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Friday, January 17

  • Grammy shocker: Deborah Dugan ouster ‘was a coup,’ insiders say
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • Top of the flops: Is streaming rendering the charts obsolete?
    Eamonn Forde for The Guardian
  • I had a lovely time in an AI-generated Björk hotel lobby soundscape
    Scott Stein for CNET
  • A guide to using TikTok’s algorithm to watch videos you actually like
    Morgan Sung for Mashable
  • Mac Miller was trying to tell a survival story
    Spencer Kornhaber for The Atlantic
  • Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group sells Spin, agreement in place for sale of Stereogum
    Staff for Billboard
  • Hard Truth: social skills are key to success in music
    Michael Hahn for Hypebot
  • Alex Winter’s Frank Zappa doc ‘Zappa’ premieres at South By Southwest
    Kory Grow for Rolling Stone

  • Thursday, January 16

  • For new Grammys boss Deborah Dugan, change is (mostly) good: ‘Everything’s being examined’
    Mikael Wood for LA Times
  • Crowdfunded hardware startups are breathing fresh life into music-making
    Brian Heater for Tech Crunch
  • ‘The culling has begun’: Inside the iHeart Media layoffs
    Elias Leight for Rolling Stone
  • A brief but in-depth dive into the 40-year history of UK hip-hop and rap
    Jesse Bernard for Okayplayer
  • 10 experimental bands who are redefining guitar music
    Lizzie Mano for Paste Magazine
  • What turns kids punk?
    Leor Galil for Chicago Reader
  • Why “fantasy football for music” has struggled
    Dan Runcie for Water and Music
  • Snoop Dogg to open for Guns N’ Roses at upcoming Super Bowl festival
    Spencer Kaufman for Consequence of Sound

  • Wednesday, January 15

  • Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 class
    Andy Greene for Rolling Stone
  • iHeart Media revamps markets group structure with tech-enabled hubs, ’employee dislocation’
    Staff for All Access
  • Soccer Mommy is pushing through the indie-rock growing pains
    Joe Coscarelli for The New York Times
  • The man who’s spending $1 billion to own every pop song
    Matt Hendrickson for Marker
  • Documentary on legendary 1970s L.A. session musicians coming from ‘Wrecking Crew’ director
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • Leave Rihanna alone! A manifesto for healthier pop fandom in the 2020s
    Aimee Cliff for The Guardian
  • Women make up less than 8% of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
    David C. Barnett for NPR

  • Tuesday, January 14

  • Spotify and Warner Chappell end dispute in India, sign global licensing deal
    Manish Singh for TechCrunch
  • Has Amazon already figured out the future of the music streaming business?
    Tim Ingham for Rolling Stone
  • I cancelled Spotify and used YouTube Music for a month – here’s why I’m not going back
    Joe Maring for Android Central
  • At Globalfest, rowdy sounds from around the world
    Jon Pareles for The New York Times
  • Destroyer’s Dan Bejar serenades the apocalypse
    Ryan Dombal for Pitchfork
  • Roddy Ricch’s ‘The Box’ prevents Justin Bieber’s ‘Yummy’ from debuting at no. 1
    Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx
  • Diplo is workin’ 5 to 9
    Gabriella Paiella for GQ
  • SXSW 2020 announces 354 more bands
    Chris DeVille for Stereogum

  • Monday, January 13

  • Oscar nominations 2020: Elton John and Randy Newman up for Best Original Song, Beyoncé and Thom Yorke shut out
    Noah Yoo and Jazz Monroe for Pitchfork
  • Brit award nominations 2020: Dave and Lewis Capaldi top pile, with women shut out
    Ben Beaumont-Thomas for The Guardian
  • Oprah Winfrey exits documentary about Russell Simmons’ alleged sexual assaults
    Daniel Kreps for Rolling Stone
  • Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Rush, dies at 67
    Jon Pareles for The New York Times
  • Five ways music changed in the 2010s
    Mark Savage for BBC News
  • The meta trends that will shape the 2020s
    Mark Mulligan for Music Industry Blog
  • David Bowie to have a Paris street named in his honor
    Will Lavin for NME
  • Leeds’ Jazz underground is breaking boundaries
    Sophie Church for Clash

  • Friday, January 10

  • US streams topped a trillion last year. But is a superstar recession looming?
    Tim Ingham for Music Business Worldwide
  • Over 112 artists affected in sweeping streaming song theft
    Staff for Saving Country Music
  • Inside the Nations tribe: 53M fans, group chats
    Bruce Houghton for Hypebot
  • Justice Department details alleged Live Nation wrongdoing in new filing
    Ethan Millman for Rolling Stone
  • Six music festival predictions to start the 2020s
    Tyler Clark for Consequence Of Sound
  • 81 best Willie Nelson songs
    Andrew Dansby for Houston Chronicle
  • How Music Copyright Lawsuits are scaring away new hits
    Amy X. Wang for Rolling Stone
  • New Music Friday: six albums to hear this week
    Staff for Dazed

  • Thursday, January 9

  • Celeste got fired over her love of music – now she’s won the BBC Sound of 2020
    Mark Savage for BBC News
  • SoundCloud adds track and spotlight editing to iOS app
    Staff for Music Business Worldwide
  • Facebook shitposting groups are the new fan clubs for Indie bands
    Eli Enis for Vice
  • 2020 Slingshot Artists to watch
    Staff for NPR
  • African touring discussed at first continental Reeperbahn
    Gideon Gottfried for Pollstar
  • Go-go is getting closer to becoming the official music of DC following unanimous council vote
    Elijah C. Watson for Okayplayer
  • Prince is getting an all-star Grammy tribute concert
    Jon Blistein for Rolling Stone
  • Ted Leo touring in Dexy’s Midnight Runners tribute band around St. Patrick’s Day
    Bill Pearis for Brooklyn Vegan

  • Wednesday, January 8

  • Sofar Sounds reaches $460,000 settlement with Department Of Labor
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • Mastercard is dropping a music single
    Amy X. Wang for Rolling Stone
  • Sonos sues Google over wireless speaker tech
    Rae Hodge for CNET
  • Touring is hard, and band therapists are here to help
    Luke Winkie for Vice
  • The endless potential of the pedal steel guitar, an odd duck by any measure
    Jesse Jarnow for NPR Music
  • Sound Relief 2020 Australian bushfire benefit concerts are coming
    Lars Brandle for Billboard
  • Billie Eilish, Lizzo & Gwen Stefani will perform at the 2020 Grammy Awards
    Steffanee Wang for Nylon
  • Mac Miller: Posthumous album Circles announced by rapper’s family
    Roisin O’Connor for The Independent

  • Tuesday, January 7

  • Beggars Group, Domino and Saddle Creek move to Redeye for physical U.S. distribution
    Tatiana Cirisano for Billboard
  • It’s got a great beat, and you can file a lawsuit to it
    Jon Caramanica for The New York Times
  • Koko Camden: Memories of fire-hit theatre
    Staff for BBC News
  • The biggest problems of bluetooth audio are about to be fixed
    Andrew Liszewski for Gizmodo
  • The 39 most anticipated albums of 2020: Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala and more
    Staff for Pitchfork
  • How Instagram is changing the design of clubs and festivals
    Duncan Dick for Mixmag
  • The military’s ban of TikTok is just the beginning
    Josephine Wolff for Slate
  • Okayplayer’s 20 breakout artists to watch for in 2020
    Robyn Mowatt for Okayplayer

  • Monday, January 6

  • Analysis: The music industry enters 2020 on a wave of growth – and optimism
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • ‘Joker’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is first solo woman to win Golden Globe for score
    Chris Willman for Variety
  • Nirvana reunion: Dave Grohl’s 13-year-old daughter steals the show
    Eve Barlow for The Guardian
  • People sure are having fun covering this one song from ‘The Witcher’
    Adam Rosenberg for Mashable
  • Hotstar: Black Pumas bound for greatness
    Francisco Rendon for Pollstar
  • 10 things we want to see in 2020 rap
    Eric Skelton and Jessica McKinney for Complex
  • David Byrne on “American Utopia,” and living an optimistic life
    Anthony Laudato for CBS Sunday Morning
  • Taylor Swift bent the music industry to her will
    Lindsay Zoladz for Vulture

  • Friday, January 3

  • Wanted: A home for three million records
    Derek M. Norman for The New York Times
  • ‘Do something weird that works on TikTok’: How to write a pop smash in 2020
    Aimee Cliff for The Guardian
  • A pop-up YouTube account might have locked down Rolling Stones rarities for decades
    Dani Deahl for The Verge
  • What the death of iTunes says about our digital habits
    Robinson Meyer for The Atlantic
  • The 2010s: The most influential rappers of the decade
    Andre Gee for Okayplayer
  • Pollstar’s 2019 Impact: Next Gen – Honoring the future leaders of the live business
    Staff for Pollstar
  • Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it
    Mario J. Lucero for Quartz
  • True wireless earbuds, vinyl, and Alexa: the 10 biggest audio trends of the last decade
    Becky Roberts for Tech Radar

  • Thursday, January 2

  • Music streaming jumped to 80% of the U.S. market by the end of the decade
    Catie Keck for Gizmodo
  • Ones to watch in 2020: Our 10 musicians to look out for this year
    Roisin O’Connor and Alexandra Pollard for The Independent
  • Jimmy Iovine knows business and tech. Here’s why he’s worried.
    Ben Sisario for The New York Times
  • All the new albums coming out in January 2020
    Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx
  • Vivendi and Tencent sign agreement for sale of 10% stake in Universal Music
    Marc Schneider for Billboard
  • 10 musical moments to look out for in 2020
    Mark Savage for BBC News
  • Madonna, Motown and Mongolian metal: The music to listen out for in 2020
    Alex Petridis and Andrew Clement for The Guardian
  • Bill’s Indie basement: favorite albums of the 2010s
    Bill Pearis for Brooklyn Vegan

  • Friday, December 20

  • Why there’s ‘no magic bullet’ solution to music industry’s distribution problem
    Ed Christman for Billboard
  • How Americana went mainstream in the 2010s
    Jonathan Bernstein for Rolling Stone
  • For Spotify, music might not actually be the key to success
    Julianne Pepitone for CNN Business
  • How a song about impeachment snuck into your favorite pop hits
    Dexter Thomas for Vice
  • Music journalism in 2019: the best stories, mucho lay-offs, power plays & #MeToo
    Jason Gross for Rock & Roll Globe
  • Citing violations, U.S. to toughen Live Nation accord on ticketing
    Ben Sisario and Cecilia Kang for The New York Times
  • A major music distributor has stifled vinyl sales for record stores and indie labels, sources say
    Allison Hussey for Pitchfork
  • The best Christmas rap songs
    Staff for Complex

  • Thursday, December 19

  • Spotify tests ‘Tastebuds’ feature that highlights your friends’ favorite tracks
    Georgina Torbet for Engadget
  • Discovery, Netflix and Epidemic Sound in the spotlight as the debate around audio-visual royalties gains momentum
    Chris Cooke for Complete Music Update
  • Beats 1 Host Matt Wilkinson picks out 2019’s most slept-on records
    Matt Wilkinson for Clash
  • 2019 was the year climate change charted
    Eleanor Cummins for The Verge
  • Lou Reed’s lost tapes and back pages
    Will Hermes for Rolling Stone
  • How the 2010s birthed a bigger and better MTV era
    Sadie Bargeron for Highsnobiety
  • Tencent taps GIC, sovereign funds to rescue Universal Music deal: sources
    Pamela Barbaglia, Kane Wu, and Gwénaëlle Barzic for Reuters
  • 100 Best Rap and R&B albums of the 2010s
    Andrew Sacher for Brooklyn Vegan

  • Wednesday, December 18

  • Station Breaks: Our favorite live sessions of 2019
    Staff for NPR
  • The album is not dead. It’s in metamorphosis.
    Ann Powers for Slate
  • Spotify end of year stats – there’s a lot to unwrap
    Matt Brinkworth for Music Business Worldwide
  • Keith Richards’ wildest escapades: 19 insane tales from a legendary life
    Staff for Rolling Stone
  • In conversation: Sudan Archives
    Nick Roseblade for Clash
  • Ruin your holiday playlist with some mangled versions of yuletide classics
    Kevin Cortez for AV Club
  • Man in his domain: Orville Peck
    Marissa R. Moss for Playboy
  • Gary Vaynerchuk is a rapper’s best friend
    Joe Coscarelli for The New York Times

  • Tuesday, December 17

  • How Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ finally hit no. 1
    Joe Coscarelli for The New York Times
  • Music Ally startup files: Musiio talks AI-tagging
    Joe Sparrow for Music Ally
  • 2019’s best musical moments in film and television
    Amanda Yeo for Mashable
  • The siren song of the Clash’s ‘London Calling,’ 40 years later
    Elizabeth Nelson for The Ringer
  • The weird music moments of the 2010s that we can’t stop thinking about
    Staff for Rolling Stone
  • 7 new songs out today
    Staff for Brooklyn Vegan
  • At the end of the end of the decade lists
    Marty Sartini Garner for The Outline
  • Five years after Obama’s historic détente with Cuba, what Trump’s prohibitions have meant for music
    Judy Cantor-Navas for Billboard

  • Monday, December 16

  • Live Nation faces Justice Department action over ticketing practices
    Ryan Faughnder, Anousha Sakoui for Los Angeles Times
  • 5 TikTok songs from 2019 we’ll actually remember
    Staff for NPR Music
  • Billboard is changing its album chart to count YouTube streams
    Dani Deahl for The Verge
  • The year-end top tours: Pop tops record-breaking year
    Bob Allen for Pollstar
  • The 20 best country and Americana albums of 2019
    Ellen Johnson and Staff for Paste
  • Oh my God, it’s DaBaby
    Drew Millard for The Outline
  • Roddy Ricch debuts at no. 1 on Billboard 200 with ‘Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial’
    Keith Caulfield for Billboard
  • Kanye West and Joel Osteen are reportedly planning a national tour together
    Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx

  • Friday, December 13

  • UK competition watchdog probes Viagogo/StubHub merger
    Gideon Gottfried for Pollstar
  • Taylor Swift accepts Woman of the Decade award at Billboard’s Women in Music: Read her full speech
    Rebecca Shiller for Billboard
  • Rolling Loud organizers plan Juice WRLD tribute: ‘It’s important to the fans’
    August Brown for Los Angeles Times
  • Sheffield’s post-punk explosion: Synths, steel and skinheads
    Daniel Dylan Wray for The Guardian
  • A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished
    Dani Deahl for The Verge
  • TikTok gains global momentum – but also raises sticky privacy questions
    Rebecca Davis for Variety
  • ASAP Rocky returns to Sweden in triumph, without Trump’s help
    Alex Marshall for The New York Times
  • How Rosalía’s music is a journey to the heart of divided Spain
    Ben Cardew for The Quietus

  • Thursday, December 12

  • Yungblud, Georgia and Celeste make the BBC Sound of 2020 longlist
    Mark Savage for BBC News
  • What is Lorem? Inside one of Spotify’s best new playlists
    Jacob Moore for Pigeons & Planes
  • Dolby Atmos comes to Jay-Z’s Tidal service
    Ty Pendlebury for CNET
  • The best rap songs of 2019
    Staff for Pitchfork
  • Watch Kim Gordon’s voyeuristic new video for ‘Earthquake’
    Daniel Kreps for Rolling Stone
  • Basking in the glow: The 36 best music tweets from 2019
    Peter Helman for Stereogum
  • Spotify’s founding story is going to be a Netflix series
    Sarah Perez for TechCrunch
  • Recording Academy reveals its Diversity Task Force Report, with strong calls for reform
    Jem Aswad for Variety

  • Wednesday, December 11

  • TikTok owner is testing music app in bid for next global hit
    Zheping Huang and Lucas Shaw for Bloomberg
  • Sold out or not sold? 2019 physical supply chain disaster may present opportunities for entrepreneurs
    Chris Castle for Music Tech Solutions
  • The slow-burn hit is still alive in the streaming era
    Grant Rindner for Pigeons and Planes
  • Warner Music launches $650M investment platform with equity firm Providence
    Marc Schneider for Billboard
  • Why are pop stars stanning themselves?
    Emma Madden for The Fader
  • Of course Lizzo is Time’s Entertainer of the Year. You expected someone else?
    Christie D’Zurilla for Los Angeles Times
  • ASCAP announces “TuneUp,” a health and wellness program for musicians
    Madison Bloom for Pitchfork
  • 79 weeks at no. 1: Ed Sheeran named UK artist of the decade
    Ben Beaumont-Thomas for The Guardian

  • Tuesday, December 10

  • ‘Mary Magdalene’: How FKA twigs made her ‘most complex song ever’
    Joe Coscarelli for The New York Times
  • No, sharing your Spotify year-end artist stats is not a good idea – here’s why not
    Peter Kirn for Create Digital Music
  • ‘I don’t know what myself is’: Pharell explains why he’s better making music for other people, and his songs that defined the decade
    Craig Jenkins for Vulture
  • Charles Caldas (Merlin): ‘We are very bullish that the streaming growth will continue’
    Emmanual Legrand for Legrand Network
  • The best albums of 2019
    Staff for Pitchfork
  • Bettye LaVette, Eddie Boyd among 2020 Blues Hall of Fame inductees
    Chris Willman for Variety
  • Brian Eno shares new political song ‘Everything’s on the Up with the Tories’
    Bill Pearis for Brooklyn Vegan
  • Taylor Swift plans to re-record her hits. Here’s what she might be facing
    Tim Ingham for Rolling Stone

  • Monday, December 9

  • Inside the rebirth of Capricorn Sound Studios, ground zero for Southern rock
    Garret K. Woodward for Rolling Stone
  • Juice WRLD, rising rap artist, dies at 21
    Joe Coscarelli and Sandra E. Garcia for The New York Times
  • Music/tech startup files #1: Five Vectors
    Jos Sparrow for Music Ally
  • Jazz in 2019! A roundup
    Peter Margasak for The Quietus
  • Why the new Spotify and Apple Music Awards actually exist
    Cherie Hu for Water and Music
  • The year in charts 2019: Republic Records is top label of the year
    Keith Caulfield for Billboard
  • The 10 best metal albums of 2019
    Ian Chainey for Stereogum

  • Friday, December 6

  • ‘We’re existing on hope’: Bat for Lashes, Will Young, Idles and others on music in 2019
    Alex Petridis for The Guardian
  • Lawmakers urge American Law Institute not to publish new copyright restatements
    Claudia Rosenbaum for Billboard
  • DOJ sides with Irving Azoff against radio stations
    Gene Maddaus for Variety
  • Spotify beats Apple at its own game with its Wrapped year-in-review feature
    Ashley Carman for The Verge
  • A deep dive into Tom Waits’ best rare and unreleased material
    Tyler Wilcox for Pitchfork
  • 15 great hip-hop books published in 2019
    John Morrison for Okayplayer
  • Music for our emergency
    Grayson Haven Currin for NPR Music

  • Thursday, December 5

  • Best albums of 2019
    Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica for The New York Times
  • ‘Death metal rarely works’: How restaurateurs choose the perfect dinner playlist
    Elle Hunt for The Guardian
  • The 50 best albums of 2019
    Staff for Rolling Stone
  • Pandora’s revamped, more personalized app rolls out to all users
    Sarah Perez for TechCrunch
  • Ghana is now
    Amarachi Nwosu for The Fader
  • EU study reveals music has seen the sharpest decline in piracy
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • 30 Under 30: 2020 Music
    Zack O’Malley Greenburg and Alexandra Sternlicht for Forbes
  • Harassment and bias still major issues for women in music, says study
    Julia Czub for Dazed

  • Wednesday, December 4

  • The lyrics site Genius says it’s caught Google ‘red-handed’ copying it, files $50 million lawsuit
    Harrison Weber for Fast Company
  • Jay-Z’s music is back on Spotify after two years away
    Richard Lawler for Engadget
  • Sales, lawsuits and data: The music publishing business in 2019
    Eamonn Forde for Synchtank
  • Top music PR firm Shore Fire Media acquired by Dolphin Entertainment
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • 50 songs for a new L.A.
    Randall Roberts for The Los Angeles Times
  • That time Joe Smith sent the Grateful Dead a letter complaining about their work ethic
    David Browne for Rolling Stone
  • More than rap: Atlanta’s Burgeoning Alternative Scene
    Seamus Fay for Pigeons & Planes
  • Willie Nelson says he has stopped smoking because it almost killed him
    Amanda Jackson for CNN

  • Tuesday, December 3

  • The rise of conceptronica
    Simon Reynolds for Pitchfork
  • A new tool from Spotify walks the line between advertising and pay-for-play
    Elias Leight for Rolling Stone
  • Trippie Redd tops chart with mixtape ‘A Love Letter To You 4’
    Ben Sisario for The New York Times
  • Celeste: Who is BBC Music Introducing’s artist of the year?
    Staff for BBC News
  • First Apple Music Awards honor Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X
    Steven Musil for CNET
  • The enduring allure of retro tech
    Sophie Haigney for Vox
  • Megan Thee Stallion: Tiny Desk Concert
    Sidney Madden for NPR Music

  • Monday, December 2

  • The 20 best songs of 2019
    Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes for The Guardian
  • Mixcloud data breach exposes over 20 million user records
    Zach Whittaker for TechCrunch
  • Amazon’s AI musical keyboard ‘sounds terrible’
    Chris Baraniuk for BBC News
  • Why musicians, creators should care about the Supreme Court case ‘Google v. Oracle’
    Chris Castle for Hypebot
  • China’s ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe – sources
    Echo Wang, Alexandra Alper, Yingzhi Yang for Reuters
  • At decade’s end: Q’s with Marc Geiger, WME partner and head of music
    Andy Gensler for Pollstar

  • Wednesday, November 27

  • The 50 most important music moments of the decade
    Amy X. Wang for Rolling Stone
  • Record Store Day Black Friday: 10 releases to look out for in 2019
    Ron Hart for Billboard
  • Celine Dion tops the charts for the first time in 17 years
    Joe Coscarelli for The New York Times
  • Vibras! How J Balvin took on English-language pop – and won
    Iman Amrani for The Guardian
  • Billboard makes it a little harder to sneak an album into a merch bundle
    Justin Curto for Vulture
  • Robert F.X. Sillerman, concert industry consolidator, dies at 71
    Roy Trakin for Variety
  • Holly Herndon weighs in on Grimes and Zola Jesus’ debate about AI and the future of music
    Evan Minsker for Pitchfork

  • Tuesday, November 26

  • Impala to oppose Tencent investment in Universal Music Group
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • Spotify Premium is the best life hack of the decade
    Joel Kahn for Lifehacker
  • Studio musicians reach two-year deal with production companies
    Dave McNary for Variety
  • Judge dismisses class action involving iTunes and Apple Music data privacy
    Mikey Campbell for Apple Insider
  • Motown’s Lamont Dozier looks back on success, struggle and smash hits in new autobiography
    Brian McCollum for Detroit Free Press
  • The 100 greatest K-Pop songs of the 2010s
    Staff for Billboard
  • Reducing music’s climate impact through innovation
    Bas Grasmayer for Music x Tech x Future

  • Monday, November 25

  • Rappers are singers now. Thank Drake.
    Jon Caramanica for The New York Times
  • Best music streaming: Spotify, Apple Music and more, compared
    Ty Pendlebury, Xiomara Blanco for CNET
  • Viagogo acquires StubHub for $4.05 billion
    James Hanley for Music Week
  • PledgeMusic’s former CEO, Primary Wave deny allegations of financial misconduct
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • New rules: The destruction of the female pop role model
    Laura Snapes for The Guardian
  • Downloading: ‘People said it would end record labels’
    Will Smale for BBC News
  • Full metal junket: music tourism hits right note with fans
    Mark Sweney for The Guardian
  • Billie Eilish Is Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year
    Heran Mamo for Billboard

  • Friday, November 22

  • Universal Music releases app for artists and managers to track streams, socials and more
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • Congress introduces AM-FM Act to get artists and labels paid for radio play
    Claudia Rosenbaum and Ed Christman for Billboard
  • The first-ever Spotify Awards look to shake up the status quo with a data-driven approach
    Aaron Williams for Uproxx
  • Scooter Braun pleads for resolution with Taylor Swift following death threats
    Ben Beaumont-Thomas for The Guardian
  • How AI is changing the music industry
    Sam Bowman for Music Think Tank
  • New Music Friday: 6 new albums by Blood Incantation, Coldplay, Davido, Beck, and more
    Madison Bloom, Allison Hussey, and Evan Minsker for Pitchfork
  • Life was just a party: Prince’s ‘1999’ and Chicago house music
    Jack Riedy for Chicago Reader
  • How are Hong Kong rappers addressing the protests?
    Mike Steyels for High Snobiety
  • Against the algorithm: going viral on social media isn’t the only path to a music career
    Peter Rubinstein for Pigeons & Planes

  • Thursday, November 21

  • Lyor Cohen: The record industry’s intense focus on data is becoming a problem
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • 16 new songs out today
    Staff for Brooklyn Vegan
  • A consumer, a sociologist: Kim Gordon interviewed
    Anna Cafolla for The Quietus
  • The 2010s were the decade of the single
    Annie Zaleski for The AV Club
  • Is there anything we can all agree on? Yes: Dolly Parton
    Lindsay Zoladz for The New York Times
  • Coldplay pause touring until they can offer ‘environmentally beneficial’ concerts
    Laura Snapes for The Guardian
  • Yola: 5 things to know about the 2020 Best New Artist Grammy Nominee
    Gil Kaufman for Billboard

  • Wednesday, November 20

  • In the 2010s, music fans asserted their power, but the industry caught on
    Frannie Kelley for NPR Music
  • 2020 Grammy Awards: Complete nominees list
    Staff for Grammy.com
  • Value of UK’s live music scene hits record high
    Mark Sweney for The Guardian
  • Iconic singer hopes to close financing gap for African women
    Cara Anna for AP News
  • Apple launching ‘Apple Music For Business’ to provide music to retail stores
    Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac
  • Is the music industry ready for a trans star?
    Joshua Eferighe for Ozy
  • Taylor Swift, Elizabeth Warren and the private equity debate, explained
    Randy Lewis for Los Angeles Times
  • Tyler, The Provocateur
    Carrie Battan for GQ

  • Tuesday, November 19

  • Sure, streaming’s transformed the music business. But what’s next?
    Tim Ingham for Rolling Stone
  • Amazon Music launches free, ad-sponsored tier on iOS, Android and Fire TV
    Chris Welch for The Verge
  • The most-streamed song in the country is the least-streamed it’s been in three years
    Kevin Rutherford for Billboard
  • Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ was a sweet moment of free Black womanhood and total agency
    Shannon Miller for The AV Club
  • Joe Henry and the art of disappearing into a song
    Jon Pareles for The New York Times
  • Why your favorite alt-rock legends are remixing their old albums
    Josh Modell for VICE
  • Soccer Mommy shares video for new song “yellow is the color of her eyes” and announces tour
    Christopher Roberts for Under The Radar

  • Monday, November 18

  • The state of music tech startups, through the lens of its top investors
    Cherie Hu for Water and Music
  • Mechanical Licensing Collective reaches funding deal; will receive $33.5M for startup costs
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • TikTok’s chief is on a mission to prove it’s not a menace
    Raymond Zhong for The New York Times
  • Grounded: How Ed Sheeran brought pop back down to earth
    Alexis Petridis for The Guardian
  • The brief and wondrous life of MC Skat Kat
    Brian Boone for Vulture
  • ‘It’s not about grails, …it’s about serendipity:’ DJ Shadow on sampling and digging in the Discogs era
    Zo for Okayplayer

  • Friday, November 15

  • Taylor Swift says Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta are blocking her from playing old hits at AMAs
    Chris Willman for Variety
  • 2019 Latin Grammy Awards: Complete nominees and winners list
    Jennifer Velez for Grammy.com
  • The Curmudgeon: New and old masters of the Mississippi blues
    Geoffrey Himes for Paste Magazine
  • The first artist in years to top Spotify without label support
    Tatiana Cirisan for Billboard
  • TLC: How we made (and survived) CrazySexyCool
    Mark Savage for BBC News
  • A new generation of ‘plant music’ blossoms amidst the Millennial-fueled houseplant boom
    Ashlie D. Stevens for Salon

  • Thursday, November 14

  • The mainstreaming of EDM and the precipitous drop that followed
    Michaelangelo Matos for NPR
  • Google’s ‘FreddieMeter’ AI experiment rates how well you sing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
    Abner Li for 9 to 5 Google
  • The anatomy of a TikTok hit
    Cat Zhang for Pitchfork
  • Ozuna, Rosalia, Fito Paez, Sebastian Yatra and more honor Juanes at Latin Recording Academy 2019 Person of the Year
    Leila Cobo for Billboard
  • London Calling at 40: How The Clash shattered punk orthodoxy and created a masterpiece
    Chris Harvey for The Independent
  • Frank Ocean is finally throwing his hat into the ring
    Jordan Coley for GQ
  • The Lil Peep documentary tells a familiar story, but that doesn’t make it less sad
    Justin Sayles for The Ringer
  • These sneakers vibrate
    Jordan Crook for TechCrunch

  • Wednesday, November 13

  • Spotify’s Magic Leap app will change playlists as you change rooms
    Jon Porter for The Verge
  • SoundCloud unveils self-service marketing tool ‘Promote’
    Chris Eggersten for Billboard
  • CMA Awards 2019: ‘Old Town Road’ wins Musical Event of the Year
    Matthew Leimkuehler for Nashville Tennessean
  • Tours announced: Bob Weir, Tennis/Molly Burch, Colin Hay, Protomartyr, more
    Staff for Brooklyn Vegan
  • BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters
    Kristin M. Hall for AP News
  • The best audio gifts, from headphones to DJ gear
    Staff for Engadget
  • SXSW 2020 expands lineup
    Evan Minsker for Pitchfork

  • Tuesday, November 12

  • Instagram cribs TikTok with new music-heavy Stories features
    Georgina Torbet for Engadget
  • The music industry shouldn’t kid itself: Piracy was never killed by streaming.. . but it might be more valuable than you think
    Andy Chatterly for Music Business Worldwide
  • Dan Le Sac on what he learned broadcasting on Twitch
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • MOBO Awards to return in 2020 after two years off
    Rob Copsey for Official Charts
  • The heavy, meditative and tender music of Les Filles De Illghadad
    Amanda Petrusich for The New Yorker
  • ‘The literal soundtrack of my life’: Questlove shares best 100 albums playlist
    Elijah C. Watson for Okayplayer
  • Can Reality Television produce a plausible rap star?
    Jon Caramanica, Frazier Tharpe and Tom Breihan for The New York Times
  • Will the Music Industry continue to win its copyright battle against ISPs?
    J. Alexander Lawrence for Socially Aware

  • Monday, November 11

  • Joe Walsh on his all-star VetsAid concert: It’s ‘what America’s supposed to be about’
    Robert Crawford for Rolling Stone
  • ‘We will always support artists’: Celeste, Arlo Parks and more tipped by Ticketmaster for 2020
    Ben Homewood for Music Week
  • Neil Young faces US citizenship delay over marijuana use
    Laura Snapes for The Guardian
  • Qobuz kicks MP3 to the curb with new hi-rez audio plan
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • Revisit John Lennon’s hilariously bitchy letter to Todd Rundgren
    Staff for Far Out
  • The necessity of musical hallucinations
    Jonathan Berger for Nautilus
  • Drake got booed at Camp Flog Gnaw and everyone has a take: see the reactions
    Michael Saponara for Billboard

  • Friday, November 8

  • Why was pop music so mild and inoffensive in the 2010s?
    Steven Hyden for Uproxx
  • Gucci Mane puts trap spin on UT Austin’s ‘The Eyes of Texas’ spirit song on ‘Tonight Show’
    Michael Saponara for Billboard
  • Should we be worried about TikTok?
    Staff for BBC News
  • Outkast, the Neptunes, Patti Smith, R.E.M., more, nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame 2020
    Noah Yoo for Pitchfork
  • Most Wanted: Music report – Scott Cohen, diversity, Africa and more
    Joe Sparrow for Music Ally
  • ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’: The ongoing saga of pop’s most contentious songs
    David Browne for Rollingstone
  • Tegan and Sara shut down Warner Records merch site due to ‘unacceptable’ backlog: ‘We have lost faith’
    Tatiana Cirisano for Stereogum
  • A love letter to Lizzo: How the Houston-raised musician made a name for herself
    Cat Cardenas for Texas Monthly

  • Thursday, November 7

  • What’s better than Spotify? These radio services all raise their hands
    Brian Cooley for CNET
  • Global music collections hit £8.5 BN after five straight years of growth
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • Las Vegas nightclub KAOS is closing, one month after dropping Marshmello’s $60 million deal
    Amy X. Wang for Rolling Stone
  • New Orleans signs on to host Essence Music Festival for five more years, fest expands to five days
    Sarah Pittman for Pollstar
  • The wonderful world of Chinese hi-fi
    Dan Nosowitz for The Verge
  • Drake signs up for Toronto marijuana venture
    Nivedita Balu for Reuters
  • What goes into releasing an artist’s music posthumously
    Stephen Thompson for NPR

  • Wednesday, November 6

  • Spinal Tap creators settle lawsuit with Universal Music over copyright dispute
    Dominic Rushe for The Guardian
  • Paradigm’s Marty Diamond talks career longevity, limits of big data at Billboard Live Music Summit
    Chris Eggersten for Billboard
  • The 2010s were the decade that genre collapsed
    Sam Goldner for VICE
  • 17 new songs out today
    Staff for Brooklyn Vegan
  • ’80s freestyle dance music is having a resurgence thanks to Bay Area and Detroit rap
    Elijah C. Watson for Okayplayer
  • Music Journalism Insider: Mark Richardson Interview
    Todd Burns for Music Journalism Insider
  • Why music streaming could really do with a Disney+
    Mark Mulligan for Music Industry Blog
  • The Internet Archive is now working to preserve vinyl LPs
    Patrick Tanguay for Kottke.org

  • Tuesday, November 5

  • Sudan Archives is making R&B deeper and stranger
    Jon Pareles for The New York Times
  • ‘It’s important for Spotify to have a global reach, but a local touch’
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • 2019 MTV EMA winners: See the full list
    Madeline Roth for MTV News
  • This open source AI tool quickly isolates the vocals in any song
    James Vincent for The Verge
  • The Brit Awards have made some huge changes to the awards for next year’s event
    Elizabeth Aubrey for NME
  • Who brought down the Berlin Wall? It might have been the Boss.
    Erik Kirschbaum for The LA Times
  • Why playing live music is like jumping from a plane
    Chris Hawkins for BBC News

  • Monday, November 4

  • UK High Court offers mixed ruling on TuneIn copyright lawsuit
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • Bumbershoot’s future unclear as lead producer AEG steps away from ailing music festival
    Michael Rietmulder for The Seattle Times
  • Sly Stone catalog’s U.S. rights acquired by Michael Jackson estate
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • Teens love TikTok. Silicon Valley is trying to stage an intervention.
    Jack Nicas for The New York Times
  • Tricky: ‘The super-rich will decide the outcome of Brexit. I don’t care’
    Roisin O’Connor for The Independent
  • Rap legend Rakim opens up about finding his unique intellectual sound and transforming hip-hop
    D. Watkins for Salon

  • Friday, November 1

  • Grammys to honor Dr. Dre for trailblazing production work
    Mesfin Fekadu for AP News
  • My Chemical Romance is coming to save 2019 with a reunion show
    Justin Curto for Vulture
  • Live Nation just had the most profitable quarter ever (again)
    Taylor Mims for Billboard
  • Streaming growth is slowing at the world’s biggest music company. Could TikTok help?
    Tim Ingham for Rolling Stone
  • Lady Donli wants you to live your best life
    Joey Akan for The Fader
  • Kirk Gibson, Alice Cooper and Jack White talk baseball, rock ‘n roll at Detroit event
    Brian McCollum for Detroit Free Press
  • How A$AP Ferg used self care to recharge his musical career
    Robby Seabrook III for XXL Magazine
  • 7 Albums out today you should listen to now: Earl Sweatshirt, Sudan Archives, and more
    Allison Hussey for Pitchfork

  • Thursday, October 31

  • Which is the best streaming service for supporting artists?
    Jack Schofield for The Guardian
  • How Lana Del Rey’s career explains a huge shift in the way we think about pop stars
    Alex Abad-Santos and Constance Grady for Vox
  • The composers who write YouTube influencers’ music, often for free
    Maria Sherman for Jezebel
  • Renata Flores brought Quechua to YouTube, and then everything changed
    Rosa Chávez Yacila for Vice
  • AIM to launch start-up guide to music business
    George Garner for Music Week
  • Donald Passman talks new edition of ‘All You Need To Know About The Music Business’ and what’s next
    Roy Trakin for Variety
  • A Brief History of Witchcraft in Music
    Kyle Carney for FLOOD Magazine
  • The scariest song ever, according to Pandora, is not the one you

    Joe Berkowitz for Fast Company

  • Wednesday, October 30

  • A milestone year for music supervisors, but perception problems remain
    James Patrick Herman for Variety
  • Diving deep into the secrets of creativity with RZA
    Steve Bramucci for Uproxx
  • Dave Grohl and Ringo Starr share emotional discussion about grieving Kurt Cobain and John Lennon
    Maggie Serota for Spin
  • Red Bull Music Academy, which shuts down this week, shares archive with over 500 lectures
    Madison Bloom for Pitchfork
  • Jamie Oborne talks The 1975: ‘We still believe in albums!’
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • These Memphis rap tapes aren’t actually haunted, but they are awesome
    Katie Rife for AV Club
  • 19 new songs out today
    Various for Brooklyn Vegan

  • Tuesday, October 29

  • Spotify is profitable once again as it cuts costs and adds cheaper plans
    Dani Deahl for The Verge
  • Could Juice WRLD’s Yellowcard lawsuit be rap’s ‘Blurred Lines?’
    Elijah C. Watson for Okayplayer
  • What’s Facebook’s game plan in music?
    Tim Ingham for Music Business Worldwide
  • IEBA day 1 recap: Women Nation, Promoter 101, Wheeling and Dealing, & Party Time
    Holly Gleason for Pollstar
  • Selling your record collection to move on in life the focus of new documentary based at Dusty Groove
    Bob Chiarito for Block Club Chicago
  • R.E.M. look back on Monster: ‘We did not want to become the dancing monkey’
    Marc Savage for BBC News
  • Sony Music UK Targets ‘Untapped’ Family Market For Growth With New Label
    Richard Smirke for Billboard

  • Monday, October 28

  • Prince’s memoir: Seven things we learned
    Colin Paterson for BBC News
  • Post Malone’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ bounces back to no. 1 for fourth week on Billboard 200 chart
    Keith Caulfield for Billboard
  • Miles Davis estate inks deal with Downtown Publishing for entire catalog
    Jem Aswad for Variety
  • The Grammys organizer is giving artists a metadata gold mine to credit unrecognized music workers
    Nick Statt for The Verge
  • The exit interview: Promoter 101’s Steiny and Luke peace out
    Deborah Speer for Pollstar
  • Michael Kiwanuka: ‘Sometimes you’ve got to be vulnerable, even if it’s not easy’
    Roisin O’Connor for The Independent

  • Friday, October 25

  • Coldplay and Selena Gomez: How two music releases reflect a changing industry
    Hazel Shearing for BBC News
  • Music video platform Triller raises $28M with ‘sights set on overtaking TikTok’
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • The Evolution Of Beatmaking Videos & How Artists, Brands & Publications Are Leveraging Them
    Danny Schwartz for Okayplayer
  • ‘Britney Spears is a genius’: Max Martin, the powerhouse of pure pop
    Michael Cragg for The Guardian
  • CAA’s Rod Essig Joins ‘Innovative’ 2019 IEBA Hall Of Fame Class With Joan Jett, Steve Dahl, Kevin Lyman, Larry Vallon
    Deborah Speer for Pollstar
  • At 74, Neil Young will finally become an American citizen: ‘We’ve got a climate emergency’
    Randy Lewis for Los Angeles Times

  • Thursday, October 24

  • Lizzo Sues Over ‘Truth Hurts’ Songwriting Credits
    Ben Sisario for The New York Times
  • Artists quitting music business due to abuse and sexism, says union
    Frances Perraudin for The Guardian
  • Controversial copyright bill inches closer to becoming law as House approves
    Kate Cox for Ars Technica
  • Reckoning with the Ethics of the Ever-Unfurling Prince Vault
    Katie Cameron for Paste Magazine
  • Public Enemy’s Chuck D to Receive 2019 Woody Guthrie Prize
    Latesha Harris for Variety
  • The beat goes on: a subculture of bonafide bands are doing what they can to keep their music playing
    Amanda Mesa for Miami Herald

  • Wednesday, October 23

  • Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Grew 688% in the Past Year
    Chris Eggertsen for Billboard
  • Is Sony Finally Realizing Its Global Cross-Media Potential?
    Tim Ingham for Rolling Stone
  • Musicians “unlikely” to receive any money from PledgeMusic liquidation
    Fraser Lewry for Louder
  • Security fears raised around Amazon and Google smart speakers
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Has Been Certified Diamond Faster Than Any Other Song In History
    Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx
  • Lana Del Rey is looking for local artists to join her on tour
    Andrew Trendell for NME

  • Tuesday, October 22

  • Spotify Saved the Music Industry. Now What?
    Andrew Nusca for Fortune
  • Pandora’s Gigantic Pre-1972 Class Action Copyright Lawsuit Might Go ‘Poof’
    Marsha Silva for Digital Music News
  • Fender’s new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music
    Jon Porter for The Verge
  • Yellowcard Sues Juice WRLD Over ‘Lucid Dreams,’ Begging the Question: Who Owns the Sound of Emo?
    Halle Kiefer for Vulture
  • Why Lil Peep’s Mother’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Could Change the Way the Music Industry Views Drugs
    Marc Hogan for Pitchfork
  • Punk’s Not Dead! Ezra Furman On Some 21st Century Essentials
    Ezra Furman for Clash Magazine

  • Monday, October 21

  • The Golden Ticket: Artists Make Plays For More Control In Ever-Evolving Market
    Sarah Pittman for Pollstar
  • Lyor Cohen on his plans for YouTube Music — ‘Whip Spotify’s ass? The answer is emphatically yes’
    Ed Potton for The Times
  • 5 Cutting Edge Music Tech Startups Vie For Music Innovation Prize By Web Summit
    Bruce Houghton for Hypebot
  • Pandora and TikTok ads found on video-piracy service TeaTV
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • 6 of the best freeware for live performance
    Andy Jones for Music Tech
  • Mark, My Words: The fake Shaggy scammers are ruining Twitter for noble, unsung custodians of pop parody accounts
    Mark Beaumont for NME

  • Friday, October 18

  • Trump Administration Staying Out Of Challenge To Music Licensing Law For Now
    Eriq Gardner for Billboard
  • 6 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Vagabon, Floating Points, Caroline Polachek, More
    Matthew Ismael Ruiz and Evan Minsker for Pitchfork
  • Screen Breaks: How TV Music Supervisors Boost New Artists
    Lanre Bakare for The Guardian
  • Just in time for your tea break: here’s the weekly NME crossword
    Trevor Hungerford for NME
  • Why Blockchain Won’t Be Saving The Music Business (Yet)
    Bobby Owsinski for Hypebot
  • The Cure’s Robert Smith Looks Back: ‘I’ve Never Thought About Legacy’
    Kory Grow for Rolling Stone

  • Thursday, October 17

  • Booking Madness: How The Industry Is Keeping Up With ‘The 24/7/365 Siege’
    Gideon Gottfried for Pollstar
  • Spotify Users In Santiago, Chile Are Responsible For 400M Reggaetón Streams On The Platform Each Month
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • How Music Distribution Works In The Modern Entertainment Business
    James Shotwell for Hypebot
  • The NYPD Is Requesting Rappers Be Removed From Shows. What’s Next?
    Shawn Setaro for Complex
  • Lost albums of the 2010s – what became of the albums we were promised but that never arrived?
    Will Richards for NME
  • How Touring Musicians Can Run A Business From The Road
    Sam Bowman for Music Think Tank

  • Wednesday, October 16

  • The Music Industry Is Evolving Faster Than Ever, And So Are The Scammers
    Sam Weinberg and Matt Aiello for Pigeons & Planes
  • The 40 Best New Bands Of 2019
    From Stereogum
  • Rolling Loud Hong Kong Canceled Due To Political Protests
    Shaad D’Souza for Fader
  • Sony’s 360 Reality Audio Launches This Fall With 1,000 Tracks
    Devindra Hardawar for Engadget
  • Sudden Death Of A Young K-Pop Star Spurs Talk Of Action On Mental Health, Bullying
    Jenna Gibson for NPR
  • Small But Perfectly Formed: A Love Letter To The EP, The Unsung Hero Format Of The Music World
    Jordan Bassett for NME

  • Tuesday, October 15

  • How Twitter Changed Music
    Eric Harvey for Pitchfork
  • Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Among 16 Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
    Anastasia Tsioulcas for NPR
  • How Does The Money Flow From Music Streaming To Artists, Music Industry?
    Ava Roche and Samuel Smith guest post for Hypebot
  • UMG Content Strategist: Podcasts ‘Could Potentially Rival Share Of Ear For Music Consumption’
    Murray Stassen for Music Business Worldwide
  • The Curious Case Of ‘Wonderwall’ And What It Might Say About The Future Of Streaming
    Tim Ingham for Rolling Stone
  • The Best Music Documentaries You Should Watch Right Now
    Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx

  • Monday, October 14

  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Longest-Leading Top Latin Albums Chart No. 1s Ever
    Jessica Roiz for Billboard
  • 4 Steps Songwriters Should Take Now To Prepare For The Music Modernization Act.
    Eric Beall for Take Note
  • More Radio, More Live: Where Apple Music’s Headed In 2020
    Sophie Charara for WIRED
  • New York’s Hot 97 won’t look to play 6ix9ine’s music after his prison release
    Tony M. Centeno for XXL Mag
  • 10 Tips On Optimizing Computers For Music-Making
    Andy Jones for Music Tech
  • Pharrell Gets ‘Embarrased’ By His Old Songs That Objectify Women, Like ‘Blurred Lines’
    Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx

  • Friday, October 11

  • Apple is killing its most-hated app, iTunes. Here’s how it went from a popular music player to an outdated relic.
    Mary Meisenzahl for Business Insider
  • 6 Albums out today you should listen to now: Big Thief, Kim Gordon, and more
    Matthew Ismael Ruiz and Matthew Strauss for Pitchfork
  • Music Promotion on TikTok: A Beginner’s Guide
    James Shotwell for Hypebot / Haulix
  • ‘It’s my purpose to shine a light where I can.’ How rapper Stormzy is championing Black British culture
    Reni Eddo-Lodge for TIME
  • Could a cassette tape shortage be on the way?
    Robin Murray for Clash Magazine
  • Song you need to know: Pusha T and HBO’s ‘Succession’ are the media merger of the year
    Amy X. Wang for Rolling Stone

  • Thursday, October 10

  • Musicians Union demands major increase in streaming residuals with SAG-AFTRA support
    Bruce Houghton for Hypebot
  • Will the Music Industry ever catch up with the Internet?
    Kemet High for Pigeons and Planes
  • New Blockchain-based music streaming service Audius is a copyright nightmare
    Dani Deahl for The Verge
  • How Rap’s Class of 2019 lives and dies by the meme
    Jon Caramanica for The New York Times
  • Get to know Gong Gong Gong, Beijing’s hottest new experimental rock band
    Josh Feola for Bandcamp Daily
  • How clubs and festivals are boosting the green agenda
    Scott Claridge for Mixmag

  • Wednesday, October 9

  • Underplays In Overdrive: Why big artists are increasingly playing small venues
    Andy Gensler for Pollstar
  • The Strange Evolution of Viral Music Stardom
    Rawiya Kameir for Pitchfork
  • Banned in China: Why the Music Biz should be watching NBA, ‘South Park’ dramas
    Bill Werde for Billboard
  • ‘Right here, right now’: Fatboy Slim samples Greta Thunberg for live show
    Kate Lyons for The Guardian
  • Why are there so few women in ‘best-of’ hip-hop polls?
    J’na Jamerson for BBC
  • Rosalía’s Incredible Journey from Flamenco to Megastardom
    Marcela Valdes for The New York Times Magazine

  • Tuesday, October 8

  • Apple’s macOS Catalina update is a big problem for DJs who relied on iTunes
    Dani Deahl for The Verge
  • DaBaby and the Beatles shake up the albums chart
    Ben Sisario for The New York Times
  • Brooklyn freeform radio station WBAI shuts down abruptly after 60+ years
    Bill Pearis for Brooklyn Vegan
  • How music publishers can prepare for Mechanical Licensing Collective Database
    Guy Barash for The Tennessean
  • ‘I’m glad the biz is still in the room’: Tech Summit keynoter Zane Lowe on music and tech’s new, improved relationship
    Mark Sutherland for Music Week
  • Chaka Khan wants to make sure music programs stay in schools
    Cynthia Littleton for Variety
  • Monday, October 7

  • Antitrust probers in Congress ask Spotify to detail alleged Apple abuses
    Diane Bartz and Stephen Nellis for Reuters
  • AI musicians are a growing trend. What does that mean for the music industry?
    Luke Dormehl for Digital Trends
  • Michael Stipe skips big music platforms for debut solo single
    Stuart Dredge for Music Ally
  • The 200 best songs of the 2010s
    Various writers for Pitchfork
  • Doch Chkae, the metal band born on a rubbish dump
    George Wright for BBC News
  • Ginger Baker, superstar rock drummer with Cream, is dead at 80
    Peter Keepnews for The New York Times
  • Friday, October 4

  • Global Music Rights sues Entravision for copyright infringement
    Post from Variety
  • Is there a fairer way for streaming services to pay artists?
    Feature from Pitchfork
  • Lil Tecca’s parents let him pursue rap. Now he’s a star (with braces).
    Feature from NY Times
  • Creativity and AI: The next step
    Post from Scientific American
  • Top 15 punk LPs of 1977 that undeniably defined the year
    List from Altpress
  • Our 11 favorite blogs for discovering new hip-hop tracks
    List from Flypaper
  • Thursday, October 3

  • BTS says decision to hold concert in Saudi Arabia wasn’t easy
    Post from CNN
  • Kim Shattuck, Muffs founder and singer, dead at 56
    Obituary from Rolling Stone
  • Rollo and Dido: Return of the 50M-selling siblings who blundered into stardom
    Story from The Guardian
  • Giving ‘one-hit wonder’ the vernacular boot
    Post from Hypebot
  • Tegan and Sara offer ‘pay what you can’ donation-based seats to fight secondary ticketing
    Post from Pollstar
  • Denton’s Regina Bugarin is changing the DIY music scene for marginalized communities
    Profile from Dallas Observer
  • Wednesday, October 2

  • Ticketmaster report reveals festival boost for new artists
    Post from Music Week
  • The Ken Burns effect: How ‘Country Music’ doc surged sales for country legends
    Post from Rolling Stone
  • ‘If we want to build value in this industry, we have to tell the real stories of how music is made’ – Elizabeth Milch of Genius
    Interview from Music Business Worldwide
  • All the new albums coming out in October 2019
    List from Uproxx
  • How Isaac Hayes changed soul music
    Post from New Yorker
  • Kanye West’s ‘Yandhi’ ringtones appear to be a scam, and they’re now gone
    Post from The Verge
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