Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart
Billboard to include streaming and single track sales data in US album chart

20 November 2014

Billboard, having adding streaming data into its main singles chart back in 2012, has announced that it will include the same in the...

Justin Timberlake buys into AfterMaster audio co
Justin Timberlake buys into AfterMaster audio co

20 November 2014

Having possibly slowly and quietly backed off (as one might from a rabid wolf) from his role as flashy promotional prop to the...

Beats Music to become default app on iOS from March, says FT
Beats Music to become default app on iOS from March, says FT

20 November 2014

After the phenomenal success and universal joy that greeted U2's new album 'Songs Of Innocence' when it was pushed out to iTunes users...

Irving Azoff continues to put pressure on YouTube over song rights
Irving Azoff continues to put pressure on YouTube over song rights

19 November 2014

Despite being best known as a veteran artist manager and, from his time co-running Live Nation, a key player in live music, Irving...

 Billy Bragg accuses Taylor Swift of “corporate power play”
Billy Bragg accuses Taylor Swift of “corporate power play”

19 November 2014

Billy Bragg has accused Taylor Swift's stand against Spotify as being "nothing more than a corporate power play", suggesting that she had in...

Diplo re-releases debut album through BitTorrent, plus penis news round-up
Diplo re-releases debut album through BitTorrent, plus penis news round-up

19 November 2014

BitTorrent has made its new and previously reported 'bundle' system, which allows artists to release music and charge for it via the file-sharing...

Judge indicates that public performance right might apply to pre-1972 recordings in New York State too
Judge indicates that public performance right might apply to pre-1972 recordings in New York State too

18 November 2014

So the whole pre-1972 thing is getting very interesting indeed in the US, and arguably rather bizarre, in that recent rulings suggest that...

Uber confirms Spotify alliance
Uber confirms Spotify alliance

18 November 2014

According to BuzzFeed, a senior exec at taxi app firm Uber recently floated the idea of hiring a team of researchers to dig...

Bail conditions tightened for MegaUpload founder
Bail conditions tightened for MegaUpload founder

17 November 2014

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom is facing a number of new temporary conditions to his bail following some significant developments in his long-running battle...

Uber and Spotify alliance expected
Uber and Spotify alliance expected

17 November 2014

So, turns out Taylor Swift should team up with that cabbie who drove me home last week, cos he's definitely as angry about...

Vevo boss standing down
Vevo boss standing down

17 November 2014

The CEO of music video platform Vevo, Rio Caraeff, is stepping down, it's been confirmed. Caraeff's departure comes as the Sony/Universal owned video...

BASCA offers support to Taylor Swift, switches debate to publisher/label royalty split
BASCA offers support to Taylor Swift, switches debate to publisher/label royalty split

14 November 2014

The British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers And Authors has issued a statement offering its support for Taylor Swift in her decision to pull...

Irving Azoff hits out at YouTube's failure to engage songwriters in Music Key prep
Irving Azoff hits out at YouTube's failure to engage songwriters in Music Key prep

14 November 2014

Talking of songwriters flexing their muscles in the digital royalties debate, as YouTube got all showy offy about its all-new Music Key flim...

Dave Grohl doesn't fucking care what you pay for his music
Dave Grohl doesn't fucking care what you pay for his music

14 November 2014

Like every musician being interviewed this week, Dave Grohl has been asked what he thinks about Taylor Swift pulling her music down from...

YouTube unveils Music Key
YouTube unveils Music Key

13 November 2014

Ah, YouTube. Do you remember YouTube? It's where you used to go to access the very latest episodes of your favourite American TV...

Taylor Swift's label boss suggests lower Spotify payouts than Ek claims
Taylor Swift's label boss suggests lower Spotify payouts than Ek claims

13 November 2014

The boss of Taylor Swift's US label Big Machine, Scott Borchetta, has responded to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's recent blog post on the...

Soundrop announces closure as Spotify discontinues app support
Soundrop announces closure as Spotify discontinues app support

13 November 2014

Social listening app Soundrop, which allows users to collectively listen to dynamic playlists on Spotify and Deezer, has announced that it will shut...

Vice and Live Nation to do live video thing, or something
Vice and Live Nation to do live video thing, or something

13 November 2014

Live Nation and Vice have entered into a new joint venture to "launch a revolutionary new digital content platform delivering the voice of...

Merlin reportedly signs up to YouTube's subscription service
Merlin reportedly signs up to YouTube's subscription service

12 November 2014

YouTube has signed a licensing deal with indie label digital rights agency Merlin for its much-delayed subscription streaming service, or so says the...

Spotify's Daniel Ek responds to Taylor Swift and other critics
Spotify's Daniel Ek responds to Taylor Swift and other critics

12 November 2014

Spotify boss Daniel Ek yesterday came forth and presented a defence of his company's business model in a lengthy blog post. This is...

Grooveshark not impressed with Daniel Ek's 'piracy' jibe
Grooveshark not impressed with Daniel Ek's 'piracy' jibe

12 November 2014

So Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's response to Taylor Swift is all very interesting, isn't it? By hey, woah, hold it there, let's do...

MMF issues statement on Taylor Swift's Spotify takedown
MMF issues statement on Taylor Swift's Spotify takedown

12 November 2014

And one more from the Swiftify file. Having been watching debates and developments in the streaming music world this month, the UK's Music...

Bandcamp formally reveals its direct-to-fan subscription platform
Bandcamp formally reveals its direct-to-fan subscription platform

12 November 2014

Enough of Spotify and all that streaming malarkey, the real future of the music business is in direct-to-fan, we all know that right?...

Significant jail time for former Dancing Jesus file-sharers
Significant jail time for former Dancing Jesus file-sharers

11 November 2014

Setting a precedent for the first time, in the UK at least, that operating an online file-sharing community can equate to running a...

Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde out of jail
Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde out of jail

11 November 2014

Bad news for fans of all three Pirate Bay founders being in custody at the same time. Perhaps the highest profile of the...

Brand new week, more frickin Taylor Swift
Brand new week, more frickin Taylor Swift

10 November 2014

The boss of Taylor Swift label Big Machine, Scott Borchetta, confirmed on Friday that it was Spotify's freemium level that caused the singer...

Rdio gloats over Spotify and Deezer's Swifty situation
Rdio gloats over Spotify and Deezer's Swifty situation

10 November 2014

Following its initial song and dance (ie blog post) about Taylor Swift pulling her catalogue off its service last week, Spotify remained very...

Guvera launches in India
Guvera launches in India

10 November 2014

Australia-based streaming service Guvera has launched in India, so that's a thing. Originally launched in Australia and the US as one of those ad-funded...

vKontakte hits out at 'piracy' label
vKontakte hits out at 'piracy' label

7 November 2014

Russian social network vKontakte has written to the US Trade Representative asking that it not be included in the American office's annual list...

MTV allies with MusicQubed for mobile music service
MTV allies with MusicQubed for mobile music service

7 November 2014

Good news for fans of O2 Tracks who hate O2, introducing MTV Trax, and this time with an 'x', because MTV is cool,...

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