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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 […]

‘Moana’ Soundtrack Back on Top

‘Moana’ Soundtrack Back on Top

Walt Disney Records’ Moana has regained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Soundtrack chart for the week of April 29, bumping that company’s Beauty and the Beast to No. 2, after a six week stint at the top. Moana also climbed a notch on the Billboard 200 chart, back up to No. 6, where it’s been toggling (between No. 7) […]

Activism Key to Songwriter Regulation Reform, Says ASCAP

Activism Key to Songwriter Regulation Reform, Says ASCAP

  ASCAP President Paul Williams led a bipartisan effort to to galvanize songwriters in a battle for regulatory reform, while representatives Karen Bass (D-CA) and Doug Collins (R-GA) urged the audience at the April 14 panel discussion “Music Licensing Reform: Fight For Your Rights” to do just that. “If you’re so passionate about writing your music, […]

Credits a Luxury in Digital Age

Credits a Luxury in Digital Age

Earning a fair wage was the running theme at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, where the transition to streaming and digital left many songwriters feeling their legacies being blown away like so much dust in the wind. “Little by little, our names are being erased from existence,” said songwriter and producer Desmond Child, whose work has been […]

Geiger Counters Conventional Wisdom

Geiger Counters Conventional Wisdom

WME head of music Marc Geiger engaged music attorneys — and artist Dave Matthews — over lunch with his five point presentation on the future of the record industry. The big takeaway: yes, the music biz has bounced back thanks to paid subscription services, but the current bump is small change compared to the riches […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Soundtrack Charts for Third Week

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Soundtrack Charts for Third Week

Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Beauty and the Beast dominates both the box office and soundtrack charts for the third consecutive week, holding steady at No. 1 on both. The film crossed the $300 million mark after just 10 days in theaters, while the soundtrack debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart the week […]

CDs are Not Dead — They’re Finding Fans on Facebook

CDs are Not Dead — They’re Finding Fans on Facebook

Downloads are dreamy but CDs are far from dead, according to Marty Fahnke, head of marketing for specialty label Barton Publishing. Fahnke said he pumped out $10 million in sales in the 18-month period prior to Christmas, the majority of it physical media. While Barton mainly sells health books, Fahnke has carved out a music niche, targeting […]

Groffman Takes Aim at 360 Deals

Groffman Takes Aim at 360 Deals

As a longtime attorney for artists, Elliot Groffman is no stranger to taking on record labels, but to hear him recount his career highlights and assess the current state of the industry, one knows he is a conciliator, and that like every top businessman, he knows the road to a sustainable future is paved with win-wins. Groffman, […]

US Gets Whiggy With ‘Victoria’

US Gets Whiggy With ‘Victoria’

Nineteenth century England — it’s not just for prigs! From hipster TV critics to 87-year-old aunties, Americans are recovering from their Downtown Abbeyance with Victoria. The latest period extravaganza from PBS Masterpiece Theatre premiered on the UK’s ITV network in August, triggering a media tempest around the romance of stars Jenna Coleman in the title role and Tom Hughes as […]