Streaming

The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell…

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Thinking of using Beatport Link’s streaming service on your next DJ gig, are you? Er, you might have to rethink that plan – and not just because of rubbish wifi at the nightclub…

A while ago now, your favourite blog spoke about Beatport Link. There appears to be money to be made in streaming - certainly not for the artists, but plenty for the labels and plenty for the streaming platforms themselves. Hence why Daniel Ek is worth billions and the average songwriter…

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So you wonder why I gave up making music? In a climate where 82% of all music streamed in the USA is now old music, new stuff has never found it so tough to break through…

Last summer, I published an article commenting on the fact 66% of all audio streaming in the USA consisted of so-called catalogue material. And just to be absolutely clear here, catalogue material is anything which was released more than 18 months ago. It’s one of the reasons why labels and…

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Not the start Daniel Ek wanted to his week! Fresh from major labels probe, indy label body Impala now wants UK’s anti-competition body to take a closer look at Spotify’s much maligned Discovery Mode…

This blog welcomes the prospect of Daniel Ek not having a particularly good start to the week. And it looks like he's about to get that. A few months ago, a parliamentary committee in the UK was looking at the way the major labels operated - and it didn't go…

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Larry The Loafer is back! BPI put out report saying 2000 artists get over ten MILLION streams per year in Britain – so can boss Geoff Taylor explain some other things?

It’s something of a mystery to me exactly who the representatives of the record labels, the British Phonographic Industry, actually represent these days. In recent times, their voice has been entirely absent from debates over how fair streaming is - and the favourite stooge of the labels has also failed…

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Is it aimed at DJs in clubs or the ones in their kitchens? Beatport recently unveiled a new $9.99 streaming plan – which just leaves me with more questions than answers…

Someone somewhere is benefitting from streaming. But whom? It’s certainly not the artists whose music is on such services. They’re being paid a pittance for the use of their work. And it’s not even really the listeners - who only have access to that music so long as it’s available…

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I wondered what Larry The Loafer was doing these days! BPI boss Geoff Taylor delivers an end of year message – but whose hand was up his back passage as he wrote it?

Everyone seems to think they're The Queen these days. Such is this sententious and pompous urge felt by many public figures to give the world some kind of end of year message. And for once, the music industry - normally happy to dispense of formalities such as rules - are…

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Over two MILLION streams and just over £93 in the bank: the truth of what’s behind those glossy Spotify Wrapped graphics as NZCA Lines blows the whole thing open…

Why would anyone bother making music in this day and age? Whilst I'm not saying that money should be the sole driver for producers, singers and the rest, getting paid for your work is certainly a helpful motivation elsewhere in life. Would you expect the binman to collect your rubbish…

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