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Music Industry Considering Global Album Release Day To Cut Down On Piracy

As reported by Billboard, the music industry is heavily considering instituting a global album release day, marking Friday as the official standard day across all countries. While it is speculated that this change will go into effect in July 2015, there is no proof yet of a definitive agreement …

Weighing The Pros And Cons Of A Universal Music Release Day

If you’ve been in the music business for any length of time you know that for a great long while now Tuesday has always been the day that record labels would release their new music. The reason for Tuesday is the same that many PR agents hold their press releases until Tuesday as well – Monday is …

Spotify: seven reasons why Google might buy the streaming music service

Streaming music service Spotify is thought to be preparing to go public later in 2014, but there's an alternative: getting bought by a bigger technology company. One in particular is in the frame: Google.<p>Technology news site Recode reported on Monday that Google's current chief business officer, …

A Guide for Touring in the Music Industry

<b>TOURING REALITIES</b><p>Finding a place to eat where everyone in the van is satisfied is a challenge. Having the thermostat set in a hotel room where everyone is comfortable is a negotiation. Forgetting the bathroom spray when four males all "boo boo" within the same hour is difficult to forget. Trading …

The Secrets of Making a Music Scene

<i>As South by Southwest demonstrates, small, independent venues are vital to the new touring economy for bands.</i><p><i>Mr. Cook/flickr</i><p>The South By Southwest festival in Austin began in 1987 partly as a ploy. Musicians and concert nerds had cultivated their own vibrant local scene, and wanted to find a way to …

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YouTube's proposed music contract with indie labels published online

YouTube's row with some independent labels over the terms of the contract for its upcoming music subscription service has taken a new twist, with a version of the contract published in full online.<p>Music industry site Digital Music News obtained a leaked version of the contract and published all 32 …

Five unique wedding photography styles for something different

Wedding photography used to be about posing awkwardly in a line with your brand new in-laws, hoping your hairstyle wouldn't look too ridiculous on the mantelpiece in 20 years' time.<p>That's all changed in the last few years with the boom of the wedding industry.<p>Now it's one more way for brides and …

Can fan campaigns reinvent the music industry?

Dropping onto YouTube on Monday was Caustic Window, a 1994 album from Aphex Twin that was scrapped before it was released, with only five test pressings in existence. After one of the copies appeared on Discogs, a crowdfunding campaign – where a large pool of investors or donors each contribute a …

YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service

Independent artists could disappear from YouTube "in a matter of days" after the Google video service confirmed it was dropping content from independent labels that have not signed up for its upcoming subscription music service.<p>YouTube is about to begin testing the new service – which will charge …

How YouTube’s misguided war against indie music could backfire

YouTube is a force to be reckoned with in music. The video upload site owned by Google is the world’s biggest streaming music service (music videos on YouTube get many times more plays than the same tracks on Spotify). More teens get their music from it than any other source. Korean pop star Psy is …

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Lost Camera with Wedding & Honeymoon Photos Washes Ashore in California

While taking her usual walk along the water on Cardiff State Beach, California resident Marian Rogers came across a waterproof camera, still intact, …

A Vera Wang wedding dress for 150 bucks? How to find a next-to-new gown for next to nothing

Here's the thing about a wedding gown: You're only going to wear it once. So if you can save a bundle of money and get the designer look you want by buying a dress that's already been worn just time before, that seems like a pretty smart arrangement, doesn't it? (There's also something lovely about …

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Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats for $3bn as company returns to music industry

Apple on Wednesday confirmed its long-awaited deal to buy headphone-maker Beats Electronics for $3bn. With the purchase, the largest acquisition in its history, Apple is also bringing on a hip-hop artist and entrepreneur who recently bragged about the riches he hoped to score in the deal.<p>Two Beats …

Exclusive: Amazon Prime To Offer Music Streaming Service — With 6-Month-Old Songs

The internet giant has reached deals with major labels for a service to launch this June or July.<p>Amazon, the internet's largest retailer, is making an aggressive move into the booming and intensely competitive business of streaming music.<p>The company will expand its Prime membership offerings by …

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New regulations in the pipeline for secondary ticketing

Secondary ticketing has long been a bugbear for the live music industry, and of course gig-goers, for a long time now but plans may be forming to …

A handy guide to the UK's music industry conferences

As the end of April and beginning of May seem to bestow us with a bevy of music industry conferences to get our teeth into, we thought we’d bring you …

What music industry conferences have to offer bands & musicians

You may think that music industry conferences and conventions are designed for the music business elite; a place for them to gather together and …

The Great Escape's DIY programme announced

As well as being open to The Great Escape delegates, stand alone tickets are available to grassroots bands and artists for their panels and …

Music analytics is helping the music industry see into the future

The internet is taking power away from record labels but it’s also giving them the ability to predict future hits<p>The world’s listening habits were once relatively private.<p>Music lovers declared their allegiances with posters, festival wristbands and physical copies of the music they loved. But when …

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich Pull Music From Spotify, Speak Out Against Their Business Model

<i>Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel</i><p>Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke have just removed the Atoms for Peace album <i>Amok</i> and Yorke's <i>The Eraser</i> from Spotify. In a series of tweets, Godrich explained that the move is in protest of Spotify's business model. "The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this …

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Music Export Growth Scheme helps British artists realise touring dreams

A thrash metal band, a melancholy singer and an acid punk quartet are among the eclectic lineup of musicians the government are funding to break into the international music scene.<p>The scheme – announced on Thursday by the trade minister Lord Livingston – has seen the Department for UK Trade and …

Indie music licensing body Merlin criticises YouTube's payout rates

YouTube may have paid out more than $1bn to music rightsholders in recent years, but Google's online video service still ruffles plenty of feathers within the music industry.<p>Charles Caldas, chief executive of independent music licensing body Merlin, is the latest to criticise YouTube, in a keynote …

Beats Music snap up Topspin

Probably best known for being Dr Dre and Trent Reznor's foray in the music streaming world, Beats Music has made sure everyone knows they mean …

Streaming music is good for UK labels, but are they good for streaming music?

The title of the press release put out this morning by British music industry body the BPI is clear and unequivocal: “Streaming fuels growth for UK recorded music industry”.<p>That’s based on figures showing the trade value of recorded music in the UK – the amount labels made after retailers and …

Music internships: 'no pay' doesn't have to mean exploitation

It was announced recently that HM Revenue and Customs plans to crack down heavily on music companies found to be exploiting interns. While on the surface this sounds like good news, it could create problems for some young people looking to gain experience in this industry.<p>Though laudably aimed at …

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NME suffers dip in sales

In the digital age, times have proven difficult for printed magazines of all kinds and over the years many music publications have made the move …