Kanye West Sues Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam, UMG, EMI and More

image from celebrityaccess.comKanye West has filed a pair of lawsuits against EMI Music Publishing and Roc-a-Fella Records, UMG Recordings, Def Jam and merchandiser Bravado International Group in an apparent attempt to free himself of all contractual obligations.

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Clio Music Awards Opens Entries For Best Creative Work In Music Marketing and Advertising

image from lh6.googleusercontent.comThe Clio Music Awards today announced its 2019 call for entries.  Part of the Clio Awards, the global creative and ad community's premier awards show, Clio Music recognizes work spanning artist promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations and the use of music in advertising.

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Analysis Of Every Billboard Top 5 Song In 2018 - The Structure And Composition Of A Hit

1Our friends at Soundfly have done an exhaustive breakdown of the musical structure and composition behind every song from the year that cracked the Billboard Top 5, revealing more than a few Drakes.

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Eminem Is Only Artist w/ 7 Albums Passing 1B Spotify Streams

image from upload.wikimedia.orgEminem has become the first artist  with seven albums surpassing the 1 billion streams mark on Spotify. The  milestone comes as his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP hits the billion stream mark.

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'Gangnam Style' Hitmaker PSY Goes Indie

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPSY, the hitmaker behind “Gangnam Style,” has announced the launch his own entertainment company, P NATION. PSY left YG Entertainment in May of 2018 following eight years with the label, rumors that the 41-year-old might branch out on his own began to surface. Thursday, PSY confirmed the rumors were true in an announcement made via social media.

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PledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers Offers Help As Late Payment Problems Widen

image from miro.medium.comArtist after artist is coming forward to share their stories of late payments and non-payments after their campaign with PledgeMusic had finished.  From Jesus Jones to Fastball and beyond, indie and major label artists at all levels and of all types are affected by the payment problems.

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Jay-Z, Meek Mill Launch Criminal Justice Reform Alliance

image from celebrityaccess.comJay-Z and Meek Mill have partnered with some notable sports team owners to launch The Reform Alliance, a new organization  committed to criminal justice reform in the United States.

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PledgeMusic Payment Problems Continue, Lefsetz Weighs In

PledgeMusic NewLate payments to artists after their campaigns are completed on PledgeMusic continue 8 months after they began. Now powerful music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz has weighed in, after a call from veteran manager Ron Stone. "If you don’t have the money, you shouldn’t be taking new clients," writes Lefsetz.

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Centrip Launches Music Industry Brexit Desk

Brexit-EU-Button-Badge-200x200International financial services firm Centtrip, has launched a dedicated music industry Brexit desk to help touring artists, promoters, distributors and the wider music industry navigate Britain's chaotic exit from the European Union.

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R. Kelly Nondisclosure Agreement Revealed

image from celebrityaccess.comAnyone working for R. Kelly, including the women and underage girls who were the victims of alleged sexual abuse were also required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, according to a new report which included highlights from the alleged document.

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German Music Streaming Up 40% In 2018

image from cdn.pixabay.comGermany streaming music grew by over 40% in 2018 to an all-time record high of 79.5 billion, according to German music industry association Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI).While CD sales saw a 23% decline in the last year – a first for the format in the German music market – there was still an impressive 48.2m units sold in 2017.

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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. 

But, before you give Sony a #TimesUp Award...

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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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