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Paradigm Agent’s Lawsuit May Be First of Many Coronavirus Breach of Contract Claims

Lawyers say Paradigm and APA are setting themselves up for legal fights by cutting agents before their contracts expire. Literary agent Debbee Klein’s lawsuit filed Thursday against Paradigm Talent Agency is full of stunning allegations, including payoffs to prostitutes and other criminal misconduct, but it’s the language around Klein’s contract termination and cuts to her...

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Vybz Kartel’s Murder Conviction Upheld by Jamaican Appeals Court

A three-member Jamaican court of appeals panel has upheld reggae dancehall recording artist Vybz Kartel’s 2014 murder conviction. The Kingston court released a 235-page opinion Friday (April 3) detailing its reasoning in dismissing the appeals of Kartel and his co-defendants, Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, and in affirming their convictions. Because of...

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Longtime Music Manager Gary Salzman Dies Due to Coronavirus

The Big Management co-founder worked with many big-name dance acts including David Guetta, Everything But The Girl and Todd Terry. Longtime music manager Gary Salzman has passed away from COVID-19. A statement released by his company, Big Management, announced that Salzman died Tuesday evening (March 31) due to complications from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus....

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Fired Paradigm Agent Drops Bombshell Lawsuit on CEO

A fired Paradigm agent has filed a breach of oral contract and whistleblower lawsuit that alleges CEO Sam Gores mismanaged the company’s finances and made “vast personal gains by running Paradigm as his personal piggybank.” Debbee Klein‘s suit, filed at the Superior Court of California by Freedman + Taitelman LLP, makes a number of incendiary allegations...

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Endeavor to Cut Pay Companywide Amid Pandemic

President Mark Shapiro is reducing his pay by half, while the remaining employees making $65,000 and up will see their pay decreased by 5-30%. Endeavor is rolling out pay cuts as it deals with the economic impact of the pandemic, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As with several other agencies that have taken similar measures, the pay...

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TikTok Now Has Short-Term Licensing Deals With the Major Labels

The popular app now has agreements with Universal, Sony and Warner, but some publishers are discussing a lawsuit. TikTok has struck short-term licensing deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Music Group, multiple sources tell Billboard, as the rapidly growing video-making app continues to establish itself in the music industry. But it still...

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Music Managers Forum Elects New President

Neeta Ragoowansi succeeds Barry Bergman, who had led the association since its founding in 1993. The Music Managers Forum (MMF-US), which serves as a collective voice for artist managers and self-managed artists, has elected entertainment attorney Neeta Ragoowansi its new president — making her the second leader in the trade association’s 27-year-history. Board members at the MMF-US...

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Drones, Streams & Instagram: Album Promotion Playbook Adapts in Age of Coronavirus

“This moment in time is about connection,” says Atlantic Records exec Paul Sinclair. “We’re all humans suffering through a really gnarly human thing right now.” On March 16, when Atlantic Records employees officially began working from home because of concerns about the coronavirus, the label created a virtual notebook so staffers at all levels could...

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How the Huge Coronavirus Relief Package Helps Artists, Roadies & Other Out-of-Work Music Professionals

Independent contractors are eligible for loans and grants under the $2 trillion economic stimulus package Congress passed Wednesday night. The $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package that passed in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday night (March 25) includes some good news for the music industry’s self-employed workforce. Songwriters, musicians, road crews, sound and light techs,...

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6ix9ine Denied Early Prison Release Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

6ix9ine’s shot at an early prison release was denied by a New York judge on Wednesday (March 25). “The Court is constrained to deny Mr. Hernandez’s request,” reads the judge’s order obtained by Billboard. “Having canvassed potential sources of legal authority, the Court concludes that it lacks the legal authority to thus modify his sentence.”...

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