Female record producers

Adrienne Aiken of Runway Music answers a BBC News article about “Why are female record producers so rare?”


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August links, articles and news

I’ll be distracted by Logic and music for a while longer, so no time for ‘proper’ blogs at the moment. In the mean time here’s a bunch of links from the first part of August. I have posted some of these—among many other things—on Twitter already. The big news of the month so far is the second part of Hooper’s copyright report with proposals for the Digital Copyright Exchange, now called the Copyright Hub (see below).

GigaOM Freemium has run its course another theme of the month has been the decline of Facebook and the growing flaws in the ad-supported web site economy.

Bandcamp Merch! Bandcamp adds merchandise functionality to its already excellent and rightly popular indie music store.

Ars Technica Apple’s case that Samsung copied the iPhone—in pictures

Wired UK French culture minister thinks HADOPI is a waste of money (that’s 3-strikes in English).

Wired UK How Apple and Amazon security flaws led to an epic hacking is a must read which reveals Apple IDs and Amazon credit card details are very easy to break into. The promised follow-up article did not appear yesterday but I will look out for it.

Hypebot Billy Van went from 2,000 to 100,000 fans (Case Study)—but the metrics exclude anything I would consider meaningful growth. It may be there but I can’t see it. Some of the comments also ask revealing questions.

All Things D TuneIn Creeps Up on Pandora, With 40M Active Listeners

The Atlantic How you turn music into money is another article about the truly spiffing DIY goddess Zoe Keating.

Dangerous Minds A statement by Nadya Tololokonnikova (Pussy Riot)—making our punks look rather tame, Pussy Riot will probably be jailed for calling out Putin as a faux democrat and the Russian Orthodox Church as political poodles.

The Telegraph Musicians getting ‘more than half of royalty income from online streaming’ was probably the hyperbolic story of the week—some musicians may be but the whole thing seems to have been cooked up for PR, there are few hard facts and no overall stats.

Music:)Ally Interview: DIY musician Alex Day talks fans, the irrelevance of radio and why YouTube changes everything

And finally the second part of the Hooper Report analysed by Out-Law.com New UK ‘Copyright Hub’ would help address problems with copyright licensing framework, report says with a link to the pdf of the IPO report itself.

The music conference treadmill

Midem, SXSW, ReThink Music, The Great Escape, Music Connected… there seems to be a music industry conference every week. Why do they invest so much time when the big labels seem to be in a terminal decline?

Maybe that is why. Last year half a billion dollars was invested in music start-ups, mainly on the Internet. It’s clear that some people—and a great deal of money—still has faith in the music industry.

Nobody is speaking at all these conferences or investing all that money to join the big labels’ nosedive. They clearly believe there’s a commercial future in music and they aren’t fazed by the fact that multi-millionaire label managers have no idea what it is.

The endless chat goes round in circles but there are still things to talk about. Nobody has really come up with a music application that uses the potential of the Internet, even though Spotify and Facebook are getting attention.

Spotify is still a jukebox—monthly subscriptions are 10 years old, the 15 million track catalogue is almost that old and jukeboxes are a hundred years old. Facebook, far from being the ultimate social music platform, is barely even listening to what musicians or their fans really want. And that is why neither is having much success. In spite of all the talk.

But somebody will.