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J Balvin to Debut New Track With ‘Fortnite’ Performance On Halloween

“This show is going to be incredibly special, and nothing like users have seen so far,” Epic Games head of global partnerships Nate Nanzer said. “J Balvin was the perfect partner to work with to create an unforgettable show as his music appeal is boundless. We are honored to work with him and bring his music...

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TikTok’s Timely Rise in Country Music: ‘We’re All Looking for That Connection’

Hamilton is just the latest entry in the emergence of TikTok as an artist development and A&R tool for the mainstream country music business. Warner Music Nashville (WMN) announced the signing of Robyn Ottolini on Oct. 8 as her breakup song “F-150” helped her reach the top three on Rolling Stone‘s all-genre Trending 25 chart. And three artists — SarahBeth Taite, Andrew...

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Billie Eilish Reveals Brand-New Details About Her Upcoming Livestream Concert

The event will include an hour-long pre-show & virtual interactions with 500 pre-selected fans. As the anticipation builds for Billie Eilish‘s first major livestreaming concert endeavor, “Where Do We Go? The Livestream,” the Grammy-winning superstar has revealed more details on what to expect from the show, which airs live from Los Angeles on Saturday. That includes...

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Justice Dept. to File Landmark Antitrust Case Against Google

The case is expected to be filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., and will allege it has been abusing its online dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers, the person familiar with the matter told the AP. It will also allege that Google uses billions collected from advertisers to pay phone...

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Apple Music Launches Free 24-Hour Music Video Channel

“A great list of sampled artists on a typical day would be Drake, Dua Lipa, BTS, Billie Eilish — a contemporary mix of current hits,” says Rachel Newman, Apple Music’s global head of editorial and content. “It’s such a great way for music lovers to see big, contemporary hits in an easy-to-consume, lean-back way and...

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In India, TikTok Ban Spurs a Game Of Clones

New apps are vying for the short-video market vacated by the Chinese platform. MUMBAI — After India banned TikTok and dozens of other Chinese-owned apps in June over data privacy concerns, “people thought it would be the end of the influencers,” says Awez Darbar, a dancer and comedic Indian TikTok star. Since then, however, at...

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Class Acts: Grounded Touring Artists Turn to Virtual Lessons to Pay the Bills

“A lot of artists are making a living wage, and more, for sure,” Brownstein says. “But it’s work. You have to put the work in on the marketing side, just the same as if you’re going out on tour.” The pandemic has cut off the $5.5 billion worldwide touring industry, stranding artists big and small...

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Spotify Launches New Audio Format Providing Fully-Licensed Music for Chat Shows

“This is a way to fully utilize licensed music,” Spotify vp/co-head of music Marian Dicus tells Billboard, noting rights holders will be compensated the same as they would on a traditional stream. “It’s a new format that sits at that intersection of music and podcasts.” Despite Dicus’ insistence that the newly-introduced format is not a...

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Sunset Boulevard Country Western Staple Becomes New TikTok Hotspot

The line stretching down Sunset Boulevard outside Saddle Ranch of late isn’t to ride the 21-year institution’s famed mechanical bull, which has been sitting unused since the restaurant had to close its door to indoor dining in March. No, it’s diners eager to eat at the latest TikTok hotspot. In recent weeks, digital stars including...

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Howard Stern, $600 Million Dollar Man? Why the Radio Idol Is Worth It to SiriusXM

KEY TAKEAWAYS 1) SiriusXM can pay more than competitors because its gross margin percentage (62%) is far higher than competitors such as Spotify (25%) and the standard in subscription service licensing deals (30%). 2) Smiles all around. What’s good for SiriusXM is good for record labels, artists, publishers and songwriters. SiriusXM pays a share of...

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