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Bipartisan House Opposition To Performance Royalty Reaches 260 March 29, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Internet Radio, Music News, Online Radio, Radio, Radio Stations, RIAA, Streaming Radio.
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Reps. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) have become the latest House co-sponsors of a bipartisan Congressional resolution opposing a performance tax on local radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 49), which opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge,” is now backed by 260 House lawmakers. An identical Senate resolution is supported by a bipartisan group of 27 U.S. Senators.

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ARIA Releases 2009 Wholesale Sales Figures February 9, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Airplay Charts, Australian Record Industry, Music, Music News, Music News Updates, Record Industy, Uncategorized.
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For the first time since 2003, the Australian record industry is growing. After six years of decline, the market has turned a corner and appears to be returning to growth.

In line with the trends observed in the middle of 2009, the wholesale sales of sound recordings and music videos for the full year 2009 have demonstrated the Australian market’s first annual period of growth since revenues peaked in 2003. Specifically, wholesale revenues over the full year increased almost 5% when compared to 2008. An increase in overall digital revenues was the key contributing factor to this growth, with digital albums demonstrating an increase of over 60% by revenue, more than offsetting the relatively modest decline in physical CD sales

Mr Ed St John, ARIA Chairman and President and CEO of Warner Music Australasia, commenting on the figures, said, “Today’s results prove beyond doubt that the Australian music industry is experiencing a healthy state of growth. The physical retail sector that sells CDs and DVDs has stabilized and sharpened its focus, whilst the digital retail sector continues to grow strongly. Music sales were very strong during the period of Christmas 2009 and they prove that music remains a key priority for many Australian consumers.”

Sales of physical product continued to decline across last year, although the decline in the volume of CD album sales was slight (less than 1%) and was more than offset by the increase in digital album sales. Two of the year’s biggest sellers, Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed A Dream” and Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love”, achieved the greater majority of their sales via traditional physical retail outlets, making a significant contribution to the volume of CD albums sold through the year.

Unlike the CD album market, sales of CD singles were down over 60% in both volume and value. However, this decline was more than offset by the substantial growth in digital track sales, now up to almost 36m in volume, an increase of nearly 44% on the previous year.

Consumers continued to demonstrate their growing adoption and acceptance of the digital music format, producing overall digital revenue growth of 46.23%. Digital track sales were up 42% in value and digital albums up over 66%. In addition, digital albums now account for 7.5% of overall album sales by volume, up from 4.35% across the same period last year.

However, with respect to some artists, a substantially higher percentage of overall album sales are now occurring in the digital format. Examples during 2009 include La Roux’s self- titled debut, Mumford and Sons’ “Sigh No More” and Lisa Mitchell’s “Wonder” (with more than 20% of their sales being generated in the digital format), and The Temper Trap’s “Conditions”, The Script’s self-titled album, Paul Dempsey’s “Everything Is True”, Ladyhawke’s self-titled release and Gossip’s “Music For Men”, all in excess of 15%.

The ARIA 2009 Top 100 Singles and Album Charts proved a boon for local artists, with 18 local artists making the top 100 singles chart for the year, and an incredible 26 local titles in the top 100 album chart, lead by Hilltop Hoods at #12 with “State Of The Art”. The ARIA End Of Decade Charts featured Australian artists at the top of both the Top 100 Singles and Top 100 Album Charts, with Guy Sebastian’s “Angels Brought Me Here” and Delta Goodrem’s “Innocent Eyes” the highest selling releases respectively through the 2000’s.

Commenting on what 2010 holds for the business, Ed St John was cautiously optimistic, saying “We’re pleased with the figures that we’ve seen today, but have a tremendous amount of work to do to stem the tide of illegal file sharing, which continues to erode profits and hamper investment into the local industry. We remain hopeful that the ISPs will work with us to address this pressing problem and help the growth of the legitimate market, something that will, of course, also be to their benefit. In the meantime, music fans can look forward to many exciting new releases this year from established artists and new names. As an industry, we have a lot to look forward to across the year.”

Noteflight Announces Premium Online Music Notation Service January 19, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Adult Entertainment, Digital Music News, Music, Music News, Music News Updates, Uncategorized.
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Noteflight, LLC, a company dedicated to reinventing the way people create, share and use written music, announced the launch of Noteflight Crescendo, a premium online music notation service. The next generation of their acclaimed Noteflight platform, which enables individuals to write music online, Crescendo provides musicians with advanced features and improved sound quality while still offering an easy and fun means to create and share scores.

“By launching Crescendo we are now able to provide the music community with the best of both worlds–a more powerful online music notation platform for professionals, educators, students and music enthusiasts and a free model for the novice or occasional user,” said Joe Berkovitz, President and Founder of Noteflight.

Following the successful grassroots launch of their online music composition and score-writing platform in 2008, which resulted in tens of thousands of users in 130 different countries, Noteflight Crescendo delivers users a richer sonic experience and more advanced capabilities. An affordable, approachable alternative to desktop notation programs such as Sibelius and Finale, Crescendo takes online music notation to a new level while still maintaining affordability, ease-of-use and the excitement and interactivity of a social music platform.

Built on the same elegant and powerful interface, Noteflight Crescendo users gain access to a set of sophisticated features, including advanced collaboration and a higher quality orchestral sound library provided by virtual instrument manufacturer, SONiVOX (http://www.sonivox.com). Where the free version of Noteflight includes a basic set of instrument samples drawn from the public domain, the Crescendo instrumental palette offers over forty professionally recorded wavetable instruments from SONiVOX. These instruments provide an immersive new dimension to the Noteflight musical experience.

“Our partnership with Noteflight has enabled us, for the first time, to enter the exciting new arena of cloud computing services,” said Jennifer Hruska, Founder and President of SONiVOX. “We’re thrilled by the advent of products like Crescendo that bring the audio experience of SONiVOX instruments to the global online music community.”