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Nearly half of all female festivalgoers are sexually harassed.

According to a new study from YouGov, nearly half of all female festivalgoers faced unwanted sexual behavior at events.  Surveying 1,188 male and female festivalgoers in the UK, 22% faced assault and harassment.  The most common forms were forceful dancing and verbal sexual harassment.  Only 1% of women and 19% of men reported harassment to staff members.

Don’t expect to find the tickets you’re looking for on Viagogo — even if they’re advertised.

An ITV news investigation has found Viagogo advertises tickets it doesn’t have.  Undercover footage shows a Viagogo employee sent to buy Ed Sheeran tickets from scalpers at a recent concert.  Sheeran had previously banned the company from selling tickets to his performances.

Vkontakte reports 1.5 million subscribers.

Former Russian piracy hub Vkontake has reported 1.5 million subscribers to its legal streaming music service.  While small, the legitimate service is high compared to others in the country.  And breathtaking (if true) for a notoriously pirating site.

Jimmy Wopo gunned down.

Prominent Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo – real name Travon Smart – was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the city’s Hill District.  He was 21.  Wopo’s murder came hours after unknown assailants killed XXXTentacion.  Wopo’s manager – Taylor Maglin – confirmed the Pittsburgh rapper’s murder on Facebook.

Alda Events acquires Amsterdam Music Festival.

Dutch promoter Alda Events has acquired a 100% stake in Amsterdam Music Festival from fellow promoter ID&T.  Alda Events has organized the event for five years in partnership with ID&T.

Billy McFarland trial postponed.

A federal judge has ruled that Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland will have to remain in jail for another month.  His initial sentencing has also been pushed back to July 26th.  He awaits sentencing on charges of duping investors.  Last week, federal prosecutors hit McFarland with new wire fraud and money laundering charges.

Jay-Z will serve as a consultant for Puma.

Puma Basketball has named Jay-Z as Creative Consultant.  He will help in directing art design and the overall concept of the brand.

Virgil Abloh gets own show on Apple Music.

Designer and DJ Virgil Abloh has announced his own show on Beats 1 Radio.  Recorded in Paris, the show debuted Monday, June 18th.

TIDAL has the most tracks on any streaming platform, and Amazon the least.

According to a new report from Mac Observer, TIDAL has the largest song library in the world.  The Jay-Z owned service has 50 million tracks.  Apple Music reportedly has 45 million and Spotify 35 million.  Amazon Prime Music has the lowest with just 16 million tracks.

Dr. Dre will produce a Marvin Gaye biopic.

Dr. Dre has started work on a film about Marvin Gaye — and the family has granted approval.  He has also secured the rights to Marvin Gaye’s music catalog, including ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Sexual Healing.’

Metallica donates prize money to charity.

Metallica has confirmed that they will donate the monetary portion of their Polar Music Prize to three charities.  50% will go to Stockholm City Mission, which focuses on helping the homeless people in the city.  25% will go to the World Childhood Foundation, which prevents the abuse of vulnerable children.  The remaining 25% will go to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

ASCAP will honor Migos.

Migos, an Atlanta rap group, will receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 31st annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.  Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, members of the group, will attend the ceremony.  Previous honorees include Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Diplo, and the Beastie Boys, among others.

Lauryn Hill announces major artists for her upcoming tour in North America.

Lauryn Hill has announced guest stars for her North American tour.  NAS, M.I.A., Santigold, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Big Boi, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Dave East, Jo Mersa Marley, Talib Kweli, Bambaata Marley, Shabazz Palaces, Patoranking, TierraWhack, Protoje, Kelela, Victory, Raury, and Iman Omari will join Hill on the North American run of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018.  The tour kicks off July 5th in Virginia Beach.  It ends on October 5th in St. Louis.

Sigrid announces tour.

Sigrid, the BBC Sound of 2018 winner, has announced a new tour in the UK and Ireland.  The five-date tour kicks off November 4th in Birmingham and ends November 12th in London.

Kylie Minogue will headline BBC Radio’s music festival.

Kylie Minogue will headline BBC Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park Festival.  Other artists confirmed for the festival include Carrie Underwood, All Saints, Rita Ora, Lenny Kravitz, Band of Love, and Manic Street Preachers.  The event takes place on September 9th.

Spencer Lee named MD of Asia Pacific at peermusic.

Independent music publisher peermusic has appointed Spencer Lee as Managing Director of Asia Pacific.  Lee will assume responsibility for territories including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

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