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Promoter cancels Tekashi69 concert at the University of Central Florida over his pedophilia charge.

The cancelation comes after a petition decrying the rapper’s past sexual misconduct raised over 6,000 signatures.  Per the Orlando Sentinel, Tekashi69 – real name Daniel Hernandez – would’ve performed at the CFE Arena on September 22nd.  In 2015, Hernandez pleaded guilty to three counts of using a 13-year-old girl in a sexual performance.

Anti-ticket scalping organizations beg Google — once again — to take down Viagogo from searches.

In a joint letter to Google UK, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse, FanFair Alliance, and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers accused the search giant of receiving cash to “actively promote one of the least trusted” ticketing platforms.

Accusing Viagogo of failing to comply with Google’s AdWords guidelines, the organizations wrote,

“Viagogo’s search advertising is also, we believe, breaking Google’s own AdWords guidelines.  These state clearly that advertisers are expected ‘to comply with the local laws for any area that their ads target’ and that Google will ‘generally err on the side of caution in applying this policy because we don’t want to allow content of questionable legality.’”

Songwriter group pushes for Copyright Directive.

In a letter sent to European members of Parliament (MEPs), the International Council For Creators Of Music discussed how the Copyright Directive would benefit music creators, songwriters, and artists.

Supporting the bill to reform copyright law, the organization wrote,

“This has the potential to be of inestimable benefit to the creator community.  Profit-driven enterprises routinely place the interest of their shareholders above those of creators who actually provide the wealth.  We are calculatedly viewed, in accounting terms, as merely a cost of operation.”

Eventbrite reveals key IPO information.

At launch on the New York Stock Exchange, the company expects shares to be between $19 and $21.  According to its most recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, the company also expects to make 10 million class-A shares available, raising $200 million once the shares go live.  Eventbrite will likely have a valuation of around $1.6 billion.

Two Pussy Riot members arrested.

During mass protests in Moscow, authorities arrested Veronika Nikulshina and Peter Verzilov.  According to a tweet from the punk bank/activist group, “anti-extremism agents” claimed Nikulshina and Verzilov refused “to agree to a ‘terrorist check’ of their car,” leading to the arrests.

“Our activist Nika says hi to everyone from behind bars of a Moscow police station – she will be spending the night here until a court hearing tomorrow.  The girls have been arrested in their car for absolutely NOTHING.  Moscow police is still mad after the World Cup action.”

Daniel Kueblboeck lost at sea.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Aida Cruise confirmed Kueblboeck, a German pop singer, went overboard on Sunday off the coast of Newfoundland.  The cruise ship, AIDAluna, stopped and returned to the coast, unable to find the singer.  Aida Cruise is conducting an intensive search for the star along with Canada’s coast guard.

Bigbang earns YouTube Diamond Creator Award.

The K-pop boy band received the award after surpassing the 10 million subscriber mark on the platform.  Bigbang has now become the third K-Pop group to surpass the milestone following Blackpink and BTS.

Apple Music revamps album display.

Albums now have their own section on Apple’s streaming music service, with separate sections for studio albums, live albums, compilations, singles/EPs, and ‘Essential Albums.’  Previously, users would have to scroll through studio albums to find individual singles and collections.

Mac Miller reaches No. 1 on Apple Music.

Swimming, the rapper’s last project, reached No. 1 on the service’s albums chart.  Eminem’s Kamikaze reached No. 2 followed by Travis Scott’s Astroworld.  Mac Miller also has the top 5 videos on Apple Music videos chart.  Videos include Ariana Grande’s ‘The Way’ featuring Mac Miller, Miller’s ‘Self Care,’ ‘Knock Knock,’ and ‘My Favorite Part’ featuring Grande, and an interview.

Snap’s stock plunges after key executive jumps ship.

After three years at the company, Imran Khan, the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, will leave the company.  A filing with the SEC reveals he’ll remain in the role during an interim period “to assist with an effective transition of his duties and responsibilities.”  In premarket trading, Snap’s value fell 1.5%.

In an e-mail to staff obtained by CNBC, Khan wrote,

“After nearly four years at Snap, I have decided to step down.  This has been a very difficult decision for me to make.  There is never a perfect time to say goodbye, but I know that the time is now.  We have a stellar leadership team in place to guide Snap through the next phase of growth and on to the next chapter.”

SoundCloud unveils Weekly playlist.

Updated Mondays, SoundCloud Weekly features personalized music from millions of creators and tracks listeners like, share, and stream the most.  Users can find the new feature at the top of the home screen.

Warner forms strategic partnership.

Warner Music Australia and Inertia Music, an Australian indie distributor and label services company, have formed a physical distribution partnership.  Effective October 1st, 2018, the new venture – Music Distribution Coalition (MDC) – will oversee the physical distribution and supply chain management for both companies.  MDC will comprise a team from Warner and Inertia and will be responsible for Warner’s physical repertoire operations including production, warehousing, distribution, shipping, shared retail sales, and customer service.

Paul Kemsley signs Culture Club.

Per Variety, Kemsley, manager of English singer/songwriter Boy George, will manage Culture Club, an English new wave band.  The group had several hits in the 80s, including ‘It’s a Miracle’ and ‘I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.’

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