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Spotify and Warner are ready to make a deal on music royalties

Spotify's been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, as they're being hit with lawsuits for having unlicensed music in their catalog. But this morning, there's some good news for Spotify. <i>Reuters</i> exclusively reports that the streaming music company is close to striking a deal with Warner …

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Is Dead at 41

Chester Bennington, the ferocious lead singer for the platinum-selling hard rock band Linkin Park, has died. He was 41.<p>Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, confirmed the death and said it was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Mr. Elias said that …

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Despite recent struggles, SoundCloud says it's 'here to stay'

After last week's reports that SoundCloud would layoff 40 percent of its staff and consolidate its offices, the company is spreading the word that it's here to stay. SoundCloud tweeted earlier this week that it wouldn't be going anywhere, a message it reiterated in a blog post, and Chance the …

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Spotify closes in on new Sony licensing deal

Spotify has been clamoring to strike deals with major and minor labels before it goes public, and now it's one step closer. <i>Billboard</i> reports that a deal has been struck between Sony and the music streaming service. The deal's terms haven't been made public, though the specifics are similar to …

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An iOS app can help you create an ambient music masterpiece

Getting into electronic music is a breeze these days with all the great iOS apps out there. Ripplemaker, for example, is a fantastic modular synth app that even newbies can use, while veteran synthesizer manufacturers like Korg, Electro-Harmonics and Moog regularly update their apps with the best …

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SoundCloud will lay off 40 percent of its staff to stay afloat

SoundCloud has been having a rough go of it lately and today it told staff that 173 jobs would be cut, which amounts to nearly 40 percent of its employees. In a blog post, SoundCloud's co-founder Alex Ljung said that the company has doubled its revenue in the last year but that it needed to do more …

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Jay-Z’s Tidal-exclusive ‘4:44’ went platinum in less than a week

Jay-Z's latest album <i>4:44</i> had a very exclusive release. It was available only on Tidal and new customers signing up to the streaming service days before the album dropped were also required to be Sprint customers in order to get access to <i>4:44</i>. But despite those limitations, the album is the latest …

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Jay-Z's Album '4:44' Rumored to Arrive on Apple Music After One Week of Tidal Exclusivity

Soon after Jay-Z's newest album, "4:44," launched as an exclusive on his own streaming service Tidal, sources speaking to <i>Billboard</i> this weekend have said that 4:44 will be coming to Apple Music and iTunes later this week. Tidal and Sprint are believed to have a one week exclusivity window on 4:44, …

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Pandora Ending Operations in New Zealand and Australia as CEO Steps Down

Popular streaming radio service Pandora plans to stop offering its service in New Zealand and Australia, a spokesperson told <i>Billboard</i> this afternoon. Australia and New Zealand are currently the only non-U.S. locations where the company operates, and Pandora has decided to focus its business solely …

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Lou Reed Curates an Eclectic Playlist of His Favorite Songs During His Final Days: Stream 27 Tracks Lou Was Listening To

Lou Reed was a voracious listener. Rather than consume music, he imbibed it, drank it down in draughts, then sweated it out through his pores. His …

Appreciation: Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Was a Poet of Pain

More than any genre since the blues, gangsta rap is a musical form forged out of pain. The root causes of this foundational pain were broadly the …

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Apple eyes streaming terms on par with Spotify's label deals

Apple's iTunes and Apple Music agreements with record labels' are set to expire at the end of the month and both sides have been negotiating new terms. Today, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Apple is looking to reduce record labels' share of streaming revenue.<p>As of now, 58 percent of the revenue generated …

RANKED: The 20 best albums of 2017 so far, according to critics

We're halfway through the year in music, and 2017 has already produced a number of innovative albums from acclaimed artists.<p>Critical heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar and The XX started the year off strongly with "DAMN." and "I See You," their respective, critically lauded LPs.<p>Last week, New Zealand …

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The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'<p>With a crash of thunder, the ringing of ominous church …

New Jay Z Album '4:44' Will Be Sprint

Rapper Jay Z has confirmed that his new album, <i>4:44</i>, will be released on June 30 and will be available exclusively to Sprint customers and existing Tidal subscribers (via <i>Variety</i>). The album is the first major project between the streaming music service and Sprint, which acquired 33 percent of the …

Spotify Continues to Grow Faster Than Apple Music Thanks to Free Tier

Spotify today announced it now has over 140 million subscribers worldwide, including users that only listen to the free ad-supported tier.<p>Spotify last said it had over 100 million subscribers in June 2016, so it has gained around 40 million listeners in one year to remain the world's largest …

The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at 50: Still Full of Joy and Whimsy

A half-century after its release, the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is a relic of a vanished era. Like a Fabergé egg or a Persian miniature, it speaks of an irretrievable past, when time moved differently, craftsmanship involved bygone tools and art was experienced more rarely …

Organized Noize Raises A Fist To Fight On 'We The Ones'

When the story of Atlanta's turn-of-the-millennium sonic boom is told 100 years from now, Organized Noize — the production trio of Ray Murray, Sleepy Brown and Rico Wade — will be the sound architects credited with putting the Dirty South on the map.<p>But making history, as it were, is less paramount …

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Gregg Allman, legendary leader of the Allman Brothers Band, dead at 69

The pioneering keyboardist, guitarist and singer passed away from liver cancer today<p>According to a statement on his website and from his management, Gregg Allman, the leader and co-founder of the rock group the Allman Brothers Band, died today due to a reoccurrence of liver cancer. The keyboardist, …

40 Years Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, An Iconic Film Score Was Born

How is this for a first day on the job: Maurice Murphy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)'s late principal trumpet player, spent his very first day with the orchestra recording <i>Star Wars</i>' iconic opening theme, with its incredible brass fanfare — and Murphy leading the trumpets.<p>"It was an amazing …

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It Began At The Ditto Tavern: Chris Cornell's Life As Grunge's True Seattle Son

Of course it's a story about death and Seattle music.<p>I woke up this morning after bad dreams last night, only to find the real nightmare — that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden was dead. As with all these losses it seems surreal, untrue, unimaginable. But there it is.<p>If there was one Seattle band of …

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Bambu: 'My Music Is Here To Push People To Organize'

Jonah Deocampo grew up in Los Angeles in the 1990s, one of the estimated 3 million members of the Filipino diaspora in the United States. At 15, he got involved with Filipino street gangs, which eventually led to an arrest for armed robbery. At that point — on what he describes as the "advice" of a …

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Death Of Chris Cornell, Powerhouse Voice Of Soundgarden, Ruled A Suicide

<b>Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET</b><p>Chris Cornell, the unmistakable voice and frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died overnight in Detroit at the age of 52. He was discovered just past midnight at the MGM Grand Detroit, according to police.<p>The office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner on …

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Record labels are pushing Apple Music to have fewer exclusives

Exclusives have been a way streaming services can gain a (temporary) advantage over their competition, but Apple is ready to take it easy on those …

The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry?

Classical music makes shoppers buy more. Gentle tunes can cure insomnia. How? Writer, composer and science lecturer John Powell explains<p>Like many music lovers I’ve always had a fascination withthe emotional power. How can a combination of sounds make all the hairs on your arms stand on end, or make …

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Jimi Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced': 10 Things You Didn't Know

What "Purple Haze" was really about, why Mitch Mitchell almost got sacked and other lore related to the guitar god's landmark debut LP<p>Few debut …

MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired -- in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, announced that it had terminated licensing for …

Listen to This First 1920s Recording By One of the Kings of Jazz

Sidney Bechet, born in New Orleans May 14, 1897, was a jazz original.<p>“Along with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, Bechet is part of the pantheon of …