Music industry

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‘The work we do isn’t algorithmic’: A&R in the era of TikTok
In the digital age, marketability is just as important as music. Artist and repertoire reps from Warner, Ministry of Sound and Partisan explain how they discover music in 2022

Eamonn Forde

29, Sep, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Fragile UK music industry calls for support amid slow recovery
Brexit, inflation and pandemic have taken toll on sector that is almost a third smaller than in 2019

Mark Sweney

22, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Warner Music arm seeks Russian deals despite business suspension
Exclusive: ADA Russia and French company Believe appear to be conducting business after pledges made after Ukraine invasion

Mark Sweney

20, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘It feels harder than ever’: independent radio stations under threat from rising bills
Gilles Peterson and other station bosses explain how the passion projects that sustained music scenes and consoled listeners over lockdown now find themselves in jeopardy from rocketing costs – with little sign of government help

Will Pritchard

16, Sep, 2022 @10:31 AM

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‘The uncertainty is the worst thing’: the energy bill crisis facing UK independent music venues
Price rises mean many of the country’s smaller venues, such as Band on the Wall in Manchester, risk redundancies and downscaled operations in the coming months

Dave Simpson

13, Sep, 2022 @2:59 PM

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Are AI-powered ‘virtual rappers’ just a strange new form of Blackface? | Akin Olla
The fictional rapper FN Meka – designed by non-Black creators, with AI-created music – seems like the latest version of a minstrel show

Akin Olla

01, Sep, 2022 @10:20 AM

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‘It gives me peace’: house legends Larry Heard and Robert Owens on winning their Trax legal battle
A successful copyright action against their former label means the celebrated producers can reclaim their back catalogue after decades of struggle

Lauren Martin

25, Aug, 2022 @3:06 PM

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Capitol Records drops ‘offensive’ AI rapper FN Meka after outcry over racial stereotyping
Label has apologised to ‘the Black community’ after signing an AI-generated rapper that used the N-word and was shown being beaten by police

Sian Cain

24, Aug, 2022 @6:14 AM

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Killing me softly: the law chipping away at Melbourne’s nightlife by stealth
It doesn’t have the profile of Sydney’s ill-fated lockout, but a long-running licence freeze is impacting Melbourne’s clubbing cachet

Sean Ruse

13, Aug, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Mo Ostin obituary
American record label chief executive who nurtured the careers of Neil Young, James Taylor and Prince

Adam Sweeting

07, Aug, 2022 @4:32 PM

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‘Common decency’: Beyoncé’s Renaissance sparks debate about the politics of music sampling
Beyoncé removed an interpolation of Kelis’s hit Milkshake from her new album and half of the UK Top 10 singles feature samples. It’s big business – but who’s benefitting?

Rhian Jones

05, Aug, 2022 @1:09 PM

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Spiralling inflation, crops left in the field and travel chaos: 10 reasons Brexit has been disastrous for Britain
As small businesses crumble, shelves get emptier and the care-worker shortage intensifies, life outside the EU is having a dire effect on many of us. Why aren’t politicians talking about it?

John Harris

03, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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