This says it all… Since 2000, the number of full-time songwriters in Nashville has fallen by 80 percent, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Album sales plummeted below 4 million in weekly sales in August, which marked a new low point since the industry began tracking data in 1991. Streaming services are increasing in… Continue reading Nashville’s Musical Middle Class Collapses | Tennessean
So how’s that DMCA working now? We’ve written about this before in our posts “My Songs = Your Instagram Photos” and “Two Simple Facts about Technology and Piracy : iTunes Vs. YouTube.” Now Reddit experiences what musicians have been dealing with directly for over a decade, the flawed arguments of ignoring consent online. Reddit community… Continue reading Our Songs = Your Photos & Privacy : After a Week of “Whack-a-Mole” Reddit Bans Celebrity Photo Forums
Recently, my band Katagory V created a crowdsourcing campaign to finance the release of our latest album, which had been completed (recorded, mixed, and mastered) over three years ago. As much as Silicon Valley seems to laud this as “the way” to finance a musician’s work, I personally was very resistant to it for a… Continue reading Pan Handling For A Career in Music | Guest Post By Dustin Mitchell of Katagory V
This just in from Gizmodo regarding the YouTube Music Pass for which the major labels have already made a deal with Google. Indie labels however are being bullied by the tech giant with the threat of Censorship if the artists and indie labels do not submit to sub-standard royalties. Wow. Just wow. The problem is… Continue reading !! Gizmodo Reports Google to Censor Videos By XL Recordings, Domino Records, Adele, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and More !!
The cops were getting lots of calls. Drivers were worried. There was a woman walking down the road — the narrow part of Highway 1, just north of L.A. And she was pushing a baby carriage. When the cops found her, it turned out she was not a crazy person. She wasn’t even a mother.… Continue reading Swimming Against the Stream: Musicians Fight for Their Worth in the Internet Era | SF Weekly
We’ve loved this story from the start of how a band creatively managed to raise money on Spotify by having their fans stream a silent album, overnight, as they slept. It appears that the Spotify is none to amused when artists are actually great innovators in developing new solutions to actually get paid… After $20,000… Continue reading Band “Adapts and Evolves” on Spotify, Get’s the Smackdown… Go Figure.
We wonder if this is the future of music and artist revenue streams? While Wheeler was positive about subscription streaming services, he opened both barrels on YouTube. “If YouTube launches a subscription service and it eats Spotify and Rdio, you’ll look back at these times as great days,” he cautioned. “They want to eat all… Continue reading Billy Bragg and Beggars Group Rethink YouTube & Streaming… | MusicAlly
Watch stories about Spotify planning a stock market flotation this Autumn spread across the web in the coming hours, triggered by a report on tech/business site Quartz. “The popular music-streaming company has participated in informal chats with some of the investment banks likely to fight for a role in a potential IPO, sources familiar with… Continue reading Nobody should be surprised that Spotify is already planning its IPO| Musically
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