Bitcoin, blockchain and automatic royalty payments could transform how musicians earn.
Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl.
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Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.
Prince makes a surprise appearance during ‘American Idol’‘s 2006 finale.
By confronting powerful record companies and streaming services, Prince paved the way for other musicians to demand artistic freedom and their fair share of profits.
Prince revealed the fault-lines in commercial music making – and he didn’t hesitate to prise them open.
A detailed look at one of the musician's most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.
Will the real Kylie please stand up?
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An expert in copyright law explains who is better placed to win the trademark battle over the name "Kylie" – popstar Minogue or reality TV star Jenner.
Musician, actor, icon and entrepreneur – David Bowie's life was a masterclass in culture and business.
The age-old question of whether musicians should be writing for themselves or for their audiences has no easy answer.
While the debate seems not to be solvable, three academics look at the question of whether artists should provide entertainment or write for their own pleasure.
A Grateful Dead fan wears a shirt commemorating the band’s farewell tour.
In the internet era, musical artists freely distribute their songs and encourage fans to attend live shows. The Dead did this for 40 years.
The Byrds in 1965.
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Fifty years ago, in the first half of 1965, the British invasion was officially under way – at least, in music. It seemed like all the biggest hits on the American pop charts came from British bands. Ever…
What will Apple conquer next?
Apple's ability to develop the potential of good ideas should have existing streaming businesses worried.
When bands "return to their roots," is it a genuine search, or a way to court critics and sell records?
Jay Z’s artist-led revolution won’t be your average artists’ commune.
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The latest streaming service is artist owned, which sounds great unless a group of 16 "top-tier" artists receive most of the royalties.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince.
Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
Marvin Gaye’s daughter speaks to the media after her family was awarded $7.4 million.
According to copyright expert Wendy Gordon, the judge bungled his instructions to the jury. From there, the outcome was inevitable.
In ‘The Last Time,’ the band’s country, gospel and blues influences would be put on display.
The band's first US hit wasn't 'Satisfaction.' Released in March 1965, 'The Last Time' possessed stylistic flairs that would predict the band's future success.
Ma Rainey was one of Paramount Records’ most popular artists.
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In the 1920s, many black musicians were exploited by record companies, and faded into anonymity. Here are some of their stories.
Wednesday night sees the 2014 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards honouring the greats of Aussie pop. The ARIAs has a much more international feel this year, with the largest ever overseas…
Everyone’s listening, but few are buying.
Taylor Swift’s announcement that she was removing her music from the Spotify music service started a debate about the future of music. Swift argued that artists were not receiving appropriate compensation…
Country music’s soaring popularity in the Northeast isn’t so much a novelty as it is a rebirth.
This past June, radio conglomerate Clear Channel (now known as iHeartRadio) announced it was converting Boston’s 101.7 FM to a country station. The story they told the Boston Globe was a familiar one…