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EMI Publishing Dumps ASCAP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 00:21

 

The music business has undergone drastic changes during the Internet era, but until recently, one thing that hadn't changed was the role of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known to the industry as ASCAP. This performance rights organization has helped songwriters and music publishers get paid when their songs are played in radio broadcasts, on elevators and in clubs for nearly 100 years. But as broadcasting moves online, ASCAP's future may be uncertain.

Source: NPR Music

 
How Musch Does it Cost to Make a Hit Song PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 00:16

At a writing camp, a record label hires the best music writers in the country and drops them into the nicest recording studios in town for about two weeks. It's a temporary version of the old music-industry hit factories, where writers and producers cranked out pop songs.

Source: npr

 
How Musch Does it Cost to Make a Hit Song PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 00:16

At a writing camp, a record label hires the best music writers in the country and drops them into the nicest recording studios in town for about two weeks. It's a temporary version of the old music-industry hit factories, where writers and producers cranked out pop songs.

Source: NPR Music

 
The Cloud That Ate Your Music PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 00:09

Recent weeks have been filled with announcements about music taking residence in the cloud, the poetic name for online storage and software that promises to make lifetimes worth of songs available to anyone, anywhere, as long as those people and places have Internet connections. (Which of course is a long way from everyone, everywhere, but utopian tech dreams tend to ignore mere hardware.)

Source: TheNewYorkTimes

 
The Internet's Half-Million Dollar Man PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:48

The success  of singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton has been astonishing. Especially since Coulton's story isn't new — he broke in 2006 when the tech web site Slashdot featured one of his songs, called "Code Monkey." Blumberg reports that Coulton brought in almost $500,000 in 2010. Much of that money came in through his website, where fans can download songs directly from the musician himself.

Source: nprMusic

 
John Lennon lyrics to Lucy in the Sky sell for £145,000 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:21

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds have sold $237,132 (£145,644) at an auction in the US.

Source: bbc.co.uk

 
Domino Records to launch new radio station 'for the world outside of pop' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 21:13

Domino Records, the label behind Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Wild Beasts, has announced it will be unveiling a new radio station next month. Drawing on the spirit of the "John Peel Show, Radio Caroline and Rinse FM", Domino Radio will begin broadcasting on 6 June and will feature unique contributions from many of the artists on its roster, including Animal Collective, Steve Mason, Robert Wyatt and Anna Calvi.

Source: guardian.co.uk

 
SmartSound To Launch Web-Based Music Customization At NAB Show On April 11th PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 22:17

SmartSound Software, Inc., the leader in fully-customizable royalty-free music and soundtrack creation technology, today announced Quicktracks—an innovative new Cloud-based music customization service. The industry's first Web service to provide music track customization online, Quicktracks will give SmartSound users complete creative control over the company's extensive Royalty Free Music Library directly from the web site.

Source: Mi2N

 
Strong Demand For The Upcoming 10th Edition For Music China PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 23:15

Asia-Pacific's number one music industry event will be held from 11 - 14 October 2011 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in China and is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors from around the world.

Source: Mi2N

 
Amazon vs Apple: The race for the future of music PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 22:58

Amazon has sneaked ahead of arch rivals Apple and Google by becoming the first major internet company to unveil a music-streaming service – allowing people to store their music online and listen to the tracks on any computer or smartphone.

So-called "cloud music", where music libraries are stored in cyberspace rather than on computer hard drives, is the new Holy Grail of the digital music industry, as technology companies race to entice consumers in a world where the CD has been all but abandoned.

Source: The Independent

 

 
Why Superstars Can't Fill Venues Anymore... PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:29

We've been hearing about this problem for some time, and now it's getting worse.  Simply stated, top-heavy superstars are having serious problems filling venues, and sometimes even clubs.  Now, it looks like Rihanna may cancel a string of upcoming US tour dates, based on very weak pre-sales.  "The ticket sales in big US cities like Boston are so bad, they will barely cover basics like the lighting and other arena costs," one source told the New York Post.

Source: Digital Music News

 
Benin's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo of Cotonou get their big break – after 40 years PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 00:46

Overnight success can take years. For the members of Benin's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, it has taken more than 40 of them. Just as Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club found before them, even the most compelling sounds may not reach a wide audience for decades.

Now, no longer held back by the political strife that has dogged their country – and with the encouragement of Glasgow rockers Franz Ferdinand – the band from Benin is drawing big crowds on a world stage.

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Giving to DSO off by $1.2M from '10 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2011 23:41

'Strike effect' leaves orchestra at nearly $5M of $11M goal. Donations to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have fallen $1.24 million compared to money donated by this time last year.

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Citigroup wrests control of EMI from Guy Hands PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 23:39

He was the private equity wunderkind who said he could reinvent the music business and slash costs by cutting extravagent spending on items such as "fruit and flowers". But after failing to impress Mick Jagger, and owing more than £3bn to a US investment bank, Guy Hands lost control of EMI at a cost to his investment group, Terra Firma, of £1.75bn.

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Cheap'n'cheesy: can bargain classical CDs go any lower? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 23:28

I never know how it makes economic sense for EMI, or any other record company, to release some of their best back catalogue at bargain-basement prices, but for less than £3 per disc, you can now get one of the legends of the gramophone.

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Music industry struggles to make digital leap of faith PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 02:35

In the louche Martinez hotel bar in Cannes, a sharply dressed young man launched into a tirade against the music industry convention he was attending. "All you hear is these old men whining about the past," he said. "Well you know what? The genie is out of the bottle. You try and put it back in and you will die ... and then we will take over."

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Sulu, Kapfupi in Festive Clash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:00

What does Sulumani Chimbetu and Freddy Manjalima have in common, apart from their different tastes and preferences in dressing? They are both young and among the most innovative artistes to emerge on the Zimbabwe music industry in the last few years.

Source: The Herald   View item Issue number 349

 
Mspot puts Itunes Music in the Cloud For iPhone Users PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:00

Popular cloud entertainment provider mSpot, Inc., went live with the iPhone version of its popular cloud music service that offers users fast, easy access to their music collections via smart phones, PCs/Macs and Internet TV.

Source: Mi2N   View item Issue number 349

 
All About Jazz Partners with Rockethub to Make Jazz Mobile PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:00

All About Jazz, the largest online jazz resource and community, has partnered with RocketHub, a grassroots crowdfunding community developed for Creatives by Creatives, to actively engage jazz fans across the world and to crowdfund an innovative mobile application.

Source: Mi2N   View item Issue number 349

 
Does the Digital Age Mean the End of the Liner Note on Albums? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:00

It's a bit early to pronounce the death-due-to-downloading of the liner note, but the situation is critical. So warns Rob Bowman, ethnomusicologist, professor of music at York University, and a Grammy-winning (and multiple-nominee) writer of album notes.

Source: The Globe and Mail   View item Issue number 349

 
Underdogs Amazon and Target Take Aim at iTunes and Walmart PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:00

As music retailers suffer ever shrinking sales, some of the most aggressive moves to boost business are being made by the perpetual runners-up in their respective sectors.

Source: Reuters   View item Issue number 349

 
MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel Celebrates African Music Heroes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:00

Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, and Nigeria's 2Face led the winners at the third edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel (MAMA), each taking home two trophies at the music awards ceremony at the Eko Expo Hall, Lagos on 11 December 2010.

Source: Olanike Fagbule/Nigeriafilms.com  View item Issue number 349

 
Latin Music Labels Get Innovative As Sales Slump PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 10:00

U.S. sales of Latin music albums in 2010 plunged 27% through the week ended November 28 compared with the corresponding period last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, fueled by crackdowns on illegal immigration and, more crucially, a loss of retail space that has disproportionately hurt Latin music releases.

Source: Reuters  View item Issue number 349

 


 
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