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Elbow’s Guy Garvey tells MPs that streaming royalties threaten the future of music

During the digital, culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, MPs heard from musicians including Ed O’Brien of Radiohead, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, and Tom Gray of Gomez, who painted a bleak picture of artists struggling to survive. The hearing followed pressure from the #BrokenRecord campaign, to investigate the “economic […]

Record shops in movies and TV shows

Record shops might not be the most obvious choice of location for movies or TV shows but here is out list of some of the best. High Fidelity (2000) From the book of the same name by Nick Hornby but transported to a North American record store. It features pugnacious and pedantic music geek Barry […]

Musicians we have lost recently

We have lost several high profile and much loved musicians recently. Some are from natural causes however some have succumbed to Covid-19. Bill Withers Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Lovely Day died aged 81 of heart complications on 30 March 2020. Despite massive success […]

Record Shops and Covid-19 Coronavirus

In the light of recent Government guidance about the current Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemic, many UK record shops are closing temporarily. This is to comply with recommendations on social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the virus. As you can imagine these are difficult times for the country but if these rules are enforced […]

National album day 2019 – Saturday 12 October 2019

On Saturday 12th October 2019 the entire British music community is coming together to celebrate the second National Album Day. The day celebrates the format of the album as an art form. In the days of streaming and people buying single tracks, National Album Day reminds us that albums can still have an impact on […]

Shortlist for 2019 Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize

The music industry’s most random and unpredictable awards – Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize – culminates with a live show and announcement on Thursday 19 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. While we’re not convinced by the merits of pitting one work of  music against another in a competition it’s a great way […]

40 years of music sales in graphs

Music formats come and go with each new format proclaimed as the future and signalling the death of older formats. Most in the music industry thought vinyl was going to go the same way as the not at all missed 8 track format but has been rather popular in recent times (see Book of month […]