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Apple’s Music Revolution That Isn’t - The New Yorker

Apple’s Music Revolution That Isn’t - The New Yorker | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Apple Music is at best evolutionary and at worst overly complex, but Apple may still use its market muscle to crush the competition.

Pierre Priot's insight:

The New Yorker nails it:  "Apple Music is at best evolutionary and at worst overly complex"

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A Music-Sharing Network for the Unconnected

A Music-Sharing Network for the Unconnected | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In Mali’s “digital Bamako” markets, vendors fill old phones with new songs — and jump-start a homegrown musical community.
Pierre Priot's insight:

No recommendation system algorithm can beat these guys

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Music streaming doubles as plays reach almost 15 billion in a year

Music streaming doubles as plays reach almost 15 billion in a year | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Data from Kantar Worldpanel showed that over a quarter of adults (26.8%) used a dedicated music streaming service such as Spotify, Deezer, Google Play or Rdio at some point in 2014, with around 1 in 16 adults using the paid tier of one for at least part of the year.

The BPI’s report also revealed a slow-down in the rate of decline of CD album sales and vinyl sales reaching a 20-year high at 1.3 million sales in 2014, as listeners adopt a "multi-channel" digital/physical approach to music consumption.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Streaming doubles in UK, and yet vinyl sales hit a 1.3M figure ; could streaming be actually boosting physical sales?

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BMG sues Universal Music Group over unpaid Tame Impala royalties - Music Business Worldwide

BMG sues Universal Music Group over unpaid Tame Impala royalties - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
BMG is suing Universal Music Group, amongst other parties, for up to US $450,000.

Tame Impala frontman and lead songwriter Kevin Parker has accused his label, Modular Recordings – and co-owner Universal Music Australia – of not paying him due mechanical royalties.

In reaction, his publisher BMG isn’t messing about, issuing a lawsuit in New York against 14 companies including Modular, Universal Music Australia and Universal Music Group.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Kids, this is why you need a trustworthy publisher

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App Annie Index - App & Publisher Rankings, Trends and Insights

App Annie Index - App & Publisher Rankings, Trends and Insights | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Analyze the rankings, trends and insights for top apps and top publishers from App Annie Index
Pierre Priot's insight:

Streaming services Hit/Revenue top 10 charts according to App Annie (US market only).

Data proves that yes, Tidal makes it into the top 10 streaming services by revenue in April 2015 ; and nobody but Jay-Z is to take credit on this.

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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

Pierre Priot's insight:

Bummer. Grooveshark is down.

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Christine Rose Infanger's comment, May 3, 2015 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, 2015 3:15 AM
nobody's too big to fail!
Cy Queen's curator insight, May 4, 2015 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, 2015 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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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?

Pierre Priot's insight:

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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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

Pierre Priot's insight:

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, 2015 2:44 AM

we'll see. . .

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Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music | WIRED

Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple Music is coming June 30th, for $10 a month. It'll be available on Mac, iOS, Apple TV, Windows PCs an Android devices.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Don't get fooled by Apple's announcement ; this new service is nothing but a revamped version of Beats.

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Spotify's $250m backer leads $60m investment in Believe Digital - Music Business Worldwide

Spotify's $250m backer leads $60m investment in Believe Digital - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Believe Digital has received $60m growth capital investment from Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and XAnge.

TCV is a serial investor in digital and content companies, whose previous bets include Vice Media, for whom it led a $250m round of funding in September 2014.

Its most notorious investment, though, came in November 2013, when it led another $250m round of funding – this time in Spotify.

Well, not just ‘led': reports suggest it was entirely responsible for the cash injection, used to fuel Spotify’s crucial global expansion in its quest for dominance.

TCV General Partner John Rosenberg (pictured) will now join Believe Digital’s Board of Directors.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Beware America! Believe Digital is coming to get you!

The french digital distro is aiming to a much wider market.

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Apple's new streaming music service arrives next week, report says

Apple's new streaming music service arrives next week, report says | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple will unveil a two-tier music streaming service at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, according to a new report.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Apple's new streaming service should be out within a week ; hitting iOS & Android app stores.

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Steve Albini: The music industry is a parasite... and copyright is dead - Music Business Worldwide

Steve Albini: The music industry is a parasite... and copyright is dead - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Steve Albini is a renowned musician, record engineer, producer and songwriter. He’s also not shy of expressing a controversial opinion or two.

The 52-year-old has spent nearly 40 years making music, and developed a unique perspective on the business that surrounds that process.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Damn right Steve, the Industry is a parasite, a leech sucking the musicians' blood 

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Grooveshark's ready to play hide and seek

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 6, 2015 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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Doing the Uptown Funk Math 

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Angel Torres Vega's curator insight, November 4, 2015 11:54 AM

This shows a little of what happens in the business side of songwriting.

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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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Maya Jackson's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:03 AM

Legendary rapper and part owner of Tidal, Jay-Z, took it to Twitter to respond to the criticism and negativity against Tidal. I would most definitely agree with him on the fact that major companies take years to successfully thrive and the same rule will apply to Tidal.

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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.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

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.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

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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