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  • YCombinator Backed Bop.fm Adds Service-Agnostic Embeddable Playlists

    May 23

    One of our favorite new music services bop.fm has added universally accessible and service-agnostic embeddable playlists. Music for the YCombinator-backed apps and site is drawn from Spotify, Beats Music, Deezer, Rdio, YouTube, SoundCloud into a single stream.   As bop.fm themselves say, "That means that anyone can play any song, using any service, and share with any friend, even if your friend uses a different music service than you." Embeddable playlists also means that  bloggers and...

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  • Indie Labels and Associations Respond To YouTube Music Licensing Pressure Tactics

    May 23

    The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), which includes a wide range of indie music associations in its membership, is responding to concerns about YouTube's licensing practices with a joint global statement. Though YouTube is negotiating directly with major labels to license music for its future streaming service, the company has presented indies with templated contracts and "an explicit threat that their content will be blocked on the platform if it is not signed." This unacceptable situation...

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  • Independent Labels Criticize YouTube for "Unnecessary and Indefensible" Tactics in Streaming Service Negotiations

    May 23

    In the coming months, YouTube plans to debut a streaming service. But the video giant has been criticized for its negotiation tactics by The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), an organization that represents independent record labels around the world, as Billboard reports.  In a statement, WIN charged YouTube with lowballing the labels in negotiations, and threatening to pull their videos from YouTube if the terms are not agreed to. As they write: At a time when independent music...

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  • Music Publishing New Weekly Roundup May 23rd, 2014: Billboard Awards, Spotify Stats, Downtown Music & More

    May 23

    The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were held on Sunday May 18th at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The night was spent celebrating the top artists on the Billboard charts over the last year. Justin Timberlake was the biggest winner with 7 awards received including top artist and top 200 Album. Newcomers Imagine Dragons were not far behind with 5 awards including Top Hot 100 artist and Top Rock Artist. Performance highlights included Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan performing “This Is...

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  • Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter to Play BasilicaSoundScape, Presented in Association With Pitchfork

    May 23

    Pitchfork is happy to announce the third installment of the BasilicaSoundScape festival. It takes place September 12-13 at Basilica Hudson, an arts and performance space inside a reclaimed 19th-century factory located on the waterfront in Hudson, New York.  Performers confirmed include Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, and Julia Holter. Many more acts (and more than a few surprises) are to be announced. Tickets are on sale now for a limited early bird price of $50 for a weekend pass. When...

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  • Lookalikes Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith Engage in Drum Off on "Fallon"

    May 23

    In the world of celebrity doppelgangers, it's hard to imagine a pair looking as similar as Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Watching their joint appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", it's really surreal how much they resemble each other when wearing the same outfit. But rather than just sit next to each other and revel in the weirdness, they participated in a drum off for charity that allowed each man to show off his strengths: Smith is a better...

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  • 186 Million in U.S. Watched Video Online Last Month [NEW STATS]

    May 23

    186.1 million people watched online videos in the U.S. last month, according to ComScore. That''s down a but from the previous month. Google sites dominate the video chart, with music chanel VEVO the #1 YouTube partner channel. #1 Google (YouTube) had 155.7 million viewers last month and Facebook was #2 with 87 million viewers.  Online Video Charts Related articles Jukin Video Nabs 13 Million US Viewers On YouTube, Sneaks Into comScore's Top 10 Netflix Remains King of Bandwidth...

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  • Actress Remixes Kelis' "Rumble"

    May 23

    British producer Actress has remixed Kelis' single "Rumble", taken from her recently-released Food LP. It's called the "Actress Sixinium Bootleg Mix", and it'll be released on May 26 via Ninja Tune. Listen above, and check out the video for "Rumble" below:

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  • Jack White Says He "Almost Never" Talks to "Hermit" Meg White, Says She Wasn't Supportive During the White Stripes

    May 23

    Jack White has been very visible since the White Stripes broke up in 2011 (though they had basically been kaput since a cancelled tour in 2007, save for an appearance on Conan O'Brien's last "Late Show" episode in 2009). But the same couldn't be said for drummer Meg White. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jack talked about his relationship with Meg and why she hasn't been as active. "I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit," he said. "When we lived in Detroit, I'd have...

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  • Songza Wins 2014 Appy Award For Music

    May 23

    Popular streaming music app Songza has taken home the 2014 Appy Award for music. The APPY Awards, part of Internet Week New York, honor applications on all platforms and is dedicated to acknowledging creativity and excellence in app design. Finalists in the category also included live music recording and sales app Lively and Music Matermind's Zya which allows fans to lay down rudimentary tracks (beats, hooks and vocals) and mash together existing hits. You'll find a full list of 2014 Appy...

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