Mixtape Music News

1.There’s going to be a whole lot of Tidal celebrating next month….

By now, we’re all versed in Tidal–the “artist-owned” streaming service launched by Jay Z earlier this year–and the struggle its endured since its beginnings. Earlier this morning, plans to make the struggle a little less real are in full swing as the streaming service has just announced a big celebration they’re calling Tidal X: 1020, an explosive concert that will take place Oct. 20 at Brooklyn‘s Barclays Center. Among the many music A-listers who are all set to perform are Jay Z, Beyonce, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Nick Jonas, Damien Marley, and many others that will be announced over the next few weeks. 

Tickets will be available now for Tidal subscribers with a general on-sale beginning Friday at 12PM ET. All proceeds from the show will be donated to many organizations across the music globe with the disbursement of funds being overseen by The New World Foundation, a New York-based organization which partners with various philanthropic groups. 


2.Apple Music is officially launched in China…

Big news in the Apple world today as the company has officially launched its streaming music service in China. 

It was also announced today that iTunes Movies and iBooks are both now available in China, which is already Apple’s most profitable market for app downloads.

“Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads,” Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddie Cue, stated. “One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts.”

Without spilling all of their music tea, Apple said there are “millions” of songs in Apple Music’s catalog for China, including local artists like Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M. But that number may not be too close to the 30 million tracks that stateside Apple Music has in its catalog. 

Apple also said the streaming service will also roll out on Android smartphones this fall.

3.Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth are all set to reveal your 2015 AMA nominees…

On Good Morning America on Tuesday, Oct. 13,  Joe Jonas & Charlie Puth will link up to reveal the first nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards.

After Jonas and Puth announce the nominees for a handful of AMA categories, the nominees for another five categories will be announced on SnapChat (TheAMAs).

The 2015 AMAs spectacle, which has become a music highlight of the fall, will take over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, with the broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Both Puth and Jonas have been on music point these days, with Puth’s hit singles “See You Again” with Wiz Khlaifa and “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor riding the charts and Jonas’ new project, DNCE, recently unveiled the lyric video for their catchy track, “Cake By the Ocean.” If you haven’t heard this one yet, you are truly missing out on what is one of the catchiest jams of the fall. 

4.Tower Records 4 Lyfe….

Remember record stores? You know those places where your parents would drive you to so you could buy music?

When a record store like Tower Records is legendary enough to hold onto its recognition even after bankruptcy, we must it pay it true music respect. We all know how it goes–the bigger they are, the harder they fall, which couldn’t be truer for now defunct Tower Records.

The infamous groove retail shop was a staple in the music industry in the late 20th century, but by 2006, the music giant had filed for bankruptcy.

Now, there’s an upcoming documentary All Things Must Pass that explains just how it all went down…literally. The film, directed by Tom Hanks’ son, Colin, looks at factors beyond theories on how the Internet killed the record store, and also follows Tower Records humble beginnings and its heartbreaking end, all while hearing from its founder, Russell Solomon, who narrates the movie.

Watch Mr. Hanks discuss All Things Must Pass on Jimmy Kimmel last month. 

5.An X Factor winner is teaming up with Kelly Clarkson for his debut single…

Ben Haenow–the absolutely adorable 2014 winner of the UK version of X Factor –has just announced the release date of his first single, which is all set to feature none other than the first American Idol champ, Ms. Kelly Clarkson.

The song is titled “Second Hand Heart” and will be served to headphones and Clarkson hearts everywhere on October 9th. The tune will also act as the lead single from Haenow’s self-titled set which will take over on Nov. 13.

Haenow took to Twitter to announce the big music news, writing “The beautiful @kelly_clarkson has taken my ‘Second Hand Heart’. What an honour!”

Ms. Clarkson was equally ecstatic,, writing, “Super excited to be featured on @BenHaenow’s new single “Second Hand Heart”! 

In other Kelly news, the diva has unfortunately canceled the remaining dates on her Piece by Piece tour due to more ordered vocal rest. 




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