Laura Marling, Coldplay and Bond composer David Arnold are among the signatories of an open letter calling for the extension of shared parental pay benefits to the self-employed.
Mobile app Shazam has announced it's reached 10 billion tags, with Labrinth and Emeli Sande's Beneath Your Beautiful and Keane's This is the Last Time getting the nod as close rivals for the 10 billionth tag accolade.
As the fifth annual Record Store Day looms, we speak to its UK organiser and self-confessed vinyl junkie Spencer Hickman
Today there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your music internationally. A myriad of different events such as The Great Escape, Popkomm, Womex, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, GoNorth and CMJ bring A&R, live agents, promoters, bloggers, broadcasters and journalists together in one place, to feast their eyes and ears on the finest new music on the planet. There is however a behemoth that straddles the globe and eclipses them all – South by South West (SXSW).
Ivor Novello and BRIT-winning band Keane have announced that their new album, Stangeland, will be released on 7 May 2012.