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Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Shut-Out

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Shut-Out

Martin Phipps, Mac Quayle and Rickey Minor are the only multiple nominees in Emmy’s six dedicated music categories, with two each in a field where more than half the contenders are first-timers. Netflix leads the music race, with 10 entries in five categories, followed by PBS and FX with four each and HBO with three. Phipps earned a solo nomination […]

Soundtracks Led by ‘Moana’ Shine at Mid-Year Mark

Soundtracks Led by ‘Moana’ Shine at Mid-Year Mark

Music from film and stage has performed exceptionally well for the first half of 2017, with Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Hamilton among the top performers, according to tracking from BuzzAngle and Nielsen Music. Both charts reveal music from Disney’s Moana Official Soundtrack  to be the most popular album in total consumption, which includes […]

‘Fair Play’ Gains Momentum on Hill

‘Fair Play’ Gains Momentum on Hill

The addition of 15 bi-partisan co-sponsors to the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act,” H.R. 1836, has managed to create a sense of momentum for the music rights bill, which some feared would be lost amidst the storm of Russian intrigue and eco-unrest on Capitol Hill. Recording Academy Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer Daryl Friedman said […]

Cooper Counts Industry PROs and Cons

Cooper Counts Industry PROs and Cons

The music industry has enjoyed a revenue surge, but artists are making half what they did in 2000, attorney Jay Cooper pointed out in the  “best of times, worst of times” opener to his SESAC Visionary Award acceptance speech. Cooper — who helped found Greenberg Traurig’s West Coast entertainment practice and has an enviable portfolio […]

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Spotify and Shazam both released their song of summer picks, and in a show of seasonal solidarity, there is some crossover: Selena Gomez, Sean Mendes, Luis Fonsi and DJ Khaled and Lil Uzi Vert are the five double-entries. Spotify’s list tilts toward rap while Shazam gives pop equal time. “Summertime is the season of sunny weather, good vibes and […]

‘Guardians’ Mix 2 Proves ‘Awesome’

‘Guardians’ Mix 2 Proves ‘Awesome’

Five weeks on the charts and counting, Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack is proving almost as appealing to fans as the original, which went platinum in 2014. To date, it has sold 216,215 copies, according to SoundScan. Based on the success of the Guardians sequel, which opened in theaters May 5, Guardians of the […]

Major Lazer Gets Rum Deal

Major Lazer Gets Rum Deal

Bacardí has tapped Major Lazer as brand advisers, appointing its DJ Jillionaire the “Minister of Rum,” tapping the group’s new song, “Front of the Line,” written with Jamaica dancehall artist Konshens, for promotional use. The canny cross-promotion has a lot going for it, leveraging the electronic dance trio’s Caribbean musical influences, the party atmosphere of its […]

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