Ariana Grande's 7 Rings Shatters Spotify 24 Hour Record With 15 Million Streams of '7 Rings'

image from storage.googleapis.comAriana Grande has shattered Spotify's record for the most plays within 24 hours. Grande's single "7 Rings" clocked 14,966,544 streams in its first 24 hours after being released on Friday 18th. That's 4 million more than the former record holder.

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Sony Music Severs Ties With R. Kelly, But Continues To Profit From His Recordings

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkR. Kelly and Sony have parted ways, according to multiple sources who characterized the split as everything from mutually agreeable to the controversial rapper being shown the door. The split finally comes after months of pressure over the rapper's alleged predatory behavior. and sexual abuse of women, including several minors. 

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Cardi B's Epic Trump Shutdown Rant Is Now A Song [LISTEN]

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comCardi B took to Instagram on Wednesday to express her righteous outrage over the longest government shutdown in history. "Now, I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably have a job,' she said addressing Trump and Congress. "This s--- is really f---ing serious, bro, this s--- is crazy."

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Music Industry, Stars Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe music industry and rock royalty were out in force in Los Angeles on Wednesday night as Chris Cornell’s friends and family filled  the Forum to celebrate the life of the late Soundgarden frontman. Performers for the five-hour tribute concert included his former Audioslave bandmates, as well as Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams and others.

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Colin Kaepernick NOT OK With Travis Scott Super Bowl Gig

image from celebrityaccess.comAfter rapper Travis Scott was announced as a guest performer with Maroon 5 during the halftime show for the Super Bowl month, he revealed that as a condition of his performance, the NFL had agreed to join him in making a $500,000 donation to a social justice organization.

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Who Will Buy Universal Music Group? [Mark Mulligan]

image from www.hits959.comVivendi has been clear that it would like to sell up to half of its Universal Music Group at a valuation of between $22 billion and $33 billion, and an army of investment bankers are out courting potential buyers. MIDiA's Mark Mulligan looks at who may want and can afford to acquire a major stake in the world's largest music group.

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How Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Focus Group Their Releases

1Both hugely accomplished music and entertainment moguls, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre's success has been propelled by their ability to understand music as a business, and effectively market it to their fans thanks, in part, to focus groups.

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Alicia Keys To Host 2019 Grammys [VIDEO]

Grammy_logoAfter parting ways with comedian Kevin Hart, The Recording Academy and CBS announced today that Alicia Keys will host the 61st Annual  Awards. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Says He's Quitting Music Over Struggles With Atlantic Records

image from commons.wikimedia.orgLil Uzi Vert appears to be at odds with his record label and took to social media in what appeared to be a retirement announcement.  The  XO Tour Llif3 rapper whose real name is Symere Woods, announced that he has quit making music and “deleted” his work.

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Average Spotify Subscriber Pays $5.50 Per Month And Falling. That's Less Money For Artists, Labels

Spotify New $The average price that a Spotify subscriber pays in dropping, and that has artists and record labels worried. Despite a stated price of $9.99 USD / €9.99 EU , the actual average price paid global is just $5.50 per month and falling.

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Tidal Responds To Criminal Investigation Report

Tidal bannerTidal has responded to reports that Norwegian criminal justice unit Økokrim has opened an investigation into hundreds of millions of possible fake streams that benefited new releases by Kanye West and Beyonce.

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Protests Target RCA, Sony: 'Drop Sexual Predator R Kelly' - SIGN #MuteRKelly PETITION

image from pbs.twimg.com"RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R Kelly" read the banner flying over the Los Angeles offices of RCA and Sony on Friday.  It's the latest escalation in a growing protest movement to force record label RCA and corporate parent Sony to cut ties with Kelly, after repeated reports of predatory behavior and sexual abuse.

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Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi Confirm Super Bowl Show, Scott Demands $500,000 For Charity

image from m.media-amazon.comMaroon 5, Travis Scott and former Outkast member Big Boi will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show,  the NFL announced on Sunday.  The once coveted performance became controversial as star after star rejected an invitation to appear because of NFL treatment of former player Colin Kaepernick and the 'take a knee' protest movement.

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UMG Signs Germany’s Top Streaming Artist 2018, Capital Bra

image from celebrityaccess.comUniversal Music has signed German hip-hop artist, Capital Bra. 2018 was a groundbreaking year for the rapper whose real name is Vladislav Balovatsky. Not only did he become Germany’s most streamed artist of 2018, but he is the first artist ever to have eight No.1 hits in one year in the region and the country’s most successful artist of the 21st century overall.

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Record Labels Evolve To Stay Relevant In Streaming Era [Musonomics Report]

A new report image from ucc3c74a53bb374df36542e142ba.previews.dropboxusercontent.com based on almost 50 interviews with top-level executives at major and independent record labels, industry analyst and educator Larry Miller digs into how streaming and the digital age have made record labels an indispensable partner for the most ambitious new, developing and superstar artists.

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Black Music Execs Are Finally Rising Faster

image from celebrityaccess.comBlack music industry executives are rising faster in 2019, according to Billboard Magazine. “We need to fight for our seat at the table,” one major label senior VP told Billboard’s Gail Mitchell. Over the past eight months, some 20 seats were added to that top executive table.

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Lady Gaga Pulls R. Kelly Collaboration From Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and More

image from celebrityaccess.comLady Gaga is pulling her 2013 collaboration with R. Kelly “Do What U Want” from iTunes and all streaming services, as fallout from sexual assault allegations brought to forefront by a new Lifetime docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly."

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New Hope For Indies As Streamers Move Beyond Mega-Hits

image from cdn.pixabay.comTucked inside Buzz Angle's new Music Industry Report 2018 were some stats that should bring a smile to that face of nearly every d.i.y. artist and indie label staffer. Slowly, but very perceptively, consumers are using streaming music services to listen to more than just the mega-hits.

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Nielsen Music 2018 Report: On-Demand Streams Up 49%

Arrows upNielsen Music has released it 2018 Year-End Highlights. The survey shows a year of significant overall industry growth, with total album equivalent audio consumption up 23% over 2017, driven by a 49% increase in on-demand audio song streams compared to 2017.

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Sony Adds New Streaming Music Format '360 Reality Audio'

image from celebrityaccess.comSony has announced a new music format called “360 Reality Audio” that gives listeners the feeling of being immersed in sound from all directions.  It is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and makes it possible for artists to create a 360-degree musical experience by mapping sound sources such as vocals, chorus, and instruments with positional information of distance and angle to suit their creative and artistic purpose.

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Deutsche Bank Raises UMG Valuation 45% To $33 Billion As Sales Search Continues

UMG squareDeutsche Bank has raised its valuation of Universal Music Group 45% to $33.19 billion, up from a previous  $22.86 billion. That values UMG higher than the market capitalization of its parent company Vivendi, which currently sits at $32.35 billion.

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Fake Beyoncé, SZA Albums Reveal Streaming Fraud Problem

image from cdn.pixabay.comLate last year, new albums by Queen Carter and Sister Solana appeared on Spotify and Apple Music. But instead of being the surprise releases by Beyonce and SZA that fans believed they were, both turned out to be illegally uploaded rough mixes and stolen tracks.

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2018s Most Memorable LGBTQ Album Covers

1While album sales certainly aren't what they used to be, many artists still utilize these long form collections of music as a valuable format for telling personal stories, something which the album artwork is a huge part of. In this piece, David Deal looks at some of the cover highlights from a fantastic collection of albums which came out of LGBTQ community in 2018.

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Queen Spotify Streams Surge 333%, 70% From Under Age 35

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comThe hit film "Bohemian Rhapsody" has reignited interest in Queen, but not just among original fans, according to new stats from Spotify.  Att last night's Golden Globe Awards. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the surprise winner for Best Drama and and Rami Malek won best actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

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R. Kelly Streams Jump After Damning Documentary Airs

Spotify newR. Kelly streams increased significantly after the airing of a  Lifetime docu-series that included interviews with victims and former friends Johnny Legend and Wendy Williams chronicling his alleged history of sexual abuse, including of underage girls.

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Jury To Decide Ed Sheeran, Marvin Gaye Infringement Case

image from celebrityaccess.comUS district judge Louis Stanton has ruled that a jury will decide the outcome of a plagiarism lawsuit against Ed Sheeran over his No. 1 single “Thinking Out Loud.” The lawsuit, which alleges that Sheeran copied portions of Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On,” was launched against the singer, Sony/ATV and Atlantic Records by the estate of producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the song.

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