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Jay Reatard DVD and Rarities LP Getting Repressed

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Jay Reatard DVD and Rarities LP Getting Repressed

A couple of years back, Factory 25 released the documentary Better Than Something: Jay Reatard in a DVD edition with an LP of rarities. That vinyl now fetches a pretty penny on online retailers, so we’re pleased to announce that it’s getting repressed. Listings have the record coming out on June 9. As with the prior edition, this will come with a DVD of the documentary plus a LP-sized 50-page book with photos, essays and an interview with Jay. Below, see the collection’s tracklist. It contains more than a decade’s worth of songs from various projects, mostly culled from live…

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Woman Made Over $34,000 Selling Fake Glastonbury Tickets

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One woman sold so many Glastonbury tickets that she’s facing possible prison time for it.

Christine Babb plead guilty to 29 counts of fraud by false representation, AKA selling fake tickets. Babb made over £23,000 ($ 34,388) by selling these 29 fake tickets.

The prosecutor says Babb told  victims that she worked in the music industry and could get discounted tickets to Glastonbury.

Babb’s defense says she suffers from borderline personality disorder, Crohn’s Disease, and bulimia. She will be sentenced in May.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

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Breaking: TIDAL Fires CEO and 25+ Staff Members…

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TIDAL has a public opinion problem. Many fans don’t like it, and a lot of the owners’ fellow artists don’t like the service either.

So what’s next?

TIDAL is firing their staff and restructuring.

Over 25 employees have been fired, including CEO Andy Chen. Chen is being replaced by former CEO Peter Tonstad.

TIDAL says they’re just “streamlining” to ensure their growth.

Business Insider posted the following statement from TIDAL:

“TIDAL’s new interum [sic] CEO is Peter Tonstad – a former CEO of parent company Aspiro Group. He has a better understanding of the industry and a clear vision for how the company is looking to change the status quo. He’s streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximized to enhance the customer experience. We’ve eliminated a handful of positions and refocused our company-wide talent to address departments that need support and cut redundancies. TIDAL’s offices globally will remain and grow: we are already hirinig for several new positions now. We’re excited about our future and what’s in-store for fans who want the best listening experience.”

More information as it becomes available.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

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Young Thug Announces Debut Album: ‘Hy!£UN35′

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Young Thug Announces Debut Album:

Young Thug just released his mixtape Barter 6, and now he’s already announced his impending debut album. The record is rather confusingly titled Hy!£UN35. It seems that this is pronounced “hi-tunes,” although the characters are a little difficult to decipher. (We’re assuming that it’s not “hyphen 35″.) Hy!£UN35. will come out on August 28 through 300 Entertainment. The label’s Lyor Cohen said in a statement, “300 is proud to present Young Thug! We believe he is a unique artist who will have a special place in the future of hip-hop.” Below, watch the new…

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Gay Nineties Book Canadian Spring Tour, Share New Video

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Gay Nineties Book Canadian Spring Tour, Share New Video

Parker Bossley tours as a live member of Mounties and forms one half of Fur Trade, but he also fronts his own project called Gay Nineties. Following their recent Liberal Guilt EP, they’re now promoting it with a music video and a Canadian tour. The spring tour lasts for most of May. It will begin with a Vancouver gig, after which the band will fly to Toronto to play at Canadian Music Week. From there, they will make their way back across the country, playing a string of Ontario shows followed by stops throughout the Prairies and British Columbia. All told, the band have 18…

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Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Bill Ward: “What the Fuck Are You on About?”

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Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Bill Ward: "What the Fuck Are You on About?"

Black Sabbath’s fallout with founding drummer Bill Ward is back in the news, as the band’s former timekeeper issued a statement saying that he would only participate in their last album and tour if singer Ozzy Osbourne apologized for questioning his skills. Now, Ozzy has responded by holding his ground and refusing to say sorry. The vocalist posted the blunt missive on Facebook. He began by asking, “What the fuck are you on about?” From there, he reiterated his prior statements that Ward wasn’t capable of playing a long live show, saying, “Physically, you knew you were fucked.” Ozzy…

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Hey Record Store Day, Face the Facts. You’re Hurting Indie Labels.

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Last month Record Store Day sent a scathing open letter to their critics. The letter specifically addressed indie labels Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl, who are running a separate promotion instead of participating in RSD.

Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl originally sent their own open letter to RSD, detailing how the holiday has come to hurt their business.

How did RSD respond? By saying they’re here to help indie record stores, NOT indie labels. They confusingly followed this up by saying that complaining labels are wrong, as “indie labels are among the biggest winners from RSD.”

In summation, RSD says that labels don’t even know about their own business. RSD knows what’s best for you, so stop complaining.

This reminded me of McDonald’s snarky reply to complaints about asking artists to perform for free. Remember how that ended? McDonald’s gave in and paid up.

Earlier this week Pitchfork and FACT both published articles that detail problems associated with RSD. They spoke to Blue Arrow, Secretly Canadian, Alter, Because Music, and YAM Records. They all agreed that RSD is making things difficult. YAM said:

“It’s independent labels we want to be celebrating – the ones that have consistently contributed to the growth of the vinyl industry and have kept the format alive, not those pressing special releases destined to be bought for their novelty factor. Not long ago everyone thought the format had died a death, but the small guys were predominantly the ones keeping it afloat. If the majors want to start pressing lots of records again they’re more than welcome to, but perhaps it would be better received if they invested some of their capital into building new pressing plants to lessen the strain.”

Now another label has chimed in.

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FoF Music will not be participating in Record Store Day, instead they’ll be offering 50 percent off all their vinyl. In a statement posted to Facebook they said:

“Hi all, Record Store Day is coming up and while the original intent of the event is admirable, it’s actually become detrimental to small, DIY operations like FoF. It’s unfortunate, but it seems like every year our vinyl schedule gets delayed by months for some *limited* Dave Grohl or Jack White single.

So are indie labels REALLY the “biggest winners”? Your move, RSD.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

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Ad-Supported Streaming = 4.2% of Global Recording Revenues…

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Here’s more proof that ad-supported streaming doesn’t support much of anything.  According the IFPI, total global recorded music revenue in 2014 was $ 14.824 billion. Of that, total ad-supported streaming revenue was just $ 617 million, or 4.2%.

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Source: IFPI, Digital Music Report 2015.

 

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