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Facebook Music Test: Proof Fans Are Missing Updates From Their Favorite Artists

Rap artist Hodgy Beats from Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crowd surfs while performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival, in Chicago, July 17, 2011. Pitchfork, a music industry news and criticism Web site, began the festival in 2006 and continues to be committed to indie rock music.  (Mylan Cannon/The New York Times)

  Guest post by Ronan Mason of Muzeroom   Before advertising was introduced, Facebook was a fantastic way of staying in touch with the artists you love. The competition for your news feed was less, and the algorithm wasn’t as fussy with what content it delivered you. Basically, you saw the majority of posts from the artists you…


Job Postings Offer Hints at Amazon’s Live Ticketing Plans

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  If recent job postings are any indication, Amazon has some fairly ambitious goals to shake up the live ticketing business. As spotted by Recode, the Washington-based online retailer is recruiting new hires for its Amazon Tickets division, which launched in the U.K. last year, and sells tickets to concerts and theater performances. One posting, for head of…


For Stones Throw Records, A Love Of Hip-Hop Sparked 20 Years Of Musical Conversations

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  In 1986, at the age of 17, Chris Manak wrote a high school essay about wanting to be a record label owner when he was older. The San Jose native had been collecting vinyl since he was ten and by high school he was DJ-ing and making his own beats thanks to a fascination…


Music Torrent Site What.CD Shuts Down: ‘All Data Has Been Destroyed’

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  Invite-only torrent site What.CD, a favorite destination for audiophiles for its vast trove of hard-to-find releases and high-quality files, has terminated operations immediately. A terse statement found on its website mentions “recent events” as the reason for the piracy site’s demise. “We are not likely to return any time soon in our current form,”…


Justice Talk Embracing Corniness, Making Dance Music for Grown-Ups

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The French duo Justice broke out a decade ago by reveling in the possibilities of abrasive electronic production, but you won’t find much of that on the pair’s new third full-length, Woman. “You cannot do two first records,” Xavier de Rosnay says. “When you’re 20, and you just discover what it is to be in the studio, there’s…


Inside Green Day’s Revolutionary Rebirth

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  Not long ago, before he pushed his band to record three albums all at once and landed himself in rehab, before a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction left him with little to prove, Billie Joe Armstrong had some strict rules for Green Day. Most important, each album and tour had to lead right into the…


One Chart Which Tells The Music Business Story

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This article looks at an exceedingly revealing chart from Fortune detailing the revenue generated by the recorded music industry within the past forty plus years, including all of highs and some alarming lows as the music business has reacted to the introduction of new technology. Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Rarely does one chart…


Citing throat problems, Kanye West ditches his Forum performance early

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  Kanye West has a cold. Or at least a sore throat. “My voice is so hoarse. I can’t finish the show,” the rapper told his thousands of fans just before ditching Thursday’s sixth gig at the Forum in Inglewood early. The rapper-producer-designer, who was performing his song “Only One” from atop a floating stage that hovered…


Tyga Sued For $20 Million Over Explicit Version Of “Make It Nasty” Video

UPDATE: HotNewHipHop.com reports that two of three models who sued Tyga late last year for the “Make It Nasty” video are seeking eight figures in damages. Elizabeth Velasquez and Azia Davies are both reportedly seeking $10 million each for the unauthorized nudity in the explicit version of the Alex Nazari-directed video. The third model mentioned…


Mike Shipley, Grammy-Winning Def Leppard Engineer, Dead of Unknown Causes

Mike Shipley, a Grammy-winning engineer and producer, has died, according to Brave Words. The cause of death and his age weren’t revealed. The man is best remembered for his work with ’80s-associated hard rock and heavy metal bands like Aerosmith, Van Halen, Scorpions, Ratt, Winger, and Whitensake. He had a considerable run working with Def…