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Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties

The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
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SoundCloud on acquisition talk: ‘There is a lot of interest in us’

SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss was hardly likely to confirm rumours about Spotify buying his company while on-stage at the Web Summit conference. But he didn't outright deny it. “What I would say is that...
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Steve Angello and Brian Message talk streaming, startups and artist businesses

At this week's Web Summit conference in Dublin, Music Ally interviewed Steve Angello and Brian Message on-stage about the digital music world: and particularly on the impact that streaming is having on artists. As co-owner...
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Streaming upside: ‘There’s huge potential for music to be monetised again’

“The language that has been injected into the industry around the use of music has sort-of been accepted. Songwriters are no longer ‘copyright owners’. They’re ‘content partners’ with technology companies.” That...
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Intel unimpressed by current crop of smartwatches

Intel’s wearables boss Mike Bell has criticised the current generation of smartwatches as lacking in mainstream appeal. “Taping a cellphone to your wrist is not what I’d call a wearable. There has to be a reason why...
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Bono: labels not Spotify should field streaming anger

The closing session at yesterday’s Web Summit conference featured U2 frontman Bono, who ended up talking more about streaming than iTunes. “The real enemy is not between digital downloads or streaming, the real enemy,...