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After a footballer’s arrest, questions of culture in music too

Yesterday, a rather disturbing video emerged on social media. The roughly one minute long clip contained a picture of a woman who appeared to have been assaulted, and included audio of what I will simply term a disturbing conversation between a man and a woman. The video has since been removed by the account which uploaded it. A man - who is understood to be the 20-year old Manchester United…

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How long until one MILLION can live off Spotify money? Er, prepare for a shock…

Nearly four years ago now, Daniel Ek had more idealist ambitions than he does today. Whereas the Spotify boss nowadays seems to care more about investing his money in defence tech startups and trying to buy football clubs, there was a time when he did appear to have some interesting ideas for his streaming site. In March 2018, Ek gave a speech where he confirmed he wanted Spotify to pay…

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FAC51 The Haçienda have an exclusive at their Good Friday party in London – and they don’t even know it!

The myth of the Belleville Three had a good life, but now it’s time for the final nail in its coffin to be well and truly hammered down. With Derrick May now having effectively been disgraced, it has brought about the revelation in Detroit that they will now never see the three men who perform under this fictional name together again. Nearly a fortnight ago, I published a not terribly…

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Reasons to cancel your Spotify subscription? This blog can cite just a few – and a stupid controversy over $100million shock jock Joe Rogan is not one of them…

This blog makes no pretence of objectivity. I have opinions and I use this blog to express them. I don’t run a news wire service - anyone who comes onto the blog and encounters a story they weren’t aware of will know my opinion will be inside it somewhere. And one company I absolutely do not claim to be objective on is Spotify. Quite simply, I loathe the company. I…

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You’re just trolling us now, Mike! Nervous post THAT photo on Facebook from his Tulum trip with the two label models – and the reaction is just as savage as expected…

For a while there, I was beginning to come to the conclusion that having a go at Nervous Records and their boss Michael Weiss is a little bit like spanking a man in a gimp suit. You’re ultimately using your own time and energy to carry out the act and you suspect that the gimp secretly likes the punishment being doled out. Such was the near total indifference to the…

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Fresh from success over the campaign to get a garage category on Traxsource, Danny J Lewis has started a new crusade – to get legendary producer Joey Musaphia back in the studio…

Dance music producers from the 80s and 90s come in three different varieties. You have your Danny J Lewis types who produced music many years ago and still do to this day - they occasionally mention their archive, but are typically more about the here and now. You have your Carl Craig types who produced good music in the 90s and now milk the archive due to not being as…

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Is there any bandwagon the dance music world won’t latch onto these days? Now Fabric are the latest to announce a classical event – but this might not be the shameless cash-in it first seems…

The relationship between dance music and classical has never been an easy one. Many in the classical world look down on dance music, mostly due to the fact it's mostly made with machines and samples rather than "real" instruments. Hence why the two worlds didn't mix much for a long time. But things are changing. In an age where it's harder than ever to get listeners, crossing genres up is…

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The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell you. I have never listened to a single podcast from Joe Rogan. Running this blog alongside everything else I do…

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Another one who can’t see the wood for the trees! Now Blur singer Damon Albarn is attacking co-writers – but mysteriously fails to mention he didn’t write a single song on Gorillaz latest album by himself…

One controversy in the showbiz world this week appears to be over songwriting. Is it perhaps the scandalous revelation that Universal boss Lucian Grainge was paid more last year than every songwriter in Britain combined? Or maybe the press got wind of Spotify trying to reduce their payments? Not exactly. No, a singer called Damon Albarn - you might know him from Gorillaz, or 90s band Blur - recently claimed…

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