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Soundnet champions the spirit of discovering new music ahead of Glastonbury Festival

This weekend marks perhaps the most anticipated event of the year for UK festival-goers, as thousands flock to rural Somerset to enjoy the legendary Glastonbury festival. Clearly, the big name artists headlining this year’s line-up, including the Rolling Stones, the Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons, are guaranteed to draw the biggest crowds at the…

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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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Soundnet delighted to see AIM Awards return to support independent artists

As self-confessed music obsessives, the Soundnet team were incredibly pleased to hear that the AIM Music Awards will return for a third year, paying tribute to the most talented independent artists in the business today. Soundnet firmly believe in the importance of events like the AIMs to help unsigned artists gain vital recognition; just imagine…

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Lifting the mood with new music

Through conducting a series of experiments using MRI scanners, Canadian scientists from the Montreal Neurological Institute have discovered listening to new music has a positive effect on brain activity. Despite the fact music represents an abstract concept, the researchers observed that when played new tracks, the participants’ brain reactions mirrored those in situations where a…

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Soundnet reveals the Brit Effect on the digital jukebox chart

This week, the nobility of the British pop world gathered in London to celebrate their own in the annual Brit Awards. Hosted by the affable James Cordon, the event was watched live on ITV by 6.5 million viewers and saw Ben Howard, Frank Ocean and Mumford and Sons claim accolades throughout the night. But, winners…

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Soundnet’s Milestones in Music digital jukebox package features in Cheryl Cole video

The jukebox has been a much-loved addition to bars and pubs for decades and, as the times change, its charm only seems to become more attractive for pub-goers. The technology that powers jukeboxes has, however, changed dramatically since its invention over 100 years ago. This mix of old and new is captured perfectly by the…

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Consumers want variety in beer and background music systems

New research from The Campaign for Real Ale has revealed that there are over 1,000 breweries operational across the United Kingdom; the highest total currently in business since the 1930s. The findings, which are included in the 2013 edition of iconic publication ‘The Good Beer Guide’, discovered that there were 1,009 breweries now operating in…

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Download Festival in a digital jukebox

Last week, the prestigious rock festival Download celebrated its 10th year. The weekend event, which sees 105,000 revellers travel to Donnington Park in Leicestershire, has been running since 2003, offering heavy metal fans the chance to see some of the biggest legends in rock. This year, Download Festival played host to a number of high-profile…

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John Peel’s record collection to be released online

The background music team at Soundnet were very excited to hear that the record collection of John Peel, radio DJ and iconic music legend, is being made available to the general public in an interactive online museum. Access to the record collection, which includes 25,000 LPs and 40,000 singles, has been granted by Peel’s family…

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