Apr 17, 2015

Jay Z’s Own TIDAL Exclusive Goes Straight to YouTube…

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Source: Industry News

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Apr 16, 2015

Hey Record Store Day, Face the Facts. You’re Hurting Indie Labels.

Last month Record Store Day sent a scathing open letter to their critics. The letter specifically addressed indie labels Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl, who are running a separate promotion instead of participating in RSD.
Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl originally sent their own open letter to RSD […]

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Apr 16, 2015

Starting Next Week Google Will Penalize Sites That Aren’t Mobile Friendly

Don’t have a mobile website? You can’t hide any longer. (You may be noting that DMN doesn’t have a mobile site. This is something we’re working on.)

On Tuesday, April 21st websites that aren’t mobile friendly will […]

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Apr 16, 2015

Spotify Can’t Pay an Artist. But They Can Pay 6 Different Lobbying Firms…

Pandora has a gaggle of attorneys and lobbyists camping out at Capitol Hill, all pressing for lowering royalty obligations.  Now, Spotify is getting into the same game.

According to details just leaked by DC insider Politico, Spotify is now retaining the services for four high-priced lobbying […]

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Apr 16, 2015

Believe Digital Acquires TuneCore…

A couple independent digital distributors have consolidated. Label service company Believe Digital has acquired indie artist distribution company TuneCore. The press release describes it as a “partnership”, but it is an acquisition.

TuneCore artists will get access to Believe Digital’s wider […]

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Apr 15, 2015

App Shuffles: Michael Robertson, Musicyou, 8tracks…

Musicyou
 
Musicyou, a music messaging app, has raised €300,000 ($320,386) in seed funding. Money came from Smart Equity and Brains2Market. The app lets users add music to messages on WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.<!–/*
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Apr 15, 2015

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

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

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Source: Industry News

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Apr 15, 2015

Ad-Supported Streaming = 4.2% of Global Recording Revenues…

Here’s more proof that ad-supported streaming doesn’t support much of anything.  According the IFPI, total global recorded music revenue in 2014 was $14.824 billion. Of that, total ad-supported streaming revenue was just $617 million, or 4 […]

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Apr 15, 2015

UMG Will Pay Out $11.5 Million Over Classification of Digital Downloads

Universal Music Group is finally settling a class action lawsuit over the way digital singles are classified. This classification has become an ongoing debate. UMG was paying artists based on traditional sale rates, but artists argue that the downloads should be classified as licences.
This particular lawsuit was […]

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Apr 15, 2015

Apple, Spotify, Tidal All Miss The Point. This Is The Future Of Recorded Music

Hopefully the millionaire musician owners of Tidal have been listening to the criticism from their fans and peers.  I outlined a couple weeks ago how their insulting launch totally neglected the one group of musicians who actually need a theoretical payment structure improvement: the indies.  Instead, millionaires stood […]

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