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Further Sexual Harassment Allegations Roil Country Music PR Exec – Variety

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Nashville publicity firm with by far the biggest client roster in country music continued to be rocked late Wednesday by allegations of abusive behavior and sexual harassment, most of them now coming from anonymously sourced former employees, in a series of articles published in local newspapers and on a country news website. The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, and Taste of Country all published separate articles containing further charges lodged by…

Can the music world learn from Hollywood? – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Last month, before stories of Harvey Weinstein’s long history of alleged sexual misconduct triggered an unprecedented outpouring in Hollywood, the disgraced movie mogul responded to accusations against him by invoking the words of Jay-Z. “‘I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children,’” Weinstein quoted the rapper as saying in his song “4:44,” in which Jay-Z alludes to cheating. Weinstein added, “The…

A life in music: Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin, Alison Krauss and his endless wanderlust – The Guardian

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Listen – You’d Better Run “I’m 17, full of myself, in a youth club with Noddy Holder …” It’s a warm-boned autumn afternoon in London’s Primrose Hill, and Robert Plant, 69, is luminous as a cartoon lion, a Soul Jazz records T-shirt tight over his belly, his golden mane winking in a dimly lit local French restaurant. Carry Fire, his 11th solo album (24th if you count collaborations and Led…

If you think Christmas music drives you mad, you could actually be right – Markets Insider

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Christmas music supposedly gets us in the spending mood. Roberto Nickson / Unsplash If you’ve managed to avoid Christmas music so far, that’s going to get harder now we’ve reached November. Get ready for more stores blasting out “All I Want for Christmas,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Christmas music is something you either love or hate. If you find the tunes pretty annoying, then spare some sympathy for retail workers…

Kelela: ‘You can never have enough music that empowers black women’ – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Kelela’s debut album, “Take Me Apart” (Warp), is bold stuff — genre-blurring, trippy, glitchy, seductive, intimate, vulnerable — beauty and weirdness forged out of struggle and pain. It arrives only a few months after Kelela’s 34th birthday, more than a decade after she began flirting with the idea of pursuing her musical passion only to encounter a series of dead ends. She broke through in collaborations with artists such as…

GarageBand update: Apple adds sound pack store – The Verge – The Verge

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Apple seems to have some big plans for expanding what GarageBand is capable of: in an update to GarageBand for iOS today, the company is introducing a “Sound Library” that lets you download and install new virtual instruments as well as sound and loop packs. It’s starting off with eight new packs and instruments, all available for free, and Apple says it’ll continue to bring more packs to the app…

What We’re Listening To This Week – The New Yorker

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Post Malone, “Rockstar” When I hear a song I like, I want to know not only who made it but also its origin story. After my sister Lizanne gave me “Rubber Soul,” my first album, in 1965, when I was six, I spent the rest of my childhood trying to differentiate between the John, Paul, and George songs. That was what knowledge meant to me, early on, and it propelled…

If you think Christmas music drives you mad, you could actually be right – Business Insider

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Christmas music supposedly gets us in the spending mood. Roberto Nickson / Unsplash If you’ve managed to avoid Christmas music so far, that’s going to get harder now we’ve reached November. Get ready for more stores blasting out “All I Want for Christmas,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Christmas music is something you either love or hate. If you find the tunes pretty annoying, then spare some sympathy for retail workers…

Amateurs Can Make Cars’ Audio Systems Sound Better – Forbes

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Ford and electronics giant Harman are refining car audio systems with the help of amateurs. Actually, at Harman’s US headquarters in Novi, Michigan, they call their testing crews ‘trained listeners.’ Harman owns a host of familiar audio brands, including B&O Play, which last year was selected by Ford to replace its previous audio supplier, Sony. So in developing sound systems for its forthcoming 2018 Expedition full-size SUV and EcoSport compact…

CMA Awards 2017: Who are the country music performers and … – Fox News

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Country music singer Miranda Lambert is nominated for five CMA Awards this year. The 51st Annual CMA Awards will take place on Nov. 8.  (Reuters) Country music stars will compete for honors at the 51st Annual CMA Awards this month in Nashville, Tenn.  Singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host this year’s event. It’s their 10th time emceeing the show together.  Here is what you need…

GarageBand expands its music-making palette – Engadget

Thursday, November 02, 2017

GarageBand 2.3 doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Instead it focuses on making the wheel more versatile. There are a few new features, but they almost all focus on putting more sounds at your disposal. Perhaps the biggest addition is the Sound Library, where you can browse and download free instruments and sound packs from Apple. For now, third-party developers are still kept to the App Store, where they can offer standalone…

Tesla delays Model 3 volume production amid biggest-ever quarterly loss – Reuters

Thursday, November 02, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) on Wednesday pushed back its target for volume production on its new Model 3 sedan by about three months, saying it was difficult to predict how long it would take to fix all production bottlenecks. The company also reported its biggest quarterly loss ever, sending shares down nearly 5 percent after hours as the loss was bigger than analysts had expected. Tesla, led…

Apple updates GarageBand with a sound pack store – The Verge

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Apple seems to have some big plans for expanding what GarageBand is capable of: in an update to GarageBand for iOS today, the company is introducing a “Sound Library” that lets you download and install new virtual instruments as well as sound and loop packs. It’s starting off with eight new packs and instruments, all available for free, and Apple says it’ll continue to bring more packs to the app…

Amateurs Can Make Cars’ Audio Systems Sound Better – Forbes

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Ford and electronics giant Harman are refining car audio systems with the help of amateurs. Actually, at Harman’s US headquarters in Novi, Michigan, they call their testing crews ‘trained listeners.’ Harman owns a host of familiar audio brands, including B&O Play, which last year was selected by Ford to replace its previous audio supplier, Sony. So in developing sound systems for its forthcoming 2018 Expedition full-size SUV and EcoSport compact…

Korg teases music making app for Nintendo Switch – The Verge

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Korg, the music company known for making professional keytars and other music gadgets and software, has teased a new music production game for the Nintendo Switch. Little is known about the upcoming release, though a microsite has just gone live and the game looks to be produced in partnership with Detune, a software company. The game is pegged for spring 2018, and a price is yet to be determined. It’s…

Country music’s top publicist accused of sexual abuse by singer denies allegations – Fox News

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Kirt Webster with Dolly Parton at the 11th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Getty) A former client of Kirt Webster, the celebrated publicist of Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels and Kenny Rogers, says Webster sexually assaulted him over the course of a year. Webster is denying the allegations, saying he had a consensual relationship with the singer. Austin C….

Unsound and Semibreve: the festivals that dream a better world in sound – The Guardian

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Spend long enough at avant-garde electronic music festivals and, like the raver character in Spaced who dances to the beep of a pedestrian crossing, you start hearing music in everything. Brakes on a train, wind through a doorway … after Unsound in Krakow, Poland, and Semibreve in Braga, Portugal, you can even convince yourself that your local shopping centre is actually an elaborate sound collage lampooning the cacophony of commerce….

‘Another Pedestrian Hit’: Listen To The Dramatic NY Attack Dispatch Audio – NPR

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Police gather at the scene of Tuesday’s attack in New York City. Andy Kiss/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andy Kiss/Getty Images Police gather at the scene of Tuesday’s attack in New York City. Andy Kiss/Getty Images Dispatch audio from the New York Police Department recorded as Tuesday’s attack unfolded in the city reveals a dramatic — and often tense — response. At least eight were killed and more than…

Amateurs Can Make Cars’ Audio Systems Sound Better – Forbes

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Ford and electronics giant Harman are refining car audio systems with the help of amateurs. Actually, at Harman’s US headquarters in Novi, Michigan, they call their testing crews ‘trained listeners.’ Harman owns a host of familiar audio brands, including B&O Play, which last year was selected by Ford to replace its previous audio supplier, Sony. So in developing sound systems for its forthcoming 2018 Expedition full-size SUV and EcoSport compact…

Amateurs Can Make Cars’ Audio Systems Sound Better – Forbes

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Ford and electronics giant Harman are refining car audio systems with the help of amateurs. Actually, at Harman’s US headquarters in Novi, Michigan, they call their testing crews ‘trained listeners.’ Harman owns a host of familiar audio brands, including B&O Play, which last year was selected by Ford to replace its previous audio supplier, Sony. So in developing sound systems for its forthcoming 2018 Expedition full-size SUV and EcoSport compact…