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New Gorillaz Music and Artwork “leaked” by Jamie Hewlett

New Gorillaz Music and Artwork “leaked” by Jamie Hewlett

Don't expect any full tracks out of the Gorillaz Until the time is ripe - but today we're getting a preview. Today Jamie Hewlett released not one, but two videos - very short videos - showing what's going on in the studio with the creators of the next Gorillaz album. One video is relatively short but includes some futuristic musical jams, while the other is long but contains no music. Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn are here - see if you can identify anyone else.

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Kanye West album ‘Life of Pablo’ comes to Apple Music, Spotify

Kanye West album ‘Life of Pablo’ comes to Apple Music, Spotify

Love him or hate him, Kayne West continues to be a big name in the music industry these days, and many people want to hear his records. And starting today, a whole lot more fans will actually be able to, as West's new album, The Life of Pablo, is finally available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music. This marks the first time the album has become available for streaming on any service besides Tidal since it was first released in February.

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Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of music streaming. It is, however, the top dog, perhaps along with Bandcamp, when you think about indie music streaming. Today, however, Soundcloud is playing in the big leagues. It has just confirmed and announced its much rumored subscription tier, offering more serious subscribers a chance to take their music offline or listen without the interruption of ads. However, it also mark's the service's foray into record label territory, offering titles from the likes of Sony and UMG.

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SoundCloud and Sony Music strike licensing deal

SoundCloud and Sony Music strike licensing deal

SoundCloud has announced a new partnership with Sony Music that furthers its proper licensing deals and gives it official access to more than 110 million audio tracks. The company says it will soon be adding a bunch of music from artists represented by Sony Music Entertainment, though there’s no timeframe provided for when that’ll happen. On the user end of things, it simply means the number of available tracks will increase soon.

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Sonos announces layoffs, possible Amazon Echo tie up

Sonos announces layoffs, possible Amazon Echo tie up

It might be hard to believe that Sonos has already been around for more than 10 years, especially considering it was only in the last few years that its name really started to pick up traction. In that time, the music industry has changed drastically, shifting from CDs to MP3s and personal media players (PMP) to streaming. And now Sonos is undergoing a change as well. Not a good change, mind you. CEO John Macfarlane took to the company blog to announce something its employees dread to read. It is laying off an undisclosed number of its workforce.

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Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Chrome Music Labs brings interactive music lessons to the web

Google has introduced its new Chrome Music Lab, an effort to tech everyone about music by providing free interactive online tools. The idea is that just about everyone has access to the Internet, and as such it should be leveraged as a teaching tool for music — it may not be able to teach someone how to play a specific instrument, but it can expand one’s understanding of music in general.

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Pandora now lets artists broadcast messages to fans from anywhere, anytime

Pandora now lets artists broadcast messages to fans from anywhere, anytime

Every now and then while listening to one of my Pandora stations, I'll hear a message from one of the bands that pops up on it. I pay for the Pandora One subscription so that I don't have to listen to advertisements, but I don't really mind hearing the occasional message from an artist that I like. But these messages might start happening a bit more frequently in the future, as Pandora is making it easier for the artists to record them.

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Samsung states no plans to buy Tidal music service

Samsung states no plans to buy Tidal music service

While the talk about Samsung being unsatisfied with the performance of its Milk Music streaming service is likely true, the South Korean company has come out and stated that the rumors of talks to purchase Tidal are completely false. Variety reported on Friday that Samsung would be shutting down Milk Music, and the accompanying Milk Video, with plans to replace its streaming media offerings with the Tidal purchase, according to unnamed sources.

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Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Over the centuries, man has developed wonderful and intricate instruments that would delight our ears and pluck at our heartstrings. But what if you could somewhat undo all that and replace them with marbles? Sounds insane? That is somewhat the quest that musician cum inventor Martin Molin of Swedish musical act Wintergatan has taken upon himself to conquer, a quest that took him 14 months to finish. Fortunately for us, and maybe for him, the end result is just as astounding as the concept of a marble-driven music machine is.

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Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

The newest update to Spotify will come this week, adding to their already popular "Discover Weekly" feature with "Fresh Finds." As if to say "please, please listen to something other than Coldplay or Skrillex," Spotify has created yet another way for users to find new and exciting rising musical stars. Five categories are being added as a part of this initiative, including Basement, Cyclone, Fire Emoji, Hiptronix, and Six Strings.

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Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

In case you missed the news earlier this week, Kanye West released a new album. Normally, a new album from a popular artist would create some ripples, but Kanye won't settle for anything less than Tidal waves. And now he's wanting to take on the most notorious of torrent sites.

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Marshall vs. Capcom mixes Street Fighter’s music with Eminem

Marshall vs. Capcom mixes Street Fighter’s music with Eminem

Art is a funny thing. There are things in this world that you wouldn't ever think to put together, because they just don't have anything in common. At least not on the surface. But then someone comes along, mixes two of your favorite things together, and suddenly something wonderful is born. And that's exactly what happened when one group decided to mix Eminem with Street Fighter.

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