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Pitchfork Effect

Last week, media company Condé Nast revealed its plan to reorganise Pitchfork, the leading music site, by merging it with men’s magazine GQ. A round...

TikTok vs Universal Music and The Music Businesses Coming of Age

Well, it’s definitely been an interesting few weeks, looking across the ballfield of TikTok vs Universal Music. What is heartening to see is that major labels such as Universal Music seem to have finally learned from previous mistakes made initially in the 1980s. 

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Tainted Love: YouTube and AI

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Goodbye and Hello: Sam Altman and OpenAI

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November Roundup: Three Industry Events To Visit

The Music Void shares this month's roundup of industry events featuring great panel discussions and simply great music. Le Guess Who? Utrecht, The Netherlands 9-12 November 2023 The...

Generative AI And The New Pirate Mafioso’s = Silicon Valley

So, it out in the open now. We know who the massive conglomerates and global investor firms that are stealing and pillaging through creative content owners content with total disregard for copyright and quite frankly illegal conduct

Preserving Timeless Legacies: The Beatles vs. Mickey Mouse

In the realm of timeless legacies, two towering giants emerge: The Beatles and Mickey Mouse. These icons hold special places in our hearts and cultural history, yet their paths to preservation diverge significantly. The Beatles, celebrated as the greatest band in the history of music, have recently embarked on a journey of posthumous releases featuring the late John Lennon's demos. While this practice aims to pay homage to their beloved bandmate and extend their remarkable legacy, it has sparked concerns about the integrity of their music.

Choose Your Battles: Universal vs Anthropic

Who will be the sharks in the legal battle between majors and Anthropic? Katy Perry performs at University of Phoenix Stadium (photo by Kevin...
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Hipgnosis Songs Fund In Crisis: Investors Reject Catalog Sale And Demand Major Overhaul

Hipgnosis Songs Fund, a company that led the music-catalog gold rush in recent years by investing over $2 billion in song assets from artists like Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is now facing an uncertain future. A significant 83.2% of its investors voted for a new board to implement major structural changes in the company during a recent meeting.

Bandcamp And Songtradr: Foot In Wrong Camp

Bandcamp has been famous as a rare platform offering unlimited streaming as well as the possibility to promote and sell not just your music but also merchandise. Unlike streaming platforms like Spotify who pay peanuts, Bandcamp provides artists with a fair pay of 82% from the purchase of their music. According to Pitchfork, artists on Bandcamp collectively earned $193 million in the last year alone, while Bandcamp has paid out $1.19 billion since its founding in 2007.

UPDATE: Hipgnosis Songs Fund Dabbles in Strategic Review to Soothe Wobbly Shareholders – Let’s See How That Goes!

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has decided to indulge in a bit of strategic review therapy, all in the name of calming the jitters of its oh-so-anxious investors after recent sudden share price drop

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TikTok vs Universal Music and The Music Businesses Coming of Age

Well, it’s definitely been an interesting few weeks, looking across the ballfield of TikTok vs Universal Music. What is heartening to see is that major labels such as Universal Music seem to have finally learned from previous mistakes made initially in the 1980s. 

Unleashing Chaos: How To Get Free Music- And Why The Music Industry Can’t Stop It

The same platform that brought you cat videos and cringe-worthy influencers is now the go-to place for snagging every song imaginable. Thanks to some clever websites, you can rip the audio from any YouTube video, download it as an MP3 or .wav file, and sail the seas of free music. No subscriptions, no ads, no hassle.

February Round-up: Four music events to attend

Winter holidays have passed quickly, and there are the...