Music Industry News: BMI Royalty Record, ASCAP Fights Pandora, Steve Albini’s Fax

Nirvana music industry news Performance rights organization BMI reports new records for royalty distributions and revenue for the fiscal year. ASCAP is taking a firm stand against Pandora Internet Radio, claiming that “the rights of songwriters are under attack” and asking songwriters to sign an online petition. It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero, and among the items included in the new box-set is a four-page letter from producer Steve Albini. “I would like to be paid like a plumber,” he writes. Read more.

Pandora: Changing the Way We Discover Music

Rob Walker wrote an article called, “The Song Decoders,” which was published in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday. If you’re unfamiliar with Pandora it’s a great way to get up to speed; if you already use it, it’ll help you understand the way the recommendation engine actually functions. Pandora’s model is unique partly because of the musicologists behind the scenes – the people who rate each song on its melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and sound (and dozens of smaller categories within each of those aspects). Surprisingly, Pandora only has 700,000 songs in its library, significantly less than some of the other online streaming sites. Read more…

Pandora Tips: 6 Ways to Find New Music

Mashable’s Barb Dybwad put together a list of ways to better explore music on Pandora:

The Pandora music streaming service is a great way to quickly tap into some internet radio stations, but it’s also a powerful tool for finding new music you might be interested in. With a little extra care and feeding, Pandora can offer up some new listening opportunities catering right to your musical tastes.

For those listeners looking for methods of adding some diversity to your regular stations, check out our tips for finding some new tunes. For even a small time investment you can spice up your stations and find more artists and tracks you might not already have known about.

Click here to read the entire article on Mashable.

What are your favorite ways to find new music?