There are a lot of things off-putting about the new footage from Kanye West's "Only One" video. The first and foremost being the fact that the Spike Jonze-directed clip begins with rare footage of the rapper smiling. It's like staring at an eclipse: You know this is something you shouldn't be seeing, ... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Kanye West
US rap star Jay Z will make a $56-million foray into the music streaming business by taking over the Norwegian service Wimp, its shareholders confirmed Friday. The platinum-selling artist and record producer Jay Z used his controlling stake in Project Panther Bidco to launch the 464-million-kronor ($56-million, 49-million-euro) bid for Aspiro, the Swedish-listed company behind Wimp. "I think they will be a better owner to lift Aspiro and its advanced music streaming service to a new level," said Trond Berger, the financial director of Norwegian media group Shibsted, currently Aspiro's majority owner. He said in a statement that Jay Z's company "has adequate financial resources and a high level of competence in the music industry".
Offer Roberto Ceretti a fortune for one of his coveted hand-made guitars and he'll likely turn you down: the Italian craftsman may be in demand among collectors, but only plies his trade for top musicians in need. Tucked away in the hills of north-west Italy, Ceretti's workshop is hung with half-finished models, the walls lined with stacks of cedar, mahogany and apple wood, and a large drawing board is littered with classical guitar designs. It didn't work of course, but the passion stuck," said Ceretti, 50, who began his business in earnest 15 years ago after transforming his run-down holiday home in the Piedmont woods into an atelier. Now he makes between five and six guitars a year, selling them for a song to help musicians hit hard by the economic crisis and cuts in culture budgets.
Swedish music streamer Spotify will provide the soundtrack for Sony devices, the companies said Wednesday, spelling the end to the streaming music service from the Japanese tech giant that invented the Walkman. The deal -- which makes the Swedish startup the exclusive provider for Playstation Music and Sony's smartphones and tablets -- sees the companies link up in 41 markets. "Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony," Andrew House, head of Sony's Network Entertainment Business, said in a statement. The deal strengthens Spotify's position as the world's biggest music streaming service as competition from US-based services such as Pandora and YouTube Music heats up and Apple prepares to launch its own service later this year.
The first Austin incarnation of the festival happens April 18 at Carson Creek Ranch. Two of Austin's greatest obsessions, indie music and craft beer, will get top billing when a Dallas-based festival hits town later this spring. The Untapped Festival will bring 65 brewers and headliners like Manchester Orchestra, Phosphorescent, Black Joe Lewis and Jean Grae to Carson Creek Ranch on April 18. In addition to showcasing Austin's homegrown brewing talent, the festival promises to bring in beers from breweries not normally distributed in Austin, according to a press release.
The return of Music Monday features a guide to this week's album releases as well as the week's top new music videos from artists like Modest Mouse, Interpol, Ariel Pink, Charlie XCX, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic