Coachella releases 2018 lineup

Coachella has released their lineup for
2018 featuring The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem. The lineup is the festival’s 19th
edition.

Notable undercard acts on the bill include ODESZA, Kygo, Soulwax, Illenium, Jamie Jones, Motor City Drum Ensemble, The Black Madonna, and Maceo Plex, among a plethora of other diverse
artists. Beyoncé was scheduled to headline the festival in
2017, but chose to forsake her performance due to an impending
pregnancy.

Coachella’s headliners were recently leaked by Consequence of Sound.

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Thom Yorke still hates Spotify

Radiohead frontman and rock experimentalist
Thom Yorke has been a long time critic of
Spotify, so many were taken aback when Radiohead’s
entire discography arrived on the platform last year,
with Yorke’s solo catalogue quick to follow in December
2017. Considering the rock auteur’s decision to permit
Radiohead’s music on Spotify, fans were a bit shocked when
Yorke cosigned a tweet from Portishead’s Geoff Barrow
lambasting the streaming service’s supposedly unfair
compensation rates for musicians.

“Ok quick question for musicians… How many of you have
personally made more than £500 from Spotify?” inquired Barrow
in the tweet, to which Yorke outlinked “i refer you, ladies and
gentlemen, to the comments below …. without further comment.”

Billboard reports that digital streaming
revenue accounts for $2.5 billion, more than
62 percent of the entire industry value. Despite this,
artists like Yorke have still been extremely with complaints
regarding streaming service’s payouts to artists.

 

 

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Getter reveals personal insight about dealing with depression

At the risk of being romanticized, depression is often
cited by musicians as a source of major inspiration. Yesterday,
Getter shared some personal insight regarding
his experience with mental illness and how, in some
instances, it can inspire emotive pieces of art.

The producer and DJ also noted that he “made some of the most
beautiful songs to help me cope a few months ago,” continuing
by noting that “[when] i’m sad i listen to them and they remind
me that there is a way out.” Getter’s personal insight is
likely welcomed with open arms from the bass music community,
and serves as a reminder that dealing with depression is a
constant struggle.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 (Veterans press 1 for specialized support)

Spanish: 1-800-SUICIDA

Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741-741

Substance Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

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Apparently Ultra’s 2018 lineup just leaked (…and has since been confirmed)

Ultra’s 2018 lineup may have leaked,
according to multiple sources. Earlier this
evening Empire of the Sun posted the leak to Instagram but
they have since removed the post. Popular festival news twitter
account, The
Festive Owl
, posted the leak to social media with a
detailed account of the aforementioned series of events.
Although it is unconfirmed as to whether the leak is in fact
fully accurate, Empire of the Sun’s sharing of the festival’s
poster increases the likelihood that the leak is indeed
accurate and The Festive Owl’s certainty on the matter is
certainly compelling.

 

 

 

 

Update [8:48 PM EST 12/18/2017]: Ultra
has since confirmed the lineup via their official Twitter page.

 

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Apple reportedly to acquire Shazam

Apple is reportedly putting the final touches on an official
deal to acquire Shazam, the music recognition app. TechCrunch reports that the deal could
be finalized as early as Monday morning.

The company, founded in 1999, originally acted as an SMS
service where users could identify songs and identify
television shows and films. The company officially launched
Shazam 2.0 for iPhone on July 10, 2008. Shazam has since
expanded and in October 2016, Shazam announced that its mobile
apps have been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and users
have performed more than 30 billion “Shazams” since the
application’s launch.

TechCrunch reports that various sources have reported
conflicting information regarding the valuation of the merger,
one valuing it at nine figures and another at $401 million.

Apple’s last major acquisition happened when the company
purchased Beats for $3 million.

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150+ artists sign petition in support of net neutrality protests

More than 150 artists, actors, and musicians have penned a
letter endorsing the hundreds of protests set to take place
today at cell service providers and congressional offices
nationwide.

Tom Morello, Incubus, Evangeline Lilly, Bassnectar, Against Me!, Alyssa Milano, Michael
Stipe (REM), Wil Wheaton, Talib Kweli, Gramatik, Graham Nash, The Glitch Mob, Downtown Boys, Speedy Ortiz,
STS9, and Anti-Flag are among the
letters signatories, which includes artists from nearly
every genre and artistic medium.

“We support the people from across the political spectrum
protesting across the country on December 7,” reads the
letter, “and we echo their call for our
members of Congress to do their jobs and take action to stop
the FCC vote that’s planned for December 14.”

Net neutrality is the principle that internet
service providers should not be allowed to selectively speed up
or slow down internet services in exchange for monetary
compensation.

See the letter and a full list of signers here.

H/T: Fight for the Future

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The Creative Footprint establishes initiative to curb gentrification

The
Creative Footprint
wants to help curb the effects of
gentrification in New York City. The group’s new initiative is
called NightCamp NYC — a two-day intensive workshop series
which brings together promoters, venue owners, stakeholders,
government representatives and global nightlife experts.

“Following the successful repeal of the city’s
institutionally racist Cabaret Law
and the announcement of
a new
Office of Nightlife
, New York City is entering an exciting
period of activism after dark,” 
The Creative
Footprint said in an statement. “The Creative Footprint brings
15+ years of experience from two of the world’s foremost
nightlife experts to the city’s vibrant movement, and will arm
the scene with necessary data to better protect itself.”

The group is seeking investors via Kickstarter in order to procure data,
host the conference, and present the data to attendees.


“It’s very rare that creative scenes have enough data to
support their arguments when it comes to gentrification,” says
the group’s founder Lutz Leichsenring, a Berlin based
venue owner and  spokesperson for the 220-member Club
Commission since 2009. “The Creative Footprint is a way for us
to work with communities to gather their data and hold
governments and developers accountable for how they affect
their scenes.”

The Creative Footprint hopes to raise $35,000 over the
next month and a half.

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Martin Shkreli’s Wu Tang album to be seized by US federal officials

Federal officials are forcing Martin Shkreli to give
up the rights to his exclusive $2 million dollar Wu Tang album,
Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

In August, Shkreli was convicted on two counts of securities
fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
The convictions were found in connection with Shkreli’s biotech
company, as well as two hedge funds that the
thirty-four-year-old ran.

Shkreli is currently being held on $5 million bail at the
Brooklyn Metropolitan Correctional Center awaiting his
appearance in court. CNBC reports
that Shkreli’s attorney, Ben Brafman, says he’ll
“vigorously oppose the government motion.”

“Our position is clear,” said Brafman in a prepared statement
on Friday. “None of the investors lost any money and Martin did
not personally benefit from any of the counts of conviction.
Accordingly, forfeiture of any assets is not an appropriate
remedy.”

Prosecutors, on the other hand, believe that Shkreli gained
access to “funds he would not have had but for his criminal
offenses.”

Prosecutors have tallied $3 million for fraud at
the hedge fund MSMB Capital, $3.4 million at MSMB Healthcare,
and $960,000 for Shkreli’s conviction on conspiracy
to commit securities fraud.  “These funds were, in
essence, the life blood that fueled the fraud scheme,”
prosecutors wrote.

Shkreli’s efforts to sell the album as a piece of art, rather
than simply release it to the public, were near-universally
reviled by the music community, especially considering
Shkreli’s dubious moral background.

Shkreli is scheduled to be sentenced on January 16th, 2018.
Considering the evidence, he might want to protect his neck.

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