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The Hustle Wed, May 23 Sony buys EMI Music Publishing for $2.3B — but it still doesn’t own ‘Thriller’ Sony has announced a deal to acquire 90% of its publishing competitor EMI Music Publishing for $2.3B. The agreement, still pending regulatory approvals, values EMI at $4.7B, according to The Guardian, and if it goes through, […]

The Music Modernization Act passed through Congress unanimously as the bill is expected to come into law sometime this week. By: Wes Schlagenhauf Writer, The Hustle  September 26, 2018 After months of negotiations, a new bill aimed at disrupting the music industry is expected to become law this week, Axios reports. Streaming revenues continue to […]

Apple and Spotify both have their own music awards now, which give listeners a way to “vote” for their favorite artists by streaming their songs. By: Mia Sullivan Contributor, The Hustle December 6, 2019 In late November, Spotify announced it’s hosting its very own music awards for the first time. The Spotify Awards will go […]

Marketing melodies has evolved from a “background music supplier” to a fully-fledged retail technology company. By: Steph Smith Senior Analyst, The Hustle          February 23, 2020 Have you ever stood in a store and thought, “I wonder if this music is making me buy more stuff?” Neither have we. But last week, Marketing Melodies dropped […]

Drake the Canadian monolith, is the undeniable king of streaming. The rapper has been named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the decade. Spotify announced Tuesday that Drake has been streamed 28 billion times in the last 10 years. Ed Sheeran came in second, while Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Eminem round out the Top 5. Sheeran’s […]

Blackground Records, is a now defunct record label owned by Jomo and Barry Hankerson which folded in 2009 after the label’s last release, Timbaland Presents Shock Value II. The label and publishing company also owned by Hankerson has been holding hostage albums from major artists like Aaliyah (Hankerson’s niece), Timbaland, Tank,JoJo and Toni Braxton from […]

Swift is entangled in a bitter feud with her former label Big Machine Records, which was founded by Scott Borchetta and later acquired by Scooter Braun. As with many recording artists, Taylor Swift does not own the master recordings to her older albums. Swift’s work-around to this situation is to re-record most of the music […]

Brian Clover a member of a British songwriting group, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court claiming ‘The Weeknd’s song A Lonely Night uses a main part of their song “I Need to Love” Listen and you decide.

With over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and counting and 23 Million views, Issa Rae is quickly becoming entertainments biggest rising stars. In a very short time, Issa made Glamour Magazine’s “35 Under 35”, Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, Entertainment Weekly’s “Breaking Big” lists as well as grabbing the coveted Shorty Award and securing a position on New […]

BETNetworks The biggest players in music sit down and tell us what happens when you sign a Music contract. Too $hort, LV, D Dot and more tell us about their start in the music industry. It’s a vicious business of contracts, lawyers, and big money. It’s hard to believe how much power a piece of […]