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Modern mix tapes: the Guardian's new monthly playlist

As streaming becomes more popular, we want to help readers better navigate the huge number of new releases and make rewarding discoveries, writes the Guardian’s music editor How can we better help our readers discover new music, in the...Show More Summary

Hit factory: British music stars break overseas sales records

Sales of British music outside the UK surged 11% to a record £365m last year 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. Show More Summary

Modern Toss – cartoon

Taylor Swift is back! Head over to this week’s tracks to read the review – and watch the video Continue reading...

'They could destroy the album': how Spotify's playlists have changed music for ever

Custom playlists on the streaming site can bring unknown artists to millions. But are they altering how songs get written? Venezuelan singer Danny Ocean was languishing in obscurity when he released Me Rehúso independently in September – and then Spotify changed his life. Show More Summary

Ed Sheeran’s Divide puts Warner Music’s streaming income on track to cross £1bn

Streaming services continue to revive fortunes of music industry as new albums from top artists drive sales to record high The popularity of Ed Sheeran and his latest album, Divide, helped drive a 58% increase in streaming revenue for...Show More Summary

Music, video and games growth doubles in UK – helped by Ed Sheeran

Singer’s Divide album is best-selling product this year as entertainment industry reports rising revenue The popularity of Ed Sheeran, boosted by the launch of his album, Divide, and his Glastonbury headlining turn, helped drive total UK music sales 11.2% higher to £564m in the first half of 2017. Show More Summary

'More flats equal more council tax': the fight for Kingston's music scene

Live music venues are closing across the London borough, with the Hippodrome the latest potential casualty – and promises of a new auditorium are vague Just months after a visit from the Mayor of London’s night tsar, appointed to protect...Show More Summary

Despacito becomes most streamed song of all time, with 4.6bn plays

Reggaeton stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, who have topped the charts all over the world including nine weeks in the UK, push their guest vocalist Justin Bieber into second place Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s reggaeton hit Despacito has become the most streamed song of all time, with 4.6bn streams globally across all major platforms. Show More Summary

Will TRNSMT festival's urban party kill off T in the Park?

Big headline acts drew the Scottish festival crowds to Glasgow, where they found a city-break vibe replacing their usual country camping getaway. And the delighted promoter’s verdict was to stage it again next year There were some strange signs and portents ahead of the inaugural TRNSMT festival in Glasgow. Show More Summary

UK music industry gets boost from 12% rise in audiences at live events

Study by UK Music shows audiences for concerts and festivals up to record 30.9 million, bringing £4bn in to the economy More people than ever are flocking to watch live music, with attendance at concerts and festivals at an all-time high. Show More Summary

Kesha returns: ‘Rainbow is truly from the inside of my guts’

Unveiling her new album at an emotional London playback, Kesha revealed how she emerged from a ‘really sad, lonely, dark place’ following her legal battle with former producer Dr Luke Since 2014, Kesha has been stuck in a long legalShow More Summary

Records come round again: Sony to open vinyl factory in Japan

Major label’s Japanese arm to build new vinyl-pressing plant to keep up with growing demand for reissues and new releases on retro format It has been dismissed as the niche domain of hipsters who don’t even have turntables and nostalgic dads buying countless reissues of Dark Side Of the Moon. Show More Summary

Like to make music? Turn your tunes into an income stream

Meet the stock music composers who can make up to £30,000 a year by writing and selling the soundtracks to our digital lives Most people know you can earn money from posting videos and images on the likes of YouTube and Instagram. But...Show More Summary

Credit where credit’s due to Yoko Ono at last | Barbara Ellen

The news that a recording of Lennon crediting Ono as co-writer rather than muse for his 1971 hit Imagine is welcome Yoko Ono has been recognised as co-writer of John Lennon’s 1971 hit Imagine by the National Music Publishers’ Association at its centennial annual meeting. Show More Summary

Snub TV: cult music show that unearthed the underground

The no-frills cable show captured 80s and 90s bands at their most bonkers – from Napalm Death’s growling mayhem to New Order calling U2’s singer ‘that bongo guy’. Co-founder Pete Fowler explains why nothing else has come close British music television may be synonymous with one particular boogie-woogie man, but years before Later With... Show More Summary

'We need fair representation': the rise of female-led record labels

Independents can offer greater artistic control than big players, and those founded by women are helping to counter the industry’s gender disparity When Victoria Hesketh, also known as Little Boots, set up her independent record label, she was walking away from something many recording artists can only dream of: a contract with a major label. Show More Summary

Spotify hopes going public will cement streaming as music's future

As music industry celebrates second straight year of growth, service hopes to buck trend of tech industry disappointments on Wall Street The world may love the services they provide, but the new generation of tech companies haven’t found much love on Wall Street recently. Show More Summary

How to be a DIY pop star: lollipops, kung fu and other fail-safe strategies

Personalised notes, sponsored tours and celebrity Twitter endorsements are just some of the tactics put into practice by the likes of Dodie, Tom Rosenthal, Paigey Cakey and more, who refuse to lean on the mainstream industry After years of upheaval, the music industry is still pulling itself out of the doldrums. Show More Summary

Unlimited editions: how the music box set has managed to survive

High-profile new box sets from Beyoncé, Radiohead and the Beatles are appealing to an audience still willing to spend big on physical media For an album that is barely a year old, it’s somewhat astonishing that Beyoncé’s Lemonade is already getting the box set reissue treatment. Show More Summary

Amazon moves into UK live music starting with Blondie London gig

US digital giant to expand music strategy with Prime Live Events, in latest move to attract subscribers Amazon is moving into the live music business in the UK, running and promoting its own gigs starting with Blondie later this month. Show More Summary

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