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Top 10 stories of the week: Interactive UK music map, Fair Deal Music's 30th anniversary, Fender partners with 7digital

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Interactive UK music map, Fair Deal Music's 30th anniversary, Fender partners with 7digital

The most popular story on MI Pro this week was TotallyMoney’s interactive map showing the top musicians from every inch of the UK.

The map enables you to delve into different parts of the country, see what the biggest act is from each area, and find out facts about their career.

Also big news this week was Fair Deal Music’s 30th anniversary celebration announcement. The retailer will be hosting a special all-weekend party complete with a massive sale, performances and artist signings.

Check out all of the biggest stories this week below:
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1. This interactive map shows the top musicians from every inch of the UK
A new interactive UK map has been created to show the massive involvement the country has had in the world music scene.

2. Fair Deal Music to celebrate 30th anniversary with massive sale and Stereophonics drummer signing
Birmingham’s Fair Deal Music will be celebrating an impressive 30 years in business at the end of the month.

3. Fender joins forces with 7digital to bolster online and mobile product offerings
Digital music solutions provider 7digital has announced that it has signed a deal with MI giant Fender.

4. WATCH: Scientist creates new guitar strings to improve your whammy bar technique
A scientist from the University of St Andrews has created a brand new set of strings with optimised sensitivity, meaning the D string is just as easy to bend as other strings, and the low E string has reduced sharpness when played hard.

5. Flare Audio recognised as an 'outstanding organisation' by PM in Parliamentary Review
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has published its annual review, recognising Flare Audio as an “outstanding organisation”.

6. Barnes & Mullins 'Mudder Superiors' to raise money for Cancer Research UK
Staff members from UK musical instrument distributor Barnes & Mullins will be taking part in the ‘Pretty Muddy’ 5k Race for Life charity event in October.

7. INTERVIEW: Lauren Deakin Davies aka DIDI - 'As an artist, you have so much more power if you understand music production'
Having just won NMG’s Producer of the Year award, owning her own studio, producing a body of work that includes albums with Kate Dimbleby and Kelly Oliver, recording a live session with The Hoosiers, and taking part in Laura Marling’s Reversal of the Muse project, you may be surprised to hear that Lauren Deakin Davies is just 22 years of age.

8. Noise complaint appeal against pianist James Carrabino dropped
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and Young Musician on the Year finalist James Carrabino are celebrating a win for playing the piano at home.

9. Ludwig Alex Van Halen Signature Supraphonic Snare arrives in the UK
Active Music has announced that one of the first highly sought-after Alex Van Halen snare drums will be on show at The UK Drum Show in Manchester on the 23rd – 24th September.

10. Yamaha's iTunes-scanning CSP Clavinova digital piano now available
Back in August, MI Pro reported that Yamaha was planning to release a new digital piano with the ability to scan your iTunes library and create chord charts and piano scores from your favourite songs.

Tags: Fender , 7digital , top 10 , fair deal music , top stories , interactive map

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