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Pubs and restaurants most welcome for UK holidaymakers

Foreign holidaymakers to Great Britain feel the most welcome in restaurants and pubs, according to a new study from tourist body VisitBritain.com. The study, which questioned 9,000 overseas travellers visiting the country for a holiday, found that 21 per cent of all visitors felt ‘most welcome’ in restaurants, while 13 per cent stated they felt…

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Digital jukebox X Factor

Last week saw the return of ITV flagship music programme The X Factor. This, the ninth season of the Simon Cowell brainchild, began on Saturday as judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh started to sift through the thousands of performers vying for a record deal. There are high expectations surrounding the…

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Old records outsell new releases

Old records are outselling new releases for the first time since records began in 1991, according to industry body Nielsen Soundscan. The music industry body discovered that the first six months of 2012 saw 76.6 million “catalog” records (those albums released more than 18 months ago) sold, compared to 73.9 million current releases. The top…

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Background music systems for an increasingly diverse market

The rising popularity of cocktails across the country means that the spirits category is now worth £5 billion in pubs and clubs and £4 billion in hotels and restaurants. The growing cocktail consumption in the UK has been attributed to a growing shift in consumer behaviours, as well as an increasingly diverse market. Here at…

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Roll out the barrel for background music systems in pubs

This week, the Soundnet background music team came across an interesting piece on The Guardian music blog; an article asking readers to share their favourite tracks with a connection to beer and alcohol. The piece, which you can read here, highlighted the rich and diverse collection of music dedicated to beer. “Plenty of music has been…

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Background music helps improve morale

Background music in restaurants, bars, shops and hotels can help to increase staff and customer morale according to a new study from music licensing organisation PPL and PRS for Music. The study discovered that 81 per cent of retail businesses said that playing music in the workplace helped improve staff efficiency, while simultaneously creating a better…

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Background music for the opening Olympics ceremony revealed?

The Prodigy, Radiohead and Underworld are all set to feature in the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, according to The Sun, which got its hands on an apparent playlist earlier this week. If the leaked tracklist is confirmed as genuine, the opening ceremony, organised by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, will feature music from the above bands,…

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God save the Queen (and background music systems)!

Over 70 million extra pints of beer were thought to have been ordered over the Jubilee Weekend, according to initial figures from The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA). It was also estimated that an extra 7.5 million pub meals had also been sold over the four-day weekend celebrating The Queen’s sixty-year reign on the…

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Background music earworm

Here at Soundnet, we’re constantly researching into the ways we can provide clients with a more engaging service; how background music systems can deliver a more entertaining experience for the clientele who frequent our customer’s venues. A large proportion of this task is keeping abreast of the latest consumer trends, particularly focusing on how music can influence…

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Customers drawn to community pubs with a ‘great atmosphere’

A new piece of research has found that a third of Britons think it is important to have a pub close to their home, believing a vibrant local is a sign of a close-knit community. The findings, taken from an investigation by market research company Mintel, discovered that 33 per cent of the United Kingdom…

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