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U2 Drops Surprise Album “Songs of Innocence” Free on iTunes

Album releases officially on October 13

Ever since Beyoncé surprised the world with a complete, previously unannounced full-length album last December, different artists have been trying to top the feat. Whether they were trying or not, it looks like U2 finally did it. Yesterday, at Apple’s much-touted big-reveal press conference announcing iPhone 6 and the new Apple iWatch, U2 was announced as a surprise musical guest. After they played a new song “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” […]



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Harvest Records Pulls Morrissey’s Album

Someone close to Morrissey might want to have a conversation with him about burning bridges, biting the hand that feeds him, etc. Not that he would listen…. Or maybe someone should just close the fanzine. This seems to be a place of weakness. Let’s back up and unfold the drama so far, shall we? Earlier this month, Morrissey kicked off a beef with his label, Harvest Records, by using his […]


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Surprise! Taylor Swift Is No Longer Country

In a highly hyped PR move that shocked the music world and left country fans crying their eyes out, one-time country sweetheart Taylor Swift dropped the bombshell this week that she is going pop. (In case you are the Sheldon Cooper type—that was sarcasm.) During her Monday evening Yahoo! Live Stream atop the Empire State Building, the songstress announced that her upcoming album 1989 would be her “first documented, official […]


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The Musical Legacy of Robin Williams

Celebrity deaths in the news are not uncommon, but it is rare to see such an outpouring across the world as we’ve witnessed with the untimely passing of Robin Williams at age 63. Such a tragic loss, such a shock to the system—and yet, it is renewing important conversations all over the world about the realities of depression and suicide, and how even the seemingly funniest and most joyful among […]


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Morrissey Dropped by Harvest Records/Capitol

News comes 3 weeks after album release

Welp, it would appear that Morrissey’s outspokenness has landed him once again in hot water—this time with his record label. As first reported by Morrissey’s informal fan-zine True to You over the weekend, the artist has been dropped by Harvest Records (an imprint of Capitol Records) a mere three weeks after the release of his latest recording World Peace Is None Of Your Business.  The statement reads as follows: Three […]


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RIP, American Idol Alum Michael Johns

Former AI contestant dead at 35

Michael Johns, the good-looking, Aussie-accented singer who wowed American audiences during Season 7 of American Idol, has died at age 35, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot originating in the singer’s ankle. Johns first arrived in the U.S. to attend college on a tennis scholarship, but used the opportunity to pursue music. By the time he auditioned for AI at […]


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What Is 5 Seconds of Summer Doing Right?

And seemingly out of nowhere…they appear.  Just two years ago, no one outside of their native Australia knew who pop-rock act 5 Seconds of Summer were. A few million YouTube views later, they get a shout-out from boy band One Direction, followed by an invite to tour—and whammo! Their debut album sells nearly a quarter million copies in its first week, topping the Billboard 200. Suddenly, 5SOS are the new […]


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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Big Week

(And it might not be over yet)

This past week, the music news cycles have been dominated by one of music’s most unlikely candidates—namely, veteran popstar parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic. After a modest reception of his previous effort Alpocolypse in 2011, the jokester is actually aiming for his first No. 1 record ever with Mandatory Fun, which dropped this week. What’s different about this one?  Not much, really, as far as the content is concerned. It’s the […]


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Indie Labels Call for Transparency with Fair Digital Deals Declaration

Initiative endorsed by over 700 indie labels worldwide, including Glassnote, Domino and Sub Pop

Today marks what will hopefully be a meaningful first step in restoring balance in the emerging digital music realm, to help indie musicians be more fairly compensated for their work.  Over 700 independent labels have united in support of the “Fair Digital Deals Declaration” sponsored by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), a document that calls for more transparency and fair treatment for musical artists in the distribution of revenue from […]


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Album Sales Slump for First Half of 2014—Commentary/Analysis

More bad news this week for the record industry. As Hypebot reports (via Celebrity Access), the Neilsen SoundScan and Neilsen BDI numbers released this week show that between December 30, 2013 and June 29, 2014, album sales  slumped 14.9% versus the same time period last year. Where in years past an increase in digital download sales was able to offset physical CD sales drops, for this six-month period digital albums […]


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Soul Legend Bobby Womack Passes Away, Age 70

Bobby Womack, the R&B and soul legend known for penning and/or recording hits like “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha,” “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “It’s All Over Now,” died on Friday.  He was 70 years old. A publicist for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed his death to media on Friday.  Womack had suffered from a variety of health issues, including colon cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and […]


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Broadcasting Icon Casey Kasem Dead at 82

Casey Kasem, the voice of the American Top 40 countdown radio show for more than three decades, and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo for even longer, died early Sunday morning at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, WA due to complications from Lewy body dementia. He was 82. His daughter, Kerri Kasem, first broke the news on her Facebook page with the following statement: “Early this Father’s Day […]


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PSY’s “Gangnam Style” Video Achieves Record 2 Billion Views

Bet you thought “Gangnam Style” was a thing of the past, yes?  Nope. The cheesy-yet-catchy dance video by K-Pop artist PSY is still going strong, breaking its own records.  Just seventeen months after becoming the first YouTube video ever to surpass 1 billion views, this week “Gangnam Style” crossed the 2-billion threshold, again being the first YouTube video ever to reach such a milestone. News of the milestone have brought […]


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Casey Kasem Located in Washington State

As an update to our report yesterday as to the search for missing radio icon Casey Kasem…multiple news sources are reporting this morning that he has been found in Washington state. A statement from daughter Kerri Kasem’s publicist has confirmed the news: “We have received confirmation that Casey Kasem has been found. The family has grave concerns about his health and will do everything in their power to bring him […]


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