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SACEM Successfully Distributes $153 Million to Its Members

Just over one week after announcing a $6.6 million coronavirus relief fund, French royalty-collection society SACEM has distributed $153 million worth of royalties and aid to its members. SACEM announced the aid benchmark in a press release, which was shared with Digital Music News. The Paris-based organization reiterated its commitment to assisting members and helping […]

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Juice WRLD Copyright Infringement Lawsuit On Hold Until July

Juice WRLD and the members of Yellowcard, who have accused the late rapper of copyright infringement. Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Yellowcard’s copyright-infringement lawsuit against the late Juice WRLD has been delayed until July. Digital Music News obtained an exclusive copy of the corresponding court filing, which emphasized that Juice WRLD’s family must […]

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Federal Judge Tosses Copyright Lawsuit Against Josh Groban

Josh Groban performing live. (photo: Shein) A federal judge has tossed out Icelandic musician Jóhann Helgason’s copyright-infringement lawsuit against the individual who composed “You Raise Me Up,” which was made popular by John Groban in 2003. In 2018, Jóhann Helgason, a domestically well-known singer-songwriter from Reykjavik, Iceland, filed a complaint alleging, in effect, that “You […]

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Spotify Stock Downgraded by Raymond James as Quarantine Listening Shrinks

Investment banking company Raymond James has downgraded its rating of Spotify stock, due in large part to music streaming’s popularity decline amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Raymond James analyst Justin Patterson officially lowered the music-streaming giant’s stock (traded under the symbol SPOT) rating from “Strong Buy” to “Market Perform.” In his report, James indicated that […]

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StubHub Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Refusing to Issue Refunds

(photo: StubHub) Late last month, Digital Music News was the first to report that ticketing platform StubHub wouldn’t be offering North American customers refunds to events cancelled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, a disgruntled buyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in an effort to get his money back. Matthew McMillan and […]

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Vinyl Alliance Assesses Coronavirus Crisis: ‘The Biggest Issue is the Broken Supply Chain’

Founding members of the Vinyl Alliance. The Vinyl Alliance, today’s leading advocate of vinyl records, has assessed the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on their industry, both immediately and in the long term. After surveying members on the vinyl industry’s outlook amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vinyl Alliance determined that “The biggest issue [in the […]

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Pink Overcomes COVID-19, Donates $1 Million to Relief, and Takes Issue with Gov’t Response

Pink performing in 2017. (photo: Raph_PH) In two recently published tweets, Pink revealed that she and her three-year-old son tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but have since recovered. And now, following her personal battle with the infection, the “Just Give Me a Reason” performer has made a $1 million donation […]

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The Weeknd Co-Writes an Episode of American Dad, Records Custom Song

The Weeknd is branching out and keeping busy following the success of his most recent album, After Hours, as he’s co-written an episode of American Dad, which will also feature his voice and likeness, as well as a brand-new, custom-recorded track. Joel Hurwitz, who’s written for Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and other prominent television comedies, […]