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Chance the Rapper joins 1Xtra Live.

BBC Radio 1Xtra has announced that Chance the Rapper has joined 1Xtra Live’s lineup as a headliner.  Other performers include Pusha T, Jorja, Smith, and Yxng Bane.  1Xtra Live will take place at the O2 Arena in London on September 22nd.


Bobby Brown says no, he didn’t abuse Whitney Houston.

Beleaguered singer Bobby Brown has claimed that he never abused his late wife, Whitney Houston.  When a reporter asked him about the violent incident fifteen years ago, he said, “The public record is wrong.”  Officers charged Brown with battery following an altercation with Whitney Houston in 2003.  After he turned himself in, Whitney appeared beside the singer in court with a notable bruise on her cheek.


A British judge strikes down the BBC’s appeal on the Cliff Richard case.

The BBC has agreed to pay singer Cliff Richard £850,000 ($1.1 million) towards his legal costs.  Judge Anthony Mann has also denied the BBC an appeals request.  He had ruled against the British broadcaster last week, stating the BBC had violated Richard’s privacy when running a sensationalist report.

The BBC had reported that Cliff Richard was the subject of a child abuse investigation.  Due to a lack of evidence, South Yorkshire Police ultimately didn’t press charges against the singer.  Authorities settled with him outside of court.


Has social media’s reckoning come?

Twitter’s stock has plunged 16% after revealing dwindling monthly active users (MAUs) for the second quarter of 2018.  The company now has 335 million MAUs, a 3 million decrease this quarter.  Twitter spun the news, blaming the removal of fake and spam accounts.  Yesterday, Facebook reported lower-than-expected revenue and MAUs, causing the company’s stock to lose over $100 billion.


UMG takes down that famous Prince video.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken down a Prince memorial video.  The video, recorded by Star-Tribune reporter Aaron Lavinsky, featured thousands of fans honoring the late artist and singing, ‘Let’s Go Crazy.’  UMG filed a DMCA takedown request with Twitter, which promptly took it down.

The song was the subject of an 11-year war between UMG and defendant Stephanie Lenz, who protested a takedown order against YouTube after she filmed her baby dancing to the track.


Don’t expect to sleep in Belgrade.

Exit Festival organizers have announced this year’s No Sleep Festival will take place in Belgrade, Serbia.  The festival becomes the sixth event organized by Exit Festival organizers, including the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro, Sea Star Festival in Croatia, Festival 84 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Revolution Festival in Romania.

No Sleep Festival will take place November 16th-18th.


Playing catch-up – Pandora finally adds stream counts for artists.

Pandora has unveiled two features for Next Big Sound Artist Profiles.  The Pandora Audience page now features a ‘Unique Listeners’ section, which shows how many people heard the singer on the service.  The company has also unveiled a ‘Streams’ page, which shows the total number of times listeners have streamed the song on Pandora.


Cardi B pulls out from Bruno Mars tour to recover.

On Instagram, Cardi B announced she has pulled out of an upcoming tour with Bruno Mars to recover “mentally and physically.”  She gave birth to her daughter, Kulture, on July 11th.

“I underestimated this whole mommy thing.  I hope you guys understand.  This has been such a hard decision.  I want to thank @brunomars for understanding.”


BTS’ ‘Mic Drop’ passes 300 million views on YouTube.

BTS’ ‘Mic Drop,’ a remix music video featuring Steve Aoki, has reached 300 million views on YouTube.  This marks the fifth video from the group to surpass the milestone, joining ‘DNA,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Dope,’ and ‘Blood Sweat & Tears.’  The ‘Mic Drop’ remix video first debuted last November.


Jay-Z and Beyoncé kick off North American OTR II tour.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have launched the North American portion of their OTR II tour in Cleveland.  The 24-stop tour wraps up in Vancouver on October 2nd.


Concord Music acquires Fania Records.

Concord Music has confirmed the acquisition of Fania Records and Publishing, a Latin music company.  The move includes around 19,000 master recordings and 8,000 compositions from Codigo Entertainment.


New Milwaukee Bucks arena named and unveiled.

Fiserv, a bank technology firm that allows online bill and debt payments, has signed a 25-year naming rights deal for the new Milwaukee Bucks arena.  Fiserv Forum will open on August 26th.  Upcoming concerts include Justin Timberlake, Pink, Elton John, Foo Fighters, and The Killers.


YouTube promotes Victoria Campoamor.

YouTube has announced Victoria Campoamor will serve as Global Head of Publishing Strategy.  She previously worked as Head of Music Publisher Partner Operations of YouTube and Google Play in London.


Sound Royalties hires Gina Franano.

Former entertainment publicist Gina Franano has joined Sound Royalties as the Executive Assistant to founder and CEO Alex Heiche.  The twenty-year PR veteran has led public relations efforts as well as produced and managed events for Sony Music, Espy Awards, and Bon Jovi members Tico Torres, Richie Sambora, and David Bryan.


Spotify announces a key promotion.

Spotify has promoted Austin Daboh as Head of Shows and Editorial in the UK.  He’ll oversee strategic growth and development of Spotify’s Shows and Editorial initiatives in the region.


Dedry Jones has passed away.

Music industry veteran Dedry Jones has died.  He had hosted a popular series, The Experience with Dedry Jones.  Jones also owned The Music Experience, a key Chicago retailer for many 90s rap and R&B labels.


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