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22nd Jan 2014
  • Not wanting to have the streaming spotlight stolen by a swaggering Beats Music as it goes live in the US, Spotify has lifted all restrictions on its ad-supported service on all platforms. As revealed in this blog post, the company revealed that it just couldn’t bear the Beats coverage accompanied by pictures of a grinning, permatanned Jimmy Iovine any longer.
  • The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that Thomas Golubic, music supervisor on TV shows such as Breaking Bad, The Killing and The Walking Dead will deliver a keynote at their sync licensing master class next month. Taking place at Proud Camden in London 24th February from 5.30-10pm, the annual event will feature prominent speakers from TV, film, advertising and games.
  • New figures from the Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) reveal that the creative industries are now worth an astonishing £71.4 billion to the UK economy annually. In addition, jobs in the sector grew by 8.6% across 2011 and 2012, dramatically higher than the rate for the UK Economy as a whole at 0.7%.
16th Jan 2014
  • Not to have its thunder stolen by a bunch of lukewarm BRITS announcements, NME has also announced the nominations for its 2014 awards, with Arctic Monkeys leading the way. The Sheffield band, who released fifth album AM last year have been nominated in eight categories including British band, best live band and best album.
  • Liverpool Sound City has announced Thurston Moore (pictured) and John Cale as keynote speakers at this year’s conference. The former Sonic Youth main man and ex-Velvet Underground member Cale will discuss their careers to date including influences and relationships with other artists alongside revealing what the future holds, followed by Q & A sessions.
  • The Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2013 has announced its shortlist, including My Bloody Valentine (pictured), Little Green Cars and Villagers. The award is presented in association with the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association, with the winner revealed at a live event in Dublin on February 27th.
14th Jan 2014
  • After threatening to “blow Spotify out of the water” last week, Beats Music has confirmed that it will launch in the US on 21st January ahead of the Grammys on the 26th. Unlike other streaming services there is no ongoing free tier- users get a 30-day free trial and are then charged $9.99 per month to access over 20 million licensed tracks from major and independent label catalogues.
13th Jan 2014
  • BRITS Critic’s Choice Sam Smithhas now also been named as the winner of the BBC Sound Of 2014. Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha and George Ezra made up the rest of the top five, with staggered announcements from the Beeb going out last week- a build up of suspense that was rendered pointless when Lilly Allen tweeted the news of the winner a day early.
  • UK Music has announced the launch of a video game that will enable players to take on the role of a music manager. ‘Music Inc’ will be available as an app on iOS and Android from February and is a collaboration between the umbrella trade organisation UK Music and the Intellectual Property Office.
  • Another year, another tragic tale of troubled HMV. Hilco, who have owned the retail chain since last year have announced that they will shut down a further eight stores across the UK this month- including two in Edinburgh, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington, Newport and its former flagship tech store in Islington, North London.
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