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‘Justice At Spotify’ Campaign Calls for Increased Royalty Rates, More Transparency

A group of musicians, producers, live-music workers and others who work in the music economy that has come together under the banner of the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers has launched a new campaign, called Justice At Spotify, to try to gain support for a series of changes they would like to see the world’s largest streaming service make.

Universal Music Group Plans IPO by 2023

The Universal Music Group's revenues passed $7.7 billion (7.16 billion euros) in 2019, up 14 percent at constant currency thanks to another strong surge in streaming revenue, which was up 21.5 percent year over year.

2020 Grammys by the Numbers: Interscope, Columbia Nab “Big Four” Noms as Universal Leads All Majors

The nominations for the Grammy Awards are out, and among the Big Four categories, Interscope Records landed the most, with seven nominations from Billie Eilish (four), Lana Del Rey (two) and Lady Gaga (one).

ICM Partners Drops Celine Dion as Client for Not Paying Commission

ICM Partners has dropped Celine Dion as a client, after she failed to pay commission on her concerts stemming from a deal signed in 2017.

Pandora CEO Roger Lynch to Step Down After Acquisition by SiriusXM

Roger Lynch, who has served as CEO of Pandora since August 2017, will be stepping down from the company.

Spotify to Allow Indie Artists to Upload Music Directly, Bypassing Distributors

Beginning today (Sept. 20), Spotify will begin allowing a select group of independent artists the ability to upload their music directly onto the streaming platform through their Spotify For Artists account, the company announced.

Troy Carter to Leave Spotify in September

Troy Carter, who has served as Spotify's global head of creator services since June 2016, will be leaving the company in early September.

Tidal Makes Huge App Store Jump in Downloads, Revenue After Jay-Z and Beyonce Release

Downloads and revenue for Tidal, which had Beyonce and Jay-Z's surprise joint album 'Everything Is Love' as an exclusive, jumped after the release of The Carters' work.

Spotify Removes “Hate Conduct” Provision From New Content Policy After Backlash

Spotify's "hateful conduct" provision, which is now being removed, had previously led to the service removing the music of R. Kelly, XXXTentacion and Tay-K from its editorial and algorithmic owned and operated playlists.

Recording Academy Chief Neil Portnow to Step Down Next Year

Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, will step down from his post when his contract expires.

Spotify Removing R. Kelly From Playlists Troubles Music Biz Executives

XXXTentacion's music was also de-playlisted for violating the streaming service's "hate content and hateful conduct" policy.

Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists, Citing Hateful Conduct Policy

"When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."