Top 10 Music Industry News Stories This Week (m/e April)

DMN brings you the biggest music industry news stories this month.

Last Month: April 2017

1. 2008: United Airlines Smashes a Customer’s Guitar. 2017: United Airlines Smashes a Customer’s Face

Back in 2008, United Airlines smashed a customer’s guitar. Now, in a PR nightmare for the major airline, a video surfaced showing two airport ficers dragging a passenger f the plane. He returned with a bloodied face. Read More…

2. BTS Fans Finally Understand What It’s Like to be Plagiarized

Kpop girl group G-friend unveiled lighting sticks that look awfully similar to BTS’ ‘Army Bombs.’ BTS fans, known as ARMYs, lashed out against G-friend’s music label. That made matters worse. Read More…

3. Why I Didn’t Kill Myself After Spending 5 Hours at an EXO Kpop Concert

Kpop isn’t only popular in South Korea. Now, with growing global popularity, Paul Resnikf went to The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday night to finally enjoy a Kpop concert. What he found was a completely unexpected experience that blew his mind. Read More…

4. Chris Brown Is Running an Amateur Tour, 50 Cent Says

Chris Brown’s Party Tour originally included several rappers and 50 Cent. At the last moment, 50 Cent dropped out. After rumors pointed to Chris Brown not being able to afford the rapper, 50 Cent finally set the record straight. Read More…

5. When Is Beyonce Giving Birth? Here’s What MDs Estimate…

So, when exactly will Beyonce give birth to her twins? Following the announcement her pregnancy, MDs now estimate she may give birth sooner than everyone expected. Read More…

6. BTS Beefing Up Security Following Ugly ARMY Incidents

BTS fans, known as ARMYs, are not known for their mild-mannered tempers. Following a series frantic incidents involving fans and members the popular boy band group, their management company have now added extra security. Read More…

7. What Are the Most Popular Music Genres In America?

What are the most popular music genres in America? Here’s a breakdown music genres from Nielsen Music, which compiled every sale across CDs, vinyl, digital downloads, and streaming to calculate which types music are most popular. Read More…

8. The Guy Who Started The Pirate Bay Is Now a Millionaire

So, you help co-found one the world’s most elusive and popular pirating groups. You may be solely responsible for the lost billions in the music and entertainment industries. What happens now? You become a legitimate millionaire, thanks to a new deal with Flattr. Read More…

9. EXO Fans Spend Millions Dollars on a Birthday Present (See Photos)

So, how dedicated is your fanbase?  As part a five-year anniversary, fans Kpop group EXO dropped millions dollars on Times Square billboards. You can check out the images here. Read More…

10. If Rap Monster Goes Solo, BTS ‘Trainees’ Could Keep the Group Alive

Rap Monsters has recently branched out on his own with a new single. Similar to NSYNC and Justin Timberlake, this may signal an upcoming solo career. To avoid the group falling apart, BTS management has started a new trainee program. Read More…


Two Months Ago: February 2017

1. Grammys 2017: The Winners List

Who won at the Grammys this year?  Adele, Adele, and Adele.  Plus Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, The Chainsmokers, and David Bowie.  Yet, despite scoring a win, Beyonce went home as this year’s most-snubbed artist. Here’s the complete winner’s list. Read More…

2. J Cole Announces His Biggest, Most Ambitious Tour Yet (See Dates)

  1. Cole Performs at 2014’s What Dreams May Come Tour in London (Eddy Rissling CC 2.0)  57 dates across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.  J Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ tour could be his greatest tour yet. … Read More…

3. After Heartfelt Apology, Future Announces ‘Nobody Safe Tour’ (See Dates)

Future comes back after disappearing from social media and announces the Nobody Safe Tour.  And, a new album. After teasing #nobodyssafe, Future finally clarified what he meant by the mysterious hashtah. Kodak Black and others will join the Nobody Safe Tour this spring. Check out the tour dates. Read More…

4. Is SoundCloud Imploding? Top Execs Jump Ship as ‘Desperate’ Fundraising Begins

2017 is shaping up to be a difficult year for SoundCloud.  Several months ago, Spotify walked away from SoundCloud acquisition talks. They also reported steep 2015 losses. Now, two top executives have jumped ship. To make matters worse, a top executive admitted that if SoundCloud Go doesn’t take f, it might be time to close-up shop by December 31, 2017. How long will SoundCloud last? Read More…

5. Will Pandora Ever Make Money? Two-Year Losses Top $512.7 Million

How will Pandora survive in the streaming market when it keeps posting triple-digit annual losses? For the fourth quarter 2016, Pandora reported revenue $392.6 million. Despite topping streaming charts, Pandora has yet to turn these numbers into solid prits. Now, Wall Street’s asking: will you ever make money, Pandora?. Read More…

6. Vadio Calls It Quits After Burning Through $11.8 Million In 4 Years

Vadio was a promising start-up focusing on streaming music video monetization. It received high praise from multiple news outlets. So, what exactly happened? Where did Vadio go so terribly wrong? Read More…

7. BTS Battles Plagiarism Charges from Angry Kpop Fans

Is BTS plagiarizing their way to the top?  That’s the allegation thousands fans Kpop group Big Bang, as well as Korean rapper T.O.P. BTS recently started its shows by displaying a ‘No Signal’ multi-bar across several screens, just as T.O.P. did. Yet, is the group merely paying homage to a widely-used multi-bar, or is the group flat-out plagiarizing? Read More…

8. Will Instagram Stories Kill Snapchat?

To fight f the increasingly popular Snapchat Stories, Instagram launched the not-so-aptly named Instagram Stories.  Now, that copycat strategy appears to have worked. Snapchat’s parent company dismissed any notion that Instagram Stories affected their bottom line. However, looking at the numbers, Snapchat’s growth immediately fell following the launch Instagram Stories. Will this affect Snapchat right before their illustrious IPO launch? Or will Wall Street investor bet big on the service? Read More…

9. Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Officially the Best-Selling Album All Time

For music lovers everywhere, Michael Jackson’s Thriller continues to be the greatest album all time.  Now, it has hit a remarkable new sales threshold. It’s the first album to go 33X Diamond. Read More…

10. Amazon Prime Music Leads Streaming in the American Household

Wait. Amazon has two music streaming services? Apparently so, as Amazon Prime Music led the home, beating out Spotify and Apple Music. Yet, there’s no mention Amazon’s ficial service, Amazon Music Unlimited. Why is Amazon publishing Prime Music numbers, yet hiding Music Unlimited paid subscriptions? Read More…


The Previous Week: January 28 to February 3

1. A (Growing) List Tours Getting Canceled After Trump’s Travel Ban

Trump’s travel ban could change the international touring landscape forever. We compiled a list popular tours being canceled due to Trump’s (temporary) travel ban. Read More…

2. “Immoral Pig” — Musicians React To Donald Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

Not a lot people are happy with Donald Trump’s executive order. The music industry even less. Music stars took to social media to post inflammatory messages against Donald Trump. Some had less-than-kind words for the POTUS. Read More…

3. Bandcamp Comes Out Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

Tours are getting cancelled, immigrants are detained at airports, and confusion rages on around the country. Bandcamp sent out an e-mail blasting the initiative. They vowed to donate 100% their prits this Friday to the ACLU. Read More…

4. Over 400 Labels and Artists Join Bandcamp’s Anti-Trump Protest

Bandcamp’s not alone in their protest against President Donald Trump’s (temporary) travel prohibition. This time, over 400 labels and artists joined in. Several vowed to donate all their prits to the ACLU during Donald Trump’s presidency. Read More…

5. Is Spotify Going Bankrupt In 2017? Wall Street Delivers Another Red Flag

Wall Street is rejecting their IPO (again). A $1.5 billion debt pile is now a ticking time bomb.  Major labels are taking 70+% revenues. Is this the year that Spotify implodes? Read More…

6. Breaking: SoundCloud Faces Massive Lawsuit Over ‘GO’ Subscription Service

Last year, SoundCloud launched GO, a premium subscription tier.  Now, SoundCloud is facing millions in a patent infringement lawsuit. In an exclusive report published only on DMN, Blackbird Technologies claims SoundCloud swiped their valuable IP. But is Blackbird Technologies just another patent troll? Read More…

7. Lauryn Hill Shows Up 3 Hours Late to a Show: ‘I Don’t Have an On/Off Switch.’

What happens when a Grammy-award winning artist arrives late to a concert? Just ask Lauryn Hill and Twitter. Fans braved the cold weather in Pittsburgh last night as they filled Heinz Hall to watch Lauryn Hill perform. Yet, she showed up exactly 3 hours and 19 minutes late, and most people went to the box fice to ask for refunds. Read More…

8. Nas: This Is What Life Was Like In 90s New York…

BET finally gave Nas the green light he’s waited for. For three long, arduous years, Queens rapper Nas worked on getting his autobiographical TV drama produced. Following the success The New Edition Story mini-series, BET approved the pilot. Read More…

9. Pandora and iHeartRadio Rank As Streaming Favorites Among Amazon Echo Users

The Amazon Echo rocked holiday 2016 sales. The e-commerce giant also opened up their own music streaming service. Yet, fans preferred to listen to Pandora and iHeartRadio. Also, there was very bad news for Spotify. Read More…

10. Thanks to YouTube, Vevo Nears 100 Million Active Monthly Users

Vevo’s riding high with strong numbers. At least 97 million Americans watched one Vevo music video in October 2016. That means 1 out every 4 Americans watched the service. Read More…

 


Last Week: January 21 to January 27

1. Hounded by Debts, Allman Brothers’ Butch Trucks Commits Suicide

Butch Trucks, drummer and co-founder the classic rock group Allman Brothers Band, died on Tuesday evening. He was reportedly plagued by debts. West Palm beach police and the group have tried to keep his suicide hidden. Read More…

2. Nickelback Is Officially the 11th Best-Selling Band In History

Whether you like Nickelback, or you just flat out hate them, the group has gone on to become one the bestselling bands in history. They’re sold over 50 million albums since 1995. The RIAA has certified 178 million album sales. Read More…

2. Trump Plans “Devastating” Financial Cuts for Public Broadcasting…

Prior to Donald Trump entering the White House, his transition team expressed plans to privatize the Corporation Public Broadcasting. The CPB reacted, stating that the cuts will cause a “devastating effect” on public radio, including poorer rural stations. Read More…

3. Can Independent Artists Survive In a Streaming Industry?

Last year, Bandcamp announced that they’ve paid out $150 million to indie artists in the past 8 years. This year, Bandcamp followed up, signing over 2,000 labels and hundreds thousands independent artists. Yet, they called the push to streaming potentially harmful for music as an art form. Read More…

4. Pandora Emerges as 2016’s Most Streamed Music Service

Lately, Pandora’s had a rough time. Despite launching a cheaper alternative to Spotify, company insiders sold their stock. Yet, the company’s hard work has paid f, as the service emerged as 2016’s most streamed music service. Read More…

5. Sprint Makes a Play at TIDAL, Purchases 33% Stake

Is Sprint making a possible long-term play at TIDAL? TIDAL hasn’t faced a good couple years. As competitors keep gaining paid subscription numbers, the music streaming giant owned by Jay Z has floundered. Now, Sprint has purchased a 33% stake in the company. This might help the major telcom company buy out the streamer in the future. Read More…

6. The Piano Guys Face Legal Action After Playing One Direction at Trump’s Inauguration…

The Piano Guys not only decided to play Trump’s Inauguration, they also featured a One Direction song.  Now, the person who wrote What Makes You Beautiful is vowing legal revenge. The Piano Guys just cashed a fat paycheck to play Donald Trump’s inauguration. Yet, this particular song choice may have been a veiled attack to Hillary. Read More…

7. Ray Davies Teams With The Jayhawks To Release A New Album

by Paul Carless (CC by 2.0) Ray Davies announces his first album in nine years with the help the Jayhawks. The Kinks’ Ray Davies announced his first new studio album in over nine years. Davies named… Read More…

8. Is Love ‘Bombing the White House’? Secret Service Investigates Madonna

Does “choosing love” include blowing up the White House? Just ask Madonna and the Secret Service. During the Women’s March against Donald Trump, Madonna had a few not-so-kind words for the current POTUS. Yet, after defending her comments, the Secret Service said she was now under investigation. Read More…

9. Texas Radio Station: Join Us in Banning Madonna From the Airwaves

Following her controversial “blow up the White House” comments, a Texas radio station banned all future Madonna tracks from the station. They called her comments “unpatriotic” and invited other radio stations to do the same. Read More…

10. Free Sosa? LAPD Says Chief Keef Committed a Violent Robbery

During a show in October, rapper Chief Keef announced his long-awaited return. At the same time, the Love Sosa rapper took the time to threaten small time rappers. Following a violent home robbery, the LAPD have arrested and booked Chief Keef. Read More…

 


The Previous Week: January 14 to January 20

1. At Least 5 People Dead Following Shooting at BPM Music Festival

During the final night the BPM Music Festival in Playa del Carmen, a gunman opened fire, killing 4 people. Another person died in the ensuing chaos. Read More…

2. Mexico Blames BPM Festival For Violence, Suspends All Future BPM Events

Mexican businesses blame BPM for the violence in Playa del Carmen. Following the shooting that left 5 people dead, the town mayor cancelled the upcoming Arena Festival 2017. Local business blamed BPM for the shooting. Read More…

3. Eyewitnesses Describe BPM Festival Shooting: “A Bloody, Drug-Filled Mess”

While local businesses blame BPM Festival for the shooting, eyewitnesses and even the state attorney described the real problem: warring drug cartels in Playa del Carmen. Eyewitnesses told reporters that drugs were easily accessible, and Quintana Roo State Attorney told the media that a drug war was the most likely reason behind the shooting. Read More…

4. Jay Z’s Tidal Is Fraudulently Inflating r Numbers, Report Says

TIDAL claims to have more than 3 million paid subscribers. But a new investigative report shows that the company has created false accounts and lied to the media. Read More…

5. Updated: Chrisette Michele Loses Netflix Deal After Trump Performance

What’s the cost playing Trump’s Inauguration?  For Chrisette Michele, it’s a major lost opportunity involving Netflix. And that’s just the beginning. After iscovering that she was going to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration, Spike Lee took to Instagram to say he will no longer consider her for a role. Read More…

6. Trump Inauguration Says Kanye West Isn’t ‘Traditionally American’ Enough

According to Trump Inauguration chair Tom Barrack, it’s not Kanye West. What does Kanye West get for praising Donald Trump for hours? A label some people say might be racist. Read More…

7. 56 Years Later, Paul McCartney Wants His Beatles Songs Back…

The U.S. Copyright Act 1976 states that pre-1978 tracks writers can reclaim their U.S. publishing rights 56 years after signing said rights away. Copyrights to several popular Beatles songs are set to expire. So, Paul McCartney is going to court to ensure he gets the rights back. Read More…

8. How I Stole $4.8 Million from Alanis Morissette (And Almost Got Away With It)

In court, Alanis Morissette’s former manager admitted to stealing $4.8 million from the singer, as well as several more millions from other clients. Read More…

9. 39% Americans Don’t Care That Piracy Hurts Content Creators…

Despite the entertainment industry’s best efforts, most consumers just don’t really care about piracy problems. Piracy costs artists and content creators millions dollars in revenue. Yet, a new study shows that 39% American consumers admitted to piracy, despite knowing about the consequences. Read More…

10. Trent Reznor to Users on Social Media: “Nobody Gives a F–k What You Think”

According to Trent Reznor, social media stifles creativity. Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account can bash upcoming artists, hampering their creativity.

 


The Previous Week: January 7 to January 13

1. Why Spotify and Apple Music are Losing Traffic to YouTube and SoundCloud

Spotify and Apple are at a crippling disadvantage to YouTube to SoundCloud. Why is that? The closed nature both sites could potentially result in a loss traffic to more open platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube. Read More…

2. FM Radio Is Officially Getting Shut Down In Norway

Norway is about to become the first country in the world to shut down FM radio. Are other countries next? The move now paves the way for Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB. However, not all Norwegians are happy with this news. Read More…

3. Will 2017 See The End Sonos?

The company lays f an ‘unspecified’ number employees. Then, they make deals with their rivals. Now, the CEO steps down. After taking a look at several other reported factors, we ask: will 2017 be the end Sonos? Read More…

4. Amidst Success As a DJ, Depression Crippled Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson opened up on Twitter about his battle with depression and his collaboration with Madeon. EDM fans received both good and bad news. American DJ and musician Porter Robinson admitted that in 2015, depression crippled his work. Read More…

5. Google and YouTube Accused Stealing Content ID…

by Esther Vargas (CC by 2.0) So, who exactly owns the rights to Content ID? Google and YouTube, or Audible Magic?  That’s now the focus a serious lawsuit. YouTube’s Content ID is unpopular. But did you know the name wasn’t theirs? Read More…

6. Breaking: Pandora Announces Layfs; 7% Getting Axed

Add more bad news to Pandora. Sirius XM backed out a possible acquisition deal. Pandora Offices, New York Pandora is now shedding its workforce by 7 percent. How will the company now fare? Read More…

7. In Just 7 Years, Vinyl Records Have Gone from ‘Fad’ to ‘Billion Dollar Industry’

That’s right: vinyl records are about to become a billion dollar industry.  That’s the latest prediction from Deloitte, who exclusively shared their data with Digital Music News. Looks like those beard-growing, wine-sipping hipsters were on to something. Read More…

8. Ed Sheeran Tops Spotify Charts With 2 Singles In a Single Day

Despite lawsuit troubles, Ed Sheeran tops Spotify worldwide charts twice in just one day. This past Friday, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released two comeback singles, and both did exceptionally well around the world. Read More…

9. Tidal and Roc Nation to Prince Estate: “Don’t Make Other Music Deals”

Tidal and Roc Nation first sued the estate late singer Prince as a warning shot. Then, the late singer’s estate, alongside NPG Records, fired back with a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Now, Tidal and Roc Nation filed paperwork to avoid the late singer’s estate from making more exclusive deals. Read More…

10. Breaking: Katy Perry, Cher Officially Join the ‘Women’s March on Washington’

It’s no secret that the entertainment industry isn’t happy with Donald Trump. Now, superstar singers Katy Perry and Cher have ficially joined the Women’s March on Washington. They join Scarlett Johansson, Zendaya, Amy Schumer, and more. All them are protesting the presidency Donald Trump, a person they view as a misogynistic monster.  Read More…

 


The Week Prior: December 31st, 2016 to January 6th, 2017

1. Chris Brown Faces $1.5 Million Lawsuit After ‘Going Rihanna’ on Manager

Chris Brown likes to beat the crap out people when he’s mad.  Now, someone’s fighting back with a $1.5 million lawsuit. According to court paperwork, Chris Brown’s latest anger management mishap could cost $1.5 million. Read More…

2. Mariah Carey’s Career On Life-Support After Lip-Synching Disaster

Blame CBS. Blame the weather, too. Or maybe blame the fact that she didn’t show up to dress rehearsal. Whatever the case, Mariah Carey suffered a lip-synching disaster at the New Year’s Eve show. Read More…

3. Will SoundCloud Go Bankrupt This Year?

More bad news for the company. Spotify walked away from advanced talks to acquire the company. Now, Google’s interested. However, the company keeps posting net losses, promoting a co-founder to admit that the company may go bankrupt this year. Read More…

Meek Mill Not Linked to Shooting Deaths In Connecticut, Cops Say

Last Friday night, rapper Meek Mill performed at a concert venue in Wallingford, Connecticut. He headlined at The Oakdale Theater. However, a shootout broke out. Two victims passed away at the scene. Connecticut police said the rapper isn’t linked to the deaths. Read More…

How Many More Executives Will Leave Twitter? China MD Karen Chen Jumps Ship

Another month, another executive gone. Twitter currently suffers from a top-level executive exodus. This time, China MD Karen Chen left to take some time f. Why are so many executives leaving the company? Read More…

UPDATE] In Soulja Boy Feud, Chris Brown (Proudly) Abuses Karrueche Tran

First Soulja Boy cursed out Chris Brown. Then, Chris Brown responsed. The person caught in the middle? Former Chris Brown flame Karrueche Tran. Things soon became ugly. … Read More…

Still a Fad? Vinyl Records Return to 1991 Sales Levels

Sales vinyl records refuse to stop exploding!  In 2016, LPs, EPs, and 45s returned to sales volumes not seen since 1991.  But does this party end? With physical albums and digital downloads sales spiraling year-after-year, vinyl is enjoying a strong resurgence. Read More…

Napster and Tidal Make Strong Push For Higher Fidelity Music

Napster and Tidal are going big in higher fidelity music. At CES 2017, Napster CEO Mike Davis introduced the company’s vision for high-definition audio. Likewise, Tidal pushed “Tidal Masters,” boasting over 30,000 albums. Read More…

King No More: Apple Music and Spotify Overtake YouTube In Music Streaming

Has Google grown overconfident on YouTube? Have Apple Music and Spotify finally dethroned the controversial king music streaming? Trusted market monitor BuzzAngle released a new report, and it’s not pretty. For the second time in less than a year, YouTube streams fall, while subscriptions play rise. Read More…

There’s Big Money In Music Publishing, and SESAC Proves It…

A private equity firm just sold SESAC to another private equity firm.  Guess that means there’s money in music publishing, after all. Blackstone Group LP placed a long bet in digital music publishing. Read More…

 


The Week Prior: December 24 to December 30, 2016

1. George Michael Discovered Dead on Christmas; Cause Death ‘Unexplained’

George Michael is dead at 53.  The pop icon passed on Christmas Day; ficial cause death remains unknown.  So far, police have only issued a vague statement. Now, fans ask what caused the singer’s sudden death. Autopsy reports have proven inconclusive. Police question his ex-boyfriend. So, what really happened? Read More…

2. UPDATE] Fake News Alert: Was Rapper Kodak Black Really Shot?

An unclear posting on a viral news site shook up social media. Unknown gunmen shot and nearly killed Kodak Black. However, the real news proved underwhelming. Read More…

3. Rapper Troy Ave in Stable Condition After Christmas Shooting

An unknown gunman shot and nearly killed rapper Troy Ave Sunday night. Roland Collins, the rapper’s real name, and his wife were on their way to a Christmas dinner when a gunman walked up to the car and shot the rapper. Read More…

4. Rapper Yung Mazi Shot While Ordering Food At Local Waffle House

The 2016 holiday season proved dangerous for hip-hop artists. A person robbed Queen Latifah’s car. Then, while Yung Mazi ordered food at a local waffle house, he was shot and nearly killed as well. Read More…

5. Suicide ‘Not Being Ruled Out’ In George Michael Sudden Death

What really happened with George Michael? Authorites have yet to determine the actual cause death. However, they haven’t ruled out the possibility that George Michael may have killed himself. Read More…

6. Massive Anti-Inauguration ‘Freedom Concert’ Taking Shape…

Call it the anti-inauguration.  But a number superstar musicians don’t agree with future-President Donald Trump. So, a concert may take place in Florida at the same exact time as the inauguration. Read More…

7. Trey Songz Arrested After Destroying Detroit Stage

Don’t say NO to Trey Songz. He nearly destroyed a stage in Detroit after organizers told him to stop performing. Police soon arrested the popular R&B singer-songwriter. Read More…

8. Ice Cube and Former NBA Star Roger Mason Form New Summer League

Do you have a New Year’s resolution yet? Form your own basketball league, and call it BIG3. The Vertical reports that popular hip-hop star and actor Ice Cube will form his own summer basketball league. The league will launch Summer 2017. Read More…

9. 2016 Deaths: The Long List Famous Musicians and Entertainers

Another year, another list celebrities who passed away. 2016 lost Debbie Reynolds, George Michael, Prince, and David Bowie, among others. Read More…

10. Run-DMC Sue Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Jet for $50 Million

Amazon has a pirating problem, so Run DMC is taking them to court. DMN obtained court documents detailing a $50 million lawsuit. The suit alleges that Amazon, Wal-Mart, Jet, and others willfully engage in courtfeit sales, causing the RUN-DMC Brand millions. Read More…

 


The Week Prior: December 17 to December 23, 2016

1. Beyonce Sued for Millions Just for Flashing the Roc-a-Fella Logo

Designer Dwayne Walker isn’t used to losing. After his first lawsuit against Jay Z was thrown out in September, he’s now targeting the hip-hop star’s wife, Beyonce. Read More.

2. Plans for a Large-Scale Counter Donald Trump Inauguration Concert Underway

Not many people are happy with our next President, Donald Trump. A concert promoter is organizing a large-scale concert against the next POTUS. Read More.

3. 35+ DJs, Rappers, and Promoters Band Together to Battle Homelessness In LA

Dozens rappers, DJs, and promoters are banding together to raise some cash for people on the streets. This is an all-out effort involving multiple artists. Take a look. Read More.

4. “Don’t Steal Our Money and Content” – ExtraTorrent

“Do as I say, not as I do.” One the world’s top copyright-infringers, ExtraTorrent, is now setting-up shop to stop unficial proxies that are stealing their traffic, and thus, revenue. Ironic, isn’t it? Read More.

5. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne Implicated In Massive ‘Sizzurp’ Drug Operation

Superstars Chris Brown and Lil Wayne may be tied into a massive pharmaceutical drug operation.  A full-blown investigation is now underway in Miami. Read More.

6. Anthrax Says NO to 10,000 Radio Lawsuit

Fearing losing radio play, the iconic rock group Anthrax is pulling out a mega-lawsuit aimed at helping artists earn more from radio. Read More.

7. Bye-Bye, Vine App. Say Hello To Vine Camera

Back in October, Twitter announced that they were going to shutter the Vine app. Now, the social media giant shared their new plans: to transform the Vine app into just a standalone video recorder. Read More.

8. Andrea Bocelli Just Made a Brand New Enemy: Donald J. Trump…

After confirming his appearance at the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, blind tenor Andrea Bocelli has just backed out. Under pressure from pro-Bocelli and anti-Trump fans, the tenor said he would no longer sing. Andrea Bocelli just wants to sing! Read More.

9. David Foster Refusing to Coordinate Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Acclaimed songwriter and producer David Foster was asked to participate in Donald Trump’s upcoming Presidential Inauguration. He flat-out refused. Read More.

10. Is Amazon Listening to Your Conversations Through the Echo?

Amazon scored a huge hit with Alexa-powered devices, including the Echo and the Dot.  Now, a new study shows Amazon is tracking what users are indexing and reading what users say into Alexa. Read More.


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