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    LINE Messaging App Acquires Microsoft’s MixRadio

    Japan based free call and messaging app LINE has reached an agreement with Microsoft to acquire MixRadio, a free personal music streaming service. With with 170 million monthly active users in 230 countries, LINE made the acquisition to "expand its range of services to become an integral part of consumers' daily lives." MixRadio currently serves "millions of listeners across 31 countries," according a statement announcing the acquistion. The team that developed MixRadio and its leadership team, will join the new company, and continue to be headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom. MixRadio will continue to collaborate with Microsoft to offer a... [...]
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    Darryl Ballantyne, CEO/Co-Founder, LyricFind Looks Back On 2014

    Darryl Ballantyne, CEO/co-founder, LyricFind www.LyricFind.com, leader in legal lyric solutions is joining us today on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panet. On the importance of YouTube Music Key's entry and Apple's acquisition of Beats, Ballantyne says "The jury's still out on both YouTube Music Key and Beats (within Apple), but both have the potential to have a massive impact on the subscription market based on their reach." Read more from Darryl Ballantyne below. 1) Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading to real change? Or is the Taylor Swift debate just a short... [...]
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    Skinny Puppy Sues The US Government Over Use Of Songs During Torture

    By Bobby Owsinski on Music Industry Blog When the spooks at the CIA were interrogating their terrorist captives at the prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 2002, one of their techniques was to play songs at a very high volume from the industrial band Skinny Puppy for 6 to 12 hours straight. Tipped off by a prison guard who happened to be a fan, the band is now suing the US Department of Defense for $666,000 (an interesting amount) for the unlicensed use of their songs. Having your songs used as a torture device isn't exactly a badge of honor... [...]
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    Google’s 2014 Year In Search Reveals Excellent Year For Emerging Artists

    Earlier this week, Google released its annual Year in Search results, putting the spotlight on up and coming artists and trendsetters in the music category. Iggy Azalea made an appearance among trending song lyrics and took the top slot as #1 Trending Music Artist of 2014, beating other top trending artists including Lorde, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Solange Knowles, and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. While artists like Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj have experienced their fair share of time in the limelight, these search results really showcase the talent and staying power of 2014's emerging artists. Trending Music... [...]
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    Gregory Butler, WholeWorldBand Managing Director, North America Looks Back on 2014

    WholeWorldBand Managing Director, North America Gregory Butler is up next on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panel. "We have enough data to show that people believe music has value - more options for people to choose how music can be devalued isn't exactly positive. I'm not specifically saying the options mentioned are positive or negative, but until a fair, multilateral system exists for streaming, every option is suspect." Find out more about Gregory Butler's position on where music streaming is headed below. 1. Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading to real change?... [...]

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