Record Store Day Heads Into Its Biggest Year Yet — Names Brandi Carlisle ‘Ambassador’

Record Store Day 2020 appears set to thrill vinyl fans and spur considerable sales. And in a testament to just how strong the record (and the record store) is, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile is jumping aboard as a brand ambassador…. Continue Reading

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BMG Parent Company Bertelsmann to Become Carbon Neutral by 2030

BMG parent company Bertelsmann has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The multibillion-dollar conglomerate announced the commitment via a formal media release. Bertelsmann also indicated that the initiative would be undertaken as part of Sci… Continue Reading

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How Long Will Spotify Allow Bootleg “Podcasts” to Top the Charts?

A substantial number of podcast bootleggers are delivering illegal music to Spotify users, and it’s unclear how — or if — the streaming service will stem the tide of copyright infringement and stolen royalties. According to a report from Pitchfork, a s… Continue Reading

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UK Offers a Firm Post-Brexit Immigration Statement, BPI Warns Against ‘Unreasonable Bureaucracy’

Having finalized Brexit and officially exited the European Union, the United Kingdom is taking steps to fundamentally change its immigration policy, as indicated by a statement posted on the UK government’s official website. Geoff Taylor, CEO of the Br… Continue Reading

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Recording Academy’s Ugly Battle Over Sexual Assault, Discrimination Charges Enters Mediation

The very public, very controversial war between the Recording Academy and ousted CEO Deborah Dugan is reportedly entering mediation. Sources with knowledge of the matter are now leaking that settlement talks are underway. It’s unclear when the se… Continue Reading

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The Weeknd Secures Major Verizon Sponsorship Ahead of ‘After Hours’ Global Tour

The Weeknd has inked a major promotional partnership with Verizon, the largest cell phone service provider in America. According to details emailed by Verizon, the sponsorship deal will center on The Weeknd’s just-announced After Hours Tour. Tick… Continue Reading

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Sofar Sounds Overhauls Artist Payments After Being Fined $460,000

Following an investigation conducted by the State of New York (as well as a resulting fine), Sofar Sounds, a London-based promoter of secret concerts, has overhauled its artist-compensation system. As part of the update, which was announced via Sofar’s… Continue Reading

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