Music industry

Music co-operatives: helping artists survive amid austerity

Growing numbers of musicians are adopting the co-operative model in order to help them secure a future in the industry.

The Guardian

If CDs cost £8 where does the money go?

Despite digital's complete dominance of the singles market, most albums are still bought on CD. The average cost is £8 but where does the money go?


Why the Japanese still love music CDs

Compact discs account for 80% of all music sales in Japan, which experts attribute to bonus material and an aging population who grew up with packaged music.

CNN Money

How Ashamed Should You Feel About Using Spotify?

Music-streaming services really don't exploit performers. Songwriters, though—that's another story.


Free Music

How the music industry could learn from open-source culture, and why a decentralized network of musicians and fans should lead the way forward.


Want a Job in the Music Business? These Are the Cities You Should Live In

Big cities like New York and Los Angeles have more music industry jobs, but you're more likely to have a neighbor in the biz in Nashville.



Why unpaid interns are bad for the music industry

Big US record labels are being sued by former interns who worked for free – how do their UK counterparts measure up?

The Guardian

Streaming music payments: how much do artists really receive?

Musician Zoë Keating earned $808 from 201,412 Spotify streams of tracks from two of her older releases in the first half of 2013, according to figures published by the cellist as a Google Doc.

The Guardian

Universal launches vinyl crowdfunding site to reprint rare and deleted albums

The Vinyl Project will allow fans to register their interest in the re-release of certain LPs, with Sonic Youth's Goo, Björk's Biophilia, Pulp's His N Hers and Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance currently being considered for the project.

The Guardian

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