Apple to buy Shazam for $400m

Apple to buy Shazam for $400m

Apple has acquired Shazam, the popular music identification app that was founded in 1999 and that is averagely used 20 million times a day around the world. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows and commercials from short audio clips. While Shazam identifies a song or other audio playing, it shows ads to users, even when it fails to identify a bit of audio, usually due to inadequate time or quality of sound. An…

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Electronic indie band alt-j to collaborate with hardcore band Code Orange

Electronic indie band alt-j to collaborate with hardcore band Code Orange

Code Orange; a twisted package of macabre, sinister and downright disturbing hardcore, and alt-J – an experimental trio focused on unorthodox indie electronica – a bizarre combination, but in this case, it is clear that opposites attract. It is apparent that alt-J are fans of other forms of alternative music – drummer Thom Green was spotted wearing a Code Orange t-shirt whilst performing ‘In Cold Blood’ live on the popular talk show, Conan. Perhaps this…

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Largest Music Festivals You Cannot Miss in 2018

Largest Music Festivals You Cannot Miss in 2018

Thousands of people hear the same live-sound of their favorite artist or band, see the same view and finally share the same emotions. Do you know how all these factors come together and make the whole impression multiplied repeatedly and unforgettable adventure for a long time? Festival “Donauinselfest” Place: Vienna, Austria The music festival on the island of Donauinsel is the largest free music festival in Europe in the open air. The media claim the…

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Protecting a Legacy or Monetising a Loss; Prince’s Vault

Protecting a Legacy or Monetising a Loss; Prince’s Vault

The artist formally known as the artist formally known as Prince. Arguably music’s most talented and eccentric individual, he is never far from news headlines these days. The iconic multi-instrumentalist, singer, actor and performer passed away last year at the age of 57. He left behind an already incredible legacy including over 35 albums, four movies and countless incredible memories. There have already been several posthumous releases, but news this week indicates more. Prince is…

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Tips for Musicians in a Digital World

Tips for Musicians in a Digital World

Ask two people about the state of the music industry and you’ll get three answers. It’s certainly true that music has faced some real challenges. With the rise of the internet, but it hasn’t all been a disaster! Far more people are producing and composing music than ever before. Collectively pushing music and sound design to the fringes of artistic expression. The internet, whilst the nightmare of the large record companies. Has provided a launching…

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Brexit versus the U.K music industry

Brexit versus the U.K music industry

Brexit. Everybody’s least favourite word, turned into a viral soundbite for most of the last year. With the June snap election looming, many are wondering what the music industry is going to look like. The fallout from the vote itself was instantaneous. With the pound dropping and prices increasing for music downloads, equipment and potentially even live event tickets. This hits not only artists, but the general public as well. The UK music industry has…

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The UKF Story

The UKF Story

UKF, an abbreviation for United Kingdom Frome. (His hometown in Somerset) was born. Move forward to the present day. And Hood’s pet project is now a well-known brand, label and live music event. One of many success stories with their roots in YouTube. The key to their growth lay in providing a platform for big names. In dubstep during the genre’s peak in popularity in the years of 2008-2012. Consistent and varied uploads led UKF…

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How will Brexit affect the U.K Music Industry

How will Brexit affect the U.K Music Industry

As the summer’s Brexit negotiations draw near. But the question of how the outcome will affect us and our livelihoods is increasingly relevant. Apart from the weakening of the pound. the true effects of leaving the EU remain to be seen. Assuming, as seems increasingly likely, the negotiations result in a ‘hard Brexit’. With no free market or free movement, the impact on the music sector will be significant. There are several, mostly negative effects,…

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