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  2. I was just like, “Aw, fuck that shit. No man, let’s talk about, fuckin’ and getting too high and trying to fuck bitches and it not working out. Let’s get really grimy about it.”

    How the Producer of the Weeknd’s Breakout Tracks Got Majorly Screwed

  3. seemingly impersonal parts of an online experience disappear. In doing so, he’s created a unique and endearing type of performance — one done from the comforts of his kitchen.

    Denison Witmer Plays Single Song Concerts On Skype For $25

  4. New Apps To Help The Shift To Facebook Timeline

    Here are a few popular music apps with links to adjustments they’ve made for Timeline:

    BandPage: In addition to the BandPage upgrades announced a few weeks ago, brand new adjustments include:

    • Widescreen Timeline Version of BandPage (810 pixel) so now users can convert their page to this new size.
    • A switch to fb.bandpage.com instead of listn.to  
    • Navigation bar has been moved to the top, as people weren’t clicking on photos / videos / store as much as they’d like, mostly due to how hidden it was (essentially making it more of a “nav” panel now)

    ReverbNation: Implemented a new set of simple tools that give users flexibility to customize their timeline with function-specific app buttons (sort of like a smartphone home screen) – “Play” to get to your music,  “Watch” links straight to your videos, “Shop” for merchandise, etc…

    Nimbit: Facebook Promo Tool, Spotlight Store, and enhanced usability across the board with unified controls for all stores including those on partner services PledgeMusic and FanBridge

    FanBridge: New tabs for Store, Videos, Music, etc…

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  5. Unlike just about any other type of digital business, internet radio cannot increase (or attain, as the case might be) profitability by merely growing to a larger scale. Instead, these companies must try to increase their ad and/or subscription rates faster than they add users.

    But if the only way webcasters can make money is by charging bands, rather than paying them, we suspect internet radio royalty rates have yet to achieve their optimal configuration.

    Internet Radio Is Broken If It Needs To Charge Bands To Make Money

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  6. Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, Teddybears, More Launch Record Label

    Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, Teddybears, More Launch Record Label

    A group of Swedish artists, including Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, and Teddybears, have formed a new collective and record label called Ingrid.

    From an official statement:

    Ingrid was created over numerous cups of pitch black coffee at Mellqvist’s in Stockholm: a place where tall men, homecoming stars, sailor boys, toddlers, seekers, and women so beautiful it hurts, come together to discuss the indifferences of who you are and what you ought to be…

    Beyond complaints of harsh winters and lack of a real good Mexican joint, other topics started to swirl around the tables. Isn’t there more to life than world tours, indie cred and empty pockets? Couldn’t we be creating straight from the heart right to the people without any middle hands? Is it not 2012?

    In a heartbeat, Ingrid was created. Consisting of members such as: Miike Snow, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier, Jocke Åhlund, Johanna Beckman, Jonas Torvestig, and Tomas Nordmark, Ingrid plans to offer a home for the new guard of musicians and artists. The opportunity for creation, collaboration, and compilation sonically and visually, Ingrid will provide in an unadulterated space.

    http://www.ingrd.com
    http://www.facebook.com/ingrid.swe

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  7. As Investors Offer Millions, Can Electronic Dance Music Survive A Corporate Takeover?

    Heavy investors, notably Robert Sillerman (famous—INFAMOUS—for transforming the music industry when his company SFX formed the nucleus that eventually became Live Nation) and Ron Burkle (billionaire supermarket mogul who attempted to purchase Warner Music)are reportedly offering as much as $60 million to leading EDM promoters in what seems to be an attempt to repeat the Live Nation model for the EDM market.

  8. Typically, artists have to go through an extensive period of building before they can reestablish control of their careers and intellectual property as musicians such as Radiohead, U2 and Madonna have done. He feels artists should have that control from the beginning.

    Three Quarter Offers Musicians New Model: ‘We Run The Business, You Run The Art’

  9. The question is, how sticky is Spotify? Is it able to hold on to users for more than a year? The free people are not signing up for a long period of time, or at the highest pricing tier, or they’re not renewing.

    Problem is that there’s $200 million-plus already sunk into this…

    Spotify Has 600,000 US Subscribers; Frustratingly Low Conversion Rates…

    Fuck Spotify.

  10. $CHA$CHING$ - Amazon Now Lets You Trade In Your Old CDs In Exchange For Gift Cards

    Starting now, customers can send in their old CDs to Amazon in exchange for Amazon.com Gift Cards, which can then used to purchase anything on Amazon.com, including, of course, any of Amazon’s 19 million MP3′s.

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  11. Originally pioneered by German record company Odeon in 1909 with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ suite, the album cover became more than just a protective sleeve. By the 1950s, imagery was important in marketing the music within and a whole culture was born, with its own industry and support acts, with photographers, artists and cartoonists all making their mark alongside bands.

    History of Album Artwork - via The Importance of Album Art in the Digital Age

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  12. Indie Musicians Get New Revenue Stream As YouTube Opens Partner Program To All

    To become a YouTube Partner, you need to enable your excisting or new YouTube account. You must also control the rights for the video and music that you post. The YouTube faq reads:

    "For your videos to be eligible for monetization, you must own all the necessary rights to commercially use all visuals and audio, whether they belong to you or a third party. By commercial use rights, we mean the rights to make money from the video."

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  13. The music industry is nothing more than a world of recommendations.

    In order to survive you need to be talked about.

    (Source: hypebot.com)

  14. Jack White Releases New Song Via Balloons

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)

  15. Almost $3 million was paid to Live Nation by The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to encourage concert promotion giant to bring top artists to Authority concert venues. The secret kickbacks were revealed in documents released following a legal battle between the Authority and the NJ Star-Ledger.

    Court Documents Reveal Live Nation Paid $2.9 Million In Kickbacks By NJ Venues

    (Source: wilkinsky.us)