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January 17, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
Party's over, kids. For the past six months, Americans have been bathing in the luxury that is Spotify, the free music streaming service that started in the U.K. and teamed up with Facebook to probably forever change the way we share and experience music on the Web. Like most free rides, the "free" part is about to be phased out. The deal, for anyone who didn't read the fine print, is good for only six months before Spotify demands a...
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May 19, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
** (out of 4) Regardless of the varying quality of the music they contain, posthumously released albums are usually pathetic . Often, a group of music biz execs take a break from, say, gorging themselves on whatever's left of Justin Bieber's sweet young soul to squeeze more cash out of beloved icons no longer around to complain. Their goal? Rally the artist's fan base by assuming that no one will speak negatively about a legend, especially a dead one. For Michael Jackson, who passed away in 2009, this has already happened.
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September 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
When I began using the music program Spotify sometime last year, it changed my music-listening life. With literally any and all of the world's recorded music now available in a five second search, it was like suddenly having the Holy Grail as your morning coffee cup. I took the scrolling list of my Facebook friends on the right side of the player as a strange addendum to this revolutionary new program. After all, what did I particularly care what my friends were listening to? So what if Chad Peterson was listening to this or Laura Beatty Muteti listening to that?
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October 23, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Remember the duet all pop stars used to have back in the '90s? You know, the one where you would have two world-class talented singers just belting “WHOOOOOAAAAAYEAAAHHH” at each other for four minutes? Then it immediately sold 2 million copies and got nominated for a bunch of Grammys they'd lose to Celine Dion? The new Lady Gaga single “What Do U Want” (featuring R. Kelly) reminds me of those. Matter of fact, the song is so '90s that I had the following thoughts, in order: ”Damn, this sounds like the video would cost a lot of money.
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January 6, 2012
Business Insider reports: In one week, all those users who signed up for (Spotify) the free all you can eat desktop music that day will find out that they're going to be limited to just 10 hours per month now. You're also only allowed to play individual tracks no more than five times per month. Read more at Business Insider 
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January 20, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
It's back! For this week's entry, RedEye staffers compiled a truly massive list of hardcore honky-tonk. From Jason Aldean to the Zac Brown Band. Whether you're a hardcore fan or usually don't touch the stuff with a 10 foot pole, here's over 6 HOURS of country music classics. Make sure you have Spotify , then click here. Enjoy, y'all!
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April 17, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
True to tradition, North Coast Music Festival announced a partial lineup of headliners for the third annual fest-- Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Union Park --just after midnight on Monday evening, along with a Groupon deal for discounted fest passes . Within about 30 minutes, the limited $62 passes were sold out.  Topping the headliners list is Chicago-area native Pretty Lights , who has sold out many shows at Congress Theatre (and...
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June 6, 2012 | By Niki Fritz, For RedEye
If you Google my name, you will not see a list of articles I wrote for my college newspaper, my name on the high school honor roll or even my LinkedIn page. If you Google "Niki Fritz," you will get listings for Nikki Fritz, a surgically altered, B-list '90s porn actress. And, yes, I actually have had to tell people, "No, sorry, that is not me in the 'Nikki Fritz Making Love So Hard' video. " That is the thing about Google. It leaves you with more questions instead of the concrete answers you were searching for - and it's especially dangerous when you're...
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March 7, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye Sound Board
Screw you, Internet. Thanks to a couple of posts on blogs that I refuse to own up to following, my afternoon has been dedicated to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe. " If my Spotify could talk it would say something like "Emily Van Zandt listened to 'Call Me Maybe' 18.5 times today, kind of in a row. " Thankfully there's that whole "private session" function, which has never been more necessary. Apparently Jepsen was a contestant on Canadian Idol? And Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and some girl from a few Disney movies did a lip-synch YouTube...
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March 27, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
Just a few hours after Lollapalooza three-day passes went on sale (and sold out in less than 20 minutes), reports of ads on the Red and Blue Line hinting at headliners for the 2012 fest started trickling in. Listen to our Spotify playlist of all of the rumored and expected artists on the 2012 Lolla lineup. Ads at the Logan Square Blue Line station feature lyrics, according to Wine & Pop , that hint at four possible performers: Die Antwoord, Justice, The Weeknd and Jack White .  Below are photos of...
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April 16, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
It's hard to keep up with everything floating around about Twitter, Facebook and the like. We know. So here are a few social media noteables to keep tabs on this week. Twitter music app -- nope, still not out The new music community app from Twitter launched exclusively to music "influencers"--like Ryan Seacrest? OK ... -- last week on an invite-only basis, and, so far, it sounds promising. According to tech bloggers who have tried it, Twitter Music will have both a web interface and a downloadable app; integrate with YouTube and Vevo; pull in tracks from Spotify, iTunes, Rdio and...
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April 7, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The multiple clone characters Tatiana Maslany plays in BBC America's "Orphan Black" might look alike, but they definitely don't act the same. That meant Maslany had to create histories, attitudes, accents and mannerisms for each of the very different clones viewers will meet throughout the season. Part of that process, the Canadian actress told me during a recent phone interview, involved making music playlists for each of the clones she plays. "I played around with music, different playlists for each character, soundtracks that...
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
When I began using the music program Spotify sometime last year, it changed my music-listening life. With literally any and all of the world's recorded music now available in a five second search, it was like suddenly having the Holy Grail as your morning coffee cup. I took the scrolling list of my Facebook friends on the right side of the player as a strange addendum to this revolutionary new program. After all, what did I particularly care what my friends were listening to? So what if Chad Peterson was listening to this or Laura Beatty Muteti...
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August 14, 2012 | By Matt Kuttan, For RedEye
When I first heard "Starry Eyed Surprise" by Paul Oakenfold in a Diet Coke commercial, I fell in love, and the song made it onto my wedding soundtrack. Later, I ran across Black Sheep's "This or That" in a Kia commercial and was compelled to dust off some of my favorite old hip-hop records. There may be few of us who admit it, but the truth is many of us discover - or rediscover - some of our favorite bands and songs through advertising. As a creative director for an ad agency, maybe I'm just more likely to notice - or more likely to cop to it. That's why I was so disappointed to read...
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June 6, 2012 | By Niki Fritz, For RedEye
If you Google my name, you will not see a list of articles I wrote for my college newspaper, my name on the high school honor roll or even my LinkedIn page. If you Google "Niki Fritz," you will get listings for Nikki Fritz, a surgically altered, B-list '90s porn actress. And, yes, I actually have had to tell people, "No, sorry, that is not me in the 'Nikki Fritz Making Love So Hard' video. " That is the thing about Google. It leaves you with more questions instead of the concrete answers you were searching for - and it's especially dangerous when you're dating.
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April 20, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Nicole Boudreau stares intently into the camera, lip-synching along with a booming recording of herself as the name of her band glitters in bright lights behind her. This music video for the Royalty's addictive song “Bartender” isn't happening on some Hollywood sound stage, though. It's to the right of the bar inside the Blue Line Lounge and Grill, just under the Damen blue line stop. The spot's retro vibe matches perfectly with the soul-influenced rockers, who may not be unknown much longer thanks to being tagged as an MTV Buzzworthy artist.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
It's hard to keep up with everything floating around about Twitter, Facebook and the like. We know. So here are a few social media noteables to keep tabs on this week. Twitter music app -- nope, still not out The new music community app from Twitter launched exclusively to music "influencers"--like Ryan Seacrest? OK ... -- last week on an invite-only basis, and, so far, it sounds promising. According to tech bloggers who have tried it, Twitter Music will have both a web interface and a downloadable app; integrate with YouTube and Vevo; pull in tracks from Spotify, iTunes, Rdio and...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
** (out of 4) Regardless of the varying quality of the music they contain, posthumously released albums are usually pathetic . Often, a group of music biz execs take a break from, say, gorging themselves on whatever's left of Justin Bieber's sweet young soul to squeeze more cash out of beloved icons no longer around to complain. Their goal? Rally the artist's fan base by assuming that no one will speak negatively about a legend, especially a dead one. For Michael Jackson, who passed away in 2009, this has already happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
True to tradition, North Coast Music Festival announced a partial lineup of headliners for the third annual fest-- Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Union Park --just after midnight on Monday evening, along with a Groupon deal for discounted fest passes . Within about 30 minutes, the limited $62 passes were sold out.  Topping the headliners list is Chicago-area native Pretty Lights , who has sold out many shows at Congress Theatre (and...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
Just a few hours after Lollapalooza three-day passes went on sale (and sold out in less than 20 minutes), reports of ads on the Red and Blue Line hinting at headliners for the 2012 fest started trickling in. Listen to our Spotify playlist of all of the rumored and expected artists on the 2012 Lolla lineup. Ads at the Logan Square Blue Line station feature lyrics, according to Wine & Pop , that hint at four possible performers: Die Antwoord, Justice, The Weeknd and Jack White .  Below are photos...
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