Saturday, July 2, 2022

Chris Eggertsen

For the Record: Is New Music Killing Old Music?

For the Record is the new Billboard column from deputy editorial director Robert Levine analyzing news and trends in the music industry.The remarkable thing about covering the music business is the way that any given industry trend often turns...

How TikTok Is Blurring the Lines Between ‘New’ and ‘Old’ Music

When Glass Animals’ hit “Heat Waves” reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 in March, it had been out for more than 20 months – an eternity by hit single standards – and it had already fallen off the...

U.S. Treasury Secretary Calls For Cryptocurrency Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says more government regulation is needed to police the proliferation of cryptocurrency and ward off fraudulent or illicit transactions. One potential upside is that users would get documentation of their crypto dealings...

Parcast Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Spotify, Management on First Contract

Seemingly averting a threatened strike, a union at Parcast has reached a tentative agreement with Spotify and Parcast management on a first contract covering the podcast studio’s content writers, fact-checkers, producers, researchers and other workers. The Parcast Union —...

Spotify’s Discovery Mode Under Scrutiny by Congress (Again)

Members of Congress are once again taking aim at Spotify’s controversial Discovery Mode feature, which allows artists and labels to receive a lower royalty rate on select tracks in exchange for higher priority in the platform’s algorithms.In a letter...

SOCAN Collections Rebound 6% to $325M

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) saw collections rebound 6.4% to 416 million Canadian dollars ($325.5 million) from the prior year’s total of 391 million Canadian dollars ($305.9 million), despite the pandemic’s lingering economic...

FAIR Act Bill to Repeal California’s ‘Seven-Year Statute’ Amendment Wins First Committee Vote

The Free Artists From Industry Restrictions (FAIR) Act passed out of the California State Assembly’s Labor & Employment Committee on Wednesday (March 30) after a 4-2 vote in favor of the legislation. The bill now moves to the Assembly’s...

Bobby Shmurda Released From Epic Records Deal

Following multiple public appeals imploring Epic Records to release him from his contract, Bobby Shmurda is officially a free agent, Billboard has confirmed with a source close to the situation. The rapper boasted of his release from Epic via...

Patrick Moxey Launches Label Group in Alliance With Warner Recorded Music

Ultra Records founder Patrick Moxey has signed a global deal with Warner Recorded Music for his newly launched label group, the companies announced Thursday (March 24). Under the deal, Warner’s indie services arm ADA Worldwide will handle digital distribution...

Radio Promotion Vet John Boulos Launches Consulting Firm

Veteran radio promotion executive John Boulos has launched a new consulting firm, JBoulos Music, it was announced Monday (March 21). The company will aim to develop and break new artists while also mentoring young music executives. JBoulos’ current clients...

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