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Behind Abbey Road Studios’ New Incubator For Music Tech

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The past decade has rendered the music industry unrecognizable. Digital music is king and songs are purchased (and created) in the cloud. Faster computer processing and affordable hardware allow professional recording tools to be available to all. Artificial intelligence has produced albums, scored films, and generated mood music in games. So where does a historic recording studio like Abbey Road fit into this evolving industry? Read the rest of this page »

The Beatles Set to Stream on Christmas Eve: Sources

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The Beatles Set to Stream on Christmas Eve: Sources

The most beloved rock band in history and one of the most persistent holdouts in the digital age of music listening — The Beatles — is set to finally arrive on streaming services, according to Billboard sources with knowledge of the negotiations. Read the rest of this page »

Adele Ticket Blowout Frustrates Fans, With Ticketmaster Taking the Heat

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The long-awaited on-sale for Adele‘s tour in support of her blockbuster album 25was greeted with “unprecedented” demand, creating frustration for fans unable to snag tickets but not, as was reported, swamping Ticketmaster’s system. Read the rest of this page »

Pandora Forced To Pay Artists Millions More – But Fares Well In Crucial Rates Decision

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The fate of record labels and artists everywhere has been resting in the hands of three US judges for the past year.

This trio of lawmakers comprise the country’s Copyright Royalty Board, which has just delivered a crucial decision on the statutory per-stream rate paid out to recorded music rightsholders by non-interactive digital ‘radio’ platforms such as Pandora and iHeartRadio. Read the rest of this page »

Billy Joel Sells Out His 30th Show at Madison Square Garden

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In what amounts to the greatest arena engagement of all time, Billy Joel has sold out his 30th show in a run of monthly dates at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Read the rest of this page »

Spotify Launches Party Mode “Mixed By Us Tuned By You”

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2015 was the year that streaming music services became obsessed with delivering the right song to the right user at the right moment.  Spotify’s latest approach combines human curation, algorithms and a beat meter

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Watch Out Spotify: Pandora Inks Direct Deal With Warner/Chappell

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Pandora’s quest to strike direct licensing deals with the world’s most significant rights-holders is going very smoothly.

Warner/Chappell Music has announced a multi-year licensing agreement for its catalogue of musical works in the US market. Read the rest of this page »

Streaming Got Zane Lowe And George Ergatoudis – But Missed Out On Howard Stern

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BBC Radio 1 has lost two heavily influential personalities to streaming this year: Zane Lowe to Apple and, as we learned yesterday, programming chief George Ergatoudis to Spotify.

But what might have been the biggest poach of 2015 for music streaming services from the world of ‘radio’ hasn’t happened after all.

The last show in Howard Stern’s current five-year contract with satellite radio giant Sirius XM takes place today (Wednesday, December 16), Read the rest of this page »

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Becomes First-Ever 30 Times Multi-Platinum Album: Exclusive

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Becomes First-Ever 30 Times Multi-Platinum Album: Exclusive

Michael Jackson‘s Thriller has become the first album ever to be certified 30 times multi-platinum for U.S. sales, marking more than 30 million sales in the States.  Read the rest of this page »

Is This The Right Way To Decide The Grammy Nominees?

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It’s usually shrouded in secrecy, but a new interview has shed important light on how the Grammy nominees are decided – and it could cause a bit of controversy.

Hits Daily Double has sat down with Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow to ask him some probing questions about the event, which takes place on February 15 at the Staples Centre in LA next year. Read the rest of this page »

Kobalt Launches First Apple TV Artist App With Placebo

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Kobalt Label Services has launched the first Apple TV official artist app.

Specifically designed for the latest version of Apple TV, the app is for British rock band Placebo, who signed their catalogue for digital services to Kobalt in January. Read the rest of this page »

BBC Radio 1’s George Ergatoudis Joins Spotify

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Spotify has confirmed the appointment of George Ergatoudis in the newly-created position of Head of Content Programming for the UK.

In his new role at Spotify, based in London, George Ergatoudis will be responsible for leading Spotify’s in-house music curation strategy and content programming for the UK. Read the rest of this page »

Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Ally With Universal Music Publishing Group in New Signing, Joint Venture

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Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson announces a pair of deals today (Dec. 15). The company has signed Demi Lovato for global publishing and has entered into a joint venture with Safehouse Publishing, a division of Safehouse Records, which is co-owned by Lovato, Nick Jonas and their manager, music exec Phil McIntyre. Read the rest of this page »

Howard Stern, Sirius XM Sign New Five-Year Deal

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Howard Stern on Tuesday announced he has re-upped  with satellite radio firm Sirius XM Radio, where his contract was set to expire at the end of the month, for another five years on the air. Read the rest of this page »

Classic Rock Radio at 30: The Songs Change, So Does the Vibe Remain the Same?

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On December 7, the rock world rumbled with Rush drummer Neil Peart‘s revelation that he planned to back away from touring. Three days later, Fred Jacobs, president of Jacobs Media and generally regarded as the creator of the classic rock radio format, wrote a blog post asking if other acts should follow Peart’s lead and quit before they risk “damaging their legacies.” Read the rest of this page »