• Almost half of musicians face sexual harassment at work: Report
    by Lars Brandle on October 23, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Nearly half of all musicians face sexual harassment while going about their work, a new study has found. And most victims don’t come forward due to their concerns about how their claims could affect their careers. The U.K.’s Musicians’ Union, which represents more than 30,000 musicians working in all facets of the British music industry,

  • TikTok, Pandora Advertising Found on Pirate TV Platform TeaTV
    by Marsha Silva on October 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

    An investigation by CNBC has shown that not only are pirated versions of popular movies and TV shows appearing on an online platform called TeaTV, but so are ads from major companies. The companies, which include music industry heavyweights Pandora (owned by SiriusXM) and TikTok (owned by ByteDance), are inadvertently funding these activities through ads. The post TikTok, Pandora Advertising […]

  • Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith Lead $11 Million Round for Sandbox VR
    by Marsha Silva on October 22, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Sandbox VR, a startup that offers retail locations where people can play virtual reality games with each other, is raising some serious cash. Earlier, they raised nearly $70 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital titan Andreessen Horowitz. Now, the concept has received $11 million in additional funding from a new The post Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith Lead $11 […]

  • Fender’s New Songs Chord App Offers Integration With Apple Music
    by Ashley King on October 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Fender has released a new iOS app to help players learn the chords of millions of songs. Guitarists, pianists, and ukulele players can benefit from the app. Fender Songs is now available to download on iPhone with a rotating selection of chords available for free. The app also includes a subscription-based service starting at $4.99 The post Fender’s New Songs Chord App Offers Integration […]

  • SiriusXM Inks a Major Podcasting Deal With Marvel — Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow Series Ahead
    by Paul Resnikoff on October 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    SiriusXM Radio — not Spotify — has just inked the biggest podcasting content deal of the year. SiriusXM finally got the podcasting memo this year — and that’s bad news for Spotify’s ambitious ramp-up. Just this morning. SiriusXM tied a major podcasting deal involving Marvel Entertainment. The partnership is already slating audio-only series from Wolverine, […]

  • Spotify Is Handing Out Google Home Mini Speakers to Premium Subscribers
    by Ashley King on October 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Spotify is bringing back its free smart speaker offer to all new and existing Spotify Premium members. All premium individual and family plans are eligible to receive a new Google Home Mini. Spotify says the offer is available “while supplies last.” The same promotion proved pretty popular last year when it was offered to Family The post Spotify Is Handing Out Google Home Mini […]

  • Tommy Boy Is Finding Counterfeit Vinyl on Amazon — For Titles They Aren’t Even Pressing
    by Paul Resnikoff on October 22, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Back in August, we reported on a serious problem involving counterfeit CDs on Amazon.  Now, we’re learning about a physical knock-off issue that’s far more serious than we imagined. Just how serious is vinyl counterfeiting?  Considering that the fledgling vinyl records industry is having trouble counting legitimate sales, that’s a question that remains extremely […]

  • How to Be a Star in Your Hometown
    by Ari Herstand on October 22, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    As important as establishing yourself online is, everyone has a hometown community they come from. This is an excerpt from Ari Herstand’s new book How to Make it in the New Music Business (Second Edition) You don’t compete in a NASCAR race before you’ve earned a driver’s license; similarly, you don’t book a sixty-date tour before The post How to Be a Star in […]

  • Sony Officially Launches ‘360 Reality Audio’ With the Xperia 1 Smartphone
    by Ashley King on October 22, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Sony officially launched its 360 Reality Audio format this week with a special event in New York. The event showcased Sony’s latest smartphone – the Xperia 1 – and Sony’s new audio format. Sony says the new format uses object-based spatial audio technology to create an immersive music experience. It allows artists to map vocals, The post Sony Officially Launches […]

  • Rainbo Records Is Officially Shutting Down After 80 Years — Here’s a Message from the President
    by Paul Resnikoff on October 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Just as vinyl records are taking off, one of the format’s largest pressing plants — Rainbo Records in Los Angeles — is shutting down. The news is quickly spreading around the industry today, with Rainbo Records president Steve Sheldon delivering the harsh news. The issue seems to be the price of the current location in Canoga Park, California, The post Rainbo […]

  • Centtrip expands into mainland Europe with new Amsterdam office
    by Music Business Worldwide on October 22, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    "With our business growing exponentially Amsterdam was the natural choice for our new mainland Europe hub." The post Centtrip expands into mainland Europe with new Amsterdam office appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • IFPI and WIN reveal cross-industry collaboration on centralized recording industry data exchange service
    by Murray Stassen on October 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Roll-out of RDx to all rightsholders and MLCs is expected to start in 2020 The post IFPI and WIN reveal cross-industry collaboration on centralized recording industry data exchange service appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Spotify is hiring for a Global Head of Podcast Business Affairs who has closed deals ‘with commitments of $20m or more’
    by Murray Stassen on October 22, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Individual will be tasked with securing a global slate of original and exclusively licensed podcasts The post Spotify is hiring for a Global Head of Podcast Business Affairs who has closed deals ‘with commitments of $20m or more’ appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Spotify really doesn’t want you to stop subscribing – and it’s giving away Google Home Minis to help make sure you don’t
    by Tim Ingham on October 22, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Existing subscribers in the US can get $49 speaker for free The post Spotify really doesn’t want you to stop subscribing – and it’s giving away Google Home Minis to help make sure you don’t appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Music’s next big copyright fight: Juice WRLD sued in $15m lawsuit led by Blurred Lines lawyer
    by Murray Stassen on October 22, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Lawsuit alleges that Lucid Dreams infringes the copyright of Yellowcard song Holly Wood Died The post Music’s next big copyright fight: Juice WRLD sued in $15m lawsuit led by Blurred Lines lawyer appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Fender partners with Apple Music on subscription app Fender Songs
    by Murray Stassen on October 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Company has also inked deals with publishers and master rights holders The post Fender partners with Apple Music on subscription app Fender Songs appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Can Artificial Intelligence Overtake Creative Output?
    by Music Press Asia Staff on October 22, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Have you yet considered the implications of artificial intelligence in the music industry? When a group of developers working at Microsoft Japan gave birth to the world’s first high-school-girl A.I., we began to foster the idea that the artificial intelligence world is on a sprint. Racing to cash in on its massive potential to ease The post Can Artificial Intelligence Overtake Creative […]

  • Live Nation acquires David Grutman’s Groot Hospitality
    by Murray Stassen on October 22, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Company's portfolio includes top dining, entertainment and hospitality brands. The post Live Nation acquires David Grutman’s Groot Hospitality appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Marathon imprint MOVES Recordings enters wide-ranging agreement with Afro Nation
    by Murray Stassen on October 22, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Exclusive collaboration will see MOVES Recordings and Afro Nation curate a series of new music The post Marathon imprint MOVES Recordings enters wide-ranging agreement with Afro Nation appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Ben & Liam are leaving triple j to join the Nova 919 team in Adelaide
    by Tyler Jenke on October 22, 2019 at 3:47 am

    With Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton set to end their three-year tenure at triple j at the end of next week, it’s been revealed that the pair are set to return home to Adelaide to join the Nova 919 team. Back in 2017, the triple j Breakfast team underwent a little bit of a shakeup

  • NOW Australia offers update with new Board statement
    by Poppy Reid on October 22, 2019 at 2:40 am

    It’s been over two-and-a-half years since the launch of  NOW, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation for people across all industries who have been sexually harassed in the workplace. Since March 2018 the organisation first lead by journalist Tracey Spicer AM has been involved in the Power to Prevent Campaign, Fair Agenda’s Election Scorecard, and the Australian

  • NSW festival operators threaten exodus after government won’t budge on industry roundtable
    by Lars Brandle on October 22, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Festivals in NSW are at risk of folding, and those able to weather the current legislative storm would look to take their business elsewhere if government doesn’t make meaningful commitments to consult with industry. Those are the bleak warnings from the live music sector after a long-overdue meeting with Hon. Victor Dominello Minister for Customer

  • TikTok Quietly Banned Explicit Lyrics ⁠— Before Uncensoring Them A Few Weeks Later
    by Ashley King on October 22, 2019 at 12:55 am

    A new report suggests TikTok banned songs with explicit lyrics back in August before re-instating them. Labels scrambled to deliver clean lyrics to avoid the ban. A new report in Rolling Stone cites an internal label correspondence dealing with the issue, among other sources. Many songs with explicit lyrics failed to upload properly, and those The post TikTok Quietly Banned Explicit Lyrics […]

  • YouTube Music Subscribers Can Finally Use the App In Unsupported Countries
    by Ashley King on October 22, 2019 at 12:49 am

    YouTube Music subscribers can finally listen to their music when traveling in an unsupported country. Tight laws and regulations on who can stream what — and where — are a part of dealing with the music industry. Accordingly, YouTube Music stopped working in unsupported countries, even if you were an active subscriber. That’s one of The post YouTube Music Subscribers Can […]

  • ‘Insecure’ Star Issa Rae Is Starting a Label With Atlantic Records
    by Marsha Silva on October 22, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Acclaimed actress Issa Rae just announced a joint-venture label deal with Atlantic Records. The new company, which is called Raedio, also released its first single, which was recorded by singer-rapper TeaMarrr and called “Kinda Love.” The song has already been pushed to major streaming services, and also features a video that co-stars Rae. Raedio is The post ‘Insecure’ […]

  • Apple Could Be Launching ‘AirPods Pro’ Earbuds Before Halloween
    by Ashley King on October 21, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Apple’s long-rumored noise-canceling AirPods might finally arrive before Halloween. Earlier this year, we covered a report from Bloomberg about the existence of noise-canceling AirPods. Initially, they were slated for launch this year before the report was revised to suggest a 2020 launch. Now, a new report from a Chinese site suggests the ‘Apple AirPods Pro’ The post Apple […]

  • Pandora’s Gigantic Pre-1972 Class Action Copyright Lawsuit Might Go ‘Poof’
    by Marsha Silva on October 21, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gave Pandora hope that it could escape a class action lawsuit filed against it relating to the streaming of music recorded prior to 1972. The Appeals Court did this by asking a lower court to reconsider the request by Pandora to throw out the lawsuit. In 2013, the The post Pandora’s Gigantic Pre-1972 Class Action Copyright Lawsuit Might Go […]

  • Juice Wrld Hit With a $15 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Lucid Dreams’ [Updated]
    by Marsha Silva on October 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    On Monday (October 21st), early 2000s emo rock band Yellowcard filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a California U.S. District Court against Juice Wrld. Updated, 10/22 9:30 am PT: Yellowcard attorney Richard Busch has now offered more information on the lawsuit and why it was filed.  His comments are added below. The members of Yellowcard The post Juice Wrld Hit With a $15 Million […]

  • Brandi Carlile Pulls Out of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit After Ex-Director of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielson Joins
    by Paul Resnikoff on October 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Brandi Carlile has just announced her withdrawal from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, which is scheduled to take place on the 22nd in Washington, D.C. The singer cited the appearance of Kirstjen Nielson, who is a former Homeland Security director, as the reason for her cancellation. Carlile made the announcement in a long post on The post Brandi Carlile Pulls Out of Fortune’s […]

  • The epic story of a Grammy winner, $204,613 – and a legal battle with ramifications for songwriters everywhere
    by Tim Ingham on October 21, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Why Shane McAnally's fight with ASCAP could have repercussions for years to come The post The epic story of a Grammy winner, $204,613 – and a legal battle with ramifications for songwriters everywhere appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Lizzo Faces Another Plagiarism Accusation — This Time from 90s Singer Cece Peniston
    by Marsha Silva on October 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Lizzo is now battling multiple accusations of plagiarism. But is this really ‘plagiarism’ and ‘copyright infringement,’ or simply similarities and well-known memes? Over the weekend, 90s dance music singer CeCe Peniston claimed that Lizzo’s song “Juice” contains ad-libs from her 1992 hit, “Finally.” It’s the second infringement […]

  • The Latest Industry Gigs: Copyright Royalty Board, LiveXLive, TaP, Sentric, AWAL, More..
    by Marsha Silva on October 21, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry. If you have a job listing to share, we’re all ears.  Send us a note to news@digitalmusicnews.com. If you’d like to post a job on our Job Board, just send us a request to noah@digitalmusicnews.com. We begin The post The Latest […]

  • UMPG promotes Olga Cardona to Vice President, Administration and Marketing, Latin Music
    by Murray Stassen on October 21, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Exec joined Universal Music Publishing Group in 2007 through the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing The post UMPG promotes Olga Cardona to Vice President, Administration and Marketing, Latin Music appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • NSW Police investigated over strip search of 16-year-old at Splendour
    by Poppy Reid on October 21, 2019 at 3:29 am

    In August, TIO covered a new report from Redfern Legal Centre which revealed Police strip searches in New South Wales have increased almost twentyfold in 12 years. Now, police are being investigated over one strip search in particular, that of a 16-year-old female who was asked to strip naked and squat at last year’s Splendour

  • Foals, Cub Sport, & King Princess lead this week’s triple j playlist additions
    by Tyler Jenke on October 21, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Prep yourself for another huge week of music, with triple j naming the likes of Foals, Cub Sport, and King Princess as the big names in this week’s playlist additions. No matter how you look at it, triple j is constantly one of the best sources for new and exciting music from all around the

  • Adam Ireland joins UMA’s BRING agency to build ‘culturally compelling campaigns’
    by Lars Brandle on October 21, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Adam Ireland has been tapped as General Manager, Brand Partnerships at BRING, Universal Music Australia’s branded entertainment agency. Based in Sydney, Ireland will be responsible for building commercial relationships and identifying brands whose businesses would benefit from an injection of music and by offering access to a line-up of local and globally-recognised stars of entertainment

  • Japanese Fan Travels 6,000 Miles to Cleveland to Meet Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, Gets Robbed Blind by Locals
    by Marsha Silva on October 18, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Ryo Muranaka, who is an aspiring Japanese rapper, traveled more than 6,000 miles to Cleveland, in the hope of meeting his idols: Bone Thugs n’ Harmony. He also sold all his possessions to pay for the trip. Then, tragedy struck. He was not only robbed of all his money somewhere on Cleveland’s rough-and-tumble northeast side, The post Japanese Fan Travels 6,000 Miles to Cleveland to […]

  • Cloudflare Responds to RIAA ⁠— “We’re Not In the Business of Hiding Companies”
    by Ashley King on October 18, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Cloudflare objects to being categorized as a helper of pirates in the latest “Notorious Markets” complaint. Copyright holder groups send the complaint to the U.S. Trade Representative every year. It calls out apps, piracy sites, and services that facilitate piracy across the globe. While Cloudflare isn’t on the list as a piracy provider, it is The post Cloudflare Responds to […]

  • Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers
    by Noah Itman on October 18, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    A wallet-friendly pair of bookshelf speakers with great sound. I was recently sent a pair of speakers from Q Acoustic. Previously, I’d tested and reviewed Q Acoustics’ 3020 and 2020 speakers and thought they were great for their respective price points. Initially, I was intrigued by these speakers because of their design. They have the The post Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf […]

  • YouTube DMCA Scammer Slapped with a $25,000 Fine, Forced to Apologize
    by Ashley King on October 18, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    YouTube has settled a longstanding DMCA dispute with a man from Nebraska. Christopher Brady used YouTube DMCA takedown notices to extort channel owners. YouTube has long received criticism for how it handles takedown requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Channels that receive three copyright infringement strikes can be banned, with creators effectively losing The post […]

  • Olive Branch, Anyone? Comcast Becomes the First ISP to Join the ACE Anti-Piracy Coalition
    by Ashley King on October 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Comcast has become the first ISP to join the ACE anti-piracy coalition. Viacom also joined the anti-piracy organization this week. Back in 2017, 30 media companies came together to form the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. The ACE anti-piracy coalition is led by the MPA and aims to tackle piracy concerns on a global scale. The post Olive Branch, Anyone? Comcast Becomes the First ISP to […]

  • For Sale: 10% of Universal Music Group. Price: $3.3 Billion O.B.O.
    by Marsha Silva on October 18, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Universal Music Group is having a very good year, and it might just get better. For those warning of an industry slowdown, Universal Music Group would beg to differ.   The mega-label just released its year-to-date earnings for the first 9 months of 2019, and the numbers are indeed impressive. The label group earned more than 5 The post For Sale: 10% of Universal Music Group. […]

  • If Stormzy Didn’t Demand Ben Cook’s Dismissal, Who Did?
    by Paul Resnikoff on October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    More questions than answers surround the abrupt departure of Atlantic Records UK president Ben Cook. The abrupt resignation of Atlantic Records UK president Ben Cook earlier this week is still causing ripples, with industry onlookers wondering exactly what prompted the exit.  Of course, the ‘what’ is a damning photo of Cook in a Run D.M.C. The post If Stormzy Didn’t Demand […]

  • The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek
    by SeatGeek on October 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, based on SeatGeek data through Wednesday, October 16th. Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. Read The post The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, […]

  • APRA to TikTok: ’Do the Right Thing by Copyright Owners’
    by Lars Brandle on October 18, 2019 at 5:22 am

    The Australian industry is backing calls for TikTok to change tactic and pay reasonable royalties for music played on its platform. Earlier this week, the U.S. National Music Publishers’ Association urged Congress to look into the behaviour of the video-sharing app, which the lobby body accuses of copyright theft. “In addition to important censorship concerns,

  • Industry calls for talks with NSW premier over ‘unworkable’ festivals draft bill
    by Lars Brandle on October 18, 2019 at 2:19 am

    A stinging open letter addressing the NSW Premier’s “unworkable” draft bill on festivals licensing has so far fallen on deaf ears. A cadre of music industry organisations on Thursday wrote to the Berejiklian Government calling for an immediate round of talks and for a rethink of planned legislation, which has been pilloried for introducing confusion

  • BMG inks global deal with Wollongong’s Farmer & The Owl
    by Poppy Reid on October 18, 2019 at 2:01 am

    The globe’s fourth biggest music publisher has inked a partnership with Wollongong-based independent label Farmer & The Owl to help export its acts, like Hockey Dad, Bad//Dreems, globally. Heath Johns, Managing Director of BMG Australia, said: “Ben and Jeb have established Farmer & The Owl as one of the finest independent labels in Australia and built

  • Primavera Sound Festival Switches to Mobile-Only Ticketing to Thwart Scalping
    by Ashley King on October 18, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Barcelona music festival Primavera Sound has completely ditched paper ticketing. The move comes as a way to combat bots and scalping. The BBC reports that Primavera Sound is the first major music festival to move to mobile-only ticketing. The festival has partnered with the digital ticketing platform Dice to handle future Primavera events. Dice will The post Primavera Sound Festival Switches to […]

  • Nathan McLay on Wilder, Future Classic’s new JV with Tom Windish [Q&A]
    by Poppy Reid on October 18, 2019 at 12:24 am

    If deeper ties and collaboration is the future of the music industry, Australia’s Future Classic is right at the forefront. The independent label, artist management, and music publishing firm announced its partnership with industry luminary and Paradigm agent Tom Windish yesterday. The pair have formed Wilder a singles oriented joint-venture named after Windish’s newborn son.

  • Live Nation’s Download Festival Madrid 2020 Is Canceled — Event Remains on Permanent Hiatus
    by Marsha Silva on October 17, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Yet another music festival has been canceled. Live Nation’s Download Festival Madrid has announced that the event will not be returning in 2020.  Organizers are trying to redevelop the event, though for now, things look to be on permanent hiatus. The festival is one of a number of Download events that take place across the The post Live Nation’s Download Festival Madrid 2020 Is […]

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