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29th Nov 2013
  • Just in time to balance out all that reporting from the front line of a healthy independent sector- It's an announcement about the BRIT Awards 2014. Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry will both play and the organisers are promising the “biggest and most exciting” awards ever.
  • Independent Venue Week will launch early next year, supported by PRS for Music and backed by the likes of Radiohead, Frank Turner, Domino and UK Music. From 28th Jan -2nd Feb next year, 19 venues will host six days of emerging acts across the UK.
  • Independent labels are now accountable for over 25% of UK album sales. Music Week reports that although overall album sales have dropped 30% since 2005, Indies such as Beggars Group labels and Domino have hit a market share high of 26.4%. So, what is the reason for this?
26th Nov 2013
  • The creators of have announced its last waltz and a focus on a new live platform despite having deals with all four major labels in place two years ago and investments of $7.5m. The streaming and online DJing service is set to shut down on December 2nd, with its founders focusing on a new platform called…Turntable Live.
  • The New York branch of the Rough Trade record shop opened this week and will not only offer an absurd amount of tasteful vinyl but also coffee, art and a dedicated performance space for 300 capacity in-store gigs. It all sounds very much in the mould of Rough Trade East which opened in London in 2007 and has proven to be a successful model, bucking the global independent record store trend year on year with increased sales. The New York store is a 5,000-square-foot converted warehouse, some three times the size of Rough Trade East.
  • PRS for Music has launched this year’s ‘Music Makeover’ 2013 competition which gives one lucky pub the chance to win £10,000 to revamp their live music facilities with equipment from music retailer GAK. There are also 10 runner up prizes of £200 GAK vouchers to be won.
  • Newcastle’s Jazz Café is set to re-open next month following the death of local legendary owner Keith Crombie last year. Newcastle Arts Centre Manager Mike Tilley, who is also the landlord of the venue on Pink Lane has announced that a refurbished Jazz Café will reopen on December 7th as a “Café Bar by day and a Bar Café at night”.
20th Nov 2013
  • The BPI has now sent a staggering 50 million takedown requests to Google as part of its ongoing battle with the search engine to remove links to pirate sites and protect copyright- with Google’s claims of “All being in it together” ringing increasingly hollow.The BPI sent its first takedown notice in June 2011 and is claiming that despite all of the dialogue and assurances from the corporate giant, search results remain primarily made up of illegal sites.
  • The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has announced a collaboration of 20 European collection societies on a pan-European license for individuals and small businesses who wish to have background music playing on their website.
  • Discerning and popular US music site Pitchfork has launched a new weekly round up of content from its site for Apple devices. Going backwards in the digital cycle by creating a digital magazine after a hugely successful website that has arguably redefined criticism for the digital age (Or insert your own suitably pompous phrase).This is a standalone app as opposed to an item in Apple’s Newsstand store, which is actually too pristine to ever recreate the effect of the literally filthy print industry.
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