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Streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music offer unparalleled value and are boosting the listening market.

The iTunes Era is Over Will Oremus
As Apple Music launches, you might never need to buy a recording again.

Indie Labels Hope Apple Will Finally Make Streaming Pay
Wired: Julia Greenberg
Apple is hoping it becomes the one, true streaming service that can get millions of people to pay to play, just like it got millions to pay for downloads from its iTunes Store.

So Apple Music is Really a Return to Radio, Right?
Chicago Tribune: Mikael Wood
It's an old-fashioned concept remade for the mobile era: human DJs beaming out songs to people all over the world listening on their smartphones. Real-time radio, of all things, is what truly distinguishes the newest and splashiest streaming service, Apple Music.

Music’s up 14 Percent in 2015’s First Half
USA Today: Brian Mansfield
What's driving the increase? For one thing, on-demand streaming, which nearly doubled year over year, rising 92%.


Article Lincoln Centers Dark Legacy
Commentary Magazine: Terry Teachout
Reynold Levy, who served as Lincoln Center’s president from 2002 to 2014, has published a memoir, “They Told Me Not to Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center”. Teachout offers an in-depth review at an important time.

The Tchaikovsky Competition: Time to Correct an Historic Anomaly
The Guardian: Tom Service
Research by pianist Kirill Gerstein has revealed that the standardly performed version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto differs substantially from what the composer actually wrote. It’s a shame this year’s competitors haven’t taken the opportunity to perform the authentic version

Let It Go: Why are Some Song Titles Used Over and Over Again?
The Independent: Rhodri Marsden
There's no copyright on using song titles again. So, are singles' doubles mistakes on the part of songwriters, or are they nice little earners?

The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, and Mingus
Night Lights Classic Jazz: David Brent Johnson
In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?

5 Things Classical Musicians Should Do Differently
Advice from the founders of the UK's Multi-Story Orchestra.

Recording Income Would be 17 Times Higher without Piracy, UMG Study Finds
Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
A recent study found that, if piracy and free content ended tomorrow, recording sales would multiply 17 times within three years.


Misty Copeland is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater
New York Times: Michael Cooper
Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States — making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still not a principal dancer.

Misty Copeland Promotion Part of a New Era at American Ballet Theatre
Wall Street Journal: Pia Catton
ABT appears to be rewarding dancers who have committed to the company, especially early in their training

Nina Simone’s Music is More Relevant than Ever
The Atlantic: Adam Chandler
A new documentary explores the High Priestess of Soul’s inimitable voice in song and activism. In a year with no shortage of harrowing stories and despite Simone’s late-in-life exhortations about her own irrelevance, there may never be a more appropriate time to slake a new generational curiosity about Simone than now.

Jazz at Lincoln Center and Sony Music Team Up for Blue Engine Records
The New York Times: Robin Pogrebin
A new label will offer archived recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the public for the first time. The project also includes studio and live recordings.


UK Employment Boom in Music, Performing and Visual arts
Jobs in the arts are growing at a higher rate than in any other area of the creative industries, but new figures from the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport) lay bare the scale of the diversity problem.

Wales to Put Arts at the Heart of the Curriculum
The expressive arts will be one of six areas of learning and experience that will take the place of traditional subjects as Wales approves a radical overhaul of its curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

Vienna’s ‘Live at Home’ Opera Streaming Service is a Hit
The Wiener Staatsoper ‘live at home’ video streaming service has attracted more than 9,000 customers in its first season, including 200 who took out the €320 (£227) annual subscription.

BBC to Lay Off 1,000 People as Britons Cut the Cord with TV
CBC News: Thomson Reuters
Public broadcaster faces new round of funding cuts, declining license fee revenue.

Cut Ties with BP, Composers and Music Researchers tell Royal Opera House
An open letter published in the Guardian, signed by composers, musicians and music researchers, tells the Royal Opera House to stop collaborating with BP and giving it “a social legitimacy it does not deserve”.


Facebook in Talks with Major Labels for Music Video Trial
Billboard: Andrew Flanagan
Facebook is looking to pull music video views away from YouTube, an industry source has confirmed to Billboard.

App Developed at UMBC Delivers Program Notes in Real Time During Concerts
Baltimore Sun: Tim Smith
The app, called Octava, is aimed at enhancing the musical experience for listeners by delivering information via Wifi, synced with the music being played in the concert hall.

The Video Games Changed Popular Music
The New Yorker: Hua Hsu
In the book “Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack,” the theorist and composer Andrew Schartmann passionately argues for the radical legacy of video-game music.


Your Road-Trip Playlist Is Ready
NPR Staff
Just before the holiday weekend, NPR asked their listeners to tell them what songs they consider essential fuel for long summer drives, and more than 3,000 suggestions rolled in.


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