NME magazine, for decades Britain's authoritative voice on guitar music, announced Monday that it will be free of charge from September after circulation dropped below 15,000. Launched in 1952 as the New Musical Express, the Â£2.50 (3.5-euro, $3.9) weekly said it would be printing 300,000 copies to distribute in stations, universities and shops. Editor Mike Williams said he "couldn't be more excited" about the "next phase of our evolution".
VATICAN CITY (AP) â Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) revealed in its mid-year report that streams are up 80 percent -- a trend it expects will be bolstered further with Apple Music's entry into the market. Leading streams was Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," which has been played 45 million times via audio streaming this year. Both audio and video streaming showed considerable growth: 2015 has seen 12.5 billion video streams, for a year-on-year increase of 98 percent.
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