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Changes of heart: Metallica is on Napster, Radiohead is on Spotify

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Metallica is out with a new album and the band has gone an unusual route with distribution. Hardwired… To Self Destruct has been released on most of the usual digital outlets, but it is also on YouTube in its entirety. Metallica's adoption of streaming distribution contradicts the band's earlier resistence, and contains some irony. Then there is Radiohead, once a hold-out, which is now streaming on Spotify.

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U.S. music industry calls for support of EU law to address “value gap”

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The U.S. music industry is petitioning its European counterparts to make copyright reforms that would address royalty payments made by online music distribution services. Several music industry organizations signed an open letter about the value gap in services that do a great deal of user traffic but make comparatively small royalty payments. It asks U.S. government representatives in Europe to support Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposed by the European Commission.

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YouTube has social media features in development

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YouTube is exploring the addition of some social features which could help music owners get more value from the video platform. The feature set currently in development is known as Backstage. It’s a move to be more competitive with the likes of Facebook or Snapchat, but the music industry should also keep tabs on what the plan says about YouTube’s next directions.

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