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Apple Corps. Wins $77 Million Judgment Against Beatles Counterfeiters

U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom has awarded Apple Corps. $77 million in damages from an unlicensed merchandise lawsuit pertaining to Beatles gear.  Apple Corps. sued 77 individuals and small businesses that were found selling unauthorized Beatles t-shirts, sweaters, and other apparel, and the $77 million verdict reflects a $1 million fee levied against each […]

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Original Masters Belonging to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Elton John, Peter Frampton Destroyed In Universal Studios Fire, Universal Music Confirms

In a recent court filing from the ongoing lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG), additional light was shed on the extent of the damage caused by the 2008 Universal Studios fire. Many masters, including those of Slayer, Soundgarden, Michael McDonald, Elton John, Les Paul, Peter Frampton, and Sonic Youth, were “affected” — i.e. lost — […]

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The Vinyl Alliance Officially Responds to the Apollo Masters Fire

The Vinyl Alliance releases a forward-thinking statement on the Apollo Masters Fire. The Vinyl Alliance, a vinyl records advocacy group comprised of several industry organizations, has released an official statement regarding the fire that recently destroyed Apollo Masters’ Banning, California, production facility. The Alliance held its inaugural meeting earlier this month, as first reported by Digital Music News. Unlike most of […]

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R. Kelly Faces New Federal Indictment for Sexually Abusing a Minor

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have charged R. Kelly with several additional crimes stemming from his alleged sexual abuse of a minor between 1997 and 2001.  Few details have been made available concerning the specific nature of the charges, but R. Kelly’s current legal counsel took to Twitter to proclaim the well-known artist’s innocence. As the […]

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Billie Eilish Officially Releases the Next James Bond Theme Song, “No Time to Die”

The long-awaited James Bond theme song from Billie Eilish has been released. “No Time to Die” is available on YouTube and most streaming services. The four-minute track will be prominently featured in the upcoming 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die. Having turned 18 years old on December 18th, Billie Eilish is the youngest […]

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Recording Academy Investigating Industry Attorney Joel Katz, Leaked Memo Says

Ex-Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan, who leveled the accusations against Joel Katz. Internal Recording Academy memos push back against Deborah Dugan’s allegations. Per a pair of internally circulated Recording Academy memos that were leaked by Variety, the organization’s higher-ups are taking a number of steps to address and investigate the allegations made by ousted CEO […]