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YouTube Remix could mean the end of Google Play Music – CNET

Google Play Music could go silent as soon as this year, Droidlife reports. Jason Cipriani/CNET Google Play Music’s swan song may be near. If Google finally launches YouTube Remix, a rumored music subscription service, it will retire its 7-year-old music streaming service, Droidlife reported Tuesday. That could come as soon as the end of the […]

Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake

There are two topics the global music industry loves to talk about, via its chief lobby group: How hard done by they all are, and what wonderful opportunities they’re providing for artists to be discovered. Witness the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry’s latest annual Global Music Report. It’s chock-full of data and executive quotes. […]

Bob Dorough, Jazzman With a Hit Kid-Music Series, Dies at 94

Mr. Dorough (rhymes with “thorough”; his wife said Thorough Dorough was a nickname) was music director for the initial series and also wrote and sang some of the most fondly remembered “Schoolhouse Rock!” songs. They apparently stuck in young heads, or parental ones, or both. For the rest of Mr. Dorough’s career, it was not […]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Announced the Official Music Lineup for Their Wedding

With less than a month to go until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel for the royal wedding, the happy couple has revealed all of the music that they will be playing for their wedding service. According to the Kensington Palace official Twitter account, the music […]

The Innovator: How Jlin Is Altering Dance Music’s DNA

Rising electronic composer Jlin discusses why her work can’t be contained by footwork, or any other genre. Caroline Thompkins for Rolling Stone If you’re ever feeling bored with new music, like you’ve heard it all before, don’t give up – just hit play on a Jlin track. The 30-year-old Gary, Indiana, electronic musician is evolving […]

Global music sales rose 8 percent in 2018, says IFPI – CNET

Spotify is the world’s biggest streaming music service by users.  CNET Thanks to streaming, the global music industry is thriving.  Revenues grew 8.1 percent last year to $17.3 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said Tuesday. It was the third consecutive year of growth following 15 years of decline and was […]

Spotify Bolsters Free Service in Defense Against Apple Music

As the leader in streaming music, Spotify is under attack from Apple, Google, and Amazon. The Silicon Valley giants have endless cash to support their streaming services, which require expensive payouts to artists. Apple, Google, and Amazon also control the devices many people use to play music, be they smartphones, home assistants, or smart TV […]

Nicki Minaj To Debut New Music On ‘SNL’ Finale, Embark On Global Arena Tour

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Nicki Minaj performs on stage during the 2017 NBA Awards Live On TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York City. 27111_001 (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TNT ) Nicki Minaj delighted fans earlier this month when she dropped “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” her first singles since 2017 […]

Apple’s Jay Liepis Heads to Nashville to Bolster Country Music Ties …

Apple Music is establishing a beachhead in Nashville. The company announced Monday morning that 13-year Apple veteran Jay Liepis has relocated to Music City to head up a team there that will be “dedicated to being more involved with artists, managers, songwriters and the label community at large.” That’s welcome news to Nashville’s label chiefs, […]