Why does it matter if Spotify can or can’t go public or be bought for billions of dollars? “If Spotify can’t have a big exit, the doubts that are already there around digital music could become potentially fatal,” he says, noting that other digital entertainment areas, like mobile games, have seen plenty of such exits. … [Read more...] about Streaming music: what next for Apple, YouTube, Spotify… and musicians?
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After all, is this not where the nation puts aside all regional and class differences and sits down together for a little while to get its nightly lesson in what it means to be British? To have shattered that illusion by giving Scotland its own 6pm news programme; why, rogue nations would be withdrawing their diplomats and getting all belligerent. And so they threw us the Scotland channel, a pantomime horse of an offering, stitched together with the spare parts of old repeats and the remnants of dusted-down ideas that hadn’t quite cut the mustard in the threshing rooms of London’s commissioning editors. When the BBC unveiled the line-up, it was seized upon by Scotland’s rightwing press and eviscerated. These publications had previously derided the idea of anything separate and Scottish on the BBC and dismissed all calls for such as politically motivated and driven by nationalist grievance-junkies. Even insiders confided their concerns that the annual £30m budget … [Read more...] about Derided before its launch, BBC Scotland has silenced the critics with its excellence
I think I’m now just the older provocateur film-maker. I still make films that I think people don’t want to acknowledge and don’t want to give credit to, but they can’t ignore them. Charles Gant wrote an article about the top independent British films of the year: Brotherhood is No 4, above David Brent, above I, Daniel Blake, above High Rise. The numbers don’t lie. … [Read more...] about Noel Clarke: ‘I still make films they can’t ignore’
Pressed on whether he would in fact seek to use the courts to shut down Twitter, Trump responded: 'I think this: if Twitter were not honorable, if you're going to have a guy like this be your judge and jury I think you shut it down as far as I'm concerned,' in reference to Twitter's 'head of integrity,' who has been revealed to have posted tweets highly critical of Trump and top Republicans. … [Read more...] about Twitter flags Donald Trump’s ‘when the looting starts the shooting starts’ threat for ‘inciting violence’ AGAIN after he repeats it on White House account amid furious attacks at platform for ‘targeting’ him
"The music business is a harder slog than it used to be. Media is fragmented into a million pieces and it's very hard to achieve the ubiquity that acts used to be able to achieve, and thus sell what they used to sell. Piracy is still rampant. But there are acts that are doing very well, because they are paying attention to where the money goes, and not bellyaching, sans facts, about the music business. … [Read more...] about Spotify vs Musicians: 10 things to read to better understand the debate