Halsey’s record label wouldn’t release a new song until it went viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?

Halsey shared a video on TikTok with tinny music in the background, the on-screen text reading: Basically I have a song that I love that I wanna release ASAP but my record label won’t let me. I’ve been in this industry for 8 years and I’ve sold over 165 million records. And my record company… Continue reading Halsey’s record label wouldn’t release a new song until it went viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?

Justin Bieber sells his back catalogue – an expert explains why artists give up rights to their music

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Justin Bieber is the latest artist in a growing list of musicians who have sold the rights to their music. This move is typically made by more seasoned artists such as Bruce Springsteen, who reportedly received US$500m (£406m) for the sale of his life’s work in 2021, or Stevie Nicks who sold a share of… Continue reading Justin Bieber sells his back catalogue – an expert explains why artists give up rights to their music

“Can’t except drum and bass, we need jungle I’m afraid” – how University Challenge went viral on the rave scene

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In an unexpected turn of events, BBC’s University Challenge has found its way into the music scene, with its new presenter Amol Rajan becoming an unwitting icon for DJs and music producers. During an episode of the quiz show, Rajan, known for his journalistic prowess, sparked a viral sensation after he made a comment about… Continue reading “Can’t except drum and bass, we need jungle I’m afraid” – how University Challenge went viral on the rave scene

Universal’s music is returning to TikTok, ending a spat that hurt fans more than anyone

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A longstanding feud between TikTok and Universal Music Group seems to have finally reached an end, with both parties signing a deal that will see Universal-backed music returned to the social media platform. Universal first removed its artists’ work from TikTok about three months ago, restricting access to tunes from household names such as Billie… Continue reading Universal’s music is returning to TikTok, ending a spat that hurt fans more than anyone

Post Malone & Morgan Wallen’s “I Had Some Help” Smashes Spotify Record For Biggest Streaming Day For A Country Song

It also broke the record for the biggest debut for an all-male collaboration of any genre, racking up 13.9 million streams in 24 hours.

Video: The Beatles’ new, restored video for ‘Let It Be’

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The Beatles have released a brand new restored video for ‘Let It Be’. The video features clips from the newly released and restored 1970 film, Let It Be, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and uses rarely-seen alternate camera angles of the Fab Four and Billy Preston as they were recording the song. The meticulous restoration was done by Park Road… Continue reading Video: The Beatles’ new, restored video for ‘Let It Be’

Billie Eilish’s take on not dropping singles ahead of album release

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Billie Eilish has revealed why she isn’t dropping any singles ahead of the release of her new album. “I don’t like singles from albums,” Billie told Rolling Stone in an interview published on Wednesday. “Every single time an artist I love puts out a single without the context of the album, I’m just already prone… Continue reading Billie Eilish’s take on not dropping singles ahead of album release

Amy Winehouse posthumously receives a BRIT Billion Award

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Amy Winehouse has posthumously received a BRIT Billion Award celebrating one Billion streams in the UK by the BPI, the representative voice for the UK’s world leading record labels and music companies. Amy’s parents, Mitch and Janis, accepted the Award following the release of ‘Back to Black’ a new biographical film based on the life… Continue reading Amy Winehouse posthumously receives a BRIT Billion Award

Apple’s iPod came out two decades ago and changed how we listen to music. Where are we headed now?

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On October 23, 2001, Apple released the iPod — a portable media player that promised to overshadow the clunky design and low storage capacity of MP3 players introduced in the mid-1990s. The iPod boasted the ability to “hold 1,000 songs in your pocket”. Its personalised listening format revolutionised the way we consume music. And with… Continue reading Apple’s iPod came out two decades ago and changed how we listen to music. Where are we headed now?

The music industry is booming and can afford to give artists a fairer business model

Shares in Universal Music Group surged after its US$40 billion (£29.5 billion) flotation on September 21, suggesting many people think the music business has a strong future. One of them, Lucian Grainge, the company’s chief executive, believes expansion will be driven partly by changing consumer habits and the exploitation of undeveloped markets in some of the world’s largest countries.… Continue reading The music industry is booming and can afford to give artists a fairer business model