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    Rapper and fashion mogul Kanye West posted a video of himself urinating on a Grammy award in a toilet on Wednesday. The move arrives amid a battle the rap mega star is embroiled in with Universal Music Group. “Trust me … I WONT STOP,” tweeted West on Wednesday, along with a video that appeared to show the rapper urinating on a Grammy award that was placed inside a toilet. Watch below: Trust me … I WONT STOP pic.twitter.com/RmVkqrSa4F — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 West’s tweet arrives on the heels of the rapper’s demands to be released from his recording and music-publishing deals. West also took to Twitter to post a total of 114 separate caption-less tweets containing what appears to...
    Madonna has left Universal Music Group’s Interscope, her record label for nearly a decade, according to reports. The Queen of Pop is considering returning to Warner Music Group, where she launched her self-titled debut album “Madonna” in 1983 and went on to crank out hits including “Like a Virgin” (1984), “True Blue” (1986), and “Ray of Light” (1998). Music trade publication Billboard said that Madonna has not yet inked a new deal with any label and that talks with Warner Music are “in the early stages.” Reps for Warner Music, Madonna and Universal Music Group did not return requests seeking comment. Madonna first inked a three-album deal with Interscope in 2011 at a base of $1 million per record....
    Madonna has left Universal Music Group’s Interscope, her record label for nearly a decade, according to reports. The Queen of Pop is considering returning to Warner Music Group, where she launched her self-titled debut album “Madonna” in 1983 and went on to crank out hits including “Like a Virgin” (1984), “True Blue” (1986), and “Ray of Light” (1998). Music trade publication Billboard said that Madonna has not yet inked a new deal with any label and that talks with Warner Music are “in the early stages.” Reps for Warner Music, Madonna and Universal Music Group did not return requests seeking comment. Madonna first inked a three-album deal with Interscope in 2011 at a base of $1 million per record. Under...
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has completed a series of deals for the right to show music videos on its platform, raising the prospect of its competing more with Alphabet Co's video platform YouTube in the area, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The social media giant is expected to announce partnerships with three of music world's biggest labels, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, the report said (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-31/facebook-is-set-to-finally-get-the-rights-to-show-music-videos?utm_content=business&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&sref=vEQJzSks), citing people familiar with the matter. Universal as a group is home to Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, among others, while Sony's big names include Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keyes. All three boast a host of back catalogues. Bloomberg reported in December that Facebook was looking to acquire...
    Universal Music Group and music streaming giant Spotify inked a multiyear global licensing pact on Wednesday. The deal will allow Universal — the world’s largest record label which reps the likes of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Drake and Kanye West — to promote its artists on Spotify’s platform and be an early adapter of the streamer’s new technology. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. According to both companies, the partnership will give UMG the ability to “deepen its leading role as an early adopter of future products” on Spotify’s platform and “provide valuable feedback to Spotify’s development team.” The record company will also collaborate on “state-of-the-art marketing campaigns across Spotify’s platform.” Spotify chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek...
    PARIS (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify said on Wednesday that it had signed a new, multi-year licensing agreement with Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG), reinforcing Spotify's catalogue and products. Spotify and UMG said they would collaborate on new, state-of-the-art marketing campaigns across Spotify’s platform. UMG will also deepen its role as an early adopter of future products and provide valuable feedback to Spotify’s development team. Earlier this month, Spotify said it was rolling out a video feature for podcasts and the company also launched its music streaming service in Russia, its fastest growing international market for music. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Louise Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.