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SoundExchange Responds To SiriusXM Lawsuit, Calling Allegations 'Entirely False'
By Ed Christman -- In response to a SiriusXM lawsuit that alleges antitrust behavior by SoundExchange and A2IM, SoundExchange has issued a statement after reviewing the complaint.
The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers
By Glenn Peoples -- The new music business is heavily digital and multi-faceted. In addition to digital downloads, today's music business looks to subscriptions, digital performance royalties from the likes of Pandora and Sirius XM, and royalties from record music's use in TV, movies and other media. These revenue streams need to make up for the decline in the old music business for the overall business to stabilize. And, according to the RIAA's figures, that's exactly what happened in 2011.
Ahead of Timeline, Facebook Artist Apps Are Officially Plunging...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Timeline becomes a mandatory switch on Facebook in a matter of days (more on that here). But ahead of that forced conversion, lots of folks (including artists) have already made the transition. Which would explain why traffic to customized Facebook artist page apps is plunging. The reason is simple: Timeline erases the ability to make a customized artist page the default landing spot...
Dolby Sings of Twists and Turns in Digital Music
By Rick Merritt -- Thomas Dolby shared with several hundred engineers his journey in and out and back into the music industry. In a detour along the way he helped create - and destroy - a billion dollar business in polyphonic ringtones. The lesson engineers should draw from it all? "Shit happens," said the musician in a keynote at Design West...
Pandora's Choking on Advertising. And It's Getting Worse...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Pandora's turned into Times Square, its app is choked with marketing messages! Not only that, some listeners have been lashing back against heavy advertising levels, with in-stream ads one target. Which has caused competitors like Clear Channel's iHeartRadio to put the brakes on upcoming rollouts.
Spotify Extends Free Listening In U.S.
By Bruce Houghton
Rare '70s Electronic Music Is Hidden in The Hunger Games
By Geeta Dayal -- A strange and fascinating piece of abstract electronic music surfaces in a key sequence in The Hunger Games. The track "Sediment," used to great effect during the movie's "cornucopia scene," was composed in 1972 by pioneering composer Laurie Spiegel, who used an analog synthesizer and old-school tape machines to create the sweeping, nine-minute epic.
Television Show Longevity by Network
By Samuel Arbesman
Introducing The First Music App of All Time
By Eliot Van Buskirk --Podcast Ready, available in 2006, was a way-too-far-ahead-of-its-time app that ran on iPods, USB sticks, or any other portable object with some free storage and a USB connector.
Turn Your Favorite Band Into a Sandwich
By Andy Cush
Banjo Man: Remembering Earl Scruggs
By Chuck Dauphin -- Chet Atkins played the guitar. Bob Wills played the fiddle. Earl Scruggs played the banjo, and did he ever. Scruggs, who passed away at the age of 88, revolutionized the way that the banjo was played, influencing countless musicians in the process.
Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online
By Shirley Collins -- Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection - long before the age of the Internet.
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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