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How Spotify Plans To Drive An Additional $1B In Revenue For Emerging And Professional Musicians Over The Next 5 Years

It appears as though Spotify would like to improve how it supports musicians.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 22, 2023

Cheryl Lynn Reveals She Owns Her Masters, Including Her 1983 Hit 'Encore,' Which Is Earning Over 30K Spotify Streams 40 Years Later

Releasing a hit song while a music genre is at its peak is the perfect recipe to create something timeless. In 1978, icon Cheryl Lynn released her first single “Got to Be Real.” Its success would then set the trajectory for her debut self-titled album, which became RIAA-certified Gold, per AllMusic.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 9, 2023

Grammy-Nominated Producer Bangladesh Says It Took 17 Years For Kelis To Sign Off On His Royalties For Producing 'Bossy'

Lil Wayne’s “A Milli,” Nicki Minaj’s “Did It On ’Em,” and Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” all have one thing in common: They were produced by Bangladesh.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 7, 2023

Retired NFL Star Michael Oher Says He Has Not Received Royalties From 'The Blind Side'

According to retired NFL star Michael Oher, “The Blind Side” film distorted his story.

Samantha Dorisca

Aug 15, 2023

Bun B Shares How Taking An Advance From Sony Led UGK To Not Make ‘One Dollar In Royalties’

UGK is marked in history as one of the greatest Hip-Hop duos. However, their solidified spot in the culture since their official debut in the 90s didn’t make them exempt from the pitfalls of the music industry.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 6, 2023

Marlon Wayans Never Got The Chance To Star In 'Batman Returns,' Yet Still Receives Residual Checks

Marlon Wayans seems to be still bringing in the dough for almost starring as an onscreen superhero.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 28, 2022

Jason Weaver Turned Down $2M Offer For 'The Lion King' Because His Mom Knew He Would Make More In Royalties

Jason Weaver says his mother saved him from making the biggest mistake of his career when he was cast for the original “Lion King.”

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 18, 2022

Jay-Z Awarded $4.5M In Unpaid Royalties From Fragrance Company Parlux

Even when Jay-Z “loses,” he still wins! The news of his failed partnership “Gold Jay-Z” — launched in 2013 with Parlux, a fragrance company — was made publicly known three months ago when a Manhattan jury cleared him of $67 million in damages regarding the deal. Jay-Z’s name has now been cleared even more as the company recently had to cut the check. On Feb. 24, the Hip-Hop superstar won $4.5 million in unpaid royalties from Parlux, according to Billboard. Although the overall endorsement deal went downhill, a New York state appeals court brought truth to the light that sales were still made. “The record is clear: Parlux sold licensed products after July 31, 2015, but failed to pay royalties on those sales,” wrote Justice John Higgitt of the New York Appellate Division, according to Billboard. On top of the royalties, the court went on to rule that it would also include interest for the product sales. The outlet reports that Jay-Z’s win follows after over six years of litigation and...

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 25, 2022

Ol' Dirty Bastard's Widow Files Lawsuit Against Wu-Tang Clan Over Unpaid Royalties

In another case of music industry relationships gone wrong, Ol’Dirty Bastard’s (ODB) widow is suing Wu-Tang Clan over unpaid royalties. According to Complex, Icelene Jones, who is the administrator of ODB’s estate, has officially filed a lawsuit against the legendary Hip-Hop group. She claims that as a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, her late husband is owed at least $1 million in royalties. The lawsuit has been filed in the New York Supreme Court and references a recording contract from 1992 that reveals that founding members ODB, Ghostface Killah, GZA, and Raekwon were to receive equal amounts of 50 percent of royalties from the group’s catalog.

Shanique Yates

Feb 10, 2022

Dolly Parton Reveals Whitney Houston's Music Royalties Have Been Used To Invest In A Black Tennessee Community

Dolly Parton will always love Whitney Houston and her new noble revelation is proof of that. During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” this week, the singer and songwriter revealed that she’s been using royalties that she’s collected from Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” — which was originally sung by Parton — to invest in a Black Tennessee community, TMZ reports. In her interview with Cohen, she went on to explain how she purchased “my big office complex down in Nashville” and decided to buy the property in honor of the area’s Black community and Houston’s legacy. “I bought a property down in what was the Black area of town, and it was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there,” she said. “And it was off the beaten path from 16th avenue and I thought, ‘Well I am going to buy this place, the whole strip mall.’ And thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be,’ considering it was Whitney.” “So I just thought this was great,...

Njera Perkins

Aug 2, 2021