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Backup Singer Who Sang "Yeah" In Chorus Of Hit Song Sues Sony, RCA For Royalties

A disgruntled background singer claims Sony and RCA Records owe her royalties from a 2012 song by Travis Porter featuring Tyga, that hit No. 16 on the Billboard charts. Jasmine Usher sued Sony, RCA, Porter House Music Group and three band members. Usher says she sang “Yeah” throughout the choruses of “Ayy Ladies.” The song was republished in a trailer for the movie “That Awkward Moment” and used in a docume ...

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CMA Awards 2017 – Full List Of Winners and Nominees

[UPDATED] Last night's CMA Awards predictably stayed away from politics, but there were still many emotional moments. “This has been a year marked by tragedies impacting countless lives, including so many in our country music family. So tonight, we’re going to do what families do,” co-host Carrie Underwood declared as the show began, “Come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”  ____ ...

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Anna Sjölund And Therése Liljedahl Named Co-Managing Directors Of Live Nation Sweden

Live Nation Sweden has announced the promotion of Anna Sjölund and Therése Liljedahl to serve as joint Managing Directors at the promoter, effective immediately.  Live Nation Sweden, the leading concert producer in the country, stages events such as the Summerburst, Sweden Rock and Way Out West festivals.  As well, the region handled major international tours this year such as Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, Metal ...

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Ashley Gorley Named Songwriter Of The Year At ASCAP Country Music Awards 2017

Country music's best gathered at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Monday night for the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, with songwriter Ashley Gorley taking top honors as the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year for the fifth time in his career.  Gorley was recognized for his nine-chart topping hits in the past year and is the first ASCAP songwriter to accomplish such a feat in the field of coun ...

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5 Common Songwriter Struggles, How To Overcome Them

As anyone who spent time songwriting or in a community of musicians is aware, songwriting is often fairly unglamorous, and can often be a vast amount of work for little reward, particularly of the financial variety. Here we look at five of the most common struggles songwriters face. ____________________________________ Guest post by Chris Erhardt of Tunedly and the ReverbNation Blog Guest post by Tunedly, a ...

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Björkcoin: A Look Inside Björk’s Cryptocurrency Album Project

One of the latest developments in the world of blockchain, indie pop star Björk recently revealed that she plans to sell her soon-to-be-released album, Utopia, for bitcoins, and that something known as Audiocoins will also be up in the mix. _____________________ Guest post by David Gerard The weekend’s big splash in musical blockchains was the news that indie pop star Björk is selling her forthcoming album, ...

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UNBUNDLED: Democratizing Music’s Future

In this final entry in the Unbundled series on music dynamics, Adam Marx explores the "new unbundled" which removes fractures the power that was once held by the major labels, splintering it among a plethora of new artists and exciting emerging startups. _________________________________ By Adam Marx This is a continuation of the Unbundled series on music dynamics. Read the previously published pieces here: ...

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Why Songwriters Must Pay Attention To A Trump Tax Reform Plan

In 2006, congress reclassified songwriters income from the sale of a catalog as "capital gains" as opposed to ordinary income, giving artists an important tax break. Under the newly proposed tax reform bill, however, artists are at risk of losing this big break. ___________________________ Guest post from Royalty Exchange Songwriters came dangerously close to losing a key break that allows them to cut their ...

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Social Listening Tips For Artists

Social listening, the process of monitoring digital conversations around your music as you release it, can help give artists insight into how your fans feel about your work, as well as helping to boost your engagement and, potentially, revenue. ___________________________________ Guest post by Ta'Rikah Jones of the Symphonic Blog Your fans can give you insight into more things than you think. Tapping into w ...

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