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  • $2.75 Million Later, Music Discovery Platform Exfm To Shut Down

    Dec 23

    After four years and $2.75 million in investments, social music discovery platform Exfm is shutting down.  As with many other failed music startups, Exfm's founders blame the music industry. "The technical challenges are compounded by the litigious nature of the music industry," the NYC based startup said in a statement, "which means every time we have any meaningful growth, it’s coupled with the immediate attention of the record labels in the form of takedowns and legal emails." I's also a...

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  • MONDAY NEWS BRIEF: Beyonce On Surprise Album, $3.75M Loss @7Digital, Pussy Riot Released & More

    Dec 23

    MONDAY 12.23.2013 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web   CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab

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  • Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina Freed From Prison

    Dec 23

    Pussy Riot is free. After serving almost the entirety of their two-year sentence at remote prison camps, the two jailed members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have been let go under a new amnesty law in Russia. Their sentence was meant to run through February. In an interview with The New York Times, Alyokhina said, "I think this is an attempt to improve the image of the current government, a little, before the Sochi Olympics—particularly for the Western Europeans. But I don’t...

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  • 10 Bad Music Habits to Break in the New Year – PART 2

    Dec 23

    Click for Part 1 6. Self-Deprecation Looky here! No one’ s pays money to go to your show and witness you beating yourself up from the stage. Stop tearing yourself down. Stop pointing out your mistakes and apologizing over and over again. Most people didn’t even notice it. And if they did, well then pointing [...]

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  • R.I.P. Producer David Richards

    Dec 22

    David Richards, a producer who worked with David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, and others, has died, NME reports.  Included in Richards' lengthy discography are co-production credits on Bowie's Never Let Me Down, The Buddha of Suburbia, and Outside. He also worked on Queen's last four albums—A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo, and Made in Heaven—as well as Iggy's Blah Blah Blah. Queen's website featured a tribute to Richards today: "He will be remembered by many as a good friend. He was funny...

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  • Check Out Alternate Album Covers for Bon Iver, Foxygen, Phosphorescent, More

    Dec 22

    Designer Daniel Murphy is behind the design and artwork for numerous releases from Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans, and Jagjaguwar. Over on Instagram, he's shared several unused, alternate covers for albums by Bon Iver, Foxygen, Phosphorescent, Night Beds, Bleached, Gauntlet Hair, and others. Check out a few below, and find more here.

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  • Lauryn Hill Reschedules Shows, Adds Dates

    Dec 22

    Photo by Will Deitz Lauryn Hill has rescheduled three of her upcoming shows and has announced a few more dates for early 2014. Check out her itinerary below, plus footage of her performing the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill track "Ex-Factor" live in New York. Lauryn Hill: 01-26 Huntington, NY - The Paramount 01-31 Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre 02-07 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre 02-11 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore 02-13 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle 02-15 Miami, FL - 9 Mile Music...

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  • The Week In Music Commentary

    Dec 22

    BandPage CEO J Sider On The State Of The New Music Industry #Fangagement: Artists Crowdsourcing Opinion - Emily White Is The RIAA Planning Another Attack On Musicians' Rights?  

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  • Watch Justin Timberlake Perform, Appear in Sketches on "Saturday Night Live"

    Dec 22

    Last night, "Saturday Night Live" closed 2013 with an episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon and featuring musical guest Justin Timberlake. But Timberlake might as well have been the co-host, as he appeared in almost every sketch. To open the show, Timberlake did his recurring singing/rapping mascot bit, this time dressed up as a roll of gift wrap, accompanied by Fallon. They parodied Michael Jackson, Gotye, Run-D.M.C., Macklemore, and more: Timberlake and Fallon also did their infamous "Barry Gibb...

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  • Drake to Host and Perform on "Saturday Night Live"

    Dec 21

    Photo by Erez Avissar During tonight's episode of "Saturday Night Live", hosted by Jimmy Fallon and featuring musical guest Justin Timberlake, it was revealed that on the January 18 episode of the show, both of those slots will be filled by none other than Drake. As we all know, Drake has significant acting experience. For a taste of Drake doing comedy, here's the "HYFR" video:

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