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Indie Labels Face YouTube Block Over Unsigned New Terms For Paid Service | TechCrunch

Indie Labels Face YouTube Block Over Unsigned New Terms For Paid Service | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Looks like YouTube is turning up the heat in its ongoing fight with independent music labels, and some of the most popular artists on the platform. The FT is reporting that Google’s online video portal is planning to start taking down content from artists like Adele, the Arctic Monkeys and thousands of others represented by independent labels, as those labels continue to hold out over new licensing terms that YouTube is putting in place ahead of a new, ad-free paid service that it is launching.

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Youtube to Indie Labels : agree to new terms or get lost.

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The Real Value Of The Independent Sector

The Real Value Of The Independent Sector | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Over the course of the last year MIDiA has been working with WIN (the global indie label trade body) on a major study to define the independent sector’s contribution to the global recorded music business. The default accepted wisdom is that the indies account for something like 20% of the global revenue total. However, this study revealed, that figure strongly underestimates the actual share…it is in fact 37.6%.

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Know your Indie labels ; facts and figures
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Major Label CEO Confirms That 'Playlist Payola' Is Real

Major Label CEO Confirms That 'Playlist Payola' Is Real | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
What is 'playlist payola,' and how is it affecting your career? New comments from one of the most powerful major label CEOs offers more clues.
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Baby, What a Big Surprise
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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 23, 3:13 PM

This is why Spotify et al should leave it to independents to curate playlists ... like us.

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Radiohead Streams "A Moon Shaped Pool" On Apple Music And Tidal, But Shuns Spotify

Radiohead Streams "A Moon Shaped Pool" On Apple Music And Tidal, But Shuns Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We thought that digital detente had been reached when the first two singles for Radiohead's new album "A Moon Shaped Pool" appeared on Spotify. But apparently, Thom Yorke is just a tease. Over the weekend, Radiohead self-released it's new album, "A Moon Shaped Pool."

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Radiohead releases new album through numerous formats from case bound album (£60) to digital and selected streaming services.
If you were expecting to stream it on Deezer or Spotify, you might as well make the jump to another Yorke approved service.
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Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is F--kin' Gangsters and Crooks

Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is F--kin' Gangsters and Crooks | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Steve Miller's gripes against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for which the rocker was inducted Friday night — extended past the podium into the backstage area later that night. "The whole process is unpleasant," Miller told reporters. "The whole process needs to be changed from the top to the bottom." Talking to Rolling Stone, Miller widened his targets, throwing barbs not just at the Rock Hall — though there were many choice words about that — but at his record label rep ("I wanted to pull him by his necktie and kick him in the nuts") and the industry in general.
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I don't see anything wrong about Steve Miller's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame speech.
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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 3:55 AM

Being in a money-making industry doesn't mean you are making money. In this interview, Steve Miller shows the negative view in the recording industry. After reading this, now I think being careful about the 'theives' in the industry is as inportant as to work hard. 

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Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem

Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Click fraud—the use of automated digital bots to “click” on payment-generating links and steal money by pretending to be consumers—has long been a problem in the online advertising industry. Websites stand to lose as much as $7.2 billion from fraudulent traffic in 2016, according to a study this January from the Association of National Advertisers.

This is now also a growing problem for the music industry, amid a rapid transition to online streaming services as the primary mode of distributing music and source of royalty payments. In the US alone, the streaming industry is projected to reach roughly $2 billion by 2019. The ascent of services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal—along with their per-stream payment models—has created an alluring target for fraudsters who need only a few auto-generated dance tunes and a modicum of coding expertise to fashion bots that basically snatch money out of thin air.
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That's basically the contemporary version of Brian Epstein buying thousands of copies of 'Love Me Do'
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Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it?

Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
He’s released The Life of Pablo digitally, but continues to tinker with it – much like a computer game upgrade
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One may wonder what's the point of keeping up releasing albums

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The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it

The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Streaming fragmentation is driving people back to piracy.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Good point: exclusivity periods are leading to market fragmentation and ultimately ruin the only bright side of streaming services

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Club 97.5 Idaho's #1 Hit Music!'s curator insight, March 7, 5:37 PM
Traditional Radio will still rule! #RadioLife
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“Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M

“Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.

The settlement is a result of a lawsuit originally filed in 2013 by filmmaker Jennifer Nelson, who challenged the "Happy Birthday" copyright. "Happy Birthday" has the same melody as "Good Morning to You," a children's song dating to the 19th Century. But despite the song's murky early history, music publisher Warner/Chappell has stuck to its story that the song was copyrighted in 1935, and a royalty had to be paid for any public use of it—until now.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Happy Birthday! Warner/Chappell will pay back $14 million for the collection of bogus royalties.

FYI, W/C annual revenue over "H/B" has been estimated to $2 million.

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Pirate Bay Just Became The World's Biggest Streaming Site, KickassTorrents And Others To Follow - hypebot

Pirate Bay Just Became The World's Biggest Streaming Site, KickassTorrents And Others To Follow - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The granddaddy of torrent trackers, Pirate Bay, has already had nine lives. But it just grew a second head with thanks to a new browser plug in that effectively turns it into the worlds largest streaming site. For now, the browser is aimed at video streaming, but music is inevitably...
Pierre Priot's insight:
So, they say free streaming had killed piracy? Turns out piracy is kicking back...
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Michael Bonanno's curator insight, February 14, 10:41 AM

Once again, here is a scenario where convenience will tower over quality. Just another way for the pirates to hurt the industry. If the process enables the pirates to "copy and paste" a video or song, then we will never fully fix the biggest problem that could kill the music industry. Knowing your only option for revenue is from doing concerts instead of sales, takes a toll on how much work you will put into a song. Until the balance returns to normal, the war against piracy will help create the secured structure needed to pay the artists what they deserve. In the long run, piracy will have helped the music industry more than the damage it has caused.

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Is The Digital Transition The Record Industry’s Way Back to Revenue Growth?

Is The Digital Transition The Record Industry’s Way Back to Revenue Growth? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The current crisis is no Armageddon, it is a transitory evolution crisis. It may be one of toughest the industry when through, but it’s really the latest detour along the road. The end of the breakdown will occur as soon as the industry has completed embracing its digital age.

Pierre Priot's insight:

The stake here is clearly the music industry’s ability to jump from one model to another — which was successfully achieved by Sweden or Norway, and brought back revenue growth to those markets.

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Larissa Teems's curator insight, February 10, 9:20 PM

I agreed with what was said about the digital transition being more of a detour for the industry, and not a final solution. Personally, I will always like to have a physical copy in some form - I especially like vinyls. 

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MIDiA Data Point Of The Day: Download Buyers | MIDiA Research

MIDiA Data Point Of The Day: Download Buyers | MIDiA Research | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The bigger issue though, is all of those download buyers that are in the streaming demographic but don’t spend $10 a month on music and don’t want to start doing so. These are consumers that buy singles, often frequently, and albums by their favourite artists when they are in cycle, but are not high spending aficionados. At the moment their streaming option is, in practice, free. The 25-44 year old download buyers are the next big opportunity for subscriptions, but unless lower priced on-demand products come into play, not even Apple with all its marketing and platform might will convert them.

Pierre Priot's insight:

The download market is going down, you should not get fooled by Adele and Taylor Swift wonder download sales. Those were only achieved by holding back their music from streaming services.

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Consumer Spending On Digital Music Fell In 2014 [Yes You Read That Right] | MIDiA Research

Consumer Spending On Digital Music Fell In 2014 [Yes You Read That Right] | MIDiA Research | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Spending money on recorded music has become a lifestyle choice, an honesty box for the conscientious consumer. No one really needs to pay for music anymore.
Pierre Priot's insight:

This echoes with my "Carsharing With A Millennial" story  - http://bit.ly/1Rh06hO. No one really pays for music anymore. Thus B2C revenue fails to increase, actually decreases. The overall revenue growth is driven by B2B deals, most of those being ad based.

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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 4:59 AM

Just like the radio is 'occupied' by advertisements, most of music industry seems going the same way. Aesthetic-wise, I think this phenomanom will ruin the artistry of music. I want music as music, not as a medium of the advertisements. Growth of B2B or

B2B2C form in music industry will facilitate this phenomenom.

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What Is NO POP

What Is NO POP | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
NO POP — music genre, ethical guideline, as penned by Toronto music writer Lonely Vagabond:
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What Is NO POP & Why I Will Use This Tag On All Future Releases

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Music Consumption and the "Swipe Left" Culture | The Best Schools

Music Consumption and the "Swipe Left" Culture | The Best Schools | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
However I did it, it wasn’t that easy or affordable to get new music. So you can be sure that if I paid money for something, I was going to listen to it. And if it didn’t speak to me at first, I was going to listen to it again and again until it did. I was going to get my money’s worth.
Pierre Priot's insight:
The Internet didn't just bankrupted most of the Music Industry, it actually ruined a whole generation's attention span. Welcome to the Vine/goldfish music consumption era.
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Led Zeppelin: why lawyers must not dictate the future of rock‘n’roll

Led Zeppelin: why lawyers must not dictate the future of rock‘n’roll | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
As Led Zeppelin head to court to defend accusations of plagiarism, isn't it time to recognise that rock'n'roll has always borrowed from its past?
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Lawyers these days are fighting the wrong fights
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Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies

Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
From his first album with Warner Music in 1978 to his current ambivalent relationship with digital, the Purple One, who has compared contracts to slavery, has a nearly 40-year history of battling for control over his music
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Guess whose records are now being shipped to a store nearby?
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The real price of a music stream? It just keeps going down and down... - Music Business Worldwide

The real price of a music stream? It just keeps going down and down... - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Brace yourself.

The average amount of cash generated by an on-demand music stream in the US last year fell by 24%.

Each play across official premium and ad-funded platforms in 2015 – including Spotify, YouTube, TIDAL, Apple Music and Google Play Music – generated an average of $0.0051 for recorded music rightsholders.

MBW has calculated the figure by contrasting the volume of music streams in the US last year (as measured by Nielsen) with the amount of cash these plays generated, as published by the RIAA.

This figure has fallen dramatically over the past three years, since Nielsen began breaking out specific streaming consumption figures.
Pierre Priot's insight:
Here's why this business model is broken: the increase of streaming consumption doesn't provide revenue growth, but lowers the per stream revenue share.
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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 3:42 AM

Isn't the streaming industry a new born area? I was amazed after seeing how fast the industry changes. I know that people are going to use streaming service for a long time, but revenue is falling down! I wonder how the streaming industry is going to be change and solve this problem.

 

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SoundCloud Has a New Revenue Chief Position so It Can Finally Start Making Some $$$

SoundCloud Has a New Revenue Chief Position so It Can Finally Start Making Some $$$ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Can SoundCloud compete with the big guns? It’s debatable, as there are a lot of factors at play here. The first aspect of this service will be the price point; music labels believe that charging $10 a month is decent enough. However, that is only the case if all 30 million songs are being offered. On the other side, SoundCloud has way more music, now if it goes in contract with labels then the company will have a competitive advantage over rival services.
Pierre Priot's insight:
Soundcloud hiring a Revenue Chief and planning to evolve into a paid service, good news or bad news?
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Natural Records Studios's curator insight, March 9, 11:40 AM
Soundcloud hiring a Revenue Chief and planning to evolve into a paid service, good news or bad news?
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UMG recorded music revenues up 2.4% as streaming offsets physical decline

UMG recorded music revenues up 2.4% as streaming offsets physical decline | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Universal Music Group’s recorded music revenues were up 2.4% in 2015 thanks to growth in streaming, which “more than offset” the decline in physical and download revenues.

Total UMG revenues were up 2.7% at constant currency, up by €5.11 billion (£3.98 billion).

Streaming accounting for 52% of digital recorded music revenues in H2 2015 and streaming revenue was up 47% across the year, while downloads declined 13%, according to yesterday's earnings release by parent company Vivendi.
Pierre Priot's insight:

UMG scores revenue growth thanks to the physical to streaming shift.
Isn't it exactly what I was rambling about is that piece: http://bit.ly/DigiTransition

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Darius Van Arman: Majors 'too often abuse their scale advantage' - Music Business Worldwide

Darius Van Arman: Majors 'too often abuse their scale advantage' - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Darius Van Arman, co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group, has warned that true competition cannot exist in the world of record labels when the major companies unjustly leverage scale to their advantage.

The exec’s comments came at the pre-Grammy Entertainment Law Initiative lunch in Los Angeles on Friday (February 12) and echoed much of a speech from his peer, Beggars Group boss Martin Mills.

Like Mills, Van Arman called for majors (and other indies) to offer artists “fair and equitable trading terms and transparent accounting” in order to create a healthily competitive music business.
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The Indie Gospel, according to Darius Van Arman, co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group

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The Steady Decline Of The CD Buyer

The Steady Decline Of The CD Buyer | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As much as we may be in the era of streaming, nearly half of recorded music revenue globally is still derived from physical sales, with the CD making up the vast majority of that. So, for all the understandable focus on how YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud & co are shaping the future of the music business, the humble CD buyer remains crucial. Take away the $4.5 billion of physical music revenue generated in 2015 and most record labels of scale, majors included, would go belly up.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

The CD buyer is getting old, and he's showing more interest in Nirvana's Unplugged latest re-issue than in any kickass new material you may put out.
No wonder back catalog sales are surpassing new releases

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clyde norvell's curator insight, February 9, 5:03 PM

Streaming music is the new way of getting and listening to music today,But the CD's market shouldn't not be over looked or under estimated. CD's are still a strong source of music sales and still has a strong market for them. Record companies and producers should continue to use them.

Larissa Teems's curator insight, February 10, 9:15 PM

Interesting to think about being able to "subscribe" to a record label instead of buy physical CDs from them. I've often wondered if it would be better if the big record labels did go "belly-up" and smaller labels and producers became more popular. I feel as though there would be more individuality and less influence from outsiders. 

Deandre Summlin's curator insight, February 11, 3:22 AM

How will you publish and expose your music?

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Spotify Is Ready to Move Music Way Past the Jukebox Model

Spotify Is Ready to Move Music Way Past the Jukebox Model | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The streaming music giant's latest acquisitions are a recognition that having 30 million tracks in your library isn't enough.
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Now Spotify is building a complete ecosystem upon its streaming service

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2015 U.S. Music Year-End Report

2015 U.S. Music Year-End Report | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Aside from the excitement about Adele’s “25” at year-end, on-demand audio and video streaming continued to gain in popularity in 2015, posting growth rates of 83% and 102%, respectively. Vinyl also posted its 10th consecutive year of sales growth.
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Nielsen's US Music Industry Report for 2015 is out. 
Long story short: Vinyl's keeping up strong, streaming going off the roof. 

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Austin Alderfer's curator insight, January 12, 5:21 PM

Again, another visual aspect on where music is going with end of 2015 stats. Streaming is easily taking over. Artist need to realize that streaming is the way of the future and need to accept that and move away from the olden days of cd sales. 

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MUSIC FANS DELIVER VERDICT ON DIGITAL VERSUS PHYSICAL: IT’S NOT EITHER/OR – IT’S BOTH!

MUSIC FANS DELIVER VERDICT ON DIGITAL VERSUS PHYSICAL: IT’S NOT EITHER/OR – IT’S BOTH! | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
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Profiling the UK music fan habits. Don't get carried away by those numbers, this study only paneled music fans.

I'd be highly interested in the same figures being extended to the average MOR consumers. 

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, December 16, 2015 2:03 PM

Not a total surprise, but reassuring to some degree.

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Amen Break musician finally gets paid - BBC News

Amen Break musician finally gets paid - BBC News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The musician behind one of the most-sampled pieces of music in history gets a cheque for £24,000 after a fund-raising campaign
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Amen. It was about time. Crowdfunding is making it up to Richard Spencer where the Industry failed him.

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