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Major record labels and SoundExchange have reached a deal with webcasting services over covering royalty rates that webcasters must pay to stream sound recordings through 2010.

Commercial webcasters including AOL, Live365, MTV, RealNetworks, Pandora and Yahoo! will not have to pay more than $50,000 per service as a per-station or per-channel minimum royalty to webcast sound recordings.

Large webcasters will not be required to implement any kind of technology to prevent the streamed music from being ripped, i.e. copied, by users, — but, the services have agreed to cooperate and discuss implementation of anti-stream ripping technology on their services with labels and artists. (Billboard)

Total U.S. Market:

Online radio (Yahoo!, AOL, Clear Channel, and Live 356) – 29 million people listen each week.

Terrestrial radio230 million weekly listeners

Satellite radio14 million weekly listeners

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Charm Offensive by The States

Car Crash by Matt Nathanson

Angels on the Moon by Thriving Ivory

Sunlight by Matt Pond PA

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A source tells KOAR that BurnLounge just laid off a substantial number of their employees. This puts BurnLounge future in question.

BurnLounge is a controversial digital upstart that allows users to open their own digital download store.


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Walt Disney’s High School Musical 2  soundtrack opened with 618k in sales making it the second biggest opening following Linkin Parks Minutes to Midnight with 625k.

Alternative act Paramore jumped from 14k to 33k with the help from radio and MTV. AFI side project Blaqk Audio debuted this week with 29k. Nickelback is closing on the 6 million mark.

According to sources the rumors of closing Virgin Megastores are false.

YouTube will Advertise on Video Clips: The good ol’ days of watching your favorite videos without advertising are finished. YouTube hopes to reinvent video advertising on the web. YouTube is charging about $20 per 1,000 views, with the revenue split between the website and the provider of the content. (Timesonline) – (Coolfer)

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Mommy and Daddy were right when they told you “Nothing is for Free” — “Free” always comes with a price tag. In this case, its about 12.5 Billion…..


According to a report released by IPI, rampant global piracy of recorded music has cost the U.S. $12.5 billion in economic output and 71,060 jobs annually.

The damaging result of music piracy:

— The U.S. economy loses $12.5 billion

— U.S. workers lose 71,060 jobs

— U.S. workers lose $2.7 billion in earnings, including $1.1 billion in earnings from workers in the sound recording industry or “downstream” retail industries, and $1.6 billion in earnings by workers in other U.S. industries; and

— The U.S. government loses at least $422 million in tax revenues, including $291 million in personal income tax and $131 million in lost corporate income and production taxes.

“Piracy harms not only the owners of intellectual property but also U.S. consumers and taxpayers,” says Stephen E. Siwek, author of the report and principal with Economists, Inc. “Moreover, the impact of music piracy appears to be intensifying.” (YAHOO)

Except for the music business, no other business in history has been seriously inflicted by criminal behavior…

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