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YouTube could block Arctic Monkeys and Adele

YouTube said it will block videos from indie artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Adele, unless they sign up to agreements surrounding its new ad-free streaming music service.

Arctic Monkeys could see their music videos cut from YouTube. Credit: PA Images

Google, which owns YouTube, has been renegotiating contracts as it prepares to launch the music subscription service and has signed deals with the major labels.

But the internet giant is threatening to block independent artists from using the entire YouTube platform — free or paid — if they do not agree to the terms of the new streaming service.

Adele could also see her music videos disappear, unless she signs up to YouTube's new streaming service. Credit: PA Images

Robert Kyncl, YouTube's head of content and business operations, told the Financial Times that videos from independents could be blocked "in a matter of days," if new licenses were not negotiated.

YouTube's entry into the music subscription market comes after Amazon launched a similar service for its Prime members, and Apple bought online music service Beats Music.


Adele awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

Skyfall singer Adele has been awarded an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: Press Association

Adele has been awarded an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

The 25-year-old singer adds MBE to a host of recent accolades: from Brit Awards to Grammys, and most recently an Oscar for her James Bond song.


Rich list: One Direction made £5m each last year

The five members of One Direction have racked up a £5 million fortune each in the last year, according to the Sunday Times Young Music Rich List.

The boy band, who were put together on the X Factor, have achieved international success and stormed the United States in 2012 with their debut album Up All Night.

One Direction pick up the Global Success Awards at the Brits. Credit: Press Association

Adele tops Sunday Times Young Music Rich List

Adele tops the Sunday Times Young Music Rich List with a fortune of £30 million.

According to researchers, the singer made £10 million in the last year despite taking much of it off to recover from a throat operation and have a baby.

Adele is at the top of the Sunday Times Young Music Rich List with a £30m fortune. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Cheryl Cole is second in the list of music millionaires aged 30 and under with a fortune estimated at £14 million, while Leona Lewis and Katie Melua are just behind with £12 million.

New entries to the list include Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran who are each worth £5 million.

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