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February 1, 2019
Music Industry Loses $2.65 Billion A Year Over Improper Licensing By Small Businesses

Experts behind the study have called it a 'wake up call' for anyone creating music The global music industry is losing out on billions each year because of small businesses misusing personal streaming services, according to a new report.  The study, conducted by Nielsen Music and published via licensing service Soundtrack Your Brand, found that just 17 per cent […]

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June 6, 2018
40 Years Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, An Iconic Film Score Was Born

How is this for a first day on the job: Maurice Murphy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)'s late principal trumpet player, spent his very first day with the orchestra recording Star Wars' iconic opening theme, with its incredible brass fanfare — and Murphy leading the trumpets. "It was an amazing moment, that blast of brass […]

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May 6, 2018
Music Industry Goes To War With YouTube

Record labels are angry about the relatively small fees the platform pays for music videos compared with streaming services The music business is a tough place for most artists to make money. This struggle was thrown into sharp relief last week when the UK industry revealed that artists earned more from vinyl sales in 2016 […]

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April 22, 2018
Ways The Music Industry Can Change For The Better

I am a music attorney who protects musicians and music professionals through deal negotiations and proper intellectual property management. 2016 saw a lot of lawsuits and lobbying in regards to changes in the music industry. Here are a few major issues that need to be resolved in 2017 and beyond to help sustain the music […]

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January 11, 2018
Rihanna, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Nominees

iHeartMedia and Turner announced Wednesday (Jan. 10) the nominees for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled and Luis Fonsi top the nominations list, each receiving five nominations including song of the year. For the first time ever, iHeartRadio will be presenting seven awards in the seven nights leading up to the event. Each night at […]

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November 6, 2017
An Artist Wants Kendrick Lamar To Apologize For His 'All The Stars' Video

Lina Iris Viktor claims that Kendrick Lamar's video bears some striking similarity to her Constellation paintings. Bopcap]ritish-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor says that Kendrick Lamar's video for "All the Stars," off the Black Panther soundtrack, stole the visuals from her series of paintings Constellation. A lawyer for the artist sent a letter to Top Dawg Entertainment this weekend alleging the copyright […]

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October 6, 2017
The Latest Music Industry Jobs: Firings, Hirings, And Promotions

We start off in the birthplace of classical music (not to mention sachertorte and all-around fantastic sausages).  Vienna-based Record Bird has just announced a mid-six-figure funding round.  Accordingly, the Austrian music startup has also hired former Rdio and YouTube executive Stefan Baumschlager.  Record Bird focuses on providing fans with notifications about their favorite artists, including new […]

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July 6, 2017
Is YouTube Really Ripping Off Record Labels And Artists?

After years of lamenting the decline in CD sales, music industry executives might have been popping champagne corks at the latest figures from the Recording Industry Association of America. Revenues from recorded music were up 0.9 percent to $7bn (£4.9bn) in what the RIAA called “a milestone year for streaming music”. But Cary Sherman, chairman […]

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March 6, 2017
7 Ways Streaming Music Will Change in 2017

Last year was another eventful one in the history of music. And that was no surprise. In 2016, the music industry saw its first signs of true growth since the internet started ravaging it a decade and a half ago. By mid-year, labels saw revenue grow 8.1% over the same period in 2015, fueled mostly […]

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January 2, 2017
5 Hip-Hop Albums You Slept On In 2017

Hip-hop music is thriving more than ever as the most consumed music genre in the country. Kendrick Lamar reigned supreme over nearly everybody once again (shout out to KRS-One) and Jay-Z added yet another classic to his catalog. There was so much floating about the hip-hop stratosphere in 2017 that, inevitably, there were a few equally impressive albums that got […]

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