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  • Parquet Courts, Speedy Ortiz, White Fence to Release Benefit Singles

    Jul 16

    Famous Class' LAMC series offers split 7" records where they ask an artist to provide an unreleased track and curate which band will appear on the B-side. All digital proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music. Today, they've announced the next three installments in the series, which will feature new tracks from Parquet Courts, Speedy Ortiz, and White Fence. The White Fence split is out on September 2. It features the track "Nero (Has a Lot to Think About)" and is...

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  • Short Documentary Celebrates 25 Years Of Merge Records [Watch, Free Downloads]

    Jul 16

    Founded by Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance in 1989, North Carolina's Merge Records quickly grew to become one of America's essential indie labels. From supporting their fertile local indie rock scene to launching international stars, for 25 years Merge has carved out uncompromising success by staying true to its independent roots. Google Play celebrates 25 years of Merge Records with this exclusive documentary and series of covers of Merge classics by Merge acts including...

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  • David Bowie Says New Music Coming "Soon"

    Jul 16

    Photo by Jimmy King Last Saturday, a charity event celebrating David Bowie's music was held in London. Bowie himself sent a few signed items to be auctioned off, along with a message hinting at the forthcoming release of new music, as Bowie fansite David Bowie News reports (via Gigwise): This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya....

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  • TuneCore Paid $33.2 Million Last Quarter To 1 Million Registered Artists

    Jul 16

    TuneCore today announced digital distribution payments to musicians in Q2 2014 exceeded $33.2 million. That's down slightly from the $34 million paid in Q1 2014, but an 18.4% increase over Q2 2013. The quarter also saw Tunecore hitting 1 million registered artist account holders. It's an impressive milestone that also underscores the number of artists creating for minimal financial reward. On average, registered artists received just $3.30 from TuneCore last quarter. Since its inception in...

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  • "Weird Al" Parodies Lorde's "Royals" in "Foil" Video

    Jul 16

    This week, "Weird Al" Yankovic will release his latest albun, Mandatory Fun. Yesterday, he shared the video for a Robin Thicke parody called "Word Crimes", which transformed "Blurred Lines" into a screed against bad grammar. The day before, he released "Tacky", which recast Pharrell's "Happy" (and its 24-hour-dancing video) as an indictment of unappealing modern behaviors. Today, he mocks Lorde with "Foil", a parody of "Royals". You might think it's only about leftover food... but there's a...

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  • 16-Point Band Website Assessment Checklist

    Jul 16

    Having a website is a must in today's music industry. If you're slacking in that department, you might want to consider tightening the reins. Are your photos sharp and recently updated? A picture can be worth a thousand words or it can be the reason that potential listener dismisses your band based on look and feel. A fair assessment? No. Reality? Yes. Your website is a representation of your band, so if you feel like you're lacking we suggest you review this checklist.  We know you have a...

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  • Blonde Redhead Announce North American Tour, Share New Song "Dripping"

    Jul 16

    Photo by Marlene Marino Blonde Redhead have announced a North American tour in support of the forthcoming Barragán LP, which is out September 2. Check out the full schedule below. It continues an extensive international schedule that begins in September. They've also shared the new song "Dripping", which you can listen to below, via Noisey. It follows "No More Honey".  Blonde Redhead: 07-18 Catania, Italy - Zanne Festival 07-20 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival 07-27 Denver, CO - Underground...

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  • Local Comedy, Hard Rock, Metal, Punk acts needed for 8/10 at Brighton Bar (Long Branch, NJ): http://...

    Jul 16

    Local Comedy, Hard Rock, Metal, Punk acts needed for 8/10 at Brighton Bar (Long Branch, NJ): http://ow.ly/zdFRj #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • AM NEWS BRIEF: 700 Indies Launch Fairness Campaign, Deezer Changes Plans, La-La, Google Play & More

    Jul 16

    WEDNESDAY 7.16.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web   CLICK HERE  Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • Sirus XM Adds $2B To Stock Repurchase Plan

    Jul 16

    Sirius XM has added an additional $2 billion to its stock repurchase program. SiriusXM's Board of Directors approved a $2 billion stock repurchase in December 2012 and supplemented that with an additional $2 billion in October 2013. The satellite radio provided will fund the $6 billion in repurchases through cash on hand, future cash flow from operations and future borrowings. "The announcement of the extension of the repurchase program reflects the Board's desire to continue to return value...

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