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Spotify, a music streaming service going for broke

Spotify, a music streaming service going for broke | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Stockholm (AFP) - The Swedish startup that revolutionised digital music has a blanket response to claims that it pays artists a mere pittance: "two billion ...

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Will The $7.3 Million Robin Thick "Blurred Lines" Verdict Kill Songwriting As We Know It?

Will The $7.3 Million Robin Thick "Blurred Lines" Verdict Kill Songwriting As We Know It? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The jury awarded the estate of Marvin Gaye more than $7 million today in a copyright infringement decision against artist Robin Thicke and songwriters Pharrell Williams and T.I. over their huge 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” The jury decided that the song was just too similar to Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got ...

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Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under

Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

At Amoeba Music, the hangar-size rock 'n' roll Mecca on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, something ­surprising happened just before Christmas in 2013. After a few years of ­moderate growth, vinyl records started flying off the shelves in serious quantities for the first time since CDs took over in the late 1980s. Powered by Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and ­classic rock reissues, LP sales "exploded" that November, ­according to Amoeba GM Rik Sanchez. "It's just continued since ...

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David Lawrence's curator insight, March 11, 2015 3:00 PM

This scoop comes from Billboard, a big name in the music industry's news and records.

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UMG and Apple to spearhead 2015’s drive away from ‘free’ music

In his end-of-2014 memo to staff, Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge set out his ambitions for the company to be “a formative player ...

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Capitol, UMPG and James Grant execs join Ashley Tabor's Global Entertainment

Capitol, UMPG and James Grant execs join Ashley Tabor's Global Entertainment | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Ashley Tabor’s newly-formed ‘360’ artist rights company, Global Entertainment, has begun assembling the team it hopes will challenge the dominance of the music biz’s biggest players – with Capitol Records, Universal Music Publishing and James Grant Management execs coming on board.

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Century Media looks for buyer

Century Media looks for buyer | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

US independent rock-centric label, Century Media, is looking for a buyer, with its founder Robert Kampf tipping Universal as his preferred parent.

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Why Audiophiles Are Paying $1,000 for This Man's Vinyl

Why Audiophiles Are Paying $1,000 for This Man's Vinyl | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

How much would you pay for an original copy of The Beatles’ Abbey Road? If you shop at Better Records, the answer is plenty: $650. Other staples from the heyday of vinyl command equally astronomical prices.

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The music industry’s broken business could change in 2015

The music industry’s broken business could change in 2015 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music business has been screwed up for a hopelessly long time, but change is afoot: Congress, courts and the Justice Department are all poised in coming months to shake up how companies and consumers pay for music. The big question, though, is whether this flurry of activity will produce a rational royalty system — or just make …

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Big Music Labels Want to Make Free Music Hard to Get, and Apple Says They're Right

Big Music Labels Want to Make Free Music Hard to Get, and Apple Says They're Right | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify and YouTube say they're wrong.

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YouTube to musicians: ‘To be successful on YouTube you need to create a lot of content’

YouTube to musicians: ‘To be successful on YouTube you need to create a lot of content’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Is music important to YouTube, given that many of the popular creators on its platform are playing games or unboxing toys or vlogging? 

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CD sales fell just 2% in Germany in 2014, streaming up 79%

CD sales fell just 2% in Germany in 2014, streaming up 79% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

We already know that Germany’s recorded music market was up 1.8% in 2014, but now we know why: new data reveals exactly how the market managed to buck a global trend to show significant growth.

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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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Spotify to spend $1B on renewal deal with Universal Music

Spotify to spend $1B on renewal deal with Universal Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify believes Universal Music Group has a billion reasons to renew its song-licensing deal. The streaming music service expects to pay Universal, the No. 1 record label in the world, $1 billion ...

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Andrew Wilkinson's curator insight, March 15, 2015 5:43 PM

Spotify solidified record labels are not dying, investing over a billion dollars with Universal Music.

Andrew Wilkinson's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:48 PM

Spotify solidified record labels are not dying, investing over a billion dollars with Universal Music.

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Fight Between Apple and Spotify Could Change Digital Music; Labels Said to Reject Pricing Below $9.99

Fight Between Apple and Spotify Could Change Digital Music; Labels Said to Reject Pricing Below $9.99 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Record labels are not giving up on free streaming -- but they're growing weary of its 'unlimited' nature, and want digital services to find more paying customers.

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The Resurgence of Vinyl in Seven Graphics: A Breakdown

The Resurgence of Vinyl in Seven Graphics: A Breakdown | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Did you know: Vinyl was up 52% last year, while digital album sales dropped by almost 10%; Jack White outsold the Arctic Monkeys by over $300,000 on the format -- and much more.

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What The Apple Watch Can Do For The Music Business

What The Apple Watch Can Do For The Music Business | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The tech world is abuzz today with the official unveiling of the Apple Watch, but the music business can look upon it as a possible boon as well. The Apple Watch, which can be considered either a utilitarian or luxury item, appears to do many things well, and by the looks ...

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It Is Time To Think Beyond The Monthly Subscription

It Is Time To Think Beyond The Monthly Subscription | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple’s entry into the subscription market later this year will fire a broadside across the freemium model.  But there are not many companies that can do what Apple can.  Every product and service ...

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Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Wants You to Pay Up: The Code/Media Interview

Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Wants You to Pay Up: The Code/Media Interview | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The world’s biggest music label used to be OK with people streaming music on the Web without paying for it. But now it has changed its mind: Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge says the music industry needs to shift away from free, ad-supported music and toward services paid for by you, the listener.

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Bandcamp Hits $100 Million Payout Milestone, Plans Artist Subscriptions

Bandcamp Hits $100 Million Payout Milestone, Plans Artist Subscriptions | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Bandcamp, the "direct-to-band" marketplace started in 2008 by Ethan Diamond and Shawn Grunberger, has hit a significant milestone for any music business involved in actually selling music, having paid out $100 million to its artist clients since launching.

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A Manifesto For The Future Of Free Music

In the thankfully long gone days of DRM downloads it could be fairly said that ‘music was born free yet everywhere it is in chains’. Now it is free of DRM and, for most consumers, of price also. Of ...

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Physical-Reliant German Music Business Sees a Streaming Turnaround in the Future

Physical-Reliant German Music Business Sees a Streaming Turnaround in the Future | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A booming digital market helped grow the German music business in 2014 for only the second time in 15 years. Streaming was largely responsible for the growth of the market in 2014 with an increase of 78.6 percent, helping the larger business increase by 1.8 percent, to 1.48 billion euros in revenue.

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Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event

Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service for WWDC, skipping March event | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple won't take the wraps off of its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service at its March 9 "Spring Forward" event, according to music industry sources briefed on the launch timeline. Instead ...

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Emmanuel de Buretel: ‘Spotify has to understand that the future is indie’

Emmanuel de Buretel: ‘Spotify has to understand that the future is indie’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify must resist any pressure from its major label shareholders to prioritise them at the expense of independent labels, with Apple's ...

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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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