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The question arises time and time again about why jazz festivals include other genres - and the answer is really simple.

Why debates about jazz festivals should be about more than genre purism

Jazz represents a minority audience in an already relatively small music market and to cover costs, the aggregation of fans must be across genres to maximise numbers.
Few would argue piracy is not changing the industry, but is it really killing it? r5d

How piracy is changing the music industry landscape

While legal sales of recorded music continue to suffer from widespread music piracy, the popularity of live music appears to be enjoying an unprecedented boom, particularly in the UK where new stadiums…
Too cool for cash. Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Radiohead and U2: making money by giving music away for free

On September 9, U2 released their new album, Songs of Innocence. Not quite in the normal style: they are offering it as a free download to all 500m iTunes users. Lead singer Bono described the release…
Apple and Beats: a marriage made in heaven? Alejandro Castro/Flickr

Apple and Beats: where musicians and geeks collide

Apple recently announced its purchase of Beats Electronics, for a reported US$3 billion. Beats Electronics was started by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, and includes the signature headphones range and Beats…
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay, Gimme the mic so I can take it away. NRK P3

The Wu-Tang Clan are about to sell out

American East Coast rappers the Wu-Tang Clan have developed a revolutionary model for musicians to make money from their work. They are about to sell a copy of their new album, but in doing so they will…
Rudimental won best single. Yui Mok/PA

Brit Awards driven by blockbuster culture

David Bowie, the Arctic Monkeys, and Ellie Goulding were among the winners at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards. In theory, these were awarded because they were the cream of last year’s music crop. To qualify…
Daft Punk may get lucky Andre Felipe

This year Grammys glitterfest looks set to be a Brit flop

The Grammys, that great annual showcase of the American popular music business, may not rank quite with the Oscars. But there is no doubt, that in the prize-giving season, this jamboree of self-congratulation…
Music sales have been falling for some time, but this should not attributed to piracy alone. Tracey Nearmy/AAP Image

Music sales are waning but don’t blame the pirates

Fact: worldwide sales of recorded music have declined significantly over the last decade. Fact: there has also been an increase in the use of P2P file-sharing technologies over the last decade. While there…

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