Mar 13, 2015

If Rara Can’t Find a Buyer the Service Will Shut Down

 
Less than a month ago Omniphone announced that Rara was for sale. Omniphone’s CEO Jeff Hughes said:
“We’re trying to sell Rara, to be perfectly honest. We’re a B2B company, so we don’t want to run it: it’s not our […]

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Mar 13, 2015

Six Flags Artist Agreement: You Must Perform 5 Sets For Free

Digital Music News has obtained an artist agreement offered to an artist for the Illinois location of the amusement park chain Six Flags: Great America for their “Live and Local” series.  Needless to say, it’s less than favorable to the artist.  Not […]

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Mar 12, 2015

Marina and the Diamonds: ‘The Major Label Culture of Co-Writing Albums Is Bullsh*t’

Marina Diamandis (aka Marina and the Diamonds) is releasing her third album FROOT next week via Atlantic. She has some interesting creative direction this album cycle. The campaign includes monthly fruit themes and merch, and scratch-n-sniff vinyl.<!–/*
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Mar 12, 2015

“Blurred Lines” Lawyer Says He Will Make Sure the “Verdict Doesn’t Stand”

Just yesterday entertainment attorney Wallace Collins predicted that the “Blurred Lines” ruling would be appealed.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family. But Thicke and Williams aren’t ready to give up on […]

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Mar 12, 2015

You Can Kiss Spotify’s Free Access Model Goodbye…

Last week, the head of Universal Music Group Lucian Grainge explained that ‘freemium,’ ad-supported subscription services weren’t working for anyone except (a) streaming services and (b) music fans.  The week before that, he fired his longtime head of digital Rob Wells, a big […]

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Mar 12, 2015

How Artwork Helped an Underground Band Go Viral

The following guest post comes from Konstantin Singer and Julian Klein of Singer&Klein Creative Consulting. The post details a campaign for the band Pentatones.

The German band Pentatones worked on their second album Ouroboros for almost three years. When the time came to release it […]

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Mar 12, 2015

“Big Labels Are Declaring War on Free Music,” Radio Stations Warn

The Free Radio Alliance is a consortium of nearly 1,500 US-based radio stations and broadcast organizations.  This morning, they issued this statement to Digital Music News.

It’s increasingly clear that the big music labels have launched a war on free music. Read more

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Mar 11, 2015

Why The “Blurred Lines” Case Could Be Overturned…

Wallace Collins is an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer based in New York. He has been in the business for over 30 years. Prior to this he was an Epic Records recording artist.  In this post (originally posted on his blog) he explains why the “Blurred Lines […]

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Mar 11, 2015

Executive Shuffles: BMI, LyricFind, Interlude Music…

Will Mills of LyricFind
Will Mills has been appointed CRO of LyricFind. Mills was previously VP of Music & Content at Shazam. Mills will work from LyricFind’s new London office.<!–/*
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Mar 11, 2015

22 Songs That Sound More Similar Than Blurred Lines and Got To Give It Up

The jury messed up. The courts failed us. But what do you expect in a trial arguing “feel” and “vibe.” There is no actual “truth” that is being sought after. No, “and the suspect’s DNA matches perfectly with the […]

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