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Kate Bush won't be on TikTok

 Kate Bush won't be on TikTok

Kate Bush won't be on TikTok

Kate Bush thinks TikTok "sounds ridiculous".

The 63-year-old singer - who is enjoying a career resurgence after 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)' topped the charts following its use in 'Stranger Things' - insisted she isn't interested in getting involved in the video-sharing platform, despite there being a whole subset inspired by her work.

'Woman's Hour' host Emma Barnett asked her: “Do you know about WitchTok, a subset of TikTok? It’s inspired by ‘Babooshka‘ and your look in that video. There’s a whole load of people very dedicated to you in that space. Do you know about that?”

Kate laughed and replied: "No I don’t. It sounds ridiculous.”

The 'Wuthering Heights' hitmaker finds modern life "incredibly exciting" but acknowledged some people have to "look a bit harder" to see the positives through their own struggles.

She said: “It’s an awful time on a lot of levels for people, very difficult.

But it’s also a time when incredible things are happening. Technology is progressing at this incredible rate. That’s pretty overwhelming, really. But, you know, there’s so many advances in medicine and there are positive things. You just have to look a bit harder to find them at the moment.”

Kate is delighted 'Stranger Things' has brought a new popularity to her 1985 single and is particularly pleased about the idea of a "whole new audience" discovering her music that otherwise may never have heard of her.

She said: "It’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention.

“But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.

What’s really wonderful, I think, is this is a whole new audience who, in a lot of cases, have never heard of me and I love that. The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is… well, I think it’s very special.”

The Boys Season 4


the boys season 4

The Boys Season 4

Just a week after The Boys burst onto our screens with the release of its third season, Prime Video has announced the series has been renewed for a fourth season. While viewers haven't gotten to the season finale yet, the way the third season ends definitely sets the stage for the next one, and viewers can now confidently walk to the finale without worrying about the fate of the series.

Amazon is fully committed to adapting showrunner Eric Kripke's Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book series of the same name: Diabolical Animated Anthology premiered earlier this year, and production is in full swing on a spin-off superhero school series starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Jazz Sinclair, Sean Patrick Thomas and others. Following the success of the season 3 premiere, Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios, released a statement regarding the project's relaunch, saying:

" From our very first conversation with Eric Kripke and the creative team about the third season of The Boys, we knew the show continued to get even bolder - an impressive feat given the wild success of its Emmy-nominated second season. The Boys continues to push the boundaries of storytelling while remaining relentlessly entertaining and punctuating a social satire that feels all too real. The show's stylized world has an incredible global reach, and the opening weekend viewership is proof of that. We are immensely proud of the cast and crew that spawned the Prime Video franchise and look forward to bringing more of The Boys to our customers."

Sony announces three speakers


Sony announces three speakers

Sony announces three speakers

Sony has announced the start of sales of three new models of Bluetooth speakers in the X series .

  • Bring the party with powerful sound and ambient illumination on the SRS-XG300 and take it anywhere you want with a handy retractable handle
  • Experience high-quality sound and powerful sound pressure thanks to X-Balanced Speaker Unit on all three models, letting you LIVE LIFE LOUD

All models are acoustically designed with passive radiators, support multi-source pairing, and are IP67 certified . The younger Sony SRS-XE200 has the smallest dimensions and can work without recharging up to 16 hours . Model Sony SRS-XE300 is able to do without an outlet for 24 hours , and the older Sony SRS-XG300 will work 25 hours on a single charge. It has the largest dimensions, weighs 3 kilograms and has an LED backlight that works like music, as well as a carrying handle.

All models are offered in several color options, retail prices in Europe are as follows: Sony SRS-XE200 will cost 150 euros , Sony SRS-XE300 costs 200 euros , for the older Sony SRS-XG300 you will have to pay 300 euros . The start of sales is scheduled for July 2022.

Sony SRS-XE200

Sony announces three speakers

Sony SRS-XE300

Sony announces three speakers

Sony SRS-XG300

Sony announces three speakers

Bang & Olufsen showcases timeless design at ‘The Danish House’ curated by Rossana Orlandi

Bang & Olufsen showcases timeless design at ‘The Danish House’ curated by Rossana Orlandi

Bang & Olufsen showcases timeless design at ‘The Danish House’ curated by Rossana Orlandi

Bang & Olufsen is showcasing a selection of its iconic sound and vision products for the home both past and present that exemplify the best in craftsmanship, timeless design and longevity. Thanks to Bang & Olufsen’s new update to Beolink, customers have the freedom to connect old and new Bang & Olufsen products and create an eclectic design aesthetic to their home.

Whether it’s a 1986 Beogram 5500 turntable played through Beosound Level or the iconic 1996 Beosound 9000 paired with the recently launched Beolab 28 speakers; the possibilities are endless.

Designing products for longevity has always been a focus at Bang & Olufsen and for nearly a century, this Danish luxury brand has refined and developed a unique approach to craftsmanship and design. Now Bang & Olufsen is challenging the industry to reverse the trend of increasing e-waste and decreasing product life-cycle duration through innovative product and software development. Bang & Olufsen wants to continue to push the boundaries of acoustic innovation, and the company’s ambition is to provide a lifetime of music and memories for customers by creating products that can last a lifetime and beyond.

Join Bang & Olufsen in Milan

Visit The Danish House at RoCOLLECTIBLE | Designers & Crafters and learn more about Denmark’s outstanding Design Tradition at Galleria Rossana Orlandi Via Matteo Bandello 16. The exhibition is open from 6 -12 June from 10am – 8pm.

New Audi cars now come with the Apple Music app built-in

Apple Music to be standard on Audi

New Audi cars now come with the Apple Music app built-in

 Starting in the near future, multimedia systems in Audi vehicles will receive pre-installed Apple Music. Regardless of the preferences of the future owner, the application will be sewn up at the factory. Where possible, Apple Music will appear in Audi with the next firmware update.

The penetration of Apple Music into cars began with Porsche and, of course, was not so massive. Audi is a much more massive brand, and accordingly, Apple Music in the car will become more popular.

Apple Music to be standard on Audi

For the initial authorization of Apple Music on Audi, you will need to log in using your Apple ID, then get a verification code

   Access 90m songs from your dashboard     

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Apple Music to be standard on Audi page 2

For the initial authorization of Apple Music on Audi, you will need to log in using your Apple ID, then get a verification code, enter it in the program window - and voila: the entire set of Apple Music music, playlists, mixes and services is at your service.

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The internet music service has some worthy competitors too, with car brands like BMW, Mini and Volvo already offering Spotify integration, for example. On the other hand, nothing has yet been said about whether there will be content restrictions in the automotive version. In particular, there is a precedent when Apple Music in the version for Roku set-top boxes did not provide for either lossless tracks or tracks in surround format, without which car audio has recently looked imperfect.

Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society Founders Award

 29th Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society Founders Award Goes To John Atkinson, Technical Editor, Stereophile Magazine

Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society Founders Award 

It is with great pleasure that the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the world’s largest, awards its 29th Founders Award to John Atkinson. The Founders Award is the highest honor the Society annually bestows in our industry on those extraordinary individuals who have advanced audio and audiophile enjoyment worldwide. 

John Atkinson was born in Hitchin, England in June 1948. At the age of 15, he was

faced with a difficult decision. Academically, his grades in science subjects were

excellent but his passion was for music. He played violin in school and youth

orchestras and bass guitar with a local pop group. But for his final three years at

grammar school, he had to choose between the sciences and the arts. The sciences it had to be, and he ended up getting his B.Sc in physics and chemistry from the

University of London, followed by a post-graduate qualification as a high-school

science teacher.

Early jobs included working in a government research lab on developing higher-

efficiency LEDs – he is probably the only audio journalist who has made his own

transistors, using a vapor-epitaxy oven and gallium-phosphide substrates – then

working in another lab on mining chemistry.

His passion for music was kept alive by playing bass guitar in rock bands and getting

involved in making recordings. When, in June 1972, JA was offered the opportunity

to join a band led by Matthew Ellis, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who

had just signed a record contract with Warner Bros, record an album at Abbey Road

Studio, and tour the US, he abandoned his scientific career without hesitation.

The album was recorded at Abbey Road, but the band’s manager did a runner with

the record company’s advance, the US tour was canceled, Abbey Road didn’t get

paid, the album was never released, and three months after leaving the lab, JA was

out of a job.

For the next four years, JA played bass guitar with various bands, worked in cabaret

clubs, toured with the 1960s “teen singing sensation” Helen Shapiro, and made other albums and singles, but it eventually became clear that he would need a steadier source of income. JA had been what we now call an “audiophile” since the end of the 1960s and was an avid reader of the British magazine Hi-Fi News & Record Review.

In September 1976 he joined that magazine as an editorial assistant.

Six years later, at the age of 34, he became Hi-Fi News’s editor-in-chief. By the end of 1985, he had almost doubled the British magazine’s circulation when then-Stereophile owner and publisher Larry Archibald invited him to take over from the magazine’s founder, J. Gordon Holt, as the American magazine’s editor.

JA joined Stereophile in May 1986 and increased its circulation from around 20,000

to a peak of 92,000 15 years later. He remained editor until April 2019, when

approaching his 71st birthday and having published 390 issues, he handed over

Stereophile’s editorial reins to Jim Austin. JA took up the new position of Technical

Editor and continues to provide the measurements to accompany the magazine’s

reviews. To date, he has measured more than 900 loudspeakers, 600 amplification

components, and 400 digital products, all with a standardized test regime for each


John Atkinson is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and until recently was

an associate member of the IEEE and a member of NARAS, Producers and Engineers Wing. In 2011 he was invited by the Technical Council of the AES to present the Richard C. Heyser Memorial lecture at its 131st Convention in New York. JA continued to be involved in recording music after joining Hi-Fi News - to date he has produced, engineered, mastered, or played musical instruments on more than 40 commercially released recordings, half of which were on the Stereophile label. The album Translations, performed by the Portland State Chamber Choir, which JA co-engineered and mastered, was released by Naxos in 2020. It was chosen as one of Gramophone magazine’s Critics’ Choices for that year.

Recently honored by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society now celebrates its 29th year serving top audiophiles in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The largest audio society in the world with over 2700 members, the non-profit organization provides up to 14 major events per year in Greater Los Angeles and showcases and promotes the very best in great gear and recordings worldwide. Though the majority of members hail from Southern California, the Society boasts members from 14 states and nine countries.

The Society’s Board of Directors awards the Founder’s Award annually to those professionals in the high end who continue to advance fine musical reproduction in the home and distinguish themselves as the best in their profession.

The 2021 Founders Award went to George Cardas, founder of Cardas Audio.

  • The 2019 Founders Award went to Andrew Jones, VP and Chief Speaker Designer for ELAC
  • The 2018 Founders Award went to Michael Fremer, The Absolute Sound.
  • The 2017 Founders Award went to John Grado, President of Grado Labs.
  • The 2016 Founder’s Award went to Bob Carver, President of Bob Carver Audio.
  • The 2015 Founder’s Award went to Harry Weisfeld, founder of VPI Industries.
  • The 2014 Founder’s Award went to Chad Kassem, President of Acoustic Sounds.
  • The 2013 Founder’s Award went to Robert Harley, Editor-in-Chief of The Absolute Sound.
  • The 2012 Founder’s Award went to Tim de Paravicini, President of E.A.R. of Great Britain.
  • The 2011 Founder’s Award went to Richard Vandersteen, President of Vandersteen Audio.
  • The 2010 Founder’s Award went to Keith Johnson, Executive Producer of Reference Recordings,
  • and the 2009 Founder’s Award went to EveAnna Manley, President of Manley Labs.

Other previous winners include Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound, Dave Clark, Managing Editor of Positive Feedback, Dennis Had, founder of Cary Audio, David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback, and Ray Kimber, President of Kimber Kable, and our most-honored member.

The Founder’s Award will be awarded at the 29th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony in John Atkinson's honor in Los Angeles on December 4, 2022. The trophy that will be awarded to John Atkinson is specially produced by the same company that created the Oscar for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Society Contact: 

LAOCAS.COM for all future events!