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  1. Horus Music welcomes PPL and PRS for Music move

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    PRS and PPL Leicester move

    Earlier this week it was announced that Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and PRS for Music will be moving their national headquarters from London to Leicester city centre.

    Their new joint venture will begin around July 2017 and will be based in Mercury Place.

    Here at Horus Music we are very excited about this move to join us in Leicester. This has been our home for almost 10 years now and amongst the vibrant music that is played here we enjoy the Midland Mainline service meaning it takes us less than an hour to get into London city centre; less time than many those that are based around London itself.

    We have been partners with both PRS for Music and PPL for many years, and we have seen the benefits that their service provides to our many independent artists and record label clients, which includes the licensing of musical composition and lyrics on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers as well as the licensing of recorded music for record companies and performers which is played in public or in digital media.

    CEO and Managing Director of Horus Music, Nick Dunn, adds: We’re very happy to see that more and more companies are realising that there are opportunities for business, especially in the music industry, that are available outside of London and have the additional benefit of being both financially and environmentally friendly. We welcome PPL and PRS for Music to such a diverse and growing city.”

    Everyone at Horus Music looks forward to many more years of a successful partnership with both of these companies and hope that our relationship with grow even further as we work together in the city of Leicester to help the musicians, songwriters and record labels of Leicestershire and beyond.

  2. Nikki’s Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    horus music turns 10Digital Marketing Manager Nikki is the latest team member to give us her guilty pleasures, there’s a bit of all sorts on this list, but it makes for fun listening.

    Listen along with us on Spotify.

    1. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart

    I don’t care that he hasn’t had much musical success since, or whatever the hell his daughter is up to this week (seriously, what is she doing?!), if this comes on I’ll be singing and dancing along! Achy Breaky Heart was the debut single of the man who made the mullet famous, along with the phrase “Business at the front, party at the back”. The music video shows Cyrus playing the song live and clearly having the time of his life!

    2. Rebecca Black – Friday

    Is it possible for a song to be so bad that it becomes good? Everyone knew this song for all the wrong reasons and it is a real ear-worm. The music video first gained popularity after comedian Michael J. Nelson called it “the worst video ever made” and the rest is history. The original video was removed from YouTube due to legal issues, by which point it had 167 million+ views with over 3.1 million dislikes, however it has since been re-uploaded and currently has 1.6 million dislikes. Rebecca was able to laugh at herself in the end though and produced a sequel to this gem – get ready for Saturday.

    3. Toni Basil – Mickey

    There are many reasons why I love this song, and these lyrics are just one of them “So come on and give it to me anyway you can / Anyway you want to do it, I’ll take it like a man.” Says it all really. Random fact of the day: Toni changed the original name of the song from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Mickey’ to make the song about a man.

    4. Aqua – Barbie Girl

    It is definitely possible to sing both male and female parts of this song on your own, but it is even better in a group. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it. Besides, have you seen the music video to this? It’s typical 90s cheese and I love it, the resulting music video is, quite frankly, hilarious.  “Come on Barbie, let’s go party …”

    5. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time

    Taking it all the way back to Britney’s debut single, it’s pretty hard not to at least sing along to this, and it is another 90s classic. Most 90s pop songs could make my ultimate guilty pleasures really, it really was a golden era of music ;) ‘…Baby One More Time’ was originally an unused song from Toni Braxton that Britney recorded as the demo that ultimately got her the record deal, so basically we have Toni to thank for Britney’s later hits that included ‘Oops! … I Did it Again’, ‘If You Seek Amy’ and ‘Circus’.

    6. A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place – Dolly Parton and Theresa Merrit 

    This is from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas which is the first film Dolly’s I Will Always Love You was used in (way before Whitney Houston covered it). As the name of the film suggests, it is a musical about a brothel in Texas whose nickname is the “Chicken Ranch”, a local news reporter tries to get the Chicken Ranch shut down and the Sheriff intervenes in an attempt to save it. There are a bunch of songs in the film but this one has to be up there as one of my favourites, it’s just all kinds of great!

    7. Scissor Sisters – Lets Have A Kiki

    There’s no guilt here, I just wanted an excuse to listen to this song again, it’s just one of those songs that never fails to get you in a good mood. Afterall, how can you be sad when you’re having a kiki? FYI “A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves / where spilling tea, and dishing just desserts one may deserve.” I’ll refrain from doing the dance this time though. Or maybe the fact that I know the dance could be the reason for the guilt.

    8. Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 – Your Makeup is Terrible

    This song is terrible and the video is in a world of its own, but it gets in your head and you feel like it will never ever leave you. It’s amazing. The video does get rather weird for a minute or so in the middle, but it does improve again if you have the will power to stick with it.

    9. Steps – Tragedy

    The theme song for almost every childhood party I attended, and yet another song with dance moves attached – there’s definitely a theme here. Tragedy was originally a hit song for the Bee Gees, but it is much more well known as a hit for Steps (especially for people my age). It was a sad, sad day when they broke up, and although they have reformed once or twice, it just isn’t the same.

    10. RuPaul – Sissy That Walk

    As much as some of us complain about this song, when it comes on in a bar/club you basically have no option but to join in, strut down that dance floor like it’s a catwalk and Sissy That Walk! Tip: when watching the music video, keep an eye on Victoria “Pork Chop” Parker (the one on the right), she’s great!

  3. SoundCloud’s Subscription Service

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    SoundCloud have unveiled their very own subscription service that is now available to both music creators and listeners: Soundcloud Go.

    Frequent users of the existing SoundCloud service will notice that the main service remains the same, but now has an expanded catalogue of tracks, along with some new features and functionalities too.

    Soundclous'd Subscription Service

    What’s The Difference?

    • More music – SoundCloud are using the phrase “From Top-40 to the underground” to illustrate their expanded catalogue, providing users with access to music from the biggest names in the industry to new and up-and-coming artists.
    • Offline – Listen to music on your mobile device without an internet connection.
    • Ad-free – Enjoy an uninterrupted ad-free listening experience.

    SoundCloud have arranged licensing agreements with UMG, Sony, Merlin and Warner, amongst others, meaning that users can now listen to more tracks than ever before through SoundCloud Go.

    Not only can you save tracks so that you can listen to them offline, but you can enable a function that allows you to automatically save all of your current and future like and playlists so that they will automatically become available for offline listening.

    Listeners can also completely remove audio and display ads so that nothing will disrupt their listening experience.

    What’s The Cost?

    SoundCloud are offering a free 30-day trial of SoundCloud Go (available here) or through the app. After the 30-days runs out, the subscription is $9.99 per month (or $12.99 per month if purchased through the iOS app) with the ability to cancel anytime.

    What About My Music?

    For the artists creating the music, SoundCloud’s discovery features mean that your tracks can quite easily end up next up in the play queue next to some of the biggest names in the industry.

    Your listening statistics will still receive a boost regardless of whether or not they are listened to online or offline and your account will remain free to use. You can also choose to exclude your tracks from offline listening in the edit menu of nay track.

    To get involved with Soundcloud Go, make sure you fill out your profile information on the Client Zone and be sure to include your Soundcloud URL when asked.

    SoundCloud Go is only currently available in the USA (and it’s territories), UK (and it’s territories), and Ireland but is expected to roll out to other countries later in the year.

    Update on 10th May 2016: Soundcloud Go is now available in France.

    Update on 14th September 2016: Soundcloud Go is now available in Australia and New Zealand.

    Update on 19th October 2016: Soundcloud Go is now available in Canada.