Goodbye, Net Neutrality? What This Could Mean For the Music Industry

If the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules, expect indie artists, labels, and publishers to feel the pain. Just two years in, is net neutrality about to go away? According to multiple reports, the FCC will unveil plans to eliminate Obama-era rules on net neutrality later this week. Under current guidelines, broadband companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T must treat […]

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If Music Gives You Goosebumps, There's Something Special About Your Brain

It’s one those special sensations we couldn’t quite explain — until now. I’ll never forget the moment I first felt a shiver down my spine while listening to music.  My skin burst into goosebumps, as if the temperature had suddenly dropped 35 degrees. But the room temperature was steady. I think I was 13 years old, plunging into classical geekdom headfirst.  […]

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Taylor Swift Is Infuriating The Grammy Awards, Report Says

Despite Reputation’s massive success, Taylor Swift may have infuriated the wrong people. Nearly two weeks after its release, you still can’t Taylor Swift’s newest album on any streaming platform.  Though Reputation has sold over 1.28 million units, the move may actually set the music industry back, according to Spotify’s Global Head Music, Troy Carter. Yet, Spotify isn’t the only one […]

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Will Natti Natasha's 'Criminal' Overtake 'Despacito' on YouTube?

Natti Natasha’s ‘Criminal’ beat out Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ to become the most-watched video on YouTube this week.  Yet, will the popular Latin single eventually become the most-viewed video all time? Several months ago, and after nearly five years, a single music video dethroned Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ on YouTube.  Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ featuring Charlie Puth, a tribute to the […]

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1,993 Women Think the Swedish Music Industry Has a Problem

Sony, WMG, and UMG commended the courage the women who spoke out against sexism in the Swedish music industry. Nearly two thousand women have signed their name in an open letter calling for the end sexual abuse in the Swedish music industry.  Among those are Robyn, Zara Larrson, and The Cardigans’ Nina Persson. The cry for an end to sexual […]

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Chance the Rapper's 'Come Back, Barack' Could Become a Chart-Topping Single

It’s a devastatingly funny Saturday Night Live skit with two million YouTube views.  But can Chance the Rapper’s ‘Come Back, Barack’ become a hit single, as well? Sometimes the most powerful political messages are comedic.  And it also helps to have a powerfully effective messenger delivering the punchline. Enter Chance the Rapper, who’s been capturing the imagination fans and the […]

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Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey: 'Almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors.'

Morrissey is not only defending Kevin Spacey.  He’s also blasting Harvey Weinstein’s accusers as pathetic, ‘disappointed’ victims. Morrissey is no stranger to controversy.  But he’s largely been quiet during a spate sexual assault allegations involving Hollywood and media power-players.  That ends now. In a just-published interview, Morrissey defended both Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.  Both men have witnessed their careers […]

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Russell Simmons Responds to Accusations of Rape Involving a Minor

Hip hop and media impresario Russell Simmons is battling allegations sexual assault and rape, with the LA Times slamming the executive.  The allegations also include charges coordinated sexual assaults involving Brett Ratner. Updated: Simmons has now responded on numerous occasions to these charges (see below). Russell Simmons is now forcefully responding to numerous allegations sexual assault and misconduct, including a […]

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10 Days Later, Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Still Not Available on Spotify

They said it would be a week-long delay.  But 10 days later, Taylor Swift’s latest album, Reputation, has yet to appear on Spotify — or any other streaming service. Bloomberg claimed that Taylor Swift was withholding her latest from streaming services for a week.  That was 10 days ago.  Meanwhile, Reputation has been selling like crazy on conventional, thanks to conventional […]

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