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Bob Dylan to drop a new box set of material tomorrow, recorded in 1970 to celebrate its 50 year anniversary

The three-disc set features outtakes from Dylan’s sessions from studio albums ‘New Morning’ and ‘Self Portrait’, as well as his 1970 studio session with George Harrison. According to an announcement, the session will “capture[s] the pair performing together on nine tracks”. Bob Dylan recently sold his entire publishing catalog to Universal Music for an estimated £260 million.. A handwritten lyric for his song “Blowin’ In The Wind” also sold this year for nearly half a million dollars.
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Glastonbury organisers face backlash from ticket owners after the decision to cancel, following Reading and Leeds announcement.

The festival was announced as cancelled after organisers deemed the event ‘logistically impossible’, following the announcement that Reading and Leeds Festival WILL happen this year. Many were left wondering if Glastonbury could have happened after all… In January, Glastonbury Festival’s organisers announced that the event has been cancelled for a second year running. Many ticket owners are now wondering if it was a premature decision to cancel Glastonbury, especially since the news that the UK will hopefully return to post-pandemic normality from 21 June. “Bet @glastonbury regret being so hasty,” one twitter user wrote, with another adding: “Looks like Glastonbury…
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Billie Eilish announces new sustainable merch ahead of her upcoming documentary ‘The worlds a little blurry’ this Friday

‘The worlds a little blurry’ is set to debut in theatres and on Apple+ this Friday, and now she’s launching a line of sustainable merch, too. Billie also announced a new album earlier this month, after recording it in lockdown. Eilish announced the new fashion collection on Instagram on Wednesday, revealing that she prioritized the environment while working on the pieces. Most items are made from organic fabrics, making them higher quality and more sustainable. “Everything in this line (besides the socks) are made from organic fabrics! All grown without pesticides which is better for the environment. Everything is made…
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Organisers are ‘confident’ that Parklife festival will happen in September

The co-founder of Manchester’s Parklife Festival has said he is extremely confident that the event will be able to take place without any socially distancing regulations later this year. The festival is yet to unveil its line-up for 2021, but is currently scheduled to take place at Manchester’s Heaton Park from September 11-12 after being pushed back from its original date in June. Speaking to Parklife co-founder Sacha Lord, he says the UK’s vaccination programme has given him hope that the event will take place later this year. Tyler the Creator was previously set to headline the 2020 festival, it being the first…
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When will touring and music concerts resume in the UK?

As the government announces England’s plan for easing lockdown measures to bring the country back to normal, the question everyone wants answered is when live music events and concerts will be able to resume… The four step plan to get life back to normal has set June 21st as the date when social distancing measures could come to an end and therefore large groups of people are allowed to gather. However, many acts have postponed their 2020 tours until 2022 and many more are expected to follow suit in coming months. This is because many big artists heading out on…
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Reading and Leeds festival to go ahead this August

Reading and Leeds Festival will go ahead this year, it has been confirmed. Up until now festival organisers had stayed under the radar with their plans for a 2021 event, but following the government’s announcement of a roadmap to lifting lockdown restrictions, they have confirmed this year’s festival will happen. The 2021 event is set to take place from August 27 – 29. Tickets for this year’s event have been on sale since last summer, despite organisers being unsure if it would be able to happen. But following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Monday (February 22), where he said…
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A look back on some of Daft Punk’s wildest music videos.

A music video with a guy in a microwaved dog costume wandering through New York City with a boombox, “Da Funk” was the world’s first introduction to who we know as Daft Punk. Directed by Spike Jonze’s, the video was influenced by listening to Warren G’s “Regulate”. Daft Punk tell the misadventures of a dog that’s been through a lot with a melancholic, punk soundtrack accompanied with hard hitting lyrics The video established the chemistry that would establish the foundations of their entire career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmi60Bd4jSs Something about us – featured on their infamous Discovery album, created in collaboration with some…
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Does streaming have a positive impact on artists? MP’s question industry leaders.

In an attempt to restructure the streaming economy, various executives from leading DSP’s (digital streaming platforms) held an intense virtual session quizzed by Members of Parliament.  Many of the issues were raised with Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music, including a lot on artist and songwriter royalty payments. Here’s our brief summary of the parliamentary session… During the conversation it was suggested that “musicians are mostly miserable because of the system and the way that it operates” said Horacio Gutierrez, (head of global affairs and chief legal officer of Spotify). “I know streaming is having a positive economic impact on…
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Daft Punk, responsible for some of the most influential dance tracks of all time, have announced their retirement after almost 30 years.

Daft Punk, the duo responsible for some of the most popular dance and pop songs ever made, have split. They broke the news with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film ‘Electroma’. Their debut album, 1997’s ‘Homework’ was a dance music landmark, featuring classic singles “Around the World” and “Da Funk.” By the release of its follow-up, Discovery, in 2001, the duo had taken the appearance of the trademark robots we know and love. The singles “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” further cemented them as global superstars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDX6wNfjqc
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Yungblud’s covers David Bowie’s tune Life On Mars? for NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover landing.

Yungblud’s cover of David Bowie’s Life on Mars? was chosen to soundtrack NASA’s livestream following the Perseverance Mars Rover’s touchdown on the Red Planet. The David Bowie Estate offered the cover of the 1971 song to celebrate the event.  Yungblud performed Life on Mars? during last month’s A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day! concert produced by Mike Garson and Rolling Live Studios. The performance appeared during the NASA livestream at 2 hours, six minutes. Yungblud said: “To sing the pinnacle song by an artist that truly defined my whole existence, in a search for extraterrestrial existence was one of the best moments of my entire life. The punx…
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News: Multiple streaming platforms pay £306 MILLION in unmatched royalties to Mechanical Licensing Collective following the recent passing of the Music Modernisation Act.

The Artists Rights Alliance said: “Today’s historic transfer of almost half a billion dollars in unmatched royalties to the MLC is a great start – but there’s a lot of work still to be done to get that money to the songwriters that earned it. We are grateful to the Copyright Office team that skillfully and doggedly worked through a number of complex issues in the months leading up this transfer, including major disagreements about the proper treatment of past industry settlements”.  
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The UK live music industry has joined forces to form its own industry body, knows as LIVE.

This newly established federation will be the future voice of the UK’s live music economy. Membership is made up of 13 principal industry associations across the sector, representing 3,150 companies, over 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers. Greg Parmley (CEO, Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment), said: “It’s long overdue that the UK’s live music industry has a properly representative body, and LIVE will be that unified voice as the industry comes out of lockdown and beyond. The unprecedented challenges we face might paint a bleak picture, and this is a critical time, but together we can help protect jobs and…
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