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Jay Z Likely Headed to Trial in ‘Big Pimpin’ Sampling Lawsuit

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Jay-Z performs onstage at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival

Now in its eighth year, the long-running litigation over whether Jay Z rightfully sampled an Egyptian tune in his hit single “Big Pimpin’” is getting closer to resolution. With the trial scheduled for Oct. 13, the judge on Monday indicated she’d likely deny Osama Ahmed Fahmy’s motion for summary judgment against the rapper. Read the rest of this page »

Native Instruments Announces Stems, New Audio Format for DJs

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Atmosphere as Dash Berlin performs during the Ultra Music Festival 2015

As more electronic musicians are relying on do-it-yourself approaches to solving their genre’s most pervasive problems, like collaborating with peers and licensing issues in mixes, another tool was announced at Miami’s Winter Music Conference on March 27 that will make creating tracks and remixing them that much easier. Read the rest of this page »

Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More: Why Making the Leap to Arena Tours Isn’t a Slam Dunk for Every Hit Act

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Arena tours in 2015 featuring J. Cole, iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande.

With many of the touring industry’s biggest names rapidly reaching retirement age — some 15 of the top 25 acts since 1990 include at least one musician over 60 — the question of succession is taking on increasing urgency. But a changing of the guard is coming into focus, with Rihanna, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Jason Aldean, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, and Bruno Mars among the top 25 tours of 2014-15. Read the rest of this page »

Corner Office: YouTube Label Relations Chief Vivien Lewit on Reimagining Its Awards and Helping Women Get Ahead in Tech

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Vivian Lewit, Head of YouTube's Label And Artist Relations, photographed on March 24, 2015 in her office in New York.

The first Youtube Music Awards, held Nov. 3, 2013, were a radical experiment for the longtime leader in online streaming content: Would an audience accustomed to destination viewing on TV do the same on YouTube if the likes of Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire all filmed live music videos directed by Spike Jonze and the renegade team at Vice? Read the rest of this page »

Ludacris Speaks Out About ‘Over The Line’ Paul Walker Jokes Told During Justin Bieber’s Roast!

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Ludacris Better Than Your Favorite Rapper?

Ludacris recently spoke out publicly about the controversial jokes that took places during the Justin Bieber’s Roast on Comedy Central. Read the rest of this page »

Chrissy Teigen, Ludacris to host Billboard Music Awards

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The question isn’t whether inappropriate jokes will be made at Billboard’s May 17 Music Awards. Instead, it’s how many we can expect, now that supermodel, delightfully irreverant personality, and food blooger Chrissy Teigen and rapper-actor Ludacris have been confirmed as the ceremony’s hosts. Read the rest of this page »

Jay Z Talks Tidal, Jimmy Iovine, Rewriting the Music Business Rulebook

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Jay Z performs onstage at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival

Jay Z doesn’t give many interviews. In conversation, he often pauses mid-sentence, considers, rewinds, slices and reshapes his answer, choosing a more appropriate word or analogy that draws a finer point before revealing it to the interviewer. What’s commonly assumed is a mistrust of the press may just be that unlike his work in the studio or onstage, Jay Z doesn’t ultimately control the final result of an interview, and therefore treads more carefully while giving one. Read the rest of this page »

Jay Z, Kanye West, Jack White, Madonna, and More Officially Announce Tidal’s Launch

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As promised earlier today, Jay Z held a press conference earlier this evening to launch the streaming music service Tidal, which was previewed with a star-studded trailer that featured Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé, and more. Read the rest of this page »

Sony Launches Spotify-Powered PlayStation Music

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Spotify on PlayStation

Good news gamers, your Sony PlayStation soundtrack can now be powered by Spotify. The music streaming service announced on Monday that it has completed its previously announced integration with the game system allowing users to play their favorite tracks — Spotify has 30 million to choose from — while tippy-tapping away. Read the rest of this page »

The internet took the album away, and now it’s giving it back

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Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk

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Problems of UMG and the music industry will not be solved by a change of structure Read the rest of this page »

Destiny’s Child reunites at 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards

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Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Michelle Williams

A reunited Destiny’s Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday as singer Erica Campbell took home six awards, including the night’s top honor. Read the rest of this page »

What Jay Z’s New Streaming Service Says About The Future of Music

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Contrary to popular belief, Jay Z is not the most influential man in music. Read the rest of this page »

iHeart Radio Music Awards 2015: And the winners are…

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The second annual iHeart Radio Music Awards took place Sunday night and featured plenty exclamation-point worthy performances—Charlie Wilson! Jason Aldean and lots of fire! Rihanna in a neon green, fur coat!—but who took home those heavy, heart-topped statues? Check out all the winners below. Read the rest of this page »

Jay Z set to make play in dynamic music streaming game

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Music mogul Jay Z is expected on Monday to unveil his blueprint for high-resolution music streaming service Tidal. Read the rest of this page »