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Streaming holdout Tool may come in from the cold

Rock band Tool remains one of the most high-profile holdouts from streaming services, with the band’s back catalogue still unavailable to stream. That may be changing, according to Bloomberg. Its report claims Tool is...
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Chance the Rapper claims Apple exclusivity payment of $500k

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ was a big independent success story of 2016, albeit one backed by an exclusive deal with one of the biggest companies in the world: Apple. On Friday, Chance responded to questions...
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Drake’s ‘More Life’ goes live across all streaming services

When is a 22-track album not an album? When it’s a “playlist” by Drake, of course. He released his new alb… sorry, playlist on Saturday, although ‘More Life’ was originally intended to be released by the end of...
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Taylor Swift probably isn’t launching a streaming service

With certain digital music industry news sites turning into TMZ, perhaps it’s no surprise that the latter (celebrity gossip-focused) site is expanding into digital-music speculation. “Taylor Swift is done fighting...
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Saavn commissions its first ‘artist originals’ track

Saavn is the latest music-streaming service to expand its original content. The Indian firm has launched an initiative called Artist Originals (AO), which will see the company commission, produce and distribute new tracks...
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Sam Lee and Melissa Bel give artists’ views on music’s future

The final panel of the day at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam saw a pair of musicians – Sam Lee from the UK and Melissa Bel, originally from Canada but now based in the UK – have their say on the music industry’s...
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Artists making money from music: sync, brands… and gin!

Sync and brand partnerships are increasingly important sources of income for musicians, but there remains some tension around brands working with artists directly, rather than arguing over fees with their labels. That...
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Kate Nash to Snapchat: ‘Dude, where’s my pay cheque?’

Musician Kate Nash has sparked a discussion about Snapchat’s music-licensing strategy, after she claimed that the company was using her song ‘Foundations’ in one of its lenses without paying her for the rights. “HI...
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Bandcamp quadrupled signups by removing ‘fan account’ restrictions

The number of people signing up to Bandcamp quadrupled after it dropped its requirement for people to make a purchase before they could get a ‘fan account’ on the music site. Until recently, the restriction meant that...
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Passion Pit frontman launching services company for artists

The frontman of Passion Pit, Michael Angelakos, is launching a company to provide legal, educational and healthcare services to musicians. Mashable, which broke the story ahead of an expected announcement this week, included...
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Deezer Next programme will champion emerging artists

Spotify appears to have put on hold its ‘Spotlight’ programme choosing a set of emerging artists to promote in the year ahead. Rival Deezer, though, is just getting started with its equivalent, which it is branding as...
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Beatie Wolfe on bringing back ‘the art of music in the digital age’

“I had no plans to make a musical jacket or do a deck of cards. Or even make an album! But then I was at an event and met this rock-star tailor who’d just moved into Yoko and Lennon’s first home…” Beatie Wolfe...