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Indie labels on how they’d break a band digitally for less than £1k

Yesterday’s Music Connected conference in London included a panel session of indie labels discussing how they’d break a band digitally for a notional budget of £1,000. Among the conclusions: videos are important...
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Beggars Group now getting 40% of its digital revenues from streaming

At yesterday’s AIM Music Connected conference in London, Music Ally’s own Karim Fanous gave a presentation on the potential impact of streaming music on independent labels, including some new figures from Beggars...
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Martin Mills: ‘Overall, the digital world has been very beneficial for independents’

Beggars Group boss Martin Mills has been talking about streaming music again, in an interview with Hits Daily Double. He remains broadly positive about the impact it’s having both on indie labels and artists. “I...
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Are music companies brave enough to ‘stand up to the Innovator Hegemony’?

Music analyst Mark Mulligan has been thinking about the recent rows between independent labels and YouTube, as well as between book publishers (major and indie) and Amazon. He sees both as an illustration of the Innovator...
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Thievery Corporation talks streaming: ‘The royalties are minuscule’

Electronica duo Thievery Corporation are the latest artists to speak out about streaming’s impact, in an interview with GigaOm which refreshingly explores their views in decent detail. “It’s great that people...
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Major labels sue Pandora over pre-1972 recordings

It’s all kicking off in the US over Pandora’s licensing policies, but this time it’s labels putting the boot in, rather than artists, songwriters or publishers. The three major labels, ABKCO and the RIAA...
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YouTube’s indie contract published online as EC looks on

Late last week, Billboard reported on some details of a contract sent by YouTube to an independent label, but now rival site Digital Music News has published the entire contract in 32 screenshots. Cue outrage from its traditionally-feisty...
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Second-screen TV app Zeebox relaunches as Beamly

Zeebox launched in 2011 as an iPad app for chatting about TV shows while watching them – one of a clutch of ‘second-screen’ startups playing an almost Foursquare-like role in getting people to check in to shows...
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YouTube music contract leaks, revealing revenue splits and guarantees

The ongoing row between YouTube and some independent labels has led to an inevitable leak of the company’s draft contract – Billboard obtained one last week and published its report on Friday, but we can confirm...
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Believe Digital says it signed a YouTube deal without threats or advances

Earlier this week, distribution firm Kudos added its views to the debate around YouTube and indie licensing, questioning why some rival distributors had signed up for YouTube’s upcoming premium service: “You have...
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Merlin maintains support for streaming music as revenues double

With equity in Spotify and a willingness to speak out whenever it feels its membership is being disrespected by digital services, licensing agency Merlin is a long-time backer of streaming as a model that can benefit the...
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Kanye West thinks Apple bought beats because Samsung worked with Jay-Z

Kanye West jetted into Cannes for its Lions advertising fest yesterday, and left an audience with his views on why Apple bought Beats Electronics. The key, he thinks, is Samsung’s partnership with Jay-Z last year. “There...