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QOTSA’s ‘Villains’ tracks leak after being pressed onto the wrong album

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In a bizarre mishap, some people have been able to sample the anticipated new QOTSA album Villains a little early after several of its tracks turned up on the B-Side of the new record by Australian artist Gordi, Reservoir.

Facebook have started punishing users for those fake video play buttons

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One of the twenty or thirty worst things about Facebook is when you go to click on a video button to watch a video, because that how you’ve been trained, only to be pushed through to an article.

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Simon Napier-Bell on the future of the record biz, gay marriage and Sinead O’Connor

By Lars Brandle

Artist manager, author, entrepreneur, impresario, raconteur.

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Ten minutes of silence might top the iTunes chart this week

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Perhaps the very height of experimental art wankery is a track named 4′33″ by composer John Cage.

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Royal Blood continue their streak on the rock charts with another #1

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British duo Royal Blood have become one of the dominant forces in rock worldwide since their 2014 breakthrough, and they’re continuing to prove it on the charts, with the band racking up their second #1 track on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

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Spotify’s marketing chief discusses the streamer’s self-serve ad ambitions

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In June, Spotify confirmed it was testing a feature that would allow labels to pay to have their artists’ music featured more prominently.

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Songwriters attack RIAA over moral rights issue, BMG launches app, and more

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Here’s all the music industry news you need to know today.

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Usher starts a new relationship with Australian tech startup MSMCI

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Usher has signed on as Chief Creative Director of $10.

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Spotify has started removing white supremacist bands from its service

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Considering the violence and hate speech involving white nationalists that has erupted across America over the past few weeks (well, over the past four hundred years), many major digital services have stepped up in an effort to stamp out such hateful content from appearing on their various platforms.

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Sydney to host global night time culture forum with the Night Mayor of Amsterdam

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Sydney’s annual Electronic Music Conference has partnered with the Night Mayor of Amsterdam for three-year project Global Cities After Dark, a forum to discuss global night time culture and economy.