My radio show on Xfm is a testament to how loved and important these artists have become and so, this fourth of July... I want to declare "Independents Day" and share the stories of four of the world's best loved indie labels.
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On the one hand, people are not paying for recorded music in the way that they used to; on the other, a large proportion of those who do, still prefer something tangible they can hold in their hand.
Why would AIM, the body looking after the UK's independent labels and their artists, decide to shoehorn one more awards show into the already full-to-bursting calendar?
Daniel Ek, the 29-year-old founder of Spotify has shot his way up The Sunday Times music rich list, to place equal tenth with Mick Jagger and the Beck...
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