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Three shirts, four pairs of trousers: meet Japan's 'hardcore' minimalists

Fumio Sasaki gave away the majority of his possessions and now lives with just the bare essentials<p>Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meagre scattering of various other …

Minimalism

My middle-age dread

Fortysomething blues? In this extract from her new book, Miranda Sawyer reflects on the existential puzzle of midlife<p>These are the facts. I am in my 40s. I have a job. I am married. We have children and a flat with no garden, and a mortgage and a fridge-freezer and a navy blue estate car. None of …

Mind

A Photographic Journey with the Legendary Canon EF 1200mm Lens

Someone, somewhere, recently decided to bid a fond farewell to one of the most legendary telephoto lenses ever made, the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM. …

To Work Better, Work Less

Toiling away for more hours diminishes productivity. Why do so many do it anyway?<p>Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed. Slums were razed and converted to bourgeois neighborhoods, and the formerly labyrinthine city became a place of order, full of wide …

It’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger<p>After years in which tech-company hype has drowned out most other voices, the frustration of musicians with the digital music world has begun to get a hearing. We know now that many rockers …

Mark Mulligan: Apple's Beats Acquisition Driven By Streaming Music's Mutual Fear Factor

This is why Apple has to get serious about streaming fast: it is scared of losing its best customers. It is also why all other streaming companies, …

The Future Of Music Discovery Is In The Numbers

The future of music discovery—and potentially, of artist development—is now in the numbers.<p><b>Music Discovery</b><p>Algorithms are the most influential …

See How St. Vincent Doubled Her First Week Album Sales...

<i>Updated 4/18/14 11:30 AM PST.</i><p>St. Vincent’s latest album <i>St. Vincent</i> came out on February 25th. The Found Group ran the digital marketing campaign for …

FRED WILSON Q&A: The Legendary Investor Talks Retirement, Tumblr's Exit, And Getting Over A Tough Year

Lately, rumors have swirled that the Zynga, Tumblr and Twitter investor might step away from the firm he co-founded, Union Square Ventures, and retire. The 52-year-old investor has written about his post-Union Square Ventures plans on his popular blog, A VC.<p>"My daughter Emily asked what I plan to …

Venture Capital

Music Business Lessons From The Beatles

<i>“Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.”</i><br>-Ringo Starr<p>Image courtesy of Flickr user AndyWithCamera<p>50 years ago …

Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley's Innovation Factory

When Doug Leone arrived in Mount Vernon, N.Y. in 1968, the 11-year-old Italian immigrant didn’t have a clue. He flunked a math quiz in school because the terms “true” and “false” bewildered him. He wore unsightly slacks from Sears that invited classmates’ teasing. After school he watched McHale’s …

Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn’t room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than …

How to Not Try

Trying too hard can be counterproductive and unattractive. Use your brain's cognitive control regions to shut down your brain's cognitive control regions.<p>Trying hasn't gone out of style. It was never in style. Cool is in style, and cool means moving through the world at once effortlessly and …

How can music labels turn followers into fans in 2014? (#midem)

Engagement. It’s a word we’ll be hearing again and again at the Midem music industry conference this week. And while it’s a too-easily-spouted …

Day in the Life of a Modern Day Music A+R

My job at INDMUSIC is to find the band that understands the medium, as well as understands the YouTube community. I search for the rare artist that …

The 20 Most Pirated Artists of The Year: A Drop in The Ocean?

The music industry has witnessed some dramatic changes in recent years, even when piracy is left out of the equation. In little more than a decade …

Chris Brown

Why You Should Be Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Even in their home in greater Las Vegas, where the cost of living is far lower than it is in other parts of the country, the Sappers have to budget carefully to make it work.<p>They rarely go out to dinner, they shop at discount chain stores and many of their recreational decisions are dictated by …

Personal Finance

In Alaska's wilds, the mystic hiker's bus draws pilgrims to danger and death

The lonely death of Chris McCandless inspired a book and Sean Penn's film Into the Wild. Now, more than 20 years on, hundreds follow in the idealist's trail – but locals wonder if it has all gone too far<p>The old bus in which Chris McCandless died in 1992 in the interior of Alaska – made famous in …

Bright Spots In 2013 U.S. Music Report Include Music Streams and Electronic Music Sales

Nielsen has made the Nielsen and Billboard's 2013 U.S. Music Report available online as a .pdf. There's quite a lot to consider and way more than one …

Make More Music Money With YouTube in 2014

<b>Familiarize Yourself With The Possibilities</b><p>If you're new to making money on YouTube and need an introduction or if you know a bit and just to need to …

Why Music Streaming Is More Lucrative For Labels [JAY FRANK]

Buried in the Christmas Eve edition of the Wall Street Journal (which is itself a day to bury news) is a short column by esteemed writer Ethan Smith. …

SFX and Clear Channel Announce Partnership

“The demand for electronic music continues to increase across all of our platforms at Clear Channel,” said John Sykes, Clear Channel’s President of …