"One possible explanation for Apple’s interest in Beats might be the booming “wearable computing” space. After all, Beats’ signature product is the high-bass headphone unit. If Apple can incorporate the Beats product into its wearable computing system — think Internet connected headphones — then the deal could pose a threat to Google, Facebook, and other companies that are forging ahead on smart glasses and watches."

"Pop icon Erykah Badu just performed for Swaziland’s brutal dictator. Her response to being called out for it is worse than the performance itself."

"More significant, of course, is what the new arrangement says about artists’ control of their back catalog. The deal turns in large part on the copyright recapture, or a provision that lets artists reacquire their copyrights thirty-five years after an album’s release. "

"But Spotify is hopeful that Filipino music lovers would eventually shift from illegal downloads to music streaming. “Our service is free and quicker than downloads, because the songs are cached in the cloud,” Kaur says."

"Record bosses now hope that online streaming could become a big enough business to arrest their industry’s long decline"

"To imagine that the problem is still as simple as the turn of the millennium is not only to fail at working with local music history; it’s also to fail in actually providing a baseline that is real and concrete for the present, one that takes cognizance of the diversity that has happened because and despite digital media, because and despite the decline of the mainstream recording industry between the years 1999 and 2010."

"Top executives of the global recorded music industry said on Tuesday they were optimistic about growth despite figures for 2013 showing an almost 4 percent annual decline in revenues to $15 billion, blamed largely on the Japanese market."

"This popular Filipino host does not know Asin. Should I be surprised if the songs he’s familiar with are from Rihanna or a popular RnB artist in the US?"

"It’s as tidy a demonstration as I know of the fact—deeper than ska, deeper than Rosco, deeper than the South—that black popular music in the twentieth century can’t be comprehended except as a phenomenon of what Bernard Bailyn calls the Atlantic world. In this case the old West Indian world, of which Tennessee lay at the northern fringe. It’s the shatter-zone of the slave diaspora. Circulating currents. We gave Jamaica blues. Jamaica gave us ska. Jamaica gave us dub, we gave back hip-hop. It’s been happening for four hundred years."

"The stunning prevalence of repetition in music all over the world is no accident. Music didn’t acquire the property of repetitiveness because it’s less sophisticated than speech, and the 347 times that iTunes says you have listened to your favourite album isn’t evidence of some pathological compulsion – it’s just a crucial part of how music works its magic. "

"The composition features a range of sounds recorded on campus, including the sounds of the jeepneys. Four jeepney drivers—Renato “James” Lino and Jason Reyes on the Ikot route, and Toki drivers Julius Guevarra and Emmanuel Salvador—are even included among the cast of performers, with the sound of their vehicles to be worked into the texture of the composition."

"Because of the high cost of mounting the music festival and the business partnership between Gian "Jon" Herrera, one of the organizers, and James Napoles, son of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, insiders in the events-organizing industry believe Napoles is behind the grand 7107 event."

"The production celebrates the acclaimed partnership of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creative legendary force behind the music of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and La Révolution Française. The two-nights only performances raised a whopping P24 million, all of which will go to Habitat for Humanity with the goal of building 200 houses for those left displaced by the calamity."