JJ Abrams Launches New Record Label ‘Loud Robot’

JJ Abrams[UPDATED] Film and tv director and producer JJ Abrams has announced his Bad Robot production company is launching an independent record label. Abrams is best known for television shows "Lost" and "Alias" and films including "Mission Impossible III" and several in the Star Trek franchise. 

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Dear Spotify, Tencent's Struggles Offer Cautionary Tale

4As Chinese internet giant Tencent struggles with profitability and maintaining a strong stock market valuation, Spotify, which owns a significant stake in Tencent Music (and visa versa), should pay attention to avoid a similar misfortune.

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Sony Music Launches Joint Venture Label With 123 Agency

image from celebrityaccess.comSony Music has announced a new joint venture label with booking company 123 Agency. The Australia based agency,  founded in 2013 and is headquartered in both Melbourne and Sydney, represents artists such as Kingswood, Dear Seattle, Hollow Coves and Tash Sultana.

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Best (And Most Honest) Tribute To Aretha Franklin

Aretha franklinAretha Franklin's relationship with the music industry was a complex one. One minute, the industry was the enemy and the next she'd buy into the hit making machine with a recording that was beneath her undeniable vocal prowess. There were periods when booking her live was a crapshoot, with cancellations seemingly equal to stellar performances.

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23 Prince Albums, New 'Anthology' Available On Spotify, Apple Music and Other Streamers For 1st Time

PTwenty three Prince albums are now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other music streamers for first time. The superstar singer/songwriter was a vocal critic of music streaming, with YouTube a particular target.

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Music Industry Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWith today's death of Aretha Franklin (76), music has lost one of its powerful voices, and both the industry and other artists are responding with heartfelt tributes befitting "The Queen of Soul." During her long and illustrious career, Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammy and a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Deezer Adds $185M, Strategic Partner That Should Make Spotify and Record Labels Very Nervous

DeezerEarlier this month Deezer added $185 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. New investors include a top Middle Eastern music and media company poised to give the streamer a distinct competitive advantage on the region.

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Music Supervision and Sync Roundup: BlacKkKlansman, The Bold Type, Fallout 76 and More

Arrows in circleIn this every two week update from the Synchtank team, we'll review the important placements and major happenings in the wild and wonderful world of music supervision and music sync. 

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Billboard All Time Top 100 Offers More Shock Than Surprise

1In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Billboard has assembled a list of its all-time greatest hits from over the past six decades. Even factoring in changes in chart methodology and ranking, the chart contains more than a few shocks for anyone even vaguely familiar with the music industry.

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Sensing Blood In Water, Major Labels Sue ISP Cox For 'Ignoring' Their DMCA Notices

1Major labels have for some time been excited by the prospect of being able to use the DMCA to get Internet Service Providers to boot users from the internet, and suing them if they failed. The most prominent victim of this strategy has been ISP Cox, who is now the subject of a bombardment of lawsuits from all the major labels, writes Mike Masnick.

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NYT Expose Looks Inside The Culture Of Billboard Magazine

Billboard - justin-bieberThe New York Times‘ Ben Sisario has published a scathing report on the business culture of Billboard, both before and after the exit of chief John Amato. The expose comes just as the trade is feeling increased pressure from online outlets and a well financed effort to challenge its dominate music charts.

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50% Of Universal Music Is For Sale, But Who Will Buy It?

Universal_music_group_logo__pngVivendi announced this week that it is no longer spinning off its Universal Music Group with an IPO; but rather that it wants to sell up to 50% of the world's largest music company.  But given the price tag and other hurdles who can afford UMG?  Who will want to?

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For Better Or Worse: Drake Defines Streaming Era Success

1While the consumption habits of the streaming era have led many to believe that the traditional album format would soon become a thing of the past, the massive streaming success of Drake's newest ninety minute album tells a different story.

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