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Former Insomniac Exec Steve Levy Named CMO of Virgin’s Festival Division

Virgin has hired Steve Levy to join the company’s festival division as chief marketing officer, it was announced Monday. In his new role, he will oversee all sales and marketing. Levy, a multi-faceted media executive with extensive international experience, will be based out of Virgin’s Los Angeles office. He joins the company from Insomniac Events,...

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Post Malone & Songwriter File Dueling Lawsuits Over ‘Circles’ Credit

Tyler Armes claims he participated in an early songwriting session on the chart-topping hit. Post Malone is asking a New York Federal judge to declare that a California songwriter has no claim to his hit single “Circles.” The crossover hip-hop star filed a lawsuit Tuesday (April 7) asking a judge to declare that that songwriter...

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What the CARES Act Stimulus Package Means for Music: A Guide for Workers & Businesses

The CARES Act, a $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package signed into law March 27, includes some of the most far-reaching benefits for gig economy workers and small businesses in U.S. history. That’s good news for the music industry. But as banks and state unemployment offices rush to update their websites and meet demand for...

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Luke Bryan Pushes Back Album & Tour Launch Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Luke Bryan is the latest artist to push back his album and tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bryan’s Born Here, Live Here, Die Here album — initially scheduled for release April 24 — has been pushed to Aug. 7. The country singer revealed the news to fans on Tuesday afternoon (April 7). “I wanted to...

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Roskilde Festival 2020 No Longer Happening This Summer

Denmark’s Rosklide Festival had scheduled performances from Kendrick Lamar, Haim and The Strokes.  Update: As of Monday (April 6), the 2020 edition of Denmark’s Roskilde Festival is no longer happening this summer. “The Danish authorities have just prolonged its prohibition against larger assemblies until August 31st 2020. The prohibition also goes for this year’s Roskilde Festival,” organizers...

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Paradigm Establishes $1.1M Employee Relief Fund After Layoffs, Lawsuit

Two weeks after implementing layoffs and paycuts in a companywide call and five days after former Paradigm agent Debbee Klein filed a $2 million wrongful termination suit against the agency, chairman and CEO Sam Gores has addressed his employees again. In a letter sent agency-wide on Monday night, Gores did not directly mention the pending litigation, which accused him...

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Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ Is Racing to No. 1 In U.K.

Dua Lipa’s record-setting new album Future Nostalgia (Warner Records) is streaking to No. 1 on the U.K. chart. The British singer’s sophomore studio set is on top across all formats this week at the midweek point to lead the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update. According to the Official Charts Company, Future Nostalgia is outperforming the...

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Madonna Remembers Dance Music Champion Orlando Puerta: ‘I Am Forever Indebted To Orlando’

As news of Puerta’s death ripples through the music industry, Madonna, Diane Warren and more share their recollections of the beloved dance music promotions and marketing exec. As news of Orlando Puerta’s death ripples through the music industry, those who knew the longtime dance music marketing and promotions executive are mourning his loss. “I am forever...

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Universal Music Group Backlot Fire Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed by Judge

Tom Petty’s ex-wife, Jane Petty, was the sole plaintiff left before it was ruled she had failed to present enough evidence to the court. A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a 2008 warehouse fire that a New York Times Magazine report last year claimed destroyed up to...

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Orlando Puerta, Dance Music Exec Who Championed Madonna, Dies of Upper Respiratory Infection at 55

Results of a COVID-19 test performed prior to his death are still pending. Orlando Puerta, a dance music promotions and marketing veteran known for his work with legends including Cher and Madonna, died from an upper respiratory infection at the age of 55. It is currently unknown whether the infection was caused by COVID-19, but a...

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