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Björk joins Spotify holdouts with new album: 'This streaming thing just does not feel right'

But Vulnicura could appear on streaming services later, as artist hints at plans for a windowing strategy for her new music When Björk’s latest album Vulnicura leaked months before its planned release, its launch was brought forward – but only for Apple’s iTunes and other download stores. Show More Summary

Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt

Backing for publishing and rights company as it tries to bridge gap between music industry and Silicon Valley – and get songwriters paid Google’s investment arm Google Ventures has led a $60m funding round for music publishing firm Kobalt, which manages rights for songwriters including Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Beck. Show More Summary

New music to be released on Fridays worldwide from this summer

Every country will now adopt a standardised release day, in an attempt to create ‘a sense of occasion around the release of new music’ The strange situation whereby music fans in different countries got new music on different days is over. Show More Summary

Is new music killing the record industry?

As Brit award nominations show, the music industry has chosen to counter declining sales by pouring money into new acts, most of whom never make it. But the key to success may be a return to the old-fashion model of nurturing talentShow More Summary

Number of physical music stores reached all-time high in 2014

According to a new report, supermarket and generalist retailers stocking CDs and vinyl for the ‘impulse market’ meant the ways customers could access music hit an all-time high last year News stories may often emphasise the rising popularity...Show More Summary

Snapchat boss sees music as a 'really interesting opportunity'

Fresh from adding soundtrack feature to social app, Evan Spiegel hints at more plans to merge music and messaging in the future Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel has hinted at plans to do more with music in his company’s popularShow More Summary

Does Spotify's New Lyrics Feature Violate U.S. Copyright Law?

[UPDATED] The centerpiece of today's Spotify web upgrade is a Lyrics button that delivers lyrics from MusixMatch scrolling across the screen karaoke style. (see video below) But the new feature may pplace Spotify in violation of U.S. copyright law, according to Joseph C Vangieri, CEO of karaoke provider DigiTrax. Here's...

U2's Gamble With Apple Yields Royal Flush

U2's automatic installation of "Songs of Innocence" may have had Apple customers throwing temper tantrums, but a recent study presents data that suggests 95% of iOS users who listened to U2 in the month of January sampled songs from the new album. Apple users didn't choke back their disdain for...

Will Apple’s Tastemaker Test Win The Streaming Music Challenge?

Apple made big news last week by hiring one of the music’s best tastemakers, Zane Lowe, the preeminent DJ on BBC Radio 1 who has introduced the world to artists like Arctic Monkeys, Gnarls Barkley, Adele and Sam Smith. Guest Post by Jon Maples With Zane’s hiring and the reported...

Streaming Music Income Is Greater Than Downloads In 24 Territories

Income from streaming music has passed downloads in 24 countries, according to a new study by independent music conglomerate [PIAS]. Increasingly, that trend is extending to key music markets. "We’ve now started to see streaming income overtake downloads in key markets. France is a prime example – it overtook downloads...

VC Firm Upfront Ventures Names Rapper Chamillionaire Entrepreneur In Residence

Turning the head of entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Mark Suster, five and a half years ago, Chamillionaire, the award winning rap artist, has traded the stage for a seat in the office of Upfront Ventures, as their Entrepreneur In Residence. In 2009 Suster recognized Chamillionaire's knack for understanding customer trends...

How To Master Your Call-To-Action & Video Presentation On Facebook

Compared to individual posts, Facebook’s Pages receive far less traffic, however they are often the first stop for someone new to your brand - are you making the most of each impression? Guest Post by Jeremy Rosen of The Orchard on their Daily Rind blog. Today I want to touch...

OFFICIAL: IFPI Sets Friday As New Global Music Release Day

As we reported yesterday, international recording industry trade body IFPI has declared that by summer Friday at 12.01 AM will be the new official date and time for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the...

How To Set Up A Music Teaching Business

It is often said that those that can, do and those who cannot, teach. Thankfully, the music industry is filled with people that can "do" very well and now want to teach. But getting that business off of the ground can be a difficult task

AM NEWS BRIEF: Global Release Day Set, Brit Award Winners, Spotify Data, Saving Music Retail & More

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How To Set Up A Music Teaching Business

Starting any business takes a lot of perseverance and patience. Some people compare it to bringing up a child or having a relationship – more often than not it’s a total rollercoaster! But if you strongly believe (and enjoy) what you’re doing, it can be the most rewarding job in the world. Show More Summary

5 Underground Music Scenes That Could Explode In 2015

Austin, NYC, and Los Angeles are just a few of the well known music cities, but there are several more flying under the radar you might want to keep an eye on in 2015. Guest Post by C.S. Jones on Sonicbids Blog Whenever someone mentions music cities, the ensuing discussion...

Spotify Launches Major Desktop Update: Adds Musixmatch Lyrics, Kills App Finder

Spotify today launched a major upgrade to its desktop app. Despite a trend towards more mobile listening, the desktop remains one of Spotify's most important platforms. Today's major update of the Spotify desktop app brings lyrics provided by Musixmatch tho the forefront. Accessible via a new Lyrics button located next...

Could Interactive Artist Subscriptions Bridge The Album Gap?

A quick look at album sales will tell you that increasingly we live in a world where the single song is king and the album is feeling unnecessary. According to the RIAA, album sales fell 11% last year after falling about the same the year before, and there’s no sign...

SFX CEO Sillerman Makes Offer To Take EDM Conglomerate Private

Let the bidding wars begin! The CEO of SFX has offered to take the EDM giant private. Today's move is likely to set off a bidding war that includes Live Nation and others. Controversial SFX Entertainment CEO Robert Sillerman has made an offer to take the electronic dance music conglomerate...

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