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Universal Music Group Is Still Growing in the Pandemic: Third-Quarter Earnings Breakdown

And there’s even more good news for Vivendi investors, as UMG’s parent says it plans to hold a public stock offering for the leading music company sometime in 2022. At this point it’s unclear how much Vivendi will sell, but it’s possible it will take the same route as Access Industries did when it took...

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Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: ‘I Hope We Get Smarter About the Things We’re Doing’

You mentioned you had some news to share about your contract work with the Long Center in Austin. I do. The Long Center’s announcing a collaborative partnership with Luck Reunion — Willie Nelson‘s property in Luck, Texas, which has started a series of shows around South by Southwest and they’ve got a film crew that’s...

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Class Acts: Grounded Touring Artists Turn to Virtual Lessons to Pay the Bills

“A lot of artists are making a living wage, and more, for sure,” Brownstein says. “But it’s work. You have to put the work in on the marketing side, just the same as if you’re going out on tour.” The pandemic has cut off the $5.5 billion worldwide touring industry, stranding artists big and small...

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Australia’s Live Industry Presents ‘Devastating’ Report of COVID Impact on Economy, Livelihoods

The cost of the novel coronavirus is disastrous for those who work in the industry, according to preliminary findings from The Economic Cost of COVID-19 on Australia’s Live Entertainment Industry. In 2019, the sector supported 122,000 full-time equivalent jobs. If current restrictions on gatherings remain in place until the end of this year, however, that...

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Strictly Discs in Wisconsin, in a Pandemic: ‘Everybody’s on the Extreme End of Being Tired’

How did Record Store Day go on Saturday? It went really well. The same sort of pattern that we had with the first date worked well and seamlessly, and people were happy. And we did a give away five cases of New Belgium beer, [which] made people happy as well. What were some of your...

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Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Crisis: Week of Oct. 12

It’s a week full of big names when it comes to livestream concerts and events. Things kick off Monday night with Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and others joining Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Michael Stipe and more to remember and carry on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy. Later in the week, Alanis Morissette and the Broadway cast...

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FKA Twigs Has Completed a Brand New Album During Quarantine

The singer-songwriter’s last album, Magdalene, arrived last November. The nine-track set, her second release, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Twigs said she primarily worked Spanish producer El Guincho to write the new as-yet untitled album over FaceTime. Other collaborators included songwriters Billy Walsh and Ali Tamposi. “I was working with...

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Selena Gomez ‘Went Into a Bit of a Depression’ At Beginning of the Pandemic

“My job is a lot of travel, connecting with people, making people happy, and that makes me happy, so it has been a struggle,” continued the 28-year-old, who noted that the pandemic has allowed her to spend more time with people who are important to her, including her family. But she has found things that...

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MusiCares Launches ‘Wellness in Music’ Survey to Gauge Music Community’s Physical & Mental Health

The survey delves into a lot of personal areas, including the respondent’s alcohol, drug, tobacco and marijuana use. It also asks the respondents to reveal their age, gender, marital status, ethnicity, spiritual practice, income level, life satisfaction level, stress and anxiety level, health insurance status, how well they sleep and how often they exercise and...

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Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Opens Up About Coronavirus Battle & After-Effects: ‘I Survived It, But It Wasn’t Pretty’

“I still have the cough,” he revealed. “Every other day, I have these coughing fits because my lungs are still damaged at the tips. And I just got over the inflammation that was going on with my wrist and hands. I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid...

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