Internet radio lives on

Many internet radio stations continue streaming today, despite warnings by the SoundExchange that they will be sued if they cannot pay the new music royalty fee. This fee to be paid by today was imposed upon all stations regardless of size or revenue base, creating concern that this may be the end of internet radio.

Read more: ‘Music on Hold’

Court rejects Webcasters’ plea for relief – CNet news

Via CNet News, ‘A federal appeals court has declined to grant a petition by Webcasters to delay the onset of new royalty fees. In a one-page order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the opponents of the fees “have not satisfied the stringent standards required for a stay pending court review”.’

For the entire article including a PDF of the new rules click here

Phat Kat

One of the most overlooked emcees from Detroit, Phat Kat aka Ronnie Cash was an early collaborator to the legendary Detroit hip-hop producer Jay-Dee. The two collaborated under the name 1st Down until the label folded and the two parted ways. Cash went on to collaborate with Slum Village and reunited with Jay Dee later to release the Undeniable ep. Look out for Phat Kat’s solo record on Look Records this year. I’ve heard a few tracks and can’t wait to get my own copy. It has the bangin’ electro tinged sound of Detroit hip hop that tells it like it is. Check out Phat Kat’s myspace page for a spin.