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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to Moderate ‘The State Of Black America & The Coronavirus’ on Revolt TV

Sean “Diddy” Combs’s hip-hop-centered television network, REVOLT TV, is set to air a town-hall forum that will explore and attempt to explain the disproportionate impact of the novel coronavirus on the African American community.  Dubbed The State of Black America and the Coronavirus, the two-hour-long event will feature appearances from rapper Meek Mill, U.S. Representative Alexandria […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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As Coronavirus Shuts Down Shows, AirGigs Offers Relief for Isolated Musicians

The live concert industry has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But quietly, alternative live-streaming models and ‘distanced’ collaboration concepts are helping to fill the void. That includes remote recording collaboration platform AirGigs. For established stars and rising acts alike, performance revenue constitutes a major portion of overall income. And […]

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Counterpoint Sees Big Gains for Music Streaming Subscriptions In 2020 — But Can People Afford It?

(photo: NeONBRAND) Despite the recent music streaming decline and the far-reaching economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, market-research company Counterpoint is anticipating a sizable uptick in streaming-service subscriptions this year. Counterpoint voiced the sunny prediction in a press release, which also highlighted the stellar commercial performance of music streaming in 2019. The research brand […]