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Show4Me Closes $12.8M Round For Music Crowdfunding, 'Fan Interaction Network'

Wefuture announced that it has closed a$12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor. The UK startup will use the funds to transition its Show4Me site from concert crowdfunding platform to a broader "music interaction network." The redesigned Show4Me will help musicians and music industry professionals manage their music business activities on a single network, grow a fan base and engage them through a "direct-interaction model".  For fans, the incentive is lower price...
Tags: Music, UK, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Startups & Funding, Diy Musicians, Show4ME. music, Karėn Chiftalaryan


Deezer’s new app offers the best in radio across 30,000+ stations

Deezer are putting radio in your pocket in a big way with their brand new app offering more radio stations than you could listen to in a year. Radio by Deezer is a new mobile app from the French music streamer that sit’s standalone to their music service. The app is free to download and features 30,000 radio stations that listeners can tune in to with no sign-up or subscriptions required. Just open the app and start streaming from any of their giant collection of stations all in one place. T...
Tags: Music, UK, Digital, App, New, Radio, Streaming, Stream, Digital Radio, Application, Deezer, Stations, Digital Music News, Music Stores, BBC Radio Classic FM Kiss Network


The No.1 album on the US charts only sold 823 records

Digital music is dominating the music industry as less people are going out to buy CDs than ever and this has never been more clear than with the current number 1 album in the US album charts. New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has made it to the number one spot of the US album charts without a physical release at all. Whilst it’s been doing the rounds on streaming services big time the actual sales for the record are phenomenally low, with only 823 people purchasing the album in the wee...
Tags: Downloads, Music, UK, New York, US, Streams, Sales, Streaming, Cd, Charts, Number 1, Nielsen, Number One, Chart, Album, Digital Music News


Fashion Hates Brexit: 5 Slogan Tees To Show Your Solidarity

And so the Brexit saga continues.After Theresa May 's historic loss last night, in which her deal for leaving the EU was rejected in the House of Commons by 432 votes to 202, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion in her government. Members of Parliament will be debating this topic today before yet another vote, leaving none of us – even the MPs – any the wiser about Britain's place in Europe. The British Fashion Council (BFC), meanwhile, has publicly called for a second refe...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, UK, London, Eu, European Union, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Vivienne Westwood, Parliament, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, London Fashion Week


Who Will Buy Universal Music Group? [Mark Mulligan]

Vivendi has been clear that it would like to sell up to half of its Universal Music Group at a valuation of between $22 billion and $33 billion, and an army of investment bankers are out courting potential buyers. MIDiA's Mark Mulligan looks at who may want and can afford to acquire a major stake in the world's largest music group. __________________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry blog Vivendi continues to look for a buyer for a portion of...
Tags: Music, Japan, UK, Germany, US, Sony, Mlb, Universal, Atlanta Braves, Vivendi, Access Industries, Music Business, Providence, Major Labels, Umg, Bruce Houghton


Buzzcocks' 'Love Bites' Is an Uneven, But Worthwhile, Listen

None Buzzcocks were undeniably one of the best bands to emerge from the late 1970s British punk scene. Still, unlike the Clash, the Sex Pistols, or Wire, they never produced a front-to-back great, non-compilation album. The stellar Singles Going Steady (1979), a remarkably coherent collection of UK A-sides and B-sides recorded between November 1977 and July 1979, one designed to build a US audience for the band, is one of rock's essential records. Even though they did their best work on singles...
Tags: Music, UK, Review, US, Music Review, Steve Garvey, Buzzcocks, Devo, SHELLEY, Steve Diggle, John Maher, Punk Rock, New Wave, Domino Records, Pop Punk, Pete Shelley


The Stylophone goes totally luxe with the GEN R-8

You’ve seen the Stylophone as the mass-produced, toy-like original. And you’ve seen it as a relaunched digital emulation and as an analog instrument. Now get ready for the Stylophone as premium boutique instrument. The Stylophone began its story back in 1967, and became one of the iconic electronic musical inventions of the 20th century – its appeal being largely to do with its simplicity and directness. The son of the original inventor, Ben Jarvis, went on to revive instrument under the origi...
Tags: Music, UK, Hardware, Tech, Gear, Stories, Analog, Retro, Princeton, CV, Sequencers, Step-sequencers, Music Tech, 60s, Create-analog-music, Eurorack


The Exact Routine A Top Dermatologist Prescribed To Treat My Acne

Adult acne can be devastating — and truly mystifying, too. Just when you think you've bypassed the , under-the-skin bumps, and angry red spots of your teenage years, they come back with a vengeance, reminding you of their reign of terror at a time when you're finally supposed to have everything together."It is definitely a misconception that you only get spots in your teens," says London-based dermatologist Dr. Justine Kluk. "Around 10 to 15% of women develop acne for the first time, or contin...
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, London, Paula, UVB, Ulta, Justine Kluk, Kluk, UVA rays


Classical Recording Sales In UK Up By 10.2% (!)

“Furthermore, the figures – taken from the Official Charts Company data – show a 6.9 per cent increase in sales of classical CDs alone compared with 2017.” — Gramophone
Tags: Art, Music, UK, Audience, Official Charts Company, 01.12.19


Piroshka – “What’s Next?”

Back in November we premiered "Everlastingly Yours," the first proper single from a new UK indie supergroup called Piroshka. The band -- which features Lush's Miki Berenyi backed by Moose's KJ McKillop, Modern English’s Mick Conroy, and Elastica’s Justin Welch -- will release their debut album Brickbat next month. Today they're sharing its … More »
Tags: Music, UK, Moose, Miki Berenyi, Justin Welch, Elastica, Mick Conroy, Piroshka, KJ McKillop


Rozi Plain – “Symmetrical”

Rozi Plain has been playing bass for the great and underrated UK indie band This Is The Kit for some time now, and this year she'll strike out on her own with a solo album called What A Boost for Memphis Industries. It's one of those collaborative solo albums, though, with a cast including fellow … More »
Tags: Music, UK, Memphis Industries, Rozi Plain


David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low," is 42 today

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the release of David Bowie's mid-70s masterpiece, Low, the first album of his so-called Berlin Trilogy (later joined by "Heroes" and Lodger). Working with the increasingly experimental Brian Eno, this album was a dramatic departure for Bowie and much has been made over the music, the strange (and strangely inspiring) milieu of the West Berlin recording studio up against the Berlin wall, Bowie's continuing battles with the coke monster, the highly experimental ...
Tags: Post, Music, UK, News, Berlin, David, David Bowie, Poland, Brian, Brian Eno, Low, Warsaw, Milton Keynes, Derek, Bowie, Tony Visconti


Yes, I'm A Late Riser. Stop Making Me Feel Lazy & Unproductive

My New Year’s resolution was to get up early. Notice the past tense in that sentence. Four days into said new year, I clambered out of bed at 11am again after a night of "Ooh! I’ll just write this idea down in case I forget it" and performed my usual ritual of stomping around the house grumbling that I’m a lazy [insert any swear word you like – it ranges from 'twat' to 'bollock']. My ears rang with articles telling me that the most successful people get up at 4am, and work/life diaries that alw...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Fashion, Music, UK, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Ford, BAFTA, Kylie Jenner, Thompson, Brooklyn NY, Geoff Lemon, Samantha Baines, Rose Matafeo, Scarlett Curtis, Nat Luurtseema


Mathew Knowles Explains How He Protected Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child From R. Kelly

Mathew Knowles played absolutely ZERO games when it came to protecting his daughter and her bandmates from alleged sexual predator R. Kelly.In an interview with the UK newspaper Metro, Knowles revealed the steps he and his wife at the time, Tina Knowles, took to ensure that Destiny’s Child was safe around R. Kelly in the mid-1990s when the allegations of his sexual misconduct first surfaced.Knowles—who managed Destiny’s Child—said Kelly submitted a song for the group’s debut album, but he turned...
Tags: Music, UK, Celebs, Beyonce, Hip Hop, Rape, Sony, Pop Culture, Jazz, Aaliyah, Solange, Sexual Predators, Metro, R. Kelly, Trending, Kelly


Mokita ‘London’

Nashville based producer Mokita releases the new track London. He’s been making a name for himself in the world of dance music production. Releasing originals and remixes, Mokita has garnered more than 20 million Spotify streams across three singles. His latest track London which was inspired by a UK trip landed on Spotify’s most popular playlist New Music Friday in December. Give it a stream.
Tags: Spotify, Music, UK, London, Nashville, Buzz Artists, Mokita, Mokita London, Mokita Spotify


50% Of New Guitars Sold To Young Women

The gender has been a significant issue in the music industry for a number of years, with women often getting marginalized or in other ways receiving the short end of the stick. A positive indicator that change is finally coming however, reveals that half of the guitars sold in the US and UK are going to young women. _______________________________ Guest post from Haulix Daily The gender gap in music has been a hot topic of debate for years. It seems for every one female-lead or all-...
Tags: Music, UK, US, United States, Ed Sheeran, United Kingdom, Guest Post, Rolling Stone, Taylor, Music Business, Mooney, Andy Mooney, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Retail & Vinyl, Mura Masa Tash Sultana Youngr Daniel Caesar Grimes


Have Patience: An Interview with Jane Weaver

None Though she has roots that run through the music history of Manchester and helped to shape some of the sounds associated with popular British music of the last two decades, Jane Weaver is just now taking her own turn in the spotlight. Her last three releases -- The Silver Globe (2014), The Amber Light (2015), and Modern Kosmology (2017) -- channel some of the styles she's explored since the late 1990s. But it is a trilogy of records that evokes a singular vision. Across these releases, she ...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, England, London, Sweden, Interview, America, Manchester, Kendrick Lamar, Kate Bush, Yemen, Drift, Folk, Kraut, Kevin Parker


Rolling Stone Int'l To Launch In UK, Asia Pacific In 2019, Add More Live Events

Rolling Stone has announced plans for ambitious global expansion including plans to launch in the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific in 2019. The expanded company footprint is in addition to Rolling Stone International’s existing licensee partnerships in Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. The expansion will focus on growing Rolling Stone’s footprint in those markets by increasing local music and entertainment editorial coverage as well as community engage...
Tags: Music, UK, Australia, Mexico, Asia Pacific, United Kingdom, Rolling Stone, Bruce Houghton, APAC, Meng Ru Kuok, Rolling Stone Int, Rolling Stone International


UK Launches Campaign To Expand Music Therapy For Dementia Patients

Research has shown that musical activities have a variety of positive effects for dementia patients, but, despite encouragement from the NHS, financially strapped facilities often put music low on their list of priorities. A new campaign called Music for Dementia 2020 aims to change that. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, UK, NHS, SJM, 01.09.19


Apple Music brings song lyrics to France, Germany, Ireland and 4 more countries

Sometimes you want to sing along to the song you’re listening to and Apple are making it easy on Apple Music by bringing lyrics to 7 more countries. When you’re grooving along to music sometimes you just want to belt out the words yourself or just look at the meaning behind what they’re saying. Apple have you covered if you don’t already know the words with lyrics on their streaming service, now available in France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain as well. Appl...
Tags: Apple, Music, UK, Spain, Apple TV, Streaming, Stream, Genius, Song, Lyrics, Apple Music, Digital Music News, France Germany Ireland, Australia Canada US


Apple Music Expands Song Lyrics To 7 More Countries

Apple has expanded Apple Music lyric support to seven more countries. It is now live in France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.  Apple Music includes both song lyrics, which appear onscreen while listening, and a search function to find song titles by typing in a phrase or string of words.  Prior to today's expansion, Apple Music lyric support was restricted to Australia, Canada, US and the UK. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Apple, Music, UK, Spain, Streaming, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Bruce Houghton, Publishing & Songwriting, Australia Canada US


Most Influential Music Blogs 2019

Never underestimate the power of music blogs in a marketplace where an almost unlimited number of voices are screaming for attention. We look at the Top 25 of the 200 most influential music blogs of 2019, whether you're trying to find new music to listen to or get your music 'discovered'. ____________________________ Guest post from Artist Development and Production Looking to get your music out there amongst the tastemakers? Well first you need amazing music, because contacting top ...
Tags: Music, UK, Berlin, US, Indianapolis, Reddit, Npr, Sirius, Brooklyn Vegan, Alex Houton, Culture My Old Kentucky Blog, Birp, Elicit Magazine, Popjustice, AHM Media and Spotlight 87 Entertainment Group, Brian Vibberts


Shorties (Chigozie Obioma on His New Novel, a New Guided By Voices Song, and more)

Chigozie Obioma discussed his novel An Orchestra of Minorities with Weekend Edition. "I've always wanted to write something that will show the world that prior to the coming of the British to Nigeria, we had some kind of complex systems. I feel like there hasn't been an African version of, say, Milton's 'Paradise Lost' which actually explored the very foundational principle of Western civilization, which would be the free will." Obioma also talked to Electric Literature about the book. S...
Tags: Music, UK, Nigeria, David, Sharon Van Etten, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Electric Literature, Milton, Chigozie Obioma, Royal Trux, Roxane Gay Stream, Sally Rooney, James Herriott, Obioma, Ursula K Le Guin Larkin Poe, Trish Hopkinson


Three Chords and the Truth: The Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash

None As much as punk exists as a subculture, style, attitude, and artistic aesthetic, it is—first and foremost—a musical phenomenon. But what constitutes the sound of punk rock? And how far and wide should the net be cast in capturing songs that can credibly be designated punk? Can punk be mapped when the borders and districting are so regularly contested geographically, historically, and artistically? In assessing the journey of punk—from its foundations to its mutations and manifestations—cri...
Tags: Feature, The Clash, Music, UK, England, New York, London, US, Britain, Bob Dylan, Punk, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Martin, Don, Joey


James Blake Teases Assume Form

Two days ago, thanks to an early pre-order page on French Amazon, we learned that a new James Blake album called Assume Form is on the way. It'll reportedly be out later this month and feature contributions from André 3000, Travis Scott, Moses Sumney, Rosalía, Metro Boomin, and UK rapper SwaVay. And now … More »
Tags: Music, UK, News, James Blake, French Amazon, Travis Scott Moses Sumney Rosalía Metro Boomin


Is high street music dead? HMV collapse into administration – again

The UK’s biggest music retailer are struggling to keep up as music goes digital going into administration after clawing their way out of it 5 years ago. It’s a sign of the times – the high street is slowly dying as Netflix and Amazon replaces DVD shops, digital music services replace record shops and Amazon replaces every other shop. After high street retail suffered the biggest Christmas slump yet and the “worst year on record” for sales in 2018, the UK’s biggest physical music retailer HMV h...
Tags: Amazon, Spotify, Music, UK, Digital, Sales, HMV, Netflix, Retail, Streaming, Kpmg, High Street, Apple Music, Administration, Industry News, Will Wright


HMV Falls Into Administration, Yet Again

Legendary UK music and entertainment retailer HMV has fallen into administration again. Administration is the British equivalent of bankruptcy protection. The 97-year-old company, which accounts for nearly a third of all physical music sales in the UK and nearly a quarter of all DVD sales according to The Guardian, last experienced financial troubles back in 2013 at which time it was rescued by restructuring firm Hilco. Now, insolvency experts from the accountancy firm KPMG have been a...
Tags: Music, UK, HMV, Kpmg, Music Business, Indie Labels, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, Hilco, Retail & Vinyl, HMV Falls Into Administration Yet Again


THU. BRIEF: RIAA Leadership Change • UK Biz Grows, Albums Tank • Coachella Lineup • More

THURSDAY 1.3. 18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, UK, Riaa, Bruce Houghton


HMV May Be Rescued From Bankruptcy By Buyvia

Beleaguered music retailer HMV may be saved from bankruptcy by Buyvia, an online discount club with more than 200,000 members in the UK. The proposed plan would save a number of retail stores and use Buyvia's expertise to overhaul HMV's digital presence. HMV opened its first gramophone store almost 98 years ago in London, eventually expanding to Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Declining music sales turned the once leading retailer's fortunes around, h...
Tags: Hong Kong, Music, UK, London, HMV, Richard Branson, Bruce Houghton, Virgin Megastore, Elgar, Edward Elgar, Amy Jordan, Hilco Capital, Ireland Canada, BuyVia, United States Australia Singapore, HMV Ireland


AM BRIEF: RIAA Leadership Change • UK Biz Grows, Albums Tank • Coachella Lineup • More

THURSDAY 1.3. 18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, UK, Riaa, Bruce Houghton



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