Latest Industry: UMG, SOCAN + SODRAC, iHeartRadio, Radar Radio, Apple Music, Paradigm, Cherry Glazerr, More…

UMG is earning nearly $8 million — a day — from streaming. Vivendi, Universal Music Group (UMG) parent company, has revealed Universal Music Group’s labels generated $1.44 billion in streaming revenue for the first half of 2018.   That translates into roughly $7.9 million — a day.  UMG labels also generated $447 million from physical formats, down 19.1% […]

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Spotify Welcomes Alex Jones’ InfoWars as Its Latest Podcast, Calling Him a ‘Seasoned Radio Broadcaster’

YouTube is pulling down InfoWars videos and Facebook has suspended Alex Jones’ account.  But it looks like Spotify has no problems hosting the right-wing radio show. The podcast addition surfaced over the past 24-48 hours, apparently in the latest batch of new shows.  Spotify has gone so far as to call Alex Jones a ‘seasoned […]

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Brandon Flowers performs acoustic version of “When You Were Young” on Seth Meyers: Watch

Last month, The Killers celebrated the release of a new career-spanning seven-album vinyl box set. In support, frontman Brandon Flowers appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to talk about the band’s rise to fame as well as perform an acoustic version of their 2006 Sam’s Town hit “When You Were Young”. In his […]

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Sony’s Q1 2018 – 100% Stake in EMI, Spotify Payday, and Surging Streaming Revenue

Streaming revenue continues to climb, while Sony Music confirms hefty Spotify payday and a 100% stake in EMI Music Publishing. Sony Corp. has released its fiscal Q1 / calendar Q2 2018 financial report. Sony Music’s streaming revenue for the first half of 2018 reached $943.7 million, up 39.1% over the first half of 2018.  For […]

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Alan Alda diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Alan Alda is battling Parkinson’s disease. The 82-year-old actor revealed his diagnosis during an appearance on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning. Alda said he was first diagnosed three and a half years ago, but has lived a “full life since then.” He said he decided to go public with his illness after noticing his thumb twitch during […]

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Tom Hardy is the anti-hero we need right now in new Venom trailer: Watch

Back in April, we received a pretty extensive first look at Sony’s forthcoming Spider-Man spinoff, Venom. If you recall, the trailer promised a total Tom Hardy vehicle, one that would have him doing all sorts of voices while also allowing him to be the brute badass he is by blood. You know, something he’s proven […]

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Toto have never sounded younger covering Weezer’s “Hash Pipe”: Watch

Sigh, the Internet is a goddamn wild west. If you recall, two months ago, Weezer fulfilled a fan’s curious demand that they cover and play Toto’s iconic hit, “Africa”. After trolling everyone with “Rosanna” first, Rivers Cuomo and the gang finally relented, covering the dreamy song, which has since become the band’s biggest hit in a decade. […]

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Taylor Bennett performs “Rock ‘N’ Roll” for his TV debut on Fallon: Watch

Talent clearly runs in the Bennett household: On Monday night, Chance’s younger brother Taylor Bennett hit up 30 Rockefeller for his debut television performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Performing “Rock ‘N’ Roll” off his new EP, Be Yourself, Bennett sprinted through verse after verse, sounding confident and looking suave. Those Nintendo 64 graphics behind […]

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SoundExchange First-Half Payouts Increase 17.4% to $399 Million

Despite significant pullouts from Pandora, SoundExchange is steadily increasing its royalty payouts to recording artists and rights owners. SoundExchange has just announced its Q2 2018 results, and the results are up.  The company revealed more than $208.7 million in payments to registered artists and labels for the quarter ending June 30th. That payout is up […]

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Latest Industry: Troy Carter Exits Spotify, Lollapalooza, SeatGeek, Warner Bros. Records, More..

Troy Carter exits Spotify. Troy Carter has confirmed he will exit Spotify early in September.  Following his departure, he’ll assume an advisory role in the company. In a statement, Carter said, “I came to this company to help bridge the gap between Spotify and the creative community.  Over time, that goal evolved from fixing a […]

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