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MediaCreek Acquires Live365, EmpireStreaming, Adds Execs

MediaCreek Acquires Live365, EmpireStreaming, Adds Execs

Net broadcasting platform Live365, and EmpireStreaming, an audio-centric CDN and services company, announced today that both are now part of Media Creek, Inc., a newly-formed Delaware holding company of audio-centric companies. As part of the acquisitions, Media Creek recently added to its leadership team. Digital Audio industry vets Rockie Thomas and Sean Lozensky, both formerly with ...

Amazon Hires Wx-WBR Prez Dan McCarroll, Signals Move Into Original Music Programming

Amazon Hires Wx-WBR Prez Dan McCarroll, Signals Move Into Original Music Programming

Dan McCarroll, the former President and head of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, has been named Amazon Music's global head of originals and artist relations.  He will work as a liaison to  artists, managers and labels to “elevate" releases through original programming on the platform. “As we continue to work closely with labels and artists to ...

FCC Chief Boss Investigated Agency For Being Cozy With Industry He Regulates

FCC Chief Boss Investigated Agency For Being Cozy With Industry He Regulates

Controversial FCC chief Ajit Pai has drawn fire from the music and tech industry for leading the charge to dismantle net neutrality.  Now Pai is facing the biggest threat to his short rein yet with news that the FCC has launched an internal investigation into his “too close" relationship with the media and other companies he's ...

Discog Sold 10 Million Units In 2017, Names New CEO

Discog Sold 10 Million Units In 2017, Names New CEO

Sales on the Discogs Marketplace rose 20% to top 10 million units in 2017. Vinyl sales grew 18% to 8 million, the user-built music database and online a catalog announced today.  Key sales trends for the year include: Cassettes were the format showing the most substantial growth at 29.54% CDs were not far behind, up 28.39%  Indie ...

Trump's FCC Pats Itself On Back For Historically Stupid Year

Trump's FCC Pats Itself On Back For Historically Stupid Year

As anyone vaguely aware of industry news over the past year has no doubt noticed, Trump's FCC, led by Ajit Pai, hasn't been particularly beneficial to either the internet or the average consumers. I has, however, helped to sooth frightened media monopolies. Guest post by Karl Bode from Techdirt If you've been playing along at home, Trump's FCC ...

Google Restricts Ticket Resellers

Google Restricts Ticket Resellers

Responding to demands from consumer groups and primary ticketers, like Ticketmaster,  Google has vowed to provide a “better and safer” platform for users after its new global transparency regulations on ticket resellers came into force.  But some believe that the tech giant is not going far enough to end ticketing fraud and deception. Google announced in ...

Shutting File Sharing Sites Could Harm Artists, Industry [STUDY]

Shutting File Sharing Sites Could Harm Artists, Industry [STUDY]

While the music industry has long flailed against online copyright infringement in sometimes harmful and often ineffective ways, a new study is out suggesting that shutting down the file sharing sites which are so often havens for this type of infringement would hurt new artists and the industry as a whole. Guest post by Timothy Geigner ...

SoundCloud's Uncertain Future

SoundCloud's Uncertain Future

A unique and valued platform for both creators and consumers of music since its creation in 2007, SoundCloud has grown to become an integral part of the world of digital music. Once expected to surpass a billion dollars in value, however, the service's future has now become uncertain. Guest post by Alexander Stewart from Berklee's Music Business ...

On CDs, LPs, Henderson And Horvitz

On CDs, LPs, Henderson And Horvitz

In the 1950s when UCLA football coach Red Sanders (pictured right) said, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing,” he could not have known that his sports philosophy would be adapted to virtually every human endeavor. Being number one is the overriding aim not only in sports, but also in politics and international relations—as we keep ...

YouTube Comment Controls Help Keep Things Positive

YouTube Comment Controls Help Keep Things Positive

With such a large and engaged user base, YouTube can be an excellent platform for artists to market their material to fans in an interactive capacity. As even the most casual YouTube user may have noticed, however, the comments section on YouTube isn't often a paragon of civility. Guest post by Chris Lejuez, Video Services Account Coordinator of ...