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August 20th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Earlier this week, Billboard published some research showing that the top 200 tracks in the US so far this year have sold 25.5m units less than the top 200 for the same period in 2013 – a 13% year-on-year...

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August 20th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Russian digital music service Zvooq has closed a $20m Series A funding round, led by local retailer Ulmart, with Finnish private equity firm Essedel Capital chipping in. Zvooq plans to spend the money...

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August 19th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Won’t somebody think of the children? Oh, they have. The UK is set to introduce age ratings for online music videos this October, with a pilot scheme involving YouTube, Vevo, the three major labels and...

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August 18th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Vevo could be the next billion-dollar digital music business by valuation, but the emphasis remains very much on the “could” in that sentence. The music video service’s desire to find either an...

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August 15th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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EDM-focused entertainment firm SFX Entertainment's revenues nearly tripled year-on-year in the last quarter, but its losses grew too. The public company published its latest financial results yesterday,...

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August 14th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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We've been banging on for a while about the need for more and deeper partnerships between streaming music firms and direct-to-fan services, particularly around merchandise, ticketing and crowdfunding. It's...

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August 13th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Yes, alright, that headline is about as far from breaking news as you can get in 2014, if you've been paying even an iota of attention to youth trends in recent times. But it's always worth exploring...

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August 12th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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The latest musician angry about their streaming income is Sean Kinney, the drummer from grunge veterans Alice in Chains. In a recent radio interview, he took aim at two of the biggest streaming services,...

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August 11th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

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Amazon's war of words with book publisher Hachette has stepped up a notch in recent days, with an open letter signed by authors provoking further communications from both companies. It's safe to say neither...

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