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Trading tobacco and textiles for live music and award-winning films

If you can point out Winston-Salem on a map, it's most likely as the home of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, R.J. Reynolds, Hanes and Sara Lee. But this mid-size North Carolina city is taking a turn toward the eclectic. Faced...Show More Summary

At the Roxy: RockSweat Fitness, where spotlight is on a workout class

It's not even 9 a.m. on a Saturday and I'm outside the Roxy music club on Sunset Boulevard. It feels a bit like one of those parallel universe moments, as I move toward the dance floor with dozens of other people in their workout clothes. Evan Harrison, a music industry veteran, and his wife, fitness...

Washington university slashes teaching jobs by 5%, music posts by 50%

Jessica Krash has been laid off after 28 years teaching piano at George Washington University. ‘They are decimating the (music) department,’ she tells us, ‘laying off many of the adjuncts, or reducing people’s hours to practically nothing.’ Underpaid and unappreciated, Dr Krash has written a letter to the Washington Post, noting that the George Washington […]

Canada gives millions to music majors (classical included)

Billboard reports that the government of Ontario has just allocated C$14 million (US$11.5) to 123 music companies, including the world’s largest. The grants include Universal Music Canada Inc. ($1.2 million), Warner Music Canada Co. ($750,000), Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. Show More Summary

Nathaniel Mackey’s Long Song

Nathaniel Mackey: “Poetry is the slow-cooking movement of literature.” As Mackey spins a few discs from his vast collection of Jazz and world, the Duke University professor describes how music weaves through his award-winning poems.

Josh Gad & Jeremy Garelick Set Up Musical at Universal

Universal Pictures emerged victorious in a bidding war for an untitled musical with Josh Gad and songs by Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz. [...]

Universal Wins 7-Figure Auction For Josh Gad & Jeremy Garelick Musical With Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz Tunes

EXCLUSIVE: It came down to Universal, Disney and Paramount. In the end, Universal Pictures stepped up to make the year’s biggest material deal, acquiring the untitled musical comedy feature that The Comedians star Josh Gad and writer-director...Show More Summary

Colleges Hit With A Capella Fever

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Their musical performances pack college auditoriums, though they play no instruments. While universities have long nurtured the niche community of a cappella singers, the TV show "Glee" and hit movie "Pitch Perfect" helped create a new generation of fans that propelled the soulful sound into mainstream culture. Show More Summary

3 Count: Log Cabin

Joss Whedon sued over Cabin in the Woods, Universal Music settles class action lawsuit over royalties and IFPI takes on YouTube.

Leaked pictures shows off how the new Music and Video apps are gonna look on Windows 10 for Phones

Microsoft recently introduced new universal Music and Video apps for Windows 10 on PCs. As the apps are universal, we were expecting new Music and Video apps to come with the Windows 10 for Phones Build 10051. However, the build did not include these two new apps. Nonetheless, WindowsCenter.ir has posted some pictures of the new Music […]

Despite Lawsuits, Michael Robertson Returns To Take Pandora With New 'Six Seconds' App

From Mp3.com to Mp3Tunes, Michael Robertson has never been afraid to take on the music industry; and that's often landed him in court. In fact, lawyers for Universal Music are still arguing over whether $12M is enough for their work winning a "pyrrhic victory" over Mp3Tunes. Unphased, he's back with...

Artists Win $15M From Universal Music Over Digital Downloads

A four-year court battle has ended in the favour of a group of musicians who sued Universal Music Group, saying their royalties were being unfairly calculated for downloads of songs and albums through digital services like iTunes. More »      

CNTRL Hits The Road – Richie Hawtin Tells us Why

Tomorrow afternoon I will set out with Richie Hawtin and a talented cast of electronic music experts on the second edition of CNTRL. Each day the group will speak at universities across the nation in a quest to inspire new and old producers to believe that they too, can find their own unique voice in music. Show More Summary

Universal Music Agrees to Pay $11.5 Million to Settle Digital Royalties Class Action

A settlement submitted to a judge for approval would also give UMG artists a higher royalty rate going forward. read more

Lou Reed's Sister and Ex-Wife Shed Light on the Life Behind the Mythos

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

"All your two-bit psychiatrists, they're giving you electric shock." Even though it's sort of shocking that he lived as long as he did, Lou Reed's death (October 27, 2013) still feels like a rift in the musical universe. The fact that...Show More Summary

Universal record gives all your music that vinyl sound

So you've bought a turntable with hopes of hearing that warm vinyl sound, but you don't have a record collection just yet. What to do? If you're Jesse England, you 'cheat' using digital tunes. He recently built the Universal Record, a device that lets any Bluetooth audio source work with a record player by vibrating a vinyl disc. Show More Summary

Universal Music Agrees To Settle Chuck D, Rick James Digital Royalties Class Action Suit For $11.5M

Creative label accounting paired with outdated laws led to underpaid artists who had no choice but to take labels, digital broadcasters and others to court. Now the first round of lawsuits are being resolved, but you can be sure that more will follow. Universal Music Group and plaintiffs' attorneys representing...

Universal Music Group Settles With Rick James' Estate For Over $11 Million

After a several year-long court battle, it looks like Universal is finally ready to settle with the estate of Rick James and several other musicians in another in a series of legal cases that sought to redefine how the music industry categorizes digital downloads. The case looked at the difference between [...]

Disasterpeace Discusses The Incredible Music Behind ‘It Follows’ (Interview)

Just a few days ago, I was walking past my local theater and saw that they were showing It Follows (review), the indie horror film that has received near universal critical acclaim. Even as a writer for this site, I’ve managed to avoid any spoilers, trailers, or reviews for the film once I heard that […]

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