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Are Apple and Major Labels Planning a CD-Like 'Audio Upgrade' Campaign?

Remember all of the money you spent - and the record labels made - when upgraded your record and tape collection to “superior sounding" CDs? Former label chief and Jimmy Iovine certainly does; and I'm hearing persistent talk that he's close to selling a similar audio upgrade campaign to Tim Cook and his new bosses at ...

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Three Things About Streaming Music the Industry Needs to Figure Out

By Mark Mulligan from Music Industry Blog. I spent a couple of days last week in Barcelona for the annual Future Music Forum, which is developing into an important date on the music conference circuit. Later this week I will post some of the highlights of my opening address but first I am going to spend ...

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Iranians Sentenced to Jail and Lashing for Dancing to Pharrell's "Happy"

Seven young Iranians who recorded a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams' “Happy" have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashing. According to the Associated Press, Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said his clients received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes each after their video was deemed to be “indecent." One of the ...

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Blue Note Records Welcomes Jamie Cullum to the Family

Blue Note Records Welcomes Jamie Cullum to the Family

Blue Note Records Welcomes Jamie Cullum to the Family Special NYC shows September 29 to preview his upcoming album INTERLUDE Also opening for Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden Blue Note Records is proud to announce that they’ll be the new US home of British jazz star Jamie Cullum and all will have a chance to ...

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Watch David Letterman Mock the Eagles for Refusing to License Their Music

Late Night's David Letterman was taking an audience member to an Eagles show in New York that night and wanted Paul Schaffer and his house band to play some music from the band.  According to the show's producers, they were told The Eagles have a “flat no policy for television."   Watch Letterman skewer the band: ...

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The "Me" Generation: Why Music Curation Isn't the Answer

By Michael E. Spinelli, founder of Eventsnype. In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook dubbed Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre “creative geniuses.” The justification CEO Tim Cook gave for acquiring Beats for $3 billion was the recognition that “human curation was important in the subscription service – that the sequencing of songs that ...

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U2 Working with Apple on "New Digital Music Format" That Assures Artists Get Paid Again

U2 is working with Apple to create a new digital music format that would assure that songwriters and artists get paid for creating music. Their plans “might just save the music industry," according to a preview of a Time Magazine cover story posted online Thursday morning. Time reporter Catherine Mayer spent the last week with the ...

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Bop.FM Tipping Point: Pandora, Xbox Music, Rhapsody and Napster Added

Bop.fm specializes in “service-agnostic playlists" allowing you to send a song link to a friend who can listen to it without having the same music service subscriptions that you have. Starting out as a somewhat better variation on overlapping trends, Bop.fm has steadily added key music streaming services from Spotify to Deezer. Now they're covering most ...

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The Problems Musicians Face and How to Solve Them, PT. 7

Written by Tommy Darker, originally published in The Musicpreneur. Travelling the world and chatting with fellow aspiring artists reveals astounding insights about the future of music. Here’s the deal: we think we all face different problems, but the reality reveals the opposite. I will share one of these insights, explaining what it means for the way ...

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SXSW Reports $315.3 Million Impact on Austin, Excludes "Significant" Unofficial Activities

SXSW's annual report on the economic impact of the festival on Austin estimated that over $315 million was generated by the festival and festival attendees. That's way up from 2013's estimated $218.2 million. Unfortunately neither the report nor industry analysts have come up with a full explanation of how they're increasing impact even as official participation ...


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