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  • Apple Music Directs Independent Artists To CD Baby

    Jun 30

    While checking out Apple Music after it launched this morning, I noticed a link targeting undistributed independent artists that points straight to CD Baby. While another link below it leads to a full list of approved providers, Apple, which seems to be making a real effort to support indie music, chose to highlight CD Baby as an onramp.  Why would Apple highlight CD Baby? Apple certainly doesn’t want to take phone calls and field questions from hundreds of thousands of independent artists,...

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  • Apple Music has launched: how to download it!

    Jun 30

    The 3-month free trial of Apple Music is now available Apple’s new music streaming service is here, but in order to start listening, you need iOS 8.4 on your device or the latest version of iTunes on your computer. To download iOS 8.4, or to access Apple Music through iTunes, read the instructions below from […] The post Apple Music has launched: how to download it! appeared first on DIY Musician Blog.

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  • Miguel Surprise Serenades a Woman in a Coffee Shop for "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

    Jun 30

    Miguel's got a new album out this week called Wildheart. During his spot as musical guest on last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live", he sang "Coffee" alongside a backing band dressed all in white. Before that, however, he stopped off at a coffee shop in Los Angeles to serenade an unsuspecting customer with the Wildheart track. Watch below. Also, this morning, he did the same song on "Good Morning America". Watch that below as well. Watch Miguel play "Adorn" at a Warm Up event at MoMA PS1:

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  • Blues, Funk, Rock, Roots Music, Soul acts needed for 8/8 at Driftwood Char Bar in #Minneapolis MN: http...

    Jun 30

    Blues, Funk, Rock, Roots Music, Soul acts needed for 8/8 at Driftwood Char Bar in #Minneapolis MN: http://ow.ly/OZzOt #gigging #DIY #gig

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  • Acts needed for 7/15 & 7/16 at Pat's in the Flats in #Cleveland OH: http://ow.ly/OZzOt #gigging #DIY...

    Jun 30

    Acts needed for 7/15 & 7/16 at Pat's in the Flats in #Cleveland OH: http://ow.ly/OZzOt #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Four Tet and Steve Reid's "Strings of Life" Cover to Be Released

    Jun 30

    Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, collaborated multiple times with the late jazz drummer Steve Reid. They released albums such as 2007's Tongues, 2008's NYC and 2011's Live At the South Bank. They also recorded a version of Derrick May's "Strings of Life" before Reid passed away in 2010. The song was played on a Gilles Peterson podcast celebrating Reid's life, but was never officially released. Today, Hebden announced on Twitter that it'll soon receive a formal release, as FACT points out. Kieran...

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  • The New Creative Class: Will They Disrupt Music Production?

    Jun 30

    The starving artist is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with new digital tools arriving daily and empower artists, we are seeing a birth of a new creative class: The artist entrepreneur. These producers are ditching their previous gigs for a more lucrative day job; one that balances equal parts business-know-how with artistic talent.                                                                                                             Guest Post by Rory Seydel on...

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  • Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio Is Live

    Jun 30

    Apple's Beats 1 live online radio station is on the air with Zane Lowe behind the mic.  Listen via the Apple Music app and tell us what you think.  Still need to download iOS9 and Apple Music? You'll find instructions here.   Related articles Apple Promotes Beats 1 Radio With Massive Time Square Billboard, Announces First Interview Apple Music's Beats1 Radio Goes Live At 9AM PT On June 30th How To Claim Your Apple Music Connect Profile Now Apple Music, iOS 8.4 To Launch 8AM PT...

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  • SiriusXM Finally Wins A Case Over Pre-1972 Music... And Promptly Settles With Sony For $201 Million

    Jun 30

    SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million.  It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context. __________________________ By Mike Masnick from techdirt.  We've written plenty about the mess around pre-1972 sound recordings and online streaming services. Technically, federal copyright law does not apply to sound recordings from...

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  • Dave Grohl Says He's "Terrified" to Watch Kurt Cobain Doc Montage of Heck

    Jun 30

    Dave Grohl hasn't watched Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary about his former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain. In an interview with the Washington Post, he said he was "terrified" when he caught a part of it on television (via Consequence of Sound). "All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out," Grohl said. He only ended up watching about 10 minutes before shutting it off, the Post reports. Grohl does...

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