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More “Trick” Than “Treat” For Flo And Eddie At Florida Supreme Court

In the latest develop of the ongoing Flo and Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM, the State of Florida revealed that it did not recognize performance rights in sound recordings made before February 15, 1972. Unfortunately this means the duo will lose out on another $5 million from their settlement with Sirius. _____________________ Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of Nova Southeastern University On the eve of Halloween, ...

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iHeartMedia Stock Drops 54% After Radio Giant Again Expresses ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Its Future

iHeartMedia Inc., the largest operator of commercial radio stations in the US, once again disclosed that it has "going concern" about its viability as a company going forward.  In its most recent financial filing with the SEC, iHeartMedia warned investors that it was in dire financial straits and noted that "there is substantial doubt as to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern for a period o ...

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BMI Honors Bob DiPiero, Keith Urban, More At 65th Annual Country Awards

BMI held its 2017 Country Awards earliet this week, with Bob DiPiero taking top honors as BMI Icon Award winner, as well as awards for Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year.  Also recognized was Keith Urban, who was was presented with the BMI Champion award for his work supporting the next generation of songwriters. Ross Copperman was named Songwriter of the Year for the second year in a row. H ...

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T Swift Legal Rep Tries To Quash Critical Blog Post With Bogus Defamation, Copyright Claims

It's release day for Taylor Swift's new album "Reputaion," but all is not right win Swift World, after a blogger wrote a post concerning her "unofficial position as a white supremacist hero." Although said post didn't go so far as to suggest Swift has encouraged the belief, it was enough to spur her legal team into demanding the removal of the offending post, claiming it as defamatory and filled with "malic ...

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Could Your Next Album Be Released On Floppy Disk?

Releasing albums on antiquated formats has become a common occurrence in music industry, but one artist has taken things a step further, releasing their latest album on the long outdated floppy disk. _____________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Releasing albums on long outdated formats has gone from novelty to trendy, with cassettes being the latest so-called “dead” format to make a comeb ...

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What Do Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone and Khalid Have In Common? Soundcloud Helped Launch Their Careers

What do recent breakout artists Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, Lil Pump, Khalid, Trippie Redd and Lil Peep have in common? Each uploaded their first track to SoundCloud, where it was discovered and shared by a massive community of creators, listeners and curators.  Soundcloud has clearly helped many musicians find an audience; and quite a few were from genres and scenes that largely did not exist anywhere else. ...

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Musical.ly Just Sold For $800M, But Its Already Peaked Because If Being Too Silicon Valley, says Mark Mulligan

Musical.ly may have just sold for an eye-popping $800 million to $1 billion, but the app is already beyond its peak writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan.  The reason for the slump, says Mulligan, is that Musical.ly concentrated on building features and not products.  _____________________________ By analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry Blog News has just emerged that lip synching app Musical. ...

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Q&A With Ice-T at IEBA 2017: "You have to understand how lucky you are."

In this Q&A, award-winning journalist pop culture commentator Beverly Keel sat down with renowned rapper and director/producer Ice-T at the 2017 International Entertainment Buyers Association to chat about T's work, career, and the music industry as a whole. _____________________ This interview took place at IEBA 2017, the sold out 47th Annual Conference of the International Entertainment Buyers Associa ...

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Musical.ly and Live.ly Sold For $800M – $1B To China’s Bytedance

Music video app Musical.ly and sister app Live.ly has been sold to Chinese media giant Bytedance. The deal is worth between $800 million and $1 billion, according to multiple sources. A division of Bytedance aquired Musical.ly rival Filpagram earlier this year. ____________________________________ Hugely popular music video lip sync platform Musical.ly and its live streaming app Live.ly has been acquired by ...

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