U.S. Record Industry Sees Album Sales Sink to Historic Lows (Again) — But People Are Listening More Than Ever

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It’s the worst year (so far) for music sales since the 1991 debut of SoundScan (now Nielsen Music). Album sales, including track-equivalent albums (TEA, whereby 10 track sales equal one album unit) are down 16.9 percent in the first half of this year. But sales figures no longer tell the whole story of the record business.

Company granted patent on new infrared technology

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We’ve never quite understood why some people choose to go to gigs and watch them through their smartphone screens – doesn’t that sort of negate the point of actually being there? – but it’s certainly a massive thing these days. If Apple has its way, though, it might not be a thing for too much longer.

Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service


  Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z, according to people familiar with the matter….

Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors Squad Up for ‘Suicide Squad’ Cut ‘Sucker for Pain’

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The “Sucker for Pain” video has arrived! The clip debuted on the Suicide Squad Facebook page …

Apple’s Billion, GarageBand’s New Instruments and Beijing’s Big Tech Shift


  Apple is celebrating the rich history of Chinese music today, adding traditional Chinese instruments including the pipa and erhu to its recording software GarageBand as well as a full library of loops inspired by Chinese musical styles. The company has also more wholly localized the entire application for Chinese users, “with all sounds, loops and…

Music Theory: 4 Jazz Techniques for Electronic Composers


Taking tips from the Jazz greats like Monk, Coltrane and Corea can help you sound more like electronic producers like Thavius Beck, BT, and Richard Devine. Check out these 4 music theory tips….

PRS for Music Foundation Launches New Program to Provide Support For Emerging Acts


The booming live industry may be where the majority of artists make their money, but for new and emerging acts the costs of touring can still be prohibitive. In response, PRS for Music Foundation — the independent charitable arm of the U.K. collecting society — has teamed with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union to offer a new 72-hour flash funding…

How To Fix Broken Headphones Using These Simple Soldering Steps

This video and detailed step-by-step instructional article shows you how to repair broken headphones! Don’t throw them away until after you’ve tried this!…

Downloads, While Waning, Are Far From Dead

Recent numbers from the RIAA point to the death of the download, at least in the U.S. Despite that trend, though, 45.95 percent of consumers asked in a recent survey said they are “more likely to download content.” That statistic comes from a new report by Limelight Networks — the content delivery company that first supported…

A Guide To Clearing Samples In Music Production

So you made an awesome track using a sample from another piece of music by another artist, and want to shop it to labels to release it for profit – what do you do next? Artists like Vanilla Ice, Two Live Crew, Bashmore, and Baauer have all faced allegations of unlawful sampling with some cases…