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Lady Gaga and Katy Perry forced to rush release singles to keep pace with fans’ appetite for new music

Music fans’ desire to hear the latest tracks before anybody else has pushed even international recording superstars Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to bring forward the release of their new singles, after illegal copies were leaked online. Hackers gained access to Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated new track, ‘Applause’ and Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ days before the…

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Consumers’ search for new musical discoveries boosts independent record store sales

Despite the industry trend away from physical music sales in favour of digital downloads, independent record stores have experienced a revival in 2013, as consumers search for music beyond the mainstream. According to data from the Official Charts Company, sales from independent record stores saw a 44% upturn in the first half of 2013, compared…

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The adventures and stresses of Soundnet’s big move to the heart of London’s thriving music scene

After several months of delayed move dates, the builders have finally given Soundnet the go-ahead to move from West Hampstead to our new home in the rich media oasis that is Camden Town. I have to admit, I didn’t realise moving would be such a stress. Moving house would be a walk in the park…

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The power of the preview: sparking music fans’ curiosity with early releases

A growing trend has emerged for music artists to offer fans exclusive online previews of their tracks before they are even available for purchase, in order to generate hype for upcoming releases. Electronic music duo Daft Punk broke numerous streaming records when a free preview of their new album was offered ahead of release, boosting…

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Uplifting anthems: music’s role in setting the mood

Two studies published recently report very different results on the effect certain styles of music can have on our emotions, demonstrating just how personal music taste can be. In the first of the two studies, the University of Missouri found participants were more likely to be able to improve their own mood when listening to…

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Setting the mood for summer with Soundnet

It may only be March, but as Brits it’s in our nature to start looking ahead and planning for the summer months at the first sign of a sunny weekend. Warmer weather brings with it a whole new set of opportunities for landlords, as eager patrons start venturing out into pub gardens up and down…

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The sweet sound of success: survey reveals how hospitality businesses rely on music

Almost one in every three business owners in the hospitality sector admit they would rather lose an entire day’s worth of trade than turn off the music in their establishment, according to a recent survey. The research, compiled collaboratively by the PPL and PRS, two major music licensing bodies in the UK, finds a vast…

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Local music boosts jukebox takings for the Salford Arms, Salford

Salford Landlord, Ken Devereaux, is keen to announce that jukebox takings have doubled for the Salford Arms since the venue began using its digital jukebox to promote local music. “We’ve been advised how to use this jukebox to the full potential and I put that down to the success we’ve had to date,” Devereaux comments. The Salford…

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Soundnet offers unlimited venue favourites service

Soundnet have decided to extend the hugely popular ‘Venue Favourites’ service to allow landlords to add unlimited tracks to a personalised jukebox playlist of their customers’ most-requested tracks. Aware that different pubs and bars have very different customers with highly varied music tastes, for years Soundnet have given landlords the option to hand-pick 50 extra tracks to…

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Adele enters record books

British artist Adele has entered the Guinness Word Record Book after breaking several landmark records following the phenomenal success of her second studio album 21. The singer, recently confirmed to be recording the theme tune to the new James Bond film, Skyfall, broke seven records in total, including the first female, first UK artist and…

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