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Can we take the kids to a sold-out concert? (Yes, we can)

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Anthea Kreston‘s musical life in Berlin is one surprise after another…     This past weekend I came home at 2 pm, exhausted from life in general, but more specifically from a morning of teaching at the University of the Arts, practising for this week’s work in the Berlin Philharmonic, and a (seemingly) narrowly-survived maiden […]

Small Russian Labels Balk at ‘Unfavourable’ Licensing Deals From VKontakte

2 days agoTechnology : sCommerce

The social network VKontakte — aka “The Russian Facebook” — which recently launched a paid music service and has license agreements with Sony, Warner and Universal, is having trouble signing deals with smaller, local labels. “Judging by experience, VKontakte only sings deals with labels following court litigations with them,” Sergei Morozov, general director of Moroz […]

Tuhin Roy Named To Senior Digital Post At UMG

Universal Music Group has named veteran digital music entrepreneur Tuhin Roy to the newly-created post of Vice President of New Digital Business. In the role, Roy will work to identify tech startups in the digital media sector as potential business partners for UMG. He will be based in UMG's Santa...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Dancing Baby Case... Despite Gov't Admitting 'Serious Legal Error'

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Sometimes I think purgatory must be filing a lawsuit over a wrongful DMCA takedown notice. I'm pretty sure that's how Stephanie Lenz feels. After all, she's been fighting against Universal Music issuing a bogus DMCA takedown against her dancing baby, and I'm pretty sure that "baby" will be graduating high school before too long. Show More Summary

Best Laptops for College Music Major: What You Need to Know

Are you looking for the best laptop for college music major or a music lover?  If you’re a music student and looking for the best laptop that will help you while in college or university, you need to have an idea of the minimum requirements you should be looking for in a laptop. Show More Summary

Warner Music owner is knighted for philanthropy

Len Blavatnik, owner of  large chunk of the music business, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday List. He has donated a school of government to Oxford University and an extension to the Tate Modern gallery. The Halle Orchestra music director Sir Mark Elder has been made a Companion of Honour, as has […]

France’s Cirque Plume begins ‘The Last Season’

To enter the world of Cirque Plume is to fall into a magical wonderland of fairies and otherworldly creatures -- a musical universe where artists flit around the stage, sometimes in slow motion.

Technology and music in 2017: how tech is changing the universal language

The development of music and how consumers listen has changed because of technology Music has long stood as a constant, reliable part of human culture for millennia, but in the rise of the technology era, how music is created and listened to is ever changing. Show More Summary

Music Review: Fleet Foxes return with Crack-Up, but get lost in the mix

It’s been six years since Fleet Foxes’ last record, and in the meantime, frontman Robin Pecknold has been up to plenty. First he marched straight into the world of academia, enrolling at Columbia University before taking a step back, trading college for cabins. Show More Summary

Major Label Issues Yet Another Bogus YouTube Takedown

Yet another victim in the seemly endless stream of bogus takedowns off of YouTube percipitated by a major label (this time Universal Music Group), the band The Dandy Warhols recently had the video for their single yanked from YouTube. ___________________________ Guest post by Mike Masnick of Techdirt We're constantly hearing...

Music sessions can help millions who struggle to speak to lead a richer life

(University of Plymouth) Music could be used to transform the lives of millions of people with learning difficulties, dementia, strokes, brain damage and autism and their families, according to a research project from the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Music Zone.

Label news: Nikolayeva’s grandson signs to Decca

The Russian pianist Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, grandson of the formidable, Tatiana Nikolaeva – has signed to Decca Classics in partnership with Universal Music Australia. His first album, titled ‘Moments Musicaux’, will include two Études by Tatiana Nikolaeva. He doesn’t look much like his Gran.

New conductor at Stanford

Paul Phillips has been named director of orchestral studies at Stanford, as well as music director of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. Phillips, 61, has been at Brown University since 1989.  

Sexual stereotypes can lead to unhealthy sexual relationships

(Washington State University) Female college students who believe women are subservient and who endorse music media's degradation of women are more likely to be involved in an unhealthy sexual relationship, according to research from Washington State University's Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion Research.

Musical mystery: Researchers examine science behind performer movements

(McMaster University) Researchers at McMaster are one step closer to solving one of the mysteries of social interaction: how musicians communicate during a performance and anticipate one another's moves without saying a word.

Sad news: Universal chief mourns brother

Nigel Grainge, brother of Universal Music CEO  Sir Lucian Grainge, has died in Los Angeles of post-operative complications. He was 70.     London born, Nigel Grainge ran his own record label, Ensign, signing The Boomtown Rats, Waterboys and Sinead O’Connor. After selling Ensign to Chrysalis, he remained in the music biz as a consultant.   Our […]

Prince Heirs’ Battle Over Vault Begins As Universal Seeks $31 Million Refund

2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The Prince? estate is gearing up for courtroom fireworks at a hearing next week on a motion to void its $31 million deal with Universal Music Group for the rights to the late pop star's "vault" of unreleased tunes and other recordings, due to potential conflicts with Warner Music Group’s rights. In a…

“Building a Music Video Universe” IHC 1NFINITY Behind the Scenes Doc Premieres via Nerdist

Last month, the latest chapter of the IHC 1NFINITY universe was revealed when the short film for Mark Redito’s “So Many Things to Tell You” premiered via Noisey. Now, Nerdist has an exclusive premiere of our behind the scenes documentary,...Show More Summary

Orange Unified students showcase artistic talents in “The Colors of Our Community”

The annual Exposition of the Arts, sponsored by the Orange Unified School District, was held at recently at Chapman University. Themed “The Colors of Our Community,” the exhibit was coordinated by Lisa Kresl. Music performed by Villa Park High School’s jazz ensemble served as a backdrop, as teachers, students and faculty viewed more than 200 pieces […]

Universal Music Will Be Spun Off With An IPO "At The Right Moment," says Vivendi CEO

After months of speculation whether Vivendi will spin off Universal Music, Chairman and CEO Vincent Bolloré shared that an IPO of the world's largest music group was all but inevitable. “The value of [UMG] increases every day, and it’s true that an IPO would be an interesting thing,” before adding,...

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