Music industry

'We've all seen fantastic growth': Major labels on their vinyl ambitions

A look at the year’s Top 10 biggest-selling LPs for the year to date (see below) confirms the strength of the big labels’ vinyl operations.

Music Week

Will Decentralization Help The Music Industry Discover Future Stars?

Irony can be cruel: A deaf Beethoven (who was perhaps angry at his disability) composed his greatest works while unable to listen to his own genius.

Forbes

Mariah Carey passes torch to Lil Nas X after he broke her record

Billboard announced Monday that the country rapper’s summer smash “Old Town Road” surpassed Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” for the longest ride at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart.

Los Angeles Times

Tencent in talks to buy 10% of Universal Music Group

If the deal is finalized, Tencent would also have a one-year call option to acquire an additional 10% of UMG at the same price and terms.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify Tops 108 Million Paying Subscribers

The famously money-losing company’s operating losses for the quarter were just $3.3 million, down from $104.5 million in 2018.

Variety

Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Pharrell Williams... les affaires de plagiat éclaboussent l'industrie musicale

Un rappeur qui accusait la chanteuse Katy Perry de plagiat touchera 2,7 millions de dollars, a décidé ce jeudi un tribunal fédéral. La dernière d'une longue série d'affaires de plagiat, qui pullulent ces derniers temps dans l'industrie musicale.

Les Echos

How Live Nation Helped Metallica and Other Artists Place Tickets Directly On Resale Market

In February 2017, Live Nation president of U.S. concerts Bob Roux spoke by phone with a little-known wealth adviser turned event promoter who had been tasked by an associate of the band to sell 88,000 tickets directly on resale sites like StubHub, without giving fans a chance to buy them through normal channels at face value.

Billboard

What the Major Labels Made in 2018

Because the three majors report only their overall recorded-music revenue, there is much speculation about what their owned labels earn individually. In an effort to shed light on the subject, Billboard has estimated their 2018 U.S. revenue.

Billboard

Japan jumps into the music stream

The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter.

The Japan Times


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