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Second Annual Record Store Crawl revealed

Record Store Crawl

Audiophiles, record enthusiasts, and music lovers are invited to join the second annual series of official Record Store Crawls, taking place in various U.S. cities throughout the next few months. The first of this year’s Record Store Crawls takes place in New York City on Record Store Day, April 22nd, while the remainder of the cities’ Crawls will take place from June through August.

Participants will be escorted by bus to some of each city’s best record stores, with performances from various artists along the way. Tickets range from $34.95 to $59.95, and can be purchased at recordstorecrawl.com.

Record Store Crawl participants will enjoy:

  • A seat on the Record Store Crawl bus
  • A one-of-a-kind performances
  • Food and drinks
  • A gift bag including a mystery vinyl LP and other limited edition gifts including David Bowie and Metallica slipmats
  • Discounts at participating records stores
  • Various other giveaways

Bands confirmed to perform at select Record Store Crawl dates include Savoire Adore (Nettwerk Records); Craig Brown Band (Third Man Records); Four By Fate (The End Records); The Sweeplings (Nettwerk Records), Angelica Garcia (Warner Bros. Records), Ryan Kinder (Warner Music Nashville), Steff and the Articles (independent), and more to be announced. Record Store Crawl is proudly presented in partnership with Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Record Store Crawl Schedule:

4/22 – New York, NY
6/10 – Minneapolis, MN
6/17 – Phoenix, AZ
6/24 – Chicago, IL
6/24 – Rochester, NY
7/8 – Seattle, WA
7/22 – Los Angeles, CA
7/29 – Birmingham, AL
7/29 – Washington, DC
8/6 – Austin, TX
8/12 – Portland, OR
8/26 – Nashville, TN

Third Man Records, Amoeba Records, High Fidelity, Grimey’s, Domino Records, Smash Records, Rough Trade and many more record stores are participating.

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Pandora launches premium subscription tier

Pandora has announced that Pandora Premium, its first ever on-demand streaming tier, launches this week. Invites for a free trial of Pandora Premium roll out to select listeners on March 15th and an option to upgrade will be available to all listeners over the coming weeks.

For $9.99 a month, Pandora Premium combines the best of Pandora’s beloved personalized radio with the ability to search and play any track or album as well as a unique set of playlist features tailored to each person’s distinct preferences. Listeners can now curate their music experience with an ease of use unmatched by any other service.

“Every day tens of millions of people trust us to choose the exact right song for them. That’s why they spend more time with Pandora than any other music service,” said Tim Westergren, founder and CEO of Pandora. “With Premium, we’re leveraging our immense trove of data and everything we’ve learned about personalization to offer a listening experience that sets a new standard for what a music service should be.”

Pandora listeners who start a trial will see all of their stations and thumbed up songs and a visually stunning “Now Playing” experience, which pulls a signature color from the album art and changes as each track plays. Innovative new features are designed to make finding and collecting music and building playlists easy:

  • Playlists, not worklists: Start a playlist with one or two songs of your choice, tap “Add Similar Songs” and put the power of Pandora’s Music Genome Project to work to create the perfect playlist for any activity, mood or party.
  • All your thumbs up: Every song you’ve thumbed up on Pandora is immediately available in your “My Thumbs Up” playlist. Thumb up a few tracks on any Pandora radio station and Premium will automatically create a new playlist of these songs too.
  • New music for you… and only you: Browse is stocked with personalized suggestions for the latest releases from current and soon-to-be favorites whether you listen to classical, metal, jazz, hip hop, country, and everything in between.
  • Offline mode: Download any album, song, station or playlist you want and bring an end to those moments of deafening silence when you lose a signal.
  • Search that knows you: Pandora’s team of curators, music analysts and data scientists have sifted through tens of millions of tracks to help you quickly find what you really want. No more wading through covers, karaoke versions or tribute tracks to get to your favorite tune.

Existing Pandora Plus subscribers will enjoy six months of Premium for no additional charge. Trial lengths for existing Pandora ad-supported listeners and those new to Pandora vary. Premium is available now for iOS and Android, in the car via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and on Google Chromecast. It will be available on other platforms, including popular connected devices and web, in the coming months.

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Discogs his 8 millionth mark with 326k contributors

Discogs

Discogs celebrates an important milestone in reaching eight million releases via the sites 326,000 contributors over the weekend. Born in 2000, it has taken the world’s largest database of physical music 16 years to amass the dizzying collection of CDs, tapes and records with over one million added in the last eight months. With over 25,000 albums being added per week, Discogs continues to be the largest and fastest growing music site in the world.

“We hit five million releases in 2015, crazy to think we’ve halved the distance to ten million in just two years.”

“We hit five million releases in 2015, crazy to think we’ve halved the distance to ten million in just two years,” Ron Rich, Marketing Director at Discogs, tells Billboard. “Still, we hope to catalog all the music in the world and at eight million releases we’re really just getting started. As the community’s collection grows so does the database. It’s really thanks to the passion of our users that we have been able to catalog the world’s music. The real thanks belong to all the contributors out there that help give people access to music across the planet.”

Discogs is the user-built database of music. With a catalog of more than eight million recordings and 4.7 million artists, Discogs is the largest physical music database in the world. In addition, Discogs connects buyers and sellers across the globe. With more than ten million items available and thousands of sellers, this is the premier spot for new releases to hard to find gems.

TIDAL 2016 is the year of exclusives

TIDAL

This year musicians experimented, broke barriers and connected with their fans more intimately. The music industry evolved more than ever in 2016 and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL was at the forefront. TIDAL provided artists with a platform to showcase their creativity and art without restrictions. Read more

AXS recognized as one of 500 fastest growing companies

AXS (pronounced “Access”), a leading ticketing and digital media platform has been recognized as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte as part of their 2016 Technology Fast 500.

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Bret Michaels launches Emoji and lyric keyboard

On Wednesday December 21st, Bret Michaels, along with New York based developers Echelon Creative Inc., are set to launch a limited holiday edition first look at a game changing app: the Bret Michaels Emoji and lyric keyboard with ground breaking lyric-centric technology. The Bret Michaels Emoji and lyric keyboard will combine Michaels’ most famous lyrics, sayings and phrases from both his music and TV career, along with various illustrations of the singer sure to suit the users every emotion, turning their thoughts into Michaels’ best known lyrics and phrases.

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Freedrum – The drumkit that fits in your pocket

Drummers have a whole new world they get to look forward to — drumming on anything and everything and actually hearing it outside of their head! A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for Freedrum, a virtual drumkit that fits in your pocket and can be played anywhere.

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Koss wins users over with headphone volume control

Musicians and music lovers who want flexibility with their headphones have a different option: Koss’ VC20 heaphone control. The Koss VC20 headphone volume control helps listeners control the volume of their music with a convenient accessory. The VC20 is equipped with a clip on the backside of the control for quick and easy access.

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Avenged Sevenfold part of VR performance

On the evening of October 27th, multi-platinum rock band, Avenged Sevenfold, will give a global, 3D /360-degree, live-streamed virtual reality performance in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, Capitol Records and VRLIVE. Fans around the world will be able to view the live stream on UMG’s newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE’s advanced technology, and experience Avenged Sevenfold’s electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event. VRTGO is freely available on iOS and Android.

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Citi, Live Nation announce virtual reality concert series

Citi, Live Nation and NextVR have announced they are working together to produce a series of up to ten live virtual reality concerts as a new part of the “Backstage with Citi” initiative. This planned series will transport fans into an immersive VR experience with extraordinary access to some of the world’s biggest artists. In addition to watching select concerts live in VR, the plan is to bring fans “backstage” with the artists as they prepare to take the stage.

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