The Essential Brilliance Of Studio Musicians

In the 1950s and ’60s, especially, session musicians could make or break a hit. And session musicians were in high demand, as producers like Phil Spector became obsessed with production techniques such as the Wall of Sound, forcing as many musicians as possible into a studio and having each of them contribute a small part to a larger, bombastic sound. As a result, session musicians became highly valued: Each had to play their role well, but they also had to find a way to click with every other ...
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Algorithm Gets Major-Label Record Deal

Endel is a music app that launched in Japan last November. According to a press release, the service "produces personalized sounds to help you focus and relax... The technology is backed by science and uses personal inputs such as time of day, location, heart rate, weather to create custom sound frequencies to enhance one's mood … More »
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8 Nail-Polish Colors That'll Bring Springtime To Your Fingers

After you've scheduled a haircut and swapped your heavy moisturizer for a lighter gel formula, a manicure is the next logical (not to mention mood-boosting) task to check off your pre-spring to-do list. Whether you're spending your tax return on a treat-yourself salon service — gels plus nail art — or planning to DIY before your spring social calendar gets packed, the polish color trend of the moment is the same all around: the brighter, the better.Vibrant, magenta fingernails are just meant to...

Border Officials Detain 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Over "Inconsistent Information"

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials detained a 9-year-old girl and U.S. citizen for more than 30 hours because she "provided inconsistent information during her inspection" at a port of entry, NBC7 reports.Julia Isabel Amparo Medina is a Tijuana resident who attends school in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, CA. The girl was traveling with her mother Thelma Galaxia, her 14-year-old brother Oscar, a family friend, and her two children Monday morning on their way to school.Galaxi...

Mugshot Madness: Marc Gomez, Man in Viral Video Kicking & Punching Elderly Woman on Subway Train, Arrested

The man who was seen in a viral video repeatedly punching and kicking an elderly woman on a subway train in the Bronx borough of New York City has been arrested.The horrific incident reportedly took place two weeks ago, on Sunday, March 10th around 3:10 a.m. at the Nereid Ave. Station in the Bronx on a northbound 2 train, and it was all caught on video that surfaced on social media, where it quickly went viral.Witnesses stood by without intervening, and instead pulled out their smartphones to re...
Tags: Crime, News, Viral Videos, Arrested, Marc Gomez, Mugshot Madness, Mugshots, New York, NYC, Subways, the Bronx

Outside Lands Announces Paul Simon Headline Set

Last year, Paul Simon wrapped up his grand farewell tour with a show in Queens, a short distance from the house where he grew up. But the farewell tour wasn't a real farewell. When he launched the tour, Simon was clear that he wasn't retiring from performing. He said that he wouldn't tour … More »
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Barbra Streisand On Michael Jackson Allegations: “His Sexual Needs Were His Sexual Needs”

Barbra Streisand has sparked controversy after voicing her opinion on the allegations against Michael Jackson in the wake of HBO's Leaving Neverland documentary. More »
Tags: News, Barbra Streisand, Dan Reed, James Safechuck, Michael Jackson, Wade Robson

14-Year-Old & 12-Year-Old Sisters Accused of Killing Their Own Mother Say They’re Innocent

Two Mississippi girls who were arrested in connection with the murder of their mother say they are completely innocent.32-year-old Ericka Hall was found dead outside her Magnolia, Missippi home in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 5th, 2019 after being shot and stabbed multiple times.Hall’s two daughters—14-year-old Amariyona Hall and her 12-year-old sister, whose name has been withheld due to youth court laws—were taken into police custody and accused of their mother’s murder.Amariyo...
Tags: Crime, News, Trending, Videos, Amariyona Hall, Ericka Hall, Magnolia Mississippi, Mississippi, Murder, Pike County Mississippi

Mess – “Dead Space”

The Kansas City, MO band Mess have an EP, 2017's heartswithholes, and a solitary single, last year's "Cave," to their name so far. Next week, they're putting out their debut album, Learning How To Talk. Mess recently went on tour with the Illinois Best New Band Bristletongue, and they … More »
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Trail Mix – Jane Kramer

The deeper the well, the better the song. Most of my favorite songwriters have the incredible ability to explore their darkest shadows, those inner nooks and crannies that most of us want hidden or shielded even from those closest to us. But to dig deep and bare a grief or injustice or turmoil for all the world to hear? That takes a strength many cannot fathom, and – in my mind – it sets apart great songwriters from those who just write songs. At the outset, I could tell that V...
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Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

ICYMI we've devised a fun user-generated assignment for young Julia: Stereogum Presents... Nochella. You guys are gonna pick a random-ass music festival and we're gonna send her there to report on it. Just to be clear, though, we expect you'll pick an unappealing event or at least a fish-out-of-water scenario -- it's supposed to be … More »
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A Major Label Signed An Algorithm To A 20 Deal

This is NOT an early April Fools joke. Endel, an app that uses algorithms the company calls predictive mechanics to produce personalized sounds to help you focus and relax, has signed a multi-album deal with Warner Music Group. As part of the deal with WMG's Art Music division,  the five first albums part of its Sleep series titled Clear Night, Rainy Night, Cloudy Afternoon, Cloudy Night, and Foggy Morning have been released on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Deezer. They will b...
Tags: Major Labels, Music Business, Music Tech, Streaming, app. AI, DIY, DIY musicians, Endel, Indie, Music, Music Industry, Musician, Musicians, Spotify, WMG, Bruce Houghton

Hypebot, MusicThinkTank Join The Bandsintown Family

I'm proud to share that Hypebot and MusicThinkTank have been acquired by Bandsintown. Both sites will still operate as independent publications, which I will continue to edit. What excites me most about this partnership is that its purpose is to further our mutual mission of helping artists at all levels grow and sustain a meaningful career in music. “We believe Indie and emerging artists are a transformative and vibrant component of the music industry” Fabrice Sergent, Managing P...
Tags: D.I.Y, Music Business, Music Tech, Streaming, Bruce Houghton

This Week In Music Commentary

This week, commentators from inside the industry shared their take on how Facebook could be the future of social music, why Spotify's new town hall charm offensive on songwriters will likely fall flat, where we stand with the PledgeMusic crisis, and more. Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yet [Mark Mulligan] Spotify Songwriter Town Hall Charm Offensive: Go Ahead, Make My Day [Op-Ed] PledgeMusic Debacle Update [Iain Baker of Jesus Jones] The Reco...
Tags: D.I.Y, Music Business, DIY, DIY musicians, Indie, Music, Music Industry, Music Tech, Musician, Musicians, PledgeMusic, Spotify, Owen Davie

Peggy Gou – “Starry Night”

Last year, Peggy Gou made a big splash with her Once EP, but the Berlin DJ has been bubbling under for the last few years. She doesn't have many proper songs to her name yet, but the ones she does have are undeniable. Her latest is "Starry Night," the A-side to an upcoming … More »
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Major Label Signs An Algorithm To A 20 Album Deal

This is NOT an early April Fools joke. Endel, an app that uses algorithms the company calls predictive mechanics to produce personalized sounds to help you focus and relax, has signed a multi-album deal with Warner Music Group. As part of the deal with WMG's Art Music division,  the five first albums part of its Sleep series titled Clear Night, Rainy Night, Cloudy Afternoon, Cloudy Night, and Foggy Morning have been released on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Deezer. They will b...
Tags: Major Labels, Music Business, Music Tech, Streaming, app. AI, DIY, DIY musicians, Endel, Indie, Music, Music Industry, Musician, Musicians, Spotify, WMG, Bruce Houghton

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – March 2019

Shabaka Hutchings is very tall. I'm gonna guess at least 6'5" and maybe 6'6". I'm 6'2", and he loomed over me when we met last year. On Monday night, I saw him perform with The Comet Is Coming at New York's Mercury Lounge, and he towered over his two bandmates, keyboardist Dan "Danalogue" Leavers and … More »
Tags: Ugly Beauty, Atomic, Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Cochemea, Joe Martin, Joey DeFrancesco, Josh Lawrence, Joshua Redman, Kokoroko, Lage Lund, Logan Strosahl Spec Ops, Marilyn Mazur, Snarky Puppy, The Comet Is Coming, Vijay Iyer

Georgia Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortion Once A Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected

The Georgia Senate voted Friday to ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected. The anti-choice legislation is part of a wave of so-called heartbeat bills that have been aggressively introduced by conservatives since January.Reproductive rights advocates and health providers say House Bill 481, which Republican Gov. Brian Kemp supports and has said would sign into law, is a de facto ban on abortions. This is because a fetal heartbeat is usually detected at about six weeks, before many...

Only 1% Of Users Pay For Music In India, says Spotify's Amarjit Singh Batra

Spotify's entry into India is filled with opportunities and challenges.  YouTube is the country's most popular music service, with Spottily the eighth player to launch there. But the biggest challenge that Spotify faces in India is one that is shared by all seven of its competitors. Of the more than 350 million smartphone users in India, less than 1% are willing to pay for music.  Here is  Spotify India MD Amarjit Singh Batra is intereviewed by CNBC-TV18’s Reema Tendulkar. ...
Tags: Music Business, Music Tech, Streaming, DIY, DIY musicians, India, Indie, Music, Music Industry, Musician, Musicians, Spotify, Bruce Houghton

How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Community

In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community. __________________________ By Jon Maples of Gimme Radio  from Medium S lack was on fire. Our emergency channel, the one everyone in the company pings when something goes bad, had message after message. The Gimme Radio app worked, and people were still on the service. But...
Tags: Apps & Mobile, Digital Music, Startups & Funding, Streaming, DIY, DIY musicians, Gimme Radio, Indie, Music, Music Business, Music Industry, Music Tech, Musician, Musicians, Guest Post

The Number Ones: Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: The Number Ones, Don McLean, Roberta Flack

I Got This $1,000 Model-Approved Facial To See If It's Worth The Hype

Is This $950 Model Facial Worth The Price Tag? Beauty with Mi, hosted by Refinery29's beauty writer Mi-Anne Chan, explores the coolest new trends, treatments, products, and subcultures in the beauty world. Never miss an episode by subscribing here.Sometimes celebrities really are just like us... but more often than not, they aren't. Sure, they've been known to share their favorite under-$20 skin-care buys with the masses, but chances are they're supplementing them with hundreds of dollars...

The Cool Backstory To Lupita Nyong'o's Spooky Eyebrows In Us

When the world first caught word of Jordan Peele's second horror film, a follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Get Out, fans were excited, to say the least. Most people assumed the forthcoming film would be a sequel, with its ominous and vague title, Us. Then Peele highjacked Christmas Day with the film's chilling trailer, and we knew one thing was for sure: This would not be a movie about Kanye West escaping the sunken place, but something much scarier.Instead of an ersatz West, Us stars Lupi...

TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

This week, some of our most popular and frequently read articles on Hypebot dove into the ongoing slow motion train wreck that is PledgeMusic, why skip rates matter more than ever in streaming, how to ensure people actually listen to the music you're pouring your blood sweat and tears into, and more! PledgeMusic Debacle Update [Iain Baker of Jesus Jones] Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever Could You Be Making A Record Almost No One Will Hear? T...
Tags: Music Business, Owen Davie

What Happened When I Went Wallet-Less For 5 Days

Branded - Try This Challenge: Visible - No Wallet We all have certain spending routines: paying the electric bill, allocating whatever loose change remains to our "savings," refilling our eight-step skin-care regimen on what feels like a monthly basis. Our spending can sometimes become so habitual, we barely notice we're doing it — until our credit card statements arrive. That’s why we challenged Refinery29’s own Anissa Richmond to become a more intentional, conscientious spender — by dit...

R. Kelly Says Lisa Van Allen is a Lying Opportunist: I NEVER Had Sex With Aaliyah’s Mom

R. Kelly says that Lisa Van Allen is a liar who is desperate for attention and is out to smear his name in any way possible … even if that means making up a story about him having sex with Aaliyah’s mom.Lisa Van Allen, one of the many women who accused Kelly of abusing her in the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, said in an interview with VladTV that Kelly told her that he and Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, had a sexual relationship while he was also having sex with Aaliyah. PREVIOUSLY...
Tags: Celebs, Pop Culture, Aaliyah, Diane Haughton, Lisa Van Allen, R. Kelly

Megan Thee Stallion Says Her Mother Died From Brain Cancer

As Megan Thee Stallion mourns the loss of her biggest supporter, her mother, Holly Thomas, she has to deal with the ridiculousness of social media. PREVIOUSLY: Megan Thee Stallion Mourns Death of Her Mom Just 2 Weeks After Her Grandmother Passed Away Whenever someone famous deals with a tragic loss of a family member, conspiracy theorists immediately point to the ridiculous notion that all celebrities are a part of a secret cult called the “Illuminati” and in order to achieve fame, you must “sac...
Tags: Celebs, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Cancer, Cause Of Death, Holly Thomas, Megan Thee Stallion, Rumors

Spotify Begins Label Licensing Talks Amid Major Disputes

Spotify has begun negotiations to renew its licencees with all three major labels and other rights holders. The talks begin with Spotify on the offensive against the music industry on multiple fronts. The streamer must reach new deals this year with Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music, which together control about two-thirds of Spotify's catalog. But in just the last three weeks, Spotify has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple in the EU, lodged an objection to an inc...
Tags: Indie Labels, Major Labels, Music Business, Streaming, Bruce Houghton

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week's countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify. More »
Tags: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week, Empath, Jamila Woods, Lizzo, Missy Elliott, Sorry, Weyes Blood

New Music To Know This Week: K.Flay Wants Good Vibes Only, iNCH Saves The World & More

Ever since my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to match people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Get everything I've recommended this year on Spotify, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me what you're listening to this week. K.Flay "...

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