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Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store. Given how competitors like Spotify and Apple now own the markets for streaming and purchasing music online, this move doesn’t come as a total surprise. What does come as a surprise, though, is that Microsoft has partnered with Spotify to move all its…

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‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final

US rapper performs Same Love after a week of controversy in Australia due to his support for marriage equality The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final. The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows previously described Same Love as a song that deals with equal rights, human rights for LGBTI people. This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are…

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‘Columbine destroyed my entire career’: Marilyn Manson on the perils of being the lord of darkness

He has been called an emissary of Satan and falsely blamed for one of the most notorious shootings in US history. But the singer has never been afraid of outrage. Is that really an excuse, though, to flick our interviewers testicles? It is while discussing the difference between his stage persona and his day-to-day life that Marilyn Manson leans over and flicks me in the testicles. This comes as quite a surprise: I have encountered a lot of unusual things as a journalist, but have thus far managed to get…

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In defence of Ringo Starr a masterful drummer and the Beatles’ unsung genius

He may have lacked precision and showmanship and he did write Octopuss Garden. But those who dismiss Ringo as a journeyman who got lucky wildly underestimate a rhythmic powerhouse In 1983, the British comedian Jasper Carrott made an unhelpful contribution to Beatles legend when a tribute video for Starrs Rock & Roll Hall of Fame presentation. Is it someone thats technically proficient? Or is it someone that sits in the song with their own feel? Ringo was the king of feel. What this means is that many of Ringos best…

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Holger Czukay, bassist with Can, dies aged 79

The man who helped give the German psychedelicists their driving rhythm section was found at his apartment, with the cause of death currently unknown Holger Czukay, co-founder and bassist with pioneering German rock band Can, has died aged 79. He was found by a neighbour at his apartment, converted from Cans old studio in Weilerswist near Cologne. The cause of death is currently unknown. His wife Ursula had died in July, while his former bandmate krautrock by the British music press, alongside bands including Tangerine Dream, who paired the strident…

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It’s Sunday morning and Taylor Swift just dropped a second ‘Reputation’ track

Taylor Swift’s Reputation is out on Nov. 10, but you can get a second taste of it right now. “Ready For It” is the second track released for the upcoming album, after “Look What You Made Me Do,” the first single, debuted last week. It’s an edgier track than the previous one, with a fast staccato rhythm and thumping bass. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift just broke another video record @taylorswift13 releasing a new song at 7am is a better wake up call than any alarm! #ReadyForIt @taylornation13 — Katie Slater™…

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ video is here

Just three days into Taylor Swift’s return to the spotlight, we’ve got the vengeful new video “Look What You Made Me Do.” Thankfully, it’s as unhinged as the promos suggested. So what happens in this video? There’s a Taylor Swift zombie. There are references to all of her past videos. There are snakes serving tea. In short: It’s a lot.  SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift says goodbye to old Tay Tay in her latest single RIP #VMAs pic.twitter.com/qnY338rObl — Mashable (@mashable) August 28, 2017 Swift premiered her video during Sunday’s MTV…

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Green Day fan kills ‘Dookie’ song after being invited on stage

Green Day respects people who know Green Day. Fan Thomas Bulvan brought a sign to the band’s Chicago concert that read “I can play every song on Dookie.” (Dookie is the band’s third album, released in 1994.) That was good enough for Green Day they invited Bulvan onstage to play “When I Come Around.” Everyone had a great time. Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/10/25/green-day-fan-plays-with-band/

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On my radar: Jazzy Jeffs cultural highlights

The DJ and producer on Jay-Zs new album, the Philadelphia 76ers and the great taste of blue crab Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Parents Just Dont Understand (1988). The groups second Grammy was earned for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Shep Gordon: Hes kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump. Photograph: Dogwoof This is about Shep Gordons life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. Its one of the most special documentaries Ive ever seen definitely…

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Heartbreaking: This Incredibly Loyal Paparazzo Still Waits Outside The Dry Cleaner Amy Winehouse Used To Use

You may want to grab some tissues, because youre probably going to need them. Theres a paparazzo in London whos so devoted to his favorite subject that its as touching as it is downright tragic: The sad soul can be found seven days a week, 365 days a yearrain or shinehaunting the alleyway outside Amy Winehouses old dry cleaner in London with his camera at the ready, despite the fact shes been dead for six years. It just doesnt get more heartbreaking than that. The loyal paps name is Dominic…

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4 David Bowie Personas He Created To Get Back On Jury Duty

In 1971, David Bowie sat for jury duty for a vandalism case and had the time of his life. Bowie loved jury duty so much that he spent the rest of his life obsessively creating new personas to get another shot at the jury box. Here are the four unforgettable David Bowie personas that the rock n roll legend created in order to trick the selection committee and get back on jury duty. 1. Ziggy Stardust Upon learning that his recent jury appearance would automatically disqualify David Bowie from selection…

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England Lost: Mick Jagger releases bleak Brexit-inspired songs

Rolling Stones singer says England Lost reflects countrys vulnerability while Gotta Get a Grip bemoans fake news and politics led by lunatics Mick Jagger at 74 has delivered his first solo musical foray into political commentary, with a pair of new songs that deliver grimly mocking takes on the age of Brexit and Trump. The celebrated Rolling Stones frontman released England Lost and Gotta Get A Grip on Thursday, saying he wrote them while stirred by anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation. The songs represent Jaggers first solo…

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