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eMusic ditches major labels to focus on independent music again

Five years after adding its first tracks from major labels, eMusic has removed it all to focus once again on independent music. “Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the...
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PornHub now has its own record label

Earlier this year, we reported on Coolio’s comeback – although the rapper was notably grumpy about it being described as a comeback – via a deal to release a song with adult entertainment site PornHub. Now the site...
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Microsoft will pay $2.5bn to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang

Minecraft has become a gaming phenomenon across PC, console and mobile devices in recent years, with more than 50m sales (and 100m total downloads once free users are taken into account) across all platforms. All of this...
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Swedish indie label Blue Music Group withdraws from Spotify

A Swedish indie label focusing on avant-garde, classical, jazz and Nordic music is making headlines around the world – but not for its music. Instead, Blue Music Group is getting attention for whipping its catalogue off...
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YouTube’s new music service might be called MusicKey

Things have gone quiet (publicly at least) on YouTube’s negotiations with independent labels for its upcoming subscription music service. However, news emerged at the weekend about its possible branding. It seems Google...
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Brian Message says artists and managers need a seat at digital deals table

Last night we held our ‘I Can See Clearly Now: Transparency in the Digital Age’ debate in London. Among the speakers were manager Brian Message, who made a call for managers and artists to be more involved in...
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A2IM boss criticises YouTube and major labels over licensing

US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich Bengloff certainly isn’t...
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WIN steps up pressure on YouTube with ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’

With the row between YouTube and indie label bodies WIN and Impala still rumbling, WIN is keeping up the pressure on Google's video service with something it's calling The Fair Digital Deals Declaration. What's that? "A...
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Kim Dotcom’s Baboom aiming to raise AU$4.5m from investor

Who would invest in Kim Dotcom? Well, the internet mogul might not be the ideal candidate for VC funding given his ongoing extradition issues, but he’s hoping to raise AU$4.5m ($4.2m) from investors as part of an Australian...
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Merge Records gets 25th anniversary promotion on Google Play

While the YouTube v indies row continues to simmer, other parts of Google’s business are working more positively with independent labels. The Google Play store has a new promotion this week for US indie Merge Records,...
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Sub Pop launches its own radio channel on TuneIn

Here’s an interesting deal: famed independent label Sub Pop has launched its own radio station on TuneIn, the website and app that has more than 50m active listeners. The label is programming the new channel just like...
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Blue Note Records gets own iTunes destination and radio station

Pioneering jazz label Blue Note Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and those celebrations include a partnership with Apple for a stronger presence on its iTunes store. There’s now a Blue Note destination page...