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The Future of Music

  The music industry has been rapidly transforming with technology as the accelerant. Ten years from now the music industry will change significantly due to the rise of streaming, the proliferation of digital distribution, the marginalization of terrestrial radio, the rise of cloud-based personalisation with…

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London Artist Development

  So what exactly is artist development? Artist development is the taking of raw, unaltered and sometimes unknown talent and moulding it into what you see on TV and hear on radio. The process can take years as almost nobody becomes an overnight success. Artists…

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Making Music: The 6 Stages of Music Production

In today’s music-making world, the only rule is there are no rules. Record whatever you want and use it as a sample. Automate effects in ways never imagined before. Mix rhythms and genres to create beats and melodies that go further and create new categories…

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of Interviewing Musicians

When you’re pushed trembling into the presence of a major international superstar with nothing but a sweat-damp notebook and a dodgy Dictaphone for protection, here’s all you need to know to emerge as your generation’s Nick Kent. Wine o’clock on a Tuesday in the office…

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Boy George signs a record deal with BMG after 22 years without a label

Boy George signs his first record deal in 22 years. The Culture Club frontman is joining the Sony BMG roster – home to the likes of Beyonce, Britney Spears and Celine Dion – and has promised fans he’s working on new music. The 56-year-old singer…

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‘We have to keep improving’: Island Records’ Alex Boateng urges new music to keep pushing forward

  As head of Island Records’ urban division, Alex Boateng (pictured above, left, with Island president Darcus Beese) holds a key position at the heart of new music in the UK. Yes, he works with Drake and The Weeknd, but Boateng retains a position at…

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Now That’s What They Call 2017: The Biz picks its favourite songs of the year

  Jane Third, UK SVP of A&R and marketing, Because Music Mura Masa Feat A$AP Rocky – LoveS$ck  “This is the song I’ve rinsed the most in the last year, the instrumental is killer, I love the lo-fi beats with the little steel drum melody, and when…

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Powerstudio: Collaborations we never expected

Who thought that Brian May and Dappy teaming up was a good idea? Collaborations can revive a failing career or bring you the musical combo you didn’t know you needed; but sometimes all it offers is the most painstakingly uncomfortable few minutes of your week….

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How to write the perfect set list

For all artists and groups, regardless of their popularity, a strong set list is the foundation to putting on a good show. Whilst it can be fun to perform without a set list (especially for bands with a pre existing following) a well designed set list…

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Twickets to launch in the US

  Face-value ticketing platform Twickets is to launch in the US this autumn. The company’s US home page has launched at www.twicketsusa.com and is inviting fans to sign up with more details to be revealed over the coming months. The US will become Twickets’ third territory, joining the…

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