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Napster exec says labels ’short-sighted’ for creating YouTube's music power

Napster exec says labels ’short-sighted’ for creating YouTube's music power | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

But with 2m paying subscribers, competition doesn't make Thorsten Schliesche feel like 'the rabbit in front of the snake'. By Stuart Dredge

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Global recorded music revenues grew 0.7% last year... excluding Japan

Global recorded music revenues grew 0.7% last year... excluding Japan | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last week we learnt that the revenue haul of the worldwide recorded music industry last year was down 0.4% in 2014, to under US $15bn.

But now it’s clear where the blame for that decline ultimately falls: Japan.

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The Man Who Broke the Music Business

The Man Who Broke the Music Business | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

How an employee at a CD-manufacturing plant became the Patient Zero of Internet piracy.

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Back on record – the reasons behind vinyl's unlikely comeback

Back on record – the reasons behind vinyl's unlikely comeback | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As Record Store Day shows, there's a lot more to the vinyl revival than simple nostalgia.

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The Baffling (and Slightly Insane) World Of Streaming Payments, Explained

The Baffling (and Slightly Insane) World Of Streaming Payments, Explained | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Every time an artist publicly complains about how much money they are making from streaming, the blogosphere goes berserk and I know as sure as God made little green apples, a Billboard editor is going to ask me to analyze it.

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Global record industry income drops below $15bn for first time in history

Global record industry income drops below $15bn for first time in history | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Strong growth in streaming revenues couldn’t stop the recorded music business’s worldwide income dropping under US $15bn for the first time in 2014.

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The vinyl chart: album sales saviour or celebration of a small success?

The vinyl chart: album sales saviour or celebration of a small success? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The creation of an album chart for vinyl releases reflects interest in a niche sector, rather than a seismic change in the record business

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41 Years of Music Industry Change, In 41 Seconds

41 Years of Music Industry Change, In 41 Seconds | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

This is US-based data, and each pie represents 100% of total recording revenue. And, here are the individual year source images, starting with 1973

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Lost in Tidal's splash: Music streaming doesn't pay off for most artists

Lost in Tidal's splash: Music streaming doesn't pay off for most artists | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The buzzwords were many, issued from the stage throughout last week's curiously memorable and well-covered media event announcing the new Tidal music-streaming service: notions of revolution, of changing the status quo and upending the system.

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Viewpoint: There is a need for change in the digital music industry

Viewpoint: There is a need for change in the digital music industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There have been significant changes to the industry at a structural and legislative level that will have a far-reaching effects ...

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U.S. Music Consumption Up 14 Percent in First Quarter, Streams Make Up Losses in Sales

U.S. Music Consumption Up 14 Percent in First Quarter, Streams Make Up Losses in Sales | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The improvement stems from large increases in streaming activity, which drove music consumption in the United States up 14 percent in the first quarter, according to Nielsen Music. Notably, the streaming gains were able to cover any losses in physical and digital sales.

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The New Music Streaming War Is About Exclusivity

The New Music Streaming War Is About Exclusivity | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Look out, Spotify: Apple is trying to lure artists like Taylor Swift into exclusive deals for online streaming rights.

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10 things we learned from a day of indie labels talking digital music

10 things we learned from a day of indie labels talking digital music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Thom Yorke as King Cnut, Madonna’s ‘ridiculous’ Meerkat debut, potential playlist payola, Spotify, SoundCloud and more from AIM Music Connected conference

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Seven Takeaways from IFPI's Study of the Global Music Market Last Year

Seven Takeaways from IFPI's Study of the Global Music Market Last Year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The headline figure from IFPI’s 2015 “Recording Industry In Numbers” report would be the previously reported 0.4 percent fall in global music sales to $14.97 billion. Digging into the 132-page document, however, reveals a wealth of interesting analysis -- case studies on Germany, South Korea and Brazil, the rise of China, and much more. Here are seven takeaways from this year’s report, published today (April 20).

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Tidal CEO out as Team Jay Z wields the axe

Tidal CEO out as Team Jay Z wields the axe | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The CEO of streaming service Tidal, Andy Chen, has parted ways with the company barely two weeks after Jay Z took it over.

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Messaging apps: hits or hype for future music marketing?

Messaging apps: hits or hype for future music marketing? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Tonight is Music Ally’s Future Music Marketing event in London, where we’ve gathered a panel of opinionated experts to give their views on whether a selection of technologies are hits or hype – or a bit of both – for helping musicians reach fans.

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Has music missed its 'Netflix moment'?

Has music missed its 'Netflix moment'? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Subscription streaming movie service Netflix announced earlier this week that it has reached 62m users around the world – almost exactly the same number as Spotify.

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Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music

Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

While Jay Z's streaming service grabs headlines, music's majors are quietly hijacking the multibillion-dollar digital revolution.

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CD Money vs. Streaming Money, 2004-2014

CD Money vs. Streaming Money, 2004-2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

*source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); all revenue inflation-adjusted to 2013.

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Apple’s New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay

Apple’s New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple Inc. has asked Florence and the Machine and more than a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote a revamped Beats Music, and persuade people to ante up for what they’re accustomed to getting pretty much for free.

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Vinyl Sales Charts Launch in U.K.

Vinyl Sales Charts Launch in U.K. | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The U.K.’s charts compiler as begun publishing weekly charts tracking sales of vinyl albums and singles for the first time. 

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SoundCloud partnership with Zefr suggests acceleration of monetisation plans

SoundCloud partnership with Zefr suggests acceleration of monetisation plans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

SoundCloud has partnered with Zefr to automatically scan user uploads for infringing content. The deal, however, is being sold as less ...

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How Finland's Small Streaming Marketplace Beat the United States Last Year

How Finland's Small Streaming Marketplace Beat the United States Last Year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The United States' streaming revenue grew $369.7 million last year. Finland's streaming revenue grew only $5.9 million. Which country can boast of the better performance? Not the United States.

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Spotify may soon be worth more than $8 billion

Spotify may soon be worth more than $8 billion | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify may be raising $400 million, according to a new report.

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Is Sweden still the future of the music industry?

Is Sweden still the future of the music industry? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Did Sweden’s recorded music market really decline in 2014?

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