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After Distributing $400,000 to Songwriters, the Songwriter Fund Is Reopening Applications

After distributing $400,000 worth of one-time relief payments to songwriters, the SONA- and Sony Music Publishing-backed Songwriter Fund is officially preparing to reopen the application process. The quick-approaching third round of financial support from the Songwriter Fund, which initially began accepting aid applications in May of 2020 and provided compensation to a second round of […]

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Indie Label Young Turks Changes Its Name to Remove Associations With Armenian Genocide

An aerial shot of London, England, where indie label Young (formerly Young Turks) is headquartered. Photo Credit: Benjamin Davies London-headquartered indie label Young Turks has officially rebranded as Young in an effort to remove associations with the Armenian Genocide. The 15-year-old label (and Beggars Group subsidiary) announced the name change on social media, having already […]

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As Musicians Report Alarming Levels of Mental Distress, Yoshiki Donates $100,000 to Help Out

Photo Credit: Justin Higuchi / CC by 2.0 Yoshiki has donated $100K to MusiCares amid a rising mental health crisis among music professionals. Digital Music News reported on the mental health effects the pandemic is having on the industry. According to our report, 9 out of 10 musicians saw a mental health decline. The research […]

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Trans MMA Fighter Calls on Spotify to Remove Joe Rogan — ‘Cancel His Show Already’

Trans MMA fighter Fallon Fox (l) and Joe Rogan (r) (Photos: Fallon Fox; Digital Music News) Former trans mixed-martial arts fighter Fallon Fox is now calling for the removal of Joe Rogan by Spotify following allegedly transphobic comments. Joe Rogan’s arrival at Spotify continues to be shrouded in controversy, most recently over allegedly anti-trans statements […]

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John Mayer Faces Renewed Backlash for Using the N-Word In 2010 Playboy Interview

Screengrab of Playboy’s 2010 interview with John Mayer, which remained online at the time of this article’s publication. John Mayer is now facing uncomfortable questions about a Playboy interview from 2010, one that delved heavily into racial issues. As John Mayer steps back into the spotlight ahead of a new album release, an interview from […]

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Ice Cube Will Meet With Biden Admin to Discuss Contract with Black America

Photo Credit: Stuart Sevastos Ice Cube says the Biden administration has reached out to discuss his ‘Contract with Black America.’ Ice Cube confirmed the possible meeting during an interview with Ryan Cameron on MAJIC 107.9. “Yesterday, they reached out to me,” Ice Cube confirmed, referring to the Biden administration. While no meeting is set in […]

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Christian Artist Sean Feucht Plans New Year’s Concert In Defiance of COVID-19 Restrictions

Photo Credit: Sean Feucht Christian artist Sean Feucht is planning a New Year’s concert in defiance of California and Los Angeles COVID-19 restrictions. Sean Feucht unveiled the event – one of four that he’s scheduled for today, following a number of other protest shows throughout the year as well as a “Skid Row Outreach” happening […]

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BMG Finds Little Evidence of Racial Discrimination In its Review of 33 Acquired Catalogs, No Bias In its 800 Negotiated Record Deals

In June, BMG revealed that it would review “all historic record contracts” for discriminatory terms. Now, as part of the months-long analysis, the Bertelsmann subsidiary has indicated “that four of the 33 labels in its historic acquired catalogues show statistically significant differences between the royalties paid to Black and non-Black artists.” BMG announced today, in […]

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Eric Clapton Joins the Anti-Lockdown Movement, Releases New Single With Van Morrison

Majvdl (CC by 3.0) ‘Wonderful Tonight’ singer-songwriter Eric Clapton has partnered with vocal lockdown critic Van Morrison to release a new protest track, and the work’s profits will benefit the Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund. Eric Clapton and Van Morrison unveiled their anti-lockdown song collaboration – entitled “Stand and Deliver” – today, in a formal release […]

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YouTube Removes NLE Choppa Video for ‘Fake-Ass Coronavirus’ Lyric

NLE Choppa in August of 2020. Photo Credit: Bryson Johnson YouTube has removed the music video for NLE Choppa’s “Paradise” because the track contains a “fake-ass coronavirus” lyric in violation of the Google-owned platform’s “COVID-19 Medical Misinformation Policy.” NLE Choppa, full name Bryson Lashun Potts, recently announced that YouTube had pulled the official video for […]