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Las Vegas's gamble with dance music

Las Vegas's gamble with dance music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The desert city has always been famous for its casinos. But now there's a new show in town – dance music, with star DJs and superclubs making millions. But will their luck last, asks Alexis Petridis

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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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First Look At Beatport’s Free Dance Music Streaming Service

First Look At Beatport’s Free Dance Music Streaming Service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Beatport is where the world's DJs buy their music, but they could only listen to two-minute samples. Now Beatport hopes that by giving away free unlimited ...

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Hashtag Blessed: Music’s Unfortunate Social Media Side Hustle

Hashtag Blessed: Music's Unfortunate Social Media Side Hustle - Cuepoint - Medium

Success in music is now measured by an online personality, for better and worse

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Pandora Making Bid to Unruffle Music World

Pandora Making Bid to Unruffle Music World | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Pandora has created a division to work with labels and artist managers, opened its vast databanks, and begun experimenting with artist promotions.

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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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Japanese Recorded Music Market Down Nearly 5% in 2014

Japanese Recorded Music Market Down Nearly 5% in 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

An unsurprising decline in physical sales last year led to a 4.6-percent decline in recorded music revenue in Japan, the world's second-largest recorded music market and one that remains reliant on the CD format.

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Physical music retailers grew 20% in the UK last year

Physical music retailers grew 20% in the UK last year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The number of physical stores selling music in the UK reached an all-time record in 2014, despite CD sales falling to less than a third of where they stood a decade ago.

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