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An Artist Wants Kendrick Lamar to Publicly Apologize for His ‘All the Stars’ Video

Lina Iris Viktor claims that Kendrick Lamar’s video bears some striking similarity to her Constellation paintings. ritish-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor says that Kendrick Lamar’s video for “All the Stars,” off the Black Panther soundtrack, stole the visuals from her series of paintings Constellation. A lawyer for the artist sent a letter to Top Dawg Entertainment this weekend alleging the copyright violation of her work. According to Viktor’s lawyer, “the artist had been contacted twice by the film’s creators for permission to feature her work, the […]

5 Hip-Hop Albums You Slept On In 2017

Hip-hop music is thriving more than ever as the most consumed music genre in the country. Kendrick Lamar reigned supreme over nearly everybody once again (shout out to KRS-One) and Jay-Z added yet another classic to his catalog. There was so much floating about the hip-hop stratosphere in 2017 that, inevitably, there were a few equally impressive albums that got lost in the shuffle. Here are five albums that you slept on. Overdoz, 2008 Polo Ground Music/RCA Records   I’ve been waiting for Overdoz to blow up for […]

40 Years Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, An Iconic Film Score Was Born

How is this for a first day on the job: Maurice Murphy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)’s late principal trumpet player, spent his very first day with the orchestra recording Star Wars‘ iconic opening theme, with its incredible brass fanfare — and Murphy leading the trumpets. “It was an amazing moment, that blast of brass that opens the film. It was the first sound I heard from Maurice, really,” the film’s composer, John Williams, told the London Symphony Orchestra in […]

Music Industry Goes To War With YouTube

Record labels are angry about the relatively small fees the platform pays for music videos compared with streaming services   he music business is a tough place for most artists to make money. This struggle was thrown into sharp relief last week when the UK industry revealed that artists earned more from vinyl sales in 2016 than they did from YouTube payments for viewings of music videos. The BPI, the record labels’ association that promotes British music, says this is […]

The Music Industry Learning How To Play

Universities are trying to teach students how to get ahead in an evolving industry. It has been a tough decade for the music industry, but some are beginning to hear a happier tune. Employment for musicians is growing due to increased demand for live performances. The average hourly wage for musicians is now around $22, well more than the countrywide average of $16. A 2012 Berklee College of Music report found that the average personal income of more than 5,000 […]

Ariana Grande Manager on Manchester Attack: ‘Fear Cannot Rule the Day’

“With extraordinary evil we must fight with extraordinary greatness,” says Scooter Braun Ariana Grande‘s manager, Scooter Braun, posted a string of emotional tweets about the Manchester terror attack on Wednesday. “I will choose to live than to be afraid,” he wrote. On Monday night, a suicide bomber detonated a homemade explosive device outside Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 and injuring at least 59. Braun spoke about returning from England, going out to dinner with his parents and experiencing […]

Ways The Music Industry Can Change For The Better

POST WRITTEN BY Erin Jacobson I am a music attorney who protects musicians and music professionals through deal negotiations and proper intellectual property management. 2016 saw a lot of lawsuits and lobbying in regards to changes in the music industry. Here are a few major issues that need to be resolved in 2017 and beyond to help sustain the music business. Higher rates for streaming and YouTube views The rates creators and rights owners earn from streaming and views are […]

Radio 1 Big Weekend to go ahead

by Daniel Gumble May 25th 2017 at 7:03AM The BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend will go ahead as planned this weekend, with various extra security measures in place following Monday night’s Manchester Arena attack. Radio 1 issued the following statement last night (Wednesday, May 24) confirming that the Hull event will still run as planned: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be continuing as planned this weekend in Hull. After conducting a full review of the festival, in conjunction with the […]

Sigrid unveiled as Apple Music’s Up Next star

Norwegian artist Sigrid has been unveiled at the latest star in Apple Music’s Up Next camping for new artists. Apple Music’s Up Next campaign is aimed at developing emerging artists and boosting their profile within the market. Sigrid released her debut single Don’t Kill My Vibe earlier this year and is set to appear on James Corden’s The Late Late Show tonight in the US. As part of Apple Music’s Up Next initiative, a different new artist is selected by […]

ViewPoint: How data is transforming the music industry

Data from what we download and listen to can now be mined to create and promote future songs. Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits. Decisions about how to market and […]