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Sir Paul McCartney Says Streaming Should Pay Artists More: ‘It’s Such a Small Percentage’

Paul McCartney performing in the Netherlands in 2009. Photo Credit: Eddie Janssens In a recent roundtable discussion, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Paul McCartney said that artists’ streaming payments should increase, besides expressing the opinion that it’s harder for creators to stay financially afloat in the contemporary music industry. The 18-time Grammy […]

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‘Project Gucciberg’ Creates AI Deepfakes of Gucci Mane Reading Classic Literature

Photo Credit: MSCHF Project Gucciberg is a deepfake AI developed to read classic literature in Gucci Mane’s voice. It’s the latest development from MSCHF that uses machine learning to create the ‘audiobooks.’ The AI can read a selection of classic texts like Little Women and Beowulf in the trap rapper’s voice. They’re all free to […]

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Anghami to Arrive on NASDAQ Following Acquisition-Company Merger

About two months after receiving a major investment from Dubai-based Shuaa Capital, Anghami, the most popular music streaming service in North Africa and the Middle East, has revealed plans to debut on NASDAQ. Anghami higher-ups announced their company’s quick-approaching stock-market arrival this morning, in a formal release that was emailed to Digital Music News. The […]

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Joe Rogan Confirms That Spotify Censored His Earlier Shows — ‘There Were a Few Episodes They Didn’t Want on Their Platform’

For months, Joe Rogan fans were left wondering what happened to a number of earlier shows that went missing following the Spotify transition. Now, we have the answer. The answer to the riddle came from Joe Rogan himself, who has now confirmed that Spotify simply refused to transfer a number of his earlier shows as […]

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SoundCloud Introduces ‘Fan-Powered-Royalties’ — Direct Artist Royalty Payments Based on Actual Fan Engagement

SoundCloud has officially introduced “fan-powered royalties,” or direct-to-artist payments based upon actual user engagement. Berlin-headquartered SoundCloud formally unveiled its (previously rumored) “industry-first” royalty pivot today, in a general release that was shared with Digital Music News. According to this announcement message, the new system provides a “more equitable and transparent way for emerging and independent […]

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Spotify Reinstates Morgan Wallen to Yet Another Country Playlist — ‘Country Favourites’ (190,000 Followers)

Diplo’s Heartless (featuring Morgan Wallen) on Spotify playlist ‘Country Favourites,’ March 2nd, 2021 It looks like Spotify is ever-so-slowly reinstating Morgan Wallen into its country playlist stack. Spotify initially scrubbed Morgan Wallen from its curated country playlists in early February, after the country star was filmed uttering the n-word. Now, the streaming giant is slowly […]

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Spotify Reinstates Morgan Wallen On Its ‘Country Coffeehouse’ Playlist (600,000 Followers)

Spotify’s Country Coffeehouse playlist, which has nearly 600,000 followers, pictured February 23rd, 2021. Has Spotify started to forgive Morgan Wallen? That’s an interesting question following the streaming platform’s decision to reinstate the artist this week into one of its largest country playlists, Country Coffeehouse. The Spotify playlist is following by nearly 600,000 followers, and initially […]

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Morgan Wallen Is Now the Best-Selling Artist of 2021 — Most Spotify Streams, Biggest Album Sales

Despite being removed from nearly every radio station and prominent streaming playlist in America, Morgan Wallen is now the best-selling artist of 2021. We’ve been covering the ugly fallout surrounding Morgan Wallen, the fast-rising country superstar who was filmed using the n-word outside of his home after a drunken night of partying. Now, newly-surfaced data […]

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Best Buy Partners With Apple to Offer 6-Month Apple Music Trials In the US

Photo Credit: Mike Kalasnik Apple has partnered with Best Buy to offer six-month free trials for Apple Music and other services. Best Buy routinely offers four-month free trials of Apple Music to its customers. But that offer has recently been extended an extra two months for new subscribers. The subscription offer covers Apple Music, Apple […]