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Walmart to Cut Its CD Stock By Nearly Half

Walmart to Cut Its CD Stock By Nearly Half | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Walmart, the largest retailer of CDs in the United States, plans to downsize the amount of space it devotes to discs by 40 percent and could reduce selection proportionately, say label sources. The company hopes ...

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Physical-Reliant German Music Business Sees a Streaming Turnaround in the Future

Physical-Reliant German Music Business Sees a Streaming Turnaround in the Future | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A booming digital market helped grow the German music business in 2014 for only the second time in 15 years. Streaming was largely responsible for the growth of the market in 2014 with an increase of 78.6 percent, helping the larger business increase by 1.8 percent, to 1.48 billion euros in revenue.

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Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event

Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple won't take the wraps off of its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service at its March 9 "Spring Forward" event, according to music industry sources briefed on the launch timeline. Instead ...

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Emmanuel de Buretel: ‘Spotify has to understand that the future is indie’

Emmanuel de Buretel: ‘Spotify has to understand that the future is indie’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify must resist any pressure from its major label shareholders to prioritise them at the expense of independent labels, with Apple's ...

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Kobalt to expand into Latin America and South-East Asia

Kobalt to expand into Latin America and South-East Asia | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Kobalt is planning to open new offices in Brazil and South-East Asia this year, the company has told MBW – as it ramps up following a $60m investment round led by Google Ventures.

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SoundCloud ads: $1m paid to creators and labels since August 2014

SoundCloud ads: $1m paid to creators and labels since August 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last August, SoundCloud launched its On SoundCloud initiative to run ads around the audio uploaded by some of its creators, and give the ...

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Why Universal is losing patience with freemium music

Why Universal is losing patience with freemium music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

2014 probably won’t go down as one of Lucian Grainge’s all-time favourite years at Universal.

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Twitter Head of Music Bob Moczydlowsky Exiting

Twitter Head of Music Bob Moczydlowsky Exiting | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter's L.A.-based head of music, will leave the company next month. He joined the company in 2013 from TopSpin Media, where he served as the SVP of product and marketing, and was brought on to strengthen partnerships between the music industry and Twitter.

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Music Industry Finally Approves Global Release Dates

Music Industry Finally Approves Global Release Dates - Cuepoint - Medium

Surprise albums from Drake and Jack Ü underline a new approach: music is no longer “goin’ up on a Tuesday”

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Streaming Music Companies Battle for International Ears

Streaming Music Companies Battle for International Ears | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Winning over a country isn't as simple as just opening an office. Here are nine key countries at the heart of global streaming domination

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Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt

Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt | Musicbiz | 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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Streaming worth more than downloads in 24 markets for [PIAS]

Streaming worth more than downloads in 24 markets for [PIAS] | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Global independent music group [PIAS] has revealed that its streaming income topped revenue from downloads in 24 countries in 2014.

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The Ultimate Top 100 Music Industry Blogs List

The Ultimate Top 100 Music Industry Blogs List | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago I posted an article called, Top 100 Music Blogs . So what's the difference? Well Top 100 Music Blogs focused more on the actual music and reviews. In other words they were geared more toward actual music listeners where these blogs might be something you would be interested in for staying on top of changes in the industry, learning how to market your music, and learning the name of some of the key players behind the scenes.

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Apple won't own the music biz unless it wins the 'freemium wars'

Apple won't own the music biz unless it wins the 'freemium wars' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Zane Lowe must be getting a bit sick of everyone calling him a ‘curator’. Even Apple are doing it, and it’s never nice knowing your new employers have picked your office nickname before your first day.

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YouTube to musicians: ‘To be successful on YouTube you need to create a lot of content’

YouTube to musicians: ‘To be successful on YouTube you need to create a lot of content’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Is music important to YouTube, given that many of the popular creators on its platform are playing games or unboxing toys or vlogging? 

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CD sales fell just 2% in Germany in 2014, streaming up 79%

CD sales fell just 2% in Germany in 2014, streaming up 79% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

We already know that Germany’s recorded music market was up 1.8% in 2014, but now we know why: new data reveals exactly how the market managed to buck a global trend to show significant growth.

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Soundalike Songs are a Two-Faced Business

Soundalike Songs are a Two-Faced Business - Cuepoint - Medium

Digital music platforms are filled with copycat recordings — duplicitous remakes motivated not by artistry, but by money

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Why agencies are bullish on Spotify

Spotify has won the hearts of digital agencies, thanks to major strides in scale, backend technology, products and targeting.

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How Fueled By Ramen Has Stayed Relevant For 20 Years

The label, started in a Florida dorm room in 1996, is still thriving. Here's why.

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Who were Universal's most important artists in 2014?

Who were Universal's most important artists in 2014? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Universal Music Group might have made less money in 2014 than it did in 2013 – but its ten biggest ‘artists’ combined were more popular than they were the year before.

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Music industry requires perfect pitch if it is to survive these key changes

Whenever Lucian Grainge comes to town, he has a straight choice between attending a music industry event and heading to the Emirates stadium to catch up with his beloved Arsenal.

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The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets

The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Early results of 2014 recorded music revenues from eight countries suggest the record industry won't have a global recovery as much as an uneven series of regional and country-specific recoveries. A country could have had a successful year in spite of a neighboring country posting an annual loss. Such is the nature of a business delineated by languages, cultures, politics and commercial boundaries.

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Universal Music Group sales fell 6.7% in 2014 - as EU income overtook America

Universal Music Group sales fell 6.7% in 2014 - as EU income overtook America | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Universal Music Group’s full-year revenue fell 6.7% in 2014 to €4.56bn, as its recorded music division’s sales dropped 7.6% to €3.69bn.

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How the 33 1/3 Series, In Spite of Two Shrinking Industries, Continues to Thrive

How the 33 1/3 Series, In Spite of Two Shrinking Industries, Continues to Thrive | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

You've heard it before: music criticism as we know it is dying, replaced witheditorial positions at Apple or lifestyle reporters masquerading as music journalists. But in one tiny corner of the publishing industry, at least one form of writing about music is ...

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Starbucks Stops Selling CDs, Because CDs Are Finally Over

Starbucks Stops Selling CDs, Because CDs Are Finally Over | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There's reason to mourn: Once upon a time, people thought the coffee chain could be the future of music.

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Google Play Music Increases Song Storage Limit To 50,000 From 20,000

Google Play Music Increases Song Storage Limit To 50,000 From 20,000 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Google Play Music is a music streaming and storage service that lets you listen on the web, smartphones or tablets. Previously, you were allowed to store up to 20,000 of your favorite songs on Google Play Music for free. Now Google Play Music has upgraded the storage space to 50,000 songs ...

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