May 24, 2017: Latest Music Industry Jobs: Fires, Hires, and Promotions

May continues to be a strong month in the music industry as we bring you the latest hires, fires, promotions, and even recognitions. Downtown Music Publishing has announced a global, multi-territory publishing administration deal with songwriter and artist Niall Horan.  The announcement comes as Horan’s second single, ‘Slow Hands,’ hits #1 on iTunes in forty-seven countries.  His debut track, ‘This […]

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With Failing Health, KickAssTorrents Founder Gets Released on Bail

After nearly a year in jail without any contact, alleged KickAssTorrents founder Artem Vaulin gets released on bail. Almost a year ago, Artem Vaulin boarded a plane on his way to Iceland.  He had planned to spend several weeks vacationing there with his family.  However, when the plane stopped for a routine layover in Poland, authorities arrested Vaulin.  The US […]

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Paypal Kicks Pandora When It's Down With a Hefty New Lawsuit

Did Pandora Radio steal Paypal’s logo in a feeble attempt to attract its visitors?  Or was it just a mere coincidence? Pandora Radio’s not doing so hot right now.  In the past few months, its active user count has shrunk to its lowest numbers in several years.  Goldman Sachs also apologized for its baseless optimism that the company would turn […]

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UK's Festival Republic Wants Fans to Test Drugs Before Consuming Them

In at least six UK festivals this year, spearheaded by Festival Republic, concertgoers can now test their illegal drugs beforehand.  Police will only destroy what they handed over. At last year’s Leeds Festival, 17-year-old Lewis Haunch collapsed right after taking illegal drugs.  He passed away at a hospital shortly after.  Now, to avoid similar tragedies which have become common in […]

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Reporter Asks a Spotify Exec: 'Do You Treat Artists Fairly'?

A Spotify executive admits that artist aren’t getting fairly paid.  But the ‘value chain’ is to blame, not Spotify. An exclusive report published here showed that no — despite what the company says — Spotify doesn’t pay artists fairly.  In fact, in the past couple years, the Swedish streamer has actually reduced payouts for artists.  Now, an executive for the company […]

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Terrorists Win? Ariana Grande Cancels Entire Remaining Tour

After ISIS claims responsibility for a heinous act Manchester Arena, Ariana Grande has indefinitely postponed the remaining dates her UK and European tour. A shaken Ariana Grande has now canceled the remaining dates her British and European tour, according to details emerging this morning.  The dates may be rescheduled, but for now, they are indefinitely postponed. An ficial statement confirming […]

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Ariana Grande May Cancel Tour Following Manchester Terrorist Attack

Ariana Grande is alive and uninjured following a devastating Manchester terrorist attack.  But her state is reportedly fragile, with upcoming dates uncertain.  The death count in Manchester has now reached 19, with more than 60 injured. Last updated: Tuesday, May 23rd; 5 am Manchester UK time.  Please check back for ongoing updates. Pop superstar Ariana Grande is now safely alive […]

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A Week After Its Death, Extratorrent Is Back Online (Updated)

Last week, Extratorrent was completely ripped down and declared dead.  Now, admins have resurrected the entire site, including all its trackers and historical data. Updated: After an initial relaunch that looked perfect, aspects the new site at extratorrent.cd are experiencing problems.  Here’s our ongoing coverage.   Last week, the entire extratorrents.cc site was taken fline.  The owner posted a farewell to […]

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FBI Launches Criminal Investigation Into Ja Rule's Fyre Festival Scam

For Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, seven lawsuits and infuriated unpaid employees aren’t enough.  They’ll still go ahead with Fyre Festival 2018, despite a new FBI investigation. For those new to the Fyre Festival debacle, let’s do a quick recap.  Promised as a luxury music festival for rich young millennials, the event quickly descended into a chaotic mess.  Concertgoers found […]

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