Crime Against Good Taste

Justin Bieber’s 2014 Miami jailhouse photo prompts speculation he was hauled in by the fashion police. In actuality, it was drunken drag racing. “A Miami Beach officer saw Bieber driving a yellow Lamborghini in a race against a red Ferrari in a residential area of Miami Beach,” reported CNN, which described the cars speeding at about […]

Weekly Pop Streams Hit 7.5 Billion

Weekly Pop Streams Hit 7.5 Billion

For the first time, on-demand audio streams had a 7.5 billion week, according to Nielsen Music’s Mid-Year U.S. Report which tracked a total of 184 billion streams for the period ending June 29, 2017.  That marks a sizable 62.4% increase over the same time period in 2016. On-demand audio streams have reached over 184 billion streams so far […]

HBO Documents ‘Defiant Ones’

HBO Documents ‘Defiant Ones’

Drama and humor, tragedy and triumph, “everything you’d expect in a great story” is how HBO president of programming Casey Bloys sums up in The Defiant Ones, the story of a musical partnership between the Brooklyn-born producer Jimmy Iovine and Compton bred songwriter and performer Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre. The stories of two men […]

Fans Ride Synthwave Back to the ’80s

Fans Ride Synthwave Back to the ’80s

Currently in production after a successful Indiegogo fundraising campaign, Spanish filmmaker Iván Castell’s Rise of the Synths is a documentary about the cult movement that’s grown around ’80s era synthesizer music. The project gets the second of  two EP releases from Lakeshore Records’s Bandcamp. Rise of the Synths EP 2 features tracks from Gunship, Power Glove, Com Truise, Robert Parker, Waveshaper and […]

Pandora Gets Sirius Suitor to Put a Ring On It

Pandora Gets Sirius Suitor to Put a Ring On It

It’s official. Sirius has reached an agreement to invest $480 million in Pandora, purchasing a 19 percent stake in the streaming music service. The satellite radio service had been circling Pandora for some time, prompting rumors of an outright purchase. This agreement, which will take weeks to conclude, is the best of both worlds for Padora, guaranteeing […]

Playlists – Art and Science

Playlists – Art and Science

Pitchfork plumbed the depths of playlists, providing a fascinating insight on music marketing and analytics. Record labels are eager to hire those who have established track records of peer-to-peer playlist popularity. “I can see a time coming when the playlist creator becomes just as important an element in the process as the artists being featured,” Spotify […]

Dominican Bassist Plucks Grammy Scholarship

Dominican Bassist Plucks Grammy Scholarship

Ernesto Núñez, a 22-year-old electric bass player from the Dominican Republic, has been awarded the Miguel Bosé Scholarship by the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. The award, which has a maximum value of $200,000 over four years, was presented today at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Núñez plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in contemporary writing […]

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