• At The Drive-In Singer Blames Scientologists For Killing His Dog
    by Ashley King on January 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    At The Drive-In singer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala has a bone to pick with Scientologist Danny Masterson. The singer alleges his family had to put his family dog down after the That ’70s show actor fed her rat poison. This isn’t the first time Zavala’s family has had beef with Masteron, either. Bixler-Zavala’s wife, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, The post At The Drive-In Singer Blames […]

  • CTS EVENTIM acquires majority stakes in Switzerland’s Gadget Entertainment and wepromote
    by Murray Stassen on January 24, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Deals see company grow its live events portfolio by over 400 concerts per year The post CTS EVENTIM acquires majority stakes in Switzerland’s Gadget Entertainment and wepromote appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Hipgnosis buys music catalog from Cher’s Believe co-writer Brian Higgins
    by Murray Stassen on January 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Believe reached No.1 in 21 countries The post Hipgnosis buys music catalog from Cher’s Believe co-writer Brian Higgins appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Denis Handlin to focus on Australia and NZ as Sony Music launches new regional hubs
    by Lars Brandle on January 24, 2020 at 5:17 am

    In a milestone year for Denis Handlin, the Australian recording industry legend will now exclusively focus on leading Sony Music’s activities in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement issued overnight from New York, Sony Music Entertainment announced it would rejig its leadership and business strategy by way of a new structure. Among these major

  • Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 24, 2020 at 3:02 am

    Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — for years — Spotify is apparently now sending payments to artists.  Just try not to laugh out The post Just Got My Spotify […]

  • Merlin signs breakthrough global licensing deal with TikTok
    by Lars Brandle on January 24, 2020 at 2:29 am

    TikTok is going legit. The popular short-form video sharing platform has struck a worldwide licensing deal with Merlin, the independent music community’s digital rights agency, with immediate effect. What that means is that the catalogues of Merlin’s members, who represent more than 15 percent of the global recorded music market, are now licensed for use

  • How the Australian music scene banded together in the bushfire crisis
    by Anna Rose on January 24, 2020 at 1:58 am

    How the Australian music scene banded together in a time of crisis, and how that solidarity impacted the world. In September 2019, a single ember sparked the premature beginning of bushfire season and a catastrophic period of devastating fires that have been blazing ever since. The events that have unfolded in the last two months

  • Billie Eilish Tackles Suicide on ‘Everything I Wanted’ Music Video
    by Marsha Silva on January 23, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Billie Eilish’s new “Everything I Wanted” music video, a collaboration with her brother Finneas, bravely tackles suicide. In her newly released music video for “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish digs deep and tackles the ever-prevalent issue of suicide.  The music video, which was directed by Eilish, opens with a kind message: “Finneas is my […]

  • Baillie Gifford Becomes Spotify’s Largest Stakeholder, Beating Out Co-founder Martin Lorentzon
    by Marsha Silva on January 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Scottish investment management company Baillie Gifford is officially Spotify’s largest stakeholder with an 11.82% share. In a disclosure submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Baillie Gifford revealed that its total Spotify ownership has increased by 2.6 million shares since September 2019, from 19.1 million to 21.7 million; the latter represents 11.82% of […]

  • Sony strengthens operations in Asia and Middle East, as Shridhar Subramaniam takes new President role
    by Tim Ingham on January 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Major makes moves in India, China, Korea and beyond The post Sony strengthens operations in Asia and Middle East, as Shridhar Subramaniam takes new President role appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Here Are This Year’s Grammy Winners — According to YouTube Music
    by Ashley King on January 23, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    The Grammy Awards aren’t directly tied to fan popularity. But YouTube Music is already predicting the 62nd Grammy winners ahead of the big show based on views. No, the Alphabet-owned video giant isn’t using complex algorithms or predictive analytics. Instead, these predictions are based on global YouTube views, instead of ‘music experts’ that make up the […]

  • Spotify Joins the Influencer Train With Their Own Version of ‘Stories’
    by Ashley King on January 23, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Spotify appears to be testing a new Stories feature, similar to Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Influencers will be able to share a short-form video with their public playlists. TechCrunch first reported on the new feature with leaked screenshots. YouTube fashion expert Summer Mckeen can be seen sharing a playlist with a video. Her playlist entitled, The post Spotify Joins the Influencer Train […]

  • TikTok Signs Thousands of Indie Labels for Its Resso Streaming Music Service
    by Ashley King on January 23, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    TikTok is building a music streaming service to rival Spotify and Apple called Resso. The company has now inked a deal with Merlin to feature thousands of indie artists on the platform. The licensing deal with Merlin is the first announced by TikTok in the music industry. TikTok has apparently secured deals with other labels, The post TikTok Signs Thousands of Indie Labels for Its Resso Streaming […]

  • A Juice WRLD Album Is In the Works, Label Says
    by Marsha Silva on January 23, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Juice WRLD’s unreleased tracks and projects will be published posthumously. Juice WRLD, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, tragically passed away in December of last year, just six days after his 21st birthday. The Chicago native’s sudden death shocked his extensive fanbase, which had propelled his most recent album, Death Race for Love, to the The post A Juice WRLD Album […]

  • TikTok Opens Massive, 120,000 Sq. Ft. Office In Los Angeles
    by Ashley King on January 23, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    TikTok is expanding its U.S. operations with a massive 120,000 square foot office in Los Angeles. The new office space has a capacity for around 1,000 employees. TikTok says the new space will house its growing roster of U.S. workers. The Beijing-based company ByteDance owns TikTok, which previously operated out of a temporary office. The The post TikTok Opens Massive, 120,000 Sq. Ft. Office In […]

  • Ditto to launch ‘Bluebox’ blockchain suite of tools and applications backed by $1m seed capital
    by Murray Stassen on January 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    New blockchain-backed suite of tools and applications for musicians to launch in May 2020 The post Ditto to launch ‘Bluebox’ blockchain suite of tools and applications backed by $1m seed capital appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • AWAL signs worldwide recordings deal with mxmtoon
    by Murray Stassen on January 23, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Artist's music has been streamed more than 300m times The post AWAL signs worldwide recordings deal with mxmtoon appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • TikTok opens massive LA HQ, and is reportedly recruiting for a US CEO
    by Murray Stassen on January 23, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Office covers five floors and 120,000-square feet The post TikTok opens massive LA HQ, and is reportedly recruiting for a US CEO appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • TikTok signs global licensing deal with indie label agency Merlin
    by Murray Stassen on January 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Deal is effective immediately The post TikTok signs global licensing deal with indie label agency Merlin appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek
    by SeatGeek on January 23, 2020 at 11:59 am

    The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, based on SeatGeek data through Wednesday, January 22nd. 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, […]

  • Thematic Is Unlocking the Content Creator Economy for Artists — 2.5 Billion Plays, 1 Million Fan Conversions
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 23, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Last time we reported on Thematic, the company had generated more than 1 billion song plays for its artists. Now, that number has surpassed 2.5 billion, just one of several impressive stats being shared by the company this week. It’s all part of a collaborative ecosystem that focuses on feeding the UGC creator economy found The post Thematic Is Unlocking the Content Creator Economy for […]

  • RIAA Brushes Off the U.S. Government, U.S. Government Intensifies Its Radio Payola Probe
    by Marsha Silva on January 23, 2020 at 1:05 am

    FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is now directly sending his payola questions to the major labels. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is doubling down on its payola probe. In September of 2019, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly sent a letter to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the big three major labels, requesting additional The post […]

  • Former Grammy Awards CEO Responds to Allegations of Rape
    by Marsha Silva on January 23, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Former Recording Academy and Grammy Awards CEO Neil Portnow had vehemently denied rape and misconduct allegations. The 2020 Grammy Awards have nearly arrived, and though it’s important to reserve final judgments until all is said and done, the 62nd annual ceremony seems destined to be remembered for the wrong reasons.  Behind-the-scenes controversy has boiled over The post Former […]

  • Walt Mossberg – Spotify Podcast Ads are a ‘Planned Violation of Privacy’
    by Ashley King on January 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Spotify is planning on inserting streaming podcast ads later this year. Walt Mossberg calls it a ‘planned violation of privacy.’ Spotify announced the new streaming ad-tech at CES this year. Dubbed Streaming Ad Insertion (SAI), the tech will ‘help further monetize podcasts available on Spotify’s platform.’ Spotify made a big push into podcasts this year, The post […]

  • Juice WRLD Died From a Massive Oxycodone and Codeine Overdose, Autopsy Reveals
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 22, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Juice WRLD, aka Jarad Higgins, died from a massive overdose of oxycodone and codeine, according to an autopsy report from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The rapper stuffed a large quantity of pills and other drugs down his throat during an FBI raid. Juice WRLD died suddenly on December 8th on the tarmac of The post Juice WRLD Died From a Massive Oxycodone and Codeine Overdose, […]

  • Sonos Will Stop Updating Older Hardware in May — Even Though 92% of Its Speakers Are ‘Still In Use’
    by Ashley King on January 22, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Sonos will stop updating its older speakers and hardware in May, the company has announced. Sonos says it is retiring old products because “they have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.” The change will affect many Sonos customers, as 92% of its products are still in use. The The post Sonos Will Stop Updating Older Hardware in May — […]

  • The Grammys fallout gets more shocking every day – but how relevant is the show to the modern record business?
    by Tim Ingham on January 22, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    MBW research suggests the famed 'Grammy bump' is weakening The post The Grammys fallout gets more shocking every day – but how relevant is the show to the modern record business? appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • The Ringer Staff Finds Out About Spotify Acquisition Talks—from the Wall Street Journal
    by Marsha Silva on January 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Spotify’s interest in acquiring The Ringer, a sports and popular culture website and podcast network, came as a surprise to many—including Ringer employees, who learned of the news just like everyone else did: through a report published by The Wall Street Journal on January 17th. Today, The Ringer’s team members issued a public response to The post The Ringer Staff Finds Out […]

  • triple j announces Hottest 100 of the decade
    by Augustus Welby on January 22, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    triple j has announced a new retrospective poll, which will count down the hottest 100 songs of the 2010s. Voting closed on this year’s Hottest 100 on Monday and the countdown goes to air this Saturday January 25. But if you just can’t get enough of list making, triple j have announced the next instalment

  • The Estate of Michael Jackson and BMI Extend Catalog Representation
    by Ashley King on January 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    The Michael Jackson Estate has inked a renewal agreement with BMI to continue to represent the performing rights in Michael Jackson’s songwriting catalog. The new deal extends BMI’s uninterrupted 41-year relationship with the King of Pop. The Estate and BMI last renewed the agreement back in 2014. Jackson first signed with BMI at the beginning The post The Estate of Michael Jackson […]

  • Netflix Says They’ll Never Have Ads, CEO Explains Why
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    As music streaming services welcome ads, Netflix’s CEO backs the paid-only model. As music-streaming services (and certain video-streaming platforms) continue to embrace ads, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has doubled down on his pro-subscription, anti-advert philosophy. During Netflix’s 2019 earnings call, which took place on Tuesday, Hastings reiterated his belief that ads are […]

  • Downtown Music Is Going ‘Full Stack’ — Acquires Amsterdam-Based FUGA
    by Marsha Silva on January 22, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Downtown Music Holdings’s AVL Digital Group has acquired FUGA, an Amsterdam-based digital music distributor and service provider. The purchase, which was announced publicly this morning (January 22nd), is the latest in a series of aggressive, growth-minded investments from Downtown. In March of 2019, the company finalized an estimated $200 million deal and assumed ownership of The post […]

  • Spotify is testing a Stories feature for influencer playlists
    by Murray Stassen on January 22, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    YouTube star Summer Mckeen is the first influencer to test the feature The post Spotify is testing a Stories feature for influencer playlists appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • Amazon Claims More Than 55 Million Music Streaming Users
    by Ashley King on January 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Amazon says its Amazon Music streaming service has surpassed 55 million customers. There are six different pricing tiers for its streaming service, including a free ad-supported tier. Amazon Music first launched in October 2016, but it still lags behind Apple Music and Spotify. Just last summer, Apple Music announced 60 million subscribers. Last quarter, Spotify The post Amazon Claims More Than […]

  • Could an overhaul of payola rules be on the horizon? Majors asked to explain anti-payola practices to FCC
    by Murray Stassen on January 22, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has written to Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group in the US The post Could an overhaul of payola rules be on the horizon? Majors asked to explain anti-payola practices to FCC appeared first on Music Business Worldwide.

  • UNIFIED’s Matt Rogers elected to WIN board
    by Lars Brandle on January 22, 2020 at 3:14 am

    UNIFIED Music Group’s Mathew Rogers is announced to the newly-elected board of directors at the Worldwide Independent Network, the indies’ global umbrella organisation. Melbourne-based Rogers, Chief Operating Officer at UNIFIED, is part of a 15-person board at WIN, which is split between the three regions North America, Europe and Rest of the World. Joining Rogers

  • FastForward Sydney 2020 announces dates, venue
    by Lars Brandle on January 22, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Open your calendars, pens at the ready. FastForward is returning to Sydney for its third edition. The boutique music conference is locked in for April 30-May 1, taking place for the first time at the venerated Studios 301. Established five years ago in Amsterdam, FFWD has since expanded into the U.K. and Australia, with a

  • Meet the Artist Who Is Literally Saving His Fans’ Lives — Our Latest Podcast
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 22, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Lucidious is an independent rapper with more than 100 million Spotify streams and a steady income. He’s also a guy helping his fans deal with serious issues of depression and suicide. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digital Music News Podcast?  We’re available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and most other podcast platforms.  Or, […]

  • Hydraulix scores sync with Netflix series ‘Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts’: Exclusive
    by Lars Brandle on January 22, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Hydraulix has just landed his first Netflix sync. The Sydney electronic producer landed his bouncy instrumental track ‘Nothing Can Stop Me’ in the new show Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, his first placement on the giant subscription TV platform. ‘Nothing Can Stop Me’ features in the ninth episode of the new animated all-ages series,

  • Grammys Will Honor Nipsey Hussle With Live Tribute Performance
    by Ashley King on January 22, 2020 at 12:20 am

    The Grammys will host a live tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was shot and killed last year at age 33. John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, and others will be on hand to honor the late rapper. The performance will be part of Sunday’s broadcast from the Los Angeles Staples Center. Other The post Grammys Will Honor Nipsey Hussle With Live Tribute Performance appeared first on […]

  • CMT Pledges To Give 50% of All Video Plays to Female Artists
    by Ashley King on January 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    CMT says it will evenly split music video airtime between male and female artists. The former split favored male artists 60/40%. A study released last year showcased what many female country stars already know – country music is a male-dominated genre. Now, CMT says it is stepping up to ensure gender parity in country music. The post CMT Pledges To Give 50% of All Video Plays to Female […]

  • Slipknot Fans Issued a List of Banned Clothing Items by Venue in Glasgow
    by Ashley King on January 21, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Slipknot fans are heavily criticizing a banned clothing list issued by event organizers in Glasgow. Slipknot appeared at Hydro on Saturday in Glasgow, but fans are pissed at some of the restricted items on the list. The venue published a list of banned clothing articles ahead of their performance. The ban included spiked collars, large The post Slipknot Fans Issued a List of Banned Clothing Items […]

  • Fired Grammy Awards CEO Fires Back With Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Claim Against Recording Academy
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 21, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    In the wake of her abrupt ouster last week, former Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan is filing a formal discrimination and sexual harassment complaint. The Grammy Awards are just five days away. Last week, the Grammy Awards fired their recently-hired CEO, Deborah Dugan, on unspecific allegations of misconduct.  This week, Dugan is firing back The post Fired Grammy Awards […]

  • Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Parkinson’s Diagnosis After Nasty Fall Last Year
    by Ashley King on January 21, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Ozzy Osbourne has Parkinson’s disease. The Black Sabbath star received his diagnosis after a fall last year. Osbourne spoke about his diagnosis on Good Morning America, describing his condition as a ‘mild form’ of the disease. A fall last February helped pin down the diagnosis, though he still suffers complications from the accident. He told The post Ozzy Osbourne Reveals […]

  • Grammy Awards Interim Chief Alleges Massive Extortion Plot by Ex-CEO — Here’s His Letter to Academy Members
    by Paul Resnikoff on January 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Just days before the Grammy Awards are slated to air, Recording Academy interim chief Harvey Mason is slamming just-fired CEO Deborah Dugan for attempting to extort the organization. Last week, the Recording Academy abruptly placed its CEO, Deborah Dugan, on ‘administrative leave’ based on an unspecified but’ formal allegation of misconduct.’ That was the start […]

  • Party In The Paddock: from humble beginnings to a global award nom
    by Ashlee Minto on January 21, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Party In The Paddock will return for one last time in February. Grown from humble beginnings, what was once just a few mates kicking on in the backyard is now in the running to be NME’s Best Australian Festival. For those that haven’t been, the festival is known for its humble charm and curation of

  • Introducing Aston, the Aussie artist who landed syncs with ‘Fast & Furious’ and NBA 2K20
    by Lars Brandle on January 21, 2020 at 2:31 am

    With a swag of high-profile syncs, including a placement in the Fast & Furious franchise, Aston is buckled up for the ride. Hailing from the Central Coast, the emerging singer and songwriter navigated a different track in 2019, bypassing the traditional route of pubs, clubs and radio airplay. Working under the songwriting alter ego A$ton

  • Spotify Preparing To Acquire Podcasting Network the Ringer — Report
    by Colin Cohen on January 20, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    In the wake of analysts from both Evercore and Bernstein giving Spotify an underperform rating, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company is in early talks to acquire a podcasting network called the Ringer. With many in the industry projecting that podcasting will become the next big thing in streaming, Spotify has increasingly The post Spotify Preparing To Acquire Podcasting Network […]

  • U2’s Joshua Tree Tour of Aus and NZ raked in $51 million
    by Lars Brandle on January 20, 2020 at 2:03 am

    U2’s Joshua Tree Tour of Australia and New Zealand last year was the type of show oldies will fondly retell to their grandkids. It was also a box office smash. The Irish rockers’ 15-show Joshua Tree Tour jaunt across Australasia and Asia in November and December grossed US$73.8 million ($107 million) and shifted 567,000 tickets,

  • Barry Tuckwell, the Michael Jordan of French Horn, Dies at 88
    by Ashley King on January 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Australia has lost one of its most celebrated musicians. Barry Tuckwell has passed away – he was one of the greatest French horn players of the last 70 years. Mr. Tuckwell was 88 and died due to complications associated with heart disease. Barry was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1931. He took up playing the French The post Barry Tuckwell, the Michael Jordan of French Horn, Dies at […]

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