With Spotify IPO, Labels Expect Massive Windfall. But Will Artists Benefit?
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After some 20 years of failing in the digital era, the world’s biggest record labels are finally poised to get richer, thanks to Spotify’s plan to go public. The music-streaming giant, which has 159 million monthly listeners and 73 million paid subscribers, filed for a modified initial public offering Wednesday, known as a direct public listing. If it hits its $23 billion valuation, labels could make billions of dollars — particularly Sony, home of Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen, which stands...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018
Jack White Packs New Song ‘Over and Over and Over’ With Surprise Flourishes
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Jack White unleashed a ferocious new song, “Over and Over and Over,” from his upcoming album, Boarding House Reach, out March 23rd. The track is centered around a thundering drum beat and a characteristically blown-out lead guitar riff from White that spins out in unexpected ways throughout the track. “Over and Over and Over” is packed with other surprise flourishes, like a sudden bongo break towards the end and a haunting chorus of voices that leaps out to finish White’s...

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David Bowie’s Secret Life: Inside the Stunning ‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibit in Brooklyn
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Five years after it began in London, the historic “David Bowie Is” exhibit makes its last stop at the Brooklyn Museum, where it runs from March 2nd to June 15th. It’s a stunning tour of Bowie‘s world – whatever your level of Bowie fascination, it’s impossible to walk more than a few inches without being dazzled. It has previously unseen relics from all over his 50-year career, from his collection of designer shoes to his Seventies coke spoon, labeled bluntly,...

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Iceage Recruit Sky Ferreira for ‘Pain Killer,’ Detail New Album ‘Beyondless’
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Iceage recruited Sky Ferreira for a guest spot on “Pain Killer,” the lead single from the post-punk band’s upcoming fourth LP, Beyondless, out May 4th via Matador Records. The track opens with a rush of horns and searing guitars, and from there, the brash, breathless rocker does not let up. Over this scorching mix, singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt unleashes his resonant Danish drawl, which pairs perfectly with Ferreira’s tranquil croon. “Pain Killer” is the Copenhagen quartet’s second sample of...

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See ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Star Lola Kirke Explore Japan in New Music Video
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Actress-turned-singer Lola Kirke goes out for a night on the town in Japan alone in the video for her new song “Monster,” which will appear on her upcoming debut album. In the clip, the Mozart in the Jungle star gets out of bed, takes a walk, chugs a bottle of “fish juice” with the requisite heaving that follows, gobbles some sushi, goes to the aquarium and stands still as blood drips down her body – all leading up to a...

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Watch Miguel Talk Frustration, Celebration of ‘Sky Walker’ Creative Process
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Miguel details how festival energy, a warbled bassline and rapper Travis Scott’s lyrical punchlines fueled the development of his playful song “Sky Walker” in the latest installment of Rolling Stone‘s behind-the-scenes video series, Levels. The R&B singer opens by explaining how youthful “frustration” led him to a hands-on approach to beat-making and production. “Writing songs for myself, I was frustrated with waiting on other people to show up or … to actually engineer and record me,”...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018
Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
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There are hit albums, and then there’s Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd‘s eternally popular song cycle has sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. since its release on March 1st, 1973, and more than 45 million units worldwide. A true colossus of classic rock, the album made its creators – bassist/vocalist Roger Waters, guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour, keyboardist/vocalist Rick Write and drummer Nick Mason – incredibly wealthy, and ultimately spent a mind-boggling 937 weeks on the Billboard...

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Ry Cooder Previews New LP ‘The Prodigal Son’ With ‘Shrinking Man’ Song
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Ry Cooder detailed his new album The Prodigal Son, his first LP in six years. It features a mix of Cooder originals and interpretations of songs by Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, the Stanley Brothers and other traditional recordings. According to Cooder, the album’s 11 tracks, set for release May 11th, offer “a deft commentary on our ailing moral state.” “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all...

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