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Recent articles by Dan:

Spotify Countersues Indie Label, Alleging Massive Streaming Fraud & Millions of Fake Accounts

Sosa Entertainment founder Jake Noch claimed the streaming service failed to pay royalties on over 550 million plays. Now Spotify says he designed a "scheme" to game the system. → Read More

Spotify Combines Artist, Label Analytics In One Place

Spotify announced in a blog post today (May 15) that it will be combining its separate data and analytics dashboards, one of which was for artists and managers, the other of which was for labels and distributors, into one place: a revamped Spotify For Artists. The new configuration will allow labels and distributors -- whose previous dashboard was called Spotify Analytics -- to access and help… → Read More

How We Work Now: Warner Records Senior VP/Head of Urban Marketing Chris Atlas

In a new series amid the coronavirus pandemic, Billboard is asking individuals from all sectors of the music business to share stories of how they work now. This installment is with Chris Atlas, senior vp/head of urban marketing at Warner Records. → Read More

How We Work Now: Reservoir President/COO Rell Lafargue

In a new series amid the coronavirus pandemic, Billboard is asking individuals from all sectors of the music business to share stories of how they work now, with much of the world quarantined at home and unable to take in-person meetings, attend conferences or even go into the office. Submissions for the series can be sent to HowWeWorkNow@Billboard.com. Read the full series here. This… → Read More

Third Episode of Bob Marley Mini Documentary Series Released Amid 75th Birthday Celebration

All year, Bob Marley’s family, along with his old record label Island, its catalog wing Universal Music Enterprises and other Marley-related companies and entities are celebrating what would have been the 75th birthday of the family’s patriarch. → Read More

Bandcamp Will Waive Revenue Sharing On First Friday of May, June & July to Support Artists

Bandcamp is once again offering to waive its share of revenue generated for music sales on its site on three days in the coming months, the company announced in a blog post. The first Friday’s of May, June and July -- May 1 (this Friday), June 5 and July 3 -- the company will not take a cut of sales from midnight to midnight Pacific time, with all money going directly to artists and labels.… → Read More

BTS Postpones Entire 'Map Of The Soul' World Tour

BTS has rescheduled its Map of the Soul world tour amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe, Billboard has learned. The tour was originally slated to begin on April 11 in Seoul, South Korea, though those dates were canceled in late February. A month later, the band announced that its North American tour dates, which were scheduled to kick off April 25 in Santa Clara, Calif., would… → Read More

Tidal Launches New Free Membership Tier For Video Content

Tidal today (April 27) has said it will be unveiling a new free membership tier, where users can sign up with an email address and get ad-free access to Tidal’s various video content without having to pay. Called Tidal Access, the new free tier will offer four different channels worth of videos: performances, documentaries, conversations and spotlight, the latter of which will be curated by… → Read More

Spotify Reshuffles Global Expansion Team as Apple Launches in 52 New Markets

Spotify’s global head of markets Cecilia Qvist has transitioned into an advisory role at the company and is no longer running Spotify’s global expansion operation, Billboard has learned. → Read More

A Look Inside The Marleys' Re-Opening of Tuff Gong Vinyl Pressing Plant

Rohan Marley guides Billboard through the new plant and Tuff Gong’s iconic recording studio. → Read More

Beyond 'Legend': 25 Classic Album Cuts From Bob Marley's Catalog

There’s little that can be said about Bob Marley that hasn’t already: he’s a cultural icon, a global ambassador for peace and "One Love," and one of the most recognizable figures, even beyond music, around the globe. And when it comes to that music, the entry point for most fans is Legend, the 1984 greatest-hits compilation that is one of the most successful albums released in the history of… → Read More

In Jamaica With the Marleys: Behind a Booming Family Business As It Weathers A Global Crisis

Though a pandemic wasn’t part of the plan for Bob Marley’s 75th birthday year, his family is expanding the business at a time when his music is more essential than ever. → Read More

EMPIRE Pairs With Instagram For Two New IGTV Shows

Indie record label, distributor, publisher and artist services company EMPIRE has partnered with Instagram to debut two new shows of original content on IGTV, the company announced today (April 21). → Read More

Apple Music Expands Into 52 More Countries, Including Two Dozen in Africa

Apple announced a major expansion of many of its services Tuesday (April 21), most notably that Apple Music will now be available in 52 additional countries, bringing it to 167 total. Much of that total is centered on Africa, where the five-year-old streaming service will go live in two dozen additional countries, tripling the number of nations in which it’s available on the continent. In… → Read More

New CMJ Owner on Plans for Brand's Comeback, 'Virtual Music Marathon' & More

Amazing Radio founder Paul Campbell discusses taking control of CMJ, his plans for the brand's comeback, intentions to mount a 'virtual music marathon' & more. → Read More

Britain's Amazing Radio Acquires CMJ, Plans Fall Reboot and Help For Musicians

Amazing Radio, the British-based internet radio service that focuses on new and emerging artists in the U.K., has emerged as the mystery buyer behind long-troubled U.S. industry conference and festival brand CMJ. → Read More

Bob Marley 75th Birthday Celebration Continues With Second Mini Documentary 'Women Rising'

This year marks what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, and the Marley family and Universal Music Enterprises (which handles his Island Records catalog) are rolling out a year’s worth of content to celebrate the legacy of reggae music’s enduring icon. So far, that has included a brand new animated music video for "Redemption Song," various events and parties surrounding Grammy week, a… → Read More

Here's How Streaming Services Are Supporting the Music Community During the Coronavirus Crisis

As the coronavirus crisis worsens, streaming services including Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and TIDAL are trying to find additional ways to help musicians. → Read More

Copyright Management Firm Pex Acquires Dubset Media

The acquisition opens up Dubset's licensed catalog to Pex's database. → Read More

Epic Promotes Rick Sackheim, Ezekiel Lewis, Stephanie Yu to Expanded Roles

Epic Records chairman/CEO Sylvia Rhone announced three new promotions within her executive team today (March 5). Rick Sackheim, who had been executive vp/head of promotions, has taken on the additional role of general manager at the label. In his new position, he'll oversee marketing, publicity and video productions in addition to the promotions department. "Rick's reputation as one of the top… → Read More