Newts Delay Construction of Church of Sheeran

Musical magnolia man Ed Sheeran has been forced to pause development of a little chapel he was planning to build on his estate in Suffolk, thanks to concerns that his expansive ill-gotten grounds may contain colonies of great crested newts. Read More >>

How to Find the Best Free Movies and Music on the Web

Whoa, hold on there, person about to exchange money for movies or music — do you know how much free stuff is out there on the web, all legally released and available for anyone to listen to or watch? If you want to spend less on your entertainment budget and maybe discover some interesting new stuff at the same time, here’s where to look. Read More >>

YouTube Music Isn’t Even Close to a Spotify Killer

After trying and failing to launch a competitive music streaming service for years, Google released YouTube Music last month. You might’ve thought Google’s latest attempt to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify would’ve pushed forward with new ideas. Nope. A quick browse through the app reveals that at the moment it’s simply a lacklustre Spotify clone. Read More >>

Spotify Backtracks on Controversial ‘Hateful Conduct’ Policy

Spotify doesn’t want to police the content on its platform and the company finally admitted as much in a press release on Friday. The Swedish music service has updated its ‘Hateful Conduct’ rules by effectively walking the entire idea back. Read More >>

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The Surprising and Spectacular Joy of Accordions

Paul Ramunni had been doing people’s taxes for 40 years and he knew it wasn’t something that made them happy. So when one day, he woke up with a strong urge to play the accordion again — an instrument that had embarrassed him as a 10-year-old — he didn’t fight it. Music would probably make people happier than a tax bill. He quickly began collecting more and more of them, and with each accordion, he also collected a special story about the person it had once belonged to. Read More >>

Met Police’s Drill Music Squad Gets Hundreds of Videos Pulled From YouTube

A bunch of confused old men working at the Met Police have succeeded in getting some apparently offensive content removed from YouTube, as efforts to blame the drill music trend for London's current spate of violent crime continues. Read More >>

Record Labels Sensibly Decide to Wind Down Pointless Vevo Service

Vevo, the major label-owned music video service, is pulling back from the spotlight. On Thursday, the company announced that it will be shutting down its website and mobile apps over the next few weeks. Read More >>

Spotify Still Shows R. Kelly Merch Despite Booting Him From Playlists

Earlier this month, Spotify began implementing new policies meant to remove controversial and “hateful” artists from promoted positions throughout its platform—which notably resulted in R. Kelly getting bounced from playlists. However, the music streaming platform appears to be continuing to promote merchandise from artists in violation of its guidelines. Read More >>

Tidal Reportedly Late on Payments to Record Labels

Waves of bad news keep crashing down upon Tidal. Today Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper, reported claims from Norweign record labels that the struggling music service has stopped sending out royalty payments. Read More >>

The Vinyl Revival is Just a Few Blokes Buying Everything

People who know what number constitutes a heavyweight vinyl are behind the modern day revival in buying music on 12-inch discs, with research suggesting that a small number of hardcore enthusiasts who buy everything that comes out – even the £23.99 reissue of Garbage's Version 2.0 – and are spending around £400 a year each on keeping vinyl in the headlines and the secondhand value of decent record players high. Read More >>

Is Free Spotify Really Worth It?

Spotify just revamped its free tier, which means you get more than ever before without actually having to pay anything—(some) on-demand playlists on mobile, unlimited skips (on a few playlists), and personalised recommendations to more accurately reflect your tastes. So does it make Spotify Premium a waste of money? Read More >>

Spotify to Stop Promoting R. Kelly with New ‘Hate Content and Hateful Conduct’ Policy

Spotify apparently no longer wants to promote terrible people across its streaming platform. That’s the undercurrent of its freshly announced “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct Public Policy.” The meandering statement revealed that Spotify is establishing a number of external and internal policing methods for content. Read More >>

Report Alleges Tidal Faked Streaming Numbers for Beyoncé and Kanye West Albums

Tidal, the Jay-Z-backed streaming service that is supposed to put artists first, might have gone a bit overboard with that mantra. The Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reports that in 2016 the streaming service falsified and inflated streaming numbers for Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and Beyoncé’s Lemonade albums. The disputed numbers in question were that The Life of Pablo achieved 250 million streams in 10 days and that Lemonade tallied 306 million streams within 15 days. Read More >>

Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There’s 30 Years of Research to Back That Up

Music may soothe the savage beast. But a new study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery makes the case that it’s also plenty good at relieving surgery patients’ anxiety and pain, too. Read More >>

What Is HD Vinyl and Is It Legit?

Last week a nerdier segment of the music world was abuzz with the news that an Austrian company Rebeat had taken a $4.8 million dollar investment to help bring its “HD vinyl” records to market by mid 2019. Huh? HD vinyl? How does one make the last analogue music storage format (that people still care about) high-definition? It screamed pure marketing buzzwordship to us, but we consulted with some experts and surprise, it seems there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic. Read More >>