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Spotify to cut 600 jobs after CEO admits to expanding too quickly
Music streaming service becomes latest tech firm to announce cuts after pandemic overexpansion

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

23, Jan, 2023 @3:55 PM

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Can BBC radio thrive in a new world of podcasts?
The loss of Ken Bruce, following other big-name DJs, is a blow for Radio 2. The challenge now is to stay relevant

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

22, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Enough with the year-in-review app alerts: here are the online habits I really want to track in 2023 | Michael Sun
Annual wraps remind me I’m tethered to my phone like a sad puppy. So give me a round-up from the app with the plainest of truths

Michael Sun

04, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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I’m dreaming of a bestseller: what makes Christmas songs stick?
We analyse the most popular festive songs to find that all we want for Christmas is mid-century nostalgia

Carmen Aguilar García, Michael Goodier, Lucy Swan and Pamela Duncan

20, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Is TikTok killing off the pop music bridge?
It’s a trend that’s been spotted by everyone from Sting to social media users: the bit of a song between the verse and chorus is disappearing. Are short attention times to blame, or is this simply another evolution in songwriting?

Hannah J Davies

09, Dec, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Has Spotify really wrapped up the mystery of musical taste?
As the streaming giant parcels up the data on our personal listening habits, two authors reflect on how taste is formed – and why our music choices are never entirely our own

Katie Hawthorne

05, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Things need to die for something else to come through’: Wet Leg, Nilüfer Yanya, Shabaka Hutchings and more on the year in music
Eliza Rose, Shabaka Hutchings, Sherelle, Rhian Teasdale and Nilüfer Yanya gather for our annual roundtable on the state of the music industry, discussing self-care, plagiarism allegations, post-release editing – and Kanye

Kate Hutchinson

02, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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A free Spotify alternative? How US libraries became the place to stream your new favorite band
As Spotify’s royalty model remains under scrutiny, some libraries are relying on a start-up to help give local artists the play they deserve

Alaina Demopoulos

28, Nov, 2022 @7:51 PM

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Make it pop! Do we really need the Beatles to sound new?
Classic songs are now remastered to compete with contemporary pop on streaming services. But what do we lose when Yellow Submarine is ‘de-mixed’ for generation playlist?

Eamonn Forde

02, Nov, 2022 @4:43 PM

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Megan Thee Stallion, Coldplay and Future sign petition against rap lyrics as criminal evidence in US court
Other signatories of Warner Music’s open letter, Art on Trial: Protect Black Art, include Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Post Malone

Safi Bugel

01, Nov, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Taylor Swift: Midnights becomes biggest album of 2022 after one week
Selling 204,000 copies of her 10th album in the UK, Swift trounces Arctic Monkeys in a chart battle and breaks a record previously held by Madonna

Safi Bugel

28, Oct, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The Playlist review – stick with it for the brain-breakingly weird ending
Netflix tells the origin story of Spotify, but Daniel Ek – the most powerful man in music – is no Steve Jobs. Still, it’s worth watching for the jolting discomfort you’ll feel after the finale

Stuart Heritage

13, Oct, 2022 @11:23 AM

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