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CMU’s One Liners: Spotify, WhoSampled, Iron Maiden, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 6 July 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• A 58% gain in overall streaming was “juiced” by a 108% swell for audio streams, says the new Buzz Angle report on the US digital music market so far this year. We’ll be discussing the report on this week’s CMU Podcast, but you can download a copy for yourself here.

• J Herskowitz, founder of open source digital music software Tomahawk, has joined Spotify. “THRILLED to be part of the team dedicated to delivering more insight, fan engagement and $ to artists”, he tweeted yesterday.

• WhoSampled has launched a new Six Degrees Of Separation feature, in which it promises to link any two given artists in six moves or less. For example, there are only three degrees of separation between Selena Gomez and Darkthrone. See if you can outsmart it here.

• Iron Maiden have released a new mobile game for iOS and Android, called ‘Legacy Of The Beast’. “We’ve always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game”, says bassist Steve Harris. Well the 40 year wait is over, download it here.

• Boy George won’t be joining on the next series of ‘The Voice’, he’s got something else on.

• Alexis Taylor has covered rare Prince song ‘Old Friends 4 Sale’ for Low Four. “The song was recorded originally by Prince in 1985 for potential inclusion on the album ‘Parade'”, says Taylor. “It remained unreleased until around the late 90s when he changed the lyrics and re-recorded an inferior version which was much more tame lyrically. My cover is of the original unreleased version which has circulated on bootlegs since the late 80s”. Watch here.

• Ida Long has released a new video for ‘Woman’, taken from her album ‘Rainbows & Tears’.

• Girl Friend have released new single, ‘Hello Stranger’, which you can listen to here.

• Chicane will play his only live show of 2016 on 9 Sep at Koko. Backed by a full band, the show will follow the release of a new compilation marking the producer’s 20th anniversary.

• YouTuber KSI has announced a UK tour in November, finishing up at The Garage on 8 Nov. Luckily, we’ve already put together some handy tips on taking a YouTube act live.

Lady Gaga has a drivers’ licence now.

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