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Following Days of Speculation, Demi Lovato Confirms She Has a New Manager — Scooter Braun

Over the weekend, Demi Lovato made a surprising announcement. Posting a picture alongside Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s famed manager, the pop singer confirmed that she’s also joining forces with Scooter Braun. “GUYS!!!!!!!  Dreams came true today for me.  I officially have a NEW MANAGER!!!  And not just any new manager, but the one and only […]

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NMPA President Says Spotify Treats Songwriters Like Uber Treats Drivers: ‘Is One Better Than the Other? ’

Are both tech giants abusing the people that make their businesses possible? Simply by opposing the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) recent 44% increase upon royalties for songwriters and web publishers – the first in 110 many years – Spotify, along with Pandora, Search engines, and Amazon have reportedly overlooked the needs of the songwriting and posting community. Not one […]

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Cox Communications Is Disclosing the Identities of 2,793 Business Subscribers to the RIAA

Over the past several years, major music labels, including Sony, Warner, and Universal – represented by the RIAA – have gone on the offensive against major American ISPs. At the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal judge stripped Cox Communications of copyright immunities earlier this year.  The move came after […]

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Apple Music Strengthens Its Publishing Division By Poaching a Key Google & YouTube Executive

Last year, under its then-new Head of Music, Oliver Schusser, Apple Music quietly unveiled a new global publishing business. The company promoted Elena Segal – previously Legal Director of iTunes International – to the role of Global Director of Music Publishing.  The publishing business aims to assist the industry in developing key songwriters. Segal currently […]

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Google Now Has 16 Million Paid Music Subscribers — Here’s Why That Doesn’t Matter

According to a new report, Google now has over 15 million subscribers on its streaming music platforms – Google Play Music (GPM) and YouTube Music. Despite the great news for the Alphabet-owned company, here’s the kicker – subscriptions have abruptly stalled. Growth in Google’s most critical division – YouTube – has all-but-flatlined.  In fact, when […]

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Rolling Stone Cuts Chief Revenue Officer, Publisher Andrew Budkofsky After Just One Year

There’s smoke over at Rolling Stone Magazine. At this stage, we’re just not sure if there’s a full-blown fire or not. According to sources to Digital Music News, the venerable music magazine has released Andrew Budkofsky, who was named Chief Revenue Officer and Publisher at Rolling Stone in late April of 2018. Just one year later, […]

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Is Hi-Def Streaming a Thing? Rhapsody Packs MQA Into Its ‘Powered by Napster’ Streaming Service

Rhapsody International Inc. has reached a new deal with MQA to deliver high-definition audio to the Powered by Napster streaming platform. The Powered by Napster b2b platform now offers listeners the option to choose between high-resolution and studio-quality audio.  MQA music tracks will be available across multiple platforms including mobile, automotive, and WiFi-based home/office. The new […]

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Nashville-Based Music Management Firm Fitzgerald Hartley Is Closing After 42 Years

Fitzgerald Hartley is closing its doors after 42 years in the music management business. Both locations in Nashville and Ventura, CA are affected and will close by the end of the year. Co-founders Larry Fitzgerald and Mark Hartley made the announcement today (Monday).  Fitzgerald says he will now focus solely on client Vince Gill, while […]

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Austin Jones Gets 10 Years In Prison for Soliciting Nude Pictures from Teenagers

A federal court in Chicago sentenced Austin Jones to ten years in prison for convincing underage girls to send him explicit photos and videos. Jones was very popular on YouTube at the time of the offense, and many of his followers were teenagers. Joseph Fitzpatrick, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman, says there will also be an […]

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Farewell, YouTube Premium? Video Platform Unveils Free, Ad-Supported Originals Offering

Despite the presence of more than 2 billion monthly active users (MAUs), YouTube executives are struggling to get people to sign up for its paid services.  Notably, YouTube Premium & Music Premium. Case in point.  Shortly after the service’s paid video service launched last May, YouTube Premium – including Music Premium – no longer ranked […]

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