Music news roundup 20th January 2017

starVinyl is set to become a billion dollar industry, as sales of the format over the last year have reached a 25 year high, with David Bowie’s final album ‘blackstar’ the highest-seller. UK Vinyl sales reached a high of 3.2 million in 2016- a massive increase of 53% from the previous year. According to Deloitte, “vinyl should account for almost a fifth of the sales of physical music production in 2017 and around 7 per cent of the $15bn that the global music industry is expected to take”.

 

gwenpharellGwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are being sued for copyright infringement. The pair co-wrote Stefani’s 2014 song ‘Spark The Fire’, which is the subject of the lawsuit, as musician Richard Morrill is claiming that the track’s chorus bears musical and lyrical similarities to his 1996 song ‘Who’s Got My Lightah‘. We hope this doesn’t get too complicated for the pop stars!

 

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The Chainsmokers released their latest single, ‘Paris’ this weekend.The DJ duo, who hail from New York City, had been teasing the release of the new single for a number of weeks. It marks their first release of new material in 2017, following a breakthrough after their number one single ‘Closer’. We look forward to hearing the new song!

gagaLady Gaga returns to recording studio to work on new music. Brian Kennedy, a pop-R&B producer known for this work with Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson, shared a picture of himself with Gaga and country singer songwriter Dallas Davidson. Gaga Released fifth album ‘Joanna’ in October and is due to make her live return at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston Texas on February 5th.

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