Music industry

Tech advances alter hierarchy of music industry

Streaming allows small record labels to reach global listeners without the hefty costs of pressing and shipping CDs, a roadblock that has helped keep the big three labels — Universal Music, Sony and Warner — in command of the world’s popular music.

Financial Times

Spotify questions whether mechanical royalties are even due on a stream

The ongoing debacle around the payment of mechanical royalties on streams in the US has taken a very interesting turn indeed, as Spotify responds to the latest litigation filed on this dispute by asking: what if no mechanical royalties are due on streams at all?

Complete Music Update

The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single For Sale

In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" as the internet's first-ever digital single for sale, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates.

Billboard

The music industry bands together to finally get paid online

Last fall, A group of music industry heavyweights gathered in New York City to do something they’d mostly failed to do up to that point: work together.

Wired

Spotify, YouTube Music to End Free Streaming

Free streaming contributes a pittance to the overall music industry. So why not just kill it?

Digital Music News

L'industrie musicale génère toujours de l'argent, mais les gagnants ne sont plus les mêmes

Le marché de la musique est en pleine évolution depuis déjà plusieurs années, mais, pour la première fois, la vente de musique digitale dépasse les ventes physiques.

RTBF

Summer of Stats: The Musicbiz in figures

The summer of 2017 is shaping up to be a season of uncertainty. Some areas of the music industry are faltering while others appear to be doing remarkably well. New technology also is playing a role. How will it all play out? Only time will tell.

Midem

SoundCloud Saved By The Bell Of A Big Chunk Of Financing

SoundCloud and the uploads of its many rappers, producers, noise bands and nascent podcasts are safe, for now.

NPR

Thanks to streaming services, China’s consumers have begun paying for music

The market is dominated by one company: Tencent, the biggest of the country’s online giants.

The Economist


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