Universal's Lucian Grainge, YouTube's Lyor Cohen, and Kayne West Urge You to Make America Great Again

Universal's Lucian Grainge, YouTube's Lyor Cohen, and Kayne West Urge You to Make America Great Again

Kanye West is back to proclaiming his love for the President.  But… Lucian Grainge and Lyor Cohen? Guess Kanye West has found some unexpected supporters his pro-Trump re-election efforts.  Or maybe it’s just a strange selfie.  Either way, the music industry was just treated to an extremely unexpected ‘MAGA’ trifecta involving West, Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, […]

The House of Representatives Unanimously Approves the Music Modernization Act, 415-0

The House of Representatives Unanimously Approves the Music Modernization Act, 415-0

A bulked-up Music Modernization Act is moving very, very quickly through Congress.  Just today (Wednesday), the U.S. House Representatives unanimously approved the measure. Guess the U.S. House Representatives really likes the Music Modernization Act! The ‘mega’ bill, which now encompasses a number different music-focused bills spanning licensing, radio, and even producer rights, received a unanimous approval in a vote today […]

The 'German Grammys' Have Been Permanently Shut Down — Here's the Official Statement

The 'German Grammys' Have Been Permanently Shut Down — Here's the Official Statement

After handing a top award to a rap group who vowed to ‘make another Holocaust’, German music industry association BVMI is shutting down the International ECHO Awards.  That’s like the Grammys getting cancelled in the US. On April 12th, Germany handed its top hip-hop award to Kollegah and Farid Bang, a duo with anti-Semitic lyrics.  That prompted a wave protests, […]

The Indie Music Publishing Summit Is Definitely a Thing — Here's Who's Attending

The Indie Music Publishing Summit Is Definitely a Thing — Here's Who's Attending

AIMP’s Indie Music Publishing Summit is now a bonafide series. It looks like the Association Indie Music Publishers (AIMP) is rapidly filling seats at its recently-hatched Indie Music Publishing Summit.  The shindig, now in its second year, is slated for June 12th  in New York — with huge buy-in across the broader publishing sector. We’ve attended a number AIMP events […]

A List of Every Artist Selling $20 Concert Tickets Next Week

A List of Every Artist Selling $20 Concert Tickets Next Week

Once again, Live Nation is kicking f an entire $20-a-ticket giveaway.  Here’s the list participating artists. So here’s the catch: beer, parking, and nachos definitely aren’t included in this price tag.  In fact, two beers will probably cost you $20 alone.  But these ticket prices are ‘all-in,’ meaning they covers fees and other typical add-ons. Starting later this month, Live Nation […]

For the First Time Ever, Streaming Surpasses CDs as the Largest Music Format Worldwide

For the First Time Ever, Streaming Surpasses CDs as the Largest Music Format Worldwide

While CDs will likely go the way the dodo very soon, the music industry remains in full recovery mode. According to a new report by the International Federation the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the global recorded music market grew 8.1% in 2017.  This marks the third consecutive year growth.  In addition, streaming music revenue has surpassed sales from physical formats – […]

Avicii's Family Issues Its First Public Statement

Avicii's Family Issues Its First Public Statement

The Bergling family has issued a formal statement following the death Avicii last week. The family Tim Bergling (aka Avicii) landed in Muscat, Oman this weekend following the DJ’s death.  The statement declines to discuss the reason for Avicii’s death, though Oman Police have ruled out any foul play. At this stage, the family has requested privacy as they deal […]