News Bits

The HUB's News Bits hone in on the significant events that help shape the sound and direction of music. From tour and recording news to our weekly and slightly irreverent feature, This Week in Music History, you'll read about the artists that have revolutionized the sounds of rock, pop, blues, metal, R&B, and rap. We mostly skip the scandals to focus on the ways and means that music is made. We look at artists and gear from a music-geek perspective that both entertains and informs. Stay tuned for the best in music news with The HUB's News Bits.

This Week in Music History May 18, 2015

Kink Konked … Airplane Unplugged … Fats Gets Back

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of May 18, 2015

Dave Davies Jefferson Airplane Fats Domino

American Idol’s Plug Pulled

American Idol’s Plug Pulled

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How the seemingly unstoppable talent show changed the music business

The Man Who Wrecked the Record Biz

The Man Who Wrecked the Record Biz

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Photo: Brian0918/Wikimedia Commons

How the floodgates of online piracy were flung open

RIP: Soul and R&B Singer Ben E. King

RIP: Soul and R&B Singer Ben E. King

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His mellow baritone distinguished solo hits like “Stand by Me” and “Spanish Harlem,” following a productive stint as frontman for The Drifters.

This Week in Music History April 27, 2015

Orlando Unzipped…Moon Enthroned…Dylan DJs from Space

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of April 27, 2015

Tony Orlando Keith Moon Bob Dylan

Blues Titan B.B. King Dead

Blues Titan B.B. King Dead

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The personification of modern urban blues has died at age 89 in Las Vegas

This Week in Music History May 11, 2015

Townshend’s Tanked…Zappa Spawns…Bootsy The Educator

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of May 11, 2015

Pete Townshend Frank Zappa Bootsy Collins

This Week in Music History May 4, 2015

Accelerated Gore…Folding Buffalos…Advantage Waits

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of May 4, 2015

Lesley Gore Buffalo Springfield Tom Waits

Jack Ely, Singer of “Louie Louie” Dies

Jack Ely, Singer of “Louie Louie” Dies

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His mush-mouth vocal stirred up a storm of controversy

Indie Artists & Labels: What it Takes to Play Today

Indie Artists & Labels: What it Takes to Play Today

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Independent music operators talk about SoundCloud, social, streaming and much more—takeaways from Music Connected 2015

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