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Louis Tomlinson and Syco Music Part Ways: ‘I’m Really Excited for the Future’

Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell’s Syco are saying goodbye. The One Direction-er took to social media on Saturday (July 11) to announce that his relationship with Syco has ended. The 27-year-old singer signed a solo recording contract with the label in 2017. “Hope everyone is doing ok! Just wanted to let you know that Syco Music...

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Alternative Singer-Rapper Contradash Signs to Interscope, Releases New Single: Exclusive

The emerging, genre-blending artist signed to the major label in February and on Friday released his latest single, “White Lie.” At the top of 2020, Los Angeles-based singer-rapper Contradash independently released his second single, “Blocked,” and soon after was fielding meeting requests from most major labels. “We started to meet with labels the day after...

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Album Sales Drop, Hip-Hop Surges as Pandemic Colors Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s Midyear Report: Analysis

On-demand streaming thrived, rock hit rock bottom and vinyl album sales enjoyed double-digit growth in the first half of 2020. At midyear with 361.2 million album audio consumption units, the U.S. music industry posted a 9.4% increase from the 330.3 million units tallied by half time 2019, despite having to overcome a bigger-than-expected drop in...

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Universal Music Partners With Indian Hit-Maker Desi Melodies in Push to Grow Market Beyond Bollywood

The deal highlights the push to grow India’s non-film market and the surging consumption of regional-language content. Universal Music Group is partnering with India’s Desi Melodies, a leader in the recent wave of Punjabi music, in a global distribution deal that underscores the rapid growth in consumption of regional-language content in the emerging market. The...

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Music Streaming and Sales Rebound — Will Concerts Follow Suit? Five Key Insights From New Nielsen Music/MRC Data COVID-19 Report

As some stay-at-home orders have eased across the United States, consumers are now spending more time outdoors and less time with activities like social media, TV and video games, according to the fifth installment of Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s survey series COVID-19: Tracking the Impact on the Entertainment Landscape. They’re also increasingly interested in returning to live...

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Safe & Sound: As Recording Studios Reopen, Health Concerns Clash With Creativity

With varying mandates from state and local governments — and few that apply directly to musicians — studios are working together to create best practices as they return to business. On May 5, musician Dave Madden arrived at Same Sky Productions in Austin to record his first in-studio session since the pandemic. Spotting a Rubik’s...

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Tones And I, Julia Jacklin, Flume & More Score Nominations for 2020 AIR Awards

With three nominations, Tones And I has a fine chance of taking home silverware at the 2020 AIR Awards, to be held Oct. 1 in Adelaide. Tones’ global hit “Dance Monkey” is up for independent song of the year, her debut EP The Kids are Coming is in the running for independent pop album or...

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300 Entertainment Signs Rising Argentinian Singer-Songwriter Maria Becerra

300 Entertainment, home to artists including Megan Thee Stallion and Fetty Wap, has signed rising Argentinian singer-songwriter Maria Becerra. A promising act in the urban-pop scene in her native Argentina, the 20-year-old singer becomes the first Latin artist to join the indie label’s roster. “When we were finalizing everything just a few months ago, I couldn’t...

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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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Nashville Music Video Shoots Find a Way Amid COVID-Related Limitations

The morning after a night of protest in downtown Nashville, Matt Stell snuck into the Fleet Street Pub in the city’s Printer’s Alley, occupying the space for 12 hours as he portrayed 13 different characters for the video to “If I Was a Bar.” In the end, the project had Stell interacting with different versions...

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