Music Industry News

TikTok Commits $250 Million to Coronavirus Aid — Plus $125 Million In Free Ads

TikTok announced today that it will provide $250 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, in addition to $125 million worth of ad credits for public-health organizations and small businesses.  TikTok President Alex Zhu unveiled his company’s contribution plans in a press release, which was shared with Digital Music News. The aforementioned $250 million earmarked for relief […]

Hip Hop News

Usher Responds to The Weeknd’s ‘Climax’ Controversy

The Weeknd and Usher’s feud has reached the “Climax.” The R&B crooners are clashing over Usher’s 2012 hit following The Weeknd’s controversial comments. Speaking with Variety, the After Hours singer said Usher’s Grammy-winning song reminded him of his early sound. “House of Balloons literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes. I heard… Read More

Music Industry News

Motown, ASCAP Exec James Fisher, 89 – Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Photo Credit: Adam White Long-time music exec James Fisher has passed away due to complications with coronavirus. He was 89. His illustrious music industry career included work with Motown Records and ASCAP. Fisher was born in Perth, Australia, and broke into the industry doing radio and television work. He read the first news bulletin broadcast […]

Music Industry News

Move Over, Twitch — Instagram Considering Monetizing Live Streams

Photo Credit: Kate Torline Instagram is considering monetizing live streams as a way for creators and artists to support themselves. Many artists are already turning to Twitch, a gaming-focused site, to find virtual audiences. A thread on Twitter yesterday suggested some ways Instagram could offer monetization to Instagram Live streams. Instagram Live stream monetization is […]