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    Renowned writer and lyricist Abhilash passed away on September 28 after battling cancer for over a year. The famed songwriter had been diagnosed with liver cancer and was bed-ridden for the last 10 months as reported by Times of India. Abhilash was known for his work on films such as Laal Chooda (1984), Hulchul (1995) and Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988). The writer’s family had been going through a time and it was recently reported that they were seeking financial help for his treatment. SP Balasubrahmanyam, Popular Singer and Actor, Dies At 74. The music industry recently faced a big blow with the sudden passing of veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam and now the death of Abhilash is certainly another sad...
    Trump tech war with China changes the game for US business Kai Kara-France: Flyweight division more even than ever going into UFC 253 Kanye West on how he wants to re-imagine music industry © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Kanye West took his battle in the music industry off of Twitter and on Billboard. 'You have to adapt,' the 42-year-old star on Tuesday told Billboard. 'You can't have old rules for new games. No other business in the world would suggest you don't adapt to a completely new supply chain and income sources.' The Jesus Is Born artist told the outlet that 'the balance of power is too off' in the business and that 'the gap between major...
    As anti-police brutality protesters march across the nation, two black women in the music industry have created a movement for social media users to go dark for a day of protest.  #TheShowMustBePaused is an industry-wide call to action for social media users to acknowledge "the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black citizens at the hands of police" by posting only a black tile on their social media platforms. The initiative is the brainchild of Jamila Thomas, senior director of marketing at Atlantic Records and former Atlantic Records employee Brianna Agyemang. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox However, as the movement grew, most people began using the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday, and activists urged social media users...
    Gary M. Kramer September 19, 2020 2:59PM (UTC) EDM music festivals and nightclubs may be on pause during the global pandemic, but in the top 150 clubs, the annual percentage of female DJs is a mere 6%. In 2019, Billboard and DJ magazines released their list of top 100 DJs, and only five—five!—were female. (The highest ranking was Alison Wonderland #36; REZZ followed at #39; Nervo came in at #82; and Tokimonsta was #98). According to a study done by the Annenberg Institute, women make up less than 3% of production and technical roles in the music industry, and women of color hold less than 0.3% of those jobs. Stacy Lee's fabulous, energetic documentary, "Underplayed," which is having its...
    When Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA, started DJing, there was one thing she heard whispered about her again and again: that she hadn’t created her own music. She remembers people attributing her work to the men in her life, guessing that her boyfriend must’ve made it for her. Since then, she has prioritized transparency in her process. “The more I share that with people,” she says, “the more they know that what I make is mine.” Seizing ownership over one’s work and artistry is a theme that comes up repeatedly in Underplayed, Stacey Lee’s thoughtful and thorough documentary probing gender inequality in the electronic music scene. Profiling a series of DJs and music producers, the film presents a broad...
    Kanye West continued his attack on the music industry on Friday, this time vowing to help fellow artist Taylor Swift get ownership of her masters, amid his own ongoing legal battle to obtain rights to his music. The 43-year-old rapper shared a series of tweets on Friday afternoon, promising to bring change to the structure of the music industry and record labels, which he has criticized for taking ownership of artists' work, including his own.   Kanye told followers he would 'personally' ensure former nemesis and now friend Taylor Swift 'gets her masters back' from record label executive Scooter Braun, suggesting he would take the issue up with Braun himself. 'I'M GOING TO PERSONALLY SEE TO IT THAT TAYLOR SWIFT GETS...
    Music icon Kanye West has been suspended from Twitter after posting a series of incendiary tweets on Wednesday night. According to Newsweek, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed that West was suspended for 12 hours after he posted the private phone number of a Forbes editor and urging his followers to call the individual. “The Tweet was removed for posting private information, and the account has been temporarily locked in accordance with our Private Information policy,” the social media giant confirmed. Another tweet featured West urinating on a Grammy Award he had placed in a toilet. Trust me … I WONT STOP pic.twitter.com/RmVkqrSa4F — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 In yet another tweet, Kanye West floated conspiracy theories about how the...
    Rap superstar Kanye West is leading a revolt against Universal Music Group that has led to music stars lashing out at record labels over the level of control they exert over their artists. The typical music contract, the Grammy-winner says, is lucrative for record labels but leave musicians with little recourse to own their masters. “When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights,” Kanye West wrote in a series of tweets. “Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music. Someone else controls where it’s played and when it’s played. Artists have nothing accept the fame, touring and merch.” The Jesus Is King crooner continued: We’ve gotten comfortable with not having what we deserve … they allow...
    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to try and retrieve the rights to his own music. The rapper, 43, posted the vision to his Twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon, which showed one of his 21 Grammys placed inside of a toilet bowl.  'Trust me... I WON'T STOP,' West captioned the clip, which referred to his current bid to gain ownership of his masters - otherwise known as the copyright to his original songs.  On Tuesday, West started attacking the structure of the music industry, declaring that musicians actually had little to no power because record labels owned all of their work.  He took aim at his...
    Kanye West took to Twitter in what appears to be an attempt to renegotiate his music contract with Universal. Over several hours, he tweeted a long series of messages that included what he said was ten contracts with the label. His goal was to procure his masters for his four children, whom he shares with his wife, Kim Kardashian West. The rapper asked people around the world to cover him with prayer as he began the process of buying back his masters from Universal, and he also noted that Sony wasn’t off the hook either, but he chose to fight one battle at a time. The “No Church In The Wild” rapper explained that the label would not tell him...
    Local artists, club owners, promoters and music executives are calling on the government to help save the live music scene in the Bay Area and beyond. The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Blue Note Records’ Don Was, Another Planet Entertainment’s Allen Scott and Blue Note Napa’s Ken Tesler are among the music industry professionals who joined Congressman Mike Thompson during an online press conference on Tuesday (Sept. 15) in support of two bills that would help a nationwide live music scene that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. “Everyone knows that music feeds our soul,” says Thompson, the Democratic congressman from the fifth district, whose includes Napa. “Especially in these tough times, music is a way for us to feel...
    Kanye West severely criticized the music industry and the NBA on Monday, comparing them to a “modern-day slave ship.” Similar to his previous hyperbolic statements regarding slavery and its relation to modern America, West demanded to see the contracts of everyone at Universal and Sony, likening himself to a “new Moses.” I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved I’m putting my life on the line for my people The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships I’m the new Moses I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved I’m putting my life on the...
    Kanye West has compared the music industry and the NBA to a “modern day slave ship,” saying that he won’t release any more new music under his current contract. The rapper, billionaire fashion mogul, and presidential candidate also declared himself the “new Moses” and compared himself to inventor Nikola Tesla in a series of tweets. West lashed out at his record labels by name late Monday. “I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony,” he tweeted. “I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved. I’m putting my life on the line for my people. The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships. I’m the new Moses.” I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony ...
    SeaWorld lays off nearly 1,900 furloughed workers as pandemic restrictions continue to hinder park attendance 5 things we learned from the super-cool new The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer Kanye West says the music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships in new tweets: Im the new Moses © Provided by INSIDER Kanye West signed a contract with EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV, in 2003. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs Kanye West says he won't release any new music until he is freed from his contracts with music publishers Sony and Universal. In a series of tweets on Monday night, the rapper expressed vague frustration with the "industry" and fellow rappers "dissing each other on...
    Kanye West says he won't release new music until he's released from his Universal and Sony contracts. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs Kanye West says he won't release any new music until he is freed from his contracts with music publishers Sony and Universal. In a series of tweets on Monday night, the rapper expressed vague frustration with the "industry" and fellow rappers "dissing each other on labels we don't own." "I'm not gonna watch my people be enslaved," he wrote. "I'm putting my life on the line for my people. The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships. I'm the new Moses." On Tuesday morning, West suggested he's exploring legal action to get...
    New York (CNN Business)The days of vinyl records being a nostalgic relic of the past are long gone. This year, vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s. Vinyl records accounted for $232.1 million of music sales in the first half of the year, compared to CDs, which brought in only $129.9 million, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.Vinyl records, also known as "records pressed on wax," were commonplace before other formats, such as cassette tapes and CDs, become the preferred mode of listening to music. But that hasn't stopped vinyl records from making a resurgence. Since 2005, sales for vinyl have grown consecutively. In the...
    Mandatory COVID-19 shutdowns are driving Nashville’s artists out of town and pushing the city’s music venues to the brink of collapse. One group of musicians in the city is begging Mayor John Cooper to let them work. “What’s preventing musicians from working has been the extra mandates from the mayor,” said one Nashville artist, Emily Jerde. Jerde plays the fiddle in a band she started with her brother and sister. They go on tour every summer and in the off-season, the band plays gigs on Broadway. When Metro health orders shut down Broadway, Jerde’s life changed. “Probably 85 percent of our income was just gone overnight,” Jerde said. “We’ve spent so many years developing our craft....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Theater and music venues across Philadelphia will be lit up in red Tuesday night for #RedAlertRESTART to raise awareness of the hardships facing the entertainment industry since COVID-19 effectively ended all indoor live performances. “The live events industry, they’re in trouble right now,” said Bryan Buttler, Philadelphia spokesman of the Live Events Coalition. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Met and the Wilma Theater are just a few of the venues that will be lit in red from 9 p.m. until midnight to draw attention to the RESTART Act introduced in Congress back in May. “It is important that folks know that we are going to be affected for the long term, and there is...
    SACRAMENTO —  California lawmakers embraced a plan Monday to loosen the state’s year-old law that limits the use of independent contractors, providing new flexibility in a variety of professional and non-traditional jobs but failing to mollify critics who say the system remains too restrictive. Supporters of Assembly Bill 2257 expect Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign the proposal into law next month. As urgency legislation, it would take effect as soon as he signs it into law. “This bill strikes a balance and continues to provide protections for workers against misclassification that had previously gone unchecked for decades under the old rules,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), the bill’s author. Few topics have sparked more fierce debate across California, reflecting...
    Vinay Singh, the Founder of Record Label TopShotLife, is a passion-preneur who turned his love of music, entertainment and art into a platform for promising new talents on a global level. In just a few months, Vinay Singh is proving true to his vision of helping up-and-coming artists to develop and to achieve the fame they deserve. With over 3 million views on his first two music videos “Nightmare by Vamsi Kalakuntla” and “Cute Smile by Nitin Kumar” within just 1 month of their release, Vinay Singh has brought TopShotLife on a roll of successful hits by promising artists. As an avid lover of live music events and concerts, Vinay Singh established his first venture TopShot Events LLC. in...
    Here’s one thing that many people in the music world have long believed to be true: Van Morrison doesn’t care what you think of him. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the author of some of the best songs in popular music history, and has sold millions in a career that stretches back 60-plus years. He’s the Belfast Cowboy and he’s apparently content to ride alone. And that’s pretty much what he’s doing these days, as this former Bay Area resident’s call for other A-list acts to back him on his “Save Live Music” campaign — which is built on the notion that Covid-19 precautions for concerts are just a bunch of phooey — has seemingly gone answered....
            by Drew Johnson  With the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice protests and the looming presidential election dominating the headlines, the upcoming Supreme Court case, Google v. Oracle, has been all but forgotten. It may seem like an inconsequential lawsuit between two Silicon Valley rivals fighting over a coveted piece of technology. But that analysis is wrong. The case has enormous potential consequences, not just for the two companies in dispute, but for countless Tennesseans and the state’s economy. That’s because a ruling in favor of Google would absolutely devastate the state’s famous music industry. Google v. Oracle centers around the two tech firms’ battle over the intellectual property rights to Java. Oracle owns the popular software program....
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City One could say that playing music is second nature for Emmy nominated composer Amanda Jones. Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts in music from Vassar College in 2010 and trained in music composition, production and classical guitar under Terry Champlin during her time there. She also earned certificates in both film scoring and orchestration from Berklee College of Music. After her time in college, Jones went out to Los Angeles and started an indie rock band, The Anti-Job. After touring around with the group for a few years, Jones decided to try out some internships in the music composition industry. “Living...
    While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Colorado in many ways, the music industry and creative sector have been hit particularly hard, according to recent studies. Denver Arts & Venues partnered with Colorado State University on the "2020 City of Denver Creative Economy Report with Initial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis," and, along with Colorado Creative Industries, "Initial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Music Industry in Colorado and the Denver Metropolitan Region." Both reports detail the effects of the pandemic, estimating that Denver’s creative industries have lost around 29,840 jobs and $1.4 billion in estimated sales revenue between April 1 and July 31, while Colorado’s music industry lost approximately 8,327 jobs between April 1 and July 31, representing a...
    Actress Urvashi Upadhyay, who made her acting debut with the TV show, Hamari Devrani, in 2008, feels that social media has hugely influenced the small screen industry. “I remember when I started in 2008, there was no Instagram. In fact, Facebook was also very new. It was quite a hassle back then to upload something on Facebook, too. So, the audience used to get to know about actors through TV shows and chat shows. Now everything is out there. People can watch anything and know anything, with just one click. So, social media has changed the TV space, too,” said Urvashi. Ishq Subhan Allah Lead Actor Adnan Khan Tests Negative For COVID-19; Assures Everyone He Is Fine She added that...
    c/o Kristopher James After releasing a full-length in September, St. Petersburg songwriter Kristopher James had plans to spend 2020 releasing some songs individually. But helping friends after the Nashville tornadoes and navigating COVID-19 proved to be a creative gut punch. Some of James’ friends—including Nashville songwriter Kyshona Armstrong who James met during her gig at the Straz—lifted him up for this new song, which he called a catharsis. “Being able to sculpt the song and parts, working with people that I absolutely adore and respect, allowed me to not be overwhelmed by all the tumult,” James told CL. Armstrong, who sings backup vocals on James’ new song, said she’s been doing a lot of session work from her home...
    Ricky Martin: Who is the love of your life? | NowMyism.com HoyMismo.com Entertainment Galleries Updated Aug 11, 2020 at 9:22 am Ricky Martin is one of the most influential singers in Spanish-speaking music. At the time, he was also one of the most sought-after singles in the industry until he met Jwan Yosef, his current husband. Next Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, learn the love story of one of the most established couples in the music industry.
    Ahead of the release of her film Yaara co-starring Vidyut Jammwal and Amit Sadh, actress Shruti Haasan chatted exclusively with News Brig. In this  conversation Kamal Haasan’s daughter talked  about true friendships in the industry. While her film is a tale about bonding  and brotherhood, Shruti maintains that true friendships are rare in the film industry, as opposed the camaraderie one witnesses in the music industry. “When you compose a song, as an artist, you tend to work as a unit with other fellow musicians and singers. You are always in sync with each other, be it a musical concert or a piece you are working on as a unit. I have sensed a strong element of unity and friendship in the...
    Gamers from the Malaysia team compete in the qualifying rounds of the eSports event between Malaysia and Vietnam at the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) in Manila on December 5, 2019.Ted Aljibe Livestreaming platform Twitch plans to work a lot more closely with the music industry in Asia-Pacific to expand the non-gaming content on its platform, a senior executive told CNBC.  Twitch, a subsidiary of U.S. tech giant Amazon, started off as a livestreaming site where users broadcast themselves playing various video game titles. Though esports is still a big part of the platform, it has since expanded into more diverse digital content including music, sports and other areas of pop culture. One analyst estimated in June that Twitch was worth about $15...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas arts industry is asking Congress for an SOS, which in this case stands Save Our Stages. The push comes days after Texas Senator John Cornyn and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced a bipartisan bill to provide massive relief to the struggling industry. A venue normally bursting with music and fans has been dark since March. Mike Schoder, owner of the Granada Theater, a Dallas live music staple since 1946, said Covid froze the music industry in its tracks. “To see the live music business just halted like it has been it just such an unfortunate surprise,” he said. With no shows since the pandemic began, he was forced to lay off 75 of his...
    COVID-19 landed with a thud in March and First Avenue took the blow like everyone else. “Our last show was on the 12th, our last day in the office was the 13th and by the 16th we had moved every show in March,” said marketing director Ashley Ryan. But the legendary downtown Minneapolis nightclub – which owns and runs the Depot Tavern and Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis and the Turf Club and Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul and co-runs St. Paul’s Palace Theatre – didn’t waste any time in looking for a fix. First Avenue president Dayna Frank joined other independent clubs across the country to form the National Independent Venue Association with the stated goal to “fight...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM) – Congressmen Roger Williams (R-TX-25) and Peter Welch (D-VT-At large) introduced the Save Our Stages Act on Thursday, to provide grants from the Small Business Administration to independent music venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Senate companion version of the legislation. “Live music venues have been uniquely affected by the government’s actions during COVID-19, especially here in the Austin area. Unlike some businesses on the road to recovery, music venues that have been cultural staples for generations will continue to bear the negative impacts of the pandemic for the foreseeable future,” said Congressman Williams. “I’m proud to introduce the Save Our Stages Act to help preserve these...
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    John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Mark Sullivan & Allen Berezovsky / Getty Some couples in the music industry have been together for decades. Music icons like Beyoncé, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen have been with their partners for a long time.  Country music has several long-lasting power couples like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Hollywood is filled with actors who have been married for decades, and the music industry is no different.  From pop icons to country music stars, there are famous musicians who have been married to their spouses for years and continue to work in the spotlight.  Here are some of the longest-lasting...
    V, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, Jimin, and J-Hope were awarded Order of Cultural Merit at the 2018 Korean Popular Culture And Arts Awards In Seoul. Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images BTS is a seven-member K-pop group that has become a global sensation. They were originally discovered in 2010 and released their first album in 2013. BTS fans call themselves A.R.M.Y., which stands for "Adorable M.C. for Youth." From their thoughtful lyrics to fans' digital activism, Insider chronicled BTS's meteoric rise with insight from K-pop and music industry experts. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. BTS might be the most popular boy group the world has ever seen. With record-setting views for their YouTube music videos and album purchases along...
    Nobunny, the rock artist who is known for performing in a decaying rabbit mask, announced that he has quit music, reported Pitchfork. The news comes after multiple allegations of assault were leveled at Burger Records, who had worked with the artist in the past. Nobunny, real name Justin Champlin, released a statement admitting to incidents of sexual misconduct. “I f*cked up bad. I used my power and influence to take advantage of young women and teenage girls,” he wrote. He claimed that “everything I have ever done was consensual,” but acknowledged that “consent isn’t always there if the power dynamic is off.” Champlin said he had been sexually assaulted and experienced gang rape, though he recognized that was no excuse...
    Nasha Clarks is pictured in an undated photo. (Credit: Cootchill Nelson) When you hear about shows like Nick Cannon‘s Wild ‘N Out Tour Live, you probably instantly think of jokes, hilarious comedians, and an all-around good time. What most people don’t think about is all the behind the scenes work to create a memorable experience for those in attendance or the publicity to even put the event on the radar of attendees. Yes, Wild ‘N Out is already a huge television show with millions of followers on social media but the publicity of an event like the live tour that plays a role in increasing sales and media attention. Insert entertainment and music publicist Nasha Clark. She has made...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Get an inside look at the music industry for free this summer during a weeklong virtual program. From July 27-31, New York City’s Downtown Music Holdings is launching Downtown Summer School that will give participants access to sessions will feature insights from Downtown, TikTok and other industry giants. Founded in 2007, Downtown Music Holdings was made with the goal to make it easier for artists to distribute and monetize their work. For Justin Kalifowitz, founder and CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, offering internships incredibly important for anyone who is interested in the music industry. “We’ve offered music industry internships at Downtown...
    Spotify has stopped using the phrase 'urban music' in the UK after complaints from artists and industry figures that the term was antiquated.  'Urban' has been used as an umbrella term to describe various genres of music, including rap and R&B since the 1970s.   However, recently some black artists have spoken out saying the phrase perpetuates racial stereotypes and 'strips away the actual blackness' of black music. Scroll down for video     Spotify has stopped using the phrase 'urban music' after complaints from artists and experts that the term was antiquated. Urban was first used as an umbrella term to describe various sub-genres of music (file) Safiya Lambie-Knight, Spotify UK's artist and label partnerships lead, gave an interview with Music Week on...
    Renowned Italian music composer and Oscar Winner Ennio Morricone passed away on July 06, 2020. He was 91 at the time of his death. The reason for the legend’s passing away is said to be complications that arose due to a fall he suffered last week where he even broke his demur, a report in hollywoodreporter.com read. The music composer had close to 500 films under his belt as a music composer. Broadway Star Nick Cordero Dies At 41 Due to Coronavirus Complications. Born on November 10, 1928, it can be said that music was in Ennio’s blood for his father Mario, was a trumpet player. Ennio followed in his father’s footsteps and learnt his first instrument, the trumpet. He...
    Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones are amongst the more than 1,500 musicians who have signed an open letter to U.K. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden demanding support for the live music industry that has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “With no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak,” the letter states. It calls for a timeline for resumption of concerts, financial support and tax exemption on ticket sales. Citing research from Media Insight Consulting, the letter states that the music industry contributed £4.5 billion ($5.6 billion) to the...
    While singers like Amaal Malik are refuting all the claims made by Sonu Nigam, Monali Thakur has extended her support to the singer. In her interaction with Bollywood Spy, Thakur has alleged that favouritism is very much a part of the industry and that mediocre talent is always given the priority. She has backed all the claims made by Sonu Nigam in his recent videos and even revealed how she sent him a thank you message for voicing the truth so bluntly. Sonu Nigam Threatens to Expose Bhushan Kumar, Recalls the Time The T-Series Honcho Asked His Help to Save Him From Abu Salem and Mentions a ‘Marina Kuwar’ Video. “I was thankful to him because he is a senior and...
    Pop star Lady Gaga took to social media to throw support behind the Black Music Action Coalition, an organization whose highest priority “is to meet with each company’s CEO, senior management and your newly formed foundation boards to mutually develop a plan to address the deeply rooted systemic racism” in the music industry. On Monday, the Grammy-winning crooner and left-wing agitator tweeted to her 81 million followers a graphic of the coalition with a caption demanding, “Change in the music industry begins now.” Change in the music industry begins now. @bma_coalition pic.twitter.com/XNxb2DGkBP — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 22, 2020 The Black Music Action Coalition recently put out a public letter explaining its goals. “We created BMAC to address long standing racial inequities...
    T-Series company and its honcho Bhushan Kumar are receiving huge backlash. Sonu Nigam recently uploaded videos where he tried to expose ‘music mafias’ and also named Kumar in several accusations. Post this, a substantial amount of social media users tweeted against him, supporting Sonu Nigam. Now, Adnan Sami has given his opinion on the whole fiasco, agreeing to Sonu’s point of view. Divya Khosla Kumar Calls Sonu Nigam ‘Thankless’ As She Responds to His Accusations Against Husband Bhushan Kumar and T-Series. In his lengthy Instagram post, the “Tera Chehra” singer wrote, “The Indian Film & Music Industry SERIOUSLY needs a ‘Herculean‘ SHAKE UP. Especially in the context of music, New Singers, Veteran Singers, Music Composers & Music Producers – who...
    The Minnesota Music Coalition is going online for its 10th annual MN Music Summit, which takes place Saturday and Sunday. The summit is free and open to artists, industry professionals and music fans of all backgrounds. Events include industry panels, music community conversations, performances from homegrown artists and a “Demo-rama” to showcase music demos with a panel of industry artists and collaborators. All panels and concerts will be hosted on Streamyard and livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube. Performers include Sym1 and Samantha Moon, Greg Herriges, Gambler’s Daughter, Mixed Blood Majority, d’Lakes, Haldy, Annie and the Bang Bang, Aby Wolf and Eric Mayson, Kashimana and Ben Weaver. For more details or to register, see mnmusiccoalition.org. Related Articles Garth Brooks to perform...
    Playback singer Sonu Nigam has shared a video on Instagram in which he has requested the music industry to be kind to the newcomers and not to torture them. In the wake of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise, many celebs have come forward and spoken about how the dark side of the entertainment industry. Sonu Nigam has shared how he was lucky to debut at a young age but today things have changed and become extremely difficult for the young talents. While sharing the video, he captioned it as, “You might soon hear about Suicides in the Music Industry.’ Sushant Singh Rajput Death Probe: Mumbai Police Asks Yash Raj Films To Handover Copies of Contracts That Were Signed...
    “The world is a ghetto,” declares legendary funk band War on its 1972 classic of the same name. And in the music world, that “ghetto” for black artists has long been “urban” music departments and genre shackles that have essentially segregated them based on the color of their skin. To make so-called “urban” music was to keep you in your place — safely apart from the more prestigious, less dangerous fields of music that were far, far away from the streets. But therein the music industry has been a microcosm of society as a whole, where systemic racism has made it hard for black artists to cross the color lines in some long-standing institutions. Those include the Grammys — the...
    The Empress of the Blues: Bessie Smith As people march and protest for #BlackLivesMatter across the U.S and in solidarity around the globe, it is easy to forget that the month of June has several official designations. It is Pride Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and African-American Music Appreciation Month—often referred to as Black Music Month. June is also the month when many Black Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the announcement of the emancipation of enslaved people finally reaching Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. What we march for now is rooted in that history of enslavement, and the post-emancipation segregation and maltreatment of the Black citizens of this country. We all have seen the ongoing effects of Jim Crow and segregation in housing,...
    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made a powerful statement on the Black Lives Matter movement and sexism in the music industry during YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation on Saturday. The singer started by congratulating the high school seniors who persevered through an unprecedented time in the country. “Congratulations to the class of 2020, you have arrived here in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black human being. And you still made it, we’re so proud of you,” she said. Beyoncé highlighted the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place around the country. “Thank you for using your collective voice and letting the worlds know...
    The music industry on Tuesday hit the pause button to show solidarity with the black community as protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd continued across the U.S.Using the hashtag #theshowmustbepaused, artists and record companies called for the industry to shut down normal business operations for the day as part of the Blackout Tuesday initiative.Atlantic Records executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang organized the effort, whose high-profile participants included the Rolling Stones, Eminem and Rihanna.Floyd Mayweather will pay for George Floyd's funeralEMBED More News Videos We know George Floyd's body is coming back to his hometown of Houston, but there are other things happening honoring the Houstonian elsewhere. Thomas and Agyemang posted an open letter on theshowmustbepaused.com,...
    The music industry is planning to go quiet on June 2 for Black Out Tuesday to hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd. Black Out Tuesday was organized by several top record labels as protests erupted due to Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. “On Tuesday June 2nd, Columbia Records will observe ‘Black Out Tuesday,’” Columbia Records, the Sony label home to the likes of Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Adele and John Legend, said in a statement on Sunday. “This is not a day off. Instead, this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity. PINK SHUTS DOWN ALL LIVES MATTER COMMENTERS ON INSTAGRAM:...
    (CNN)The show will be paused. At least, that's the message coming from leaders and artists in the music business as part of a movement being referred to as Blackout Tuesday. Music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang spearheaded the effort to shutter normal business operations on June 2 via their #theshowmustbepaused initiative. A Twitter account tied to the group appears to have been created on Sunday, amid a weekend that saw communities across the country protesting the murders of George Floyd and others at the hands of police. In a letter explaining the effort posted to their official site, Thomas and Agyemang said it is "in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the...
    In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the music will be paused. The music industry will observe “Black Out Tuesday” on June 2 in solidarity with nationwide protests and other calls for change after Floyd, a black man, was killed while in police custody by a white cop who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. “Black Out Tuesday” is a united stand in response to the incident, which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25. Billed as “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,” the campaign comes with the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused. A post circulated widely on Instagram and other social media said: “Due to recent events please join us as we...
    NEW YORK (AP) - The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as riots erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Music-based companies Live Nation and TikTok, as well as the Recording Academy, posted to social media that it planned to support and stand with the black community. “On Tuesday June 2nd, Columbia Records will observe ‘Black Out Tuesday,’” the Sony label home to Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Adele and John Legend said in a...