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Jukeboxes to benefit from Ministry of Sound


Iconic dance music brand Ministry of Sound is to get its own category on Sound Leisure digital jukeboxes; at no extra cost to the operator. All Milestones in Music and VHub jukeboxes will be updated with the Ministry of Sound section automatically – if they already have the dance category profiled on their jukeboxes. “Since…


Pop will eat itself

Unless you left the country this weekend, you will not have missed the fact that it was The X Factor final. This show has become a national institution of sorts having spawned some of the most successful recording artists of recent years, such as One Direction and Leona Lewis. But just as it can create…


Taylor Swift shuns Spotify, but not the Jukebox

Recent MTV European Music Award winning artist Taylor Swift has announced she won’t be sharing her latest album on Spotify, though thankfully it will still appear on Soundnet’s Jukeboxes. Spotify is not the only streaming service to be hit by Swift’s decision to withhold her new material. As reported by Garett Kamps, senior director of…


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…


Tradition meets technology; today’s pub owners strive to create the right balance

The Good Pub Guide 2014 came under strong criticism last week, as pub landlords reacted to the Guide’s controversial suggestion that pubs may need to let go of their heritage in order to succeed. Amidst predictions that between 2500 to 4000 British pubs may be forced to close within the next year alone, the Guide’s…


Official Charts Company reports 2013 set to become a record year for music sales

Official Charts Company reports 2013 set to become a record year for music sales Despite a great deal of media commentary on the decline of the music industry over recent years, new statistics suggest 2013 could be on track to become the biggest year on record for singles sales. Spurred on by impressive sales of…


Not just a machine: Tips on choosing the right jukebox music service

Gone are the days when jukebox providers would simply drop a jukebox off at a venue and leave the owner to it; today choosing a jukebox is as much about the supplier’s services as the machine itself. The level of additional support offered by jukebox rental companies can vary significantly depending on the supplier chosen, and can…


Soundnet looks back at Eurovision’s most memorable moments

Here are Soundnet, we were amazed last week to learn that legendary British rock ballad singer, Bonnie Tyler, will be representing the UK in this year’s Eurovision song contest in May. In recent years, the international musical competition has become something of a novelty for British viewers, not least because political motivations seem to have…


Pubs unprepared for new machine games legislation

Recent reports from HM Revenue and Customs suggest the majority of pubs are currently not prepared for the new machine games legislation due to take effect in February 2013. Only 353 British pubs, representing around one per cent of those likely to be affected by the new duty, have signed up to the scheme to…


Exploring the history of the jukebox

Despite the fact the jukeboxes of today represent sophisticated digital entertainment systems, pub-goers still seem to see the jukebox with a hint of fond nostalgia. In honour of the jukebox’s on-going vintage appeal, this blog post will take a sentimental look back at the evolution of the humble jukebox, from its invention back in 1889…