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RECAP: MiDiA Drops Another Landmark Streaming Report, Sony Slashes EMI Staff, Apple & Beats Win in Court

Posted by Glen Sears | September 6, 2016 9:50 am | No Comments

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Story of the Week

MiDiA Research Releases “Just How Well Is Streaming Really Doing?” Report
The report from Mark Mulligan details in numbers how Spotify and payment advances to record labels can skew the numbers and make it more difficult to truly gauge the market growth.

“All of the three major record labels announced strong streaming music revenue growth in the 2nd quarter of 2016. On the surface it is a clear cut success story, but as is so often the case with music industry statistics, all is not quite how it seems.”

Read the full story on Music Industry Blog.

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Apple’s Beats Wins Ruling in Monster Lawsuit. LA Superior Court Judge William Fahey yesterday handed down a summary judgment that effectively dismissed the claims that Beats by Dr Dre had cheated Monster and its CEO Noel Lee out of a 5% share of the Beats brand.

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YouTube: Friend or Foe? Midemblog gathers YouTube numbers from various reports and websites in the latest attempt to quantify YouTube’s positive or negative impact on the overall music industry.

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