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Screenburn raises $500k to help sell films and music on Facebook

Screenburn raises $500k to help sell films and music on Facebook | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

British startup has already worked with Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones on video-on-demand films. By Stuart Dredge

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Album spins closer towards its final track as a viable format

Album spins closer towards its final track as a viable format | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Sales continue to fall and streamed playlists dominate. But like vinyl, talk of LP's extinction may be premature

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How we made the compact disc

How we made the compact disc | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Jacques Heemskerk, research scientist: 'When the CD came in, I got rid of all my old Rolling Stones and Beatles vinyl. It still hurts'

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Can Indie Music Discovery App 'Next' Find Success Where So Many Have Failed?

Can Indie Music Discovery App 'Next' Find Success Where So Many Have Failed? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Tinder is a mobile dating app that allows you to pick out those that interest you by swiping one way and dismissing those that don't by swiping the other. There's more to it but that basic action, along with the organization of content by cards or in small chunks, has gotten a lot of attention as a design choice. Next, a mobile music app for discovering indie artists started by a co-founder and former employee of Tinder, use swiping to dismiss or to like. It's nicely designed and a positive idea but, except for the Tinder connection and the design ...

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Can This Company Save Streaming... And The Music Industry?

Can This Company Save Streaming... And The Music Industry? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

So it’s quite likely that Google or Facebook is going to be purchasing Spotify fairly soon. Apple bought Beats. No streaming service, however, has proven ...

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Spotify: seven reasons why Google might buy the streaming music service

Spotify: seven reasons why Google might buy the streaming music service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

And a few why it might not, despite rumours that internet giant is in the frame for $10bn acquisition. By Stuart Dredge

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Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans

Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

What is the big attraction in music to the global tech-titans? It might be that we are on the cusp of redrawing e-commerce.

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The Biggest Music Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of

The Biggest Music Streaming Service You've Never Heard Of | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Deezer reaches 182 countries by targeting specific regional tastes. Is the U.S. next?

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Jack White's Effect On The World Of Vinyl

Jack White's Effect On The World Of Vinyl | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last week, Jack White secured another number one album, with his latest Lazaretto starting off in the top spot. The title is White’s ninth to reach the top ten, and his second to reach number one (the other being his first solo album Blunderbuss). Lazaretto sold 138,000 copies, with 40,000 of those being vinyl.

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Expanding Beyond Rap, Genius Raises $40M

Expanding Beyond Rap, Genius Raises $40M | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Well-known for its lyric annotations, the company behind Rap Genius has raised $40 million to pursue broader goals.

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Lou Reed Walked On The Wild Side With His Estate Planning

Lou Reed Walked On The Wild Side With His Estate Planning | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Maybe we shouldn't be surprised.  After all, Lou Reed was the man who famously crooned, "Hey babe, talk a walk on the wild side."  The late lead singer and guitarist of The Velvet Underground -- and of course, a musician and songwriter with a successful, decades-long solo career -- may ...

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

Streaming Won't Save the Music Industry Until 2019, Study Finds ... | Musicbiz | 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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The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label.

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Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn

Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Radio streaming service TuneIn has announced Seattle institution Sub Pop as its first label ...

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

Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

While pressing plants, labels, and stores are ecstatic about the still-surging vinyl boom, the format’s unlikely return is now leading ...

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Napster exec says labels ’short-sighted’ for creating YouTube's music power

Napster exec says labels ’short-sighted’ for creating YouTube's music power | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

But with 2m paying subscribers, competition doesn't make Thorsten Schliesche feel like 'the rabbit in front of the snake'. By Stuart Dredge

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Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself

Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music video site loses money, but the music labels that own it make money. Are they willing to change that to find a buyer?

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Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell

Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple is set to purchase Swell, an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about ...

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Las Vegas's gamble with dance music

Las Vegas's gamble with dance music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The desert city has always been famous for its casinos. But now there's a new show in town – dance music, with star DJs and superclubs making millions. But will their luck last, asks Alexis Petridis

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Over 700 independent labels sign Fair Digital Deals Declaration

Over 700 independent labels sign Fair Digital Deals Declaration | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The document calls for transparency in digital music deals that would
level the playing field between indie labels, major labels and online
platforms such as YouTube and Spotify

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What Future For The Album In The On-Demand Age?

What Future For The Album In The On-Demand Age? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Recently BBC Radio 1’s head of music George Ergatoudis stirred up something of a storm with his claim that “albums are edging closer to extinction". Nonetheless there is a growing body of evidence ...

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Catalog Titles Take a Greater Share of Album Sales

Catalog Titles Take a Greater Share of Album Sales | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

People are still buying albums -- millions of them each week -- but new releases are accounting for a smaller percentage of those sales.

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Talia Kosh's curator insight, July 17, 5:42 PM

tracks are increasingly the domain of new songs by younger artists.

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The music industry’s newfangled growth business: vinyl records

The music industry’s newfangled growth business: vinyl records | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The equation facing the music business is now well understood: Sales of CDs and digital music downloads are in what looks like a death spiral, while streaming music services are adding subscribers and increasing revenues but not yet profits. But another corner of the music business is experiencing rapid growth: old-fashioned vinyl records. According to the latest numbers ...

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Isaiah Ho Ser Jia's curator insight, July 22, 12:08 PM

Vinyl Records in the U.S are up more than 40% in the first 6 months of 2014, with 4 million units sold. In 2013, vinyl sales hit their highest level since 1991, with 6 million units sold. This highlights that vinyl records are still able to survive in the Music Industry as a niche market. The usage of statistics and visuals help to highlight the steady growth in vinyl record sales over the years. 

 

Despite the increase in vinyl records, it is still unable to make up for the decrease in the number of CD sales. Additionally, although online streaming is continuing to flourish, it is still not able to make up for the decline in music ownership yet. However, if this trend continues in the long run, the gap between revenue can be reduced in a couple of years. Hence, despite the gradual shift towards the online platforms for the music industry, the traditional platforms are still surviving despite the decreasing revenue and music ownership.
 

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Music Licensing From a Songwriter's Perspective

Music Licensing From a Songwriter's Perspective | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

We need a music-licensing system that works the way we will be, not -- to paraphrase a great songwriter and friend -- the way we were.

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Will The Album Go The Way Of The VHS Tape?

Will The Album Go The Way Of The VHS Tape? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Another Soundscan report is in and once again, album sales in the United States have slipped, this time from 235 million to 227 million compared to the same period last year. This is actually nothing new, since the format has been in a major decline since 2000, when sales were ...

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Vinyl Sales Up 38 Percent In 2014

Vinyl Sales Up 38 Percent In 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

4.0 million LPs have been sold this year in the US alone, according to stats shared this morning by Nielsen Soundscan.  That’s a 40.4 percent ...

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