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Country Star Luke Bryan Debuts Song On Tinder

tinderLuke Bryan is debuting a song on social dating app Tinder. Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold 7.5 million albums with 30 million digital tracks   He’s been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music (twice) and the Country Music Association.

Luke-bryan-1024Starting today through Monday, August 3, Tinder users can discover a video message from Luke Bryan inviting them to debut his new track “Kill The Lights” by tapping banners on either the top or bottom of the card to receive a link.Fans will also have the opportunity to pre-order the album, out August 7. 

“Tinder is the hottest social platform for meeting new people,” shared Bryan. “That’s why I thought my title track for KILL THE LIGHTS would be perfect to premiere exclusively on the app before it comes out next Friday, August 7th. I’m happily married and not on Tinder but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song .”

 Luke’s “Kill The Lights” track will also be available on iTunes on Tuesday, Aug. 4 when pre-ordering the album.

SFX Gives Sillerman 2 Weeks To Complete Stock Buy Back, Asset Sale Likely Alternatve

sfxIn just over 3 years, Robert Sillerman built SFX Entertainment into an EDM powerhouse. But since taking the company public in October 2013 and raising $260 million with the IPO, the company has seldom met investor expectations.

SFX Entertainment (NASDAQ:SFXE)  today announced that had given notice to Robert F.X. Sillerman , the Company’s Chairman and CEO, that he had until 10:00 a.m. on August 13, 2015 to prove that he could finance his promised effort to take the company private including a cash buyback of stockholders at $5.25 per share. As of mid-day Friday, SFXE was trading at $3.16 per share.

image from www.hypebot.comThe company admitted earlier this week that it had sought other offers, but only found buyers interested in specific parts of the company which include Beatport and EDM festivals Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld and Electric Zoo.

If Sillerman fails to meet his obligations. a sale of key assets seems likely.

SFX Entertainment also announced today that it will report its 2015 second quarter financial results after the market closes on Monday, August 10, 2015. In light of the announced transaction, the Company does not intend to host a conference call or webcast.

Apple Music Uses Snapchat To Offer Look Inside Beats 1 Global Studios

image from nme.assets.ipccdn.co.ukSince even before it launch, Apple Music has been using social media creatively to promote Beats 1. From “leaking” details to posting “exclusive” interviews on YouTube, Beats 1 and Apple Music are going wherever their audience goes.

Apple Music’s latest foray into social marketing is a tour of Beats 1’s 3 global studios via Snapchat. While not a spontaneously produced video captured on a smartphone, it does convey the energy that is driving interest in the online station.

TNW captured the Snapchat videos and posted them on YouTube.


5 Signs You’re Not Built To Be A DIY Musician

Broken_guitar_xlargeDo you have what it takes to blaze your own trail in the music industry? Being a DIY musician requires an incredible amount of work, as well as a certain degree of tenacity and an ability to handle rejection. As lifestyles go, it’s not for everyone. 


Guest Post by Jhoni Jackson on the Sonicbids Blog

Not every musician’s goals are alike, so day-to-day efforts vary from person to person. But in almost any DIY career, none of the five points below will work to your benefit. If you identify with any of them, consider trying to adapt to their opposite – or accept their detrimental effect on your progress. 

1. You don’t take rejection or criticism well

“No” is something you will undoubtedly hear many times as an independent musician. You’re going to be turned down by record labels. Venues and booking agents will pass when you try setting up a show. Music writers will give you bad reviews – or may not even give you the time of day in the first place. Handling it all gracefully and constructively is paramount. Don’t let it diminish your ambition. Keep trying, and think about how good it’ll feel when you finally see positive feedback or hear “yes.”

[How to Deal With Negative Feedback on Your Songs]


2. Multitasking is difficult for you

“Do it yourself” means exactly that. Unless you’re lucky enough that people volunteer to help you out or you can afford to hire a team right off the bat, you’re going to have to handle every aspect of your career. That means booking your own shows, making your own promo, hitting up writers and outlets for press, running your social media pages, and more. If you can’t juggle all of that and keep your personal life intact, you’re probably not cut out for this.

3. You’re an extreme perfectionist

Mistakes are bound to happen. If you’re the type of person who internalizes mistakes, you’re going to hate yourself within the first six months of your career.

You could order 150 T-shirts without noticing a glaring typo in your band name. You might accidentally offend your followers on social media. At your biggest show yet, you might fall off the stage. And all of that is okay. It might help to remind yourself that you’re not the only imperfect one – everybody fumbles from time to time. Learn to bounce back and keep moving.

4. You dislike networking

Making connections with promoters, booking agents, other bands, writers, and basically anybody operating in the entire independent music realm is crucial. You never know if someone might be able to help your career; networking with everyone you possibly can should be your goal. If you aren’t able to do this both online and in person, you’ll stunt your progress significantly.

[6 Music Industry Networking Tips Nobody Tells You]

5. You don’t like hard work

Being an independent musician is extremely difficult. You have to perpetually push forward – sometimes literally, like all your gear up a flight of stairs into a venue. You don’t have to be excited about the physical labor part, but for everything else, you should be enthusiastic.Making music is what you love to do, right? Then spending hours emailing writers about your band, giving up an entire weekend to practice ahead of next week’s big show, and pinching pennies to save for tour shouldn’t discourage you. Instead, those efforts should serve to further fuel your ambition.


Jhoni Jackson is an Atlanta-bred music journalist currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she juggles owning a venue called Club 77, freelance writing and, of course, going to the beach as often as possible.

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Scientists create a robotic insect that can jump on water – Digital Spy UK

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1000 Musicians Gather To Lure Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters To Italy

image from www.mtv.comA fan in Italy organized a group of 1000 musicians to come together to learn a Foo Fighters song in an attempt to convince Dave Grohl and company to perform in Cesena, Italy. 


A video posted on YouTube shows a legion of musicians coming together in a field to play a rendition of Learn To Fly by the Foo Fighters in an attempt to lure them to Italy. 

“This is for Chris, Pat, Nate, Taylor and Dave Grohl,”” said organizer Fabio Zaffagini. “”Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true but it’s a land of passion and creativity. What we just did was a huge miracle. 

“I’ve been working on this for a year thinking about how to make it real. 1000 rockers that came from all over the nation for one song. Our call is to ask the foo fighters to come and play for us and give a concert in Cesena.”  – via Celebrity Access


Meek Mill Fires Back at Drake With ‘Wanna Know’

Following a pair of diss tracks aimed in Meek Mill‘s direction, the Philadelphia rapper finally fired back at Drake Thursday night with his hard-hitting “Wanna Know,” where he continues to hammer Drake for allegedly relying on ghostwriters. On the Jhalil Beats and Swizz Beats production, which features a sample from WWE wrestler the Undertaker’s intro gong, Meek Mill dishes more ghostwriting jokes, a reference track for a rhyme Drake supposedly used as his own and even unearths a five-year-old rumor about Drake getting urinated on at a movie premiere.

The song was posted on SoundCloud accompanied by a photo of Drake Photoshopped onto a Milli Vanilli member’s body; that’s more ghost-singing than ghostwriting but the intention is clear: Meek Mill is saying Drake is getting famous off someone else’s talent, and “Wanna Know” reiterates that point.

“You really sweet, I call you buttercup / You fucking dork, you changed the style because you studied us / Coming with the same flow / Switching up your lingo / We just want a refund, this ain’t what we paid for,” Meek Mill says on the track. “I just wanna know, I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller? Was it Hush or was it Detail where you really got your flow,” listing three of Drake’s potential ghostwriters.

Throughout the beef, Meek Mill has maintained that Drake has been employing Miller as a ghostwriter, including for Drake’s guest verse on Mill’s “R.I.C.O.” While Miller has denied that he’s writing for Drake, Mill’s “Wanna Know” sneaks in a snippet of a “Know Yourself” reference track featuring Miller delivering the song’s notable chorus “Running through the Six with my woes.” “I just wanna know, if you ain’t write that running through the Six shit / Tell us who the fuck was Quentin running through the Six with,” Mill asks.

While most of Meek Mill’s accusations are pretty straightforward, one lyric especially caught the ear of listeners: “You let Tip homie piss on you in a movie theater, nigga, we ain’t forget.” After baffling the Internet for a few hours, Ozone Magazine chief Julia Beverly revealed the rumored incident that inspired the line.

“Drake got peed on by TI’s drunk friend Cap at the Takers premiere in Hollywood. (or so I heard from reliable sources),” Beverly tweeted. “Story I heard: Cap was fresh out of the Feds & drunk during the premiere, peed in the aisle & on Drake. He got clowned for not reacting.” However, a search of the major photo agencies could not corroborate that Drake even attended the Takers premiere in 2010. As is some corporations’ wont, Cineplex Movies got in on the track, asking Drake on Twitter, “Not in our theatre tho, right?”

Mill’s “Wanna Know” created a firestorm on the Internet Thursday night, but it appears the diss track— with its partially indecipherable flow and lack of memorable punch lines — largely backfired on the rapper, as everyone from politicians to athletes to corporations to upset wrestling fans began firing back at the rapper. “Meek Mill take it from us – if you gonna serve beef serve it high quality,” Whataburger’s Twitter posted, knocking the track.

On Wikipedia, an intrepid editor briefly changed Meek Mill’s page to note that the rapper died on July 30th after hanging himself in a Toronto hotel room following the negative reaction to “Wanna Know.” Mill’s middle name was also changed to “BodiedByASingingNigga,” a line from Drake’s “Back to Back” diss track.

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, who pissed off Meek Mill’s manager earlier this week after a series of tweets, responded to Meek’s line, “Y’all gonna have to give me a check to stop,” by doing just that. The athlete took a photo of himself writing a check for $150 with the caption, “Cool. Deposit $150 please now stop.”

Perhaps the harshest criticism, though, came from Toronto councilor Norm Kelly, who defended the city’s favorite rapper by poking fun at the low quality of Mill’s response. “This is the reason people hire ghostwriters. #WeDidntWannaKnow,” Kelly tweeted of the diss track. Even Ja Rule – mentioned in the “Wanna Know” outro for his own beef, “This that Ja Rule shit and 50 Cent” – chimed in on Instagram, “Which one supposed to be Ja Rule??? #Over30millionrecordsSOLD #IwriteallmyShit.”

However, Drake had the coolest response to yet another attack in his direction by simply posting a photo of him laughing at something on his cellphone, insinuating what he thinks about “Wanna Know.” Perhaps intentionally, the photo of Drake comes from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans when the rapper was sitting just two seats away from Meek Mill and one seat away from Diddy, who was also sampled in “Wanna Know.”


A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 30, 2015 at 8:02pm PDT

Apple Music Streams Just 4% Of Spotify’s, Says Indie Distributor

spotify vs appleSince Apple isn’t sharing and any stats provided during a 90 day free trial would be suspect, we have no real idea how well Apple Music is doing.  Tim Cook says “millions and millions” and one report claims that 10 million have signed up for a free trial. But signing up and using Apple Music are two different things, as stats from one indie music distributor suggest.


Independent music digital distributor DashGo, monitoring activity for its artists, says that, so far, streams from  Apple Music are only 4% of what they see from Spotify.  If Apple Music does have 10 million users compared to Spotify’s 75 million, you would expect Apple Music to at least generate 13% of what Spotify does.

Of course stats from a single digital distributor that specializes in more obscure releases certainly may not mean that Apple Music has no users.  Apple is marketing to the masses who are more interest in Taylor Swift than DashGo distributed tracks from actor Jason Schwartzman’s musical project.

Bad News For Indie Music

“I think Beats One is very solid, and Taylor Swift is chalking up tens of millions of streams, but I don’t think the plays are trickling down as deeply,” DashGo CEO Ben Patterson told re/code.

If true, however, it suggests that streaming income for indie artist and labels may not expand significantly with Apple’s entry.

Share Your Stats & Apple Music Experiences?

Add your thoughts in the comments below or if  you have stats that you want to share, email bruce at skylineonline dot com. As always, we can keep the source anonymous, if you prefer. No spam please.

Tim Robbins Launching Monthly Music Series

Tim Robbins will launch a new music series at his longtime studio, the Actors’ Gang, in Los Angeles, starting August 1st with a performance by traditional New Orleans jazz outfit, Tuba Skinny.

The group will make their L.A. debut at the Actors’ Gang’s longtime home, the Ivy Substation. The show begins at 8 p.m. PT and tickets are currently available for $25. Box office information is available on the Actors’ Gang website.

The group’s most recent record, Owl Call Blues, was released in 2014, and the band has performed all over the world. Fittingly, however, Robbins first encountered Tuba Skinny while they were busking in the French Quarter in New Orleans, where he was on location directing Treme.

“He introduced himself and we ended up spending time together while he was in town,” Tuba Skinny’s Erika Lewis said in a statement. “It was fun! This is our first ever tour down the west coast and we wanted to end in L.A. because we end up meeting a lot of folks in New Orleans who are visiting from the L.A. area and love live music.”

Robbins will continue to curate the Actors’ Gang’s new music series, which is set to take place the first Saturday of the month. The September installment of the series will feature Los Angeles roots rockers, The Americans.

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