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Past articles by Dan:

Deezer & Universal’s New ‘Artist-Centric’ Royalty Model Is Stirring Debate in the Music Industry

UMG claims the new model will benefit artists. Skeptics have questions. → Read More

Deezer CEO Explains How New UMG-Backed Streaming Royalties Model Works

Jeronimo Folgueira breaks down the streamer’s new “artist-centric” payout model and how the company arrived at the definition of a “professional artist.” → Read More

Former Tidal, Apple Execs Launch Music Financing Firm for Indie Artists With $32M in Funding

Lior Tibon and Christopher Nolte’s new venture will provide funding in exchange for catalogs, individual tracks or parts of tracks. → Read More

Music Streams, Sales in the U.S.: Weekly Totals for April 20, 2023

Music streams and sales in the U.S. overall decreased by .5% for the weekly total of April 20, 2023, according to Luminate. → Read More

Record Label Market Share Q4 2022: Republic’s ‘Midnights’ Run Outpaces a Surging Sony

Bad Bunny and Harry Styles led Sony to big gains in current market share in 2022, while Republic’s huge fourth quarter helped it end the year on an upswing. → Read More

How Tems Topped Billboard’s First Year-End U.S. Afrobeats Chart

“As for music moving fast? There is a difference between McDonalds and soul food,” says her manager Muyiwa Awoniyi. → Read More

Beyoncé, Adele, Harry Styles Help Columbia Lead Labels in Big Four Grammy Nominations

The Sony-owned label had nine nominations, with three apiece for its trio of superstars. → Read More

How the ‘Wakanda Forever’ Soundtrack Helped Rihanna Top the Charts Again

With Rihanna's "Lift Me Up" from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack at No. 2 on the Hot 100 this week, Def Jam's Archie Davis is Billboard's Executive of the Week. → Read More

Inside Downtown Music’s Big Pivot

After mastering traditional publishing, the company reimagined its business — but staying at the changing industry’s cutting edge hasn’t come without risk. → Read More

Can Primary Wave Transform Whitney Houston’s Legacy — and Her Estate’s Fortunes?

A decade after the legend's death, the marketing and publishing whiz treating catalogs as dynamic, lucrative brands is helping to refresh her legacy — and to turbo-charge her estate's revenue. → Read More

How Doja Cat’s ‘Vegas’ Transcended ‘Elvis’ to Become Her Latest Pop Radio Hit

“The digital world is an ever-evolving machine. Breaking records and artists are much different than they were even just a few months ago,” says manager Gordan Dillard. → Read More

How Burna Boy's 'Last Last' Conquered Hip-Hop Radio

“Radio is a long game,” says Atlantic’s evp of black music promotion Kevin Holiday. → Read More

Record Label Market Share Q3 2022: Sony Growth Continues With Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Rod Wave Releases

In Q3 2022, Sony surged again in record label market share thanks to the continued success of Bad Bunny’s "Un Verano Sin Tí" and acts like Harry Styles, Future, Lil Durk, Beyoncé and Rod Wave. → Read More

U.S. Recorded Music Revenues Grew 9% In First Half of 2022: RIAA

The RIAA released revenue figures for the first half of 2022, showing that the U.S. recorded music business grew 9% over the first half of 2021 to $7.7 billion. → Read More

Inside Track: Warner Music Group Closes In on Robert Kyncl as Next CEO

The former Youtube exec’s tech background has made him the frontrunner in the music group’s search for a new leader, sources say. → Read More

How Steve Lacy’s Manager Helped the ‘Bad Habit’ Star Make Good

“You have a million things to do behind the scenes to educate people, position yourself, etc. But if the record doesn’t hit people right, it’s useless.” → Read More

Mid-Year 2022: Hip-Hop’s Still the Top Genre But Latin & World Music Are Making Gains

“Encanto,” Bad Bunny and K-Pop fueled surges for different genres, though the established order remains in place. → Read More

Chris Brown's New Chart Record Is RCA's Latest R&B Success Story

“The hard work starts in the studio and that’s where it all began with this,” says RCA president Mark Pitts. → Read More

Record Label Market Share Mid-Year 2022: Bad Bunny, Harry Styles Boost Sony

Interscope Geffen A&M remains the No. 1 label halfway through 2022, while Atlantic leads the charge in current market share. → Read More

UMG Employee Says They Were Fired After Roe v. Wade Email

A Universal Music Group employee claims they were fired last week after "speaking in support of abortion rights" following the Supreme Courts decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. → Read More