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Past articles by Elias:

ByteDance Launches Tool That Can Turn a Hum Into Music for TikTok

Ripple, which launched in Beta on Friday, would allow TikTokers to create audio for their clips without ever leaving a ByteDance app. → Read More

SoundCloud Ups Tracy Chan to Chief Content Officer

The company also promoted Ama Walton and added a senior vp of strategy. → Read More

Hip-Hop’s No. 1s Shortage: Is It Actually a Crisis or Is It ‘All Cyclical’?

Veteran executives discuss the challenges facing hip-hop — and why some chart statistics may not be the best measure of a genre’s reach. → Read More

TikTok COO V. Pappas Steps Down

TikTok COO V. Pappas has stepped down and chief of staff Adam Presser will take over operations. → Read More

Black-Owned Record Stores Have Been in Decline. They’re Banding Together to Reverse the Tide

Just around 3% of U.S. record stores have Black owners. The F.A.M.S. coalition wants to get them more support from the music industry. → Read More

‘Both of Us’ Made Jayda G a Star. With ‘Guy,’ She Turns Inward

DJ/producer’s new album explores the life of her father, who died when she was 10. → Read More

Gen Z Is Drinking Less and Clubs Aren’t Thrilled

Some small venue owners are noticing that younger audience’s alcohol consumption is dropping, impacting a key revenue stream. → Read More

Is the Music Business Slipping on Its Pledge to Diversity?

Black music executives say that, despite promises of greater diversity and inclusion, not enough advances have been made since Blackout Tuesday. → Read More

Are Major Labels Cooling on Viral Artists?

After years of paying big for songs going viral on social media, labels’ strategies may be shifting. → Read More

CD Baby Is No Longer Distributing CDs

“We have better opportunities and things to focus on on the digital side,” says president Scott Williams. → Read More

Universal Music Partners With AI Company to Win Sleep Playlists

Endel, a leader in the lucrative “functional music” space, will transform projects from UMG’s roster into soundscapes for relaxing or studying. → Read More

Terrace Martin Partners With BMG for Jazz Album Series

BMG will support six releases through Martin’s Sounds of Crenshaw label, with the first coming this summer. → Read More

Targeted Payments and Overnight Spins: How Labels Influence Airplay Charts

Documents obtained by Billboard show how payments from labels to one independent radio promoter seemingly result in spins at specific stations. → Read More

The Music Business Is Finally Starting to Pay Attention to Streaming Fraud

The Music Biz conference in Nashville devoted three panels to the issue, which attorney Mona Simonian said is “financially impacting everyone in the industry.” → Read More

Streaming Fraud 'Hurts Everyone.' Beatdapp Wants to Change That

Beatdapp works to prevent fraud from impacting payouts. “It’s already hard to make something,” co-CEO Andrew Batey says. “You should get paid correctly.” → Read More

‘It’s Not ‘All Good”: Black Music Action Coalition Offers Lukewarm Assessment of Industry Diversity

The music industry's racial diversity efforts need improvement, says a new BMAC report assessing companies' progress in addressing historical racism. → Read More

TikTok Debuts New Music Discovery Hub

#NewMusic “will give artists a new way to connect with our global community,” according to the platform’s global head of music operations. → Read More

Spotify Pulled Thousands of Songs to Fight Fraud — Not AI

Tracks from AI music company Boomy were removed, but streamers take down songs all the time, regardless of whether AI is involved. → Read More

SoundCloud, Merlin Strike Deal on Fan-Powered Royalties

Merlin members — including independent labels and distributors — will explore “new revenue opportunities” via the platform’s user-centric payment model. → Read More

Billboard Introduces ‘Fan Packs’ to Album Charts

The Billboard 200 will count some package offerings of music and collectibles as fans seek to support their favorite acts through merch purchases → Read More