Will Facebook advertising become as unaffordable as TV advertising?


As Facebook becomes a more valuable tool to grow brands and generate more business, its value against other marketing platforms is beginning to change.

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Scalping is killing live music in Australia – here’s how the industry is fighting back

By Lars Brandle

Midnight Oil always brandished green credentials.

Brett Cottle, CEO of APRA and AMCOS; Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA and PPCA; and LPA’s Kim Tran, Director, Policy & Programs

Industry chiefs Brett Cottle, Dan Rosen, Kim Tran talk biz at Music Roundtable

By Lars Brandle

The health of the Australian music industry was prodded and probed for the “state of the industry” session at the Contemporary Music Roundtable in Sydney, a session which featured three key players in the music biz.

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Police under investigation for screening Tomorrowland ticket buyers


38 people in Belgium looked at the lineup for this year’s Tomorrowland festival on whatever the Belgian equivalent of Tone Deaf is (or the Belgian equivalent of The BRAG if they are the type to pick up street press – okay, I will stop) — and those 38 people all decided to buy a ticket.

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Streaming is here, it’s time to serve up more than muffins

By Lars Brandle

Gin Wigmore has a love-hate relationship with streaming music.

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Kanye has left Tidal over money disputes, and sent the lawyers in


Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo was the first album to go platinum purely based on streaming, which, while a significant chart milestone, resulted in Ye leaving millions of dollars on the table in lost sales.

YouTube struggles as listening habits shift to Spotify and Apple


YouTube is an incredible haven for video content, and the strongest example besides Wikipedia of the inherent will of humans to document and share their own collective history.

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Victorian Police Minister intends to give cops stop and search powers at music festivals


Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville intends to drive legislative changes to grant police more powers to stop and search patrons at dance and music festivals in rural Victoria.

Taylor Swift’s return to streaming services nets US$400K in a week

By Nathan Jolly

Early this month, Taylor Swift finally relented and allowed her music back onto streaming services, a move she framed as a celebration of her 1989 album selling over ten million copies, worldwide – an impressive figure in this day and age, especially considering streaming seemingly didn’t make up any of these sales.

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How Hanson carved out the perfect indie career after MMMBop


Of all the ’90s bands you’d have thought might spin a somewhat unexpected radio hit into a two decade-strong indie career, Hanson would sit just above M2M and slightly below Crash Test Dummies.