YouTube Music Charts This Week: Eminem, Kanye Break Records, Mac Miller Dominates

Youtube_logoThis weeks YouTube Music Chart saw  Eminem, Kanye and Lil Pump break 24-hour records, Mac Miller’s songs cover the charts, and Coldplay, Shakira, Zayn and MC Fiota pass one billion music video views.

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Artists Are Driving MMA Ahead, SiriusXM Should Join Them [Chris Israel, musicFIRST Coalition]

join us musicThe Music Modernization Act, which is scheduled for a full Senate vote over the next 24 hours, is supported by the music industry because it brings music copyright and compensation into the digital age.  But SiriusXM is working to scuttle key MMA provisions, and artist advocates the musicFIRST Coalition are fighting back.

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Music Modernization Act Vote Unlikely Today [UPDATE]

Music Modernization ActUPDATE: The Music Modernization Act is being fast tracked for a voice vote in the Senate. It's a bold strategy that could backfire if even one Senator votes no. Despite earlier reports, it is now unlikely that the vote will happen today.

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WMG Acquires EMP Merchandising For $180M

21 Pilots[UPDATED] Warner Music Group continues to diversify beyond recorded music with the $180 million acquisition of EMP Merchandising,  a major European specialty music and entertainment merchandise e-tailer. EMP is currently owned by Sycamore Partners, a New York City private equity firm.

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Scooter Braun Sues Troy Carter Alleging $10M Loan Default

Troy_CarterA new lawsuit pits Scooter Braun, who manages Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber against recently departed Storify executive and former Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter. Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Management Holdings has filed suit against Troy Carter, his wife and his company Atom Factory for fraud and breach after Carter allegedly defaulted on a $10 million loan.  

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Could This Company Be The Last To Distribute CDs?

1While the CD has hung on longer than some might have guessed, it's decline has been steady. That said, some are still turning a profit from this outdated form of music. Here we look at Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesaler of physical music in the US.

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Apple Music Fixes How It Displays Albums, Singles

Apple music cardsApple Music has improved how its displays an artist's albums and singles.  Previously, tracks, collections and albums were lumped together, forcing the user to scroll through dozens of often redundant releases to find what they are looking for.

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Joan Jett Is Finally Available To Stream

Joan JettThe full Joan Jett and the Blackhearts recorded music catalog is available for streaming for the first time. The long due additions comes  following a deal between Jett's Blackheart Records and Sony Legacy. Blackheart was formed in 1980 by Jett and her musical cohort and producer Kenny Laguna.

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Apple Music Adds 116 'Top 100' Daily Charts

Apple Music ChartApple Music is adding 116 “Top 100” charts today. Each chart will display the top streamed songs on Apple Music, updated daily. In a demo for Rolling StoneApple execs showed a global chart and a Top 100 chart for every country where Apple Music is available.

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A Letter In Support Of The Music Modernization Act From Berklee President Roger H. Brown

2Berklee President Roger H. Brown shares a recent letter he penned to Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey supporting the Music Modernization Act and advocating for a music industry which betters compensates and empowers artists.

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How Top Earning Artists Craft Their Musical Legacy

1Life as an artist can be unpredictable, and as a successful musician, it's important to take steps to ensure that your royalties continue to provide for you late into life and beyond. In this piece we look at steps taken by artists and their estates to guarantee that their legacy and money will last.

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Is It Time For US Music Industry To Speak With One Voice? [Emmanuel Legrand]

1In the wake of a series of legal squabbles and lawsuits which have served to slow the progress of updating copyright law in the US, it may be time to for the music industry here to look to UK, who have faced similar issues in recent years, but emerged with a unified front in the form of UK Music.

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Taylor Swift Could Go Indie Or Sign Biggest Record Deal Ever, As Big Machine Contract Expires

By jazills [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsTaylor Swift's contract with label Big Machine ends in November. That means that the superstar artist is on the cusp of signing her first record deal since she came on the scene at age 15. At a time when the industry is undergoing a resurgence, Swift could cut one of the most lucrative recording deals in history.

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No Old Wine In New Bottles: Remastering Does Not Mean New Sound Recording Copyright, says 9th Circuit

1[UPDATED] The remastering of tracks has long created controversy in the music industry over whether these revampings necessitate the creation of a fresh copyright - a problematic notion to say the least. The 9th Circuit Court, however has decided a new coat of paint doesn't change things all that much.

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Recognizing No-Win Situation, Cox Settles BMG Copyright Trolling Case [Op-Ed]

3As the long running saga of BMG v. Cox finally draws to a close, the ISP finally realized that it was in a no-win situation, according to this op-ed by Mike Masnick. But Cox's troubles are likely far from over.

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BTS Sets YouTube 24 Hour Debut Record with 'IDOL'

image from 78.media.tumblr.comBTS, the hot South Korean boy band, now holds the record for biggest music video debut in YouTube history, earning over 4.5 million views in its first 24 hours. The previous record holder is Taylor Swift, whose video for “Look What You Made Me Do” had 43.2 million views in its first 24 hours.

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A Look At How Little Music Revenue Is Going To Artists

1You'd be hard pressed to find a musician who is happy with how much money is going to artists, and with good reason. Mike Masnick looks at collection of data over time showing consistently how little of the money spent in the music business actually ends up in the artist's pocket.

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Nicki Minaj Accuses Irving Azoff Of Smear Campaign

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj is using her Beats 1 radio show to launch a new front in her campaign to blame those that she alleges prevented her new album from debuting at #1.  Earlier this week Spotify was in her crosshairs.  Now, she's going after  super-manager Irving Azoff.

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