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Spotify steps in to fill the gap left by Apple’s UK music festival – The Verge

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Just a few days after Apple killed off its annual London music festival, in steps Spotify with its first live music event for the UK. Who We Be, as it’s called, will take place on November 30th at London’s Alexandra Palace. The lineup consists of Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Giggs, J Hus, and Stefflon Don in a celebration of rap and grime. The festival shares its name with…

Lebanon’s revival of Arab music traditions – Aljazeera.com

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Listen carefully in Lebanon, and you may grasp the strains of classical Arab music breaking out of the oblivion to which it has been confined for decades. Atop a mountain switchback leading to the stone-built village of Qornet al-Hamra, the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (Amar) attracts both musicologists and idle music lovers, who can listen to a collection of 78rpm records on a crank handle gramophone…

Political Donation By Warner Music Owner Leads To University Professor’s Resignation – NPR

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Len Blavatnik, left, with Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2014. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Warner Bros. hide caption toggle caption Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Len Blavatnik, left, with Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2014. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Warner Bros. You can find the name of Len Blavatnik, the Ukraine-born, Russia-raised billionaire and owner of the world’s third-largest record label Warner Music Group (WMG), on several of the…

Milestone for BMI: More Than $1 Billion in Music Royalties – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Still, the value of the music publishing business, the side of the industry that deals with the copyrights for songwriting and composition, keeps rising. According to the National Music Publishers’ Association, the United States publishing business generated $2.65 billion last year. BMI’s collections in its most recent fiscal year were up almost 7 percent from the year before, and its royalty distributions were up 10 percent. Its media licensing category,…

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

The first time Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person. The second time, he didn’t watch the movie at all. Acero, the Apple executive in charge of the tech behind Siri, sat there with his eyes closed, listening to how Scarlett Johansson voiced her artificially intelligent character Samantha. He paid attention to how she talked to Theodore Twombly, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and how Twombly talked…

Apple agrees to a new licensing deal with Warner Music Group … – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Apple has agreed to a new music licensing deal with Warner Music Group, according to a report from Bloomberg. The new multi-year agreement will allow Apple to pay Warner a smaller percentage of its streaming revenue than it agreed to when it launched Apple Music two years ago. Apple’s original licensing deals for Apple Music had it paying labels roughly 58 percent of its streaming sales, a rate that was…

Political Donation By Warner Music Owner Leads To University Professor’s Resignation – NPR

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Len Blavatnik, left, with Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2014. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Warner Bros. hide caption toggle caption Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Len Blavatnik, left, with Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2014. Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Warner Bros. You can find the name of Len Blavatnik, the Ukraine-born, Russia-raised billionaire and owner of the world’s third-largest record label Warner Music Group (WMG), on several of the…

Warner Music Group Acquires Dance Label Spinnin’ Records – Variety

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Warner Music Group announced Thursday that it has acquired the Dutch dance-music label Spinnin’ Records, which since its founding in 1999 has released music by artists like Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, Tiesto and many others. The company, which also includes music-publishing and management divisions, has a current roster that includes Alok, Bassjackers, Bob Sinclar, Chocolate Puma, Kris Kross Amsterdam,  Oliver Heldens, Quintino, Sam Feldt, Vinai and others; it also has…

‘Happy’ Music May Boost Brain’s Creativity, Study Says – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Most people know intuitively that music can be a good way to pump yourself up or get the creative juices flowing — and a new study brings some scientific evidence to the connection. It finds that people asked to listen to positive-sounding music had a measurable boost in creativity compared with people listening to other types of music. The phenomenon might be a good one to keep in mind when…

Hey, DJ : TonyTone – SF Weekly

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

In the next coming week, those who appreciate the sport of football are gearing up for another season of yelling, praying, and tried-and-true rituals. As an official DJ for the 49ers, DJ TonyTone is also prepping a playlist of hype jams for a stadium of fans who are eager to see their franchise return to winning once again. Starting his DJ career at the age of 15,  the…

Apple reportedly strikes new licensing deal with Warner Music – Engadget

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Like Spotify, Apple is reportedly negotiating a reduced cut of sales with record companies this time round. Until now, it’s been paying a 58 percent share to labels, which it’s now slashing to 55 percent. Although labels have been to quick to voice their anger regarding low royalties from the likes of YouTube, it seems they simply can’t ignore digital services. Especially when they’re seeing growing sales thanks to streams….

‘Happy’ Music May Boost Brain’s Creativity, Study Says – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Most people know intuitively that music can be a good way to pump yourself up or get the creative juices flowing — and a new study brings some scientific evidence to the connection. It finds that people asked to listen to positive-sounding music had a measurable boost in creativity compared with people listening to other types of music. The phenomenon might be a good one to keep in mind when…

Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner, Eyes Sony Pact – Bloomberg

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter. Warner will provide Apple a catalog spanning Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars for both iTunes, the online store, and Apple Music, the streaming service. Apple plans to pay…

These Wild Cats Make the Weirdest Sound – National Geographic

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

Lynxes, and particularly males like the two in the video, have large ranges and may have been meeting for the first time. “In Maine, home ranges average about 27 square miles for males and about 12 square miles for females,” he says. The size of a lynx’s range is based on the availability of its main prey, snowshoe hares. Where fewer hares are available, lynx must roam larger territories to…

Vietnam War: Music shapes PBS film – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

This handout photo by Henry Diltz shows musician Jimi Hendrix at the original Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York in August 1969.(Photo: Henry Diltz, AFP/Getty Images) War is ugly. A horrific mix of hate and hurt, its signature sights — crimson blood on anguished faces, burnt earth spitting black smoke, lethal fireworks in starry skies — pierce human memory like shrapnel through flesh. Before it’s seen, however, war is heard….

Hit factory: British music stars break overseas sales records – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2017

The popularity of British music abroad has hit a record high as artists including Adele, David Bowie and Coldplay brought in more than £350m from fans around the world last year. Sales of British music outside the UK surged 11% to a record £365m last year – the highest level since records began – spurred by the phenomenal growth in popularity of streaming music on services such as Spotify, Apple…

‘Happy’ Music May Boost Brain’s Creativity, Study Says – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Most people know intuitively that music can be a good way to pump yourself up or get the creative juices flowing — and a new study brings some scientific evidence to the connection. It finds that people asked to listen to positive-sounding music had a measurable boost in creativity compared with people listening to other types of music. The phenomenon might be a good one to keep in mind when…

State officials sound alarm on ObamaCare premium hikes, market ‘collapse’ – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

State officials sounded the alarm Wednesday on Capitol Hill about skyrocketing ObamaCare premiums as insurers across the country propose double-digit rate hikes – renewing pressure on Congress to act.  Insurance commissioners and officials from Alaska, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Washington state all testified before a Senate committee on the 2018 premium hikes, which are being finalized over the next few weeks.  In Alaska, premiums have increased 203 percent since…

Hear the Guy Behind Google’s AI Music and Art Project Explain How Deep Learning Is Reshaping Sounds and Images – MIT Technology Review

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

While many of his colleagues at Google are busy working on things like search, Web browsing, or mobile software, Douglas Eck spends a lot of time thinking about how to use computers to make music that sounds as natural as a pianist tickling the ivories. Eck is a research scientist on the Google Brain team, heading up Magenta—an open-source research project that’s making music and art with machine learning. And…

‘Despacito’ Deep Dive: More Than Meets The Ear – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sergi Alexander/Getty Images Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images “Despacito,” by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, dominated the summer of 2017. We’ve heard it in bodegas, at the beach, in the park, at professional baseball games, on…

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