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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
Grammys 2012: The Most Social Event In the History of Television...
By Paul Resnikoff -- That's according to Bluefin Labs, which is actually specialized in TV-specific social media tracking, the Grammy Awards garnered a cool 13 million comments or social media messages over the length of the broadcast. That utterly dwarfs last year's Grammy total, but most importantly outdid Super Bowl XLVI, the most-watched and most social Super Bowl in history.
Please Support ACTA for the Good of Europe
[From a letter supporting creator's rights] -- Over the past two weeks, we have seen coordinated attacks on democratic institutions such as the European Parliament and national governments over ACTA. The signatories to this letter and their members stand against such attempts to silence the democratic process. Instead, we call for a calm and reasoned assessment of the facts rather than the misinformation circulating. We are all dependent on intellectual property.
Partnerships Key to Digital Music Audience
By Tim Bradshaw -- Digital music streaming services and their label backers are banking on partnerships with telecoms operators and hardware manufacturers to win over mainstream consumers who have so far largely stuck to buying CDs and iTunes downloads.
Spotify's Ek Comes Out Swinging Against Cannibalisation Critics
By Music Ally
Study: A Majority of Musicians Are Making $0 from Streaming Platforms...
By Paul Resnikoff -- That was the big thud from a presentation by the Future of Music Coalition, delivered Monday at SF MusicTech Summit. 'Streaming services are not a significant revenue stream for musicians, yet,' the Coalition's Kristin Thomson told a packed audience, with an optimistic emphasis on 'yet'"...But the survey shows that most artists aren't seeing any money from streaming or it's not enough to make a dent in their pocketbooks.'
MySpace Adds 1 Million Users After Music Refocus
By Bruce Houghton -- MySpace traffic has been in a death spiral for more than two years. Slowly, however, that's changing according to MySpace's new owners Tim and Chris Vanderhook, who offered stats to support their turnaround claim.
[INFOGRAPHIC] How Much Are Your Social Media Skills Worth?
By Dave Copeland -- Employment agency OnWardSearch is kicking off Social Media Week by releasing an infographic that gives a snapshot of the state of salaries in the field.
Tabber Teaches You Guitar with Frets That Light Up
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- It's easy to make fun of Guitar Hero now that the craze is over, but one thing is for sure: It created a new enthusiasm for the guitar as an instrument, in these days of DJs and remix artists.
82% Of U.S. CDs Are Now Distributed By One Company & It's Not Universal Music
By Bruce Houghton
Safety Last? The Conundrum of Connected Cars
By Barb Darrow -- U.S. car makers, reinvigorated after their near-death experience, are adding the latest consumer electronics to their new models as a way to boost profits, a fact that the Wall Street Journal attributed to newfound confidence that the federal government will not regulate these 'infotainment' incursions...
10 New Ways to Discover, Share and Listen to Music Online
By Adam Vincenzini
Katy Perry Donates $250K to MusiCares
By Roger Friedman
Donkey Duet an Internet Sensation
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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