Data from what we download and listen to can now be mined to create and promote future songs.
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Does musical taste even matter anymore? Or does a data-driven feedback loop – where what you enjoy in the past shapes what you hear today – influence what you'll like in the future?
Melbourne’s Flinders Street station is transformed into a stage for the 2013 White Night.
Melbourne may be the self-proclaimed music capital of Australia, but industry data suggests Sydney may have the upper hand. Meanwhile the UN recognises Adelaide as the country's only city of music.
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We need to look beyond the music industry to understand the rise of the comeback.
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
By offering single platforms exclusive rights for their new albums, some musicians are streaming against the tide.
The R&B superstar is demonstrating just how far the use of mystery goes in today’s cluttered music market.
Bitcoin, blockchain and automatic royalty payments could transform how musicians earn.
Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl.
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Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.
Prince makes a surprise appearance during ‘American Idol’‘s 2006 finale.
By confronting powerful record companies and streaming services, Prince paved the way for other musicians to demand artistic freedom and their fair share of profits.
Prince revealed the fault-lines in commercial music making – and he didn’t hesitate to prise them open.
A detailed look at one of the musician's most celebrated performances gives a glimpse of the dedication which allowed talent to flourish.
Will the real Kylie please stand up?
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An expert in copyright law explains who is better placed to win the trademark battle over the name "Kylie" – popstar Minogue or reality TV star Jenner.
Musician, actor, icon and entrepreneur – David Bowie's life was a masterclass in culture and business.
The age-old question of whether musicians should be writing for themselves or for their audiences has no easy answer.
While the debate seems not to be solvable, three academics look at the question of whether artists should provide entertainment or write for their own pleasure.
A Grateful Dead fan wears a shirt commemorating the band’s farewell tour.
In the internet era, musical artists freely distribute their songs and encourage fans to attend live shows. The Dead did this for 40 years.
The Byrds in 1965.
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Fifty years ago, in the first half of 1965, the British invasion was officially under way – at least, in music. It seemed like all the biggest hits on the American pop charts came from British bands. Ever…
What will Apple conquer next?
Apple's ability to develop the potential of good ideas should have existing streaming businesses worried.
When bands "return to their roots," is it a genuine search, or a way to court critics and sell records?
Jay Z’s artist-led revolution won’t be your average artists’ commune.
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The latest streaming service is artist owned, which sounds great unless a group of 16 "top-tier" artists receive most of the royalties.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince.
Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.