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Post Malone announces Posty Fest.

Post Malone has announced his own curated music festival.  Dubbed ‘Posty Fest,’ the event will take place in Dallas on October 28th.  Right now, we’ve only got scant details on this Post-themed festival, though stay tuned.

Pink’s latest tour could earn close to $300 million.

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma Tour will soon become the artist’s highest grossing tour.  After 38 performances in the US and Canada, Pink has earned more than $100 million.  Scheduled to run until 2019, the tour will reportedly gross $275 million.

Spotify announces Hot Country Live.

Spotify has launched another live music event.  Dubbed Hot Country Live, Carrie Underwood will headline the event.  It will take place on July 4th at The Rooftop at Pier 17 venue in New York’s Seaport District.

SXWorks launches new services for songwriters and publishers.

SoundExchange’s SXWorks has developed two services to expand on its NOI lookup functionality.  NOI Premium Services will allow publishers and songwriters opportunities to claim unpaid mechanical royalties from digital service providers (DSPs) as well as facilitate communication for creators with DSPs and the US Copyright Office.  The upgrade is part of an expected government contract for SoundExchange to run MLC, or the Mechanical Licensing Collective, an award critics characterize as a classic government ‘no-bid contact’.

EU wants internet companies to create their own ‘Content ID.’

The European Union has proposed an initiative similar to YouTube’s Content ID system.  Under provisions for Article 13 of EU’s proposed Copyright Directive, services that allow users to post text, sound, and video for public consumption should implement a copyright filter that automatically verifies whether they match known copyright works.  Services must then censor offending uploads.

YouTube finds another way to make money from fake – and potentially harmful – medical videos.

YouTube has run ads for major brands on videos featuring fake media news and content that denies AIDS and HIV.  Affected companies include Mercedes Benz, Toyota, and Wix.

Fox apologizes for Robbie Williams’ offensive gesture.

Fox has issued an apology after Robbie Williams pointed the middle finger at cameras during his performance of ‘Rock DJ’ at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Condemning the gesture, Fox released a statement.

“The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony was a newsworthy event produced by a third party and carried live on Fox.  As it was broadcast live, we did not know what would happen during Robbie Williams’ performance and we apologize.”

David Bowie Is approaches 2 million visitors

Traveling museum exhibition David Bowie Is has approached the 2 millionth global visitor mark after five years.  The Brooklyn Museum will mark the milestone on June 20th.  David Bowie Is has become the museum’s top-selling exhibition, welcoming over 180,000 visitors since it opened on March 2nd.

But… isn’t DJ Khaled just exploiting his own son?

DJ Khaled recently sued an American company for allegedly exploiting his son’s name for profit without his permission.  Khaled’s son – Asahd – has 1.9 million followers on Instagram, with his account actively promoting a new partnership with Nike’s Jordan brand.  DJ Khaled accuses Business Moves Consulting of registering various brands related to Asahd’s name.  He also accused the company’s boss – Curtis Bordenave – of interfering in his family’s brand partnership deal with Nike.

Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman goes cosmic.

Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman has launched a new project – Cosmic Ringtones & Sonic Realms.  Aimed at the global ringtone market, the 29 tracks are “inspired by a celestial body or phenomenon of the universe.”  The project includes tracks from Holzman’s son, Adam.

Guess there’s only one lingering question about this launch: monophonic or polyphonic?

Even more stream-ripping websites throw in the towel.

Several notable stream ripping websites have gone down.  Following legal pressure from the music industry, PickVideo, Video-Download, and Easyload have voluntarily shut down.

Jammcard expands to Atlanta.

Jammcard, a Los Angeles-based musician social network, has announced its expansion to Atlanta.  The social network will hold a JammJam event featuring Cassius Jay, Devon ‘Stixx’ Taylor, and Chris Moten.

Dr. Ahmad Sarmast and Metallica accept the Polar Music Prize.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has awarded Metallica and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast – founder of the Afghan National Institute of Music – with the Polar Music Prize.  Stig ‘Stikkan’ Anderson – ABBA’s manager, music publisher and lyricist – founded the award.  Former prize winners include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, B.B. King, Ennio Morricone, Sting, and Elton John, among many others.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame honors Mellencamp, Jackson, Dupri, and Diamond.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame recently inducted John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, and Kool & The Gang.  The organization also honored Neil Diamond with the Johnny Mercer Award during a ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

UK radio promotions agency Ghost launched.

Two UK radio pluggers – Plug Life and Paisley London – have teamed up to launch a new radio promotions agency.  Dubbed Ghost, the combined roster of artists includes Four Tet, Laura Marling, Neneh Cherry, Floating Points, Cigarettes After Sex, DJ Koze, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Dave, AlunaGeorge, Charlotte Day Wilson, Bruno Major, and Ray BLK.

$10,000 SOCAN Songwriter Prize winners announced.

Josée Caron and Lucy Niles have won the $10,000 SOCAN Songwriting Prize.  The Atlantic Canadian duo wrote ‘Play The Field’ and performed the track with their band, Partner.

Live Nation and House of Blues announce scholarship recipients.

Live Nation and the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation will offer $30,000 in scholarships to three students pursuing careers in the music industry.  Scholarship recipients include Andrae Alexander, Clara Maurer, and Sammie Jo Concilio.

Big Machine’s Jason Ford receives a promotion.

Big Machine label group has promoted Jason Ford to Art Director.  He’ll report to Sandi Spika Borchetta, Senior Vice President of Creative.

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One Response

  1. Versus

    “Even more stream-ripping websites throw in the towel. Several notable stream ripping websites have gone down. Following legal pressure from the music industry, PickVideo, Video-Download, and Easyload have voluntarily shut down.”

    So will they be paying damages to the creators of the music, from which they profited?