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 […]

Guitar Center Faces Imminent Bankruptcy After 59 Years In Business

Guitar Center Faces Imminent Bankruptcy After 59 Years In Business

As guitar sales plummet, some the biggest guitar brands and retailers are facing bankruptcy.  The latest is Guitar Center, which narrowly averted default and just got downgraded by S&P. Rock n’ roll may never die.  But that’s little consolation to businesses based on the once-unstoppable genre and its storied instrument, the guitar. Earlier this year, creditors and analysts pointed to […]

50 Cent – Crazy Ft. PNB Rock

50 Cent – Crazy Ft. PNB Rock

50 Cent goes “Crazy” on his new release featuring PnB Rock. The Rock inspired banger is defined by heavy drums, and supporting electric guitar riffs. Fif unloads his verses with a relaxed delivery but impactful words, “I woke up this morning, really wasn’t feeling myself. Thought about suicide but me, I ain’t killing myself.” PnB Rock also gives a bone-chilling, […]

Spotify Is About to Receive a Giant Gift from Congress. Time for Another Acquisition…

Spotify Is About to Receive a Giant Gift from Congress. Time for Another Acquisition…

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) will forgive Spotify for years bad behavior.  Ahead its passage, the company is already moving forward with some post-MMA acquisition plans. Spotify’s ‘non-IPO’ came with a lot complex puzzles.  For example: why is a company that has lost $3 billion — and $1.5 billion in the last year — worth $26.5 billion on Wall Street? Smart analysts […]

Cardi B Admits She Thought of Having an Abortion

Cardi B Admits She Thought of Having an Abortion

Cardi B ducked, dodged and manuvered around pregnancy rumors for weeks, but now that she’s finally ficially announced the news a little one on the way, she’s getting asked the tough questions. During an interview with The Breakfast Club, the star talked about morning sickness, working while pregnant and her initial thoughts on becoming a mom. Before sharing how she […]

Would You Pay $15-a-Month for Spotify in Your Car?

Would You Pay $15-a-Month for Spotify in Your Car?

Following a successful debut on Wall Street, Spotify bets you’re ready to pay even more for a subscription while driving.  But, why not just use your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone in your car instead? According to a report published in February, Spotify is planning to enter the crowded audio hardware market.  The company posted three interesting job advertisements on its site: an […]