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Has music missed its ‘Netflix moment’?

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Subscription streaming movie service Netflix announced earlier this week that it has reached 62m users around the world – almost exactly the same number as Spotify. Read the rest of this page »

CEO of YouTube monetisation site AdRev exits after 8 months

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The CEO of YouTube monetisation service and multi-channel network AdRev has parted ways with the Vevo rival after just eight months in the role. Read the rest of this page »

Vessel gets $57.5m in new funding to help take on YouTube

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Vessel, the online video platform supported by Warner and Universal which is attempting to charge consumers to access exclusive windowed content before it appears on YouTube, has received US $57.5m in new Series B funding. Read the rest of this page »

List of Investors Reportedly Involved in Spotify’s $400M Funding Round Grows Long

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According to a report from Sky News this morning, streaming watchers can add the UK-based invest firm Lansdowne, Scottish firm Bailie Gifford, New York’s D.E. Shaw Group, Connecticut-based Discovery Capital Management, Halcyon Asset Management (offices in New York and London), P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (the concern responsible for precipitating Vivendi’s recent $1 billion dividend payout), London’s Rinkelberg Capital and Montreal-based Senvest Capitol to the list of new firms reportedly involved in Spotify’s imminent, and massive, funding round. The company is expected to draw $400 million in total funding, which would value the company at $8.4 billion. That list expands significantly upon the previously reported involvement of Goldman Sachs and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. Read the rest of this page »

Watch Kanye West Show Up at Stromae’s Coachella Set

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Kanye West was certainly making the rounds this past weekend at Coachella — once during The Weeknd’s set, and again during Stromae’s performance. Of course, ‘Ye and the Belgian pop performer were already buds — the former did a spot on the “Alors on Danse” remix in 2009. Check out the dynamic duo’s performance above. [SPIN]

Norway to Become First Country to Switch Off FM Radio in 2017

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Local fans of Norwegian pop band A-ha will have to go digital to hear them in the future.

Steely Dan, the jazz-rockers who scored a hit in 1978 with their single FM (No Static At All), would not be pleased. Read the rest of this page »

Spotify Is Now Worth More Than the Entire US Recording Industry

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Spotify valuation ($8.4 billion) calculated by Wall Street Journal, based on an upcoming, $400 million+ capital round led by Goldman Sachs. US-based recording valuation for 2014 ($6.972 billion) published this month by recording trade group RIAA. [Digital Music News]

ACM Awards 2015: Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big

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Miranda Lambert performs onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards

In what has become the norm for country music award shows, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards could aptly be titled the “Miranda Lambert Show” as the superstar bagged a haul that included song of the year, album of the year, and a record-setting sixth consecutive nod in the female vocalist category. Also during the ceremony at Arlington, TX last night, Lambert netted one of seven milestone awards given to artists who have furthered the cause of country music. Read the rest of this page »

Pandora Adds Former CEOs of AEG and EMI to Board of Directors

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Pandora this morning (April 20) announced the election of former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and the nomination of Roger Faxon — former CEO of EMI Music Group prior to that label’s sale to Universal Music Group — to the company’s board of directors. The move brings two well-known executives from the “traditional” music industry into a powerful advisory role within the growing digital streaming business.

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Is compression helping or hurting the sound of music?

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Compression has gotten a bad rap in recent times, but I’d wager nearly all of your favorite records are compressed. Some less than others, yet some of your most beloved tunes are massively compressed. Read the rest of this page »

Damon Albarn laments pop music’s ‘selfie generation’

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Pop music no longer challenges the establishment or discusses politics because performers are part of the “selfie generation”, Blur frontman Damon Albarn has said. Read the rest of this page »

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett at Star-Studded Ceremony

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett at Star-Studded Ceremony

The key to rock’s longevity is it never defines itself into irrelevance. So while there were some loud dirty guitars at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday night (April 18), there was as much recognition for rock’s antecedents in soul and blues, speaking less to a particular taxonomy than a spirit that’s beyond words. Read the rest of this page »

68% of Music Fans Say Albums Should be Released on Friday or Saturday

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Given the choice, which day of the week do you think albums from your favorite artists should be released? [Digital Music News]

Jay Z Beats Sound Engineer’s Lawsuit Claiming Co-Ownership of 45 Songs

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Jay Z Beats Sound Engineer's Lawsuit Claiming Co-Ownership of 45 Songs

Last year, Jay Z was sued by Chauncey Mahan, an engineer who worked on a series of songs with the rapper between 1998 to 2002. The lawsuit claimed co-ownership of 45 songs, including “Big Pimpin”. Jay Z’s lawyers argued that the suit should be dismissed since it came too late. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the judge agreed, determining that Mahan waited too long to sue. Read the rest of this page »

Jack White Re-Releases Facsimile of First Elvis Recording on Record Store Day

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After anonymously buying Elvis’ first-ever recording at a January auction, Jack White is offering a limited-run vinyl re-release of “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” at his Third Man Records in Nashville. Read the rest of this page »