Here’s why it’ll be tough for YouTube Music to catch up with Spotify and Apple

YouTube Music launches

Many of us happily play the field when it comes to streaming our favorite movie and TV shows, with multiple subscriptions to services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, maybe HBO and more. Music, though, is a different animal – if you already pay for Spotify, in other words, you don’t necessarily need to plunk down coin for a rival service that’s just going to get you most of what you already have access to.

It’s into that fray and an arguably already crowded competitive landscape that YouTube Music has turned a soft launch in May into widespread availability — now having launched in 17 countries, including the U.S.

Read @ BGR

YouTube faces paying billions to music stars after copyright vote

YouTube stars from Taylor Swift to Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Jay-Z could be in line for big paydays after the video giant lost a crucial vote in Brussels over new copyright laws that will force it to pay billions of dollars in fees for users watching music videos.

For years the music industry has argued that YouTube exploits the lack of legal protection around music videos being viewed on its service to pay minimal amounts to artists and labels when they are viewed. The music industry has lobbied that this “value gap” between the true worth of the music videos and what YouTube decides to pay needs to be addressed with legislation.

On Wednesday, a crucial vote by the European parliament’s legal affairs committee went the way of the music industry with an agreement to adopt copyright laws that will force platforms such as YouTube to seek licences for music videos.

Read @ The Guardian

Best Places for Live Music in Dublin

Dublin might be famous for its literature, but it really comes alive to music, especially the live kind. Whether traditional or contemporary, classical or cutting edge, played in a dingy dive bar or in a grand concert hall, the live music experience in Dublin is a special one. Discerning fans are as loyal to local acts as they are enthusiastic about visiting ones, with many a big-name touring musician declaring that besides their home town, they’ve never quite seen as rapturous a reception as in Dublin. Here, our picks for where to see and enjoy it best.

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Why Airbnb Is A Dark Horse In Live Music’s Intimate Future

Many people think of Airbnb as the poster child for disruption: leveraging the sharing economy to democratize participation in the travel & hospitality marketplace, turning those industries on their heads.

Now, the $31 billion startup is building a similar business case for music—and no one in the traditional music industry seems to be looking.

Read @ Forbes

The 2018 Iowa Summer Music Festival Guide

The music festival scene in Iowa gets bigger and better every year! It’s an exciting time for live music fans in our state, but it can also get a little overwhelming if you’re trying to make plans for the summer. We’re here to help with our list of festivals happening in Iowa. If you see something missing, tweet us @IPRStudioOne. To learn more about these festivals, and to hear interviews with many of the organizers, check out The B-Side, IPR’s music blog.

Read @ Iowa Public Radio

Chickfactor: The Little Zine That Shaped Indie Music Culture

Gail O’Hara’s fanzine, Chickfactor, has been publishing off and on since 1992. It has outlasted many of the bands that appeared on its cover. It has outlasted the bookstores that used to stock it next to long-dead zines like Rollerderby (R.I.P.) and Punk Planet (R.I.P.). It has outlasted chillwave, blog rock and the freak folk revival. It has outlasted MySpace, Napster and OiNK. It has outlasted your favorite record store. It has outlasted the Hoboken, New Jersey, rock club where a guitarist from an indie “it” band handed me a copy of the very first issue.

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American Musical Festival in Virginia Beach announces headline acts

The Chartway Federal Credit Union 25th annual American Music Festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront announced today that its four headline bands will be ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley and SOJA.

The festival will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 2 with the headliners on the 5th Street Main Stage and other bands on stages at 17th, 24th and 31st streets.

ZZ Top performed at the AMF in 2011, and Goo Goo Dolls headlined in 2003.

Here’s the schedule, with more bands to be announced:

Read @ Virginian-Pilot