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Bob Dylan and Universal Music Group have been sued by the estate of Jacques Levy, who co-wrote seven of the nine songs on Dylan’s chart-topping 1976 album “Desire,” over the estate’s contention that it should have been compensated as part of Universal’s reported $300 million acquisition of the entire Dylan publishing catalog. An attorney for
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In the days before outgoing President Trump finally revealed his long list of last-minute pardons and commutations at around 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, several names in the entertainment world had been mentioned as likely candidates: some accurate (rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, Death Row Records cofounder Michael “Harry O” Harris); some inaccurate (Joe
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As promised, Billie Eilish has finally dropped her long-awaited collaboration with Spanish singer Rosalia, “Lo Vas a Olvidar (You Will Forget Her),” is dropping Thursday, Jan. 21, at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. The song will be part of the HBO hit series “Euphoria”’s “Part Two: Jules’” soundtrack. [embedded content] The episode’s teaser on social
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Music manager Adam Mersel has brought his Immersive Records label to Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA). First to join the Immersive/Geffen roster is TikTok star LILHUDDY (aka Chase Hudson). The Los Angeles-based Mersel will continue to manage actor and singer Ben Platt. “Adam is a rising executive star with great taste and a remarkably intuitive business
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Dallas Martin, the Atlantic Records A&R executive whose successes include records by Roddy Ricch and Meek Mill, has been promoted to executive vice president of A&R at Atlantic and president of Asylum Records, the company announced. Based in Los Angeles, he will dual-report into Eliah Seton, president of independent music & creator services for Atlantic
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Late on the day that Lil Wayne officially received his long-rumored pardon from former President Trump, he dropped a new song called “Ain’t Got Time.” While the song’s lyrics don’t specifically address the pardon, he does reference the December 2019 federal weapons charges that were cleared by it. Wayne pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm
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There are two songs that are completely guaranteed to be played over the PA at any 4th of July celebration in America: Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Since Greenwood allowed himself to become the closest thing Donald J. Trump had for a house band, there wasn’t much suspense over what
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Fans will have to wait a little bit longer for Drake’s upcoming album, “Certified Lover Boy.” Back in October, the rapper announced that the project would be out in January 2021. However, in an update posted to his Instagram story on Wednesday, Drake said that the album has been delayed due to a recent surgery.
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The photograph of Sen. Bernie Sanders sitting in isolation, waiting for the Biden-Harris swearing-in Wednesday morning, had turned into a cottage industry for memes before the ceremony was even over. And for some reason, it particularly appealed to members of the music community, who could relate to the insufferability of perennially waiting around for something
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Tom Hanks will host the “Celebrating America” inauguration special program following the official transfer of power to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. The presidential celebration, which takes place Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, is intended to showcase the commitment to American healing and unity. It will feature a slew of performances
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This year’s virtual NAMM — the National Association of Music Merchants — marks the Carlsbad, CA-based association’s 120th anniversary since its founding in 1901 as “the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products, pro audio and event tech industry.” From the 120,000 who usually attend, the show’s activities will be viewed by more than
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Life after Brexit is no party in the park, as cultural practitioners in the U.K. and European Union (EU) are discovering. The ongoing controversy around U.K. musicians not being able to tour the European Union (EU) and vice versa post-Brexit came to a head on Wednesday with more than 100 prominent music personalities sending a
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Country star Morgan Wallen and 17-year-old pop upstart Olivia Rodrigo have gotten 2021 off to a blazing chart start, with respective bows atop the album and singles charts, respectively. Wallen’s sophomore effort, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” debuted on the Rolling Stone album chart with an even-better-than-expected 263,900 album units. The biggest factor in that tally
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Business manager Josh Klein (pictured at left), whose clients include The Chainsmokers, Big Sean, Logic and Winnie Harlow, among others, has launched TKG Business Management. The company will be based in Beverly Hills and offer such services as business management, tax work, and personal CFO services to high net worth individuals. Klein has been recognized
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Debra L. Lee, the former chairman and CEO of BET Networks, and Rabia de Landes, a noted executive coach and management consultant, have launched The Monarchs Collective, a new consulting firm focused on elevating Black executives and women. “The Monarchs Collective, answers the calls for – and clear business value of – diverse leadership, and
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“Pass the Mic,” meet “Pass the Presidency.” DJ Cassidy has the distinction of being the only musical participant in Wednesday’s inaugural festivities to be featured as part of two separate events, for which he’s produced a pair of segments of his popular “Pass the Mic” series in honor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris getting
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Due to the ongoing Covid‐19 pandemic, the producers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell have decided to postpone this year’s event until the fall. Jazz Fest 2021 is scheduled for October 8‐17. Quint Davis, Producer/Director of Jazz Fest, said, “We are all ready to get together again and share that
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