Latest Industry: BMG, The Commodores, Radionomy, Spotify, MelodyVR, Live Nation

Watch out for the fuzz.

BMG has added Big Band & Fuzz (BBF) for an undisclosed price.  With the acquisition, BMG has further expanded its Production Music business unit.  BBF focuses on sub-publishing international catalogs, including BMG’s AXS and Altitude & Must Save Jane.

No hard feelings.  It’s just business.

Agents Caroline Yim and Zach Iser have exited ICM and joined the Creative Arts Agency (CAA).  They have brought their most high-profile clients, including Future, Anderson .Paak, Daniel Caesar, SZA, Rae Sremmurd, ScHoolboy Q, Jhene Aiko, The Internet, Willow Smith, and Kehlani.   Meanwhile, Lil Yachty and Migos, both former Yim and Iser clients, will remain with ICM.

Will the real Commodore please stand up?

Commodores Entertainment Group (CEC), the music group’s corporate entity, has asked a Florida court to sanction a founding member of The Commodores.  The CEC fist sued Thomas McClary for marketing his band, “The Commodores Experience featuring Thomas McClary.”

A capella on Spotify.

The Touchtones, an all-female a capella group, will release its third EP on Spotify.  Founded in 1983, Cornell University’s first officially recognized a capella group is known for its “bold musicality” and an “electrifying stage presence.”  The upcoming untitled EP will feature five songs as well as new sound and talent.

A new music facility at the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new School of Music facility at Memorial Union.  The UM Board of Curators first approved the first phase of the building project in December 2016.  The first phase includes academic and rehearsal spaces, a recital hall, and an outdoor performance venue.  The university has secured $24 million for the first phase of construction.

Misfits into the night.

Social Club Misfits has launched their Into the Night Tour in downtown Nashville.  The hip-hop duo will tour through the end of April with stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Charlotte, Orlando, and more.  They recently wrapped up The Roadshow tour with Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Zach Williams, and For King and Country.

Enriching the Canadian music fund.

The Canadian federal government is expected to make sought-after changes to the $24 million Canada Music Fund (CMF) next year.  The fund hasn’t seen a boost in over ten years.  According to the Canadian Press, the government has told music insiders that it will “enrich the fund.”  It also plans to change how money is distributed in light of fading sales and the rise of music streaming services.  Industry officials confirmed that the changes to the CMF will come prior to the 2019 general election.

Save the venue.

Fans will march on NSW Parliament House in Sydney to save Sydney’s oldest licensed live music venue space.  This comes after the venue’s management said that they would move to new premises. They reportedly said, “It doesn’t make sense for us to continue in the current space.”

Party under the sun, at home.

Radionomy, a platform that provides tools for operating online radio stations, has launched Spring Break Radio.  Created for students, the station promises to bring technology, dance, sun, and caliente music without having to program long playlists.

Top musicians make more in a few hours than what you earn in a lifetime.

Midination has detailed how much time it takes top musicians to make average annual salaries in different jobs.  The website has created a helpful infographic to help users compare how fast they make your annual salary.

Enjoy your car ride with Spotify.

Spotify has announced that it will make a ‘news announcement’ on April 24th.  Ahead of an accidental leak, speculation has run rampant that the company will launch its smart speaker for cars.

Virtual reality music.

MelodyVR, a virtual reality firm, has announced that its MelodyVR app will launch soon.  They intend to launch the app for the unreleased OculusGo device.  Last October, the firm also announced it had raised $19 million in funding.  It has previously signed licensing deals with Warner/Chappell, Sony, Universal, and Roc Nation.  MelodyVR has yet to release any actual details about the app itself.

Living a legal nightmare.

New York law firm Bragar Eagle & Squire has announced plans to investigate allegations of Live Nation’s anti-competitive behavior.  The legal firm will represent the company’s shareholders.

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