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The future of digital music may hinge on Elvis

The future of digital music may hinge on Elvis | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music industry is in a strange place right now. Music sales, both physical and digital, are in a death spiral, and the era of streaming-music platforms—be they financed by subscriptions or ads—is clearly upon us. Apple may be paying $3.2 billion for Beats Electronics, at least in part for its streaming ...

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From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, Breaking Down the Mechanics, and Politics, Behind Streaming Exclusives

From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, Breaking Down the Mechanics, and Politics, Behind Streaming Exclusives | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Amidst Lucian Grainge's decree that exclusives would be curtailed, we take a close look at the practice.

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Lucian Grainge wants to stop streaming exclusives. Does he really have the power?

Lucian Grainge wants to stop streaming exclusives. Does he really have the power? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

From Kanye to Rihanna and Beyonce, artists are taking control of the music business

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SoundCloud now has over 135 million tracks and 1 million albums and stands as the biggest music streaming platform in the world

SoundCloud now has over 135 million tracks and 1 million albums and stands as the biggest music streaming platform in the world | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The biggest music and audio streaming platform in the world has revealed just how massive their library is following a year of new additions to SoundCloud.

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Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release

Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Music industry newsletter claims Universal Music Group will be first major label to ban practice of artists offering exclusives to services such as Tidal and Apple

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Is Bandcamp the Holy Grail of Online Record Stores?

Is Bandcamp the Holy Grail of Online Record Stores? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

This online music site known for its equitable treatment of artists is one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time.

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In the groove: Czech firm tops list of world's vinyl record producers

In the groove: Czech firm tops list of world's vinyl record producers | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Once a dusty communist factory, GZ Media has tapped vinyl’s rebirth to become a £76m outfit pressing 25m records a year

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Apple Music signs game-changing label deal with Cash Money Records

Apple Music signs game-changing label deal with Cash Money Records | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Birdman makes major announcement of label's affiliation with platform

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How Drake Conquered Streaming

How Drake Conquered Streaming | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The Toronto MC has emerged as the leader of the new industry model, besting Bieber as Spotify’s most-played, thanks to an unusually engaged social audience and music that can cross just about any genre.

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Shaking things app – how smartphones revolutionised Nigerian music

Shaking things app – how smartphones revolutionised Nigerian music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

You don’t need a record company or a promo campaign to reach the huge audience of the Nigerian diaspora – just a WhatsApp account

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The New Pioneers: Chance the Rapper Is One of the Hottest Acts in Music, Has a Top 10 Album, and Forced a Grammys Rule Change -- All Without a Label or Physical Release

The New Pioneers: Chance the Rapper Is One of the Hottest Acts in Music, Has a Top 10 Album, and Forced a Grammys Rule Change -- All Without a Label or Physical Release | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Holed up at a recording studio in Chicago’s Near North Side, Chancelor Bennett — the local phenomenon known as Chance the Rapper — is in wise-old-man mode. Chance, 23, holds a cigarette aloft in one hand, a pen in the other, his narrow shoulders hunched over a notebook. It’s late on a Saturday night in July, and he has been working ...

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This cranky rocker is taking on Spotify and the entire music streaming industry

This cranky rocker is taking on Spotify and the entire music streaming industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
With a major class-action lawsuit against Spotify, David Lowery fights to change the modern music industry - and keep himself relevant.
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Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams)

Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams) | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The album repeatedly made the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart even though it isn’t for sale anywhere.

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What It Takes for an Independent Record Store to Survive Now

What It Takes for an Independent Record Store to Survive Now | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Even as legacy music shops continue to shutter across the country, Midwestern institution Used Kids has managed to stay afloat for the last 30 years and counting. How do they do it?

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Spotify says it isn’t punishing artists who cut exclusive deals with Apple and Tidal

Spotify says it isn’t punishing artists who cut exclusive deals with Apple and Tidal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify doesn’t like exclusives. But it says it won’t bury Frank Ocean and other acts in its search results.

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Universal just lost Frank Ocean. Apple did not.

Universal just lost Frank Ocean. Apple did not. | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Blonde is not affiliated with UMG - it's a self- release

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Google could be bigger in streaming music than you think

Google could be bigger in streaming music than you think | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Google Play Music is almost as big as Spotify on Android. YouTube Music is on fire on iOS.

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Spotify is out of contract with all three major labels - and wants to pay them less

Spotify is out of contract with all three major labels - and wants to pay them less | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify is currently paying 55% of revenue to labels. It wants to reduce it.

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Vevo Seeking Half-Billion in Capital to Fund Expansion, Original Programming

Vevo Seeking Half-Billion in Capital to Fund Expansion, Original Programming | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The company, majority-owned by Universal Music Group, now has the cash it needs to grow beyond "music videos."

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Oldchella and the Future of the Concert Business

Oldchella and the Future of the Concert Business | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Rock isn’t dead, and festivals are thriving. But who will take over for the geriatric stars of yore?

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Inside YouTube's War With the Music Industry

Inside YouTube's War With the Music Industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Video service has put billions into artists' pockets – so why are Taylor Swift and others pissed off?

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The New Pioneers: Spotify's Tuma Basa Is Making Music Curation an Art Form

The New Pioneers: Spotify's Tuma Basa Is Making Music Curation an Art Form | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

After Tuma Basa, global programming head of hip-hop at Spotify, featured Lil Uzi Vert prominently on Rap Caviar -- the service's second-most-subscribed playlist, with more than 4 million followers -- the rising Philadelphia rapper's music soon jumped from an average of 442,000 Spotify streams per day to more than 1 million.

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The New Pioneers: Irving Azoff on His Plan to Deal With the 'StubHub Factor' -- 'You Have Lots of People Escaping With Lots of Money'

The New Pioneers: Irving Azoff on His Plan to Deal With the 'StubHub Factor' -- 'You Have Lots of People Escaping With Lots of Money' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Some music executives see things as they are and say why. Irving Azoff dreams things that never were and asks, "Why the f-- not?"

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Beat Shazam: the music app's foray into TV could be magic

Beat Shazam: the music app's foray into TV could be magic | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music identification app is teaming up with Fox for a new Name That Tune-style game show that could take it back to the top of the charts

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Sony acquires Ministry of Sound

Sony acquires Ministry of Sound | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
As a result, Sony Music UK has acquired the label outright, including its artists, back catalogue and compilations business. The new relationship brings together one of the most successful UK independent labels with Sony Music, which has successfully introduced domestic acts including Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Calvin Harris across the world.
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Why QQ Music, China's Spotify, is profitable while other streaming music providers aren't

Why QQ Music, China's Spotify, is profitable while other streaming music providers aren't | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
QQ Music is the juggernaut you've never heard of.
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