Laidback Luke Predicted Avicii's Death Back In 2015: "It was like ­watching Amy Winehouse"

Laidback Luke Predicted Avicii's Death Back In 2015: "It was like ­watching Amy Winehouse"

Laidback Luke, who collaborated closely with Avicii for many years, witnessed some serious warning signs starting in 2015. For Laidback Luke, the sudden death Avicii wasn’t completely shocking.  The Dutch DJ, who worked with Avicii for many years, says he witnessed a haggard, burnt-out guy who was likely drowning himself in booze.  Layer in sleep deprivation, non-stop touring and persistent […]

Who Says Spotify Gets to Have All the Fun? Tencent Music Prepares for an IPO

Who Says Spotify Gets to Have All the Fun? Tencent Music Prepares for an IPO

Will investors readily line up behind Tencent Music’s IPO? Following Spotify’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Tencent Holdings has now started preparing to launch its own IPO. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company’s music division, Tencent Music, hopes to interview potential underwriting banks.  Sources told WSJ that this would likely happen over the next month.  The […]

Laura Veirs Took a Year to Unpack Her Process and Surprised Herself on 'The Lookout'

Laura Veirs Took a Year to Unpack Her Process and Surprised Herself on 'The Lookout'

Over the course ten albums and nearly two decades, Portland OR-based Laura Veirs has quietly and independently become one the most well-respected, prolific songwriters in the U.S. Her output includes a number nature and geology-themed albums: Troubled by the Fire, Carbon Glacier, Year Meteors and Saltbreakers — as well as July Flame, named after a variety peach; a kids album […]

Is This Who You Want Representing You? – Digital Music News

Is This Who You Want Representing You? – Digital Music News

Something interesting happened to me recently. Ari Herstand was working on an investigative report, Music PR Company: 25% Our Clients Are Entitled Little Brats, discussing how Manimal PR was under-delivering to its clients while charging exorbitant rates.  While he was fact-gathering, I received a very strange (yet entertaining) email, but more on this in a minute. The terrible email etiquette […]

My Future Songwriting Career Just Got Deleted by an AI Music Startup

My Future Songwriting Career Just Got Deleted by an AI Music Startup

With Amper Music’s $4 million funding round, expect AI music creation to get a whole lot easier. Several months ago, Digital Music News touched upon an interesting story.  Underscoring the advancements in AI technology, YuMi, a humanoid robot, conducted an orchestra in front 800 people.  Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sang alongside the robot conductor. Now, there’s a big development in […]

My Facebook Story — How My Page Got Permanently Banned Even After They Changed the Rules

My Facebook Story — How My Page Got Permanently Banned Even After They Changed the Rules

My entire Facebook page was permanently banned after uploading three cover songs.  Even after Facebook signed licensing deals permitting them.   The following comes from Sarah Fischer, a German singer-songwriter based in Stuttgart.  She sings with her sister Julia in a group called Sajul.   “After three unintended copyright infringements (C.I.s) on Facebook against Universal Music, I’m never again allowed to have […]

50 Cent's Stroke Game Outed by Famous Ex

50 Cent's Stroke Game Outed by Famous Ex

It looks like 50 Cent is getting taste his own medicine. Though his ex Vivica A. Fox may not have been intentionally making fun him when she released details their sexual life, it was surely embarrassing for the rapper. Fox, who dated 50 well over 10 years ago, is writing a self-help book, in which she touches on her relationship […]