Digital music and audio

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Spotify expected to report subscriber slowdown
Such an update would be another signal that Covid lockdown entertainment boom is over

Mark Sweney

25, Apr, 2021 @2:44 PM

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Paul McCartney and Kate Bush lead call for change to music streaming payments
Open letter to Boris Johnson signed by 156 musicians including Led Zeppelin and Annie Lennox aims to reword 1988 Copyright Act

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Apr, 2021 @1:25 PM

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Today’s pop industry cheats songwriters | Björn Ulvaeus
It’s the song, not the album, that rules modern pop – but payment for writers is dysfunctional at best. We urgently need a new model

Björn Ulvaeus

17, Apr, 2021 @6:01 AM

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The music streaming debate: what the artists, songwriters and industry insiders say
The Guardian has talked to 25 figures from the music world ahead of publication of a parliamentary report

Lanre Bakare

10, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Sonos Roam: cheaper, multi-room portable smart speaker launched
Smaller, lighter and water-resistant device has Bluetooth and wifi, aimed at home and outdoor use

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

09, Mar, 2021 @9:00 PM

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Kings of Leon to release new album as a non-fungible token
Band will sell a $50 limited-edition deluxe version of When You See Yourself, as well as six special NFTs

Alex Hern Technology editor

04, Mar, 2021 @3:56 PM

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‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits
Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in music

Dorian Lynskey

27, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Spotify credits podcast popularity for 24% growth in subscribers
Strategic shift beyond music content helps streaming service to grow advertising income by 29% to €281m

Mark Sweney

03, Feb, 2021 @5:29 PM

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YouTube says music artists' income could fall if it must pay more for streams
Platform claims proposed legislation could be so difficult to adhere to that it may have to block music content

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

31, Jan, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Streaming deals reflect success of biggest artists, says label boss
Universal’s UK head tells MPs services are not perfect, as it emerges it can take over 1m streams to make £1,000

Mark Sweney

19, Jan, 2021 @4:53 PM

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'Spotify are selling adverts, not music': how to stream ethically
Major services pay musicians as little as £0.004 per stream, a rate it’s impossible to live on. What other options are there?

Rhian Jones

16, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Olivia Rodrigo: Disney star's No 1 debut single beats Ed Sheeran's record
A familiar sound and rumoured real-life relationship drama created a ‘perfect storm’ for the 17-year-old’s pop breakout

Laura Snapes

15, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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