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Free Music Marches Onward

Free Music Marches Onward | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Rdio’s announcement Thursday that its app users can enjoy free radio shows free music is an powerful force.

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The Complexity Coefficient: ‘Listen Services’ and the Tyranny of Choice

The Complexity Coefficient: ‘Listen Services’ and the Tyranny of Choice | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Despite commendable progress the digital music market is still way behind where it should be.  It is an easy mistake to view the global music market through the Anglo-American lens but if you strip...

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How The Weeknd Went From Internet Mystery to Billboard 200 No. 2

How The Weeknd Went From Internet Mystery to Billboard 200 No. 2 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

What does it mean for an artist to succeed on his/her own terms in 2013?

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Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked.

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Clear Channel-Warner Music Deal Rewrites the Rules on Royalties

Clear Channel-Warner Music Deal Rewrites the Rules on Royalties | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Clear Channel will pay royalties for the first time to performers and a record label when songs are played on its radio stations. In return for the record label, Warner Music, will discount the high cost to stream music online.

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Beastie Boys Can't Escape 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

Beastie Boys Can't Escape 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A New York judge won't let the Beastie Boys off the hook in an illegal sampling lawsuit brought by TufAmerica, which owns rights to the musical compositions of Trouble Funk, an R&B group from the '80s. The copyright infringement lawsuit was...

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Irving Azoff Reinvents The Major Record Label

Irving Azoff Reinvents The Major Record Label | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Irving Azoff (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) Last week it was announced that the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) and music business mover and shaker Irving Azoff would enter into a joint venture called Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE).

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Apps pushed Vevo to 4bn video streams and 526m viewers in June 2013

Apps pushed Vevo to 4bn video streams and 526m viewers in June 2013 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Vevo has published its latest metrics in a US Music Video Viewership Report for January-June 2013, showing strong growth for the music v

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Everything We Know About Fan Engagement And Sales Are About to Change

Everything We Know About Fan Engagement And Sales Are About to Change | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As an industry, we've gotten pretty good at reaching our fans, engaging them and driving conversions.

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This Is How Amazon Makes Money Off of Bootlegs...

This Is How Amazon Makes Money Off of Bootlegs... | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Free downloads don't count towards Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. So it must have come as some surprise to unsigned artist Chance the Rapper when his mixtape, Acid Rap, entered the chart at #63 with sales of 1,000 copies for the week ending. The album had been offered for free on his website since.April 3

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Weird Merch: Morrissey Prayer Candles, Wu-Tang Christmas Sweaters

Weird Merch: Morrissey Prayer Candles, Wu-Tang Christmas Sweaters | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

It's not often that we here at Billboard.biz let our hair down -- we keep our mullets up in a bun between 9 and 5, just like you -- but it's important to keep in mind that this business of music is, more often than not, about enjoyment as much as it is about streaming royalty rates and worldwide publishing deals. In that spirit we present to you "Weird Merch," a new column detailing precisely that. Enjoy.

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Assessing the Impact of Streaming on Total Music Revenue Growth

Assessing the Impact of Streaming on Total Music Revenue Growth | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The Dutch music industry trade body the NVPI has announced that recorded music revenues were up by 1.9% in the first half of 2013. This follows first...

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Pop Music Videos? I Want My YouTube!

Pop Music Videos? I Want My YouTube! | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Thirty years after MTV’s first Video Music Awards, videos are as important as ever for music success. But it is now the YouTube hit that labels covet.

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Dr Dre Beats valued at more than $1bn following Carlyle deal

Dr Dre Beats valued at more than $1bn following Carlyle deal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Producer and rapper expected to pocket $250m from sale of minority stake of US headphone company to private equity firm

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Why Target, Whole Foods Are Making a Play For Vinyl

Why Target, Whole Foods Are Making a Play For Vinyl | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Near the entrance of the Whole Foods on West Third Street and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles—between the juice bar and the body-care products—you’ll find something unusual: vinyl albums. Racked in 18 slots are about 200 copies of varied titles ranging from...

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Amazon vinyl sales up 100% year-on-year

Amazon vinyl sales up 100% year-on-year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Amazon has reported 100% growth in vinyl sales in 2013 year-on-year. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is both the best-selling vinyl album of 2013 so far but also the overall best-selling vinyl title since 1999 when Amazon launched its Music Store.

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The Music Behind the Movement: How Music Is Essential to Cause Marketing

The Music Behind the Movement: How Music Is Essential to Cause Marketing | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There’s no denying the emotional power of music, and music’s ability to unite and move people at an emotional level makes it a great vehicle to inspire in ways that words can’t. In that way, the pairing of music and social causes creates a perfect duet with the power to create long-lasting, emotional connection with listeners.

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A Copyright Victory, 35 Years Later

A Copyright Victory, 35 Years Later | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Victor Willis, a former member of the Village People, is set to take control of a share of the copyright to songs he wrote for the group.

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Cassette Store Day Successfully Raises Media Visibility While Building Community

Cassette Store Day Successfully Raises Media Visibility While Building Community | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Cassette Store Day took place over the weekend on September 7th with events taking place internationally. Bands played and I assume cassettes were sold. But, more importantly, community was built and a surprising amount of media coverage occurred.

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What Is Cassette Store Day?

What Is Cassette Store Day? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A month and some change ago, a small corner of the web was alight with the news of "Cassette Store Day."

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EDM Fans vs. Other Music Fans

EDM Fans vs. Other Music Fans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Now that North America has widely embraced electronic music, it’s become the scene to watch and capitalize on for brands and marketers.

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Independent Study: IAMSOUND Records

Independent Study: IAMSOUND Records | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Inside the beginnings and strategy of IAMSOUND, home to Florence and the Machine, Charli XCX and Lord Huron, among other notables.

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Nigel Godrich: what he really thinks about Spotify

Nigel Godrich: what he really thinks about Spotify | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The award-winning producer on greed, technology, the future of the music industry and his creative partnership with Radiohead

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