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EU fines Google $5 billion for Android violations.

European Union regulators have hit Google with €4.3 billion ($5 billion) in fines.  The European Commission says the company abused Android market dominance in three areas – bundling search engine and Chrome apps into its operating system, blocking phone makers from creating forked versions of Android, and making “payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundle Google search app on handsets.  The company has announced it will appeal the decision and warned it may charge for Android.


‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibit will launch as VR app.

The ‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibit has now closed.  Fans can view a VR version launching on smartphones this fall.  Users will explore 3D scans of Bowie memorabilia, enter audio-visual spaces, and try on iconic costumes.


Judge sides with Cliff Richards in erroneous BBC report.

A British court has ruled against the BBC and awarded singer Cliff Richards with £210,000 ($274,126).  The broadcaster had reported that police investigated Richards over allegations of child sexual assault.  The BBC stated it will appeal the decision.


Walmart may compete against Netflix and Amazon.

Walmart has mulled launching a video streaming service.  Priced at $8 a month or less, the company hopes to appeal to its large customer base.  Walmart has also considered launching a free, ad-supported service.


Spotify tests Safety Mode, updates cache song deletion feature.

Spotify has started testing a ‘Safety Mode’ UI when connected to Bluetooth devices on Android.  The feature shows only the playlist name, song, title, artist, basic controls, and heart and shuffle options.  The Spotify app for iOS and Android also received an update.  Clearing the cache no longer removes downloaded songs.


Video subscriptions overtake traditional pay TV in the UK.

Ofcom, a UK government-approved regulator, has found video subscriptions have overtaken traditional pay TV subscriptions.  Subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sky’s Now TV have overtaken Sky and Virgin subscriptions – 15.4 million to 15.1 million.  39% of households now have one subscription to an on-demand service.  In addition, people aged 16 to 34 watch YouTube for under an hour a day.  Subscription revenues for streaming music services have also overtaken physical format sales – £577 million ($753 million) to £470 million ($613 million).


Path to Paris festival announce headliners.

Organizers for the Pathway to Paris festival have announced a special concert on September 16th.  The event aims to focus on cities’ potential to push for, achieve, and go beyond the Paris climate agreement.  Karen O, Tony Hawk, Patti Smith, and Flea will headline the event taking place at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.


Calgary Stampede festival reports record attendance.

Over 1,271,241 people attended the 106th annual Calgary Stampede festival.  The event ran from July 6th to the 15th in Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta.


Wu-Tang Clan will perform at Sydney Opera House.

Wu-Tang Clan will celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary of its debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang, with special performances at the Sydney Opera House on December 8th and 9th.  RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA, and new member Cappadonna will perform.


Metric announces UK stops.

Metric, a Canadian rock band, has announced four UK performances in support of their upcoming album.  The winter shows kick off on November 17th at Birmingham and wrap up on November 20th in London.


UTA signs Paulina Rubio.

Mexican singer Paulina Rubio has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).  The agency will represent her in various areas.


BarFrog Music signs Re Mattei.

Berklee College of Music graduate Re Mattei has signed an agreement with BarFrog Music for exclusive representation.  In a statement, the international performing artist said,

“I am very excited to be working with BarFrog Music.  They treat me like family and I am looking forward to our musical journey.  BarFrog rocks!”


Josh Dalton joins FutureKind.

FutureKind, an indie music company, has hired Josh Dalton as A&R Manager.  He had previously founded and run his own music website, Crack in the Road.


David Massey makes key appointments at newly unveiled joint ventures – Work of Art Music Publishing and Work of Art Management.

David Massey, President and CEO of Arista Records, has launched his new joint ventures with Sony Music Entertainment.  Clio Massey will lead Work of Art Music Publishing, which is based in New York and Los Angeles, as Vice President.  She will oversee artist and songwriter development from multiple music genres.  Based in Los Angeles, Zach Felber will serve as Creative Manager.  Ryan Chisholm will lead Work of Art Management, which is also based in Los Angeles.  He will oversee a roster that includes Mike Roster, Wes Period, and Milck.


Seymour Stein bids farewell to Warner Music and Sire Records.

Music industry veteran Seymour Stein will leave Warner Music after 42 years.  He said he longs to return to his “indie roots.”  Stein will also bid farewell to Sire Records, the label he co-founded in 1967.  Sire’s roster has included Madonna, The Ramones, The Smiths, The Pretenders, The Cure, and Ice-T, among other major artists.


Beggars Group posts annual revenue report.

Beggars Group, a London-based indie music company, posted a total operating profit of £8.2 million ($10.8 million) for the 2017 fiscal calendar year.  Sales reached £72.4 million ($94.7 million), up 2.6% on from 2016 when the company reported £70.62 million ($92.3 million).  Distribution and administration expenses also grew to £19.1 million ($25 million), up 20.1% over 2016’s £15.8 million ($20.6 million).


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