YouTube unveils Music Key subscription service

YouTube Music Key Branding

After much rumour, speculation and tussling with independent record labels, YouTube has now unveiled it’s Music Key subscription service.

A £9.99 monthly subscription will allow users to watch ad-free music videos, as well as download them for use offline. A membership will also give access to the existing Google Play All Access service, an “all you can eat” music streaming and download facility.

The launch of Music Key had been delayed by disputes with independent record labels, but Google says that it has now signed agreements with hundreds of indies worldwide.

Whilst the finer detail of those agreements is not yet available, Brad Nevin, Chief Executive of the Orchard group of independent record labels has said that the deal is both fair and “a phenomenal opportunity.”

Music Key is intended to become a rival to other music streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Beats Music.

The launch comes in the wake of a fierce row between pop superstar Taylor Swift and the Spotify music streaming service. Swift recently removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify, disgruntled by the level of payments made to artists and publishers by the business.

“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music,” Swift recently told Yahoo Music.

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The Dead Weather tease new song “Buzzkill(er)”

Dead Weather Promo Shot

The Dead Weather have teased their new single “Buzzkill(er)” by releasing a clip from the track.

The song is to be released as a 7″ gold vinyl single, backed with song “It’s Just Too Bad”, as part of Third Man Records’ Vault subscription series. You can listen to the clip by clicking the SoundCloud stream below.

The band, who include among their members Alison Mosshart and Jack White, are mooted to be releasing a new album in 2015. Their last LP was 2010’s Sea Of Cowards. Two new songs, “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)”, were released earlier this year.

A press release for the new songs states that they are: “further examples that this band, in their downtime from Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills and JW solo, are more deadly than 99% of the rest of the also-rans out there.”

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Sub Pop launches subscription service

DripFM SubPop

Sub Pop is the latest independent record label to join the ranks of those offering subscription services via the platform. The Sub Pop service launched worldwide today.

Subscribers will pay a monthly fee to receive digital copies of each new Sub Pop release via e-mail on the day it comes out. Users will also be able to chose from a selection of the Sub Pop back catalogue, with files available in either 320kbps compressed or WAV formats. All files will be free from DRM restrictions.

The first 100 subscribers will be entered to win a prize pack containing, Beach House’s Bloom LP (Loser Edition), a signed copy of the Deluxe edition of the Postal Service’s Give Up LP, the Record Store Day exclusive pressing of Mudhoney On Top, and more.

Artists from Sub Pop’s back catalogue that feature on the service include Nirvana, Fleet Foxes and Earth to name just three.

Find out more about how to subscribe and the prize pack promotion via Sub Pop’s website.

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