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14th Feb 2014
  • Rock music may be bouncing back at least in terms of album sales, proving to be the most popular genre of 2013. What absolutely no-one dare refer to as the new Rock Revolution (this isn’t 2003) was spearheaded by Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Rod Stewart- an unlikely trio to be at the coalface of rock, admittedly. The Gen understands that a modern definition of rock also encompasses Mumford and Sons.
  • Roundhouse Rising returns from Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd February and will feature over 100 emerging artists and a range of industry sessions and workshops over four days. As reported, an artist development day organised by Generator will feature Jazz Summers of Big Life, BBC Introducing’s Ally McCrae and Jen Long, Emma Hogan from ITB Agency and Bryan Johnson from Spotify amongst others.
  • Billy Bragg is confirmed to speak about streaming at MusicTank’s first think tank event of 2014. Taking place on 7th April at the University of Westminster, the session will focus on the economics behind the streaming model, in particular payments to artists.
12th Feb 2014
  • Beats Music has scored a major hit against Spotify in the transparency stakes by announcing that the service will offer the same royalty rates to indie labels and majors. As part of a multi-year licensing deal made with global indie rights agency Merlin, Beats will feature tracks from Merlin’s 600 members, who in turn represent over 20,000 independent labels and distributors across 35 countries. Members include Beggars, Domino and Cooking Vinyl.
  • Island Records and crowdfunding platform Indiegogo have announced ‘Fan Republic’, a new partnership that will support emerging artists. Powered by Indiegogo’s Outpost feature, which enables companies to host campaigns of their own, the new venture will bizarrely offer rewards to artists who hit targets. These include deals and discounts through Island on services including studio rates, video production, van rental and mixing.
  • Following the formation of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to look into ticket abuse, it has emerged that a group of politicians are holding a separate inquiry specifically into touting for music events.
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has sent a warning that it has the record industry in its sights over unpaid internships, reportedly sending a number of written warnings to labels.
  • Following a trend of major artists experimenting with apps, Radiohead have this week launched a new app called PolyFauna. In the absence of new music or confirmed festival appearances, perhaps this is just what the world is waiting for.Of course, this being Radiohead it isn’t just described as an app by Thom Yorke but as “an experimental collaboration, using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom”. ‘Bloom’ was the opening track on ‘The King of Limbs’, the band’s underwhelming 2011 album.
  • The Fly magazine staged its first-ever awards last week, with Arctic Monkeys, Glastonbury and an hilariously ungracious Foals amongst the recipients.
6th Feb 2014
  • In what definitely qualifies as the most interesting news from Midem this year, a YouTube executive has claimed that music payouts from the video streaming site have now surpassed $1 billion.
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