Dec 23, 2014

Lower sales affected acts worldwide

by Patrick ST. Michel

The Japanese music market has faced hard times as of late. Starting with an announcement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in March that the country’s music sales dropped 16.7 percent in 2013, the past 12 months saw no particular upswing in ...

After big year, streaming tipped for new markets

Dec 12, 2014

After big year, streaming tipped for new markets

by Shaun Tandon

Streaming has rapidly transformed pop music’s landscape but even more dramatic changes could be in store as companies eye the vast, barely touched markets of the developing world. Spotify and its rivals were among the biggest music headlines in 2014 as streaming services quickly ...

Taylor Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

Nov 4, 2014

Taylor Swift pulls music from streaming service Spotify

by David Bauder

Spotify stopped streaming Taylor Swift’s music at her request Monday, setting up a business struggle between the industry’s most popular artist and the leading purveyor of a new music distribution system. The music streaming service sounded like a spurned boyfriend in a statement announcing ...

Will Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine beat Spotify?

Jan 14, 2014

Will Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine beat Spotify?

by Matthew C. Klein

Buying music is passe; nowadays it’s all about renting. Billboard reports that sales of “album plus track equivalent albums” fell by 7.6 percent in 2013. (Among subcategories of both digital and physical media, only vinyl sales increased last year.) The new hot trends are ...

Pay properly for the music you like, even online

Jul 26, 2013

Pay properly for the music you like, even online

by Robert Levine

As the music business struggles to reinvent itself for the digital world, the only topic more controversial than what a recording is worth is who exactly should have the power to set its price. Thom Yorke has weighed in on both questions: first, in ...