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ABBA Reportedly Working On Virtual Reality Tour In 2019

Former ABBA keyboardist Benny Andersson revealed that the group is planning to reunite, at least as digital avatars, for a possible tour in 2019.  Andersson teased the news while he was promoting Piano, his latest solo piano album and said the project would feature the form members of ABBA in digital format performing alongside a live band. "We see each other every now and then, we've done a few different t ...

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Most Popular Music Genres: Completely Different Than What You Might Believe

For artists looking to establish a career in the music industry, being able to target a specific genre can be helpful in focusing their efforts, particularly if it's one of the more popular genres. Here we look at the most popular genres of music, with some surprising results. _________________________ In this latest post from MusicThinkTank, Emily Lopes outlines the most popular genres of music out there, ...

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Spotify Adds iOS Integration with Google’s Waze App

Spotify has added integration with the iOS version of popular Google owned navigation and crowdsourced traffic app Waze.  Waze users can begin navigation from inside the Spotify app.  The integration also allows access to Spotify playlists from the Waze app. Users can skip tracks, play, pause and more. Spotify launched integration with Waze's Android app in March. From Spotify:   Start a journey using Waze ...

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"It" Juggernaut Tops Box Office For Second Weekend

Warner Bros. horror juggernaut "It" continued a strong box office run over the weekend, opening in 10 new markets and maintaining its tight grip on the top spot both internationally and in domestic theaters. ___________________________________ Over the weekend, "It" based on a novel by Stephen King, added $60.0M in revenue in North America and $120.3M worldwide, with an impressive total cumulative 2-week ta ...

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Indie Label Triple Crown Records Signs with The Orchard

Indie rock label Triple Crown Records has signed a distribution deal with The Orchard.  Founded by Fred Feldman in 1997 and based in New York City, Triple Crown is responsible for uncovering several seminal acts during its twenty year history.  The label's roster currently includes Smidley, and Free Throw, as well as Sorority Noise, A Will Away, and Foxing. Their catalog includes hit albums from Brand New, ...

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FOR SALE: Rolling Stone Magazine

Iconic music and political magazine Rolling Stone is for sale.  Founded by Jann Wenner in 1967, Wenner Media sold a 49% stake to Singapore's Bandland Technologies in 2016.  Wenner has retained Methuselah Advisors to find and filter “strategic options for its majority interest in Rolling Stone to best position the brand for future growth.” Wenner and his 29 year old son Gus, who is president and COO of Wenne ...

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How To Book Yourself A Gig… And Get Asked Back

Cultivating and growing a fanbase is by no means an easy task, and doing requires an ample amount of blood, sweat, and tears. Here we look at how to successfully book your first gig, and better yet get invited back to play again. __________________________ Guest post by Rich Nardo of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the Direc ...

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This Week In Music Commentary

Commentators in the music industry this week shared their thoughts and opinions on how piracy can have an upside for artists, the exploding streaming market in China, and why the music industry still doesn't understand blockchain tech. Vivian Campbell Shares Upside Of Music Piracy For Def Leppard Darren Hemmings Talks Online Branding, Music Marketing Strategies Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding St ...

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

In this look back at pertinent news from within the music industry over the past seven days, we revisit YouTube's new loophole which allows them to pay artists even less, a judge denies Spotify a motion which would have upended royalty payments, a crackdown on Torrent sites proves ineffective, and more! YouTube Discovers Way To Pay Artists Even Less Judge Denies Spotify Motion That Would Have Upended Songwr ...

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