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The Culture of Free: A Look Back At Napster & Its Impact On Music

shockwebpic_napsternytimesdocuThis NY Times Retro Report documentary short takes a look back at the beginnings of the file-sharing program Napster which began in 1999 and its strong impact on the music industry, artists and music buying fans.

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Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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YouTube Unveils Its Streaming Service: Music Key

shockwebpic_youtubemusickeyA much awaited development in the music space for fans and artists alike has just been unveiled. YouTube has just announced it’s streaming service Music Key.

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State Of The Industry: Over 223 Billion New Streams In 2013, 6 Billion New Fans

shockleewebpic_nextbigsound2013reportThe online music industry continues to grow at a rapid clip. Next Big Sound tracked more than 6 billion new fans, and more than 223 billion streams in 2013. This is an increase that speaks to not only a significant shift in consumption methods, but also the importance of understanding the data behind all this activity. In our annual State of The Industry report we go beyond the traditional metrics to map the landscape of the online music industry.

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Music Fuels Innovation: Download The New 2013 Digital Music Report

The IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry] has released a new report the finds that in 2012, the global music industry experienced it’s first rise in revenues since 1999. Although it’s not much of an increase, just 0.3 percent, the news of increased profits has been long overdue – 13 years in the making.

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[LA] Events Taking Place During Grammy Week 2013

It’s that time of the year again where big music gets into full swing in Los Angeles in anticipation of the 55th Grammys which are taking place this Sunday, February 10th at the Staples Center. Here are some of the pre-parties, soirees, receptions and after parties going on around LA this week.

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Next Big Sound’s State Of Online Music 2012 Report

Music data and analytics company Next Big Sound measures music consumption habits, artist data such as sales and social media metrics to help artists navigate through the music industry. Today, they have released a new report which analyzes the state of the industry and of the trends of the past year. For instance, fan activity on Soundcloud tripled in 2012, making it the fastest growing social service for music.

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1.65 Billion Music Purchases Took Place in 2012

Over 1.65 billion music purchases took place in the U.S. in 2012, an all time high according to a new report just released from Nielsen and Billboard. Physical albums, digital albums and digital songs accounted for the sales figures which are up overall 3.1% from 2011.

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A Look At Warner Music Group’s Profits & Losses 2002-2012

Take a look at the last decade of Warner Music’s losses and profit. Another one of the reasons why indie is winning right now…

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Cash Kings 2012: Hip-Hop’s Highest Paid Artists

Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the top earners in hip hop for their 2012 Cash Kings list. All together these top 20 entertainers earned a total of $415 million in the last year.

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