Warner Music Group Also Issued Takedown Notices to Rudy Giuliani, Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Others

Earlier this month, President Trump tweeted a Nickelback ‘Photograph’ meme. Warner Music Group acted quickly to shut it down. Just hours after it was posted, Warner Music Group quickly filed a DMCA notice against Trump’s use of the Nickelback mem… Continue Reading

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K-Pop Star Sulli Commits Suicide at 25 — Just Two Years After Jonghyun’s Tragic Death

Earlier today (October 14th), South Korean pop star Sulli was found dead at the age of 25, with all signs pointing to a tragic suicide. Her manager discovered the body in the singer’s home outside Seoul; the K-pop star reportedly wasn’t answering… Continue Reading

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Why the Best Singer Does Not (Always) Sing the Pop Hit

My friend texted me the New York Times’ 6-minute ‘Watch How a Pop Hit Is Made’ doc about Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle.” This is an excerpt from Ari Herstand’s new book How to Make It in the New Music Business (Second Edit… Continue Reading

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Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Capitol Records Officially Appeal the $2.78 Million ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Infringement Verdict

Attorneys for Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Capitol Records are officially appealing the $2.78 million copyright infringement ruling on “Dark Horse”. If only this was the most shocking copyright infringement decision the music indus… Continue Reading

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APRA AMCOS Posts Record Performance Royalties — But Streaming Is Starting to Slow

APRA AMCOS, which is Australia and New Zealand’s performance rights organization, posted records earnings in their latest fiscal year, fueled in large part by streaming music. In the PRO’s annual report, the organization listed revenues of … Continue Reading

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Lil Nas X, Cardi B Slapped With a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Rodeo’

Another day, another major copyright infringement lawsuit. This time, a pair of music producers in Atlanta are suing Lil Nas X, Cardi B, and other collaborators for copyright infringement on “Rodeo.” The plaintiffs claim that the song derives from a tr… Continue Reading

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The Black Keys Explain How to Game the Billboard Charts and Get a #1 Album

Once upon a time, the band that sold the most albums topped the Billboard charts. Now, it’s a totally different game. Here’s a deal that the Black Keys decided to turn down. Appearing recently on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney… Continue Reading

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Rihanna Rejected a Super Bowl Halftime Offer: ‘ I Just Couldn’t Be a Sellout.’

While Jay-Z has made peace with the NFL and structured a controversial partnership with Roc Nation, not everyone in the pop music world is on board with him. This includes Rihanna, who has just confirmed that she refused to appear at the halftime show … Continue Reading

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The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, based on SeatGeek data through Wednesday, October 9th. Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform th… Continue Reading

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