Category: Talking About A Revolution

Welcome to the weekly article looking at the current music industry, its challenges and overall why and how SHOUT4’s RevShare model works so well for the independent music industry. Written by SHOUT4 Chairman, Ric Yerbury.

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Talking About A Revolution

REACH FOR THE STARS

Any excuse to introduce Kanye West into the ‘place the lyrics’ competition is taken. The rest of that line is “Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud”.  So much of the music industry is the management of expectations and I was reminded of this when reading an article at […]

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LIVE MUSIC IS BETTER

Now this will be a turn up for the books for my co-founder, Alex Pilkington, finding me grabbing a line from one of his favourite artists, Neil Young, from his song ‘Union Man’. However, I am not sure that there can be a more appropriate quote to headline this article.  The gentleman says: ‘Live music […]

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THE RICH HAVE GOT THEIR CHANNELS IN THE BEDROOMS OF THE POOR

We can not be entirely sure what the often elegiac and  mischievous Leonard Cohen had in mind with that line, but I was happy to borrow a bit out of the ‘Tower Of Song’. To be honest I would love to find reasons to include other favourite lines from that song including  “Well, my friends […]

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What have the labels ever done for us?

Definitely showing my age as I plunder old Monty Python sketches for the title of this article I mentioned before heading off into the outer world for a holiday that I would be considering the possible demise of the record label as we have known it. A good question I was immediately asked by a […]

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Where’s my split?

Not sure my colleagues heard this correctly.  To some, it does sound more like where’s my spliff? I would hasten to add that none has ever or will ever pass my lips. Although mistaken in the first week of University for someone who might have a supply due only to the fact that I had […]

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Thank You For The Music

I have been asked a few times recently whether I think that the major record labels are the devil incarnate or worse?! “Certainly not,” has been my reply. Some incredible achievements from some incredible and influential champions of music have been delivered over the decades. The relationship with the artists who made their success possible […]

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Bang to Rights

Catchy title I know or just me being a smart arse? Actually, no!  I want to point the spotlight on the journey copyright may take and the consequences of taking certain decisions early in its lifespan. You will detect a recurring theme in my recent articles with the retention of rights being top of the […]

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Are We Live?

Well, are we?  Feels a bit flaky at the moment with so many music festivals having already been cancelled and many close to the point of putting up the white flag for this year. Primarily this is due to the lack of insurance or government support to underwrite any risk. As I write, the ‘Delta […]

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Thinking About Money

Seems like we think about money quite a lot at the moment. Not really surprising given the challenges in the world currently. I was thinking, in particular, about the music industry which seems to be weighing up the problems including the fair distribution of streaming income to the lack of any revenue from live. So […]

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Back on the Blockchain Gang!

I don’t know about you but I sometimes have the feeling that if you live in a world without blockchain you might be missing out! Blockchain in music has become a mantra for some, particularly with the increasing desire for artists to retain their rights and get faster access to the money they generate through […]

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