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None Dare Call It Theft
By The Trichordist -- Is copyright infringement theft?...Opponents of the "infringement = theft" argument will marshal an impressive array of arguments...However, that doesn't mean it's never correct to call infringement theft...
ASCAP Announces Licensing Agreement with Rhapsody
Press Release -- ASCAP and Rhapsody have reached a new agreement for their subscription streaming music service with a two-year license. Rhapsody joins a growing list of major digital services that have recognized that the ASCAP blanket license offers an elegant solution to legally stream music while respecting the right of its creators to be paid fairly.
Drowning? The iTunes Store Now Has 28 Million Songs...
By Paul Resnikoff -- The content glut keeps getting worse, not better, and this is now a very serious challenge for artists of all levels. Because even musicians that make incredible music are finding themselves drowned, undiscovered, and frustrated by statistics like these...
Making A Living Is The New Success
By Bobby Owsinski -- "Musicians and artists will begin to see success in a different way as making a living replaces stardom as the big score. To some degree that was always true. Most musicians are only too happy making a living by playing music, but thanks to the excesses of Music 2.5, far too many felt that stardom was easily within their reach. This has changed as a new realism comes to pass..."
Who Owns Your Stuff in the Google Drive Cloud?
By Michelle Maltais -- As the spotlight is more prominently focused on the clouds, such as Google Drive, the era of being able to mindlessly click "OK" or "Agree" is over.
'Fifth Beatle' Sir George Martin Believes EMI Break-up 'The Worst Thing Music Has Ever Faced'
By Katherine Rushton
Spotify Developing Online Radio to Challenge Pandora (Report)
By Billboard Staff
VEVO Announces Six Original Online Music Series
By FMQB -- In its first-ever formal "upfront" presentation today, digital music video platform VEVO unveiled its upcoming programming slate of music-centric original series to be produced in collaboration with Shine America, Principato-Young Entertainment and many others...
10 Apple TV Apps We're Dying To Try
By Steve Kovach -- If Apple is going to launch that mythical television set this year, we want a bit more to convince us to drop cash on it. Let's start with apps...There's no reason Apple couldn't open the TV up to developers too. Keep reading to see our Apple TV apps wish list...
eMusic Debuts Impressive Music Player for Android
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- After researching music player apps, eMusic debuted a solid contender for Android this week, building on its 14 years of experience delivering MP3s via the web. eMusic's Android app is first and foremost a music player app for enjoying the MP3s and other music files on your Android phone or tablet - except that you get to check out biographies, discographies, and similar artists for everything you listen to, should you so desire.
When ‘If Anyone Else Likes It, It's A Bonus' Isn't Enough
By Rob Dix -- What would be the worst-case scenario for you as a musician? You might think it'd be having precisely zero fans, or having people actively hate your music...In truth, the most damaging situation is having a small, gradually growing fanbase, getting decent feedback, but not seeing how it'll ever take off enough to generate a decent income any time soon...
Enough! Stop Spamming Your Music and Your Band, It Does Not Work
By Michael Brandvold -- I have written many articles about what you should do online to promote your music. This time I am writing about what you should NOT do to promote your band or music.
Why Concert Listing Sites Matter In Today and Tomorrow's Market
By Glenn Peoples -- There are far more ways to discover concerts than existed just a few years ago. But are more concert tickets being purchased? Probably not. But that doesn't mean the industry won't benefit from tools that keep music fans informed about local concerts.
HouseConcertsAustralia's Founder On Building A House Concert Network & Indie Music Touring
By Clyde Smith
Chattaboom: Talk With Music
By Keith Nelson, Jr. -- Chattaboom, is a social media application that allows users to communicate with one another through sharing music hooks of artists' songs...Instead of setting fire to an ex's car, now Adele's "Set Fire To Rain" chorus can send that same message with Chattaboom.
‘Dubstep Tebow' Does Exactly What You Think It Does
By Andy Cush -- I was ready to hate this thing, expecting a cheaply-made app that barely worked, thrown together in a cynical attempt to cash in on the buzz surrounding the recently-relocated quarterback and polarizing electronic dance music subgenre. To my surprise, Dubstep Tebow is a lot more fun than it has any right to be - even if it was created as a bizarre money-grab.
The Making Of "Bohemian Rhapsody"
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a great video where Queen guitarist Brian May takes us through the making of the bands seminal "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's really interesting to hear it all built up, especially the basic track with only Freddie Mercury's piano, John Deacon's bass and Roger Taylor's drums, which wasn't to a click but sounds incredibly in time. They're completely locked in together.
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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