Posts Tagged ‘music’
There’ll be no children singing Christian rhyme in Costa Coffee this year, as the popular chain has banned the song from being played in any of its stores this Christmas.
In a clear case of the pot calling the kettle, the move came after Cliff’s homage to booze and poisonous greenery was voted the most hated Christmas song in a Costa poll of 3000 customers.
Kevin Hydes from Costa said: ‘The festive happiness of our customers and staff is our upmost priority.’
It’s not been a great year for Cliff. His sleazy calendar is nowhere to be seen, and in another survey of hated Christmas songs recently, Mistletoe and Wine, Millennium Prayer, and Saviours Day took the top three.
However, the Costa survey had some glaring inaccuracies. The excellent ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses came in at number 3, and that’s the best Christmas song ever. And these tedious mainstream latte drinking philistines also had the temerity to slag off ‘Little Saint Nick’ by The Beach Boys.
Don’t listen to the haterz, Cliff. There’ll be logs on the fire, and gifts on the tree, and time to rejoice in the good that we see. In Starbucks.
McDonalds have had to apologise to customers and a Welsh branch played a track that featured sexually explicit lyrics at 9.30am in the morning. And we’re not talking about a sly f-bomb here – this is full on explicit.
Customers in the Haverfordwest McDonalds were eyeing up a sausage and egg McMuffin while the speakers blasted out ’Only 17′ by US rapper Rucka Rucka Ali, which talks about underage sex, being raped in prison and more.
Steve Davidson, spoke to a Metro hack (who was probably trying to not laugh) who said he’d heard the song while with his 20-month-old grandson. He said: ”The lyrics are disgusting, they are very explicit – not just a bit risqué or a bit of swearing. It’s not what you want while you’re having your breakfast. You have to be over 18 to download it, for them to be playing it somewhere that attracts children is obviously a concern.”
McDonalds blamed all this on a nightshift worker who had left his MP3 player in the system and said: “The vast majority of our restaurants, including Haverfordwest, have external music providers dedicated to creating playlists that have been thoroughly screened for appropriateness of language and content. We apologise to Mr Davidson for this isolated lapse in our rigorous standards.”
Of course, you want to listen to the track. Be warned, it is massively NSFW and, frankly, it is dreadful. So bad is the song that the member of staff responsible should be sacked so owning it. Anyway, click here to listen.
Rucka Rucka Ali meanwhile, was rather pleased with the exposure and tweeted: “Tomorrow, there will be youtube videos of Nuckas playing “Only 17” at McDonalds… we’re fighting back!!! #FreeRucka.”
X Factor alumness, James Arthur, has been embroiled in an internet row all week, after he called someone “queer”. Arthur, with a face longer than Morrissey’s, has been trying to brush it all off like he’s too hard to care. However, after a scrap with fellow X Factorite, Lucy Spraggan, things have really got heated online.
For the low-down on the scrap, HolyMoly have the best round-up (treating the whole thing with the contempt it frankly deserves). However, one interesting thing has happened – it seems you can now get refunds on albums if you don’t like something the artist has said.
The screengrab below shows what Michelle from iTunes said to a customer.
So, with that, it seems that you can spend your money on albums, maybe films and TV shows and, should anyone involved in the project say something out of turn, you can ask for your money back.
That could be interesting, especially if you’re into hip hop or metal, where artists say all manner of stuff to get themselves heard or in a bid to pointedly shock. Same goes for horror directors or actors defending Roman Polanski and the like. If James Arthur has done little for the world, it seems his big mouth has ushered in a new type of refund.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) have bagged themselves another court order against websites that engage in copyright infringement. As of today, the UK’s six biggest ISPs will have to block 21 websites and torrents.
That includes TorrentHound and sharing platforms BeeMP3, Mp3Raid and FilesTube.
Last year, the BPI successfully got ISPs to agree to block The Pirate Bay and another three torrent websites. However, what they didn’t manage is to stop people from getting access to them through a proxy.
There’s also a Streisand Effect going on as well, with the BPI giving often unheard of sites huge amounts of publicity.
“We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright but unfortunately they did not and we were left with little choice but to apply to the court,” said Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive. “The judge considered the evidence and declared that ISPs should not serve access to them.”
The websites which became inaccessible in the UK include Abmp3, BeeMP3, Bomb-Mp3, eMp3World, FileCrop, FilesTube, Mp3Juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3Raid, Mp3skull, NewAlbumReleases, Rapidlibrary, 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova. TorrentCrazy, TorrentDownloads, TorrentHound, Torrentreactor and Torrentz.
This will be no problem for anyone who knows how to use a search engine to get an answer for a commonly asked question, so well done to the BPI.
HMV have relaunched their digital service in a bid to stay relevant after the company was a dog’s whisker away from being put down at the vets. Now, with Nipper’s new service, we can browse HMV’s digital catalogue, buy and pre-order MP3s and generally obtain a service that’s available elsewhere.
There will be a HMV app, whic is the first non-iTunes-based service on Apple’s iOS platform which will allow music downloads through a native app, according to the company.
In the app, there’s a nifty thing called ‘image search’, where you can scan album covers with your phone and listen to a 30 second preview. There’s also ‘sound search’, which allows you to discover tunes they hear while you’re going about your business. So, Shazam then?
While these things are all well and good, people will surely still listen to leaks on YouTube or get stuck into torrents? HMV isn’t exactly offering a solution to a problem here.
“For the first time, music lovers have the ability to experience the traditional feel of HMV on the high street and have the option to discover and build a digital music collection, delivered and managed across devices, from HMV, the Home of Entertainment,” said James Coughlan, Managing Director of HMV Digital.
“An exciting vision is unfolding and I look forward to announcing further developments regarding our plans for 2014 in the coming weeks – this is just the beginning!”
The HMV app is available from today, free of charge, if you want to test drive it.
For a paltry £1.19, you can download 259 tracks by John Martyn as part of the John Martyn Island Collection.
Some people are kicking off and demanding refunds because, through another deal, some paid just over £7. These people are clearly cheapskates and pushing their luck as that’s still a bargain.
However, if you missed it and want in, click here to see the outrageously good deal before some office bod at Amazon gets a memo to nuke what seems to be an error on the company’s part.
If you check the comments on the deal, you might even be able to get all that music for free! Knock yourselves out!
Includes the excellent ‘Stormbringer’, ‘Bless The Weather’ and ‘Solid Air’ LPs and loads, loads more.
A combined software-update and hardware-launch, Connect means that your music is synced to the cloud, enabling you to switch between any compatible hardware or stream your music to compatible speakers, using your phone/tablet as a controller.
In addition to this, Spotify have teamed up with a number of companies, such as Philips, Revo, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Pioneer, and Yamaha, so you can link up Spotify with compatible hardware.
The company will be hoping that this will encourage more users to get premium accounts, as they’re still making a loss of around $77 million, which means that this new product will be only available to subscribers.
They want to see the ISPs signing -up to a scheme which will see them handing over details of those who are downloading music illegally.
BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and TalkTalk have been asked by the BPI and British Video Association to sign up to a voluntary code to create a database of file sharers, however, it doesn’t seem likely that the ISPs will want to annoy their customers, so this’ll probably fizzle away like all previous attempts.
Again, the ‘three strikes’ rule is being floated, where customers will be sent some letters advising them to legally download things, before a final warning of some kind of sanction and “ultimately prosecution.”
Virgin and Talk Talk are both resisting the collection of user data, with Talk Talk pointing out that this kind of activity is dubious under the Data Protection Act.
“We are involved in discussions about measures to address illegal file-sharing and ultimately would like to reach a voluntary agreement. However our customers’ rights always come first and we would never agree to anything that could compromise them,” said a spokesperson for Talk Talk.
Over at Virgin; “Music and film companies are speaking to broadband providers about how to address illegal file-sharing but what they’re currently proposing is unworkable.”
Google’s music streaming service – the clunkily titled ‘Google Play Music All Access’ – has arrived in the UK in a bid to kill-off Spotify. Bold move, seeing as Spotify is more popular than ever and Google’s attempts at challenging, say, Twitter with G+, didn’t exactly work.
Google Play Music All Access has managed to launch before Apple’s iRadio service got rolled out, which they’ll no doubt be pleased about.
The thing that Google are hoping will woo users is the price. The service undercuts its rivals for those signing up before 15th September, who will get access for £7.99 a month. There’s also a 30-day free trial.
The Google Play Music All Access has a 18 million track catalogue and, with the radio feature, there’s a ‘peek’ feature which allows you to see what’s being cued up next, so you can skip it if you don’t like what’s being offered.
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor says: “Streaming is the fastest growing part of the £330m digital music sector in Britain, with over than a million paying subscribers already and millions more enjoying free and ad-supported music.”
“The entry of a player with the reach of Google will persuade many more consumers to experience having millions of songs to play instantly on their phone, tablet or PC.”
You can give it a whirl as of tomorrow.
Musicians, as you know, are never, ever hypocrites. Take for example, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, who recently lambasted Spotify for how little it pays in royalties. He even went as far as taking some of his music off the service.
That’s because Thom Yorke isn’t wealthy enough and his band aren’t thunderingly huge and Spotify is clearly hindering his process.
Despite the fact that, per person, Spotify is better value for the artist than the radio (which he has no problem with), he’s still terribly unhappy about it all. Forbes wrote something much smarter than we could manage on the whole thing, and you can read it here.
With Thom unhappy about Spotify, it’s funny that he’s part of a group called Atoms For Peace and they just happen to be giving their public backing to an online music portal called ‘soundhalo’.
Soundhalo is a new thing that enables us penny-coughing plebs to watch high quality video of live performances on your various gadgets. He could moan about these things robbing people of the real live experience, one of the few places artists still make a bit of dough (if they’re already successful you understand). He could complain that people don’t buy physical albums anymore, and that the last thing we need is someone muscling in on the live arena too.
He could, but he won’t.
Of course, soundhalo aren’t too forthcoming about the royalties that will be paid to artists that feature on their service. As it is smaller and newer, we can assume that they won’t get near Spotify’s generous payments. And can we assume that soundhalo are already in bed with all the major record labels, a group of people Thom Yorke has been quick to chastise in the past when giving out his albums for ‘free’?
Could it be that Thom Yorke is being an arch tit again? Just like the time Radiohead fooled everyone with a comma – “we won’t be doing interviews, to promote our album” – it seems their dreary frontman is at it again.
Everyone give him a slow handclap.
Amazon have launched a thing called AutoRip, which means it’ll be much easier to convert your tunes to CD. Sounds rubbish? Not quite. See, Amazon are allowing customers to rip anything they’ve bought since 1999 regardless of format. Bought a record in 2001? You’ll be able to burn it to a CD.
The same service launched in the States in January and now it has appeared in the UK, as well as France, Germany and Italy after the shipping company struck deals with major and indie labels. There are 350k albums available through AutoRip.
If you want in, go to your Amazon Cloud Player music-locker and you’ll find every album you’ve ever bought, including ones you bought for other people as presents and whatnot. There, you’ll be able to download the albums as 256Kbps MP3 files or streamed.
“In the US, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, both in terms of direct feedback to us and social media posts,” Amazon’s vice president for digital music Steve Boom told The Guardian. ”It’s a simple, easy-to-understand proposition, and it’s also been a great introduction for our customers to the digital services that we have to offer.”
“They can get the best of both worlds. A lot of people still like having that physical product. They like to collect, or they like the album art and liner notes that aren’t as good in digital.”
However, most people will still prefer illegal downloads and torrents because it is much less faff. Still, nice to see a company at least trying to sort this problem out.
Idiots going to festivals this year are spoilt for choice for ways to make their experience even more annoying for the people around them. If don’t think you’re being irritating enough by throwing bottles of piss into the crowd or playing Wonderwall on your acoustic guitar at 3 am, then buy these – wellies with a built in sound system. Yes, you can make people want to kill you using only your feet!
‘Bloom boots’ – which were created by online music service bloom.fm – connect to any Bluetooth enabled device to play your awful music wirelessly. There’s a waterproof pocket inside to keep your phone dry. Basically it’s a pathetic little rechargeable speaker glued onto a boot and attached to your phone with a USB cable. But they’re wacky! They’re yellow! When you wear them, people will say: ‘You’re mad, you are. No one would ever think you’re a tedious pillock who works for an insurance company.’
Anyway, can get them from Firebox for £60, and true morons can team them with the Vodaphone mobile phone arse pocket charger, and the rechargeable sleeping bag – oh, and a tent in the shape of a giant cock.
In a press release Bloom.fm CEO Oleg Fomenko said: “Music fans love festivals and certainly aren’t scared of a bit of rain and mud. But with a pair of Bloom Boots they can make sure the music never stops and keep their phone and feet dry in style.’
To paraphrase Nancy Sinatra, these boots were made for wankers.
Remember when festivals were full of young people with flowers painted on their boobs, indulging in free love? Well, now they’re more likely to be full of tedious over 30s with John Lewis picnic equipment and an endless supply of Dorset Cereal, according to a new survey by MSN.
It’s hardly surprising when you find out that the average cost for a British festival is now a staggering £423.01 – that’s including tickets, transport, camping equipment, bottles of Williams Brothers craft beer, crap straw hats and ukelele maintenance.
As festival goers are older these days, there’s also been an increasing trend towards older headline acts. It seems that when you hit 36 it’s impossible to process new things, so campers are much happier to see established acts from back in the days when they were happy and had an intact hairline. In fact, 43% of the 2000 festival goers polled said they preferred to see acts that had been around a decade or more.
The average age of festival punters who go to T In The Park is 37, with Glastonbury at 36 and Reading and Leeds at a relatively sprightly 35 years and eight months.
So come on, Reef – start rehearsing ‘Place Your Hands’ – you’ve got work to do.
The service, clunkily called Google Play Music All Access, has been unveiled at Google I/O, where it was revealed that you’ll be able to do exactly the same thing as you can do with Spotify. Basically, you can ‘listen now’, search for artists and make mixes and the like.
Chris Yerga, Google’s engineering director, said: “This is radio without rules. It’s as ‘leanback’ as you want to, or as interactive as you want to.”
One crucial difference is that there’s no tie to Facebook, which may be something of a godsend for future users.
In the US, All Access will cost $9.99 a month after a 30-day free trial. Those who sign up before 30th June will get a reduced price of $7.99 per month.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, said: “Streaming is the fastest growing part of the £330m digital music sector in Britain… with more than a million paying subscribers already and millions more enjoying free and ad-supported music. The entry of a player with the reach of Google will persuade many more consumers to experience having millions of songs to play instantly on their phone, tablet or PC.”
Are you convinced enough to quit Spotify or Grooveshark?