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How Major Labels are Using Small Music Blogs to Gaslight Us About Youtube's Claim System

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The nerve of these people to try to convince us that THEY are the victims here... The State of Youtube's Claim System As everyone knows, Youtube's claim system is severely broken when it comes to music. Not a day goes by when a creator on the video streaming site isn't essentially unfairly robbed of their hard earned money for things as harmless as a car […]

Katy Perry & Juicy J Lose Copyright Lawsuit to Christian Rapper Flame

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katy perry dark horse copyright infringment

This one has been cooking for years in the background. I caught wind of it years ago and forgot about it, only to see it finally come to a head in the courts. The Background of the Dark Horse Saga In 2013, Katy Perry releases a song "Dark Horse" that features an instrumental and a rap verse by Juicy J, where the final touches were […]

Top 10 Richest Guitarists in the World

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richest guitarists in the world

How many young guitarists have you known that dream of hitting it big and getting the fame, adoration, and riches? Perhaps you're one of them. The songwriting despite the writer's block, the grueling years on tour, the album and merchandise sales... that all sounds great if you really want it. But you're in for a big surprise if you think that's all it takes to […]

Top 10 Richest Rock Stars in the World

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top 10 richest rock stars in the world

Many young musicians dream of being a rock star for the fame and adoration, even though it's a grueling lifestyle of non-stop touring. These starving artist types have a big surprise coming if they break into the big time, because you can make an unbelievable amount of money as one of the top 10 richest rock stars in the world. As you read this list, […]

Top 10 Richest Country Singers in the World

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top 10 richest country singers in the world

The new data is out! You may not see huge shifts in the list of the top 10 richest country singers in the world due to some established giants, but we've dropped some artists out and added new ones. This is more interesting than the usual static list where everyone just earns more money due to investments and new businesses. And that's one of the […]

Top 10 Richest Rappers in the World

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Nothing is more fun than the mid-year time when the new data comes out and we can update this list. It's not often that you see a huge shift in the list of top 10 richest rappers in the world. Usually it's the same players and their net worth moving up or down a bit based on investments. No matter how it shakes out, we […]

Can I Use Direct Monitoring With an Audio Interface?

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A friendly fellow sent in a wonderful pre-purchase question that I'm sure many other newcomers to the audio interface world are curious about too. It's a fun ride, so please read along as we learn about... Before you even read this, you can rest easy knowing it had a happy ending: "I purchased the unit. Aside from an issue where I had some latency in […]

Beyonce's Drummer Quits & Files Restraining Order Over "Extreme Witchcraft"

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In today's weird but true news, Beyoncé's ex-drummer Kimberly Thompson has filed a restraining order against the singer over allegations of "extreme witchcraft" and even the death of her baby kitten on tour. The Background Development Beyoncé, who in her early days with Destiny's Child was a devout Christian who refused to compromise her morals, but we saw a steady decline in that steadfastness after […]

The Music Modernization Act is One Step Closer to Paying Us Fair Streaming Royalties

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Music licensing laws have been screwed up for a long time now... on the order of decades. So many people get their flat fees when an album is recorded, pressed, and sold. The mixing, mastering, and recording engineers, the record executives, the marketing team, video directors and editors... even the roadies on tour are on salaries. So why is it that the songwriters and recording […]

Metallica Makes Peace With Cover Band After Sending Threatening 41 Page Letter

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Here we go now with another silly Metallica legal scandal. File this one under 'Legal Lessons.' Before you get your pitchforks out and start to burn your Black Album (if St. Anger didn't get it first), I want to offer up some context into this sort of thing. When you get to Metallica's level, you aren't just a band anymore... you're a corporation, it's big […]

Autechre's Flutter Vs. The Criminal Justice & Public Order Act of 1994

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In the United Kingdom, circa the late 1980's and early 1990's, the rave culture had grown to its peak manifestation. From the party-goers' perspective, ravers were mostly young people having a good time. But from the viewpoint of the local and national governments it wasn't quite such a simple picture. The Rave Problem of the 80's & 90's UK To the law enforcement officers, politicians, […]

The Eagles Soar Past Michael Jackson's Thriller for Best-Selling Album

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It was only a few days ago when I mentioned once again that Michael Jackson's Thriller album was the best-selling album of all time. Things can change seemingly fast, but it was a long road for The Eagles before they finally usurped the King of Pop's number one spot. The Eagles Dethrone Thriller Today is August 20th, 2018, the fateful Monday when the Recording Industry […]

Childish Gambino Accused of Copyright Infringement in 'This is America'

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childish gambino plagiarism

Life comes at you fast. And we all know what they say about Karma. This is America's Success Childish Gambino experienced a tremendous success with his recent outrage-baiting single and music video entitled 'This is America,' in which he repeats a lot of nonsensical phrases paired with imagery that insinuates the worst about the United States, allowing the listener to fill in the blanks and […]

Clarinet Student Awarded $350,000 After Girlfriend Sabotages His Career

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Eric Abramovitz Clarinet Lawsuit Winner

Get ready to take an emotional rollercoaster. There are some real despicable people out there doing horrible things for selfish reasons, but in the end justice can prevail when given the opportunity. The Context - Mastering the Clarinet That's how it went down for Eric Abramovitz. From the early age of seven he'd already earned the privilege of studying under Canada's most elite clarinet teachers. […]

Should I Upgrade My Mastering Equalizer?

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A fun question came in yesterday regarding upgrading a mastering equalizer. EQ's are always used in mastering, and while this question asked about specific models, I couldn't help myself but offer my opinion on EQ's in this capacity in general. Special thanks to the readers who have emailed in with corrections and suggestions regarding ways to expand older articles. Although I failed to take note […]