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DMX Will Challenge Snoop Dogg for Verzuz ‘Battle of the Dogs’

There’s a dogfight coming to #Verzuz. In what’s billed as “The battle of the dogs,” DMX will square off with Snoop Dogg for the next round of the Verzuz series, due to take place July 22. There are no puppies in this stoush. DMX’s decades-long career includes 15 visits to the Billboard Hot 100. Snoop,...

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ViacomCBS Terminates Relationship With Nick Cannon Over ‘Hateful Speech’ Used in Podcast

Nick Cannon has come under fire after a conversation on his podcast, Cannon’s Class, was deemed to contain racist and anti-Semitic language. The June 30 episode, which was flagged by a Jewish blogger on Sunday, contained a 90-minute interview between Cannon and former Public Enemy member Richard Griffin, best known by his stage name Professor...

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Bulldog DM Enters Ticketed-Livestream Market With New Pay-Per-View Platform

The service includes Instagram Live broadcast capability and live studio in a box kits. Los Angeles live streaming company Bulldog DM has launched a pay-per-view service for streaming concerts that goes beyond the performance and offers artists the means to monetize collaborations and set up meet and greets and other online experiences. Since the outset...

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SoundCloud Offers Artists Dolby-Powered Audio Mastering

The process costs just $5 per song. SoundCloud is teaming with Dolby for a new feature that allows creators to master their songs without ever leaving their accounts on the streaming platform. “Mastering on Soundcloud” is now available for $4.99 per master — a flat fee regardless of the file type or quality. Subscribers to...

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Podcast Industry Ad Growth Hit By Pandemic

The economic downturn brought about by the coronavirus pandemic is expected to hit the podcast industry, according to a new report. Podcast ad revenue will increase this year, but the gains will be smaller than previously predicted, the fourth annual IAB Podcast Ad Revenue Report reveals. In 2020, U.S. podcast advertising revenues will near $1...

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The Weekend Tops Nielsen Music/MRC Data Midyear Charts Across Canada

Data suggests the COVID-19 pandemic halted momentum of audio streaming across several genres, with alternative rock taking a big hit. TORONTO — For the first half of 2020, R&B superstar The Weeknd dominated multiple Nielsen Music Canada charts, including physical albums, total consumption album sales, Canadian albums, Canadian radio, and, overall, the most consumed of...

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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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Live Nation UK & MelodyVR Partner for Virtual Reality Concert Series Live From O2 Academy Brixton

Earlier this month, Live Nation U.K. and the virtual reality company MelodyVR partnered on Wireless Connect, a virtual version of London’s long-running Wireless Festival that featured 360-degree VR performances from 70 artists out of London and L.A., drawing over 132,000 fans from more than 34 countries. Now, the companies have announced an expansion of that...

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Bandsintown + Billboard Touring Indexes Adapt to Chart Livestream Activity

After launching four multi-tiered, transnational touring indexes in 2019, the Bandsintown + Billboard touring indices are adapting to the livestream climate of 2020 by tracking online activity as fans seek out their favorite artists’ digital live performances. Bandsintown has recorded over 35,000 livestreams by over 12,000 artists since March 25. Now live on Billboard.com, there...

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Eminem’s Publisher Sues Harry Fox Agency, Alleging It Conspired With Spotify to Skimp on Royalties

Last August, Eminem’s publisher filed a lawsuit against Spotify alleging the streaming site has infringed the copyrights in almost 250 of his songs — to the tune of billions in damages — and now he’s bringing Harry Fox Agency into the fray. On July 1, Eight Mile Style filed an amended complaint alleging that HFA conspired with...

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