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That Time Keith Richards Discovered Muddy Waters Painting The Ceiling Of Chess Studios

1Host to countless legendary artists, Chess Records has become an iconic fixture of reverence in the music industry, so it should come as no surprise that some of music's biggest icons would cross paths in unexpected ways there, as in this peculiar interior decorating incident involving Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones.

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Up To 25% Of CDs Sold On Aamzon, eBay Are Counterfeit, says RIAA Study

image from www.maxpixel.netAmazon and eBay are facilitating the sales of thousands of counterfeit CDs each day, according to a new study by the RIAA. The rampant sale of counterfeit CD was first revealed in 2016 studies conducted by both the RIAA and A2IM.

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Bobby Owsinski Looks At Apple Music For Artists

1Although Apple Music has consistently taken home the gold for paying artists the most per stream, but was coming up short in other artist services. In an effort to close that gap, the platform is now launching its 'Apple Music for Artists' feature, giving bands valuable insights into their audience.

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Major Labels Earn $16K Every Second From Streaming, But Will It Last?

2Major labels are now pulling down over $16,000 per second in streaming which, while an impressive number, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the growth of streaming itself seems to be slowing down.

 

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Tencent Music Reports Revenue Growth As UMG Acquisition Talks Continue

Tencent musicWith Tencent in open talks to acquire a 10-20% stake in Universal Music Group, its Tencent Music's earnings report is receiving additional scrutiny.

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SoundExchange To Power Global Podcast Music Licensing

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange and SourceAudio have partnered to license music for podcasts. Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, will now have access to SoundExchange creators and offer licenses for label and publisher-owned music. 

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Apple Music For Artists vs. Spotify For Artists: A Side By Side Comparison



Apple - SpotifyLate last week Apple Music For Artists exited beta and became available to any artist with music on the platform. Since this is Apple's overdue answer to Spotify For Artists, we wondered how the two platforms compared.

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Another Music Celeb Defeated In Court As Katy Perry Loses “Dark Horse” Copyright Case

1Trying to score a big hit as a songwriter is tough enough, and chances are if you're successful, you'll end up in court on the losing end of a copyright infringement suit. This is precisely what happened to Katy Perry after an LA court deemed her hit "Dark Horse" sounded just a little too much like Marcus Gray's '08 Christian Rap number "Joyful Noise".

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Apple Hi-Res Streaming Has Arrived With Apple Digital Masters

1After sitting on a stockpile of high-resolution audio masters for a while now, Apple has finally decided to launch its often rumored hi-res streaming service, joining the ranks of other platforms like TIDAL and Deezer, who also provide this premium quality tier.

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Tencent Would Be The Real Winner In Any Deal With UMG

1Chinese media giant Tencent is in talks to buy a 10% chunk of Universal Music Group, with an option for an additional 10%. This acquisition by a massive tech company benefitsTencent more than UMG and implications for the music industry as a whole.

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Portia Sabin Named President Music Business Association

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Music Business Association (Music Biz) has named respected industry veteran Dr. Portia Sabin as President. The trade group advocates on behalf of the music industry.

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Payola At Radio Never Went Away, says New Report

image from cdn.pixabay.comBroadcast radio has been rocked by at least two payola scandals in the 1960s and again in 2004.  But payola - the illegal practice of paying to be played on the radio - is still rampant in the US, according to multiple reports.

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Why Tencent Wants A Stake in UMG [Mark Mulligan]

image from www.hypebot.comYesterday Vivendi confirmed that it was in talks with Chinese internet giant Tencent to acquire a 10-20% stake in global leader Universal Music Group at a $33.6 billion valuation. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks at why Tencent might want to invest as much as $6.7 billion in UMG.

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Sony Music's Thread Shop Acquires Araca Group To Expand Merch Operation

image from i0.wp.comSony Music's music merch division, The Thread Shop has acquired the music merch department of The Araca Group for an undisclosed sum.

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Sony Artists, Songwriters Can Now Get Paid More Quickly

1Despite many technological advances, getting major labels and publishers to pay out quickly has remained a challenge. It seems that Sony Music and Sony/ATV, however, are making an effort to expedite things for artists and songwriters, offering real-time processing, and a new "cash out" service.

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Tencent In Talks To Acquire Up To 20% Of UMG

UMG squareChinese internet giant Tencent is in talks to acquire a stake in Univeral Music Group, both companies have confirmed. Earlier this year, UMG parent Vivendi announced plans to sell as much as 50% of the world's biggest music group.

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Country Radio's Gender Gap Continues: Men Top Billboard Chart 9X More Than Women

image from listofx.files.wordpress.comFor three weeks in December of last year, not a single song on the country chart was sung by a women. A Billboard study showed a rapid decline from four songs by women in the Top 20 in December 2015, three in December 2017 and none in December 2018. Where do things stand now?

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Island Records, Urban Development Partner To Support Early Stage Artists

image from celebrityaccess.comIsland Records and Urban Development have announced a partnership that will give early stages musicians access to development funding, mentoring and industry expertise.

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Apple Music Relaunches Flagship Alt Playlist As ALT CTRL

HaimApple Music has relaunched its flagship alternative playlist as ALT CTRL. Formerly known as The A-List, the refreshed global playlist spotlights new music from across the alternative genre, hand-picked by Apple Music curators.

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Record For Most Weeks At #1 On Streaming Chart

image from celebrityaccess.comMove over Post Malone, Miley Cyrus, The Chainsmokers and Drake, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has broken yet another record, this time for the most weeks atop the Streaming Songs charts.

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Do Bands Still Need To Be Signed To 'Make It'?

BeatsTime was that getting a record deal was the number one priority for any unsigned band with any ambition, as the backing of  a label was necessary for artists to fund their marketing and play bigger, better shows. Times have changed however, and while a many successful artists continue to sign with on with labels, many question whether being signed is really necessary for industry success.

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Spotify Has New Deals With 2 Majors

image from cdn.pixabay.comUPDATED: Spotify has completed deals with two of its major-label partners in what were expected to be contentious licensing renegotiations.  EK did not elaborate as to which of the two - Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group Sony Music Entertainment and perhaps indie licensing giant Merin - had signed new agreements during an earnings call Wednesday.

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Jury Rules That Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Copied Christian Rap Song 'Joyful Noise'

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwA jury found Katy Perry liable for copying the underlying beat of Marcus Gray’s 2008 Christian rap song “Joyful Noise” for her hit single “Dark Horse” in a unanimous decision handed down this week in Los Angeles federal court.

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Music Physical Product Issues Signals Upheaval Ahead

2Although the sale of physical music is still a large part of the revenue pulled in by major labels, their whole-hearted embrace of streaming has caused them to neglect traditional retail sales, with some fairly disastrous results.

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MTV Names VMA 2019 Nominees - The Complete List

VMA_SebastianManiscalco_MTV has unveiled the nominations for the 2019 VMAs. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead with 10 nods each in categories including, “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop.” Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X led the “Best New Artist” nominees.

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