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techcrunch.com - Sarah Perez - Uppbeat launches a freemium music platform aimed at YouTubers
Uppbeat launches a freemium music platform aimed at YouTubers
TechCrunch

A new music platform, Uppbeat, aims to make it easier for YouTubers and other content creators to find quality free music to use in their videos. The system, which is designed to navigate the complexities of copyright claims while also fairly…

theguardian.com - Lanre Bakare - MP says record boss 'in cloud cuckoo land' over music streaming claims
MP says record boss 'in cloud cuckoo land' over music streaming claims
The Guardian

The boss of a major record label has been described as “living in cloud cuckoo land” after he claimed artists were happy with the music streaming model. The heads of three major labels – Universal, Sony Music and Warner Music…

austinchronicle.com - Music Lab St. Elmo to Close Within 30 Days
Music Lab St. Elmo to Close Within 30 Days
The Austin Chronicle

Many assumed Elon Musk's pricey bro-ification of Austin wouldn't be good for local music, but few could have predicted something so emblematic so soon. Tesla intends to renovate longtime rehearsal space Music Lab at 500 E. St. Elmo into a showroom…

bbc.co.uk - Mark Savage - Classic bands accused of crowding out new music on streaming services
Classic bands accused of crowding out new music on streaming services
BBC

Up-and-coming pop stars are facing 'massive competition' from classic bands like Queen and the Beatles due to streaming, MPs have been told. Any artist at the start of their career has 'got the last 50 years of the music industry to compete with,'…

npr.org - Stephen Kallao - Bill Callahan Shares Home Recordings From His Latest Album : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN
Bill Callahan Shares Home Recordings From His Latest Album : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN
NPR.org

'Let's Move To The Country' 'Protest Song' Bill Callahan knows how to inhabit characters that make it easier to see yourself, or someone you know, in them. You can hear it in his latest album, Gold Record, which features folks from all walks of…

nytimes.com - Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights
Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights
The New York Times

|Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights Continue reading the main story Bob Dylan's announcement last month that he had sold his vast songwriting catalog to Universal Music for a price estimated at more than $300 million underscored what had…

rollingstone.com - Jon Blistein - Van Morrison Plots Legal Action Against Live Music Ban in Northern Ireland
Van Morrison Plots Legal Action Against Live Music Ban in Northern Ireland
Rolling Stone

Van Morrison is planning to launch a legal challenge against regulations that prohibit live music in indoor venues in Northern Ireland due to Covid-19 safety concerns. Sarah Symington, an attorney at the firm John J. Rice and Co. Solicitors, which…

variety.com - Ellise Shafer - Music Industry Moves: Business Manager Josh Klein Launches New Firm; Concord Names Chief People Officer
Music Industry Moves: Business Manager Josh Klein Launches New Firm; Concord Names Chief People Officer
Variety

Business manager Josh Klein (pictured at left), whose clients include The Chainsmokers, Big Sean, Logic and Winnie Harlow, among others, has launched TKG Business Management. The company will be based in Beverly Hills and offer such services as…

nytimes.com - Joe Coscarelli - Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' Hit No. 1 in a Week. Here's How.
Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' Hit No. 1 in a Week. Here's How.
The New York Times

The music industry's first runaway hit single of the year is at once a time-tested model — a Disney actress pivoting to pop with a catchy and confessional breakup ballad — and also an unprecedented TikTok-era smash by a teenager.

exclaim.ca - 33.3 Music Compilation Extends Submission Deadline
33.3 Music Compilation Extends Submission Deadline
Exclaim! Music

Published Jan 19, 2021 by Exclaim! Staff It's no secret that the ongoing pandemic has been devastating to the music industry, but there have been several new initiatives designed to help artists out during these difficult times. One such initiative…

musicweek.com - Rip It Up bursary launches in north west England to help diverse talent enter music industry
Rip It Up bursary launches in north west England to help diverse talent enter music industry
Music Week

The Rip It Up bursary has been launched by Sound City, Youth Music, SM-Mgmt and Capll to enable new Black, Asian and diverse talent to enter the music industry. Offering 10 places to 18-25 year-olds in the north west of England, the programme…

standard.co.uk - Jim Armitage - Music publisher Blue Raincoat strikes deals for back catalogue of Nick Drake
Music publisher Blue Raincoat strikes deals for back catalogue of Nick Drake
Evening Standard

B lue Raincoat Music Publishing today signed a deal with the estate of Nick Drake, the artist whose albums like Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later and Pink Moon inspired the likes of Radiohead, REM and Paul Weller. It is the latest blockbuster back…

yahoo.com - Amazon Teams Up with Pharrell Williams' YELLOW and Georgia Tech to Launch New Music Remix Competition to Inspire Students to Pursue Computer Science
Amazon Teams Up with Pharrell Williams' YELLOW and Georgia Tech to Launch New Music Remix Competition to Inspire Students to Pursue Computer Science
Yahoo

'Your Voice is Power' experience featuring Pharrell's new song, 'Entrepreneur,' encourages students to examine racial equity while learning coding Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Pharrell Williams' education equity nonprofit YELLOW, and the Georgia…

billboard.com - Glenn Peoples - Tencent Music Entertainment Shares Jump 21% on News of Lazy Audio Acquisition
Tencent Music Entertainment Shares Jump 21% on News of Lazy Audio Acquisition
Billboard

Shares in Chinese music streaming leader Tencent Music Entertainment rose 21.1% Monday morning (Jan. 19) on news it will acquire Lazy Audio, a Chinese-owned service with spoken word content such as audiobooks and podcasts, for RMB 2.7 billion ($417…

livemint.com - Lata Jha - Music industry losing revenue thanks to short video apps
Music industry losing revenue thanks to short video apps
mint

NEW DELHI: The music industry in India is losing about Rs200 crore in revenues annually as short-video apps bypass payments and access libraries of music labels illegally. Services such as Moj, owned by ShareChat, and Chingari have signed deals…

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