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Creative Community for Peace to Honor Ziggy Marley, Aaron Bay-Schuck, Troy Carter & More at Annual Gala

The non-profit organization seeks to counter the cultural boycott of Israel. The non-profit organization Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) will honor Warner Records CEO/co-chairman Aaron Bay-Schuck, Caroline Music/CMG president Jacqueline Saturn, Q&A and Atom Factory founder Troy Carter; Latin music manager Walter Kolm and singer-songwriter Ziggy Marley at its second annual Celebrating Ambassadors of Peace (AOP) gala on Sept. 26...

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‘Spotify Untold’ Tell-All Book to Be Adapted Into TV Drama

TV firm Yellow Bird UK has optioned the screen rights for the book, which examines how Spotify “shook the music industry to its core.” Spotify Untold, the Swedish-language tell-all book about the company’s rise from start-up to streaming giant, appears to be headed to the TV screen. UK television firm Yellow Bird has optioned the screen rights for the...

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Disney Music Group Jumps Into Podcasting With ‘For Scores’ Interview Series

Disney Music Group’s world is expanding this week with the company’s first foray into podcasting.  For Scores, an interview series featuring composers working in film, television and games with ties to the company, will debut this Friday, Aug. 23, with a kickoff at the D23 Expo gathering of Disney superfans in Anaheim. Given Disney’s rich...

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Universal Music Partners With Mass Appeal to Take Indian Hip-Hop Global

Mass Appeal India’s first signing is rapper Divine. Universal Music has teamed up with New York-based media and content company Mass Appeal to launch a new label aimed at growing India’s thriving hip-hop scene on a global scale.   Based at Universal Music India’s headquarters in Mumbai, Mass Appeal India’s first signing is rapper Divine, real...

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Wacken Open Air Producer Enters Partnership With Superstruct Entertainment

London-based Superstruct Entertainment has entered into a partnership with Germany promoter International Concert Service (ICS). Superstruct will invest in the promoter whose catalog of events includes heavy metal festival Wacken Open Air. “Joining the Superstruct network is terrific news for our team and our fans. We will continue providing world-class experiences through our portfolio of...

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Trump Administration Picks a Side in Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Fight

Not that anyone has ever harbored doubt about the success of the British Invasion, the 1960s phenomenon of U.K. rock bands taking the United States by storm, but now the U.S. government is standing behind Led Zeppelin in its ongoing legal fight with heirs of a guy nicknamed Randy California. Mr. California was the songwriter...

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Spotify’s Daniel Ek Disputes iHeart CEO’s ‘Far From True’ Claim on Listenership

Just how concentrated is Spotify’s core of dedicated listeners who actually use the service? During Thursday’s second-quarter earnings call, iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman sought to illustrate the “fundamental difference” between the two wings of the audio marketplace: radio and what he called the “music collection me-time segment,” or on-demand streaming services such as...

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UTA Partners With Cannabis Brand Leune For ‘U Should Hear This’ Series

United Talent Agency has teamed with cannabis lifestyle brand Leune to support UTA’s exclusive music showcase series U Should Hear This. Rising R&B artist and UTA client iyla will perform at the first showcase of the collaboration Thursday (Aug. 15) at the Sonos Penthouse in Los Angeles. U Should Hear This is an invite-only series...

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‘Confusion & Inconsistency’: Spotify, Amazon Make Case Against Royalty Board Rate Determination

The NMPA also filed an appeal, arguing that the CRB erred in granting DSPs certain subscription discounts. Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play and Pandora have filed their appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board’s mechanical rate determination, which will see music publishers and writers enjoy a 44% rate increase by 2023. The digital services filed their...

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