Google pledges to further demote piracy sites in search listings
Google pledges to further demote piracy sites in search listings

20 October 2014

Google has made another commitment to downgrade piracy sites in its search engine results based on takedown notices issued under America's Digital Millennium...

CMU's One Liners: The Orchard x Naïve, Lily Allen, Pitbull and more
CMU's One Liners: The Orchard x Naïve, Lily Allen, Pitbull and more

20 October 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Digital distribution co The Orchard has signed off on a très bon new deal with premiere...

Web-blocking begins in Iceland
Web-blocking begins in Iceland

17 October 2014

With web-blocking now a tip top poptastic tactic for combating online piracy, Iceland has joined the web-blockade party by issuing a court injunction...

Twitter partners with SoundCloud for new in-app audio option
Twitter partners with SoundCloud for new in-app audio option

17 October 2014

Twitter has announced changes to how SoundCloud streams play within its iOS and Android apps, which will allow users to play tracks direct...

Warner buys Playlists.net
Warner buys Playlists.net

17 October 2014

Following rumours that a deal was imminent back in July, UK-based playlisting-frenzy-platform Playlists.net has been bought by the artist and label services division...

Will.i.am links with 7digital, reveals wearable wristphone
Will.i.am links with 7digital, reveals wearable wristphone

17 October 2014

7digital has entered into a partnership with the most technologically-advanced popstar on the planet - Will.i.am - the first offshoot of which is...

CMU's One Liners: Kevin Kadish, Nitin Sawhney, Kobalt, Independent Label Market and more
CMU's One Liners: Kevin Kadish, Nitin Sawhney, Kobalt, Independent Label Market and more

17 October 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • A lot of people are criticising Meghan Trainor for being sizeist against "skinny bitches" in her anti-sizeism...

Labels look set to win pre-1972 lawsuit against Sirius after Flo & Eddie ruling
Labels look set to win pre-1972 lawsuit against Sirius after Flo & Eddie ruling

16 October 2014

The recent court win for songwriters Flo & Eddie in their royalties dispute with US satellite radio firm Sirius XM has had an...

Dancing Jesus file-sharer changes plea to guilty
Dancing Jesus file-sharer changes plea to guilty

16 October 2014

Both the men prosecuted for infringing copyright via one-time file-sharing forum Dancing Jesus have now pleaded guilty to illegally distributing music, according to...

"End the NDA cult", managers tell the labels

16 October 2014

The relationship between artists and labels is in flux, we know that. And whereas there was once talk of artists cutting the big...

Bandcamp launches artist subscription option with Candy Says
Bandcamp launches artist subscription option with Candy Says

16 October 2014

CMU Approved indie pop duo Candy Says have become the first act to make use of Bandcamp's new subscription option. Fans are now...

YouTube says Content ID has paid out a billion (dollars)
YouTube says Content ID has paid out a billion (dollars)

15 October 2014

Ah, YouTube. YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. I can't remember, do we still hate YouTube? Is it still screwing over indie labels everywhere? And exploiting...

Spotify meets face-to-face with vocal artist critics Stateside
Spotify meets face-to-face with vocal artist critics Stateside

14 October 2014

There were some fiery exchanges at three artist-only forums organised by Spotify in the US last week, even though the streaming service had...

What one thing could Google do to placate the labels?
What one thing could Google do to placate the labels?

14 October 2014

As Google continues to prep its all-new YouTube audio streaming service and an overhaul of its existing Google Play streaming platform, the web...

Deezer announces new UK & Ireland MD
Deezer announces new UK & Ireland MD

14 October 2014

Deezer has announced Christian Harris as its new Managing Director for the UK & Ireland. He replaces Mark Foster, who announced his departure...

Iggy Pop delivers his John Peel Lecture
Iggy Pop delivers his John Peel Lecture

14 October 2014

So Iggy Pop - you know, the Iggy with the Pop - gave his John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival yesterday. It's...

SoundCloud posts rising losses
SoundCloud posts rising losses

13 October 2014

SoundCloud's revenues were up in 2013, but so were its losses, according to an annual filing by the digital firm. SoundCloud's revenues were...

SoundCloud label talks faltering, says FT
SoundCloud label talks faltering, says FT

10 October 2014

SoundCloud's latest bid to become a licensed music service is faltering, according to the Financial Times, because of those pesky major record companies...

Last.fm posts further losses
Last.fm posts further losses

9 October 2014

Last.fm has filed its latest financial figures with Companies House, which show that the music data company continues to make losses, according to...

Spotify UK went into profit last year
Spotify UK went into profit last year

8 October 2014

Spotify's UK business went into profit last year, which is cheery news given that most streaming music companies are still major loss-makers. Though it's...

Audiam signs up Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers
Audiam signs up Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers

8 October 2014

TuneCore founder Jeff Price’s previously reported digital rights admin firm Audiam has announced that it has signed Metallica and the Red Hot Chili...

Direct-to-fan agency publishes guide to fan engagement platforms
Direct-to-fan agency publishes guide to fan engagement platforms

8 October 2014

London-based direct-to-fan agency Wicksteed Works has launched a report comparing the ten leading direct-to-fan platforms on the market, with the aim of helping...

Lennon solo recordings added to Spotify
Lennon solo recordings added to Spotify

7 October 2014

Spotify continues in its bid to be the streaming service with no heritage artist hold-outs, by confirming that most of John Lennon's solo...

Grooveshark responds to ruling in Universal litigation
Grooveshark responds to ruling in Universal litigation

6 October 2014

Grooveshark has issued a statement following last week's potentially crippling legal ruling which said that the digital firm was liable for copyright infringement...

Apple to push for lower subscription price point for Beats
Apple to push for lower subscription price point for Beats

6 October 2014

It's no secret whatsoever, I mean, not at all, everyone knows, even my mum mentioned it on the phone last week, and she'd...

Flo & Eddie follow up win in Sirius lawsuit by suing Pandora
Flo & Eddie follow up win in Sirius lawsuit by suing Pandora

3 October 2014

On a roll after their recent legal win against Sirius XM, Flo & Eddie, once of The Turtles, have now filed litigation in...

CMU's One Liners: Mute, Columbia, OfCom, and more
CMU's One Liners: Mute, Columbia, OfCom, and more

3 October 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • The Mute Group has promoted David McGinnis, a Mute man since 1999, to the position of Head...

Baboom cuts ties with Kim Dotcom
Baboom cuts ties with Kim Dotcom

2 October 2014

Kim Dotcom has sold his 45% stake in Baboom, cutting all ties with the company he set up in the wake of the...

Tesco looking to get shot of Blinkbox
Tesco looking to get shot of Blinkbox

2 October 2014

Tesco is reportedly looking to sell or shut down Blinkbox, its online entertainment brand, as part of a strategic review instigated by new...

CMU's One Liners: Benicassim, Deezer, Skrillex and more
CMU's One Liners: Benicassim, Deezer, Skrillex and more

2 October 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today… • Grime innovators Mumdance and Logos, aka Jack Adams and James Parker, are now the co-directors of their...

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