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City of Nashville Condemns Streaming Services’ Stingy Nonsense…

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The Nashville Metro Council has passed a resolution demanding that Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora accept a 44 percent increase to songwriters’ portion of streaming royalties. The resolution follows weeks of protest by songwriters and trade groups against the four tech companies, which recently announced plans to appeal the rate increase, ordered last year by the Copyright Royalty Board, the three-judge panel that governs royalty law. The council’s resolution, while symbolic, ...

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Jussie Smollett Cut From Broadway Play Take Me Out: Report…

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Jussie Smollett has lost a starring role in the forthcoming Broadway reboot of the Tony-winning play Take Me Out, sources tell the Daily Mail. The actor was reportedly slated to play main character Darren Lemming, a mixed-race baseball player who comes out as gay at the peak of his career and ultimately suffers an attack by a teammate hurling racial and homophobic slurs. Smollett ...

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Danny Brown Stars in Open Mike Eagle’s First New Negroes Sketch…

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Comedy Central has released the first musical sketch from Open Mike Eagle’s forthcoming series with comedian Baron Vaughn, The New Negroes. The show, which Eagle and Vaughn co-host, features satirical rap videos and rotating stand-up sets. The first taste, “Unfiltered,” features Mike as an over-polite office drone afraid to tell his toenail-clipping, fish-microwaving co-workers how he really feels, and Danny Brown as an honest and ...

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Watch Japanese Breakfast Cover the Cardigans’ “Lovefool”…

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Japanese Breakfast have spent the last few months slowly introducing new covers into their live sets. On New Year’s Eve, the band covered Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me,” as well as Nada Surf’s “Popular” and Tears For Fears’ “Head Over Heels.” Now, the band have introduced a new cover of the Cardigans’ classic song “Lovefool” into their set, ...

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Deborah Dugan to Succeed Neil Portnow as Recording Academy Presid…

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(RED) CEO Deborah Dugan has been selected to succeed Neil Portnow as the Recording Academy’s new president/CEO, Billboard has learned from multiple high-level sources. Dugan joined (RED) as the non-profit AIDS organization’s CEO in 2011. Founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) has raised more than $500 million for the Global Fund with a host of partners that ...

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SOB x RBE and Marshmello Release Joint EP Roll the Dice…

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Bay Area rappers SOB x RBE have released a surprise three-song EP titled Roll the Dice with EDM powerhouse Marshmello (the one with the marshmallow mask). The DJ meets the quartet on their level, offering production in line with the contemporary West Coast, though lacking the samples and frantic pace of some of the group’s breakout hits. Roll the Dice is SOB x RBE’s first project ...

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City of Chicago Sues Jussie Smollett for Investigative Costs…

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Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid to recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the Empire actor as a publicity stunt, with the city saying — at minimum — that it now wants triple the amount it initially asked Smollett to pay. The 12-page civil lawsuit, filed ...

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Foster the People Singer Apologizes to Imagine Dragons Singer…

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Imagine Dragons have become a fairly easy target, at the butt of many a joke. But lead singer Dan Reynolds isn’t having it anymore. In February, he responded to criticism in a statement. “I’ve gotten over the fact that guys in other bands (the 1975, foster the people, smashing pumpkins, slipknot, etc) feel a need to talk badly about my ...

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Nile Rodgers, Babyface, Dozens More Songwriters Sign Open Letter …

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Dozens of pop music’s most prominent songwriters have published an open letter criticizing Spotify’s attempt to undercut increased songwriter payments. The letter, published by Billboard, defends last year’s Copyright Royalty Board ruling to raise the percentage of mechanical royalties (read: streaming money) owed to a song’s credited writers by 44 percent. Last month, Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora announced plans to challenge that ruling. “We’re hurt and disappointed,” the letter reads. ...

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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Tops Billboard Hot 100…

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Lil Nas X’s breakout single “Old Town Road” has galloped to the top of the charts. The viral hit jumped from No. 15 to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, unseating Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” The honor comes one day before the Atlanta native’s 20th birthday, and one week after the song lodged itself in my head and rudely refused to ...

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