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  • This Week in Music Commentary

    Nov 9

      An Open Letter to Spotify About Taylor Swift and Why I'm Unsubscribing [Bill Werde] If You Schmooze, You Lose: 5 Things to Avoid at SF Music Tech It’s Time For A Streaming Pricing Reset [Mark Mulligan] Will Taylor Swift and Spotify Ever, Ever, Ever Get Back Together?

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  • Taylor Swift's Record Label Explains Why They Pulled Her Music Off Spotify

    Nov 8

    [UPDATED] Speaking for the first time since the controversy began, Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Taylor Swift's record label Big Machine says that her music was pulled from Spotify because the streamer refused to restrict her new release to its premium paid service. "We never wanted to embarrass a fan,” Borchetta told Nikki Sixx during his Sixx Sense syndicated radio show Friday. “If this fan purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, 'Why did you pay for it? It's free...

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  • Kurt Vile Joined Warpaint to Perform "Baby"

    Nov 8

    Last night, Warpaint played the Echoplex in Los Angeles. During the performance, they brought out Kurt Vile, who joined them to perform "Baby"—the track from their 2010 album The Fool. Watch below. Watch Kurt Vile perform on Pitchfork.tv's "Don't Look Down":

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  • Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y & Indie Music

    Nov 8

      Concert Pianist Evokes "Right To Be Forgotten" To Demand Google Take Down Bad Review The Vinyl Revival [Infographic] 5 Ways to Follow Up with Your CMJ Contacts Before SXSW [Kosha Dillz] 6 Ways to Reach Your Kickstarter Goal [MORE] When & Why Should You Invest in Radio Promotion? The Musician's Guide to Snapchat How to Plan Your Own Tour: Using the Internet and Your Fans Getting The Most Out of Your Facebook Marketing: Custom...

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  • Stream Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways

    Nov 8

    Front page photo by Steve Gullick Foo Fighters' new album Sonic Highways, the one they recorded at iconic studios all over the country and documented in an HBO series of the same name, is out Tuesday. The whole thing is streaming right now; listen to it via iTunes Radio. Here's their "Something From Nothing" video:

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  • REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

    Nov 8

    Taylor Swift Breaks Spotify Silence: "I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment." 10 Reasons Why Every Artist Should Be On Spotify Taylor Swift Pulls All Music Off Streaming Music Services, Spotify Responds Taylor Swift's "Shake It It Off" Was Earning $84,000 A Week Before Spotify Removal [MORE] Spotify Royalties Now Exceed iTunes Payments In More Markets SF Music Tech Names Innovative Startup Challenge Winners SoundExchange Shows 74%...

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  • MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: 4 Tips for Creating Shareable, Watchable Video Content

    Nov 8

    Hugh McIntyre | 4 Tips for Creating Shareable, Watchable Video Content Mark Knight | Promoters Promote & Musicians Invite Sari Delmar | Understanding and Getting the Most out of the Artist/Manager Relationship

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  • Sunday Is The Last Day To Submit To Showcase @SXSW Accelerator 2015

    Nov 8

    UPDATE: Deadline to submit has been extended to this Sunday 11/9. Today, or to be precise tonight at 11:59 PM, is the deadline to submit your music or tech startup, product or service to showcase at SXSW Accelerator 2015.  The event takes place on March 8-9 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival which segues into SXSW Music. It's a great place to meet venture capitalists, build brand awareness and attract media attention. Details: OVERVIEW OF THE ENTRY PROCESS Startups must apply...

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  • Nicki Minaj Shares "Only" Lyric Video Featuring Cartoon Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown

    Nov 8

    Nicki Minaj has shared a lyric video for her recent single "Only", which features Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, Billboard reports. Between the fighter jets, the infantry, the tanks, and legions of other military iconography, the animated video suggests what we've been anticipating all along: Nicki is building an army. Minaj's forthcoming album, The Pinkprint, is out December 14 via Young Money/Cash Money. Watch the lyric video below.

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  • Stream Hyperdub and Teklife's Next Life Compilation in Memory of DJ Rashad via Pitchfork Advance

    Nov 8

    Next week, Hyperdub and Chicago footwork crew Teklife will release Next Life, a compilation featuring music by footwork artists such as DJ Spinn, Traxman, DJ Earl, Gantman, RP Boo, and more. It's in memory of the late DJ Rashad, who passed away in April, and all proceeds will go to Rashad's son, Chad. From now until November 14, the compilation will be streaming through Pitchfork Advance, our online streaming platform designed to emulate the album listening experience. Listen here. Read...

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