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The Tally's In! Music Startups Received $458.8 Million In 2011...

The Tally's In! Music Startups Received $458.8 Million In 2011... | Music business | Scoop.it

"It never hit the half-a-billion mark, but there was certainly a lot of cash being thrown at music startups this year. That is, $458.8 million worth of financing, of which Spotify claimed a handsome $100 million chunk. Other gigantic rounds included Beyond Oblivion, which lured an obscene $77 million, though the average round was $10.2 million."

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BPI 2011 stats: Market down, album sales fall 5.6% - but digital up 26.6%

BPI 2011 stats: Market down, album sales fall 5.6% - but digital up 26.6% | Music business | Scoop.it

"2011 was a record year for singles and digital album sales - but neither could hide yet another annual decline in the overall UK recorded music market."

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Chart analysis: Weekly digital album sales finally break million mark

Chart analysis: Weekly digital album sales finally break million mark | Music business | Scoop.it

"The week after Christmas is always a strange one in chart terms, and this year is no exception, with some major re-adjustments - seasonal fare is in freefall and bargain buys are booming - and record digital sales of singles and albums, with the former topping 5m and the latter 1m for the first time."

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Behind the music: What mattered in the music industry in 2011 – and some predictions for 2012

Behind the music: What mattered in the music industry in 2011 – and some predictions for 2012 | Music business | Scoop.it
Helienne Lindvall: It has been a momentous year for the record business, with EMI being broken up and even Simon Cowell taking a knocking.
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5 Top Music Tech Trends For 2012: Augmented Reality Remixes, Mainstream Hack Days, Live Shows

5 Top Music Tech Trends For 2012: Augmented Reality Remixes, Mainstream Hack Days, Live Shows | Music business | Scoop.it
It seems obvious that music tech in 2012 will be a growing field of activity with more investment and business attention. Trends will center around the implications of ubiquitous music enabled by streaming from the cloud to multiple devices.
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Like Spotify? MOG Is Even Better

Like Spotify? MOG Is Even Better | Music business | Scoop.it
MOG on an iPhone. Yes, you get Bob Dylan. When Spotify introduced its streaming music service in the U.S. a few months ago, I raved about it.
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MegaUpload Is Now Launching a Music Service Called MegaBox...

MegaUpload Is Now Launching a Music Service Called MegaBox... | Music business | Scoop.it

"There's another gigantic wrinkle in the MegaUpload drama. Not only is MegaUpload fighting tooth-and-nail against Universal Music Group, but they're now planning the launch of a cloud-based music locker, store, and do-it-yourself artist-selling service. It's called MegaBox, and it's already up in beta form with listed partners 7digital, Gracenote, Rovi, and Amazon MP3."

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Spotify For BlackBerry Officially Released, Only Supports Old Hardware

Spotify For BlackBerry Officially Released, Only Supports Old Hardware | Music business | Scoop.it
If you're a BlackBerry user and you've been waiting for a music service that's just a bit more compelling than BBM Music, then you may be in luck -- emphasis on the "may." Spotify for BlackBerry was officially released today, but you'll only be...
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New Spotify Apps Help Music Fans Curate Tunes

New Spotify Apps Help Music Fans Curate Tunes | Music business | Scoop.it

"Spotify says it plans to open its app platform up to a wider circle of developers over the coming months, and in fact, it is already doing so. Unlike the first round of apps, which came from tastemakers like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, these latest Spotify apps are all about P2P curation, which is industry-speak for fans sharing mixes and top ten lists."

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Arcade Fire Releases Interactive Video For "Sprawl II"

Arcade Fire Releases Interactive Video For "Sprawl II" | Music business | Scoop.it
Arcade Fire's new single "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" is receiving both the traditional and interactive music video treatment.
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Nick Gatfield interview: 'This business needs a massive shakeup'

Nick Gatfield interview: 'This business needs a massive shakeup' | Music business | Scoop.it
The new chief executive of Sony Music UK ponders the fate of his former colleagues at EMI, wants to tackle online piracy – and predicts the Christmas No 1...
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How Alex Ljung Conceived SoundCloud And Plans To Make It Rain

How Alex Ljung Conceived SoundCloud And Plans To Make It Rain | Music business | Scoop.it
VideoIn a frothy market of consumer web startups, Alex Ljung is committed to the creators.
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The Next Year in Music Technology

The Next Year in Music Technology | Music business | Scoop.it
A look at 2012's most promising advancements...
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Digital Music Startup Beyond Oblivion Burns Through $87M, Crashes Before Launch

Digital Music Startup Beyond Oblivion Burns Through $87M, Crashes Before Launch | Music business | Scoop.it
(UPDATED) Beyond Oblivian has sung its last song before launching its first product, a music service dubbed "boinc".
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Discovering Music With Your New Holiday Gadgets

Discovering Music With Your New Holiday Gadgets | Music business | Scoop.it
Popular music apps like Spotify, Turntable.fm, Hitlantis, Discovr and Shazam can enhance your music discovery on your new iPad, iPhone or other sundry iProduct, find out...
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Business Matters: How Adele's Success Undermines Marketing Guru Seth Godin's Predictions

Business Matters: How Adele's Success Undermines Marketing Guru Seth Godin's Predictions | Music business | Scoop.it
Seth Godin is a successful self-help marketing guru, but the success of Adele’s “21” helps undermine his predictions for the music and book publishing...
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Adele's '21' First Album Since 2005 With 30 Weeks of 100,000-Plus Sales

Adele's '21' First Album Since 2005 With 30 Weeks of 100,000-Plus Sales | Music business | Scoop.it
This week, Adele's 21 becomes the first album since 2005 to notch 30 weeks of 100,000-plus sales. The blockbuster set moved 399,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking...
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1 in 307 Americans Pays for Rhapsody, Thanks to Invisible DRM

1 in 307 Americans Pays for Rhapsody, Thanks to Invisible DRM | Music business | Scoop.it

"On the heels of its purchase of Napster, Rhapsody announced on Thursday that it now has one million subscribers in the United States, which it says makes it the most popular premium (i.e. paid) unlimited music service in the country."

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Baidu, Chinese Search Engine, Removed From USTR's 'Notorious Markets' List

Baidu, Chinese Search Engine, Removed From USTR's 'Notorious Markets' List | Music business | Scoop.it
The Chinese search engine Baidu, which was once accused of enabling music piracy, has been taken off the Office of the United States' Trade Representative's annual 'Notorious...
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The Rise Of Classical Indie Labels

The Rise Of Classical Indie Labels | Music business | Scoop.it
With high costs and lofty standards, classical music's major labels are often unattainable to younger, less established artists which has lead to a fascinating phenomenon:...
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UK's 2011 Singles Sales Reach Record-Breaking Numbers

UK's 2011 Singles Sales Reach Record-Breaking Numbers | Music business | Scoop.it
The year's not quite over yet, but U.K. single sales have already reached a record-breaking high. A total of 164 million singles have been sold year to date surpassing last...
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HMV Reports Further Losses, May Sell Live Division to Boost Finances

HMV Reports Further Losses, May Sell Live Division to Boost Finances | Music business | Scoop.it
Struggling U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is considering selling its profitable live division, HMV Live, following yet another significant drop in sales.
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A Stock Market For Future Hit Songs

A Stock Market For Future Hit Songs | Music business | Scoop.it
TuneRights made the cut for January's music tech pitch competition at midemlab. It's essentially a financial services platform that allows musicians to post singles and investors to buy in for a future share of the revenue.
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MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration

MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration | Music business | Scoop.it
MySpace today debuted its first major product offering under new owners Specific Media with a new music player,  enhanced music recommendation, a built-in search...
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