Music industry

UK singles sales set to break chart records in 2013 – again

Total sales of singles in the UK have risen 6% to 188.6m, an increase for the fifth year running, and 99.6% of those are digital.

The Guardian

Academy launched to help access the music industry

A new virtual academy has been launched to help young people get a job in the music industry.

BBC

Kickstarter vs. The NEA: Which Provides More Arts Funding?

A talk last week at the Aspen Institute reignited a debate that has been circulating in the arts world over the past year: does the website Kickstarter raise more money for the arts than the federal government?

WQXR

Why Japan’s Music Industry Is Booming… For Now

After the IFPI dropped the bombshell (.pdf report) that Japan is catching up to the United States and could surpass it as the world's most valuable music market, people have been trying to figure out why that might be.

Billboard

Don't Sideline Jazz Music

One of Ghana's upcoming jazz musicians, Erastus Kwabena Asomani, known in the music scene as Owura K yesterday declared that the music industry in Ghana is finding it difficult to move forward due to lack of good structures to protect the interest of musicians.

Modern Ghana

My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...

The following comment, posted on our site Tuesday, comes from Grammy-nominated, hit songwriter Ellen Shipley. One of her top tracks, "Heaven Is a Place On Earth," got played more than 3.1 million times on Pandora, in the last three months alone. Here's the rest...

Digital Music News

YouTube Confirms Vevo Deal

Google Inc.'s YouTube on Tuesday confirmed that it has a renewed its agreement with Vevo, a music video and content distributor owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Group.

Billboard

Performing Artists Compete, Move, Adapt in Tough Economy

A new report shows 45 percent of young adults who recently got a college degree are underemployed, and the next generation of classical performers are no exception. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how artists are adapting to hard economic times and an incredibly competitive job market.

PBS

What iTunes Radio Will Actually Pay

A close look at the iTunes licensing agreement for indie labels shows iTunes Radio royalties have limited downside and strong upside.

Billboard


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