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This Is Dance launch party to be streamed directly in Spotify

Live streaming video within Spotify? It’s happening next Friday, albeit as part of a specific digital marketing campaign for Universal Music’s ‘This Is’ curation brand. The event is the launch party for ‘This...
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The Weeknd launches virtual reality video on YouTube

The Weeknd’s new video may be “presented by Apple Music” but it’s available on a competing platform: YouTube. In fact, ‘The Hills Remix featuring Eminem’ is a 360-degree virtual reality video designed to be...
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Harmonix tackled for employee Rock Band 4 Amazon reviews

Music-game franchise Rock Band has just returned with Rock Band 4, which has been winning warm reviews from critics. And, as it turns out, rave reviews from some staff at developer Harmonix. It’s emerged that several...
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Janet Jackson apologises for fans’ Instagram account deletions

A number of Janet Jackson fans have found their Instagram accounts deleted due to copyright takedowns, after posting video clips of her latest gigs. Yet once news of the deletions broke, Jackson has issued a statement...
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New Order launch Singularity site for homages to their work

British band New Order have been highly influential in their time, and their new website capitalises on that status. It’s called Singularity, and has launched alongside their latest album ‘Music Complete’ to remind...
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Ludovico Einaudi takes ‘Touch Pianist’ to Spotify’s homepage

Third-party apps are no longer part of Spotify’s desktop client, but there’s still a way for users to get interactive with music within the app. Decca has launched something called ‘Touch Pianist’ for classical...
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Kanye West may have joined SoundCloud

Past disappointments are leading us to stay cautious on this until there’s confirmation from Kanye or SoundCloud, but it seems the world’s most enigmatic pop star may have joined the streaming service this week. At...
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Shakira teams with Angry Birds firm for Love Rocks mobile game

Shakira is the latest celebrity to launch her own mobile game, in partnership with Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment. Love Rocks was released late last week, and involves swapping gems to make matches – more...
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Adele surprises X Factor viewers with new-music teaser

Hats off to whoever’s doing the marketing for Adele’s next album for springing an almighty surprise during the UK X Factor this weekend. During a commercial break in the TV talent show, viewers were treated to a black...
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Amazon adds Prime exclusives from Train and Lisa Loeb

We wrote last week about research suggesting Amazon Prime Music is the much-bigger-than-many-expect dark horse of the music-streaming market, with a mainstream heft setting it apart from more high-profile rivals. So it’s...
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Music’s future: Stronger artist/fan connections and less ‘stupid vanity statistics’

“There’s a power to our emotional connection to music, and how that can bring people together. Neuroscience has proved that music lies at the heart of human relationships: before we had language, music was one way we...
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UMG extends and expands its partnership with HP

Universal Music and HP have extended and expanded their musical partnership with a new three-year deal that will see them working together in 16 more countries – taking the total to 22. The deal has already seen UMG...