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Transparency Takes Center Stage at Berklee’s Fair Music Workshop

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Transparency in the music industry — essentially, the idea that artists should be privy to the details of how their music is used, where their money is coming from and why — has taken center stage in a public debate of increasing volume in recent history. On Friday, the Berklee Institute of Music’s Rethink Music initiative sponsored the Fair Music Workshop, a series of panels and chats designed to provoke discussion on how transparency can be heightened and reinforced in the music business, at Boston’s waterfront innovation hub District Hall. Read the rest of this page »

Justice Dept. Announces a Re-Focus on Intellectual Property Enforcement

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The fight against digital piracy, seemingly lost by the time U.S. introduced the toothless and too-late Copyright Alert System, appears to have woken up from its long nap. The RIAA and FBI recently shut down Sharebeast, the web’s most prolific music piracy site. Russia’s Facebook analog VKontakte lost a major case this week (though avoided paying damages), and the country’s government just announced its intention to de-fang pirate sites by shaming their advertisers. Read the rest of this page »

How To Completely Mess Up A Sync Deal

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Procuring a sync deal is no easy feat. There are a wealth of gaffes that can result in the demise of deals worth thousands of dollars.

Egos, pushy broadcasting companies, blanket licenses and PR disasters can make a music supervisor’s life hell. (Just ask Universal, whose Volkswagen deal, through no fault of their own, has just turned toxic.)

But there’s much as stake: securing a lucrative sync deal can pay for an artist’s album or tour and it’s become an important revenue stream for the music industry in recent years. Read the rest of this page »

Amazon to Stop Selling Apple & Google Video-Streaming Devices

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Apple Inc. To Unveil iPhone 6S And Apple TV

Amazon will stop allowing the sale of Google and Apple video-streaming devices on its site as it focuses on its own Prime Instant Video streaming service. Read the rest of this page »

Fetty Wap Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut album is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the rapper’s set — which was released Sept. 25 through RGF/300 Entertainment — may move upwards of 110,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 2. Read the rest of this page »

Don’t Worry, the Growth of U.S. Streaming Isn’t As Bad As It Looks

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With the launch of Apple Music on June 30, the number of U.S. subscribers to music services might start to resemble the sort of revenue the music industry needs. But not yet. While streaming is definitely the future of music, few people actually pay for these services. Read the rest of this page »

Zedd Fights For His Shows to Be All-Ages

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Dance music superstar Zedd recently took to Twitter to voice his opinion on age restrictions at concerts.

After announcing that his show dates in Miami and Orlando lowered the age minimum to be 16+, he followed with a semi-lengthy defense on why people of all ages should be allowed to attend his performances. Read the rest of this page »

How To Monetize Your Music On YouTube

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YouTube has undeniably become one of the most important tools with which artists engage both preexisting and potential fans, but in order to effectively monetize this engagement, a certain procedure must be followed.

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MTV Names New President

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MTV may not matter to music as much as it once did, but it still matters. There’s the sales bump after s after the Video Music Awards, for example.  So who leads MTVmatters; and starting today its not an exec with a music industry background.

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Streaming Must Be Sorted. But Physical’s Where The Real Money Is.

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Over ten years ago, MODO placed an ad in Music Week magazine with the strap line: ‘Step away from the plastic case.’

This was an attempt to highlight that a disc in a jewel box at £10-£15 could not compete with a CD in a plastic wallet that cost £1. The person who would know this better than anyone? The music fan in Our Price.

The CD, we can see now, had already started the journey of distancing the music consumer from the artist.

Greed, eh? Has a habit of coming back and biting you on the arse. Read the rest of this page »

SFX Taking Bids To Sell Company, Possibly In Pieces

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SFX Entertainment announced Thursday that chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman has set a deadline of October 14 for initial third-party bids for either the entire company or parts of the company “not central to [its] core business.” Read the rest of this page »

Rhapsody Debuts Streaming for Kids

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Rhapsody has been streaming music for some time now — long enough, apparently, for its developers and subscribers to have made people of their own, little people who they may not want to be listening to, for example, Coil’s “The Anal Staircase.” To that end the company — which has 3 million subscribers in 30 countries, and whose own research told them over half of those listeners have children — has created a new section of its streaming app specifically designed for kids. Read the rest of this page »

YouTube’s Biggest Threat To The Music Industry May Not Be What You Think

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While YouTube has undeniably had an extensive impacton the music industry, it could be bringing about an even greater cultural shift than previously guessed. As teens and pre-teens increasingly gravitate towards YouTube stars for their entertainment, they are also moving away from music.

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The Cassette Tape Makes A Comeback

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It looks like vinyl isn’t the only retro audio format getting a second wind. The National Audio Company, one of thelargest manufacturers of cassettes, has revealed that it sold almost 10 million of these old school tapes in the past year. The question is, who’s buying them?

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After 15 Months Of Deadlock… Universal Licenses Amazon Prime

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Universal Music Group has finally become the third major to license Amazon Prime Music, 15 months after the streaming service launched in the US. Read the rest of this page »