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Netflix Says They’ll Never Have Ads, CEO Explains Why

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 exploitative, that an […]

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Downtown Music Is Going ‘Full Stack’ — Acquires Amsterdam-Based FUGA

FUGA CEO Pieter van Rijn 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 […]

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Amazon Claims More Than 55 Million Music Streaming Users

Photo Credit: Amazon 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. […]

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Meet the Artist Who Is Literally Saving His Fans’ Lives — Our Latest Podcast

Rapper Lucidious being interviewed on the Digital Music News Podcast, December, 2019 (photo: DMN CC0) 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 […]

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Fired Grammy Awards CEO Fires Back With Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Claim Against Recording Academy

Former Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan 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 […]

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Grammy Awards Interim Chief Alleges Massive Extortion Plot by Ex-CEO — Here’s His Letter to Academy Members

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 of an […]