The RIAA just released their mid-year stats for 2015. Vinyl revenue is up 52.1%.
For the first half of 2015, strong growth in revenues from streaming services offset declines in digital downloads and overall wholesale revenues increased 0.8% to $2.3 billion on a year-over-year basis. At retail, the overall value decreased 0.5% to $3.2 billion.
Jason Tate on 10/07/15 - 12:03 PM
I almost can't believe all these "ads" that have been created to promote the anti-piracy campaign are real. The ones found from 2007 are just fucked up.
Paul Resnikoff, over at Digital Music News, has a series of fairly graphic anti-piracy ads from Universal Music that it used in Brazil in 2007, each one involving a dismembered body part, implying that downloading music leads to cutting off (or out) pieces of a musicians' body.
Jason Tate on 08/06/15 - 12:34 PM
Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" has been certified platinum.
Jason Tate on 04/23/15 - 11:42 AM
Sam Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has officially gone platinum.
Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, following Multi-Platinum (4X) certification for his debut single, “Stay With Me,” and his current Platinum smash, “I’m Not The Only One.”* In addition to In the Lonely Hour selling more than one million copies by the traditional measures of physical and download album sales, it has sold an additional one million when factoring in the newer metrics of track- and stream-equivalent albums (as computed by Nielsen SoundScan).
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/15/14 - 05:29 PM
This is the part where Ariana Grande breaks free from the rest of 2014 releases as her latest album, My Everything, was certified platinum by the RIAA, making it only the third album of the year to break the one million mark.
Drew Beringer on 12/03/14 - 03:08 PM
So far there are a big fat zero platinum albums issued this year. Taylor Swift -- you are our only hope.
Yet the year is not a complete wash, as 60 individual songs have been certified as platinum, and this is a clear reflection of the overall shift that the industry has made back to a singles-based focus. Thanks to digital downloads, buyers are no longer required to purchase an entire album, but when compared to last year, the number of platinum-certified singles is still down more than 20%.

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Jason Tate on 10/20/14 - 12:37 PM
The RIAA wants to "fix" music licensing. Glenn Peoples, writing for Billboard, explains:
The RIAA believes any fix to the music licensing system should include a simplified, blanket license that pays a fair market value to creators and copyright owners. In its 52-page filing to the Copyright Office, the RIAA argues that a market-derived royalty system would benefit rights holders and creators, product greater consumer choice, cost savings for digital services due to simpler licensing procedures, improved transparency and accuracy of royalty payments, and help spur new business models and services by providing greater transparency of the costs and eliminating the delays caused by litigation.
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 11:16 AM
Foster The People's Torches has been certified platinum by the RIAA with the single "Pumped Up Kicks" going six times platinum.
Jason Tate on 05/06/14 - 11:38 AM
Cassadee Pope's single "Wasting All These Tears" has gone platinum.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/14 - 10:46 PM
A group known as the Center for Copyright Information (backed by copyright groups like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America) are reportedly developing a curriculum in California to teach elementary schoolers the value of copyright and the dangers of piracy. I don't have enough snark left in me to say anything else.
Jason Tate on 11/11/13 - 12:44 PM
The RIAA has now included on-demand song streams to its gold and platinum certification criteria. Read an article on it here.
Christian Wagner on 05/09/13 - 09:24 AM
According to this article, the "six-strikes" anti-piracy rules begin today.
TorrentFreak learned from a source close to CCI that the system is currently scheduled to launch early next week, and we’re not the only ones. Another sign of the start of the program is that a few days ago the CCI launched their new website. This is where recipients of the copyright alerts will be directed to.
Jason Tate on 02/25/13 - 01:35 PM
Ars Technica fact checks the RIAA claim that we lost 41% of musicians.
From the BlogBut the second part of RIAA's response is spot on. Both the RIAA and I could be right. More likely: we could both be wrong. It would be irresponsible for me to conclude that, based on my earlier mentioned OES figures and personal calculations, the US has seen a decline in musicians and singers of "only" 8.4 percent. Equally dubious is the assertion that the drop came to 41 percent, "according to BLS data"—not to mention the corollary assertion that the fall, whatever the percentage, can be clearly linked to illegal downloads.
Jason Tate on 10/08/12 - 10:13 AM
The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America after selling 500,000 copies. The Civil Wars have also been nominated for two Country Music Awards; 'Musical Event Of The Year' and 'Vocal Duo Of The Year'.
Kelly Doherty on 09/14/12 - 04:47 PM
The RIAA has claimed LimeWire owes it $72 trillion. Yeah, good-fucking-luck with that.
Jason Tate on 05/23/12 - 01:13 PM
Eminem's "Space Bound" has been certified gold.

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Jason Tate on 02/22/12 - 11:54 AM
Kanye West, Radiohead, and Bon Iver received multiple Grammy nominations tonight. You can check out the complete list here.
Drew Beringer on 11/30/11 - 09:50 PM
Jammie Thomas-Rasset has lost her illegal downloading case to Capital Records, and she has been ordered to pay $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs on Kazaa; this breaks down to $62,500 per song.
Adrian Villagomez on 11/04/10 - 05:34 PM
Congratulations to Phoenix, whose album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has now been certified Gold, with sales over 500,000 in the US.
Paul Tao on 09/07/10 - 01:44 PM
The RIAA has successfully sued Limewire for lots and lots of money.

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Blake Solomon on 06/16/10 - 06:00 AM
According to this study, those who download music illegally are the same people who spend the most on music.

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Blake Solomon on 11/02/09 - 09:11 AM
A new study has found that music pirates are ten times more likely to buy music than non-piraters. Yarr.

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Anton Djamoos on 04/21/09 - 10:30 AM
Looks like more big name acts will be leaving major record labels in 2009.
Steve Henderson on 01/19/09 - 12:16 PM
Muxtape is "relaunching as a service exclusively for bands". The owner has also posted a full explanation of why the Muxtape we had come to love is no longer.
Julia Conny on 09/25/08 - 09:22 PM
Now that school is kicking back into effect, you might be curious what the RIAA and universities are doing to battle P2P downloading applications. Ars Techinca wraps up several colleges' new policies and plans of action in this article.
Julia Conny on 09/02/08 - 08:40 AM
Colleges may soon be required to "provide students with commercial music downloading services and implement traffic filtering technologies in order to deter peer-to-peer filesharing."
Julia Conny on 08/01/08 - 09:16 PM
Just a heads up to all of you savvy computer users, data breaches are common with file-sharing programs, allowing inadvertent access to all of a user's computer files with the application's default settings. Recently, this happened to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (oops). Buying an album won't give you these problems. Well, most of the time.

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Anton Djamoos on 07/09/08 - 09:43 AM
The RIAA and the DiMA (Digital Music Association) are arguing that royalties from digital downloads and streaming music for songwriters should be lowered. Not exactly sure what royalties are? Read a good write-up here.
Julia Conny on 02/06/08 - 09:38 PM
PC Magazine thinks DRM-free music is going to cause the industry to crumble.
Steve Henderson on 01/24/08 - 10:22 AM
The RIAA website was hacked and wiped clean.

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Julia Conny on 01/20/08 - 09:19 PM
Why is the RIAA targeting college students? Because "their appreciation for intellectual property has not yet reached its full development." Read the full interview with Cara Duckworth, spokeswoman for the RIAA, here.
Julia Conny on 01/16/08 - 06:01 AM
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing that the RIAA needs to prove users are actually sharing music as opposed to simply ripping music to their computers.
From the ArticleThe labels allege that 11 specific tracks were shared by the Howells, though the only evidence of such sharing was the fact that the files were in a shared folder and were also downloaded by the RIAA's investigative arm, MediaSentry (now SafeNet). According to the EFF, though, this simply is not evidence of actual copyright infringement.
Tony Pascarella on 01/14/08 - 09:03 AM
Now that DRM is on the decline, will it be replaced by digital watermarks?
Steve Henderson on 01/12/08 - 10:42 PM
Steve Henderson on 01/11/08 - 03:24 PM
Napster is apparently ditching DRM from all of its downloads in the second quarter of this year.
Steve Henderson on 01/07/08 - 08:26 PM
We've heard ignorant lawyers say it was illegal, but now the RIAA is taking the insanity a step further by suing a man for ripping legally purchased CDs to his computer.
Steve Henderson on 12/29/07 - 08:55 PM
Paul Tao on 12/11/07 - 06:28 PM
A bill (PDF) which was recently introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives would require universities to provide "not only deterrents but also alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy. If universities fail to offer such alternatives, punishment may include losing financial aid for their students.

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Rohan Kohli on 11/10/07 - 09:17 PM
Albumbase.com has been shut down.

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Julia Conny on 11/10/07 - 05:31 PM
This has not been a good season for bit-torrent websites, well known website Demonoid now has been shut down by the CRIA and it looks like it's for good this time.
Nathan Lint on 11/09/07 - 01:46 AM
Comcast has developed a new technology that limits bandwidth among certain high-speed file-sharing Internet users and blocks torrent and p2p programs from working.
Anton Djamoos on 10/19/07 - 12:35 PM
A popular bar in Georgia is being sued by ASCAP for copyright infringement for holding open mic nights. Seriously.

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Anton Djamoos on 10/18/07 - 05:32 PM
If you were wondering what songs were being downloaded by the woman who lost the RIAA case, you can see her playlist now.
Paul Tao on 10/05/07 - 03:58 PM
As the first of 20,000 RIAA lawsuits that actually got to trial, a jury found Jammie Thomas liable for 222,000 dollars worth of copyright infringement damages. Read the story here.
Julia Conny on 10/04/07 - 04:41 PM
Download the new documentary on music piracy via free torrent download. The film features interviews with Danger Mouse, Lawrence Lessig, and representatives from Pirate Bay and the MPAA.
Steve Henderson on 08/03/07 - 09:47 AM
Facebook has taken down the "Audio" application for copyright violations.
Paul Tao on 07/31/07 - 02:17 PM
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