The much-anticipated music streaming service Beats Music launched this week. True to its promise, Beats delivered a slick app and an engaging approach to listening to music, most notably with its curated playlists and its “the sentence” feature, which allows users to input time, place, and mood for a customized listening experience.
But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that things have not gone perfectly. Users have noted a few glitches with the streaming music, as well as substantial connectivity problems. Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers sent the following email yesterday evening, announcing that sign-ups will be temporarily frozen while they iron out the bugs:
Huge thanks to everyone for making our launch day yesterday so successful. We’ve been blown away by the love that made us the #1 Music App in the iTunes Store.
Due to the extremely high volume of interest in our service some users are experiencing issues. Most people are unaffected but our priority is to give everyone a great experience. We prepared for issues like these, have a plan, and are going to hold off on letting more people in while we put this plan in action.
For those of you that claimed your name in the lead up to launch, we still have your username reserved and we’ll be in touch with your invite. We appreciate your support.
Everyone who registers this week will get an additional seven days added to their trial.
We’re staying focused on bringing you the best music experience from the people who know what song comes next. Stay tuned, and thanks for being excited about Beats Music.
Let’s hope these are the usual growing pains and that Beats will be up and running at full capacity soon.
In celebration of yesterday’s Beats Music launch, creative chief Trent Reznor has released a new remix EP, featuring cuts from Nine Inch Nails‘ Hesitation Marks. Remix appearances include Hot Chip, Cold Cave, Simian Mobile Disco, and Autolux. You can check out the track list below and catch Nine Inch Nails this weekend on TV as they perform at the Grammy Awards for the first time, alongside Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more. (more…)
Watch out Spotify, there’s a new streaming service in town. Created by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Beats Music will finally see its long awaited launch next Tuesday, Jan. 21, with AT&T as their exclusive carrying partner.
According to the Beats website, users will “[g]et playlists, curated by the best music experts. Recommendations, served up based on your interests. And you can even tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling, and who you’re with, and we’ll deliver the perfect stream of music.”
Plans will start at $10, and AT&T will offer a family plan that allows five accounts to use the service for just $15/month.
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Pairing with the UK radio giant over the weekend, Nine Inch Nails have made available for streaming a new song called “Everything.” The track, which is the second to surface in less than a month from the group, is the third song to be released ahead of their album, Hesitation Marks. You can stream the single below.
Nine Inch Nails have a number of tour dates coming up in the months ahead, and even more on the way in the near future. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see if they will be playing in your city soon.
Hesitation Marks hits stores September 3. (more…)
Internet love song: Scott Weiland wonders how he can be fired from Stone Temple Pilots, and says he first heard about it in the press this morning. Rolling Stone:
I learned of my supposed “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be “terminated” from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.
Dylan and the Dawes: Dawes announced on Twitter today that they will be opening up for Bob Dylan on his next tour. We predict backstage mayhem. Hidden Track has the dates.
New Nine Inch Nails news: Lots happening with Trent Reznor‘s venerable band lately. In addition to adding guitarist Adrian Belew (wow, cool), the lineup now includes Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Now comes news of some tour dates. Spin reports the band will hit a few international festivals before kicking off an arena tour this fall.
Return of The ‘Mats: After 23 years, beloved rockers The Replacements have released a new song. It’s a Gordon Lightfoot cover (obv.) called “I’m Not Sayin’,” and it’s streaming at Pitchfork. Chris Mars, Paul Westerberg, and Tommy Stinson reunited to record a 7-inch EP called Songs For Slim, to benefit their ailing former bandmate Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year. The band pressed just 250 copies of the EP and auctioned them off to raise over $100k. Nice.
Kicking off in Mid-April with a performance at Coachella, the latest outing from How To Destroy Angels will take the group from coast-to-coast in less than three weeks. Venues for every stop have yet to be revealed, but the cities they will be appearing in are as follows: (more…)
It’s nice to see that Trent Reznor has found a soul mate who is just as weird as he is. His new project, How To Destroy Angels, is comprised of him, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and Nine Inch Nails contributors Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan. The result on their second EP, An Omen (styalized on their website as An omen_ EP by How to destroy angels_) sounds more or less like a collection of creepy, experimental, minimalist, girl-fronted versions of NIN album interludes. That being said, it’s a fairly interesting and enjoyable listen.
The first track, “Keep it together,” is the most NIN-esque song on the album, with sparse electronic robot percussion and a two-note reverbed guitar line that repeats while dissonant synths wash over the whole track. The only difference is where you would expect to hear Reznor’s voice, you hear Maandig singing in a quiet cryptic way. But of course, before long, Reznor comes in with backup vocals and the two of them create harmonizing polyrhythmic layers repeating “I can’t keep it together” in a way that is reminiscent of “All The Love In The World” or “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” from NIN’s With Teeth. The structure and mood of this song set the tone for the rest of the album. Each track is a slow burn with very subtle dynamic variation, if any. (more…)
Psy and Hugh Jackman go Gangnam Style, Wolverine-style
The claws came out, literally, when K-pop star Psy and Hugh Jackman met up on the set of The Wolverine in Australia. Watch the world’s hottest mutant go Gangnam style below.
fun. founds marriage equality organization
The guys in fun. have found the answer to their burning question, What do I stand for? Turns out, it’s marriage equality. The band is hoping to launch a nonprofit that supports gay marriage. Guitairst Jack Antonoff told Spinner that the fact that the band is made up of heterosexual makes their voices even more important. “Being part of a band of three straight men, we felt there was an inherent power in the fact that we aren’t gay, and yet we still care and we have a voice”there’s a responsibility there.” Listen to Antonoff stand for gay rights below.
Snoop Dogg or Lion joins forces with Hot Pockets
While Jay-Z is busy endorsing President Obama, Snoop Dogg has thrown his weight behind something just as American: Hot Pockets. Honey Boo Boo must not have known this sponsorship was available when she announced her support for Obama. Watch the Lion formerly known as Dogg pocket like it’s hot.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel perform Call Me Maybe
Hearing Carly Rae Jepsen sing lyrics like ripped jeans, skin was showing while looking at Harvey Keitel is, well, a little troubling. The actor joined the pop star onstage to perform Call Me Maybe for the autism benefit A Night of Too Many Stars. Watch this catastrophe unfold below.
One Direction and Wolfgang Van Halen’s son scrap
Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, was in Birmingham, England on tour with Tremonti when he ran into One Direction in a hotel. Words were exchanged”the kind that make you want to go to Twitter to complain. Which is exactly what Van Halen did. You can read all about it here.
Trapped in the Closet is back “ Oh Sh**
R. Kelly is releasing more installments of his epically idiotic Trapped In The Closet chronicle, thanks to the little devils at IFC. According to the trailer, there will be plenty of moments that will cause you to spontaneously vociferate expletives. Watch below.
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