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Canada Issues Its First Nationwide ISP Order To Block a Pirate Website

A federal court in Canada has ordered all the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block a company from offering pirated television channels online. This is the first time that Canada has ordered a nationwide ISP blocking order, which some believe is setting a precedent that could have negative consequences in the future. The order […]

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Is the Music Industry ‘Comeback’ Overrated? A Hard Look at the Latest Stats

Just a few short years ago, the music industry was contemplating its very existence. But is it time to get over the comeback celebration? For an industry that nearly collapsed overnight, the past few years have been a godsend. But is all the talk of a ‘music industry comeback’ misleading — and potentially damaging for […]

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Pre-Brexit, British Music Industry Valued at $6.7 Billion, with Live Concerts Surpassing $1.4 Billion

UK Music has just released its annual Music by Numbers report, which shows that the British music industry generated £5.2 billion ($6.72 billion) in 2018, with live concerts generating £1.1 billion ($1.42 billion) of this amount. The news comes amid mounting uncertainty about Brexit. Many believe that, if the United Kingdom goes through with its […]

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Department of Justice Scraps Decades-Old ‘Paramount’ Consent Decrees — Is Music Next?

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicated it will ask a court to scrap the decades-old ‘Paramount’ consent decrees. The antitrust decrees are designed to protect movie theaters from studio control. The consent decrees have been in place for decades and currently have no expiration date. DoJ Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim confirmed that his […]

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Amazon Music Officially Unveils Its Ad-Supported Free Service

Amazon Music has announced the launch of a free, ad-supported version of its music streaming service that it hopes will compete with Spotify’s free version, which has close to 140 million users. An ad-supported version of the service has reportedly been in the works since April of this year, after the company came to an […]

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Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets

Spotify is testing a new feature in its mobile app that provides real-time lyrics in sync with the music it is playing. The feature, which is powered by Musixmatch, scrolls a song’s lyrics in time with the music. The company is testing it in select, yet unnamed international markets, which are said to include Canada, […]

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Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Officially Granted $62 Million in Startup Capital

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), which is tasked with tracking, collecting, and distributing mechanical licenses from streaming services in the U.S., has just been granted a $62 million starting budget. Initially, the MLC — principally backed by major music publishers Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Warner/Chappell Music — had requested $66.25 million […]

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Desiigner Says He’s No Longer on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Label

During an Instagram live stream, the rapper Desiigner announced that he has obtained his release from Kayne West’s G.O.O.D. Music label and has once again become an independent artist. In the video, Desiigner — whose real name is Sidney Royel Selby III — said, “I’m on my own vibe. I couldn’t have nobody holding me […]

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Rapper Lou the Human Accuses Interscope Records of Making Scatological Demands

Rapper Lou the Human is accusing his label Intersonic Records of making scatological demands, which included asking him to urinate on a black baby in a video so that it could go viral. Lou the Human made this startling claim in a recent Twitter post, in which he further announced that not only would he […]

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The Spotify Blacklist Continues ⁠— Artist Faces Retaliation After a Fader Exclusive

Fresh allegations of a ‘Spotify blacklist’ are surfacing, with artists still excluded from editorial playlists if their music debuts elsewhere. Initially, we thought this was primarily a reaction to Apple Music exclusives and pre-release promotions. But the ‘Spotify blacklist’ now seems to go beyond competing streaming services, and includes blogs, music publications, radio, or, according […]

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