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School of Pop

Infographic: Perspective on Today’s Record-breaking Pop Music

Today's pop artists are breaking records set by some of the industry's all-time greats like The Beatles and Michael Jackson, with the help of growing digital distribution and consumption.

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Music Test

The BBC Called: They want to know how musical you are…

BBC Labs are running some online tests that examine your relationship with music. Being someone who has played music for most of my life, listens to it heavily and even worked in the industry, I was curious to know how I scored. Link for the test and

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Music From Saharan Cellphones: Volume 2

I suppose you could call Christopher Kirkley the audiophile's linguist. He travels the world researching and documenting the music of largely unknown traditional cultures and their relationship with modern technology. I've been reading his blog

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Yuri Suzuki Product Design Meets Music

Yuri Suzuki: Product Design Meets Music

The Sound Chaser is an amplified toy train with a stylus (record needle) that runs along tracks made of old vinyl records. The artist, Yuri Suzuki is an amazing dude who, for the last few years, has been leading innovation on the relationship between

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Nick Peden China Youth

Nick Peden: Images of Contemporary China

Here's a selection of really interesting images from Nick Peden. Nick recently returned to Shanghai, after a research adventure through greater China, focusing on youth culture in the country's second-tier cities. These images remind me why I love

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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Immortalised: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Charles Haddon, frontman for UK electro-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, reportedly committed suicide yesterday, following the band's set at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. To be honest, I never really listened to much of the band's work and it's

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Reptile and Retard China Tour

Reptile + Retard: The Know China, But Still Don’t Know How to Spell Beer

[image credit: Rasmus Weng Karlsen] A few months ago Danish duo Reptile and Retard completed a massive and very debaucherous tour of China. Here are some of the highlights published by Vice Magazine this week. 406

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US Decriminalise Piracy

Six Groundbreaking New Rules: US Decriminalises ‘Piracy’

The US Copyright Office announced today 6 groundbreaking new rules that bring Copyright Law into line with fair use of new technology. The rules below now prevent you from being prosecuted for the following common practices. However one huge omission

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The Problem with China’s Music Festivals

The downfall of the majority of music festivals in China is made obvious by one short quote from Suzhou International Music Festival's Chief Coordinator, Yu Hui. 396

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Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding: First Chinese Artist to Infiltrate the West

Sa Dingding (萨顶顶), a 26 year-old electronic-pop-folk artist, will be the first Chinese musical artist to 'conquer' the western music market. Here are 5 reasons why: 296

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Unlikely Allies: China + The Wu-Tang Clan

C.Custer posted an interesting retrospective on the ChinaGeeks blog this week, discussing soft power, censorship and how the Wu-Tang Clan became unlikely ambassadors for China and its traditional culture. So what do 90s east-coast hip-hop, the

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New Music for the Time Poor

The biggest challenge to discovering new music time, or lack thereof. Best friend and music marketing executive, Sophie Hirst has the solution. Her new blog, The Perfect Five –the music blog for people who don't have time for music blogs. 256

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Canada + China Leading Piracy

The US names and shames the world's worst piracy offenders. The release, circulating news wires around the world couldn't come at a more opportune time for two of the main offenders. From 28 May–4 June 2010, a league of Canada's key music industry

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Who Are The Favourite Bands of China’s Youth?

BBC Radio 4 correspondent, Rajan Datar, went to a recent gig at one of Beijing's major live houses and asked a handful of Chinese youth to name their favourite bands. Their responses were varying combinations of the acts listed below. Oasis, Joy

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Hifana

Music Wars: Converse vs Nike

Above: The making of the Hifana+Nike Music Shoe. In August last year Converse stamped a giant Chuck Taylor star on the Chinese indie music scene with its hugely successful Converse Love Noise campaign, engineered by Shanghai agencies W+K and Split

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Dead: Australia’s Best Music Blog

Yesterday Google removed one of Australia's top 5 music blogs—the best, in my humble opinion—after repeated complaints from labels and web sheriffs. On the surface, it appears Google shouldn't be blamed for removing unlicensed material (like mp3s)

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Wale In My Ears

Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit (2009), has been popping up on my playlist sporadically since my good mate Dave recommended it. I relocated to Shanghai just over a month and have been helping local music company, Split Works put this together.

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Memes (article published in jmag, April 2009)

Below is an small piece I wrote for jmag (music magazine). Look out for it in the April 2009 issue: 120

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