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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Debuts at No. 1

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It’s the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga.

The standards album, released Sept. 23 on Streamline/Interscope/RPM/Columbia Records, sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also hits No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. Read the rest of this page »

Final Touch Update, Now With AAC Format Preview

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Positive Grid announced today that the new version of its Final Touch Audio Post Production System for iPad is now available with the new AAC format preview, the first of its kind on iPad. Read the rest of this page »

UK vinyl album sales in 2014 have already exceeded 2013′s total

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UK vinyl album sales in 2014 have already exceeded 2013's total

Another record-breaking year for vinyl.

UK sales of vinyl albums have already exceeded their 2013 total, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Read the rest of this page »

Listen to a New Gorgon City Track Feat. Erik Hassle

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Gorgon City Sirens

“FTPA” is a new song off of Gorgon City’s debut album Sirens, out October 7th. It was co-written with Erik Hassle—most well known for his single “Think About It”—while the group was in Los Angeles on their recent U.S. tour. Form the very outset, the tune evokes the kind of smooth, R&B-inflected Balearic sentimentality of something like Sébastian Tellier’s “La Ritournelle,” working with mood and timbre to create a gliding, almost mauve sound palate. A Hammond B3 organ tinkers into the mix with heavy subbass and some more ‘90s pop stylings, creating a vague nostalgia for nothing and everything in particular. Check it out below, preorder the album here, and be on the lookout for Gorgon City’s U.S. tour, starting October 9th.

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Hear Clean Bandit Re-enlist Their ‘Real Love,’ Jess Glynne

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Clean Bandit Jess Glynne Real Love New Single

Britain’s thriving dance/pop scene is frequently subject to a very specific phenomenon: featured vocalists getting too big for their britches and branching off from the collaboration game entirely, foregoing guest spots in pursuit of (justifiably exciting) solo careers instead. We saw it happen with Sam Smith, who outgrew Naughty Boy (“La La La”) and Disclosure (“Latch,” of course) for his stellar 2014 debut In the Lonely Hour. Read the rest of this page »

Nicki Minaj Set To Host The 2014 MTV European Music Awards

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Nicki Minaj-The Source

our minajesty is making her way to Europe

Rapper Nicki Minaj is making a trip overseas as she hosts the 2014 MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland. She is the first rapper to host the hit award show. Not only is she hosting but she is also performing. She is also making her way to the throne in her promo pic for the award show. Read the rest of this page »

Toro Y Moi Shares Les Sins Track “Why”

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Toro Y Moi Shares Les Sins Track

Chaz Bundick—best known for his work as Toro Y Moi—will release an album called Michael under his dance-centric moniker Les Sins on November 4 via Company Records (a new imprint from Bundick and Carpark Records). We’ve already heard “Bother”. Today, he’s put out another cut called “Why” featuring singer Nate Salman. Hear it above. Read the rest of this page »

Stream Tinashe’s Shimmering Debut Album, Aquarius

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It’s t-minus one week until Tinashe‘s highly-anticipated debut album, Aquarius, will officially hit brick-and-mortar/digital shelves. However, she’s made it available for streaming in-full on SoundCloud a touch early. The 18-track project includes her star-making hit “2 On,” as well as guest appearances from ScHoolboy QA$AP RockyDev Hynes, and Future, in addition to production by Boi-1daMike WiLL Made-ItDetailStargate and more. And as if that weren’t enough, the now-consummate R&B star has also shared a video, replete with sweeping landscapes and strip club scrape ups, for her Rocky-assisted “Pretend.” Check that above, and Aquarius – your new soundtrack for cuffing-season, Aquarius season and beyond – below. [Click the Fader link below!]

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Rihanna reportedly asked to be next Bond girl

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Bond Girl Gone Bad?

Consider the source(s), but OK! is reporting that Rihanna has been approached by the producers of the 24th Bond film about a cameo role. Read the rest of this page »

Aretha Franklin Covers Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” And Of Course It’s Amazing

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When one of the greatest singers of the past century takes on one of the greatest song in recent years, the outcome is likely to be classic. This is exactly the case with Aretha Franklin’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” The song will appear on the 72-year-old singer’s upcoming project, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, which debuts October 21 from RCA Records. The project is set to contain covers of timeless tunes by the likes of Etta James, Sinead O’Conner, Alicia Keys, Barbra Streisand and more. Franklin’s last studio album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love, dropped in 2011.

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New Music Gear Monday: Tascam DR-44WL Portable Recorder

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Tascam DR-44WL

One essential item for every musician, engineer and producer is a portable recorder. We all want to record gigs and rehearsals, as well as podcasts and audio and sound effects for videos, and as a result, that portable recorder has become a standard piece of kit that we just can’t live without. That said, the hunt for the best recorder for you is somewhat like a surfer catching that perfect wave. Each one offers something just a little different. Read the rest of this page »

Applied Acoustics Systems – Harmonic Geometry

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With Harmonic Geometry, Richard Devine explores our string modeling synthesizer in all its facets. In his distinctive style, he brings us elaborate timbral perspectives and intricate textural spaces using the many shapes and forms of String Studio VS-2. These ingenious constructions materialize into an eclectic collection of sounds spanning modern sci-fi territories, ambiences, surprising percussions, resonant vibrational effects, and exotic instruments. Harmonic Geometry comprises 130 presets divided into eight categories: Pad, Effect, Arpeggiator, Plucked, Synth, Keys, Percussion, and Ambient. Read the rest of this page »

eMusic Begins Purging Major Labels in Renewed Indie Push

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Taylor Swift at iHeartRadio 2014

Pioneering digital music store eMusic has announced a return to its indie roots, telling members that it will no longer sell releases distributed by major labels Sony, Universal and Warner. The site, which launched in 1998 as an online outlet for independent music, but began selling product from the majors in 2009, will alter its focus as early as this week, according to an email to subscribers.

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FKA Twigs responds to ‘unacceptable’ racist tweets from Robert Pattinson fans

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FKA Twigs responds to 'unacceptable' racist tweets from Robert Pattinson fans

FKA Twigs has labeled racist trolls “unacceptable” after being made a target of abuse for some fans of the actor Robert Pattinson, whom she has been romantically linked to in recent weeks. Read the rest of this page »