Gucci Mane Wants to Sign Lil Pump: ‘U Name the Price

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Gucci Mane performs onstage at the Rolling Loud Festival at NOS Events Center on Dec. 16, 2017 in San Bernardino, Calif. Gucci Mane has a penchant for reeling in new talent. With budding acts such as Young Dolph, Ralo and Hoodrich Pablo Juan bubbling under his tutelage, Gucci is hoping to expand his 1017 Brick Squad…

Consumers Willing To Pay For Music, If There’s A Benefit

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The majority of consumers today are not paying anything to listen to music today, but they might if they were given a good reason. According to research conducted by MusiComm, which looks to connect music distributors with technology companies, more than half of consumers (52%) don’t pay anything for music services. The majority (25%) of…

Session Notes: Pro7ect Songwriting Retreat

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One of Ian’s jobs on this project was to convert ‘amazing spaces’ like this, Hotel Pelirocco’s Sing Star Suite, into both a workable studio and a relaxed, creative songwriting environment. Pro7ect 2017: producer Ian Wallman describes a unique collaborative project in an unusual space! Imagine building five pop-up recording studios in a rock & roll-themed…

Spotify Is Going Public: What Does It Mean For The Music Business?


Music streaming service Spotify may soon be the first blockbuster market debut of 2017. Last week, Spotify filed the papers to take its business public, but there are still a lot of moving parts surrounding the company’s turn to public trading. Here’s an overview of everything investors need to know. The Details Spotify plans to…

Coachella Lineup May Point To A Shifting Middle


The official lineup for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place April 13-15 and 20-22, has arrived. After an annual game of speculation, the festival’s parent company Goldenvoice made its announcement last night, confirming (as rumored) that The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem will headline each of its respective three nights. The festival,…

Vevo had a big 2017, and music vids are back babayyy


According to a Financial Times report (paywall) Vevo, the web-equivalent of vintage MTV, upped revenues by 30% in 2017, as the ebbs of big-budget music videos have finally start flowin’ again. “The Veve” reportedly broke even in 2017 making close to $650m — a $250m spike from 2016, with their videos topping 25B monthly views….

U.S. Vinyl Album Sales Hit Nielsen Music-Era Record High in 2017


Once again, yearly vinyl album sales have hit another Nielsen Music-era record high, as the configuration sold 14.32 million (up 9 percent) in 2017. That’s up from the previous one-year high, registered in 2016 with 13.1 million. Nielsen Music’s 2017 tracking year ran from Dec. 30, 2016 through Dec. 28, 2017. Numbers in this story…

2018 Preview: Facebook Finally Pays Up for Music, Cutting In on YouTube


Pop-rock group Walk the Moon may soon have reason to celebrate every time a flash mob posts a routine set to “Shut Up and Dance” on Facebook: The social media giant will finally start paying for music. On Dec. 21, 2017, the company announced a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group, allowing users to…

U.S. Music Consumption Up 12.5% in 2017, R&B/Hip-Hop Is Year’s Most Popular Genre


Kendrick Lamar performs onstage at Rihanna’s 3rd Annual Diamond Ball Benefiting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on Sept. 14, 2017 in New York City. R&B/hip-hop music was the year’s biggest genre, accounting for 24.5 percent of all music consumed. According to Nielsen Music, total music consumption in the U.S. in 2017 climbed…

Spotify sued for $1.6 billion over Tom Petty, Steely Dan music copyrights

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This is just the latest legal action facing Spotify, which declined comment on the lawsuit. Earlier this year, Spotify settled a class action lawsuit for $43.4 million and a separate lawsuit with the National Music Publishers Association for $30 million. A company representing thousands of songwriters including Tom Petty, Neil Young and Steely Dan has…