Production Music Is a Billion-Dollar Business: Trade Group Study | Variety

In the U.S. alone production music accounts for annual revenue of about $500 million, says Saba, explaining the numbers are based on a proprietary PMA study and includes synch, publishing and other profit centers. He says the internal numbers are “conservative,” citing a February report in Forbes that quantifies production music at $2 billion worldwide.

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Prince’s personal photographer releases new book of rare images – StarTribune.com

Parke got the gig. And he kept on painting — staying on as art director and Prince’s personal photographer for 14 years.Parke did everything from designing stage sets and working on video shoots to photographing album covers and designing souvenir T-shirts. And he continued to live in Baltimore, spending about one week a month in Chanhassen.

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Best MP3 Players: TechRadar’s guide to the best portable music players | TechRadar

Yes Virginia, some folks still use an MP3 player 🙂

Gone are the days when the humble MP3 player served as the center for our music-listening needs – these days, the smartphone is the most popular listening device, and for good reason. Using a smartphone, after all, means that you don’t have to carry around an MP3 player, phone, and camera separately.

That doesn’t mean that MP3 players are obsolete, however. In fact for some folks they’re great investments for both their high-end audio capabilities or rugged durability. That being said, perhaps the most obvious reason to get an MP3 player is if you’re an audiophile.

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Spotify Introduces iMessage App With Search Function for Sharing Music With Friends – Mac Rumors

Spotify has introduced an iMessage application in its latest update this week. As spotted by iGeneration, Spotify in Apple’s Messages app allows you to search the entire music streaming service for a specific song and send it to a friend. When they receive it, they’ll be able to listen to a 30-second clip, and then tap a button to jump into Spotify to check out the whole track.

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Music photographer Sarah Ginn quits the industry due to “misogyny and bullying” – News – Mixmag

Music photographer Sarah Ginn has announced she is quitting music photography due to misogyny from male artists.

Ginn, the resident photographer for London club fabric, wrote a lengthy post detailing how her experience of being objectified at gigs has made her unable to look at her work and led her to make her decision.

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Why certain music gives you goosebumps – and why it’s a very good thing – Mirror Online

So, apparently since I get “goosebumps” with certain music ( I even get a weird “spine tingling” sensation with some) I have what’s called “higher-order cognition” – who knew?  I always knew I was weird, but at least now I have a word for it: “frisson”.

It’s always good to put a label on things, right?

Does music give you the chills? Have you got a few favourite songs that leave you with goosebumps?

There’s a scientific name for it: ‘frisson’. And not everybody gets it. If you do, it sets you apart from the rest, and means your brain works a little differently, according to music graduate Matthew Sachs.

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MelodyVR, app for virtual reality music, highlights hardware problems with VR – Business Insider

Imagine watching a rock concert from the very front of the stage, a hairs-width from the singer, in front of 10,000 screaming fans. It’s not just the best seat in the house, it’s totally impossible.

But that what MelodyVR is building — a virtual reality (VR) platform that lets you watch concerts from the “unobtainable seat in the house,” right on stage, up close and extremely personal.

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