Alternative rock icon Beck on Thursday hinted he was ready to release new music and signaled he would return to his ironic side. The image shows Beck in an abstract, carnival-like atmosphere, with flashing objects around his face that resemble small billiard balls and twisted sticks. Beck has released 12 studio albums that have almost all won critical acclaim while varying widely in style.
Music festivals — including Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival — haven't been this popular since the hippie days of the 1960s. Now gearing up to add another to the growing roster of festival dates is none other than vintner, Eataly-owner, massive star in Italy, and Mario Batali partner-in-crime Joe Bastianich.
By Joshua Hunt TOKYO (Reuters) - Messaging app operator Line Corp launched its music streaming service in Japan on Thursday, getting a head start in the virtually untapped business for mobile music subscriptions in the world's second-biggest music market. Line's move marks the most ambitious attempt yet to reverse the declining market for digital music in Japan, where compact discs still account for more than 80 percent of total music sales. Hobbled by rights issues, foreign companies have yet to break into Japan's music streaming business.
Warner Music Group Corp has agreed to pay hundreds of former interns more than $4.2 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of underpaying them. The settlement, disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, is the latest in a series struck by media and entertainment companies over claims they paid interns little or nothing for their work. Warner Music in a statement said it was pleased to settle.
By Julia Love and Mari Saito SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A decade ago, Apple Inc helped revitalize a music industry hit hard by online piracy with its iTunes Store. Now, amid a steady slump in digital downloads, the industry is hopeful that the tech giant's new streaming service will give record companies another desperately needed boost. Apple Music, unveiled Monday and scheduled to launch at the end of the month, will offer subscribers access to a vast library of songs for $10 a month, but has no free on-demand tier unlike industry leader Spotify and others.
Prosecutors in two US states are investigating whether major music labels have colluded to prevent competition in the booming area of music streaming, officials said Wednesday. The probe -- which an official said has turned up no evidence of wrongdoing -- comes as tech giant Apple entered the streaming battle with the launch of an updated service to compete with Spotify and other providers of unlimited, on-demand music.
Spokesmen for both offices confirmed to Reuters that the music streaming industry was being investigated for anticompetitive behavior, but would not confirm that Apple was being singled out. Apple launched its music streaming service, Apple Music, on Monday. The Times quoted, Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as saying the state was looking into Apple's negotiations with music labels to preserve the benefits consumers have enjoyed from streaming services.
Apple is striking a power chord with a new music service in a bid to drown out offerings from established players such as Spotify, Deezer, YouTube and Pandora. "All of these companies have a huge head start on Apple and Apple will have to convince users to switch," said Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor. Apple Music will do likewise, while also adding real people who design playlists based on artists or genres.