Today’s links.

“Happy Birthday” is finally acknowledged as being public domain. Probably. The history of the hidden track. Format-shifting music you’ve bought in the UK is

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A Swedish black metal band who studied Catholicism so intensely for more efficient blasphemy that they wound up converting to Catholicism. The pioneering women

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Industry links.

So how much is music actually worth? Spoiler: nobody knows. Universal Music Hijacks YouTube Videos of Indie Artist. Because of course they did. How

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Google puts the hard word on artists using YouTube. Sign up for five years or you’re off YouTube. What the “vinyl comeback” actually looks

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99 red balloons on 99 red balloons

Today’s links.

The inventor of karaoke tells his story. “To bear the awful singing of ordinary citizens, and enjoy it anyway.” “99 Red Balloons” played on

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DistroKid to get your music into the chart stores.

If you want to get your stuff onto the chart stores (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Google), you can spend a pile of cash (around $40/album) with TuneCore or CDBaby — or rather less cash ($20/year unlimited) with DistroKid. Endorsed by the founders of TuneCore and CDBaby, no less (the latter of whom just uploaded everything he’s ever recorded through DistroKid).

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