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The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis

Posted: 7 Feb 2007<p>Harvard Business School, Strategy Unit<p>Wake Forest University, Department of Economics; University of Kansas - School of …

Creative AI: Computer composers are changing how music is made

You've probably heard music composed by a computer algorithm, though you may not realize it. Artificial intelligence researchers have made huge gains …

What Spotify’s December Growth Tells Us About Pricing

Spotify just announced the addition of 2.5 million paying since mid November to reach 15 million total subscribers. This is unprecedented growth not …

The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead.<p>The talk of death often …

Two Years Later, Pharrell's "Happy" Is Still Revolutionizing the Music Industry

Before Pharrell's "Happy" became a viral sensation leading a global happiness revolution, it was a theme song for an animated film, struggling to get …

Musicians Are Coming Up With Original Ways to Make Money

From PJ Harvey and TLC to Wu Tang, Run The Jewels and Nipsey Hussle— it's becoming less about “how much is this?” and more “how much do I fucking love this?”<p><i>This article was originally published on Noisey UK.</i><p>It’s definitely quite odd to see that on planet music the walls between fans and artists …

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Living Rooms

The Death of Music Sales

If CDs are "dead," so is iTunes.<p><i>CDs are dead.</i><p>That doesn't seem like such a controversial statement. Maybe it should be. The music business sold 141 million CDs in the U.S. last year. That's more than the combined number of tickets sold to the most popular movies in 2014 (<i>Guardians</i>) and 2013 (<i>Iron</i> …

Iron Man

Music Sharing Apps Begin to Proliferate – But Are They Useful?

<b>Scott Vener</b>, music supervisor for , may just have the next big music app -- but that doesn't mean he's without competition. In the past year, a slew …

More Teens Listen to Spotify and Pandora Than FM Radio...

It’s official: according to data just released by <b>Edison Research</b>, more American teenagers listen to Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming music …

Apple buys Musicmetric to double down on music analytics

Apple has bought the London startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric, judging by documents filed with Companies House in the UK earlier …

It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio. But where will new digital …

This Week in Music Tech — The Death of the (Musical) Middle Class

With the publication of Ethan Kaplan’s totally brilliant “Generic Article About Spotify” a few weeks ago, I thought we’d truly hit the limit on how …

Music Industry

Twitch spins new music strategy

After establishing itself as the platform of choice among gamers who live-stream their play, Twitch is setting its sights on another demo – musicians.<p>…

Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the …

This Is What Managers Think It Takes To Be Successful In Music In 2015

9 pros explain how to win this year.<p>Behind every Artist To Watch are folks answering emails, chasing down rogue checks, and dreaming big …

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LA Studio Musicians Income Fell 68%

According to a report released on Dec. 15 by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, <b>recording-session wages have dropped 68% over the last 15</b> …

If It Ain't About the Money: Does Hip-Hop Still Need Major Labels?

It's 2015.<p>Are you worried about the state of hip-hop?<p>Do you sit up at night pondering the many threats to the core pillars of the culture? Does Iggy …

2015 Digital Music Predictions

The past year was a doozy for digital music. We saw Beats Music come and go with a rush, Spotify grow significantly and digital track sales hit the …

Demystifying the Streaming Debate - Chatter

Streaming is increasingly our preferred mode of experiencing recordings. So why are the topics most relevant to the vast majority of musicians – …

Indie Music

Nielsen Music's Year-End: Streaming Is Not Killing the Record Business

Another year, another record business in flux.<p>A great deal of attention will be given to last year's decline in U.S. music purchases -- it's a trend …

Top 10

How big data can change the music industry

The topic of royalty payouts from streaming services emerges year after year. The arguments remain the same, yet no progress has been made.<p>Industry leaders continue to focus on streaming royalties as the only future of artists’ revenue. As of yet, the fate of music monetization remains undecided. …

Russell Simmons Discusses New Era of Music Industry

“Artists are finding all kind of ways to use their brand to earn money,” he said. <b>“Being a music star is a lot more than selling records, if not at</b> …

Social Anxiety: How Red Bull Is Changing What It Means To Be An Independent Musician

What happens when a multibillion-dollar corporation decides to become a patron of independent music?<p><i>In her bi-weekly column, Social Anxiety, Emilie</i> …

With the help of Ben Horowitz, rapper Ryan Leslie wants to reinvent the record label for the new music economy

I arrived a few minutes early to Open Kitchen, a cafeteria-style hangout in New York's Financial District, to meet Ryan Leslie. Leslie is a …

YouTube's Music Key: How Much Could Its New Paid Service Pay Out?

Will YouTube Music Key transform streaming revenues and take subscriptions into the mainstream? Or will it fail to capitalize on YouTube massive …

Music Streaming

NYU's Stream-Tech Music Conference Teaches, Explains & Tries Not to Ruffle Feathers

The participants in the Stream-Tech Music Conference at New York University's downtown Brooklyn campus, which addressed various issues in the music …