Lars Brandle

All posts by Lars Brandle

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Amazon shuts U.K. ticketing venture

Amazon is closing its short-lived UK ticketing venture. After shelving its plans for a rollout in North America, Amazon Tickets is now winding-up its ticketing...

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The great Spotify swindle: how a Bulgarian playlister gamed the system

Music Business Worldwide has blown the lid on an ingenious Spotify swindle that may have scraped out a seven-figure sum in royalties without breaking any...

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Facebook’s smart speakers are coming soon

Facebook is about to launch its own range of smart speakers, according to multiple reports. The social media giant is said to be is working...

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Perth band The Faim have everything it takes to become Australia’s next global hit

With talent, looks, ambition and connections, an artist can go a long way. That special brew has taken The Faim to Los Angeles and, perhaps,...

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Amrap v CBAA fallout: Music biz professionals demand answers

Music industry professionals are calling for a full investigation into the messy situation surrounding Amrap and a slew of unresolved accusations levelled against the CBAA....

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Bandcamp paid out US$70 million to artists in 2017

Bandcamp, the online music marketplace for indie artists and labels, posted double digit growth across all parts of its business last year and paid out...

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Google is enforcing its new rules for ticket reselling on AdWords

Google is following through with its pledge to stop dodgy ticket reselling on its massive online advertising platform, AdWords. After years of complaints from trade...

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EXCLUSIVE: CBAA sacks Amrap staff following rift over restructure

The CBAA has sacked the six staff of Amrap, including its manager Chris Johnson, after the team went “rogue” and accused its parent of advancing...

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The Power of Love is coming to a stage near you: a Huey Lewis musical is in the works

Huey Lewis got his new drug; the American singer is working on a stage musical based on his hits. The original musical, Heart of Rock...

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Female power players demand change as Grammy Chief ditches speaking appearance

Grammy chief Neil Portnow has cancelled his speaking engagement at a live music conference in Los Angeles after his poorly judged comment that female artists...

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The Amity Affliction drummer Ryan Burt leaves band to work on mental health

The Amity Affliction’s drummer Ryan Burt has stepped away from the chart-topping metalcore band to deal with ongoing mental health issues. Burt, who joined the...

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The European Commission wants a closer look at Apple’s purchase of Shazam

Apple’s planned US$400 million acquisition of music discovery app Shazam has hit a snag with European regulators. The tech giant will need to formally ask...

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The City of Sydney is assembling a nightlife advisory panel

Love the nightlife? Do you work well in teams? Are you smart as a whip, willing to fight for your cause and do you carry...

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NZ hip-hop identities jailed for rape

CONTENT WARNING: The following contains graphic and violent descriptions of sexual violence. If you feel distressed by this story, or if you or someone you know...

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Kylie, 5SOS, Gotye & More: The ‘definitive’ list of Aussie #1s in the UK

OK, for a famous pub quiz win, who was the first Australian act to have a No. 1 single in the U.K.? Think hard. If...

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The end of the bots? Aus Government proposes reforms to secondary ticketing

Ticket scalpers beware: the federal government is considering an outright ban on bots or a crackdown on reselling tickets for “major events.” After years of...

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Songwriters will earn more from streaming after U.S. Congress decision

Songwriters in the U.S. should see a lift in their measly royalty cheques after the National Music Publishers’ Association claimed victory in its push for...

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Sheppard might not be cool, but they’re writing themselves a whole new line of descriptors

Cool, hip, rad, ruling;  Sheppard is, frankly, none of these. And they’re not losing any sleep over it. The six-piece indie band from Brisbane is...

YouTube consolidates music mess with Official Artist Channels

YouTube last year rolled out Official Artist Channels to help make it easier for folks to keep tabs on their fave artists by collating official...

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New analytics dashboard ‘Apple Music For Artists’ lets musos drill deep on data

Apple is testing the axiom that it’s better late than never. The tech giant is rolling out “Apple Music for Artists,” an analytics dashboard that’ll...