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I was a teenage Napster obsessive – and illegal downloading changed my music taste for good
The P2P giant was shut down 20 years ago this week. But the omnivorous mindset it encouraged in a generation resonates in the very best of today’s genre-smashing pop

Emma Garland

30, Aug, 2022 @1:44 PM

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'You've been smoking too much!': the chaos of Tony Wilson's digital music revolution
The Factory impresario’s company Music33 sold individual songs as MP3s three years before Apple. But with a baffling interface and dial-up connections he was doomed

Dave Simpson

10, Aug, 2020 @9:45 AM

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National Album Day: celebrating nothing but a revenue opportunity
Online distribution, invented by the music industry, killed the album. But now the industry is asking us to cough up

Michael Hann

24, Jul, 2018 @7:19 AM

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Chance discoveries are music to DJ Julie Adenuga’s ears | Rebecca Nicholson
Playlists generated by algorithms are pervasive. So a personal recommendation is a thrill

Rebecca Nicholson

06, May, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Spotify trends could help us gauge the public mood – Bank of England
Chief economist says ‘taste in books, TV and radio may also offer a window on the soul’

Larry Elliott

01, May, 2018 @12:49 PM

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Britain's most popular recording artist in 2016? David Bowie
The artist, who died in January 2016 after releasing his album Blackstar, sold more music than chart-toppers Adele and Drake

Mark Sweney

18, May, 2017 @6:20 AM

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There's a great singles chart out there – it's just not the one we use as the Top 40
The Official Charts Company’s physical singles chart, based on CD and vinyl sales, paints a very different picture to the ‘real’ Top 40 – and a much more attractive one

Michael Hann

23, Mar, 2017 @11:57 AM

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Tables turned as vinyl sales overtake digital sales for first time in UK
Records sales hit £2.5m last week compared with £2.1m for digital, with surge partly attributable to Christmas gift buying

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

06, Dec, 2016 @6:12 PM

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Bigger than Waterloo: the internet's favourite Eurovision winners
More than four decades after its release, Abba’s hit is one of the most frequently downloaded of all Eurovision-winning songs. So what makes a winner a commercial hit too?

Pamela Duncan

14, May, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Music streaming doubles in US, while Adele carries torch for physical sales
US music streams rise from 164.5bn to 317.2bn over past year, but most sales of British singer’s 7.44m-selling album were in CD format

Guardian music

06, Jan, 2016 @12:55 PM

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Adele's new single breaks record for first week download sales
Hello sold 1.1m downloads within seven days of release on 23 October, and also broke records on music video site Vevo

Chris Johnston

05, Nov, 2015 @8:34 PM

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How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt review – gleeful gonzo tour of an industry’s reckoning
A brilliantly written book shows that it wasn’t file-sharing that brought the music industry to its knees, but an organised criminal conspiracy

Steven Poole

18, Jun, 2015 @5:30 AM

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