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How musician Hannah Trigwell built her audience on YouTube

"I was literally a covers artist for a couple of years. I thought 'I could sing one of my songs that I've just written in the bathroom, or I could sing a song that people already know..." Amid the ongoing music-industry...
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A new breed of music accelerators – for startups and artists alike

Suppose you are an entrepreneur looking to disrupt the music industry with your new technology, or an artist looking to disrupt yourself. Where do you start? As an entrepreneur, perhaps you build a minimum viable product...
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YouTube hits back at ‘noise’ around its music payouts

It's been a bruising month for YouTube as labels, music industry bodies and artists have attacked Google's video service over its payouts for music streams, and the safe-harbour legislation that they see as protecting it. YouTube...
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Nikki Sixx joins the YouTube pile-on over payouts

Mötley Crüe co-founder Nikki Sixx is the latest musician to speak out about YouTube royalties, alongside his current band Sixx:A.M.’s frontman James Michael. “YouTube is paying out about a sixth of what Spotify and...
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French band Giant Jack publish their streaming income

The latest artist sharing details of how much money they make from streaming is French band Giant Jack. They’ve allowed Digital Music News to publish their earnings from platforms including Spotify, Deezer, YouTube and...
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David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming

“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...
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David Lowery Spotify takedowns spark new disagreement

US Spotify users can’t stream music by David Lowery’s two bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, after the service removed them as part of its legal dispute with the musician over publishing royalties. However, the...
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Will BandPage’s YouTube sale spark open tools for musicians?

Direct-to-fan firm BandPage was acquired by YouTube last week, although subsequent reports of an $8m price for a company that had raised $27.6m in funding took the shine off the news somewhat. Attention is already turning...
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Recording Academy boss Portnow criticises streaming at Grammys

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow took aim at “business practices that don’t pay music creators fairly” in his speech at the Grammy Awards last night. “When you stream a song, all the people that created...
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Kanye West claims new album ‘will never be for sale’

It almost feels pointless reporting on the saga of Kanye West’s new album ‘The Life of Pablo’ this week: what West tweets one day can swiftly be overtaken by events. Even so, here’s the latest: “My album will...
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Katy Perry partners with Spotify to woo artists pre-Grammys

Katy Perry is fronting an event called ‘An Evening to Celebrate the Creators’ this weekend, co-hosted by Sia, Missy Elliott and Greg Kurstin. The sponsor: Spotify, as its latest effort to win artists round to the benefits...
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Sammy Andrews: ‘The future of our industry is our artists’

Former Cooking Vinyl digital marketer Sammy Andrews has become a familiar face at music-industry conferences over the past year. Her keynote speech at this week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam wrapped up several of...