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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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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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Warner Records U.K. Shuffles Senior Management Team

Sukhraj Johal joins label from Sony imprint Syco Music as Jennifer Ivory is promoted to SVP. LONDON – Warner Records U.K., home to Dua Lipa, Liam Gallagher and Muse, is making a number of changes to its senior management team as the frontline label looks to grow its domestic and international business. Joining Warner Records U.K...

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Warner Records Signs Singer-Songwriter MyKey: Exclusive

Warner Records has signed singer-songwriter and producer MyKey, whose first official release with the label, “Please Don’t Go,” is out today, Billboard can exclusively announce. Raised in Maryland and now based in Los Angeles, the 24-year-old artist turned heads with his playful 2019 single “Was It Something I Said,” which has eclipsed 5.1 million Spotify streams. A...

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Warner Latin to Open ‘Mi Casa, Tu Casa’ Series With Sofia Reyes, Alex Ubago

The New Stay At Home Series Debuts April 4 Warner Music Mexico and Warner Music Latin America are debuting a series of artist hosted mini specials titled “Mi Casa, Tu Casa” (My House, Your House). Each roughly eight-minute “episode” will feature a Warner act hosting a digital gathering from their home that includes a mini...

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Executive Turntable: UK Music Appoints New Chair, BMGPM Names Sony/ATV Vet as Co-Head

UK Music, the umbrella organization representing the interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, has appointed former Shadow Culture secretary and Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson as its new chair, it was announced Monday (March 30). He succeeds outgoing chair Andy Heath. “UK Music speaks with a powerful voice for the whole of the...

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Adam Schlesinger Remembered by His Longtime A&R Exec: ‘His Talent Speaks for Itself’

Steve Yegelwel signed and A&R’d the late bassist’s band Fountains of Wayne for Atlantic Records, among other times their careers crossed paths. For more than 20 years, veteran A&R exec Steve Yegelwel worked with Adam Schlesinger, who died Wednesday (April 1) from complications of the coronavirus. He served as the A&R rep for Ivy, Schlesinger’s...

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Spain’s Recording Industry Facing 100M Euro Loss Due to Coronavirus

Spain’s music boom “did not last long,” laments industry association Promusicae’s Antonio Guisasola. BARCELONA — Spain’s recording industry will suffer a direct hit of at least 100 million euros ($109 million) in losses due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Spanish industry association Promusicae. The dire prediction comes in the face of news that recorded...

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Warner Music and Spotify Announce ‘Expanded’ Licensing Deal

A little over eight months after announcing it had renewed licensing deals with “two of our four major label partners,” Spotify ticked a third off its list on Wednesday in a joint announcement with Warner Music Group. “Warner Music Group and Spotify are pleased to announce a renewed global licensing partnership,” the two parties said...

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