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Buying Drake, Kanye West Songs With Cryptocurrency Lets Artists Control Royalties

Cryptocurrency is taking over the music industry. On Thursday, the blockchain asset management firm Bitmark announced a new partnership with KKBox, …

Business

Music copyright reform gains traction as coalition backs key legislation

A coalition of the most influential music industry trade associations have banded together to support most of each other's key copyright legislation, …

Bob Goodlatte

2018 IPO Prospects: Spotify To Test Direct Listing

Recently Spotify announced that it had filed with the SEC to go public.<p>Unlike traditional IPOs, Spotify is pursuing the direct listing method that …

Business

P!NK To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LII

Pop singer <b>P!NK</b> will be singing the national anthem at Super Bowl LII on February 4, according to an official release obtained by Ben Volin of the …

Super Bowl LII

‘Fire and Fury’ Sells Out at Bookstores on First Day of Release

President Donald Trump’s legal threat aimed at “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” appears to have the effect of making the book an early …

Michael Wolff

Ahead of Its IPO, Spotify Hits 70 Million Subscribers

Spotify is benefitting from huge growth in streaming music.<p>"Hello 70 million subscribers," tweeted streaming-music company Spotify on Thursday. With …

Investing

$1.6B Lawsuit Plunges Spotify Into Troubled Legal Waters Just As It Files For Its IPO

Music publishing company Wixen has sued Spotify over allegedly failing to properly license song compositions by recording artists such as Tom Petty, Janis Joplin and Rage Against the Machine—and the timing couldn’t be worse for the Swedish company.<p>Spotify just filed with the Securities and Exchange …

Business

Taylor Swift Shares "End Game" Video Featuring Ed Sheeran & Future

Shot in London, Tokyo and Miami.<p>Taylor Swift has released the music video for <i>reputation</i>‘s “End Game” featuring Ed Sheeran and Future. The video is filmed in London, Tokyo and Miami, and finds Swift, Sheeran and Future partying at the aforementioned locations. “End Game” comes after her visuals for …

Kendrick Lamar

Music Visions for 2018

×<p>The year 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac, but something tells me the music of 2018 will be anything but doggy! But wait, before we …

Stephen Malkmus

The Verge 2017 tech report card: Streaming music

If 2016 was the year that streaming music became a necessity, 2017 is the year streaming music showed its clout. This couldn’t have been showcased any more clearly than at the Grammys, where Chance the Rapper won best new artist, best rap album, and best rap performance — an honor only made …

Brands Must March To The Beat Of A Digital Drummer

Digital disruption is transforming industries, and the music business was arguably the first to be impacted and has transformed the most over the …

Advertising Industry

Taylor Swift’s Rivals This Holiday: Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole

It wasn’t so long ago that a blockbuster fourth-quarter album by a music superstar could rescue a record company from financial ruin, or at least a slow sales year. Think of Jay-Z’s “Kingdom Come,” which sold 680,000 copies during Black Friday week in 2006 and showed up beneath plenty of Christmas …

Music

Bob Marley's 'Legend' Hits 500th Week on Chart

It’s the second-longest charting album in the chart’s 60-plus year history.<p>On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 30), Luke Bryan’s …

Bob Marley

YouTube Just Took a Huge Step Towards Taking On Spotify

YouTube signed a new long-term agreement with the top two music labels, promising stronger policing of user uploads of copyrighted songs and paving …

Tech Industry

YouTube, Music Labels End Standoff, Move Toward Paid Service

YouTube signed a new long-term agreement with the top two music labels, promising stronger policing of user uploads of copyrighted songs and paving …

Universal Music Group

Michael Jackson's estate and Sony Music extend partnership recording agreement

Sony Music and the estate of Michael Jackson agreed to a landmark recording deal that will continue the label’s 42-year relationship with Michael …

15 Diamond-Certified Country Albums (And One Single)

Congrats to Taylor Swift, who officially has the latest diamond country album!Continue reading…

Country Music

Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Is Certified Diamond by RIAA

Fresh off her latest record-breaking album , Taylor Swift has reached a new milestone with her back catalog. Her sophomore album, certified 10x …

Music

Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Album Has Been Certified Diamond

While Taylor Swift’s new album <i>Reputation</i> may be moving hundreds of thousands of copies every week and owning the charts (until U2 pushes her out of the way, at least), it’s actually an older record from the former country singer that is grabbing headlines for achieving something very rare and …

Taylor Swift

BWW Looks Back at Prolific Career of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Alice Cooper

<b>As BWW announced last week, Alice Cooper, a seminal figure in rock 'n' roll whose compelling stage presence has made him a must see for five decades,</b> …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Chris Brown Earned 40 RIAA Plaques This Year

R&B’s resident bad boy Chris Brown is closing out the year with another accomplishment to add to his list. On Wednesday (December 6), Brown took to …

Chris Brown Celebrates Earning His 40th RIAA Plaque of 2017 - XXL

While Chris Brown hasn't had the best success on the charts as of late, the singer is still earning gold and platinum plaques in 2017 thanks to his …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Chris Brown Buys Pet Monkey for Daughter Royalty

Chris Brown’s newest family pet is raising some “Questions.” This week, Breezy took to Instagram to show off a new monkey that he seemingly purchased …

Four black artists are the world's highest paid

File: Sean Combs, aka Diddy, earned more than any other musician in the year from June 2016 to June 2017. Photo: EPA/Erik S. Lesser<p>LOS ANGELES - …

News (South Africa)

Chris Brown Celebrates 40 RIAA Plaques for 2017

Chris Brown has plaques on plaques on plaques. After releasing <i>Heartbreak on a Full Moon</i>, Breezy reveals that he’s earned 40 certifications from the …

Billboard Charts

The Weird Campaign to Get Taylor Swift to Denounce Donald Trump

One of the world’s biggest pop stars doesn’t want to talk about politics. Is that OK?<p>Late last month, amid another week of controversies and Twitter-induced firestorms from the president of the United States, one of the world’s most widely read newspapers thundered at … Taylor Swift.<p>“In the year …

Politics

Almost 7 Years Later, Adele’s ‘21’ Falls Out of the Billboard 200

After approximately 400,000 years on the charts, Adele's <i>21</i> has passed to the other side.<p>The 2011 album, featuring the massive hits "Rumour Has It" …

Music

User Generated Content Marketing? Get Permission!

Posted at 06:39h in Best Practices, Instagram by Dana Kilroy<p>Shares 0<p>Have you experimented with user generated content marketing campaigns, including …

Sean Combs leads four black artists as world's highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked the world's highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take the top four spots.<p>Combs, who is also a hip hop producer and entrepreneur, earned an estimated $130 million for the year, according to Forbes, …

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Last.fm Was the Only Music Social Network That Made Sense

Inside the rise and fall of Last.fm, the social network that understood how online music worked and that resembled bits of Facebook, Songkick, Blogspot, and Spotify.<p><b>A version of this article originally appeared on Noisey Italy.</b><p>My first profile on Last.fm was called "Nergal-Behemoth," in honor of …

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