Why a Major Label Doesn't Want to Sign You

Reason #1: You’re ‘difficult’ and/or don’t work hard. This isn’t the old music industry anymore.  There’s less money to invest, no more $16.99 CDs to sell, and way more pressure to show results.  So artists not only have to carry their weight, they have to work well with others and work hard. But not even […]

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US soapmaker Dr. Bronner's estate donates $5 million towards MDMA research

Soaper duper. Legendary soapmaker and philosophical luminary Dr. Bronner may have left this earthly plane in 1997 but his open-minded spirit lives on in his estate’s philanthropic gestures. As Mixmag reports, Dr. Bronner’s estate has donated $5 million to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) – currently the only organization in the world funding […]

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From Chicago to Brixton: The surprising rise of UK drill

Birthed in Chicago’s blighted South Side in the early 2010s and popularized by artists like King Louie and Chief Keef, drill music – an aggressive descendent trap – has all but faded from view in the US. Now, you’re more likely to hear the familiar distorted beats rattling from the schoolyards and buses South London; […]

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Beyoncé launches "Formation Scholars" scholarship to support young women in the arts

Beginning in the new school year this fall. Beyoncé has unveiled “Formation Scholars”, a new scholarship announced on the one-year anniversary Lemonade to support young woman in the arts. The scholarships are for women studying creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies and aim to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think […]

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Why Signing with a certain label was the best decision of my music career.

The dapper James Hersey has shared his musical talents with us on tracks like “Wish You Were Here,” “I Miss You,” and “Coming Over”.  You may also recognize “Coming Over” remixed by Kygo & Dillon Francis. DMN sat down with him to  talk about how signing with his label was the best decision his career, and […]

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Did Streaming Accidentally Give Birth to a New Form Of Piracy?

Music streaming killed music piracy, right?  Not exactly. Last February, a study published on Digital Music News showed that 20% Americans actively pirated music.  In fact, 35 percent Americans who buy music legitimately have also acquired music illegally at some point. In a joint study published seven months later, researchers found that legal threats had […]

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D∆WN on the terror and twisted humor of Chris Cunningham's Aphex Twin videos

Aphex Twin’s innovation and influence extends far beyond IDM. His music videos, particularly the trio he created in collaboration with Chris Cunningham, are some the most creative works in the format. Claire Lobenfeld talks to Dawn Richard, aka D∆WN, one today’s most interesting music video artists, about what made those iconic clips so special. Music television […]

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Listen to over 3000 songs from Haruki Murakami’s record collection

Originally published on The Vinyl Factory. Thaw mind and muscle with the Japanese author. The next best thing to pulling up a chair in Murakami’s study and dissecting Horace Silver, is going to be tucking in to this mind-boggling 3,350-song playlist from his vinyl collection. One the most music-obsessed novelists on the planet, Murakami’s 10,000-record […]

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At 71, J Geils Passes Away At His Massachusetts Home

Legendary guitarist J Geils passes away at his Groton, MA home. J Geils, the founder the one the most popular touring bands in the 70s, was found dead at his home. On Tuesday, police stopped by the singer’s home for a well-being check.  Police chief Donald Palma said ficers soon found J Geils’ body unresponsive […]

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30% of Indie Labels Have Given Up Trying to Fight Piracy

Indie labels know about piracy, but at least 30% say they can’t deal with it anymore. A new study published by the Future Music Coalition (FMC) and the American Association Independent Music (A2IM) paints a bleak picture the music industry’s fight against piracy. A2IM and FMC asked independent record labels to respond a short survey […]

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