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Pandora is Taking Steps to Make Sure Artists Are Paid Fairly and Transparently for Streams

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Nearly every day, the music industry suggests that music streaming and subscription services are public enemy number one for musicians. We've seen the salaries of the top dogs at these major service providers, and it's no surprise that the CEOs and employees are earning better wages than the artists their platforms stream. By the way headlines frame it, making music and money seems dismal for independent artists. But Pandora's new on-demand subscription service may be the catalyst that starts to change that.

The launch of the internet radio platform's subscription service has been long awaited by music fans, and as Pandora approaches the launch, new goals are being laid out for the service. Pandora is aiming to assure that artists get fair and transparent royalties, unlike some of their predecessors and competitors in the streaming world.

Can Musicians Be Replaced by Computers? Meet Watson

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I know what you're thinking after reading the title of this article: of course not! Music is fueled by emotions, feelings, and rhythms that move your body and soul. Music is political and opinionated, and there's absolutely no way that a computer could replace a musician. Music wouldn't be music without the emotion behind it, right? 

Well, maybe. The term "musician" may not be limited to human beings anymore. Recently, IBM's supercomputer Watson has been making progress conquering human communications. In 2011, Watson successfully defeated its human competitors in games of Jeopardy. Now, it's in the process of learning the language of music.

Beatport Shuts Down Streaming Service: What Does This Mean for the Music Industry?

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On May 10, 2016, Beatport, the online music store primarily aimed at EDM fans, posted a notice to fans on its blog announcing that it will be shutting down its streaming services, Beatport News, its app, and its events section. This comes at a tumultuous time in the music industry when the fate of all streaming services, and maybe the industry in general, are uncertain.

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Apr 22, 2016 12:02 PM

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Prince, Champion of Indie Artists and 'His Purple Highness,' Dies at 57

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Yesterday, the world was shocked when the news was confirmed: Prince, the chameleon of the pop world, was dead at 57. His sudden passing touched every reach of the music community with an outpouring felt across the globe. For many, Prince had been a revelation, an artist like none before him, who proclaimed, "I'm not a woman, I'm not a man, I'm something you'll never understand," leading many to speculate that he hadn't died, he'd just "transcended."

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Feb 22, 2016 08:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

Streaming Finally Counts Towards Gold Certifications for Albums – What Does That Mean for You?

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