How Music’s Digital Shift Rapidly Impacted The Industry

shockwebpic_howmusicsdigitalshift“Widespread copyright infringement is like a generational shift and ignorance of existing law, similar to massive experimentation with illegal drugs in the 1960s,” says Stephen Witt, author of How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy. The book was named on the “Best of the Year” lists of The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, The Atlantic, Financial Times and others.

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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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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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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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Bracing For The Copyright Cliff: A Second Wind For Legacy Artists

You may soon be hearing more of the songs you love being used and reworked in popular culture. What is being termed the ‘copyright cliff’ is actually an opportunity for musicians, authors and copyright holders who have released works around the 35 year ago mark to renegotiate their original agreements. In the case of musicians who released through record labels for instance, this means many now have the ability to regain ownership of their work if they choose to go through the legal procedures to request termination.

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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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The World’s Highest Paid Music Makers 2012

Forbes has just announced their list of ‘The World’s 25 Highest Paid Musicians’. Although they are not all necessarily ‘musicians’ we get their point and it’s no surprise that the U.S. & UK dominated list of top earners is comprised of mostly household names.

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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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Copyright & Innovation: The Untold Story

Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey has written an in-depth article addressing the many issues surrounding copyright and it’s impact on innovation.

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