• Southern Cross Austereo announces voluntary suspension on ASX as broadcaster assesses ‘impacts of the COVID-19 crisis’
    by Lars Brandle on March 25, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), home to 84 stations across the country, including the Triple M and Hit Networks, has entered a voluntary suspension in an effort to accurately gauge the impact of the coronavirus crisis on its business. Following its trading halt earlier in the week, the commercial radio juggernaut announced to the Australian Securities

  • Will livestreaming become the new business model for venues in the post coronavirus landscape?
    by Christie Eliezer on March 24, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Livestreaming is increasingly the fuzzword as Australian musicians and venues find ways to connect with self-isolating patrons, and tap into new revenue. On March 16, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra played its first ever livestreamed show, at an empty Hamer Hall. It drew 5,500 people from around the world – double the capacity of the venue.

  • SXSW Didn’t Get to Have a Film Festival This Year — So Here Are the Winners of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival
    by Ashley King on March 24, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    SXSW is formally announcing its film festival award winners, despite the festival’s cancellation earlier this month. This year’s SXSW film festival had several special award juries set up. Unfortunately, the event itself was nixed alongside the broader SXSW, but Janet Pierson, SXSW’s Director of Film, says changes were made to honor this year’s filmmakers. […]

  • YouTube Downgrades to SD Video Quality Worldwide to Preserve Bandwidth
    by Ashley King on March 24, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    YouTube has voluntarily downgraded its video quality to SD amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Last week, YouTube decided to reduce Europe’s streaming default to SD quality. The move comes as more people are staying home to avoid spreading coronavirus. Now by default, videos on YouTube will play at SD (480p) quality. You can still watch The post YouTube Downgrades to SD Video Quality […]

  • Boo Seeka talk new music and explain the importance of management
    by Steve Kavakos on March 24, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    I sit nestled in a booth at a café in Melbourne’s West, the smell of fresh roasted coffee permeates through my nostrils, and as I peer around the café one can’t help but notice the uncomfortable, fear-driven Melburnians attempting to practise social distancing. People, sidestepping out of other people’s way, others peering at their cutlery

  • Live Nation share price rallies again, up 15% today
    by Tim Ingham on March 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Company's stock continues improvement after harsh period at start of last week The post Live Nation share price rallies again, up 15% today appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Coronavirus quarantine appears to be driving a global TikTok download boom
    by Murray Stassen on March 24, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Data from SensorTower, provided to MBW, shows a definite trend in the US and worldwide The post Coronavirus quarantine appears to be driving a global TikTok download boom appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • BMG Posts a 10% Revenue Bump; Bertelsmann CEO Says Company ‘Well Prepared’ for COVID-19 Disruptions
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    On the heels of an encouraging 2019 financial report and increased BMG revenue, German media powerhouse Bertelsmann has signaled confidence in its ability to weather the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 184-year-old company, which owns the RTL Group, Penguin Random House, BMG, and other well-known brands, indicated today that its 2019 revenue The post BMG Posts a 10% […]

  • Amazon, Facebook, SiriusXM, Pandora, TIDAL, Spotify, YouTube Join MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
    by Ashley King on March 24, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Several music streaming services are announcing contributions to the MusiCares coronavirus relief fund. Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM, Pandora, TIDAL, Spotify, and YouTube Music are all participating. The only major music streaming service missing from the list is Apple Music.  The MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund will support music industry workers in need. By now, the backdrop The post […]

  • TikTok Donates $10 Million to WHO Solidarity Response Fund Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    TikTok has donated $10 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund, which is being used to help WHO combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and deliver medical supplies to first responders and sufferers. TikTok also pledged $3 million to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s After-School All-Stars charity, which is working to distribute meals The […]

  • Music Streaming Is Actually Declining — At Least According to Preliminary Data
    by Ashley King on March 24, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    As the world copes with the COVID-19 outbreak through self-isolation, music streaming is down.  At least according to first-week preliminary data. Data analytics firm Alpha Data (also confusingly known as BuzzAngle) is reporting that music streaming in the United States is down. The week of March 13-19, when most states began self-quarantine calls, music streaming The post Music Streaming Is […]

  • Is the Music Industry Working With Incomplete Data? WARM Says the Radio Picture Is Glaringly Absent
    by Paul Resnikoff on March 24, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Back in 2015, WARM founder & CEO Jesper Skibsby managed Few Wolves, a two-piece Danish act. Under Skibsby’s direction, Few Wolves signed a contract with a major record label and released two singles: “Smile” and “Never Know,” both of which, admittedly, didn’t live up to commercial expectations. In the wake of this rough domestic debut, The post Is the Music […]

  • 2020 Summer Olympics Officially Postponed Because of Coronavirus Concerns
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    In what is likely the most significant coronavirus-prompted postponement to date, Olympic officials and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to delay the Summer Olympics until 2021. The Tokyo Olympics had previously been slated to initiate on July 27th, and earlier this month, Olympic higher-ups indicated that the multi-day sporting competition would proceed as The post 2020 Summer […]

  • $500m-backed Saban Music Group’s first release tops Latin Airplay Chart
    by Music Business Worldwide on March 24, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Company is backed by multi-billionaire entertainment mogul, Haim Saban The post $500m-backed Saban Music Group’s first release tops Latin Airplay Chart appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • ‘Signs of crisis’: Coronavirus now expected to halt Italy’s recorded music growth in 2020
    by Tim Ingham on March 24, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    "The current situation will probably hit the physical market very hard, and we hope streaming can remain at least flat for the next few months." The post ‘Signs of crisis’: Coronavirus now expected to halt Italy’s recorded music growth in 2020 appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • GEMA Launches Massive $43 Million Coronavirus Relief Fund for Songwriters
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    German performance rights (PRO) organization GEMA has established a $43 million relief fund to support its member composers and songwriters financially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. GEMA will distribute the massive aid package in two phases. The first will center on songwriters who also perform live, as coronavirus prevention measures have made it difficult for The post GEMA […]

  • Music Publishers Score $189,500 Verdict Against Wolfgang’s Vault
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    A New York jury has ruled against Wolfgang’s, a vintage concert-footage restorer and merchandise distributor, and ordered the San Francisco company to pay several music publishers a total of $189,500. Though a district judge found Wolfgang’s — previously known as ‘Wolfgang’s Vault’ — guilty of copyright infringement in 2018, for hosting 197 concert videos […]

  • BMG revenues climbed 10% to $674m in 2019… with a 23% profit margin
    by Tim Ingham on March 24, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Company's revenues have grown more than 60% since 2015 The post BMG revenues climbed 10% to $674m in 2019… with a 23% profit margin appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Concert tracker app now sending alerts for new gig live streams
    by Poppy Reid on March 24, 2020 at 2:21 am

    WhatsLively is now sending concert alerts for new live streams that are being announced during this social distancing and quarantine period. It’s no surprise COVID-19 has completely compromised the Australian music industry. 65,000 events have been cancelled across Australia as indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are now banned, and the country readies a

  • The dark Coronavirus cloud has a silver lining…if networks commit to more Aussie music
    by Lars Brandle on March 24, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Q&A is never an easy watch. It’s essential and necessary, and not to everyone’s taste. Like broccoli. If you made it to the end of Monday night’s episode, a special on the coronavirus pandemic, of course, Aunty offered a reward: a musical performance by comedian Bridie Connell and Tom Cardy. “Get down in the lock

  • Spinrilla Sues the RIAA for Issuing False Takedown Notices
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Independent hip-hop discovery app Spinrilla is suing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for allegedly issuing false DMCA takedown notices. In the lawsuit, submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Spinrilla claims that the RIAA has made a habit of filing false DMCA notices — or allegations of copyright The post Spinrilla Sues the RIAA for […]

  • Cirque du Soleil ‘Temporarily’ Fires 95% of Its Staff; All Productions Canceled
    by Dylan Smith on March 24, 2020 at 12:29 am

    In a sign that coronavirus-inspired live-event postponements and large-gathering bans may last longer than some are anticipating, Cirque du Soleil has fired a staggering 95 percent of its staff. The Montreal-based entertainment company cited the economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the cancellation of all upcoming shows, as the cause of the The post Cirque du Soleil […]

  • Howard Stern Returns to the Air From His At-Home ‘Bunker’
    by Ashley King on March 24, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Howard Stern is back on the air from his home bunker after his SiriusXM show went dark last week. The coronavirus outbreak closed SiriusXM offices, bringing down the radio host with it. His wife, Beth Stern, teased the shock jock’s return to the airwaves over the weekend.  “We should be back on the air on The post Howard Stern Returns to the Air From His At-Home […]

  • Here Are Some of the Latest — and Most Significant — Sync Music Deals
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Sync music licensing — the process that allows music to complement visual media, including film, commercials, television, and more —remains a viable opportunity for today’s artists. Here’s a wrap of the biggest sync deals of late. The following was created with the support of Songtradr, part of a broader partnership focused on the sync licensing space.   The […]

  • Neil Diamond Remixes ‘Sweet Caroline’ for Coronavirus — “Don’t Touch Me, I Won’t Touch You”
    by Ashley King on March 23, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Neil Diamond shared a remix of “Sweet Caroline” on social media – with lyrics for coronavirus quarantiners. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Diamond says he’s looking to soothe. On Saturday, he debuted the parody remix of his 1969 hit with brand new lyrics. “I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love The post Neil Diamond Remixes ‘Sweet […]

  • Kenny Rogers Funeral Services Complicated by Coronavirus Concerns
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Health concerns stemming from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are affecting Kenny Rogers’ public and private memorial preparations. The country legend passed away from natural causes over the weekend, at the age of 81. His family subsequently issued a statement, which indicated, among other things, that they are planning “a small private service at this The post Kenny […]

  • Grammy CEO Harvey Mason Jr: ‘I Don’t Think the Music Community Is Going to Be Able to Adapt Under These Conditions’
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Recording Academy interim President and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. isn’t sure that the music industry can adapt to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic without charity and government assistance. In a recent interview with The Wrap, interim CEO Mason Jr., who is leading the Recording Academy and the Grammys while a replacement is sought for Deborah Dugan, said, “the The post Grammy […]

  • Pearl Jam Creates Old School ‘Gigaton Hotline’ to Promote New Album
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Though the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced Pearl Jam to put their much-anticipated Gigaton Tour on ice, the album of the same name is still slated to release on March 27th, and the Seattle band is promoting the record with a Gigaton Hotline. There’s no charge to call the Gigaton Hotline, which is reachable at (585) The post Pearl Jam Creates Old School ‘Gigaton Hotline’ […]

  • Live music venues and arts hubs will suffer, while the corporate sector is poised to grow
    by Daniel Safi on March 23, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    The economic impacts of coronavirus are set to disproportionately impact the most vulnerable, and there’s a disturbing potential for corporate expansion at the cost of small businesses of high social value. Too-big-to-fail institutions will be the primary beneficiaries of government hand-outs and interventions, while small businesses and the inner-city community hubs which are maintained by

  • Finding Gratitude and Purpose in Crisis: ‘I can’t control what’s happening in the outside world – what I can control is my mindset…’
    by Music Business Worldwide on March 23, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    300 Entertainment CEO, Kevin Liles, on his enforced break from the office... and being a dad The post Finding Gratitude and Purpose in Crisis: ‘I can’t control what’s happening in the outside world – what I can control is my mindset…’ appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Confirmed: Music streaming WAS down last week amid Coronavirus quarantine… but not on YouTube
    by Tim Ingham on March 23, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    MBW takes a look at streaming across the globe, the US, Italy and the UK The post Confirmed: Music streaming WAS down last week amid Coronavirus quarantine… but not on YouTube appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • YouTube Fights Rampant Misinformation with New Coronavirus News Shelf
    by Ashley King on March 23, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    YouTube is fighting misinformation with a new, dedicated coronavirus news section. The new section will appear on the YouTube homepage on the web and in the app. It features COVID-19 coverage from trusted sources located around the world. Google provides no guidance on what it considers ‘trusted sources.’ Screenshots of the new feature include news The post YouTube Fights Rampant […]

  • TikTok donates $10m to World Health Organization to fight COVID-19
    by Murray Stassen on March 23, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Donation has been given to WHO's Solidarity Response Fund The post TikTok donates $10m to World Health Organization to fight COVID-19 appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Spotify Launches New Podcast API for Developers
    by Ashley King on March 23, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Spotify is launching a new set of podcast APIs for third-party developers. The new APIs will allow developers to integrate Spotify podcasts into their products. That includes searching the Spotify podcast catalog, showing episode info, or creating podcasting apps. Spotify’s blog post says its podcast API “will allow developers to explore and build unique experiences The post Spotify […]

  • Spotify is testing a feature that recommends music to match the ‘moment and mood’ of a photo (report)
    by Murray Stassen on March 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Feature was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong The post Spotify is testing a feature that recommends music to match the ‘moment and mood’ of a photo (report) appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney+ Voluntarily Lower Bandwidth as Usage Spikes Worldwide
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Social-media giants Facebook and Instagram, along with Apple and Amazon, are the latest companies to voluntarily throttle their video content to conserve bandwidth as Europe struggles with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By intentionally reducing the quality of their videos, the listed companies (along with Netflix, YouTube, and Disney+, which had previously started doing so) are The post […]

  • Emergency Coronavirus fund for songwriters worth up to $43m launched by GEMA in Germany
    by Tim Ingham on March 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    The €40m aid fund will be provided by GEMA in a two-stage program, PRO confirms The post Emergency Coronavirus fund for songwriters worth up to $43m launched by GEMA in Germany appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Gibson Halts U.S. Operations, Pays Employees $1,000 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Gibson has temporarily closed its U.S. operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and all Gibson factory workers have been given a $1,000 support payment to tide them over until production recommences. The legendary guitar and instrument company made the announcement in a press release yesterday evening, following Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s “Safer At The post […]

  • Rihanna Donates $5 Million to Coronavirus Relief; $700,000 for Ventilators
    by Dylan Smith on March 23, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Rihanna and her charitable organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, are supporting coronavirus (COVID-19) victims and first responders in a big way. The Barbados native’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced in a recent press release that it has contributed $5 million to the coronavirus relief effort. The funds have been dispensed to a number of “on-the-ground partners,” The post […]

  • Live Sector Layoffs Piling Up: Paradigm Slashes Its Music Agency Ranks, Joins SXSW, Zac Brown Band, Headliner
    by Paul Resnikoff on March 23, 2020 at 4:48 am

    Perhaps this was inevitable, but layoffs within the live touring sector are now piling up.  The growing list of trim-downs now includes Paradigm, which has shed roughly 30 employees — mostly from its music touring department. The grim news was shared with Digital Music News ahead of the weekend.  Paradigm Talent Agency, one of the The post Live Sector Layoffs Piling Up: Paradigm […]

  • As gov’t shuts all nightclubs and entertainment venues, live sector warns ‘death knell’ will ring without funding
    by Lars Brandle on March 23, 2020 at 2:16 am

    $650 million. That’s what the gig economy needs if it’s to pull through these lean, tough times, according to Live Performance Australia. As the federal government activates an unprecedented shutdown of all nightclubs, pubs, entertainment venues and so-called non-essential places where folks gather, and pulls the levers on a second phase in its economic support

  • Rolling Stone Australia names Tones And I as debut issue’s cover feature
    by Sidd Finch on March 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    The debut issue of Rolling Stone Australia is set to launch in May, and now the publication has revealed that Tones And I is set to grace their first cover. In these wild times that we live in, people are more than ever looking for fresh new ways to stay entertained, informed, and up to date

  • Kenny Rogers Family Issues Official Statement Following His Death
    by Paul Resnikoff on March 22, 2020 at 5:11 am

    Country legend Kenny Rogers officially passed away on Friday; now, his family has issued an official statement following his death. Kenny Rogers passed away at 81 of what the family has described as ‘natural causes’.  Rogers enjoyed a rare, multi-decade career as a major country star, with memorable hits including ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Lady,’ and ‘Through […]

  • Tekashi 6ix9ine Is Now Battling Two Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuits
    by Dylan Smith on March 20, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    In what can be best described as a litigious week, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been named in two multimillion-dollar lawsuits: Los Angeles-based attire brand Fashion Nova slapped him with a $2.2 million suit, and an unnamed woman tagged him with a staggering $150 million complaint. In the first filing, which Fashion Nova submitted to a The post Tekashi 6ix9ine Is Now Battling Two […]

  • Universal Music Ordered to Produce 2008 Fire Insurance Settlement Details
    by Dylan Smith on March 20, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    A federal court has ordered Universal Music Group to produce documents relating to their insurance settlement following the 2008 Universal Studios fire, which destroyed, among other invaluable media items, as many as 500,000 master recordings. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean P. Rosenbluth signed off on the order, which represents a major legal victory for artists (and The post Universal Music Ordered […]

  • BMI Postpones Pop Awards, Film, TV & Visual Media Awards Due to Coronavirus Concerns
    by Dylan Smith on March 20, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has called off its Pop Awards and its Film, TV & Visual Media Awards in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Both events had been scheduled to take place in Los Angeles this May, and BMI indicated in its statement that they will be rescheduled “when we can safely celebrate.” The The post BMI Postpones Pop Awards, Film, TV & Visual Media […]

  • The Zac Brown Situation Raises a Difficult Question — Did Government Inaction Effectively Wipe Out the Touring Industry?
    by Paul Resnikoff on March 20, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Canceling mega-events like SXSW was unequivocally the right thing to do — and that’s the consensus after just two weeks of retrospect. Postponing tours has also been judged as highly prudent and responsible. But Zac Brown’s decision to fire his entire touring support team — and his reasons for doing so — raise a very The post The Zac Brown Situation Raises a […]

  • Atlantic Records Fires Back In Cardi B $5 Million ‘Tattoo Lawsuit’
    by Dylan Smith on March 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Atlantic Records is firing back against the man who’s suing Cardi B over the tattoo shown on the cover of Gangsta Bitch Music, Volume 1. The corresponding lawsuit was filed in 2017, and in it, Kevin Brophy Jr. and his legal team argue that the back tattoo of a model (The6atSix) featured on Gangsta Bitch’s The post Atlantic Records Fires Back In Cardi B $5 Million ‘Tattoo […]

  • YouTube Drops HD in Europe Amid Streaming Surge – Joining Netflix
    by Ashley King on March 20, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    YouTube is dropping HD streaming in Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak – joining Netflix. Both streaming services are self-regulating and complying with a request from the EU. The move is temporary in response to calls from the European Commission for platforms to help ease demand. As more people stay home to work – infrastructure is The post YouTube Drops HD in Europe Amid […]

  • After Beating $2.8MM Copyright Infringement Case, Katy Perry Turns Attention to Instagram Photo Lawsuit
    by Dylan Smith on March 20, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Having emerged victorious in a long-running, extremely expensive copyright infringement lawsuit just last week, Katy Perry and her legal team are turning their attention to a Hollywood photo agency’s formal allegation of unauthorized image use. Perry posted the picture in question—a Halloween-party shot showing her dressed as Hillary Clinton, hand-in-hand with another individual clad […]

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