Ticketmaster ‘Free’ Tickets across the US

Ticketmaster ‘Free’ Tickets across the US

Great news this week, for any music loving concert goer in the United States of America. If you purchased any tickets from ticketmaster.com between October 21st, 1999 and February 27th, 2013! As the result of a 2003 class action lawsuit filed against the company they opened a huge amount of free tickets to fans. The first batch of which being made available in June of 2016. It is usual to see big companies taken to…

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Warner Music Group Acquires Songkick

Warner Music Group Acquires Songkick

Perhaps the biggest industry news this week was Warner Music Group’s acquisition of ‘Songkick.’ The American company who have more than 15 million active music fans across the world using their app. The app itself helps music fans ‘track their favourite artists, discover new concerts and buy fairly priced tickets under one roof.’ According to the Songkick website. Set up with real music fans in mind, Songkick aims to out those fans and the artists…

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RUN THE JEWELS ‘Don’t Get Captured’

RUN THE JEWELS ‘Don’t Get Captured’

Somehow even the most aware of us can be years behind on great music. It took an appearance from one half of the duo on Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ show for me to discover them. Immediately enjoying their well crafted songs, intelligent lyrics and the way they work together so effortlessly. The reason I bring up Killer Mike and El-P’s duo this week is that I just caught their new video for the song ‘Don’t…

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Piracy: The Rise of ‘Stream Ripping’

Piracy: The Rise of ‘Stream Ripping’

For those amongst you that thought Streaming. (with all it’s free-tier ‘value for money’ goodness) Would bring an end to piracy. I’m afraid you’re going to have to think again. New research released from the Intellectual Property Office and PRS for Music sheds light on just how many people are abusing: new websites, apps and piracy software to take streamed content services. It is claimed by record labels that this method, known as ‘stream-ripping’, is…

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Radiohead; a band with better B-sides

Radiohead; a band with better B-sides

OKNOTOK is something a lot of people have been looking forward to for a while. OK Computer was such a pivotal album in UK and world music. A shining example of forward thinking and intelligently created music, That received popular and critical acclaim, inspiring generations to come and becoming an anthem for the time. There last new release, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ was well received. Particular because it finally featured fan favourite ‘Burn The Witch’,…

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Apple Music Wants To Reduce Royalty Rates To Artists

Apple Music Wants To Reduce Royalty Rates To Artists

This looks bad. Real bad. But is it? Apple, one of the newer players in the world of online digital music streaming. Are reportedly coming to the end of long licensing deals with record labels for both Apple Music and iTunes. With sources at Bloomberg saying that these are done by June. The big three labels are Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. All be in negotiations with the streaming services over how…

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The Golden Years with Javed Akhtar now on Netflix

The Golden Years with Javed Akhtar now on Netflix

The renowned Indian writer and poet and lyricist Javed hosts a musical journey to reveal untold stories behind the classics. As well as India’s Hindi film music. But between 1950 and 1975.  ‘The Golden Years 1950 – 1975.’ is now available on Netflix. The series is a celebration of 25 years of timeless music. It also celebrates classical melodies of musical and their soulful music from this golden time of the Indian film music. Therefore…

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First Impressions review; ‘Melodrama’ by Lorde

First Impressions review; ‘Melodrama’ by Lorde

Back with an 11 track record, Lorde brings her unique talents to the forefront of this album which is sure to leave yet another lasting impression on the music industry. The Royals singer (with an incredible South Park rendition) has such a great reputation for putting out really well made and thought provoking music, always standing out from other artists at the time. ‘Melodrama’ is her second album that was released on June 16th, and…

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Industry responds to Grenfell Tower fire

Industry responds to Grenfell Tower fire

Following the tragic incident of the Grenfell Tower fire. Almost £3 million has been raised for victims in less than 48 hours. The UK music industry too is not staying behind in standing together for a cause. Music mogul and philanthropist Simon Cowell brings stars together for Grenfell fundraiser song. Made in aid of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. It is a star-studded charity single that hosts big names performing in aid of the Grenfell…

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Donald Glover calls time on Childish Gambino

Donald Glover calls time on Childish Gambino

While performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, the actor-rapper concluded his set with a surprise announcement. Before leaving the stage, he stated to the audience: “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” In an interview with The Huffington Post Donald expressed his explanations as to why he is calling time on Childish Gambino. “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’”…

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