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Give your pub a music makeover

UK pubs have until the end of this month to enter the “Music Makeover 2013” competition organised by the PRS for music, representing 100,000 songwriters and composers. This year, the prize money has doubled to £10,000 for one lucky pub to kit out their establishment with equipment from music retailer GAK. There are also 10…

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I like the sound of this beer!

Could music affect the taste of beer? Pete Brown, Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012 believes this might be the case. Brown put his theory to the test at a recent event at Brewers’ Hall, hosted by ITA – an exclusive event booking and catering service based in the Capital. “Pete is…

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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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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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The UK’s favourite digital jukebox just got more attractive

Sound Leisure Jukeboxes featuring Milestones in Music technology has been the number one digital jukebox solution in UK pubs for the past 6 years, its quality build, comprehensive music package and competitive price making it a favourite with operators. However, Sound Leisure and its music supply partner Soundnet have set out to make it an even more…

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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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Tastemakers: background music to set the right mood for the restaurant industry

Where once diners could expect to hear the soothing sounds of classical concertos, today’s restaurant experience is too often drowned out by overly-loud background music chosen more for the staff than the customers. In a recent Esquire Magazine blog, food journalist John Mariani recounts how restaurant music trends have changed over the years; and not…

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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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Soundnet Gives You More

Music is the fuel that drives jukebox revenue so deciding on the right supplier will make a real difference to your cashbox. Soundnet is the UK’s number one supplier of digital music to Sound Leisure’s range of jukeboxes. A number of factors sets the Soundnet service apart. More new music, more often Soundnet’s online update…

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