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Interview with Juan Atkins: “I wish people would be more open-minded!”

midemblog by James Martin Atkins began by commenting on the evolution of electronic music since his genre-defining “Clear” (made as Cybotron in 1983) and the EDM sound championed today by artists like Skrillex. “I would never speak negatively about someone who has been successful at electronic music,” said Atkins. “I wish that he could probably...

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YouTube reveals $1bn music payouts, but some labels still unhappy

Google’s Video service may be ‘all-in on music’, but rightsholder unrest at its parent company persists ‘We’ve paid out to the music industry over the last several years over a billion dollars,’ said YouTube’s Tom Pickett. A recent piece of research by VideoInk and video analytics firm Tubular Labs claimed that music videos account for 38.4% of...

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Interview: Billy Bragg on Spotify ‘talking playlists’, YouTube and artists’ rights

The latest curator on Spotify is Billy Bragg, who announced plans this morning for a series of ‘talking playlist’ radio shows distributed through the streaming music service. The first goes live tomorrow: a collection of 14 tracks and Bragg’s spoken-word explanations of what they are and why he picked them, with new shows to follow at monthly...

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