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2009-01-14 23:05:00

SYDNEY, Australia, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shooting Star Picture Company's D-Star division has welcomed in 2009 with the announcement that EMI Music and Shock Entertainment Group have joined Universal Music Australia and Warner Music Australia in utilising Destiny Media's (OTC Bulletin Board: DSNY) Play MPE(R) system as the solution of choice for the distribution of promotional music to radio and other media in Australia. The agreement gives media a single destination for almost...

2008-09-22 09:00:26

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 22, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pure Play Music (Pink Sheets:PPML) announced today that company information will be made available via Standard & Poor's Market Access Program, an information distribution service enabling publicly traded companies to have their company information disseminated to users of Standard & Poor's Advisor Insight. Company information made available includes share price, volume, dividends, shares outstanding, company financial...

2008-09-03 09:00:26

Fans of iconic jazz legend Louis Armstrong can now purchase newly discovered recordings from hundreds of digital retail stores courtesy of a new deal between Musical Heritage Society's MusicMasters label, a premier specialty label, and The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD), a global leader in digital music and entertainment. The pact gives The Orchard exclusive worldwide digital distribution and marketing rights to MusicMasters' extensive catalogue of essential and rare classical and jazz...

2008-08-28 21:00:25

By John Bogert I swore that I'd have nothing to do with them. This was in 1988 and a friend had just purchased a one-disc CD player at great cost. Sure, I enjoyed playing with its Star Trekish slide-out disc drawer, but what was the point? I already owned a Saudi oil well's worth of vinyl LPs dating back to early Elvis, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. I had wonderful stuff, including a recording by violinist Shony Alex Braun. A fantastic musician, he had performed on TV, radio and in the...

2008-08-25 12:00:56

Rising LP sales are proving that every fashion comes back if you stick around long enough. The Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] reports that shipments of vinyl records, measured by dollar value, increased 36.6% from 2006 to 2007. But, while demand for albums has increased, record sales remain significantly lower than those of compact discs and digital media. More than half a billion CDs were purchased in 2007, compared with about 1.3 million vinyl LPs. "Demand for records has...

2008-08-22 00:00:24

By CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY THE LONG-PLAYER GOODBYE By Travis Elborough SCEPTRE Pounds 14.99 (468pp) Pounds 13.49 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897 The long-playing vinyl album was, both literally and figuratively, the grooviest format ever to carry recorded music. A gleaming black 12-inch disc with approximately 20 minutes of music on each side, it wore a colourful circular label at its centre and was housed in a laminated sleeve carrying artwork ranging from the graphically inspired to the...

2008-08-14 21:00:20

By Jonathan Devin Ron Hall's face still lights up when he comes across an album with his favorite song, "Gloria," on it. "It's the best song ever written," said Hall, 58, a longtime collector and seller of vinyl records. "The band Them did it with Van Morrison singing in '66; that was really good. Then Jimi Hendrix did a version of it. Now everyone's done it." Even though an entire generation born in the late 1970s and '80s grew up with nothing but CDs, Hall cautions those who claim vinyl...

2008-08-05 03:00:30

By Brad Barnes, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 5--Scratches are the bane of records and compact discs. Yet Columbus music store The Flip Side has managed to scratch out a living in the past couple of years, even while people aren't buying music from traditional record stores. The place may be the oldest independent record store in Georgia. It predates Atlanta's venerable Wax 'n Facts and Athens' storied Wuxtry Records by five years. That it's still open at all seems miraculous in...

2008-07-31 06:00:40

Best Buy, a retailer of consumer electronics, has announced that it will begin offering musical instruments and musical recording equipment at an additional 75-85 Best Buy stores across the US and online. The company said that the diverse musical instrument and recording lineup will include more than 1,000 guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and recording equipment, as well as other musical instruments and accessories, all available at entry level and professional price points. Steve Hehir,...

2008-07-28 09:01:08

By Steve Lash Baltimore attorney E. Scott Johnson, a former professional musician and music producer, shuns high-tech in favor of high- fidelity when listening to the recording artists of the 1950s through 1970s. Johnson, a self-described music purist, said he much prefers to hear such artists as jazz greats Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk on the same type of turntables and hi-fi equipment the performers used back before compact discs, iPods and MP3 players. To get this authentic...


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