Belfast AVA Festival launches on May 30th

A new festival will hit Belfast on Saturday, May 30th. The AVA Festival (Audio Visual Arts) will focus on showcasing and supporting Northern Irish talent.

Jaz Z buys streaming service Wimp for £47 million

Rapper Jay Z has bought Norwegian streaming service Wimp after putting in a bid of 464 million kroner (about £47 million) for its parent company Aspiro.

UK Government backs down over removal of copyright protection for unpublished works

The UK Government has halted a proposed move that would see law protecting the copyright of certain unpublished sound recordings up to the year 2039.

Spotify seeks $500m funding from Goldman Sachs

Spotify is about to raise $500m investment from Goldman Sachs, potentially putting off an initial public stock offering for another year.

Music Piracy virtually eliminated in Norway

A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music.

Arvato bows out of UK music business

Giant physical entertainment distributor Arvato has made the decision to close its UK site and exit the UK music business by spring this year.

Korpiklaani sign with Nuclear Blast

Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast for the release of their new album, “Notia”, due in May.

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah Announce Documentary

Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah confirmed they would oversee “The Purple Tape Files” documentary of their album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”.

Howard Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer

Howard Marks, the notorious former drug smuggler known as “Mr Nice”, has told the Observer he has been diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer.

Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese has died

Edgar Froese of the innovative and prolific German electronic group Tangerine Dream passed away this week.

He was 70 years old.

First Bands announced for Camden Rocks Festival

The first 45 bands playing at this year’s Camden Rocks Festival in London on May 30th have been announced, including 3 sets by Funeral For A Friend.

Kärbholz : Karma Tour 2015

Dates and ticket information for the Kärbholz “Karma” Tour 2015.