The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” Songwriter on Streaming: “People Writing the Music Are Getting Screwed”

Over the past 19 months, The Chainsmokers' hit single “Closer,” featuring New Jersey singer-songwriter Halsey, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, earned 7x Platinum certification by the RIAA and on Spotify alone has racked up 1.2 billion streams. While the song's success on streaming platforms has meant a big payday for …

UPDATE: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Childish Gambino, Cardi B & More Announced As 2018 Grammy Awards Performers

UPDATE #2: Things continue to get exciting as more performers for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Joining in on an already entertaining lineup, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, U2, and Miley Cyrus alongside Elton John will be showcasing their music, as announced this morning. UPDATE: The lineup performers for …

Turns Out Huffington Post's CEO Used to Work for Spotify

Last week, the Huffington Post deleted an article that was critical Spotify.  Now, there’s a clue that might explain why that happened. The article itself wasn’t that damning.  It didn’t claim financial impropriety, sexual abuse, or criminal activity.  But it did criticize Spotify for treating artists unfairly, and recounted a …

Maxo Kream’s ‘Punken’ Is Authentic Trap Music at Its Finest

When T.I. titled his sophomore album Trap Muzik, there was no specific sound or brand associated with the word. To a degree, he solidified trap’s initiation into mainstream hip-hop consciousness. He translated the rubber band men and Cadillac-riding dope boys, the unlawful lifestyles and harsh living conditions both sellers and buyers―T.I. represented the …

Was Jay Rock Taking Shots at Big Sean on 'King's Dead'?

More music from the anticipated Black Panther soundtrack has ficially arrived. This go around, it's Jay Rock with "King's Dead" featuring TDE labelmate, Kendrick Lamar and Future. While the song surfaced yesterday, it's now ficially available for streaming in the U.S. Kendrick is also curating and producing the soundtrack for Black Panther, …

Facebook Finalizes Licensing Deals With GMR, Kobalt & SESAC

Facebook has just concluded licensing agreements with a string major rights owners.  Get ready for Facebook Music! Facebook is obviously serious about licensing music with major rights owners.  The only question now is what they plan to do with all these newfound rights. Earlier this week, the company finalized major …

Looks Like Radiohead Is Backing Off Its Bogus 'Creep' Copyright Claim

Radiohead now says they aren’t suing Lana Del Rey over ‘Creep’.  So what are they doing? Is Radiohead issuing idle threats against Lana Del Rey? That’s the stinky possibility following a strange admission this morning from the group’s publisher, Warner/Chappell Music.  Apparently, neither the group nor its publisher are taking …

The Huffington Post Rips Down an Article Sharply Criticizing Spotify — Here's the Original

The Huffington Post abruptly yanked an article critical Spotify, possibly under pressure from the company.  Here’s what was removed — in its entirety. But first, a little background. The op-ed was written by artist advocate Blake Morgan, and included heated conversations between Morgan and Spotify executives.  Those conversations and other details …

The Weeknd Drops H&M Over Offensive Ad Campaign

The Weekend is cutting ties with H&M following the fashion giant’s most fensive advert yet. Over the weekend, the Swedish-based retailer came under heavy fire for using an image a black child to market a new sweatshirt with the phrase, “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” Almost immediately, the fashion company …