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Don’t Rage Against It – Download it instead!

The Official Charts Company has confirmed this week that this year’s X Factor winner’s single will be released during the Christmas Number 1 sales week, following a two-year break from the Number 1 single race. The previous two X Factor winners James Arthur and Little Mix released their singles to reach the number one slot…

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Lou Reed – gone but not forgotten

“I’m not a human jukebox, I’m a musician,” the late Lou Reed is quoted as saying after he was criticized for not playing any crowd pleasing older tracks at a gig in Toronto. “Me, I think a real fan would be happy to hear whatever music you wanted to play, if they really cared about…

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You’re not playing that in my pub…

Music can bring people together but it can also drive people apart. Nowhere is this truer than in the pub, where passions, sometimes fuelled by alcohol, can run high. Playing an Oasis track on a jukebox in a Liverpool pub on match day could be seen as a challenge. Ask us here at Soundnet; we…

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Music to drink beer to…

In the business of providing music for the UK’s pubs via a network of market-leading jukeboxes, there are some acts that resonate for more reasons than others. Take Chas & Dave for example. To some – slightly cheesy Cockney chappies who had plenty of “rabbit” and who were a mainstay of 80s primetime TV shows….

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Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball hits the charts, but what do pubgoers think of the singer’s transformation?

Miley Cyrus’ transformation from America’s sweetheart to rebellious pop starlet has taken the music world by storm, and this week the Soundnet team had to stop and ask ourselves how pubgoers would react to the singer’s latest track. Known by many for her lead role in Walt Disney’s TV series Hannah Montana, country-pop singer Miley…

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Recent research shows that young adults have enduring emotional connections with music that was popular when their parents were young

Amongst many parents and their children, individual music tastes can often cause conflicts. However, recently published research has revealed that young adults obtain a strong, emotional connection with music that was popular when their parents were a similar age. Conducted by Professor Carol Lynne Krumhansl from Cornell University and Justin Zupnick from the University of…

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Global or Local? Surprising research shows music fans favour local tracks over global hits.

Recently published research from the Economic Journal has found that many music fans may favour local artists over international hits. The global study, conducted by Fernando Ferreira and Joel Waldfogel, surprisingly illustrated that a significant amount of consumers favored home-grown talent over international artists. Following these findings, additional results revealed that the internet and satellite…

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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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Customers call for better music discovery services from online streaming sites

Spotify has added a new Browse feature to its service, as music fans look for more convenient ways to uncover new favourite artists and tracks. Amidst criticism that music streaming services offer little beyond search box functionality, market leader Spotify has come forth to offer customers a more intuitive way to browse its expansive track…

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Franz Ferdinand live-stream new album, as fans calls for first access to new music

With music fans becoming increasingly impatient to hear new releases, indie band Franz Ferdinand decided to treat fans to an exclusive performance of their entire upcoming album via the internet last week. Following the birth of online streaming services, today’s consumers have come to expect rapid access to the latest chart hits, often looking to…

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