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UK Music counts music’s £4.1bn contribution to UK economy

Industry body UK Music has published its latest report, Measuring Music 2015, with the headline claim that music contributed £4.1bn to the UK economy in 2014. That included a 17% rise in British music exports thanks to...
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The challenges of selling digital tools to musicians

As the founder of ArtistData and Onesheet, Brenden Mulligan knows a thing or two about trying to sell digital tools to musicians. And unfortunately, many of the things he knows are a bit disheartening. “New musicians...
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Prince rejoins Instagram with flurry of photos

Prince appears to have settled on a formula for social media: join a service, post a few times, then delete everything and sit back to enjoy people calling you enigmatic all over again. So enjoy Prince’s Instagram account...
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Spotify gets original radio shows with In Residence brand

Radio station Beats 1 has been one of the most warmly-received elements of Apple Music: especially the shows where artists like Drake, Grimes and St. Vincent have turned DJ. Now Spotify appears to be fighting back with...
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Bandcamp defends indirect payments to musicians

Bandcamp has defended a change in its payment process that means fans’ money is no longer flowing directly to artists. Instead, they are going through the company, which has sparked some concern and criticism from artists...
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Kanye West may have joined SoundCloud

Past disappointments are leading us to stay cautious on this until there’s confirmation from Kanye or SoundCloud, but it seems the world’s most enigmatic pop star may have joined the streaming service this week. At...
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James Blunt says his Spotify royalties are £0.0004499368 per stream

James Blunt is the latest artist to publish details of how much he earns from streams of his music, telling his Twitter followers that he earns less than £0.0005 per stream on Spotify. "I get paid £00.0004499368 per...
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Joanna Newsom slams Spotify – but there’s much more to say

When artists criticise music-streaming services and/or complain about tiny royalty cheques, their concerns need to be taken seriously. Sometimes that means challenging the streaming services with the points raised by those...
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Musician Lindsey Stirling among YouTube’s highest earners

How much are the biggest stars on YouTube earning? Forbes has been crunching the numbers to come up with a top 10 based on pre-tax earnings in the year to 1 June 2015. It’s headed by gamer PewDiePie with an estimated...
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Music managers dissect digital music dollars: ‘This is to kickstart a debate’

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has published its new Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, calling for greater transparency around the money musicians earn from digital music services. The report was announced earlier...
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Rudimental launch their Disciple Media-powered app

Rudimental have become – as promised earlier this year – the latest artist to use UK startup Disciple Media’s platform to launch a mobile app. Out in time to promote their second album ‘We The Generation’. The...
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Spotify seeks artist insight analyst

An interesting job posting on the Spotify website with a role, based in the company’s New York office, to provide better fan insight for artists. “We are looking for someone to help artists better understand and engage...