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Executive Turntable: Royalty Network Names Black Empowerment Advisory Council, Grand Hustle Founder Launches Music Incubator

Indie publisher The Royalty Network has launched Black Empowerment Thru Music, a new program designed to connect emerging black musicians, producers, songwriters and entrepreneurs with music industry leaders. As part of the initiative, the company is now inviting professional and established musicians, artists, attorneys, songwriters and others to get involved in the effort in a...

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Carla Morrison Says Slew of Unauthorized ‘Disfruto’ Remixes, Freestyle Raps Are ‘Disrespectful’

The singer’s 2012 song has gone viral thanks for new reworkings, but she’s not getting credited for the original. Carla Morrison‘s 2012 track “Disfruto” has recently become a go-to song for a slew of artists — including Lunay and Nesi — to remix or use for freestyle rap. Most recently, Nicky Jam released “Desahogo,” rapping to...

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Downtown Music Hosting Virtual ‘Summer School’ Classes in Lieu of Traditional Internships

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the U.S., in-person internships won’t be happening on a wide scale his summer, robbing students and post-grads of valuable on-the-job training and networking opportunities. To fill the gap, companies in various industries are now offering virtual continuing education programs for the next generation of business leaders. On the music...

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Executive Turntable: Epic Records Names CFO, StageIt Hires New Team as Livestreams Surge

Brian Wilson has been promoted to chief financial officer and senior vp at Sony Music’s Epic Records. He previously served as vp finance, a role he had held since 2014. During his eight-year run at the label, Wilson has played a heavy role in the financial analysis, deal-making and budgeting of projects for artists including...

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Trax Records Hit With Federal Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Royalties

Chicago-based Trax Records has been sued over its alleged failure to pay royalties. Artists Larry Heard and Richard Owens filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit June 23 against Trax Records. Two days later, TaP Music Publishing announced that they are co-funding the legal action. Heard, professionally known as “Mr Fingers” and Owens said in court...

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The Chicks Switch Management to John Silva’s Silva Artist Management

Less than a month before the Chicks’ first album in 14 years arrives, the trio has changed artist management. The Chicks, who dropped Dixie from their name earlier today, have inked with John Silva’s Silva Artist Management (SAM), Billboard has confirmed. Among the other artists repped by SAM are Foo Fighters, St. Vincent and Nine...

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Deadmau5 Signs With UTA in All Areas

UTA has signed deadmau5 for worldwide representation in all areas, the agency announced Thursday (June 25). Under the agreement, UTA will continue developing the DJ and producer’s blockbuster touring business while helping him further expand his content into areas such as gaming, animation, film, philanthropy, entrepreneurial ventures and branding. It will also explore opportunities for...

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SoundExchange, Recording Academy & More Launch ‘Fair Trade’ Campaign to Pay Creators Abroad: Exclusive

SoundExchange estimates that U.S. creators are globally losing out on roughly $330 million in royalties every year. Anytime there is a royalty for the use of a sound recording in the U.S., the music creator is entitled to receive it, regardless of the creator’s nationality and their copyright laws back home. The same is not true around...

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UTA Signs ‘Pop Out’ Rapper Polo G: Exclusive

Polo G has signed with UTA for worldwide representation in all areas under the direction of agent Chris Jordan. The Columbia Records rapper continues to be managed by Stacia Mac and is represented by attorney Adam Zia. “Less than a year after the release of [debut studio album] Die a Legend, Polo G has already...

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Tom Petty’s Family Slams Trump Over Use of ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at Tulsa Rally

Tom Petty‘s family is slamming Donald Trump over the use of the late rocker’s classic song “I Won’t Back Down” during the president’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday (June 20). In a statement issued shortly after the rally, Petty’s estate and rights holders — daughters Adria and Annakim, ex-wife Jane, and widow Dana...

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