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Written by | July 16, 2015 5:32 | No Comments

t’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.
It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.

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Written by | July 6, 2015 20:36 | No Comments

But you know how bands always say they have to tour to compensate the fact they are not selling albums anymore? As you can see on this graph, the compensation is barely achieved. If you compare bands’ album revenue in the 80’s, today’s successful bands can hardly compensate by touring.

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Written by | May 4, 2015 5:16 | No Comments

‘I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983,’ said Waters. ‘To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn’t happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people.’

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Written by | May 1, 2015 5:01 | No Comments

I feel like music will be free sooner or later, and I think I’m all for it. There’s all this talk of music needing a monetary value, this ownership of music, even that it needs a physical form. But intrinsically… it’s MUSIC, it should be better than that. Some of my most important musical experiences were from a burnt CD with songs my friend downloaded for me at a terrible digital quality

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Written by | April 27, 2015 6:13 | one response

First these tasteful shirts (above) were on sale: ‘Titties & Beer Thank God I Ain’t Queer’, or ‘Roses Are Red, Areolas Are Pink, Show Me Yours And I’ll Buy You A Drink.’ What kind of message is this sending? That country lovers are a bunch of homophobic misogynist rednecks? It’s pretty sad

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Written by | April 16, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

The problem in the story is that we never know how much the labels get from streamed music of a specific artist, so we have no benchmarks. Why aren’t labels releasing the numbers? Because they are ashamed of them… If artists aren’t making money, Spotify isn’t still making any money, someone has to make a fortune

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Written by | April 13, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

We still don’t know much about Tidal, but according to The Verge,Tidal reportedly offered millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5,… in exchange of their exclusive conten

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Written by | April 2, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

Let’s hope Moby’s enterprise will not be among these failures, I just wonder whether he has more of a Jay Z-Bono-Timberlake business sense than a Spears-Lopez-Hynde’s. One thing is sure I would die rather than trying Keith or Queen Latifah’s greasy meat, but I may check out Moby’s vegan place this summer.

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Written by | April 1, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

Jay Z recently purchased the streaming service for some $56 million and he wants to make it as a competitor to Spotify, or Rdio. Alicia called it the ‘beginning of a whole new era’,… but for whom exactly? A new era for Jay Z and Madonna to make even more money? What’s new exactly? A new sound? a better listening experience?

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Written by | March 28, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

There will be stores (where marijuana has become legal, states like Colorado or Washington) that will sell Willie’s weed. Furthermore, it’s not going be exclusively Nelson’s production, he obviously wants to grow his own, but there will be ‘opportunities for other growers, who meet quality standards’

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Written by | March 2, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

It’s funny how a veteran like her admits ‘to make it up as it goes’… doesn’t she have years of experience in the business? It’s true that the business has changed a lot and now artists get paid pennies for millions of streams, so I can understand the decisions of artists of her caliber.

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Written by | February 9, 2015 6:07 | No Comments

Beck’s ‘come back’ album ‘Morning Phase’ won a Grammy for Best Rock Album Award and another Grammy for Album of the Year. Prince presented the last Grammy — that was so Midnight Vultures — and Beck was in competition with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pharrell and Beyoncé!

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Written by | February 1, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

‘The revival we see today is a choice, largely based on the sentimental feelings that we tend to attach to music,’ writes advisor to the European Commission on ICT Matthew Finnie, in Wired. ‘Yes, I miss the artwork, the feel and smell, but do I miss the general faff? Not really

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Written by | January 23, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

“Every time I get a transaction, I get a text on my phone, and I’ve been hitting them back. The feedback and the connection I have with these people help me understand the psychology of the person paying $1,000 for some songs that, realistically, you could download for free.”

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Written by | January 15, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

I may have never gone easy rider on everybody, but I don’t follow any crowd, never belonged to any group and every time I hear the words team-spirit or team-work, I cringe, it’s a problem, a curse and a strength, I am deeply individualist so I totally relate…

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Written by | January 14, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

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Written by | November 21, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

So my question is, will this dethrone Taylor Swift because she has removed her music from Spotify? Bakula thinks it’s simply impossible: ‘No amount of streaming in the world could keep Taylor from No. 1,’ he declared… this girl is definitively way too powerful for my taste.

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Written by | November 9, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

‘When people pick on Spotify: Spotify are giving up 70 percent of all their revenues to rights owners. It’s just that people don’t know where the money is because the record labels haven’t been transparent.

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Written by | November 7, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

Kobalt’s writers ‘earned 13% more from Spotify streams in Europe during the first quarter of 2014 than they did from iTunes downloads on the continent’… and this is a new trend as it was not the case during the third quarter of 2013 when writers still earned 32% more from European iTunes sales than from Spotify royalties

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Written by | October 21, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

Everyone knows this, when an album or a single has sold a certain amount of copies, it turns Gold (500,000), Platinum (1,000,000) or Diamond (10,000,000), and this is obviously the goal of most artists. However, Forbes reports that, this year, not a single artist’s album has gone platinum, and the year is almost over! Really? Not even Beyoncé or someone in her league?

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Written by | October 8, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

The theater may soon be owned by Live Nation Worldwide, the giant corporation which recently set up Jay Z’s Made in America festival in LA and operates way too many concerts and festivals all around the country. However, Nederland has decided to fight and just got a new partner AEG live with a petition against Live Nation

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Written by | October 6, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

We have seen many graphs before but playing with music consumption data is fun and probably endless. This new graph sums up almost 60 years of music sales classified by genres, and there is no real surprise there. However, it’s much more interesting to look at it on the website it originated from, A.Track.Tion, because the graph is interactive and it gives you the total sale per genre each year… you can follow the evolution of a genre, for example hip hop represented $1.15 billion of the sales in 1988, $9.5 billion in 2003, but only $2.49 billion in 2011, …

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Written by | September 30, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

The company used to make headphones for Beats by Dre before an acrimonious split sent both companies in different directions. Monster has concentrated on high-profile collaborations with fashion and sporting brands, so a set of Chanel headphones doesn’t come as a huge surprise.’

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Written by | September 8, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

‘When I decided it was time to ‘go digital’ I didn’t find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it,’ declared Brooks to Newsok, ‘I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special – This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect,

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Written by | September 3, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

There will be a downside at one point, but for now they sit on billions and declare like Tiesto‘I think my perspective on money is everything above $10 million, you’re so rich it doesn’t really matter. What are you going to buy? A golden car? I don’t care if I’m number one or number 10 on that list. I’d rather have a Grammy instead.’

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Written by | 0:02 | No Comments

In a nation of 317 Million people less than 4 million buy a record album on average, Around 1% of the population, according to Billboard. what does this mean? It means the album is no longer functioning as the music currency of choice.

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Written by | August 22, 2014 0:09 | No Comments

Year by year, you see the evolution of what people buy and consume, from vinyl totally dominating the market with cassettes in the 80s, to the overwhelming dominance of CDs from the 90s till the mid-00s, and finally the takeover of MP3s, downloads and streaming services from the late 00s to present.

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