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Trouble Down-Stream?

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Full stream ahead?   The revolutionary music-streaming service Spotify has enjoyed a meteoric rise since 2008 and now boasts over forty million users worldwide, of whom a quarter are paid subscribers. With physical sales continuing to tumble as consumption habits change; in these austerity-stricken times even digital download sales are…

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Bland Aid?

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Bland Aid?   Thirty years on and Bob Geldof has rolled out the latest incarnation of his star-studded charity drive, Band Aid. The latest rework of Do They Know It’s Christmas? is both a showcase of, and a gleaming opportunity for this generation’s stars to cement their names in what…

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There Is Now No Escape

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Way back in 2010, we were all astonished by the sheer cheek and volume of product placement in Lady Gaga’s audacious ‘Telephone’ video. The 9-minute short film, sound-tracked by Gaga and Beyoncé’s chart smash featured products from Virgin Mobile to Coca-Cola and beyond, not at all subtly hidden. But last…

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Referendum Respite

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Referendum Respite If it wasn’t for the constant ups and downs of life’s love affairs, it’s safe to say we would have far less of those guilty-pleasure, heartbroken relationship songs we all know and love. This week served up another very public bicker between two long-term partners, with our northern…

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Did This Upset U2?

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Did this upset U2?   While on my way in to Addictive Tracks HQ in Shoreditch one mid-September morning, I found myself browsing my iTunes music library and wondering how a U2 album I did not know existed had ended up in my playlist. It appeared that I had been…

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