Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services. The sole streaming service that still carried the "Purple Rain" legend's music as of early Thursday was Tidal, which was re-launched this year by rap mogul Jay Z. It streamed much of a peace concert held by Prince in May in Baltimore in the wake of the death of an African American man in police custody.
Apple will officially enter the music streaming subscription market on Tuesday with the launch of Apple Music and its accompanying Beats 1 radio station. An estimated 41 million people paid for a streaming music subscription service in 2014, according to IFPI, a London-based recording industry trade group that represents more than 1,300 record labels. Apple's huge advantage: With more than 800 million iTunes accounts, Apple Music has the opportunity to quickly amass a following.
Billboard music magazine has announced that it will hold a music festival August 22-23 in the state of New York. Produced in partnership with LiveNation, Billboard magazine will host its first Hot 100 Music Festival at the Jones Beach Festival Grounds. Over 30 artists will perform on three main stages over the two-day music festival.
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Voted one of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' by Rolling Stone magazine, Dr. Dre's album "Chronic" will be exclusively available on Apple Music from June 30, the publication reports. The subject of much legal dispute over the last 16 years, Dr Dreâs lauded album "Chronic" joins Taylor Swiftâs "1989" to be exclusively available for streaming on Apple Music, once it re-launches on June 30. The music streaming service will be released alongside the iOS 8.4 update, and will be followed shortly after by Appleâs radio station Beats 1.