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Ringtones Are Still Worth $100 Million ...

Ringtones Are Still Worth $100 Million ... | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Never say die… Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  US-based, 2013 inflation-adjusted revenues.

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The Music Industry: 1973-2013 ...

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The 5 Most Expensive Music Videos Of All Time

The 5 Most Expensive Music Videos Of All Time | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Of all the expensive music videos made over time (and there are quite a few), the top five are created by only two artists: Michael Jackson and Madonna. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as those two legends are some of the only ones who would have enough ...

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Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service

Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Ever since news broke in October that YouTube was planning a subscription service, people have been asking how YouTube would get people to pay to watch music videos. It's more than ...

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SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

It’s a new era for SoundCloud. 

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No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year.

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What Really Killed the CD?

What Really Killed the CD? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Data source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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The World's Highest-Paid DJs: Electronic Cash Kings 2014

The World's Highest-Paid DJs: Electronic Cash Kings 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

When Calvin Harris topped last year’s Electronic Cash Kings list with a stunning $46 million in annual earnings, it seemed symptomatic of a bubble in the burgeoning EDM scene. But since then, the only thing that has popped is the income of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

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EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are ...

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YouTube Music's Secret Weapon: Music You Can't Get Anywhere Else

YouTube Music's Secret Weapon: Music You Can't Get Anywhere Else | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Every $10-a-month music service is basically the same. But the world's biggest video site is planning something different.

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So Who Will Buy Vevo Now?

So Who Will Buy Vevo Now? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Vevo has helped Universal and Sony Music monetize their music video catalogs, to the tune of annual revenue that reached an estimated ...

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26% Of All Potential Album Sales Happen BEFORE the Release Date ...

26% Of All Potential Album Sales Happen BEFORE the Release Date ... | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Data compiled and analyzed by global e-commerce company GeoRiot.

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Spotify's latest partnership helps musicians sell 'experiences' to fans

Spotify's latest partnership helps musicians sell 'experiences' to fans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Ariana Grande and Miranda Lambert among first to sell rare merchandise and VIP concerts to fans through streaming service. By Stuart Dredge

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Vinyl Subscription Clubs Find a Narrow Groove

Vinyl Subscription Clubs Find a Narrow Groove | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Vinyl Me, Please got Sylvan Esso back on the charts. The North Carolina dance-pop duo's self-titled debut, which bowed at No. 39 on the Billboard 200, had ...

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Streaming Accounted for 63% of Danish Revenues in First Half of Year

Streaming Accounted for 63% of Danish Revenues in First Half of Year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Led by gains in streaming revenues, digital accounted for 82 percent of Denmark's recorded music revenues in the first half of the year, up from 74 ...

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Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report

Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers.

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Why Digital Music Services Always Steal Each Other’s Customers

Why Digital Music Services Always Steal Each Other’s Customers | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The next five years will be one of the music industry’s most dramatic periods of change. The last ten years might have been disruptive but the change that is coming will be even more transformative ...

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SoundCloud introduces ads so it can pay musicians and other creators

SoundCloud introduces ads so it can pay musicians and other creators | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Initiative is starting small, but with plans to make 175 million listeners pay off for individual artists and major labels alike. By Stuart Dredge

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Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business.

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SoundCloud gets ads and preps subscriptions as part of licensing deals

SoundCloud gets ads and preps subscriptions as part of licensing deals | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

SoundCloud’s plans to a.) make money through advertising and b.) pay that money out to music rightsholders have been the subject of ...

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Spotify Top-50 track streams up 108% year-on-year in the US

Spotify Top-50 track streams up 108% year-on-year in the US | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Billboard published some research showing that the top 200 tracks in the US so far this year have sold 25.5m units ...

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Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding) | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of ...

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30 Years of Music Industry Change, In 30 Seconds or Less ...

30 Years of Music Industry Change, In 30 Seconds or Less ... | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Now inflation-adjusted! US-based recordings. Data supplied by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); animation created by Digital Music News.

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How The iPhone 6 May Be The Start Of Apple's 'Back To Music' Strategy

How The iPhone 6 May Be The Start Of Apple's 'Back To Music' Strategy | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

With the launch of its new iPhones just round the corner Apple could be forgiven for feeling rather more positive about its smartphone outlook than it has for a while. The sheen has worn off its ...

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Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey, CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece.

 

Dear Mr. McAlevey,

 

I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me for not sharing your enthusiasm about the viability of the current streaming ...

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