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The music business is growing again — really growing — and it’s because of streaming

Spotify, Apple Music and other services have 30 million U.S. subscribers, and streaming revenue is up 48 percent so far this year.<p>Familiar song, new tempo: Music streaming is big, and getting bigger fast. Digital downloads are falling off a cliff.<p>Oh, and one more familiar refrain: The music …

Televisions

The Business of Fandom: How Teenage Girls Predict the Future of Culture

The success of Harry Styles’s breakthrough performance in Christopher Nolan’s is no surprise, according to <b>Dr. Francesca Coppa</b>. A professor of English …

Harry Styles

How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recovery

In financial terms, Spotify is like a high-end mall that was just built on an earthquake fault line. Like other subscription streaming services, it’s …

Law

Mark Ronson Sued Over 'Uptown Funk' Similarities to Zapp's 'More Bounce to the Ounce'

Mark Ronson is facing another lawsuit over his smash hit "Uptown Funk," this time from the Lastrada Entertainment Company, Ltd., the music publishing …

Notorious B.I.G.

Ending with a Fade Out

It's the laziest move in music — ending with a fade out. Don't know how to end a song? Fade it out. Someone else writing the songs you're playing? …

Writing

Scarface Talks Houston Hurricane Relief, City Preparedness, Trump Response

The Geto Boys MC and Houston hip-hop pioneer on how his hometown is handling Harvey<p>As Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Houston, the rapper …

Weather

Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey Fans Join Forces to Dethrone ‘Despacito’

If you haven’t already heard, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber now ties Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 smash …

Mariah Carey

Flavor Flav Sues Chuck D and Public Enemy Producer for Missing Royalties

<b>(TMZ)</b> <b>--</b> <b>Flavor Flav</b>'s still fighting the powers that be, even when those powers include fellow founding <b>Public Enemy</b> member <b>Chuck D</b> ... according to a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Prince's Favorite Color Wasn't Purple, His Sister Says

Despite best efforts, no musician has ever fully owned a color the way did purple. The hue is practically synonymous with his music, embodying all …

BET Awards

Ludacris Shuts Down Claims His Music Career Is 'Dead'

"I’m just taking my time."<p>Throughout his career, Ludacris has been fortunate enough to attain success in both the music and acting world. Though his …

Ludacris

musicFirst Targets YouTube, iHeart, Sirius Over Fair Pay In New Ad Campaign

Music industry coalition musicFIRST, the trade body that includes the RIAA, the Recording Academy, A2IM, SoundExchange and the American Federation of …

Copyright

Culture: The Hazy Glue Between Music & Technology

Music industry people claim to know tech, and people who work at technology companies say they understand music. Regardless of how true that is in …

Kendrick Lamar

Mariah Carey Gives Extravagant Tour of Her Closet for 'Vogue'

"I'm a shoe fanatic," she says, surprising no one.<p>Mariah Carey is the first to acknowledge she's "not as casual as most people" and her closet …

Mariah Carey

Bun B, Scooter Braun Planning Houston Benefit for Sept. 12

Houston rapper Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun are planning a benefit concert to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.<p>A representative …

Tropical Storm Harvey

Kodak Black's 'Project Baby Two' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Meanwhile, Yo Gotti claims his second top 10 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Rake It Up."<p><b>scores his first No. 1 album on the chart</b> as arrives in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Taylor Swift Era Begins Again With Reputation

Taylor Swift announced her sixth album on Wednesday, after years of speculation from fans and media. And the title seems to appropriately fit the …

Taylor Swift

Jay-Z Opens Up About Alleged Feud With Kanye West and Reveals "What Really Hurt" Him

<b>Jay-Z</b> says <b>Kanye West</b>'s rant against him last year hurt him because he brought <b>Beyoncé</b> into it.<p>Jay made his comments on the Rap Radar podcast on the …

Rapper Prodigy Choked to Death, Coroner Rules: Report

The rapper Prodigy, half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died from accidental choking, according to a report from TMZ.<p>The site previously reported …

Usher to Be Sued by Three More People Who Claim He Failed to Warn Them of His Alleged Herpes Diagnosis

Weeks after it was revealed Usher reportedly paid a woman $1.1 million in 2012 to settle a lawsuit after she claimed to have contracted herpes from …

Judge Rules KickassTorrents Founder Properly Charged With Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

Artem Vaulin, awaiting extradition from Poland, can't convince the judge he's being charged with something -- secondary copyright infringement -- …

Neil Young's Lost Acoustic Album From 1976 'Hitchhiker' Really Is Coming Out in September

For months, Neil Young fans have been pretty sure about the impending release of a solo acoustic album that Young recorded during one drug-fueled …

'Despacito' Passes 'See You Again' for New Record as Most-Viewed YouTube Video

The Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber chart-topper "Despacito" just notched yet another coveted title: the track's beachfront music video is …

The Musical Illusion of Radiohead's Videotape

Thom Yorke made a mistake. Thom got lost trying to play Radiohead's "Videotape" at a concept in London — and unknowingly set off a firestorm of …

'Gone Till November' Is 20! Watch Wyclef Jean Celebrate the Anniversary with an Acoustic Set

Wyclef Jean is back! The musician has just announced his first full-length album in eight years, <i>Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee</i>, which …

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Is Currently the Most Popular Album of 2017

Modern hip-hop’s reigning king.<p>Kendrick Lamar continues to shine. Already one of modern hip-hop’s biggest superstars, Kung Fu Kenny further added to his laundry list of success with the release of latest studio album <i>DAMN.</i> earlier this year. As <i>Billboard</i> reports, Nielsen Music’s mid-year chart …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Chance The Rapper Reinterpreted A Stevie Wonder Classic & It's A Must-Watch

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series offers the rare opportunity to listen to some of our favorite artists perform in an intimate setting, sans the usual …

Stevie Wonder

Tupac’s Prison Letter to Madonna Reveals Race Was a Factor In Their Breakup

A letter written by Tupac Shakur is heading to auction later this month and its contents are still just as riveting as they would have been 22 years …

Ice Cube Schools Bill Maher

Bill Maher is no stranger to crossing the line, but last week on <i>Real Time</i> he stepped way too far even for him. During a segment with Republican …

Bill Maher