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Judge Rejects Ex-Fugees Star’s Challenge to U.S. Gov’t $37 Million Bank Seizure

A D.C. federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government has made plausible claims that controversial Malaysian businessman Jho Low attempted to funnel more than $37 million into the country through bank accounts connected to ex-Fugees star Pras Michel. On Thursday, the judge rejected Michel’s motion to dismiss a forfeiture complaint. The Justice Department’s attempt...

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Appeals Court Gives Pandora New Hope for Escaping Class Action Over Pre-1972 Recordings

On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals directed a lower federal court to reconsider Pandora’s bid to escape a class action lawsuit over the music service’s streaming of pre-1972 sound recordings. The move is largely attributable to Congress’ recent enactment of the Music Modernization Act, which for the first time, made these earlier works...

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Trump Administration Staying Out of Challenge to Music Licensing Law for Now

The United States Department of Justice has filed court papers acknowledging that Eminem publisher Eight Mile Style is challenging the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act in a big copyright lawsuit against Spotify. However, citing the early posture of the case, the Trump Administration told a Tennessee federal court Wednesday night that it won’t yet...

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Yola Talks Literally Walking Through Fire For Debut Album at Grammy Museum

Rising country star Yola’s debut album Walk Through Fire may serve as a metaphor for succeeding through adversity. But it’s also based on a true story. Sitting on stage at the Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum, Yola explained that she caught on fire roughly three years ago while wrapping a Christmas present for...

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Remembering Jay Frank, a Thought Leader Who Led the Industry to Trust Data

When Universal Music Group senior vp global streaming marketing Jay Frank died Oct. 13 after a battle with cancer, the industry lost a thought leader who for years encouraged executives to adapt to a music business shaped by technology. “Stop caring about what the music business used to be,” he would say, “and start appreciating...

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Primavera Sounds Moves to Paperless Ticketing with Dice

Spain’s Primavera Sound has teamed up with ticketing platform Dice to exclusively sell tickets for its festivals. The partnership means that from now on the tickets for all the Primavera Sound events in Europe, including Primavera Sound Barcelona and NOS Primavera Sound Porto, all the Primavera Tours and Nitsa club nights in Barcelona will be...

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Universal Music Group Banks $2 Billion During Taylor Swift-Fueled Third Quarter

Vivendi says its sale of a 10% stake in UMG to Tencent should be completed in a matter of weeks, and that it is in talks with others who have “expressed an interest in investing at a similar price level.” Thanks in part to streaming’s continued ascent, along with monster releases by roster artists including Taylor...

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TaP Music Promotes Wendy Ong to Lead Management, Label Activities in U.S.

Veteran music marketing exec Wendy Ong has been elevated to president of TaP Management and TaP Records, U.S., it was announced Wednesday. Ong, who joined TaP Music in 2018 as head of marketing, will oversee all U.S.-related management and label activities, such as artist campaigns across the market. “We’ve known and appreciated Wendy’s work for years,”...

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