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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).

 

 

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

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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.
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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.
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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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Europe’s largest turntable manufacturer posts record sales; plans huge expansion

Europe’s largest turntable manufacturer posts record sales; plans huge expansion | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Czech turntable manufacturer SEV Litovel, reportedly Europe’s largest producer of hi-fi quality gramophones, has revealed they will be boosting production by 20% to keep up with burgeoning export demand. The company sold a staggering 96,000 gramophones in 2014, almost three times its 2010 output.

 

 

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Now you wish you hadn't ditched that good ol turntable of yours don't  you?

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Latest ARIA Figures Reveal Streaming And Subscription Services Revenue Doubled In 2014 | Brag Magazine

Latest ARIA Figures Reveal Streaming And Subscription Services Revenue Doubled In 2014 | Brag Magazine | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Subscription service income jumped twofold to $23 million. Revenue from streaming services was up 111% from 2013. Digital subscription and free ad-supported models now make up 10% of the total market. The message from music fans continues to be clear: give us an inexpensive alternative, and we won’t download illegally.

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Streaming doubles revenue in Oz but fails to save the overall industry balance

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Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris

Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the first half of 2014, officially registered sales of vinyl in the US stood at around 4m, confirming an increase of more than 40% compared to the same period in 2013. In the UK, this year’s accredited sales will come in at around 1.2m, more than 50% up on last year. That may represent a tiny fraction of the industry’s estimated sales of recorded music, but still, a means of listening to music essentially invented in the 19th century and long since presumed to be dead is growing at speed, and the presses at Optimal – along with similar facilities smattered across the UK, mainland Europe, the US and beyond – are set to grind and pump on, into the future.
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Great story about the Optimal vinyl pressing factory (Röbel, Germany) and in-depth analysis of the wax comeback 

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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.

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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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Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora | WIRED

Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Shazam has been helping people identify the music they're listening to since long before iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify ever even existed. But despite its early lead, and the fact that it's app has amassed 500 million downloads, the company still owns a comparatively small piece of the digital music industry pie. Now, it's angling for a bigger one.
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Shazam is doing the best move by turning its new app into a complete music discovery entry point ; which basically is every streaming service fantasy.

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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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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.
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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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Declaration of a New Alternative - MTT - Music Think Tank

Declaration of a New Alternative - MTT - Music Think Tank | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"No Pop (noun) - short for Not Popular. Meaning anti-commercial, non-chart-friendly, also inferring there is no expiration date on music nor is it limited by geographic or regional boundaries”

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This call for "No Pop" and a new alternative is stating a fact: we're facing two music worlds, one rule by market & profit, one ruled by emotions & artistry. Pick your side.

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Neil Young calls vinyl revival “a fashion statement” – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

Neil Young calls vinyl revival “a fashion statement” – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Neil Young has dismissed the boom in sales of vinyl records as “nothing but a fashion statement”.

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Grand-pa Neil has a good point: what's the point of pressing vinyl out of digital masters?

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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.
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Analytics... are the opiate of the record industry

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With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple's innovative iTunes music service is still the market leader in music downloads, but after more than a decade of growth, sales of music tracks on iTunes have been declining. Last year saw the largest drop in sales — 14 percent. The drop is attributed to the increasing popularity of streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube. These services give fans access to millions of tracks from any Internet-connected device for a monthly fee or in return for listening to commercials.
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If the Internet eventually kills iTunes, I won't feel sorry for Apple!

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Is the Internet Really a Record Store’s Enemy? 5 Shops on Existing in the Digital Age - Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade

Is the Internet Really a Record Store’s Enemy? 5 Shops on Existing in the Digital Age - Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The music industry has not been the same since Napster. Or iTunes. Or YouTube. Or Spotify. It seems that every couple years the distribution model for music is taken for another digital turn. Recently, the rise of streaming has allowed services like Spotify and SoundCloud to instantaneously collect vast swaths of information on listeners. Just a few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an article looking at how the music biz utilizes these listener stats to grow their businesses. Some feared that it would lead to widespread homogenization of popular music. Fortunately, artists still seem to rely more on tried-and-true creative inspiration when writing music than on aggregated stats for geo-targeted listeners.
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Five great records owners: five gospels about this noble business 

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