Spotify Planning Songwriter Town Hall Meetings Following Royalty Rate Appeal, Says Mark Beaven

Billboard News Today Spotify is planning to host songwriter town hall meetings in Los Angeles and Nashville in response to the streaming service’s appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate determination, according to an email from Mark Beaven, founder and co-CEO of Advanced Alternative Media (AAM). Beaven is cautioning songwriters from attending these potential meetings. On Sunday (March 17), Beaven wrote, […]

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Apple Hits Back at Spotify’s ‘Misleading Rhetoric’ in App Store Complaint

Billboard News Today Apple CEO Tim Cook also takes a swipe at Spotify over its recent appeal of an increase in royalty rates: “It’s not just the App Store that they’re trying to squeeze — it’s also artists, musicians and songwriters.” Apple late Thursday responded to music streaming giant Spotify’s antitrust complaint in Europe, arguing […]

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Lukas Graham Removes XXXTentacion Cover From Spotify: ‘I Had No Knowledge of His Violent History’

Billboard News 1/30/19 Back in November, Danish pop group Lukas Graham recorded a pair of stripped-down studio tracks at Spotify’s Swedish headquarters: their 2018 single “Love Someone” and a cover of XXXTentacion‘s “Sad!” On Friday, those sessions went live and, unsurprisingly, the latter received some criticism. On Wednesday (Jan. 30), Lukas Graham took to Instagram […]

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Spotify Launches Stock Buyback of Up to $1 Billion

Billboard News Today Spotify announced on Monday that it will launch a stock buyback program this quarter, with its board of directors setting a limit of $1 billion or 10 million shares. The repurchase program will expire on April 21, 2021. The company said that as long as repurchases are made during the allotted time […]

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Artist you should know – Sara Diamond – Foreword

As I sit bored on a Sunday afternoon, I decide to check Apple music’s recommended songs for me. As a play a few songs I found myself saying “Who’s this woman!”. A fusion of r&b and soul paired with light melodic vocals and heartfelt lyrics and emotion. All of that and more is Sara Diamond. […]

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Spotify’s Rocío Guerrero Named VP of A&R and Cross-Cultural Strategy at Warner Music Latin America

Billboard News Today The ¡Viva Latino! playlist creator has been hired to develop Latin American and Spanish artists at the label. Warner Music Latin America has hired Rocío Guerrero away from Spotify. The ¡Viva Latino! playlist creator, whose most recent title was head of global music cultures, shows & editorial, will develop new artists from […]

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Lil Baby, King Princess & Joji Selected For Spotify’s New Rise Program

Billboard News Today The emerging ATL rapper Lil Baby, “Talia” singer King Princess, and Japanese-Australian producer Joji have all been tapped for Spotify’s RISE program, Billboard exclusively announces today (Oct. 16). Standout cuts from each of the aforementioned artists will be strategically placed around Spotify’s famed playlists such as the specifically curated RISE playlist. Outside of receiving additional social media marketing and advertising, each of the […]

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