Indie labels and artists quarreled over YouTube’s new subscription video service, The Guardian explored whether or not fan funding will really transform the music industry, and the (RIAA) said it has now reported 50 million pirated music links to Google.
Experts talked about how music analytics are helping the music industry, the MPAA and RIAA sued Megaupload, and Wu Tang Clan’s recent album release strategy could teach a valuable lesson to other artists.
The RIAA accused Google of failing to punish pirate websites, a survey showed growth in the musical instruments and equipment industry, and Billboard decided to incorporate YouTube Plays into its chart formula.
Experts predicted music industry growth through 2012, leaked tax records revealed that the RIAA is in trouble, and Pandora spoke out against a new music royalties bill.
A study revealed that DIY artists that hire a professional team are most profitable, digital music sales surpassed physical sales in the first months of 2012, and an RIAA EVP revealed the problems with Google’s methods of fighting online piracy.
The RIAA released its official 2011 music business sales numbers, the California attorney general launched an official investigation of the EMI sale and Thomas Dolby talked about achieving a balance between technology and music.
Reports tracked Hadopi’s successful implementation of anti-piracy laws in France, the RIAA claimed the music industry is still collapsing and controversy erupted as the EMI split is finalized.
Vevo’s real benefit to the artists and publishers was analyzed, Noel Gallagher and industry analysts explored the fall of popular bands and the RIAA president criticized Google and Wikipedia for anti-SOPA action.
Alex Jacob of IFPI talks about the anti-piracy movement and steps artists can take to protect their copyrighted music online.