Latin Music Is Now YouTube's Dominate Genre

YouTube Music logoLatin music and artists have become a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. At the start of 2017 there were 5 videos from Latin artists in YouTube’s Billion Views Club, and as of today, there are 41. More than half of the top 100 most-viewed music videos of 2018 are Latin and 8 of the top 10 most-viewed music videos of 2018 feature Latin artists.

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Will Taylor Swift Exercise Her Nuclear Option?

1Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.

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Country Music Awards Winners 2018 - The Complete List: Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, More

image from cmaawards.comThe 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held last night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Here is a complete list of CMA 2018 winners and nominees.

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YouTube Music Charts 11.2-8.18: Ariana Grande Is #1, Linkin Park Passes 1B Views

YouTube Music logoOn the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again  following the release of their biopic

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Neil Young Slams Trump Over California Wildfires

image from pbs.twimg.comCanadian rocker Neil Young took U.S. President Donald Trump to task on Monday over calls to revoke federal funding for forest management. Young, a vocal environmentalist, is one of the thousands of people who lost their home in the ongoing deadly Woolsey fire near Malibu, California.

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Did Chart Topper Kris Wu Just Game iTunes?

image from is2-ssl.mzstatic.comKris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer and former member of EXO, topped the iTunes song chart on Monday. For almost 24 hours, Wu had all 5 tracks in the Top 5 with the exception of Ariana Grande’s just released single “Thank U, Next." But Wu's success appeared under some unusual circumstances and according to one source, won't count towards this week's chart tabulations.

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Izzy Azalea Is Thrilled To Be ‘Officially Unsigned’

By Laura Murray [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia CommonsIggy Azalea has revealed that she is officially an unsigned artist. The Australian performer signed a deal with Island Records back in February of 2018, however, has now parted ways with the label after only nine months.

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UMG Is First To License Africa's Top Steamer Boomplay

image from i1.wp.comUniversal Music Group has become the first major label to licence popular African music download and streaming service Boomplay. The service, boasts 36 million users in multiple African markets and is adding 2 million users monthly.

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Is Spotify Negotiating To Invest In Universal Music?

Spotify newSpotify CEO Daniel Ek refused to comment "on deal negotiations," when asked if the streamer was considering an investment in Universal Music Group. UMG corporate parent Vivendi is openly exploring investments in exchange for up to 50% of the world's largest music group.

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Universal Music Global Accelerator Network Adds 8th City

Universal_music_group_logo__pngUniversal Music Group's Global Accelerator Engagement Network has added its eighth partner with the addition of the Melbourne, Australia Accelerator Program (MAP) Since launching in 2012, the UMG initiative has backed over 100 startups  - 28 of which were digital music ventures - that have raised more than $70 million in funding, generated over $100 million in revenue and 1000 new jobs.

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Is Spotify Already Too Big For Record Labels To Stop It From Competing With Them? [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify new rectangleSpotify has made some radical moves lately including direct deals with artists that include cash advances to offering free Spotify distribution to all and then buying part of distributor DistroKid to help artists put their music on its competitors. Collectively, they are causing concern at the record labels.  But as analyst Mark Mulligan shows, there may not be much the labels can do about it.

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Ups and Downs A Big Push From A Major Record Label

up anDave Lopez, lead guitarist from the band Flipsyde joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to share the band’s story of being discovered and signed by Jimmy Iovine to Interscope Records. One song got them discovered and signed. Now, looking back 13 years later Dave shares the ups and downs of being a major push on a major label.

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CNCO, Daddy Yankees Top Latin American Music Awards 2018

image from celebrityaccess.comCNCO, Ozuna and Daddy Yankee were the big winners at the Latin American Music Awards 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night. CNCO took home Favorite Duo or Group, Favorite Artist – Pop and Favorite Artist – Pop for CNCO. Ozuna won Favorite Artists – Urban, Album of the Year and Favorite Album – Urban for Odisea. Daddy Yankee won Favorite Male Artist and was honored with the ICON award, according to UPI.

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Apple Music Ups Latin Game With ¡Dale Play! Playlist

Image1 (2)Apple Music is making a play for the red hot Latin music market with ¡Dale Play!, a newly launched playlist of hot Latin hits globally. Each week, the playlist artwork features a different artist hand selected by Apple Music’s editorial team and will act as its face of Latin music for the week.

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What Role Will The Copyright Office Play In “Noncommercial Use” Of Pre-1972 Recordings Under MMA

2Now that the Music Modernization Act has run the gauntlet and been passed into law, Chris Castle takes a hard look at what role of the Copyright Office Examiners will be playing in authorizing the noncommercial use of pre-1972 recordings.

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Warner Music Group Launches WMG Boost To Invest In Music Tech Startups

1In a positive sign for overall industry growth, music business giant Warner Music Group has to allocate some of its cash into something called WMG boost, with hopes of investing in music tech related startups.

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Spotify Is Now 10 - How Has It Impacted Music?

3Although the Swedish streaming service couldn't have been introduced to the market at worse time, Spotify has managed to not only endure but grow. Now ten years in, we look at both the good and the bad brought about by the platform's presence in the music industry.

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INgrooves Joins eMusic Exodus Over Late Payments

INgrooves-logoINgrooves has joined a growing group of distributors and record labels pulling their music from eMusic over continued payment problems, a spokesperson told Hypebot Monday.  Just weeks ago, The Orchard and Naxos separately pulled their extensive catalogs from the struggling subscription music download platform.

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