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Dr Dre: hip hop's entrepreneur is still running the game

Dr Dre: hip hop's entrepreneur is still running the game | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple's $3bn takeover of Beats electronics confirms Dr Dre's status as rap's richest man - now worth almost a billion dollars

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Jay Z's 99 Problems: Music Stars Aren't Very Good at Launching Startups

Jay Z's 99 Problems: Music Stars Aren't Very Good at Launching Startups | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

If Will.i.am, 50 Cent, and Justin Timberlake's past ventures are any indication, Tidal's all-star owners aren't necessarily an asset

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BMG grew 20% in 2014 as Bertelsmann revenues hit €16.7bn

BMG grew 20% in 2014 as Bertelsmann revenues hit €16.7bn | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The growth of music publishing and recorded rights company BMG was a highlight of parent Bertelsmann’s results in 2014, as the German media giant’s sales grew 3.1% to reach €16.7bn.

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Jay Z's Tidal Is Great for Artists, But Maybe Not for Fans

Jay Z's Tidal Is Great for Artists, But Maybe Not for Fans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Tidal, the new streaming service backed by hip-hop mogul Jay Z, is being touted as an "artist-owned" endeavor. But is it any good for fans?

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INSIGHT: Can TIDAL Really Make Waves In Music Streaming?

INSIGHT: Can TIDAL Really Make Waves In Music Streaming? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As rapper Jay-Z prepares to relaunch his recently acquired Scandinavian music streaming service, TIDAL, he’s turning to his high-profile friends to build hype, in hope of disrupting the space. Jay-Z acquired TIDAL as part of his purchase of Swedish ...

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Sony launches Spotify-powered PlayStation Music streaming service

Sony launches Spotify-powered PlayStation Music streaming service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

‘It’s a third-party service given first-party priority on the platform,’ says Sony of new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 partnership

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'Streaming will double the music industry by 2020 - and Universal must go it alone'

'Streaming will double the music industry by 2020 - and Universal must go it alone' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The global value of the recorded music industry will nearly double over the next five years thanks to the worldwide explosion of streaming – and Universal needs to shake off Vivendi’s ownership to take full advantage.

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Online music videos get age ratings

Online music videos get age ratings | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Fans watching music videos on YouTube and Vevo will be presented with cinema-style age certificates from Thursday.

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Can Vessel weaken YouTube's stranglehold on the music business?

Can Vessel weaken YouTube's stranglehold on the music business? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Top execs at Universal and Warner will be watching Vessel’s progress very closely this week, after they pledged to give the subscription service – which launched yesterday – exclusively ‘windowed’ content before they release it onto Google’s video platform.

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Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify

Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The new system will not have a lower price than its competitors, and won’t offer a free version supported by ads.

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Vessel opens up to the public with music exclusives included

Vessel opens up to the public with music exclusives included | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Shortform videos service Vessel launched in invite-only mode this January, with iOS apps for people to watch videos from a range of ...

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RedGuerila music's curator insight, March 28, 5:40 AM

Worth a look, looks cool, but those are my famous last words right before "PILE OF SHIT"

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Much Ado About Streaming: Why Free Listening Isn't Dead

Much Ado About Streaming: Why Free Listening Isn't Dead | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The controversy over free streaming is reaching a boiling point reminiscent of the fever pitch before the turn of the millennium, or the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. Free streaming is being portrayed, by some, as the end of the music business.

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Why Sony Music and Sony/ATV are on course for a big financial year

Why Sony Music and Sony/ATV are on course for a big financial year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

New MBW analysis of Sony Music Entertainment’s fortunes suggests that – largely thanks to a mightily strong Japanese Yen – it’s on course to post healthy rises in both revenues and operating profit for its full financial year, which completes at the end of this month.

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Universal takes on Spotify freemium model

Universal takes on Spotify freemium model | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The “freemium” model used by Spotify to amass 60m users and 15m paying subscribers around the world is facing a new challenge just months after the pop star Taylor Swift yanked her albums from the music streaming service. The Shake It Off singer ...

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The internet took the album away, and now it's giving it back

For decades, the album was the primary form in which music was delivered to the masses. But ever since Apple introduced iTunes back in 2001, the album has been on the decline. When online piracy ...

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Here’s how Jay Z’s Tidal can be more than just a rich musicians’ club

Here’s how Jay Z’s Tidal can be more than just a rich musicians’ club | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As things stand, there are three ways to make meaningful revenues from streaming music: First, be an artist popular enough to rack up ...

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What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In

What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Jay Z’s Tidal is a lot of things: a star-studded streaming service with 17 of music’s biggest names as key stakeholders; an ambitious new player in a still-nascent but increasingly competitive marketplace that includes iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and Deezer; and a $56.2 million bet on the future of high-definition “lossless” audio, a technology in which fellow musician Neil Young is also heavily invested.

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Jay Z aims to rival Spotify with relaunch of music streaming service Tidal

Jay Z aims to rival Spotify with relaunch of music streaming service Tidal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Musicians including Beyoncé and Madonna show support for rapper as he overhauls service designed to make ‘more money for the artist’

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Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk

Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The dispute between the activist fund manager Peter Schoenfeld and Vivendi is not just a row about money and whether it should be spent by corporate managers or returned to shareholders. The US investor is also unhappy about the French media group’s ...

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Trent Reznor to be 'point man' for iTunes relaunch

Trent Reznor to be 'point man' for iTunes relaunch | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Music industry sources say Apple has yet to convince labels that it should undercut streaming rivals on price

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RedGuerila music's curator insight, March 28, 5:37 AM

Not sure if I'm happy for the guy or wanna shout "Sellout" But if there's one guy who's made his bones over and over and can sell out, it's him.

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Forget Daniel Ek or Lucian Grainge: this man may have more impact on the music business this year than anyone

Forget Daniel Ek or Lucian Grainge: this man may have more impact on the music business this year than anyone | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Mario Draghi might not have the Nordic cool of Daniel Ek, the cigar-assisted self-assurance of Marty Bandier or the win-at-all-costs panache of Lucian Grainge.

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Facebook Messenger evolves: here’s what it means for music

Facebook Messenger evolves: here’s what it means for music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As predicted, Facebook announced plans yesterday to turn its Facebook Messenger app into a bona-fide platform for external developers ...

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Vessel Opens Its Doors To Closed Windows

YouTube has ridden the wave of improving technology, connectivity and consumer sophistication, to become the largest content destination on the planet. Along the way it has ruffled feathers, disrupted traditional businesses, established new ...

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Who's more powerful: Universal Music or Sony/ATV?

Who's more powerful: Universal Music or Sony/ATV? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There are various methods you can use to define ‘power’ at the biggest companies in the music business. The most traditional, of course, is market share – but this is rarely shown in terms of annual revenue.

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'Let's not pull the rug from under Spotify's progress'

'Let's not pull the rug from under Spotify's progress' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The battle over freemium music is intensifying. The Financial Times reports that the major labels – led by Lucian Grainge at Universal Music – are demanding that Spotify places more restrictions on its non-paying customers in a bid to drive them to premium.

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New Music Industry Revenue Figures Show an Illusion of Stability

New Music Industry Revenue Figures Show an Illusion of Stability | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The RIAA released its annual recorded music revenue figures for 2014 this past week.  The numbers tell the story of changes in the digital music market that have been familiar for the past few years: on-demand music services up, digital radio up, download sales down, CD sales even further down, ringtone ...

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