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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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'Old' albums now outsell new albums on iTunes in America

'Old' albums now outsell new albums on iTunes in America | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

They don’t make ‘em like they used to: MBW has discovered that ‘new’ albums were outsold by ‘old’ (catalogue) albums online in the US for the first time in 2014. The feat of catalogue albums outselling frontline releases was first achieved back in 2012, but that was a momentary blip; it’s never taken place over a whole year before.

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Spotify is coming to PlayStation soon, as Sony pulls the plug on its own music-streaming service

Spotify is coming to PlayStation soon, as Sony pulls the plug on its own music-streaming service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify is adding game consoles to its list of supported platforms, with the news that it's launching on PlayStation "soon." While the music-streaming company hasn't provided many details ...

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Streaming now makes more money than iTunes in Italy

Streaming now makes more money than iTunes in Italy | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming now at 22% of the market, according to MBW analysis

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Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow

Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Today Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service fresh off a $485 million Series D round of fundraising, announced the launch of its new media platform Discover. It is a built in feature on the Snapchat app that offers daily refreshed content from select and disparate group of major media players like Vice, The Daily Mail, Comedy Central, Warner Music Group, Cosmopolitan, People, Yahoo!, and National Geographic.

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Zoe Keating v YouTube: key sticking points in Google's latest music row

Zoe Keating v YouTube: key sticking points in Google's latest music row | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Content ID technology is key to independent musician’s contractual dispute with online video service, as well as other restrictions

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Canada: Album sales down 5% in 2014 as downloads tumble

Canada: Album sales down 5% in 2014 as downloads tumble | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Album sales in Canada were down for the third year in a row in 2014, as digital download sales fell for the first time in history.

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The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead.

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Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

All of the leading providers of streaming music are now in the scorching hot legal zone involving pre-1972 music after seven lawsuits were filed on Thursday against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group (operator of Grooveshark).

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YouTube under fire from musician Zoe Keating over Music Key contract

YouTube under fire from musician Zoe Keating over Music Key contract | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Google’s video service may have agreed music deals with indie labels, but DIY artist says she’s still being pressured to sign unfair terms

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Envisioning Snapchat’s impact on music — Medium

Envisioning Snapchat’s impact on music — Medium | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A look at how Snapchat could influence the music industry in 2015.

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Music Sharing Apps Begin to Proliferate – But Are They Useful?

Music Sharing Apps Begin to Proliferate – But Are They Useful? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Scott Vener, music supervisor for Entourage, may just have the next big music app -- but that doesn't mean he's without competition. In the past year, a slew of personalized music sharing apps, which allow users to directly send songs via text-based messages (as opposed to opening a streaming app and copying and pasting a link) have invaded the music/tech space with the hope of changing how we collectively listen to music on mobile devices.

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Why Big Brands Use Indie Artists

Why Big Brands Use Indie Artists | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

In 1989, a professor at the School of Music at Ohio State University named David Huron penned a paper entitled “Music in Advertising: An Analytic Paradigm." In the paper Huron wrote that when it comes to the use of music in advertising and branding “music can serve the overall promotional goals in one ... 

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Sony axes PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of Spotify

Sony axes PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of Spotify | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming service will be exclusive partner for new PlayStation Music brand across consoles, smartphones and tablets

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Musicians Are Coming Up With Original Ways to Make Money

Musicians Are Coming Up With Original Ways to Make Money | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

From PJ Harvey and TLC to Wu Tang, Run The Jewels and Nipsey Hussle— it's becoming less about “how much is this?” and more “how much do I fucking love this?”

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Tunecore Artists See Big Streaming Gains, Bring In Over $130 Million in 2014

Tunecore Artists See Big Streaming Gains, Bring In Over $130 Million in 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last year's numbers from digital distributor TuneCore, released Tuesday, is a snapshot of the music industry's search for a sustainable future.

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Jim Beanz, the Music Man Behind ‘Empire’

Jim Beanz, the Music Man Behind ‘Empire’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

While Timbaland puts the final touches on the songs for the TV hit ‘Empire,’ they are written by 34-year-old producer Jim Beanz, who also plays a rapper on the show.

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Song Catalog Finances - The Future Of Music Publishing

Song Catalog Finances - The Future Of Music Publishing | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

By Luiz Augusto Buff from Berklee College of Music's Music Business Journal. After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future of music publishing assets, worried that the value of songs would decrease ...

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Shazam: from text-based service to $1bn app in 15 years

Shazam: from text-based service to $1bn app in 15 years | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Founded in 2000, the song-recognition service claims to be responsible for a tenth of all downloaded music

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Piracy has been 'virtually eliminated' in Norway

Piracy has been 'virtually eliminated' in Norway | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Less than 1% of people under 30 say file-sharing is main source of music

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Australia's recorded music business declined 10% in 2014

Australia's recorded music business declined 10% in 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Money generated by subscription streaming services more than doubled in Australia in 2014 – but it couldn’t stop the value of the country’s recorded music business dropping by a fifth since 2012.

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Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500%

Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Shazam wants a five-fold increase in monthly mobile users. Already a must-have app for identifying songs, Shazam is betting different types of identification, and new markets, will help it reach that goal.

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iHeartRadio catching up in music streaming race

iHeartRadio catching up in music streaming race | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music streaming service says it has more than 60 million registered users, up from 50 million last June, as it takes on competitors like Spotify and Pandora.

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Truth In Numbers: Six Music Industry Takeaways From Year-End Data

Truth In Numbers: Six Music Industry Takeaways From Year-End Data | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

In recent days, a handful of important year-end music reports have been published, and the numbers contained in them reveal valuable insights about the state of the industry. But who has time to comb through hundreds of pages of numbers? We do, and we have the highlights.

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NEXT BIG SOUND PRESENTS: 2014 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

NEXT BIG SOUND PRESENTS: 2014 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Silly numbers, big shifts in behavior and strategy, and artists to watch in 2015: Next Big Sound have compiled their annual report on social and streaming data, highlighting the prevalent trends of the past year in the music industry.

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