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Facebook signs deal with Universal to give users access to licensed music

Under ‘unprecedented’ partnership, users will be able to upload videos containing licensed music on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus Universal Music Group is to become the first major music company to license its recorded music and publishing...Show More Summary

Universal Music snaps up UK record labels ZTT and Stiff Records

British labels are behind hits of the 70s and 80s by acts including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Grace Jones and Madness Universal Music has acquired the British record labels behind some of the biggest hits of the 1970s and 1980s by acts including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Grace Jones, Madness and The Pogues. Show More Summary

The vinyl revival proves it: we love a bit of inconvenience | Nigel Kendall

If we can welcome back the format that’s the antithesis of Spotify and YouTube, then why not paper banking and the Austin Allegro? So vinyl is back, is it? As HMV records its biggest sales of long-playing records since the 1980s, is it time to unplug the Sonos, scrap the Spotify and dust off the turntable? Not quite. Show More Summary

Taylor Swift scores biggest selling US album of 2017 in one week

The pop singer-songwriter, who kept new release Reputation off streaming services, has overtaken Ed Sheeran as the year’s biggest seller in the US Taylor Swift’s Reputation has become the biggest-selling album of the year in the US in a single week, with 1.23m sales. Show More Summary

Russell Simmons accused of sexual assault alongside Brett Ratner

Def Jam co-founder and Ratner each deny allegations by model Keri Claussen Khalighi that she was forced to perform sex act on Simmons, and that he and Ratner ‘were in it together’ Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul who co-founded Def...Show More Summary

Prince's sound engineer, Susan Rogers: 'He needed to be the alpha male to get things done'

One of a tiny number of female recording engineers, Rogers was there at birth of some of pop’s classics, including When Doves Cry. She recalls the man she knew – and shares her theory about why he loved working with women Between 1983 and 1987, Susan Rogers didn’t really sleep. Show More Summary

45 songs by Chris Brown, anyone? Why albums are getting longer

R&B and hip-hop albums frequently number 20 tracks or more, while dance artists are making records that last five hours. Are musicians spreading themselves too thinly? Lock the doors, shutter the windows and keep the lights on, because...Show More Summary

Touts threat to UK's £4.5bn music industry, survey reveals

Mass online touting causing long-term damage and ripping off fans as poll finds strong support for limiting resale prices at face value The UK’s £4.5bn music industry is under threat because fans’ cash is being diverted away from their favourite acts, as they fork out for tickets sold by touts at vast mark-ups, according to a new survey. Show More Summary

UK music venues still exclude disabled performers, audience members and staff

Why are so many disabled staff, performers and guests having to fight for access to music venues? The sector and the government needs to do more Louise Mitchell is chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust Talking to a talented disabled...Show More Summary

Battles over music and sports streaming dominate high court

Nearly 300 cases were brought by the Football Association and performance rights bodies in year to March, study shows The legal battle against music piracy and the illegal streaming of top-flight football such as Premier League matches dominates cases in the high court, an analysis shows. Show More Summary

Spotify on song as UK revenue rises to £237m

Music streaming service continues to boom ahead of expected IPO, as subscription income rises by 26% Revenues at Spotify’s UK business soared to almost £240m last year, as the popularity of the music streaming service continues to boom ahead of the expected stock market listing of the Stockholm-based company. Show More Summary

No alternative: how brands bought out underground music

Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive? Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. Show More Summary

How can women make it in the music industry? Insiders share their tips

Progress has been slow in bridging the gender divide within the UK music scene. Here successful musicians, producers and executives offer advice on breaking in Guardian analysis: more than two-thirds of UK’s live acts are male-only Emmy the Great, musician Related: Tonight's live music acts will be mostly male-only. What's holding women back? Continue reading...

Music's 'million sellers club' updated to include streaming

Charts arbiter brings together streaming and physical sales to see how today’s artists compare with pre-digital stars The “million sellers club”, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time. Show More Summary

Vinyl version of Beyoncé's Lemonade filled with punk songs after factory error

A mistake at Sony’s German record pressing plant means that tracks by Canadian band Zex appear on some copies of Beyoncé’s latest album Beyoncé fans have waited months for her 2016 album Lemonade to be available on vinyl – but some were dismayed to find a Canadian punk band playing on their copies instead of her. Show More Summary

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

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