Goodbye, Net Neutrality? What This Could Mean For the Music Industry

If the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules, expect indie artists, labels, and publishers to feel the pain. Just two years in, is net neutrality about to go away? According to multiple reports, the FCC will unveil plans to eliminate Obama-era rules on net neutrality later this week. Under current guidelines, broadband companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T must treat […]

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Billboard's Industry Nights Kicked Off With Performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan & Cape Francis

Billboard kicked f our Industry Nights concert series at the Ludlow House in New York City on Thursday (Nov. 16) with performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan and Cape Francis. The exclusive members-only club on the Lower East Side — an fshoot the London-based Soho House — fered a swanky setup on the third floor complete with a small stage. […]

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Indie Band Gets 79,000 Streams In a Month, Spotify Bans Them for Life

Indie folk band Smokey and the Mirror thought 79,000 plays on Spotify was a success.  Spotify thought it was fraud. Last week, musician Ari Herstand found his album temporarily removed from Spotify after using a stream-boosting service.  But that pales in comparison to the story surrounding folk band Smokey and the Mirror. This actually dates back to 2015, when the […]

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Singles Club: Fever Ray is back and more electrifying than ever

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, our writers rate and slate the biggest new tracks the last seven days. This week, Fever Ray returns to take you ‘To The Moon And Back’ with her first new music since 2009 and SOPHIE strips back her usual PC Music hyperactivity on piano ballad ‘It’s Okay To Cry’. Elsewhere, Taylor Swift is still […]

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Errorsmith: The cult Berlin favorite talks 21 years in club music, designing synths and his incredible new album

With a career that stretches back to 1996 and some the best club records ever made to his name, Errorsmith counts Ben UFO, Optimo and The Black Madonna among his fans. But this quiet Berlin producer has spent most his career outside the limelight, spending almost as much time creating synthesizers as music. Scott Wilson talks to the veteran artist […]

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Wu-Tang Clan continue to dismantle their legacy on The Saga Continues

Wu-Tang Clan refuse to give up on the sound they’ve cultivated for decades – and it’s starting to sound stale. Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy dives into the New York collective’s latest, The Saga Continues, and hopes for a happy ending. It’s been a decade since Wu-Tang Clan released 8 Diagrams, an album acted as a grand finale for the Wu as a […]

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St. Vincent's MASSEDUCTION is the shattering work of a future pop star

As St. Vincent racks up the pop star bona fides, she continues to make inward-looking music and, with MASSEDUCTION, she’s also challenging her own sound. Ben Hewitt peers into this new world – produced by Lorde and Taylor Swift collaborator Jack Antonf – and sees that St. Vincent’s color palette may have changed, but her shattering vulnerability remains the same. St. […]

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Reunited indie veterans Belly announce first album in over 20 years

The Boston greats are back with new music. ’90s indie greats and 4AD veterans Belly have announced plans to release a new album next spring following their reunion tour last year. After first announcing the reunion, the band was open about plans to debut their first new music since 1995’s King. Those songs inspired further recording sessions and led to […]

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