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  • YouTube Introduces 'Music Key' A Brand New Way to Stream Music

    Posted 18th Nov 2014 @ 7:03 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    YouTube Introduces 'Music Key' A Brand New Way to Stream Music
    YouTube announced this week the launch of brand new streaming service Music Key. Following trials, the California based company owned by Google, are first set to release the service in the UK, US, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Spain and Portugal. When it officially launches Music Key will cost £9.99 in the UK and gives the user ad-free music, music videos and the ability to listen to music online or offline. To kick off the service, YouTube have been offering a beta version of the subscription by invitation only to the largest music consumers on the site. Music Key subscribers...
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  • UK Vinyl Sales Set to Hit 1m in 2014, for the First Time Since 1996!

    Posted 2nd Nov 2014 @ 10:04 am by BEAT100 in Music News

    UK Vinyl Sales Set to Hit 1m in 2014, for the First Time Since 1996!
    It seems that the popularity of vinyl records has rocketed in the UK this year with sales being at their highest point in almost 20 years. Billboard have reported that vinyl sales are currently around the 800,000 mark and with the all important Christmas selling period on the horizon, that number is set to definitely pass 1 million for the first time since 1996. This has already surpassed last years sales which were at 780,674 for the entire calendar year of 2013. It seems that vinyl records are enjoying a 'renaissance' of sorts, especially with the popularity growt...
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  • Young Fathers are Announced as Mercury Prize 2014 Winners

    Posted 30th Oct 2014 @ 4:20 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    Young Fathers are Announced as Mercury Prize 2014 Winners
    Edinburgh based trio, Young Fathers, have become the surprise winners of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014. The Mercury Prize annually celebrates the best British albums of the year, giving a £20,000 prize to the lucky winners as judged by an expert panel. The band received the prize at last night's award ceremony in the Roundhouse, North London, announced by UK DJ Nick Grimshaw. Young Fathers create an eclectic sound, with a mash up of hip-hop, gospel melodies and punky electro tunes, they have been described as 'a Liberian/Nigerian/Scottish psychedelic hip-hop elect...
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  • One Direction & Stevie Wonder Join the Star Studded Cast of the 2014 BBC Children in Need Single!

    Posted 14th Oct 2014 @ 9:02 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    One Direction & Stevie Wonder Join the Star Studded Cast of the 2014 BBC Children in Need Single!
    The BBC has released a brand new celebrity filled version of Beach Boys' hit 'God Only Knows'. The track, officially released on October 7, has also been named as the 2014 BBC Children in Need single, with all of the proceeds from the song benefiting the charity. The track features some massive names from the music world including Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Sam Smith; it echoes the release of 'Perfect Day' which was made by the BBC in 1997, featuring stars such as Bono and David Bowie. The promotional film also represents the official launch of BBC Music,...
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  • BEAT100 Presents the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominations: Part 2

    Posted 7th Oct 2014 @ 9:51 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    BEAT100 Presents the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominations: Part 2
    Last week, we brought you BEAT100's first look at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominees 2014 (view Part 1 here). Carrying on our Mercury Prize lowdown, here is the final 6 shortlisted acts!   FKA Twigs -LP1 LP1 is the debut album fro 26 year old Taliah Debrett-Barnett from South London. Mixing a variety of genres, giving a name to her music is extremely hard; using a mash up of jazz, RnB and trip hop her unique brand of music defies definition. After the eagerly anticipated album was released she also announced her world tour just 9 days later! The dancer turne...
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  • BEAT100 Presents the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominations: Part 1

    Posted 4th Oct 2014 @ 9:18 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    BEAT100 Presents the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominations: Part 1
    The countdown to this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize has begun. The 12 shortlisted nominees were announced last month with the overall winner of the £20,000 prize to be announced on October 29. Created in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards, the Mercury Prize is awarded annually for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The prize is open to all types of music genres and is judged by a panel of 12 critics made up of various music industry figures. The prize has been criticised in recent years for focusing too heavily on big name artists, somet...
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  • Newly Purchased Twitch Launches Live Music Streaming Service Today!

    Posted 1st Aug 2014 @ 1:46 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    Newly Purchased Twitch Launches Live Music Streaming Service Today!
    Live streaming service Twitch is broadening its broadcast horizons today. Primarily the domain of live video game streams of titles like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and Minecraft, the company is expanding its offerings with live music. Twitch will host a live streamed performance by DJ and producer Steve Aoki today at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Streamed from Ibiza, Spain, it will be Aoki's inaugural broadcast on Twitch. In a release, Twitch said the company greenlighted the live concert in response to feedback from its users. In a survey...
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  • Glastonbury 2014 has Kicked-Off!

    Posted 27th Jun 2014 @ 11:40 am by BEAT100 in Music News

    Glastonbury 2014 has Kicked-Off!
    As people pour into a field into Worthy Farm in Pilton ready to soak up this year’s Glastonbury festivities, we’ve compiled a comprehensive playlist with this year’s artists. While the Metallica-gate drew attention to the this year’s festival with the lineup announcement, there are plenty more incredible acts to get your teeth into whether you’re watching from home or are there in person – perhaps counterbalance the event’s first ever metal headliner with some Dolly Parton? As mentioned in our previous article Jamie XX also confirmed t...
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  • Daft Punk - Derezzed Avicii Remix of a Disney Song

    Posted 2nd May 2014 @ 1:40 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    Daft Punk - Derezzed Avicii Remix of a Disney Song
    Walt Disney Records announced Tuesday that an upcoming album will give a new spin to 14 of their films' most memorable songs. Dconstructed, currently set for an April 22 release, boasts music from or inspired by The Lion King, The Incredibles, The Muppets and Sleeping Beauty, as well as Mickey Mouse cartoons. Also getting a refresher are two of Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy tracks and the Sebastian Ingrosso/Axwell collaboration for Monsters University, as well as the theme parks' Main Street Electrical Parade music....
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  • Is X Factor a good A&R vehicle?

    Posted 2nd Apr 2014 @ 12:16 pm by BEAT100 in Music News

    Is X Factor a good A&R vehicle?
    Simon Cowell’s X Factor has taken its fair share of flak over the years. It’s production-line format, Xmas No.1 dash and the short shelf life of many of its acts is often jabbed at by certain sections of both the music industry and avid consumer base alike.But 2013 figures made a strong case for the show’s A&R strength with Syco emerging as the leading albums and singles label for UK-sourced repertoire.Despite dipping ratings, former X Factor contestants helped Syco claim a 13% A&R market share of UK-derived repertoire, above Polydor and Virgin, which took...
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