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Meet the music entrepreneur who's taking on Spotify and other streaming services

Melissa Ferrick's 150 songs have played about a million times on Spotify. But the 45-year-old independent artist says the popular streaming music service has shortchanged her by failing to fully license her songs.<p>The man bolstering Ferrick's claims, laid out in a $200-million lawsuit, is music …

Peter Hook to Perform Joy Division and New Order's Substance Live

Peter Hook and the Light have announced their latest tour. As with past treks, Hook will revisit material from his former bands, New Order and Joy Division. In this case, he’ll perform each band’s singles and B-sides collection—both of which were titled <i>Substance</i>. Find a full itinerary below.<p>Peter …

See Willie Nelson Preview Gershwin Tribute LP With 'Summertime'

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-willie-nelson-preview-gershwin-tribute-lp-with-summertime-20160119<p>Willie Nelson was the first country …

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10 New Producers to Watch for in 2016

2015 was such a great year for rap that 2016 is looking like a good year too just off the promise that we'll finally get to see all of the heavily …

David Bowie Once Turned Down A Coldplay Collaboration

<i>NME</i> interviewed guitarist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion of super-band/bowl whimsical of sherbet Coldplay, and discussed the passing of fellow Brit, David Bowie.<p>"I felt incredibly sad when I heard David Bowie had died," Buckland said. " We've all loved his music for as long as we've known …

Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers Top Jazz Fest Lineup

Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young top a stacked and eclectic lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage …

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Miles on MoFi (45rpm)

Mobile Fidelity's two-LP, 45rpm reissue of Miles Davis' <i>Kind of Blue</i> is one of the most eagerly awaited audiophile jazz reissues, which may seem …

11 Album Covers That Are Better Than the Albums

If only the songs on these albums were as cool as their covers.<p>Though digital music is slowly washing away the connection we make between an album’s music and its physical design, an album’s cover is still an incredibly important piece of the art. Sure, maybe you don’t tangibly hold it in your …

Harmolodic Hero: A friend pays tribute to Ornette Coleman

<b>With the passing of Ornette Coleman, aged 85, the jazz world lost one of its most powerful innovators. Many weeks ago we invited Vivien Goldman to</b> …

Tidal charged ex-subscribers and re-activated accounts (update)

If you gave Tidal a shot and have since cancelled, you likely noticed you were charged for the service in the last day or so. You're not alone. <i>The Verge's</i> Chris Welch was charged $20 by the streaming service, the price of its Premium or hi-fi tier. As if the bogus charge wasn't enough, Tidal …

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How an algorithm helped global tennis match-fixing investigation

Buzzfeed’s John Templon has just unveiled 15 months of hard investigative work conducted with the BBC that reveals possible match-fixing at the top echelons of men’s tennis, facilitated by a few handy algorithms.<p>Using data from the Association of Tennis Professionals along with Grand Slam matches …

Man who attacked Uber driver while drunk files $5-million lawsuit

A former Taco Bell corporate manager who was captured on video drunkenly attacking his Uber driver is now suing that driver for $5 million, claiming that the recording was made without his consent, according to court documents.<p>Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach, said the now-viral video, which …

YouTube's years-long banishment in Pakistan ends -- sort of

Popular video-sharing site was blocked in 2012 after refusing to remove a video that Pakistan considered blasphemous.<p>After three years in exile, YouTube has returned to Pakistan, with a big caveat.<p>The Google-owned video-sharing site returned to the country on Monday after a Pakistan-specific …

Indus OS Raises $5M To Make Android Work For First-Time Smartphone Users In India

If you want proof that Android is the operating system of emerging markets, look no further than Indus OS. The company, formerly known as Firstouch, is tweaking the Google-run operating system to the unique demands and culture of India. And it’s raised $5 million in fresh funding to push on with …

Meet The 25-Year-Old Swedish Woman Using 3D Scanning To Make Shoes Fit Perfectly

Caroline Walerud wants you to forget your shoe size. Or, at least, to forget that number you’ve been reeling off to salespeople for years, like a U.S. 9, or a European 40. It’s likely that it isn’t quite right anyway, given the complex anatomical structure of our feet and the inconsistent sizing …

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Apple's US diversity barely improved last year

Federal filing contradicts figures for black and hispanic hires announced by Tim Cook in August<p>Apple's US workforce is slightly more diverse than it was last year, but the company remains overwhelmingly white and male, according to its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information report. The report, …

The 25 worst passwords of 2015 will make you weep for humanity

When it comes to making up passwords, we’re not doing so great as a society.<p>Password management firm SplashData released its annual "Worst Passwords …

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“The Sound of Starbucks” brings coffee-lovers Spotify integration

Today Starbucks unveiled an interesting partnership with Spotify in tandem with an update to their popular Starbucks app. The new relationship fostered the development of a feature the king of coffee added to their app that allows users to quickly identify songs currently playing on the overhead …