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Story Songs: "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" - Richard Thompson

I know why Richard Thompson has never achieved the success his talent deserves. He doesn’t possess the rock star cool or good looks of some of his contemporaries. 1,021 more words


Apple asks Taylor Swift, others to promote revamped Beats Music service

”Apple Inc. has asked Florence and the Machine and more than a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote a revamped Beats Music, and persuade people to ante up for what they’re accustomed to getting pretty much for free,” Lucas Shaw reports for Bloomberg. 273 more words


How TIDAL Can Deliver On Its Promises

The continued media feeding frenzy around Jay-Z’s TIDAL demonstrates just how valuable star power is for cutting through the clutter.  What has helped sustain interest is Jay-Z’s vision for delivering better value to artists and better experiences for music fans.  877 more words


Rough Trade Album of The Month March 2015 - Matthew E White "Fresh Blood"

The March 2015 Rough Trade Album of the Month is “Fresh Blood” by Matthew E White. This is the second consecutive Album of the Month with a more traditional conventional sound to it, which is unusual in itself. 500 more words


New issue of Music & Copyright with Canada country report

The latest issue of Music & Copyright is now available for subscribers to download. Here are some of the highlights.

Streaming the case to Vivendi for a UMG sell-off… 672 more words

Music Industry

Jay-Z, Becoming An HBO For Streaming, And Digital Music Bling

Jay-Z just made his much hyped entrance into streaming official with his star studded but awkward signing ceremony for TIDAL. Once having navigated a few objections from minor shareholders, Jay-Z’s first major act after successfully buying the not-very-appropriately-named-for-a-hip-hop-superstar WiMP was to rebrand it to TIDAL, the name that WiMP’s high quality service had been operating under. 754 more words


Why Apple's glacial response to disruptive streaming music market matters

”Spotify and others have quickly created a streaming music market that has resulted in Apple iTunes being increasingly considered yesterday’s way of consuming music,” Gary Bourgeault writes for Seeking Alpha. 347 more words