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The album is dead, long live playlists | Harriet Walker

Theres plenty to mourn with the passing of music albums, but the instant gratification of digital playlists is now king The rise of digital music and streaming has many crimes to answer for. Like a hardened assassin, it does what it has to and gets better at it all the time, seemingly unaware of the musicians and fans left in its wake. Show More Summary

Album spins closer towards its final track as a viable format

Sales continue to fall and streamed playlists dominate. But like vinyl, talk of LP's extinction may be premature "Make no mistake," declared George Ergatoudis, head of music at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, this month. "With very few exceptions, albums are edging closer to extinction." Continue reading...

Shawn Mendes (and Team): From 6 Second Vine Clips To An iTunes No. 1

Shawn Mendes' self-titled EP is currently no. 1 on the iTunes Albums chart and apparently it took him only 37 minutes to get there. Though he now has a strong presence beyond Vine, it was on the 6-second video sharing service where he got his start. Show More Summary

Vinyl Crunch Worsens For Indie Labels: Time For A Record Press Kickstarter?

Jack White's #1 album debut with vinyl accounting for 30% sales, as well as his creative approach, feels like another breakthrough in the land of vinyl. But, according to one Pitchfork writer, the vinyl scene is showing signs of stress as limited production facilities devote more time to higher profile projects. Show More Summary

5 Lessons For The Music Industry From "Weird Al" Yankovic

By Kevin Erickson from Future of Music Coalition. Last week, beloved musical humorist “Weird Al” Yankovic dropped his new album Mandatory Fun. Propelled by a set of eight viral videos, it quickly rose to the top spot on the Billboard charts, his first ever #1, with over 104,000 album sales. Show More Summary

Top 10 Earning Dead Musicians

Sadly, for some artists and muscians, being dead is more lucrative than being alive. 1. Michael Jackson - 160 million last year 2. Kurt Cobain - $50 million 3. Elvis - $42 million 4. John Lennon - $24 million 5. Bob Marley - $18 million 6. Show More Summary

Michelle Shocked Calls Out Digital Music Execs On Silent Album Release

Activist singer songwriter Michelle Shocked has released "Inaudible Woman," an 11 track 'silent' album completely devoid of sound via CD Baby. Each 'song' is named after a prominent music industry figure, mostly in the digital music realm. Show More Summary

Find and Promote New Music Tech Sites and Apps With Product Hunt

Product Hunt is an increasingly popular site, launched late last year, that posts links to new websites and apps (the products in question). It seems to be taking on some cult dimensions in tech circles and it's now on my short list of sites to check daily. Show More Summary

Top Pandora Execs Donate To Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion Congressmen

Pandora founder Tim Westergren, its CEO and half of the company's board of directors have made campaign donations to several powerful anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion Republican Congressman. Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz believes that D.C. Show More Summary

Spotify Adds More Sonic Control with Equalizer

Spotify has upgraded its iOS app adding an equalizer. There are 22 presets for specifc genres including electronic, hip-hop and classical; or users can manually chose their own equalizer settings. The update is rolling out today and can be found under "Playback" in "Settings." Spotify has also redesigned the Artist page for iPad adding latest release and merchandise info.

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Rhapsody Passes 2 Million Paid Subscribers, Expands French and Latin American Services

Rhapsody announced this morning that its has more than 2 million paid subscribers globally across its Rhapsody, Napster, recently launched UnRadio services. It's a significant milestone for the music streamer, who has built its userShow More Summary

How we made the compact disc

Jacques Heemskerk, research scientist: 'When the CD came in, I got rid of all my old Rolling Stones and Beatles vinyl. It still hurts' In the 1970s, Philips felt that the vinyl disc was coming to the end of its lifetime, because it was cumbersome, dusty and scratchy. Show More Summary

Napster exec says labels short-sighted for creating YouTube's music power

But with 2m paying subscribers, competition doesn't make Thorsten Schliesche feel like 'the rabbit in front of the snake' Napster was the first truly global digital music brand. Just not a legal one. The peer-to-peer music downloads company was sued and shut down by labels in 2000, after a brief but intense period of popularity. Show More Summary

Can Indie Music Discovery App 'Next' Find Success Where So Many Have Failed?

Tinder is a mobile dating app that allows you to pick out those that interest you by swiping one way and dismissing those that don't by swiping the other. There's more to it but that basic action, along with the organization of content by cards or in small chunks, has gotten a lot of attention as a design choice. Show More Summary

Politics of EDM: Festival Bans Plains Indian Warbonnets, Sniffer Dogs Not So Easy To Ban

With electronic music a large part of youth culture, we're seeing numerous issues surface that have come up in the past. The trend of wearing Plains Indian warbonnets, aka "Native American headdresses," is being attacked and has now been banned at the Bass Coast festival. Show More Summary

Sony's Major Label Shenanigans Revealed By American Idol Lawsuit

By copyright and intellectual property attorney Wallace E. J. Collins III, Esq.. 19 Entertainment, the record company founded by “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, has sued Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson out of monies due to them. Show More Summary

Music Tech M&A: Apple x Swell, CBS x Eventful, Kapipal x WeLoveYourSongs

Music tech merger and acquisition activity isn't just happening in the streaming music space. Sometimes it's even happening where people wouldn't expect it to exist. For example, Apple is rumored to be buying Swell, known as a news app. Show More Summary

How We Spend Our 40 Minutes A Day On Facebook [COMIC]

Last week, alongside some impressive new user stats, Mark Zuckerberg shared that the average U.S. user spends 40 minutes per day on Facebook. The brilliant cartoonists at Joy Of Tech share this "chart" on how those 40 minutes are spent each day. Show More Summary

Merlin Slashes Indie Music Admin Fees Another 17%

Independent music global rights agency Merlin has lowered its fees yet again. After a 50% drop on 2013, Merlin today announced another 17% reduction. As of June 1, the agency’s administration fees relating to commercial deals have been...Show More Summary

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