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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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Twitter Trending Music app: no launch yet, but more details emerge

The blogosphere got itself all flustered late last week with the imminent release of Twitter’s music app in time for the Coachella festival. Only to find that, er, the app wasn’t launching in time for the Coachella festival. But a few more details emerged on Friday about how the app is being seeded with influential...

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