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Madonna rush-releases new tracks after leak

Last week, we reported on a full album’s worth of new Madonna songs leaking online, even though Madonna quickly released a statement claiming they were unfinished. Over the weekend, her strategy moved on a step: six songs...
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Madonna album leaks, but is that really ‘terrorism’?

Our sympathies are with Madonna, who saw 13 new tracks leak online this week, giving fans what was claimed to be an early listen of her next album. But we can’t help but wonder if her reaction – posted and then swiftly...
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One Direction debut #H1DDENinSpotify campaign

This weekend saw a fun digital campaign for the latest One Direction album ‘Four’, which involved sending fans to streaming music service Spotify to find hidden “snippets” of tracks. “You guys mentioned #FOUR A...
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YouTube star Conor Franta turns curator for album

With more than 4.2m subscribers, Conor Franta is one of the fresh-faced stars on YouTube, with big clout among his young audience. Now he’s capitalising on that clout with a music album, albeit not one he sings on himself....
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Spotify loses Jason Aldean album but gets Quincy Jones’ backing

Spotify will be hoping the current Taylor Swift debate doesn’t lead to a number of other artists following suit by pulling individual albums or whole back catalogues. One who’s taking the former move is country...
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Garth Brooks’ Ghost Tunes launches fully

The new Garth Brooks album came out this week, along with his inventive $29.99 ‘all my back catalogue’ bundle, which was announced a few weeks ago. But Billboard has some good detail on the new service – Ghost Tunes...
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Beyoncé could be planning another iTunes album

Beyoncé sprang an almighty surprise on the musical world last December by releasing a new album and accompanying videos on iTunes with no build-up. She may struggle to repeat the same trick twice though: reports overnight...
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Taylor Swift heading for 1m first-week US sales

Taylor Swift’s ’1989’ is shaping up as one of the pivotal albums of 2014, amid the ongoing panic over falling download sales within the industry. Billboard has the latest dispatch from the US, where ‘1989’ is now...
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Anonymous claims it made Atlantic release the new Lupe Fiasco album

Lupe Fiasco is releasing a new album, ‘Tetsuo and Youth’. Nothing strange about that, you might think, but the story behind the album’s release on 20 January 2015 is an intriguing one, involving online...
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U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ reaches 26m iTunes downloads

Apple has been sharing some more stats on the new U2 album, which it made available as a free download – and controversially, in some cases, pushed to people’s iOS devices – last month. The album has been downloaded...
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Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent bundle reaches 1.1m downloads

The BitTorrent bundle release of Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is transparent in one metric: the number of times the bundle has been downloaded. This morning, it stands at 1.1m, which sounds like impressive...
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Ed Sheeran’s X passes 634k sales in the UK alone

Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran was talking publicly about why he sees recorded music as basically a driver for his touring, which by extension is the reason he’s happy to have his music available everywhere, to buy or...