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Roddy Ricch's Single 'The Box' Cleared Of All Copyright Allegations — What This Could Mean For Up-And-Coming Musicians and Recording Labels

Roddy Ricch, whose given name is Roderick Wayne Jr., has emerged victorious in a two-year legal battle surrounding his chart-topping hit song, “The Box.”

Feb 20, 2024

Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Label Starts New Business Venture With Music-Tech Company To Help The Next Generation Of Artists

Grammy award-winning producer and business mogul Jermaine Dupri finalized a deal allowing his label to develop a new crop of artists.

Feb 9, 2024

Inside Why Prince Changed His Name As A Way To Get Ownership Of His Music

A few names will come up in conversations about musical GOATS. From Michael Jackson to Aretha Franklin to Beyoncé, music fans have decades of musical options to tap into. But one could argue that no list is complete without the musical variety of Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as Prince, displayed musical talents at an early age that defined his long career of creativity. Throughout his tenure, he recorded classic hits such as “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” and his biggest chart-topping single and album — “Purple Rain.” It is well documented that the artist was adamant about owning the music he produced. And when he was entrenched in a legal battle relating to ownership, he went to what some might consider extreme measures to get his point across and fight for the creative freedom he desired.

Jul 18, 2023

LVRN Aims To Expand To Africa Thanks To MUSIC CEO Matt Pincus, Who's Invested Over $25M

Love Renaissance (LVRN) is home to some of today’s hottest R&B acts and they may just continue to get better with time thanks to this latest investment from MUSIC — the first-ever diversified investment company focused exclusively on music and music-adjacent businesses.

Jan 31, 2023

Rich Homie Quan Reflects On Inking A $19K Record Deal — 'I Was So Broke, But I Was So Smart'

Sometimes it’s about working smarter, not harder — especially when it comes to the music business. Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan adopted a money-making mindset early in his career that has proven to be a recipe for success.

Jan 12, 2023

Lil Baby Shares The Lesson He Learned After His First Booked Show For $750 Ended Up Costing Him $2K

Investing in one’s self has played a significant role in the success stories we hear today, and it’s no different for Lil Baby.

Oct 25, 2022

Drake Shares That He Was Once Paid $100 For A Show, Tells Aspiring Artists To 'Keep Going'

Drake has proven to be one of the most successful artists of our generation, and quite frankly, he still keeps winning. However, like everyone else, his journey started somewhere.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi)

Oct 19, 2022

Exclusive: E-40 Reveals Snoop Dogg Inspired Hip-Hop Supergroup Mount Westmore To Drop Their Debut Album In The Metaverse

Standing on the Mount Rushmore hill of Hip-Hop are trailblazers E-40, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Too Short.

Oct 18, 2022

Kendrick Lamar Says Jay-Z Has Never Charged Him For Lines, Publicly Thanks Him — 'I Really Appreciate That'

Jay-Z values his work relationships. . @kendricklamar thanks JAY-Z who was in attendance (white bucket hat) during an impromptu performance at Dumbo House in New York, for letting him sample his line, “I do this for my culture…” from his 2001 song “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” — free of charge — JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) August 7, 2022

Aug 8, 2022

Why Trinidad James Earns A Percentage Every Time Grammy Award-Winning Record 'Uptown Funk' Gets Played

It’s entirely possible that the lyrics to “Uptown Funk” can be heard as something else when singer Bruno Mars says, “Uptown Funk You Up” (you heard it, right?). The phonics there are similar to an explicit phrase known all too well to many. However, one person who’s not phonetically challenged is rapper and entertainer Trinidad James. In Mark Ronson’s 2014 Billboard hit, he used a famous line from James’ song, “All Gold Everything.” The line in question –”don’t believe me, just watch.” Due to its use, James receives a percentage of “Uptown Funk” every time it is played.

Jul 19, 2022

Nigerian Award-Winning Artist Tiwa Savage Receives Honorary Doctorate — 'Some Call Me Queen, But It's Dr. Savage From Now On'

The title of “doctor” has been earned by one of the leading ladies of Afrobeats. Recently, Tiwa Savage received an honorary degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. “Some call me queen, but it’s Dr. Savage from now on,” Savage said in a speech while accepting the degree. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bankulli Osha (@bankulli)

Jul 18, 2022

TikTok Introduces Music Distribution Platform Where Artists Will Receive Most Of The Royalties

We will be enjoying more tunes from artists thanks to TikTok’s newest platform SoundOn. The “all-in-one platform for marketing and distribution” will showcase the talents of rising artists by broadening their influence. SoundOn will allow artists to upload music directly through TikTok, Resso, CapCut, and streaming giants such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora, among others. “New artists and musical creators are a vibrant community within TikTok and SoundOn is designed to support them as they take the first steps in their career,” Ole Obermann, Global Head of Music at TikTok said, according to a press release. “Our SoundOn teams will guide creators on their journey to the big stage and bring the expertise and power of TikTok to life for the artist. We’re incredibly excited about how this will surface and propel new talent and how SoundOn will contribute to an increasingly diverse and growing global music industry.”

Mar 10, 2022

'American Idol' Mastermind Simon Fuller Behind 'The First Group Ever To Be Born On TikTok'

A new entertainment group is here, and it’s “the first group ever to be born on TikTok,” thanks to Simon Fuller. Fuller, the creative mind behind hit series “American Idol,” housed auditions using TikTok last fall. Fuller created the popular hashtag #NextInMusic to find the next rising stars , and now the anticipation is over. Three singers and four dancers have been chosen and will become Future X, Variety reports. “The Future X combines everything that is exciting about contemporary young artists: authenticity, confidence, empowerment and a unique balance between extraordinary dancers and iconic singers,” said Fuller, according to Variety.

Jan 27, 2022

On Top Of His African Crypto-City Empire, Akon Sets Sights On Releasing An Album As An NFT

Akon is merging the world of crypto with the music scene, announcing that his next album will be sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) , Esquire reports. “Throughout my career, I have always believed that artists never really got their fair share of the profits for the work they produced and people listen to,” Akon told Esquire. “So with the idea of owning a piece of digital art, via an NFT, it allows the creator to benefit more and actually get more of the pie.” While his plans further affirm cryptocurrency’s ability to allow artists to maximize earnings from their content, it appears profit is not the only interest to Akon as he cites the NFT drop will allow for transparency and access to information from album buyers. “ My next album is going to be an NFT album. With that, I’ll be able to monetize it from the day it drops on every platform that exists. What that means is that it opens the door to full transparency where your music is being played, who’s playing it, where they’re...

Jan 13, 2022