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Ticketfly to Keep Ticketing within Facebook

Currently, giant ticketing monopoly, Ticketmaster, shows you which random people on Facebook are also going to show you just bought tickets for. Now, Ticketfly has a Facebook app that lets you know when your friends buy a ticket (via Tech Crunch). Facebook has been making a big push to lock in music fans, by teaming with several streaming services such as Spotify, to let you broadcast to your friends which bands you are listening to. Now you can find out about not only a band, but a show, all within the confines of the (poorly secured) world of Facebook.

“This marks the first time users will be able to buy show tickets on a Facebook artist page without being funneled to an external site, such as Ticketmaster, says Ticketfly, which was a Facebook Connect launch partner. Artists (or their people) install the app on their Facebook artist pages, where it relies on Facebook Connect log-ins to authenticate users.”

“If the band (or whoever else controls the app) activates its “Facebook purchase amplifier,” and you buy a ticket, your friends can find about it, perhaps to join you at the show or catch the same band somewhere else.”

You can find more by watching a propaganda-filled Ticketfly video below.

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Why Beethoven Didn’t Like High Notes

So who here listens to Beethoven – no one? Okay then, I’m still going to plow on through with this story. Studies have shown that Beethoven (the composer, not the adventurous Disney dog) used fewer high notes in his compositions as he became deaf (via Telegraph). Once he was totally deaf, he returned to using high notes. It is believed the notes hurt his precious ears (wuss!).

“Lead author Edoardo Saccenti, a postdoctoral research fellow, from the University of Amsterdam, wrote in the BMJ: “These results suggest that, as deafness progressed, Beethoven tended to use middle and low frequency notes, which he could hear better when music was performed, seemingly seeking for an auditory feedback loop.

“When he came to rely completely on his inner ear he was no longer compelled to produce music he could actually hear when performed and slowly returned to his inner musical world and earlier composing experiences.”

“However he added: “As they encompass only a limited subset of Beethoven’s compositions, our results, are far from being conclusive: proving or disproving whether Beethoven’s hearing loss had a substantial impact on shaping his musical style would require complete and exhaustive statistical and spectral analyses of the composer’s complete catalogue.”

So we might not know the complete answer, due to lazy researchers. Must be nice, getting paid to do a partial job.

Record Year for Singles Sales in the UK

Good news for people whose jobs depend on the legitimate sales of music – 164 million singles were sold in the UK this year, which is 2.2 million more than last year (via Music Week). This is also a massive increase over the 32 million singles sold in 2004. Unfortunately, 163 million of the singles sold this year belonged to Rebecca Black.

Listen! New Paul McCartney Song Featuring Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton might have married Paul McCartney’s Beatles bandmate George Harrison’s ex-wife (holy confusing tabloid-esque sentence), but that doesn’t mean Paul hates Eric. He likes him so much, that he has him featuring on his latest track, My Valentine. This is from the forthcoming album, also called My Valentine (how original, Paul!), coming out n February. Give it a listen below.

The Kills Cover Silent Night

It seems everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit, except that Scrooge jackass. The latest Christmas song / cover to show up is the Kills, doing Silent Night. If you like Silent Night and/or The Kills, you should check it out. If you like neither, you are clearly Scrooge, and you should go swimming in your gold coins (wait, that’s Scrooge McDuck).

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