Muppets Humpty Dance

Watch: Gonzo and The Muppets sing ‘The Humpty Dance’

By on March 31, 2015 at 2:49 PM.

Watch: Gonzo and The Muppets sing ‘The Humpty Dance’

The Muppets are awesome. Digital Underground’s classic rap song “The Humpty Dance” is also awesome. So why not combine the two into a modern masterpiece?

Well, that’s exactly what Twitter user Mylo the Cat recently did. And the result is nothing short of amazing. Featuring Gonzo, naturally, taking on the role of Shock G, the video is a must watch. And Muppet fans, not to worry, you’ll see a number of great cameos from all of your favorite characters. More →

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Tom Hanks 'I Really Like You' Video

I never thought I’d enjoy a Carly Rae Jespen video… until I saw Tom Hanks dance in one

By on March 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

I never thought I’d enjoy a Carly Rae Jespen video… until I saw Tom Hanks dance in one

Tom Hanks needs no further introductions – he’s one of the best actors out there and I don’t think I’ve ever missed any of his movies so far. However, I did miss the video in which Hanks sings and dances along with Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song. And I’ll just say it: I didn’t know how much I needed this in my life. More →

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Apple Beats Music

You’ll never guess whose job it is to make sure Apple’s streaming music service doesn’t suck

By on March 26, 2015 at 8:31 AM.

You’ll never guess whose job it is to make sure Apple’s streaming music service doesn’t suck

It’s fair to say that Apple completely missed the boat on music streaming. Content with healthy downloads from the iTunes Music Store, Apple gave plenty of breathing room to crafty upstarts like Pandora and Spotify who slowly but surely started putting large dents into the traditional digital download business.

These days, digital downloads are on the decline as consumers are increasingly showing less of an interest in owning their music. Apple, of course, has plans to get into the streaming business thanks to its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music last year.

That said, Apple’s 2013 rollout of iTunes Radio doesn’t exactly instill confidence that Apple gets music. Which, not surprisingly, is part and parcel why Apple bought Beats in the first place — music industry talent and savvy.

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Kendrick Lamar Spotify Record

Kendrick Lamar’s new album sets Spotify streaming record

By on March 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM.

Kendrick Lamar’s new album sets Spotify streaming record

In case anyone is still wondering why Apple doled out $3 billion for Beats Music, all one has to do is look to the immense success and growing popularity of Spotify. Just this week, Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, set a new Spotify record for the most streams in a single day, 9.6 million to be exact. Notably, the 9.6 million figure only includes songs that were listened the whole way through.

Indeed, Spotify records have come crashing down at a rapid clip in recent memory. In February, for instance, Drake’s latest album, titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, amassed 17.3 million streams over the course of the month, setting a new monthly Spotify record in the process.

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Jay Z Music Streaming

Jay-Z’s next battle: Taking on Spotify and Pandora

By on March 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Jay-Z’s next battle: Taking on Spotify and Pandora

The music streaming business is currently a three-or-four-dog race. You’ve got Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, and last but not least, Beats Music. Looking to join in on the fun is rapper Jay Z, who is  reportedly gearing up to go head to head with the biggest names in music streaming.

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Beats Music Vs. Spotify Pricing

Apple’s Spotify killer won’t be as cheap as we hoped

By on March 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

Apple’s Spotify killer won’t be as cheap as we hoped

With Apple reportedly planning to roll out an iTunes-integrated and revamped version of Beats’ music streaming service at WWDC later this year, a new report from Billboard suggests that Apple’s on-demand music service won’t be as cheap as many initially hoped.

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Kelly Clarkson Heartbeat Song

There’s something very curious about Kelly Clarkson’s latest single

By on January 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

There’s something very curious about Kelly Clarkson’s latest single

I can’t stop listening to Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song,” but it isn’t because I’m a particularly huge fan of her music. Rather, Andy Cush at Gawker pointed out on Tuesday that “Heartbeat Song,” the first single off of Clarkson’s upcoming album Piece by Piece, sounds eerily similar to early 2000s alt-rock hit “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. More →

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Confessions Of A Music Thief

Confessions of a music thief

By on August 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Confessions of a music thief

I have stolen music. A massive amount of music, in fact. Over the past decade or so, I have illegally downloaded hundreds of songs from various file-sharing networks. Even thousands, most likely.

In the past couple of years, however, I have completely stopped stealing music as my listening habits shifted from album-based listening to services like Pandora and Spotify. The painful irony here, however, is that recording artists and music labels earn far less money from me now that I have gone legit than they did when I was a thief.

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Music industry’s anti-piracy playbook revealed: Site blocking, app removal and litigation

By on July 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Music industry’s anti-piracy playbook revealed: Site blocking, app removal and litigation

Anti-Piracy Strategy Music Industry

A leaked confidential report from the archaically-named International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has revealed a wide range of strategies being employed by the recording industry to fight piracy, including petitioning for the removal of third-party music apps from app stores and petitioning ISPs to block sites that offer pirated music. The report, obtained by TorrentFreak, shows that the IFPI is advising the music industry to attack piracy with multiple tactics that are divided into five broad categories:  Take down, Disruption, Investigation, Lobbying and Litigation. More →

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Music streaming royalties finally begin to add up

By on June 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM.

Music streaming royalties finally begin to add up

Music Streaming Royalties

Digital music has become increasingly popular over the years, and now it looks like new methods of digital music distribution are finally starting to pay off. SoundExchange, which processes royalty payments for online music streams, confirmed on Monday that it has paid artists and record companies a total of $1 billion since being founded in 2000. “The way the industry is going, it is about multiple revenue streams, not just one,” Michael Huppe, SoundExchange’s president, said in an interview with The New York Times. The company’s quarterly payments to artist and record companies exceeded $100 million for the first time this year. SoundExchange collects money from Sirius XM Radio, Pandora and other forms of Internet radio, and then pays royalties to both artists and their labels. While Internet streaming royalties have increased, they still remain a relatively small percentage of music royalties as a whole. More →

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BitTorrent piracy found by study to boost music sales

By on May 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM.

BitTorrent piracy found by study to boost music sales

BitTorrent Piracy Study

A recent study found that contrary to arguments repeatedly posed by major record labels — and perhaps contrary to logic as well — BitTorrent piracy has a direct correlation to increased album sales. Between May 2010 and January 2011, North Carolina State University assistant professor Robert Hammond tracked BitTorrent download statistics for new albums ahead of their releases. He then compared his data to music sales figures and found what he believes to be a connection. “I isolate the causal eff ect of file sharing of an album on its sales by exploiting exogenous variation in how widely available the album was prior to its official release date,” Hammond wrote in his paper. “The findings suggest that fi le sharing of an album benefi ts its sales. I don’t fi nd any evidence of a negative e ffect in any specification, using any instrument.” Of course, the case may simply be that popular music is popular music; whether consumers steal it or buy it, massive marketing budgets help ensure that people are exposed to labels’ premier acts as much as possible, thus promoting demand. More →

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Former Microsoft exec says Apple killed the Zune before it even launched

By on May 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM.

Former Microsoft exec says Apple killed the Zune before it even launched

Apple iPod Killed Microsoft Zune

A former Microsoft executive in charge of the company’s Zune division has admitted its music players were a mistake, GeekWire reported. “The portable music market is gone and it was already leaving when we started,” Robbie Bach said at an entrepreneurs’ event in Seattle last week. “We just weren’t brave enough,” he said, admitting that Microsoft had been targeting Apple “and there wasn’t a reason for somebody to say, oh, I have to go out and get [Zune] that thing.” Bach regrets that he never pushed the company’s Zune software to Microsoft’s Windows Mobile team to “produce the coolest music service for your phones ever.” The former executive also blamed the Zune’s failure on a music industry that was “hooked” on Apple. “The music industry just didn’t get it,” he said, adding that Microsoft’s Zune marketing message was also very confusing. “I don’t think people walked away saying, this is what Zune is and this is why it’s different. This is why I have to have it. We did some really artsy ads that appealed to a very small segment of the music space, and we didn’t captivate the broad segment of music listeners,” Bach concluded. More →

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