Lars Brandle

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

Gin Wigmore has a love-hate relationship with streaming music. With Spotify. The New Zealander with the mighty voice is, like so many other recording artists,...

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Merlin hits distributions milestone

Merlin has pulled off a special trick: the independents’ digital rights agency has paid out its billionth dollar (AUS$1.25 billion) to its members. The milestone,...

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UK music biz warns of ‘cultural barbarism’ if European copyright law doesn’t evolve

YouTube, its place in the music ecosystem and the so-called value-gap were issues dissected and studied under the microscope during a series of scholarly panel...

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ASIC questions Guvera’s fundraising tactics

Guvera’s well-publicised woes are worsening. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has sent a letter to the Institute Of Public Accountants expressing concerns about the...

In one huge play, Concord becomes one of the world’s biggest music publishers

In one huge play, Concord Bicycle Music joins the head pack of the world’s biggest music publishers. Concord has acquired Netherlands-based independent publisher Imagem in...

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Warner Music Group posts solid Q3 growth thanks to Ed Sheeran, digital

Ed Sheeran’s return to the spotlight with ‘Divide’ was a particularly bright point for Warner Music Group, which reports its eighth consecutive quarter of year-on-year...

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Pandora names Roger Lynch CEO and President

Roger Lynch will lead Pandora after the Californian company cleared the decks for another push into the crowded digital music market. With effect from September...

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US court won’t ditch case against Kickass Torrents boss

A U.S. judge has declined to dismiss the criminal case against Artem Vaulin, the alleged mastermind behind the notorious peer-to-peer file sharing service Kickass Torrents....

Universal granted access to Warner’s contract with Prince: Report

Universal Music Group has been looking for an out from its $31 million deal for a raft of Prince’s recording rights. Now, the giant music...

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Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Publishing inks global deal with Warner/Chappell

Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Publishing has struck a global deal with music publishing giant Warner/ Chappell Music. With immediate effect, Warner/ Chappell will administer the EDM...

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Indie-Con Australia 2017: A quick-fire Q&A with Stu Watters

It’s all about the indies this week in Adelaide. The independent music community is gathering this week in the South Australian capital for the 11th...

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Music biz applauds bipartisan Bill on pre-1972 music

The RIAA, Pandora and SoundExchange are among a chorus of industry bodies and music companies who’ve welcomed a new push in the U.S. to establish...

Sony Music Australia’s Parade Management forms JV with Glenn Wheatley’s Talentworks

Sony Music Australia is drilling deeper into artist management, concerts promotion and live events through an initiative that brings together two of the Australian music...

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Spotify is adding paid subscribers at a rate of about 2M a month

Spotify, the world’s leading streaming music service, has pushed past 60 million paid subscribers, according to a new report published by Reuters. That’s up from...

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Paul McCartney & Sony/ATV resolve Beatles rights battle

Paul McCartney and Sony/ATV have quietly settled on a landmark case over rights to songs he wrote with the Beatles. The legendary singer, songwriter and...

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Gang of Youths’ manager Kurt Bailey on his global plans and why he ignores data

Sometime in 2012, Kurt Bailey fell in love with Gang of Youths. All those magical qualities were present and obvious. As the band took the...

Is the vinyl party coming to an end?

Vinyl has been spinning a neat tune for musicians and labels in recent years, but there are hints the party just might be winding up....

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MGM’s Michael Chase talks introducing Like a Version to the US and ‘bridging the gap’ for Aussie artists

‘Like A Version’, the chart-topping, sometimes quirky Australian institution, is heading to America. A 21-track compilation of classic covers by Tame Impala, Flume, DMA’S and...

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Spotify has ended the ‘loudness’ wars

The days of cranking it up to 11 on Spotify are over. Amidst all the hullaballoo about the music streaming giant creating “fake” artists, turning...

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SoundCloud rejects article which claims it’s running out of cash

SoundCloud has rubbished a report that claimed the popular but financially-strained streaming music service was counting down the days until its own extinction. The music...