The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, and Take That to Perform at Apple Music Festival

Apple today used Beats 1 radio to announce additional acts for its upcoming Apple Music Festival, confirming The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, Take That, James Bay, and Leon Bridges will all perform in London later this month during the 10-day event.

This year’s Apple Music Festival, first announced in mid-August, is replacing Apple’s annual iTunes Festival. Like the iTunes Festival, the Apple Music Festival is a free concert series that will see different artists performing each night, but the 2015 event will last for just 10 days instead of the previous 30 days.

It will run from September 19 to September 28 and along with the acts announced today, Pharrell, One Direction, Little Mix, Disclosure, and Florence + the Machine will perform. The full lineup of acts will be posted on the dedicated Apple Music Festival website.

Each live performance will be broadcast across the world and will be available both live and on-demand via Apple Music. UK residents can apply to win tickets to the Apple Music Festival on Apple Music and through various media partners.

Ahead of the festival’s kickoff, Apple is expected to announce additional performances.



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MTV VMA Nominees to Be Unveiled Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio Station

Apple’s scored another exclusive for its Beats 1 radio station, with MTV today announcing plans to unveil its 2015 Video Music Award (VMA) nominees exclusively on Beats 1. MTV will reveal the list of nominees on Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the Beats 1 „Charts“ show hosted by Brooke Reece and Travis Mills.

Since its June 30 launch, the Beats 1 radio station has seen several world first song releases and exclusive interviews, being the first platform to play Pharrell’s Freedom and air an interview with Eminem before his Phenomenal music video debuted on Apple Music.

Apple is aiming to lure customers to Apple Music and its Beats 1 radio station by offering content that is unavailable on other music services. In addition to premiering world first songs on Beats 1, Apple Music is the only service that offers Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic and Taylor Swift’s 1989.



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Lights, Camera, Apple: Cupertino now making music videos for Apple Music stars

Apple is getting one step closer to becoming its own record label with the news that it is now creating its own artistic content — having recently produced in-house music videos for top-name artists such as Drake, Eminem, and Pharrell.…Read more ›

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Apple May Be Producing Exclusive Apple Music Content In-House

Earlier today Apple Music exclusively debuted a new music video from Drake, titled „Energy“ from his latest album „If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late“. Previously, Apple has exclusively debuted the music videos for Pharrell’s „Freedom“ and Eminem’s „Phenomenal„. These music videos may be developed in-house at Apple, reports Pitchfork.

The launch of Apple Music hasn’t only included a new radio station, social network, and streaming service. Apple have also started creating their own original content. The company made Drake’s amazing „Energy“ video in-house, as well as Pharrell’s „Freedom“ and Eminem’s „Phenomenal“. Next up: M.I.A.’s „Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border“, coming to Apple Music on Monday, July 13.

In addition to M.I.A.’s forthcoming music video, Pitchfork, which is an Apple Music Curation Partner, says rumors indicate that Apple Music has projects in the works with artists like Purity Ring, Diddy and James Bay. However, M.I.A.’s music video has been in the works since before May, when the artist insinuated that her label was holding up her „Matahdatah“ music video because of potential controversy around its cultural appropriation of African culture.

Pitchfork claims that when they reached out to Larry Jackson, Apple Music’s head of content, for comment he responded with a tweet consisting of a dig at Spotify CEO Daniel Elk’s „Oh ok“ tweet when Apple Music was announced in addition to the hashtags „Content“, „Curation“, „Culture“ and a link to Drake’s music video on Apple Music.

Apple has been trying to secure exclusive content for its new streaming service in an effort to lure customers away from rival services like Spotify and Tidal. That effort continues with Drake, who today announced he’ll have a radio show on Beats 1 that’ll start on Saturday, July 11 at 6 PM EST.



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iOS 8.4 Launching at 8 AM Pacific Tuesday, Beats 1 Goes Live at 9 AM

Former Beats Music CEO and current Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers made a brief blog post yesterday summarizing some of his background in music leading up to this week’s debut of Apple Music while also revealing Apple’s launch schedule for iOS 8.4 and the new Beats 1 radio station.

According to Rogers, iOS 8.4 will go live at 8 AM Pacific this Tuesday, two hours earlier than Apple’s usual iOS update release window. Beats 1 will kick off programming an hour later, offering users around the world a 24/7 streaming music station led by former BBC DJ Zane Lowe and featuring a mixture of interviews and music sets from DJs interspersed with programming blocks from celebrities such as Elton John, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, and Drake.

Tuesday morning we’ll be unveiling the next chapter. Please make a note to upgrade to iOS 8.4 at 8am PT Tuesday, June 30th and listen to the first Beats 1 broadcast at 9am PT. Here’s a Facebook invite to make it easy for you to say yes, you’ll be there, and invite all your friends. See you there.

Aside from Beats 1, which is free to all users signed in with an Apple ID, Apple Music also includes a paid streaming component priced at $9.99 per month for a single user or $14.99 for a family of up to six people. Subscribers will have streaming access to the full Apple Music catalog of over 30 million tracks, with Apple offering a three-month free trial to give users an extended opportunity to test out the new service.





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Pharrell Williams is on Team Taylor in battle vs Apple Music

Pharrell Williams has been Apple’s BFF lately, but when it comes to the battle between Apple and Taylor Swift, Skateboard P is on Team Taytay. The eleven-time Grammy award winning artist spoke at the Cannes Lions Festival today (where Apple…Read more ›



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Apple Watch ship times slip immediately, angering sleepy shoppers

You can finally pre-order the Apple Watch of your dreams, but if you want one ASAP skip the Space Gray or fancier models. Shipping times for the Apple Watch have already slipped into May for the Apple Watch Sport, while…Read more ›



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