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The FIFA World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sports events. Every tournament generates a wide range of music recorded to celebrate the event and to support the teams. Now let’s have a look at ten of the best FIFA World Cup songs of all time, whether your favorite team wins or loses.

1. Hot Hot Hot, by Arrow (1986)

Adopted as the theme song of the FIFA World Cup 1986 in Mexico, Hot Hot Hot stretches out for seven minutes but never overstays its welcome. The reason is that the energy is so contagious, from the bass-driven groove and the punch-drunk horn charts to the oft-repeated chorus hook. It makes all the people feel hot.

2. Three Lions, by Baddiel Skinner and the Lightning Seeds (1996)

Three Lions is a great song with classic Britpop sound, including the wistful pining of the vocals and a bass-line echoeing the mid-‘60s Kinks.

3. La Copa de la Vida, by Ricky Martin (1998)

La Copa de la Vid was a proper international phenomenon. It spent six weeks at No. 1 in France, Australia, and Sweden, four weeks in Germany, and two in Spain. Martin even did perform it at the Grammys, which Billboard credits with having started the Latin pop explosion. 

From the groove, the energy, the Latin percussion, the horns, to the sound of people cheering, all are designed to get the party started.

4. Samba e Gol’, by Bellini (1998)

Originally named Samba de Janeiro, this song sounds like the soundtrack to a football version of the Rocky franchise.

5. El Rock del Mundial, by Los Ramblers (1962)

El Rock del Mundial is the first official World Cup song that starts with a Chuck Berry lick. Los Ramblers are Chilean. In this song, the only words they sing in English are “rock and roll.” But it doesn’t prevent the song from becoming famous around the world.

People love the sound of music being played on a vinyl record.  There are so many audiophiles who love collecting vinyl records and even spend a ton of money for that.  But do you know how vinyl records got their start?

Back to 1857 when Edouard-Leon Scott, a French inventor, invented the Phonautograph, which was a device with a vibrating pen would graphically representing sounds onto small paper discs. The Phonautograph was used to help people get a better understanding of how sounds work. Later in 1878, Thomas Edison took this device and created a way to hear the music actually. The device used a stylus to cut grooves into tinfoil in order to record and replay the sounds.

In 1867, Emile Berliner, also an inventor, patented the gramophone – the first vinyl record player which had to be operated by hand and could play seven inch rubber discs. In 1901, the Victor Company introduced a record player named the Red Seal, which could play ten inch vinyl records. 

In 1948, Columbia Records released their 33 ⅓ RPM made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride. It recorded the sound in the grooves in the vinyl. When the record spins, the needle runs along the grooves at the same time passing the information to the electromagnetic head. 

In 1982, Sony invented the compact disc, making vinyl records obsolete. The CD could play the music without the pops and scratchiness of the vinyl so they were easier to carry around than the large records.  Most major labels turned to digital downloads instead of producing records. Although this was popular with the mainstream, DJs and music aficionados still prefered the vinyl record sound. 

Due to the collectibility of the vinyl record, many record labels started to bring back vinyl and sales have been incredible. Some people claim the sound is incomparable if you hear music on vinyl. The fact is that they are back and bigger than ever, no matter what your views are on vinyl records.

Athletes are always searching for ways to improve their performance. The desire to run faster, jump higher or lift more lets them search for the next edge.

Many swear by listening to music while in the gym to help them achieve this. But does music actually help athletic performance?

Feel Fitter

Research shows that listening to music at the same time exercising can reduce your rate of perceived effort by up to 12% and improve your endurance by up to 15%.

However, it is worth considering the tempo of the music, since recent research from Liverpool John Moores University gives more nuanced findings. It found that slowing the tempo of the music decreased the participant’s heart rate and distance covered on a bike, while quickening the tempo increased heart rate and the enjoyment of both the music and exercise.

Stops Negative Thoughts

Listening to music improves the performance of athletes by distracting them from the negative thoughts that may consume the mind and hinder performance. Recent research has showed that basketball players who had to performing under pressure converted more free-throw shots when they had listened to an upbeat piece of music beforehand, because this distracted them from the pressure of performing in front of a crowd.

Activates Autopilot

Listening to music can encourage athletes to operate on autopilot, outside their conscious awareness. Having elite athletes operate on autopilot is beneficial, according to a recent study which found that when elite golfers were asked to take a putt as fast as possible, they had a higher success rate, compared to when they took their time.

High pressure situations might lead to overthinking, but as an athlete operates on autopilot, this doesn’t occur and movements are naturally performed.

Controls Emotions

Research has shown that athletes can use music to manipulate their emotions before a competition. Athlete Dame Kelly Holmes said she listened to Alicia Keys ballads as part of her pre-event routine for the 2004 Olympic Games, which relaxed her and allowed her to peak her performance.

Streaming is clearly a big game changer in the audiophile world. But the special thing is that the sales of coal discs are still very good and are on the rise. Particularly the CD format is a bit tougher but still ‘healthy’, only lossless download services risk being excluded from the game.

Revenue from online music downloads has dropped sharply by 18% in the first half of 2019. The habit of buying lossless and lossy music files (by downloading) is only 9% of the total revenue of the music market with the purchase of physical storage devices (coal disks, CDs).

And of the 9% for those physical devices, 4% will come from the disk and the rest for the CD will be 5%. The cassette is unfortunately back in the past with almost zero.

Most people believe in the quality of vinyl and CDs more than the recordings downloaded from streaming applications.

However, this is just the story in the US where there are about 327 million people living, while in Germany with a population of 83 million people, the recording market goes in a different direction.

According to a report by the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), in the first half of 2019, revenue from online music download groups accounted for 6.6% quite close to the US market, but the special thing is the total revenue earned from music streaming makes up only 56.4%, which is very different from the United States, where streaming revenue accounts for 80%!

In Germany, the number of users spending on CDs accounts for nearly 30% of the total music market revenue

The most interesting difference from the US is that the revenue comes from the sale of the disks – physical audio storage media. Most impressive is that CD sales have risen sharply to 28.2% of total sales, 6 times higher than in the US and are expected to increase steadily along with coal disc format.

Along with that is the introduction of turntable heads that incorporate many modern features. Although the figures are only from the US and Germany, it is also the country with the world’s leading recording industry, enough to guarantee that the Vinyl and CD formats will live well in the future.

Vinyl record label, Gearbox Records, has announced the Automatic II turntable, targeted at novice and experienced vinyl users alike.

Gearbox Records was established in 2009 and has cultivated a reputation for producing great quality vinyl releases. It then struck up a collaboration with the Austrian hi-fi brand Pro-Ject Audio, resulting in the original and distinctive Automatic turntable.

The MkII (£549) is a similar affair, taking its design cues from Dieter Ram’s 1955 Braun PC 3 SV record player. It’s a meld of the old and the new with transparent plinth allowing users to see the internal workings of the deck. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity for streaming vinyl wirelessly, as well as Gearbox’s music-recognition technology that allows tracks to be added from your record collection to your Spotify playlist.

It carries a built-in valve phono stage, designed and tuned for moving magnet (MM) cartridges such as the pre-fitted Ortofon OM10. Plug the turntable into any line input and you’ll be ready to listen to your collection straight from the box.

Design-wise, the Automatic II uses an ultra-low-mass tonearm with adjustable counterweight and sports a 7-inch glass platter with support for 33rpm and 45rpm speeds. The belt drive has been upgraded from the original, with the second-gen version using an aluminum pulley for better speed stability.

The electronics have also been upgraded for better performance, and the app – which can be used for track recognition and adding to your Spotify playlist – is according to Gearbox, “slicker and easier to use”.

The Automatic II will be available at Amazon and an exclusive showroom at Spiritland Headphone Bar in London. Those who make it to the Spiritland venue can have a go with the turntable, with Gearbox reimbursing the travel expenses of anyone who purchases an Automatic II by up to £50.

Appointments for test-driving the turntable are available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Email shop@spiritland.com or phone +44 203 178 5706 to book.

The Gearbox Automatic II turntable is on sale in October.

  1. Cartridge

As above, I have mentioned two types of cartridges, namely MM and MC. The cartridge’s task is to sweep up the small grooves on top, releasing most accurately the vibrations on the grooves. The cartridge consists of two parts, the stylus and the body. The tip of the cartridge is often used with extremely high hardness components and is generally an industrial diamond compared to diamond in jewelry products, which do not have the same purity and clarity as on jewelry but equal hardness. Diamond heads are often sharpened into a very small point, with several different cartridge standards such as Nude, spherical, elliptical, Shibata … each of which will have sharpness as well as contact points into different disc slots. The more sharp and exposed the more expensive, typically fine line and elliptical. When scanning on the disc groove, the movement and movement intensity of the stylus is what is transmitted into the frequency and intensity of the volume, generally the sounds that you hear through vibration of stylus needle first. The stylus drives into the small, slender cantilever, which is a stylus that places the stylus tip and will also vibrate under the needle tip and vibrate the transmission to the inside of the cartridge body.

There are 2 types of cartridges: Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC), although both cartridges use the principle of physical regeneration based on motion in the electromagnetic field. Like the Moving Magnet, the MM needle magnet will be in the cantilever tree moving to regenerate the current while the two coil parts on the cartridge will be fixed. In the case of Moving Coil, the tail of the cantilever will have a coil attached to the tail and the magnet will be fixed.

However, according to folklore, the MM head will have a common needle tip with the ability to easily change the stylus head and the durability is higher than that of the MC, as well as the current intensity is also higher than the MCs. The first MC is more expensive, uses smaller sized diamonds, makes it more difficult to manipulate, does not replace the stylus, is more fragile and the current intensity is also smaller than that of MM so it needs a Step-up transformer or a phono preamplifier circuit separately for MC to increase the amperage to match phonostage. The MC, due to its small needle tip and slim cantilever, is less resonant, responds quickly to the notched lines on the disc groove and less dust trails, so it is more clean, static and clear than when listening to the sound of MM.

The principle of operation of MM and MC is that the reciprocal magnetic field is generated from magnets and small coil rings, which will produce electrical signals with small variations. The current will be amplified and transmitted to the amplifier to output the speaker. In many cases you need to use a phonostage as an intermediate bridge between turntable and amplifier or pre-amp.

Vinyls is revitalizing quite strongly in recent years, this movement is gradually popular in the world. There are a lot of guys out there who love the technology toys, headphones or multi-room speakers, and smart speaker but still admire and want to experience this exciting vinyls. Many people do not know what vinyls are and the mechanism and how it works is different from normal CDs or digital music files. So, through this article, I will give a brief introduction about vinyls as well as introduce some basic components when playing vinyls so that all of you can learn and discuss. In the article I did not say anything to the price, because the money to play vinyl tray is not as expensive as you think, the problem is to hold firmly, really strong knowledge to have good set-up, good equipment. What does it mean when the player does not have the knowledge of this “art”? Besides, vinyl discs are very durable, many discs released in 1978 so far as my If You Know Suzy still sound clear, using the right and set-up right from the start not only helps you maintain the device well but also keep your vinyl collection “longer”

The first idea appeared 140 years ago thanks to Edison’s phonograph design, and the first recordings also made their debut in 1948 thanks to Columbia with the first 12inch coal disc. It was first introduced to the public on June 20, 1948 at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York. And since then, many new technologies and new mechanisms for the purpose of listening to music have been created, but, drawing the vinyl disc out of the bag, gently placing it on turntable and lowering it is still needed.

1. Vinyl groove

If you hold a vinyl disc, you will notice that there are small, thin strands like our hair, that it runs through the perimeter of the two sides of the disc, from the outer to the inner in a spiral shape, these slots are quite tight and close together. These are tracks containing audio information. The grooves on the disc have a slight twist towards the center of the disc and often have a small slot width of only about 0.04-0.08mm (depending on the intensity of the sound). The total length of the grooves on a vinyl sometimes reaches about 500m.

The two sides of the groove will be opposite to each other and bobbing differently, each side of this groove will carry the audio signal of a channel of sound (2 grooves = 2 left and right channels). The closest side to the outside of the vinyl ring is the right side of the channel, and this information can be expressed through small areas of only about one micron (1 millionth of a millimeter), so You can see such a disc but it contains a lot of audio information. Also the reason why vinyl recorders are extremely sensitive to external vibrations and other factors. Besides, because these grooves are so small, tiny particles of dust will easily penetrate and fill the grooves and needles, if they touch small dust particles, they will call a little bit that the audiophile  has “beautiful noise ”, with the tiny MC needle stylus, it is still “beautiful ”but the big head MM needle stains dust is chattering or“ bouncing ”one shot. Due to this reason, the vinyl player must have a dust broom and a magnetic broom.

Cassettes and coal discs are pulling together back to the music market, where they seem to have been shelved since the booming digital era.

The small, rectangular plastic cassette contains all the good things of many generations back, along with vinyl charcoal.

Some of today’s top musicians, including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, have released personal music albums on cassettes. It seems that they will not be welcome but in fact their albums sell as quick as hot cakes and demand continues to increase.

According to Guardian, sales of cassettes increased by 125% in 2018. That same year, 50,000 cassette albums were sold in the UK, the highest number in the last 15 years.

Obviously that number is nothing compared to 1989, there are 83 million albums of cassettes sold in the UK. But the number of 50,000 copies is marking the revival of an old-fashioned form of music enjoyment. Why so?

Timeless values

“Music is not just about listening online or downloading, listening to music must be interesting. Cassette is very interesting. Unlike electronic music, music on cassettes has a short lifespan, which makes us appreciate them and suffer when lost “- DJ Phin, who just released the album on the cassette, said.

American clothing brand Urban Outfitters describes: “You have to experience the feeling of waiting for three or four hours on the radio to listen to your favorite music and then record it into a cassette tape, you know just how interesting it is. “.

Many people believe that few people listen to music on cassettes today, buying tapes is seen as a collection.

Thanks to the warm welcome of audiences, cassette tapes bring a big income to artists. According to Guardian, Ariana Grande’s Thank U and Next song topped the ranking sold on cassettes (540 copies sold last week). Musicians like AC / DC, Kylie Minogue or Jade Bird also raced to release a cassette album.

Along with the development of technology, services like Sportify or Apple Music are increasingly dominating the music market and creating convenience for audiophiles when they simply need to download songs to the computer.

However, in 2018, sales of music download services were unexpectedly lower than CDs and vinyl record – those that sounded like obsolete music.

Many people buy CDs and vinyl record

According to the Recording Association of America (RIAA), the total number of downloads on music services – with iTunes at the top, has dropped by approximately 30% in 2018, to just over 1 billion USD. Besides, the revenue from downloading albums also decreased by 25%.

Meanwhile, sales of seemingly “extinct” vehicles such as CDs, vinyls record reported by the RIAA, still maintain the figure of $ 1.15 billion, thereby officially surpassing the Electronic music service. Particularly, sales from coal discs, according to RIAA, amounted to 420 million USD.

Another comparison shows the decline in digital music services, which have accounted for 40% of the audio industry’s revenue in 2013. However, last year, this number only fell. at approximately 11%.

Stream service still dominates


Even so, both types of music are on the decline, and replaced by streaming services.

Even the sales of CDs and vinyl record are higher than music downloads, but still reduce more than 23% compared to the same period last year. In particular, sales from CDs alone decreased by 34%, to only 698 million USD. This is the first time sales from CDs have been less than $ 1 billion, since 1986.

On the other hand, revenue from stream services grew steadily by 30% last year, reaching US $ 7.4 billion, accounting for 75% of the industry’s revenue in 2018.

Also last year, the number of subscribers to streaming music on online services increased by 42% compared to 2017, and for the first time reached 50 million. The success of the music model also made Apple gradually convert its entire iTunes platform.

Listening to a vinyl record has been a very sophisticated listening style. People who come to this form of music are usually very delicate.

The sound of vinyl record is very different from the popular digital audio now. While the digital sound is somewhat magical, it is easy to adjust the sound, the pitch of the singer, the sound of the vinyl record has its own charm. When listening to a good performance of a vinyl record, people hear stereo sound, as if you are listening to live orchestra playing, the position of the instruments in the orchestra, the vocalist’s real and inspiring voice. Therefore, in the world in general, there is still a difficult part of listeners, especially love, collect and enjoy vinyl record. Special music that fit vinyl record like Jazz – Blue, classical music or Acoustic instruments.

The vinyl record has a three-piece structure: the reader or phonocatridge, the mechanical part or the tonearm, the turntable part is the rotary wheel and the motor. There are two types of common readers: “dynamic magnet” or MM needle (Moving Magnet). The second type is called “Dynamic Coil” or MC needle (Moving Coil). The cheaper MM is very popular, the MC gives better sound quality than the MM type, most expensive readers are now MC types.

Perhaps the vinyl record player, besides enjoying the sound of it, also requires the character of the person to be careful, sophisticated and must have ears for music. For vinyl record players, besides the main investment is buying gramophone, sound, speaker, vinyl record … players also have to invest in spare parts such as compressed air dust guns, carbon brushes to sweep dust on coal plates. (For example, an $ 15 AudioQuest brush), antistatic spray (such as $ 50 Allsop Orbitrac 2 disk cleaner), special brush and solution to clean the needle tip of the record. Coal discs must be stored carefully in a glass cabinet to avoid dust, environmental humidity or high temperatures, causing the disc to explode or warp