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Spotify’s ‘business by obscurity’, as Adele tops their UK 2011 chart

Adele is the most played artist on Spotify in the UK, which is nice but what I really want to know is… 1: How many times was the track “Rolling in the Deep” played? 2: How much did that earn her label (XL, which isn’t one of the ‘majors’)? 3: How much of that slice of the subscriptions was passed on to Adele? Yes, I’m sure we’ll see these in the near future…

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How the old music industry subjugate the new online start-ups

Nobody wants to acknowledge how sausages are made, so i can;t help thinking that Michael Robertson decided to illustrate the financial mudslide that online music streaming sites are on by comparing services like Spotify to a Hot Dog stand: Such economic demands [go read the article, basically give us more money than you bring in from subscribers or else] may be imaginary for the hot dog business, but they are the stark reality that every digital-music subscription service such as Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, and others must confront. These details aren’t well-known because digital music service deals are always wrapped

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The Black Hole of musical streaming services

A look at the current trend in the music industry to have streaming music benefit the labels, with less support and financial return being offered to the individual acts: The issue here is that many of these streaming services position themselves as radio stations. Certainly in the UK that allows them to have a much cheaper music licence. It is expensive to run a streaming service, especially when the market seems to have settled on £10 a month as the top price people will pay. Yet this brave new world of music still seems to leave the artists at the

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How long until one company owns every bit of mainstream music?

Music publisher BMG are ready to bid for music publisher EMI. Music publisher Warner are likely to pitch in as well, while music publisher Sony and music publisher Universal won’t sit on the dock of the bay either. Apart from the fact that this would keep Competition Lawyers and Regulators lots of work to do, it worries me that so much musical power is being concentrated in fewer and fewer companies. That’s fertile ground for a cartel to operate in. And not just in music sales, but in contracts with young and upcoming bands, leverage on digital providers such as

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Spotify is no friend of the independent musician

Matthew Ebel: If 10,000 people buy a track from iTunes, I can pay off my credit cards and keep making music. If 10,000 people listen to a track on Spotify, I earn $13 and change. Spotify may have spent all their effort on the US launch to woo the big labels, but I’m more concerned about how much of an impact this will have on smaller bands and individuals. I doubt U2 would notice the impact of Spotify either way, but fifty album sales can have a noticeable effect on the indie musicians. Support good music, don’t just stream Spotify

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