Full List Of Grammy Award Winners 2018: Bruno Mars Spoils Hip Hop's Big Year

image from www.hypebot.comThe 2018 Grammy Awards saw Bruno Mars take home all six awards that he was nominated for including the trifecta of Song, Record and Album Of The Year, and Jay Z, the most nominated artist of the night, go home empty handed.  Judging from the nominations, this should have been rap and hip hop's big year at the Grammys, but Mars forgot to get the message. 

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Billboard Power 100 List Confirms Women In Music Study

male female symbolsBillboard has named its 2018 Power 100 list of the executives driving the music industry. There is only one women named in the Top 25 in a standalone role, and just four more share billing in an otherwise all male team. While reflective of the industry, the list seems particularly tone deaf appearing on the same day that the trade magazine reported a new study of the " Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry."

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Grammy 2018 Predictions From Music Audience Exchange's Jarred Goldner

image from www.grammy.com[UPDATED] It's shaping up to be a very interesting year for the Grammy Awards, with the current crop of nominees (finally) among the most diverse ever. Jarrod Goldner of Music Audience Exchange offers his predictions for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held this Sunday, January 28th. CBS will broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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This Week's Pandora Trendsetter Chart Standouts

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Each week Pandora shares  highlights from its Trendsetters Chart. Compiled using data obtained from Next Big Sound, this chart shows the top 20 artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, and reflects which up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform. 

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Beggars Group's Jo Morris Talks Indie Labels, Messenger Bots [INTERVIEW]

1In this Q&A style interview, Jo Morris talks about their work at Beggars Group, a group of labels including 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade, as well as their work with messenger bots and how artists can use messenger bots in their digital marketing strategy.

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Enrique Iglesias Sues UMG For Unpaid Streaming Royalties

image from celebrityaccess.comLatin music superstar Enrique Iglesias has filed a lawsuit against his former label, accusing them of underpaying streaming royalties. According to the suit, filed in a Miami on Wednesday, Iglesias alleges that UMG paid him a small fraction of his 50% royalty rate due for music streamed online and is owed millions in unpaid royalties.

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Spotify IPO Frightens Music Industry and Wall Street

Spotify new rectangleSpotify has 70 million paid subscribers plus tens of millions more ad-supported users. But as a deeply unprofitable company, its future is far from certain. That has many in both the music industry and Wall Street investors worried, as the music streamer inches closer to its first public stock offering.

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YouTube Moves All Subscribers To Official Artist Channels

YouTube For ArtistsYouTube launched Official Artist Channels last year to make it easier for fans to find content from their favorite artists by uniting official videos, live performances, individual songs and albums all under one channel. YouTube has now announced the mandatory consolidation of all an artist’s subscribers under an Official Artist Channel.

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Spotify Has 4 Paths To Profitability, None Of Them Are Good For Labels Or Artists

image from tsc.uk.netSpotify, which accounts for an estimated 17% of all major label revenue, has rejuvenated the music industry. But it's own revenue future is far murkier. Spotify, like its competitors, is loosing hundreds of millions each year. And while an eminent public stock listing will replenish reserves, eventually the streamer must become profitable.

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Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, Lenny Kravitz Managers Join To Launch CSM

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThree protégés of legendary music manager Howard Kaufman have joined together to form CSM Management with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. The team includes Craig Fruin, Sheryl Louis and Mike Kobayashi, who each come to CSM with decades of wide ranging experience at HK Management.

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What Did It Take To Have A Billboard Top 5 Hit In 2017? Here's The Breadown

2In this extensive piece, Dean Olivet breaks down each song from 2017 that successfully hit the Billboard Top 5, looking at the compilation and structure of each chart topper and providing some technical insight on what made each one a success. 

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Stormzy, His #MERKY Label Leave Indie For Atlantic

stormzyAs an independent artist with his own record label Stormzy has amassed 4.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Four of his songs have been streamed 40 million times each or more, with "Shut Up" passing 71 million plays. Now he's signed to a major label taking his indie label mates with him.

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Just One Music Co. Ranks Among World's Most Admired Entertainment Businesses [Hint: It's Not UMG]

image from fortune.comFortune Magazine has released its annual list of the World’s Most Admired Entertainment Companies. While there are many awards ranking companies, climbing this list is particularly meaningful since it’s determined by 4,000 entertainment executives, analysts, company directors and experts. Only one music company made the list.

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NME Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

NME Awards 2018 logo“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement. 

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Do You Really Want A Record Deal? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

1As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.

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QUICK HITS: Atlantic • Sony • Pandora • Anti- • BMI • More

Quick HitsPete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of President of A&R for Atlantic Records, based in NYC. He will also continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic, as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner. 

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Most Collected 2017 Releases By Genre

image from upload.wikimedia.orgMassive music database Discogs analyzed it's community's collections to determine the most collected releases, including reissues, of 2017 across the most popular genres and styles within the Discogs Database. Internationally, Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Villains', Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.', and Gorillaz's 'Humanz' are amongst collectors top additions; while Punk-Metal band Converge land three releases in Hardcore.

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Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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23 Top Music Orgs. Endorse Licensing Reform Legislation

billProminent music trade groups and other organizations representing U.S. music publishers, record labels, songwriters, composers, artists and performance rights organizations (PROs) today announced their united support for key pieces of pending music legislation.

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