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Streaming Music Now More Expensive For Chicagoans

If you live in Chicago and you’re paying for a subscription to any music, TV, or movie streaming service, well, now you’ll have to pay a little more for that subscription — nine percent more, to be exact. As The Chicago Tribune reports, Chicago’s Finance Department just voted on Wednesday to extend the city’s amusement… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 3, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Spotify Hater Thom Yorke Is Streaming His Albums On Apple Music

In July 2013, Thom Yorke pulled his solo album The Eraser and the Atoms For Peace album AMOK off the streaming services Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer. Discussing the decision, Yorke’s producer/collaborator Nigel Godrich said in a statement:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 30, 2015 - 6:00 pm

AC/DC Finally Coming To Streaming Services Tomorrow

AC/DC are old school. They only started selling their music on iTunes three years ago, and up until now, they had resisted the lure of Spotify. But even AC/DC can’t hold out against the rising tide of streaming forever, and according to the New York Times, anonymous sources close to the band have confirmed that… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 29, 2015 - 7:50 pm

Billy Corgan Forecasts A Bleak Future For Streaming Music

Billy Corgan went on CNBC earlier this week to talk about the state of the music business, particularly regarding Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, and more importantly, Apple’s swift response to that letter. Said Corgan: “Once artists understand the power they have in this marketplace, all heck’s going to break loose … We’re not… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Justin Vernon Isn’t A Fan Of Apple Music

The recent launch of Apple Music has garnered a divisive reaction from the music industry at large. Similar to the response when Tidal launched, many musicians are questioning whether artists will be appropriately compensated in the onset of the streaming era. Justin Vernon has joined the ranks of skeptics today, mourning the years when Apple… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 16, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Spotify Hits 75M Users, 20M Premium

As the streaming-services wars heat up, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that upstarts like Apple Music and Tidal are going to have a hell of a time catching up with Spotify’s numbers. As The Guardian reports, Spotify chose the immediate aftermath of Apple Music’s flashy launch to announce that Spotify now has 75 million users, 20… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2015 - 9:35 am

Spotify Expands Into Video, News, Fitness, Playlist Curation

The website for Spotify’s new services leads off with a poem: “We’ve put together the music and shows to make your day. From the first coffee to the last dance, there’s always something great to play.” You might have noticed that it promises not just music but “shows.” Yes, as rumored, Spotify is getting into… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Leaked Spotify Contract Reveals Sony’s Streaming Rates, Advances

Ever since streaming music services gained a significant foothold in the market, there has been so much hand-wringing about them in the music industry — how much they pay artists, whether or not they decrease the value of music, if the services themselves will ever become profitable, and lots of other similarly business-minded questions. One… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 19, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Thanks To Spotify, Starbucks Baristas Will Now DJ For You Instead Of Talking About Racism

One of the most tone-deaf business decisions of the past year was Starbucks’ attempt to start a conversation about race relations in America while making your morning coffee. But their just-announced partnership with Spotify sounds much more logical, and probably a step in the right direction. Even though they’re getting out of the the CDMore »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Very Candid Pete Townshend Talks Dylan, Springsteen, Zeppelin, Spotify, And Why He Doesn’t Enjoy Performing

This spring, Pete Townshend and the Who embarked on an extensive 50th anniversary tour, which has been billed as their last major outing. Townshend will turn 70 on 5/19, and one can assume that playing a show every other night gets old after awhile. In a remarkably candid interview with Rolling Stone, Townshend speculates about… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 7, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Spotify Reportedly Expanding Into Video

The appeal of Spotify is pretty easy to figure out: Almost any song you might want to hear, on immediate demand, and without ads if you’re willing to pony up ten bucks a month. Spotify is not YouTube, and it’s hard to imagine any situation in which someone might want it to be YouTube. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Department Of Justice, FTC Investigating Apple For Pressuring Labels To End Free Streaming

Apple is currently in the process of getting all their ducks in a row to launch a new music streaming service — expected to be announced in June at WWDC — but it looks like they may be engaging in some unethical business practices to get there. As The Verge reports, the Department Of Justice… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2015 - 6:06 pm

Spotify Has Compiled The Ultimate 4/20 Playlist

In honor of today’s… err… holiday, Spotify has compiled a list of all of the songs most frequently included on 4/20-themed playlists, along with a few other fun facts. According to Spotify, 75 percent of the 40,000+ 4/20 playlists on the site were created by men, and unsurprisingly, the most-streamed 4/20 track is Cypress Hill’… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 20, 2015 - 11:48 am

Spotify Says Ed Sheeran Puts More People To Sleep Than Any Other Artist

As someone who spent an embarrassing amount of time watching old Ed Sheeran videos with a friend the other night, this headline kind of confounded me. I stayed up worrying about the wayward girl in Sheeran’s video for “The A-Team,” unable to sleep wondering how many pre-pubescent individuals swore off eyeliner for life (among other… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 13, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Jay Z Pulls Reasonable Doubt Off Spotify

Reasonable Doubt, Jay Z’s all-time classic debut album, has been removed from Spotify. Jay’s camp hasn’t provided official word as to why the record was removed, but given that it disappeared from Spotify just a week after Jay and his famous friends relaunched Tidal, it seems like he might be trying to force his fa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 6, 2015 - 10:54 am

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Sets Spotify’s Global One-Day Streaming Record

Late Sunday night, a week ahead of its intended 3/23 release date, Kendrick Lamar released his ambitious avant-jazz-rap statement To Pimp A Butterfly on iTunes and Spotify, exploding the internet, your productivity, and quite possibly your consciousness. According to The Wall Street Journal, another casualty of this surprise release was Spotify’s record for most stream… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 17, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Björk Weighs In On Spotify Debate

The great Spotify debate rages on, and the latest artist to weigh in is Icelandic fairy queen Björk, who addressed the streaming service in an interview with Fast Company. Björk’s agonizing new album Vulnicura was born from her grief at the dissolution of her longterm romantic partnership with Matthew Barney, so when it leaked aMore »

By: Caitlin White / February 27, 2015 - 10:39 am

Q&A: Noel Gallagher On Kanye, Beck, Beyoncé, Moz, Jack White, Black Keys, & More

Back when I was first becoming an obsessive music fan, Oasis were big for me. I loved everything: the classic albums, of course, but also the mid-period stuff most people dismiss. As I got older, those last two very underrated albums were special to me, too. I sought out all sorts of Oasis minutiae, from… More »

By: Ryan Leas / February 23, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Q&A: Wes Borland Tells Us Whether He Really Hates Being In Limp Bizkit, And Why Fleet Foxes Are Bad For Music

Yesterday, I wrote a post about Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. Bizkit are about to headline the ShipRocked cruise, along with a whole mess of other nü-metal bands, and Borland seemed to be dreading the prospect. In an Instagram post, he said as much: “Whenever we aren’t on stage, I’ll be curled up fetal positio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Wayne Coyne Reviews 2014: The Flaming Lips Leader On U2, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, And What’s Next With Miley Cyrus

Wayne Coyne has never been shy about his opinions. Known in recent years for giving freewheeling, often hilarious interviews, he’s also made some comments that have understandably pissed people off — particularly this past spring, when there were a whole bunch of headlines about the Flaming Lips’ falling out with drummer Kliph Scurlock and the… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 4, 2014 - 2:12 pm
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