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  • The digital music store connected to Neil Young’s pricey and strange looking ‘high end’ Pono Player has launched- the bad news is that you’ll need more than a heart of gold to shop there! To complement the $399 (approx. £264) price tag of the Pono Player device, the PonoMusic World Store went live this week, with album prices ranging from $17.99 (just under £12) (for Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA) to over $27 (just under £18).
  • The Official Charts Company has revealed that for the first time ever, British artists claimed the entirety of the Top Ten selling albums in the UK last year. To the surprise of precisely no-one, the biggest selling album of the year was Ed Sheeran’s second album ‘x’, which has sold 1.7m (1,689,124) copies in the UK since its release in June last year and spent 14 weeks at the top of the album chart.
  • As download sales peak and streaming rises, it wouldn’t be a New Year without a glance back at 2014’s biggest industry stats- so hold on tight for a predictable parade of Spotify, Sheeran and Swift. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) reported that last year, the UK download sector dropped by 14.9% to £338.1 million, whilst streaming revenues increased by 65.1%, contributing £106m to the industry.
  • Not ones to take a near miss BBC bashing lying down, the organisers of next year’s BRIT Awards have announced that Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith will all perform at next year’s awards ceremony. Taking place on Wednesday, February 25th at The O2, the BRITS will also be exclusively broadcast on ITV.
  • 12th Mar 2014

    Spotify Flies the Nest

    In this week’s streaming wars update and hot on the heels of Beats snapping up Topspin, Spotify has announced that it has purchased “music intelligence company” The Echo Nest. The Echo Nest is essentially an algorithm-based music recommendation engine that already powers Spotify Radio.
  • Approximately five minutes after the first ever The Fly Awards, MAMA has abruptly announced that the free monthly magazine is to close after 15 years in business as a result of “current market conditions”.
  • Ministry of Sound and Spotify have reportedly reached an amicable agreement following a High Court dust-up over user-generated playlists. Ministry issued legal proceedings after claiming that various playlist were identical in branding and content to their own compilation albums and therefore in breach of copyright.
  • Birmingham band act JAWS has been announced as the winner of the first Momentum Deezer Award of £2,500. As previously announced, the award is a bonus addition to PRSF’s Momentum Music Fund, which is supported by National Lottery money through Arts Council England (ACE).
  • The Music Export Growth Scheme launched by UK Trade & Investment and The BPI last year has announced artists that will benefit from its first round of funding, including Drenge and Beth Jeans Houghton (pictured). 14 artists (not to be confused with Booking Agency 13 Artists) signed to small to medium sized UK labels will receive a grant to promote their music overseas.
  • 25th Feb 2014

    BRITS: Hitting Home?

    The annual music industry awards ceremony that everyone loves to hate returned to London last week- but that’s enough said about the BBC Folk Awards -This article, in no way sponsored by Barclaycard and or subject to its #PricelessSurprises enforced tweets, will instead focus on the BRITS- the winners, the live streaming, the California dreaming and Bowie’s
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