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35 Years Later, A-ha Reissues Its ‘Take On Me’ Video in 4K

The Norwegian pop band A-ha has released a 4K remastered edition of the video that accompanied their 1984 hit song “Take On Me.” The original video utilized an animation technique called rotoscoping, in which an artist draws over live-action sequences. Both the song and the video have remained popular over the years, and on YouTube […]

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Tencent Officially Concludes 10% Purchase of Universal Music Group

Tencent announced that it and a consortium of investors had concluded its long awaited 10% purchase of Universal Music Group (UMG) from Vivendi for 3 billion euros ($3.36 billion). The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval and other conditions. But it is expected to be finalized during the first half of 2020. While Tencent […]

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Despite $7 Million in Funding, 8tracks Is Shutting Down

The founder of 8Tracks, David Porter, has announced in a blog post that the company will cease operations at the end of the year. The company launched back in 2008 as a social media platform that offered user-curated playlists of at least eight songs. Playlists were available through both a free tier and a subscription service. At […]

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Hasbro Officially Closes $3.8 Billion Entertainment One Acquisition

Just a month after British regulators announced that they were investigating the nearly $4-billion acquisition of Entertainment One by Hasbro, the deal has officially been completed. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had been worried that the deal would result in a “substantial lessening of competition,” but these fears now seem resolved. In conjunction with […]

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YouTube Blocks Chanukah-Themed Parody of Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’

It is being reported that YouTube took down a Chanukkah parody video because of copyright violations, despite the claimant allegedly not providing what content the video infringed. A Capella Orthodox Jewish group called the Maccabeats produced the video, which is entitled “Pan Fry” and is said to be a parody of both Lil Nas X’s […]

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Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Video Crosses 1 Billion Views

The video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” recently reached an important milestone: it surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The song is only the second one recorded in the 1990s that has passed one billion views on the platform. The other was the video for “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses, which currently has […]

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YouTube Update Makes It Easier To Deal with Copyright Claims

YouTube has updated its Studio platform to allow video creators the ability to more easily deal with copyright disputes. Creators now can directly respond to copyright claims in the platform’s interface. They will see the following information there: Which videos were removed Who submitted the copyright takedown notice How you can resolve the problem Even […]

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Grammy-Winning Songwriter Allee Willis Dies at 72

Grammy-Award songwriter Allee Willis, who wrote hit songs as well as the theme song to Friends, has died at the age of 72 of cardiac arrest. While Willis co-wrote several classic Earth, Wind & Fire songs such as “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” she is perhaps more famous for co-writing “I’ll Be There for You” with […]

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Spinnin’ Records Wins Appeal in Lawsuit with Martin Garrix

In the Netherlands, a Dutch appeals court has ruled against DJ Martin Garrix in an appeal filed by his former label Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllStars Management. In August of 2015, Garrix announced that he was leaving both companies. Soon afterward, he filed a lawsuit against them, alleging that the two had coerced both him and his father […]

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Kanye West Is Getting Hauled Back into Court by EMI Music Publishing

EMI Music Publishing is asking a New York federal court judge to reopen their long-standing legal battle with rapper Kanye West because the two parties could not agree on a final settlement. Earlier this year, West tried to terminate his contract with the company because of a California law that limits personal service contracts to […]

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