well enough in the music business to amass a sizable fortune. But just in case you’re under the impression that playing in a rock band is a path to riches for everyone, check out the Facebook post that Whiskeytown drummer Skillet Gilmore put up yesterday, concerning his quarterly earnings for “Midway Park” (one of Whiskeytown’s best songs, and kickoff track to the 1996 full-length debut Faithless Street)

 

 

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Yet another example of the streaming industry's royalty remuneration failure.

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The Top 10 most streamed songs and artists of all time revealed!

The Top 10 most streamed songs and artists of all time revealed! | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Bastille’s Pompeii revealed as the UK’s most streamed song of all time, while Arctic Monkeys are the most streamed act.
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Most streamed songs of all time ; it's not pretty.

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Believe boss: indie music's digital battle is important - and bigger than YouTube

Believe boss: indie music's digital battle is important - and bigger than YouTube | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

My personal view, as CEO of Believe Digital, has always been that properly leveraging the power entrusted in us by our labels and artists is one of the key responsibilities that we have at Believe Digital. If we were to betray that trust by accepting unfair terms or conditions, the viability of our business would be threatened. 
 
It’s important to remember we are a totally independent company representing independent labels and artists and we strive to ensure that our clients are represented properly in the market with no other agenda than to maximize exposure and revenue for them whilst of course growing our business and market share in order to be able to negotiate these deals properly.

 

 

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Believe Digital CEO on Youtube vs. Indie Labels: shows solidarity, but has his clients secured by a deal signed back in February.

If you're on Believe's digital roster, you've got your ass covered.

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