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Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback

Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

While pressing plants, labels, and stores are ecstatic about the still-surging vinyl boom, the format’s unlikely return is now leading ...

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Lyor Cohen Named YouTube's Global Head of Music

Lyor Cohen Named YouTube's Global Head of Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Lyor Cohen has been named global head of music at YouTube, the company confirmed today.

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Record Labels Welcome Rise from Streaming, But Songwriters Aren't Smiling Yet

Record Labels Welcome Rise from Streaming, But Songwriters Aren't Smiling Yet | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Is the digital revolution, and the first growth of the record business in nearly two decades, passing songwriters by?

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Have Spotify and Apple Music Just Won The Streaming Wars?

Have Spotify and Apple Music Just Won The Streaming Wars? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify has just delivered 2 landmark data points: 40 million subscribers and $5 billion paid to rights holders to date. Although the 3 million added in Q3 was down on the 7 million added in Q2 (boosted by a summer pricing promo) there is no escaping the fact that Spotify’s momentum has accelerated rather than declined since …

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Warner holds out on Pandora as UMG and Sony sign direct deals

Warner holds out on Pandora as UMG and Sony sign direct deals | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Traditional SoundExchange payout model looks to be under question

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Can Spotify Survive the Impending Storm As It Prepares to Go Public?

Can Spotify Survive the Impending Storm As It Prepares to Go Public? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Too big to fail? All the streaming giant's agreements with the majors have expired as it seeks to renegotiate at lower rates than Apple.

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Spotify races to strike deals with labels ahead of IPO

Spotify races to strike deals with labels ahead of IPO | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Newly married Spotify Chief Executive Daniel Ek is coming around to the idea of compromise. The streaming leader is discussing making some new music available only to paying subscribers in hopes of ending a months-long impasse with the major record companies, ...

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BMG revenues top $200m in H1 2016, with an 18% profit margin

BMG revenues top $200m in H1 2016, with an 18% profit margin | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Bertelsmann-owned firm looks on course to near $500m revenue this year

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From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, Breaking Down the Mechanics, and Politics, Behind Streaming Exclusives

From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, Breaking Down the Mechanics, and Politics, Behind Streaming Exclusives | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Amidst Lucian Grainge's decree that exclusives would be curtailed, we take a close look at the practice.

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Lucian Grainge wants to stop streaming exclusives. Does he really have the power?

Lucian Grainge wants to stop streaming exclusives. Does he really have the power? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

From Kanye to Rihanna and Beyonce, artists are taking control of the music business

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SoundCloud now has over 135 million tracks and 1 million albums and stands as the biggest music streaming platform in the world

SoundCloud now has over 135 million tracks and 1 million albums and stands as the biggest music streaming platform in the world | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The biggest music and audio streaming platform in the world has revealed just how massive their library is following a year of new additions to SoundCloud.

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Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release

Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Music industry newsletter claims Universal Music Group will be first major label to ban practice of artists offering exclusives to services such as Tidal and Apple

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Is Bandcamp the Holy Grail of Online Record Stores?

Is Bandcamp the Holy Grail of Online Record Stores? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

This online music site known for its equitable treatment of artists is one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time.

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In the groove: Czech firm tops list of world's vinyl record producers

In the groove: Czech firm tops list of world's vinyl record producers | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Once a dusty communist factory, GZ Media has tapped vinyl’s rebirth to become a £76m outfit pressing 25m records a year

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Major Record Labels Sue Over Ripping Audio Tracks from YouTube Videos

Major Record Labels Sue Over Ripping Audio Tracks from YouTube Videos | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The target is a German company that is the "chief offender" of stream ripping, but the lawsuit also demands an order against third parties.

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Streaming Helps Drive 8.1 Percent Growth in Revenue for U.S. Recording Industry

Streaming Helps Drive 8.1 Percent Growth in Revenue for U.S. Recording Industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The U.S. music industry experienced an 8.1 percent growth in overall revenue during the first half of this year, the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) has reported today (Sep. 20). The overall market is estimated to be worth $3.43 billion, up from $3.17 billion in the first half of 2015.

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Spotify growth outpaces Apple Music as it officially tops 40m subscribers

Spotify growth outpaces Apple Music as it officially tops 40m subscribers | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Daniel Ek's platform has added 12m subscribers this year alone so far

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Recorded music sales up in Sweden as streaming revenue grows 10%

Recorded music sales up in Sweden as streaming revenue grows 10% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming claims 86% of territory, with download on just 2%

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With 'Blonde,' Frank Ocean's Real Revolution Was in His Business Moves

With 'Blonde,' Frank Ocean's Real Revolution Was in His Business Moves | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Frank Ocean has blown up the music marketing, promotion and media spots in a way few others have thanks to powerful personal narratives of struggle and liberation -- and with 'Blonde,' he turned the traditional music-business model on its ear, too.

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Just How Well Is Streaming Really Doing?

Just How Well Is Streaming Really Doing? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

All of the three major record labels announced strong streaming music revenue growth in the 2nd quarter of 2016. On the surface it is a clear cut success story, but as is so often the case with music industry statistics, all is not quite how it seems. The Global Streaming Market First of all, let’s …

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Amazon nears launch for music streaming service

Amazon nears launch for music streaming service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Amazon is nearing deals with the world’s largest record labels to launch a subscription music streaming service as soon as next month, according to two people familiar with the matter.  Pandora is also closing in on licensing agreements for an ...

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Spotify says it isn’t punishing artists who cut exclusive deals with Apple and Tidal

Spotify says it isn’t punishing artists who cut exclusive deals with Apple and Tidal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify doesn’t like exclusives. But it says it won’t bury Frank Ocean and other acts in its search results.

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Universal just lost Frank Ocean. Apple did not.

Universal just lost Frank Ocean. Apple did not. | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Blonde is not affiliated with UMG - it's a self- release

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Google could be bigger in streaming music than you think

Google could be bigger in streaming music than you think | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Google Play Music is almost as big as Spotify on Android. YouTube Music is on fire on iOS.

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Spotify is out of contract with all three major labels - and wants to pay them less

Spotify is out of contract with all three major labels - and wants to pay them less | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify is currently paying 55% of revenue to labels. It wants to reduce it.

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Vevo Seeking Half-Billion in Capital to Fund Expansion, Original Programming

Vevo Seeking Half-Billion in Capital to Fund Expansion, Original Programming | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The company, majority-owned by Universal Music Group, now has the cash it needs to grow beyond "music videos."

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