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Illegal Download Threat

As technology advances more rapidly every year, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep illegal activities to a minimum. And one act that is becoming a growing menace to the music industry is the illegal downloading of songs. Research into illegal downloading was done by the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), and the facts revealed by the report were staggering. However, there was a little good news shown by the report, that legal music downloads were on the rise, giving the music industry an added boost to music sales.

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Big 4 at Sonisphere Festival 2011

Stuart Galbraith saw the opportunity for creating a new festival while assisting with the organization of the well known Download Festival, and began to develop his ideas into reality. His vision for the Sonisphere Festival only started taking shape after joining Kilimanjaro Live, an events company, and in 2009 the inauguration of the festival took place. The Sonisphere Festival is dedicated to alternative rock, hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal, allowing metal and rock fans to attend a festival designed specifically for them. It also features the Big 4 event during the festival, which has become the highlight of the Sonisphere Festival.

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2010 MTV Africa Music Awards

On 11 December 2010 the MTV Africa Music Awards were hosted at the Eko Expo Hall in Lagos, Nigeria. Artists such as Fally Ipupa took home two trophies from his four nominations, as did 2Face, for his musical contributions. The evening was filled with wonderful surprises and break through achievements that were welcomed by the entire music community. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with Airtel and also featured an array of spectacular performances to entertain audience members.

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2011 Grammy Nominees

As the year begins to wind down, it seems that all the excitement and energy of the past year is coming to an end. However, with the release of the 2011 Grammy Nominees list, the excitement and anticipation for the coming events in the music industry has remained. It has been revealed that the 53rd edition of the Grammy awards will be held early next year, andCEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, has indicated that the ceremony will be even better than this year's.

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Paul Weller Takes Uncut Award

Paul Weller, a well known songwriter and singer, was up against nominees such as Gaslight Anthem, Arcade Fire, Joanna Newsom and the Gorillaz for the prestigious Uncut Music Award, but his latest album, Wake Up The Nation, was able to swing the votes in his favor. The winner of the Uncut Music Award is chosen by a panel of judges, which this year included broadcasters, members from other bands, musicians and music executives. With years of experience behind him and a new album that is fresh and innovative, Paul Weller most certainly deserved the recognition.

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