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Music industry headlines: March 8, 2017

Here’s the music industry news you need to know this morning. After artist backlash, SXSW will remove controversial immigration clause in 2018 contracts – full story...

Despite backlash, Tupac biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ smashes box office expectations

Released on what would have been Tupac Shakur’s 46th birthday on June 16, the Benny Boom-directed All Eyez on Me biopic grossed an estimated US$27.1 million in its...

Frontier are bringing Paul McCartney to Australia and NZ

Frontier have as much as announced a tour of Australia and New Zealand by Sir Paul McCartney: ex-Wings bassist, and co-writer of the 1989 Elvis...

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An all-Aussie lineup created Jess Mauboy’s new single, here’s how it came together

When a major label pop artist (“the biggest pop star in Australia”) who’s worked with the likes of Dianne Warren, Flo-Rida, Babyface and Snoop Dogg,...

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National Live Music Awards moves to Melbourne, Jen Cloher signs to Native Tongue, and more

Here’s all the music industry news you need to know this morning. The 2017 NLMAs will be held on Thursday 7th December 2017, with the...

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Venue wars between Live Nation and AEG get even dirtier

Things are getting heated in the venue war that has engulfed AEG and Live Nation over the past few years. AEG have now initiated a...

Music industry headlines: March 20, 2017

Here’s the music industry news you need to know this morning. Apple paid Chance The Rapper $500,000 for Coloring Book exclusive – via MBW  Ed Sheeran Beats ‘Beauty...

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Triple J enjoy unseasonably good ratings this quarter

The second quarter radio ratings period is not traditionally a time of growth for triple j, who usually find their ratings level out after the...

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Dolby want to bring immersive sound to the clubbing and concert experience

Dolby Atmos is the company’s flagship product: an immersive surround-sound experience that has elevated the theatrical experience for movie-goers to the point that I’m pretty...

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Twitter accounts taken down for BET Awards posts, community radio awards finalists announced, and more

Here’s all the music industry news you need to know today. A number of Twitter accounts were taken down because of alleged issues related to...

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BMG now owns 50% of The Potbelleez’ back catalogue

BMG worldwide has acquired a 50% interest in the entire publishing back-catalogue of  The Potbelleez. The deal with the multi-APRA award-winning, multi-Platinum dance trio includes tracks ‘Don’t Hold Back’...

Watch: ‘Pathway To Platform’ – A panel discussion on women in music at Vivid Sydney’s Vivid Ideas

Vivid Ideas is back as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festivities, filled with panels and workshops that aim to broaden your mind, and fill...

Speakers announced for free SXSW meet ‘n’ greets in Sydney and Melbourne

Eight speakers with over 50 years of combined SXSW history have today been announced for the annual SXSW Meet ’n’ Greets: at the newly-refurbished Lansdowne...

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How to break overseas: With non-stop touring muso Stu Larsen

Currently, Stu Larsen is splitting his time between continents, whether it be his native Australia, Europe, Asia or North America. The Toowomba-born nomad may not...

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Lorde looks likely to score her first number one album in America

Billboard pundits predict that Lorde is on track to score her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this weekend. The industry magazine forecasts...

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BMG’s Heath Johns: “We’re seeing iconic artists being largely ignored by their labels”

When Heath Johns left his role as Director of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Australia in January 2016, he had grown restless with his hopes...

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Jay-Z’s 4:44 has been illegally downloaded almost 1M times, but are exclusives to blame?

Jay-Z’s thirteenth solo album has been illegally downloaded almost one million times since its release last Friday (June 30). According to UK piracy analytics company...

Ticketek owner TEG buys the #1 ticketing company in Malaysia

TEG, owner of Ticketek and a suite of live events assets, has acquired the #1 ticketing company in Malaysia, TicketCharge. With offices in Kuala Lumpur and...

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Only one third of Katy Perry’s Twitter army are actually real people – the rest are bots

It’s a well-established fact that Katy Perry is Twitter’s most followed star, but as it turns out that enormous following might be, well, not all...

No Frills Twins ink major label deal, Sia and The Weeknd to play Sydney on same night, and more

Here’s all the music industry news you need to know today. No Frills Twins Sign to Island Records/Universal Music. They have amassed over 8 million...