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Major record label in financial crisis after teen uploads music track to YouTube

Music company Warner Music Group is in severe financial trouble after a teenager uploaded a track to video sharing website YouTube, it has emerged.

On 13th June, 2011, 14-year old Jordan Smith uploaded a videogame montage to YouTube which featured the track Hysteria by Muse as background music. This has led to mass disruptions to content owner WMG’s business due to the fact that music fans can now listen to the track for free in Jordan’s video instead of paying money on a service such as mflow or iTunes for the song.

Jordan first became aware of the damage his low-resolution video was doing to the music industry when WMG filed a copyright claim on his video. He soon disputed this claim, saying that he felt that featuring the song would encourage fans of his videos to buy Muse albums, however this was rejected and his video was removed.

A representative from WMG said “I find it appalling that today’s youth find it acceptable to deliberately damage our business like this. The fact that his video is playing the song to a massive audience who weren’t even aware of the band’s existence beforehand for free has meant that we have lost a significant number of sales which is leading our business into crisis.”

“We feel it is necessary for young people to be aware of how their online actions can damage entire industries like this, and that as the bands themselves only receive a very small cut of the sales money it is important that their albums sell in large numbers to make it worth their while to keep making music.”

Flamenews will keep you updated.

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Bass players actually ‘more awesome’ than guitarists

Bass players are actually more awesome than guitarists, new research proves.

Although previously thought to be the most awesome member of the band, it has turned out that actually the lead guitarist is not as awesome as the bass guitarist.

A bass guitar. Bass guitarists are now officially recognised as awesome.

Industry insider George Dawn told Flamenews – “It’s not really a shocking discovery. Whereas a singer or a lead guitarist needs to run and jump around on stage to be noticed, the bass player can just stand in his spot and play, making him awesome.”

This discovery has encouraged band The Party Play Band to try a new, bass heavy sound on their new album. Band frontman Ziggy Winston told Flamenews – “As we now know bassists are awesome, we have gone for a heavy bass sound, with all four of us playing bass instruments. Play this album through good speakers and it’ll feel like an earthquake!”

Flamenews will keep you updated.

Rick Astley to judge new X Factor series.

Famous pop-musician Rick Astley is to appear on the judging panel of talent show The X Factor, reports say.

The singer, famous for the hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”, is set to appear as a judge for the popular TV talent show, where along with the other judges he will assist with finding the newest pop act in Britain. The change has come as a suprise to long time fans of the show, as many were not expecting any additions to the panel this year.

Rick Astley will appear on this year's X Factor.

X Factor owner and judge Simon Cowell told Flamenews “I am thrilled Rick has decided to appear on the show, as he is one of the biggest stars in the music industry, and is well known as he stars in about half of all videos on YouTube. I can’t wait to work with him on the show!”

Exclusive Flamenews Reader Offer

Flamenews is proud to announce that it is offering an exclusive Milli Vanilli live MP3 for every reader.

This official bootleg comes directly from the microphones from one of Milli Vanilli’s famous live concerts and has been made available for Flamenews to share with readers.

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Nickelback “aren’t that great”

Popular rock band Nickelback aren’t actually that good, reports say.

The band, notable for songs including “Rockstar” and “How You Remind Me”, are known to have a large following amoung young people, however recently it has appeared that the band are overrated and their music is dull and unoriginal. Long time Nickelback fan Josh Johnson told Flamenews “I am so amazed by the discovery! I used to listen to their music without noticing how repetitive it actually is!”

Fans are noticing Nickelback's music isn't anything particularly special.

Money savings expert Sarah Ross has told fans of the band “to save money, you should simply purchase one Nickelback song from a service such as iTunes and listen to it on repeat instead of buying a full album. This is cheaper as it has the same effect for a much lower price.”

Flamenews will keep updated.

Fans are noticing Nickelback's music isn't anything particularly special.

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Europe to feature in Guitar Hero game.

Hard rock band Europe are to feature in the new edition of Guitar Hero, reports say.

According to an earlier Activision press conference, “Guitar Hero: Europe” will feature exclusive motion captured versions of the band in-game, as well as access to exclusive photos and videos from Europe’s concerts.

Europe will feature in their own edition of 'Guitar Hero'.

The game will feature both of Europe’s hits as well as tracks from other bands who Europe say have inspired them, such as the Foo Fighters, blink-182 and Nickelback.

Throughout the game, developer Neversoft say that players “can feel what it’s like to be at [Europe’s] concerts and play on stage as a band who open for Europe”.

This follows the release of the hugely successful “Guitar Hero: Van Halen” released earlier this year.