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Frank Ocean ditched his label for his lucrative new album — and now he might get sued

Frank Ocean made an enterprising move to independently release his new album "Blonde" on Saturday without the involvement of his former label Def Jam or Universal Music Group (UMG), its parent company. But as Billboard reports, the R&B...Show More Summary

Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Could Get Him Sued by Universal Music Group?

Insiders are now speculating about whether UMG has the grounds to sue the singer. Continue reading…

The biggest thing that ever happened to Mozart

I was leaving the Universal Music offices yesterday when someone thrust into my arms the monumental Mozart tombstone that is being launched in Salzburg today. I collapsed under the weight and had to be revived gently over lunch. The new big thing is a 200-CD coffer containing every single known work of Wolfgang Amadeus, decked […]

Report: Universal Music to no longer agree to any exclusive streaming deals

17 hours agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

The battle for exclusive streaming rights to music content is heating up between services like Apple Music and Tidal. Universal Music Group, however, has apparently had it with single-platform exclusive streaming deals and will no longer agree to them, according to Billboard. more… Filed under: Apple

Will Frank Ocean’s Blonde Switcheroo Get Him Sued By Universal?

17 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Frank Ocean released about as much music over the past week or so as he had in his entire career up to that point. In doing so, he may have pulled a fast one on Universal. The “visual album” Endless was released through Def Jam/Universal Music Group as an Apple exclusive, but Blond(e) was released […]

Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release

Music industry newsletter claims Universal Music Group will be first major label to ban practice of artists offering exclusives to services such as Tidal and Apple Just two days after Frank Ocean’s Blonde, one of the biggest releases...Show More Summary

Universal Ending Streaming Exclusives After Frank Ocean’s Self-Released Blonde

Frank Ocean’s new Endless visual album, available exclusively via Apple Music, may be the last release of its kind for Universal Music Group. Yesterday, a source familiar with the situation told Pitchfork that Endless, which came out on August 19, fulfilled Ocean’s obligation to Universal and Def Jam. Show More Summary

One of world’s biggest record labels banned Apple Music exclusives

19 hours agoTechnology / Apple : Cult Of Mac

Frank Ocean’s new album Blonde debuted as one of the biggest Apple Music exclusives of the year, but if his record label has its way it will the last exclusive Apple ever gets from one of its artists. Universal Music Group — which owns Ocean’s label Def Jam — has reportedly banned artists from signing […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

News: Universal calls an end to exclusives amid criticisms that Apple Music is hurting the industry

19 hours agoTechnology / Mobile : iLounge

Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out an email to UMG executives according to The Leftsetz Letter, announcing that the company will be prohibiting the practice of exclusive music streaming deals. The move comes on the...Show More Summary

Questlove to Make Pandora Cool Again by Hosting a Weekly Show

As if his late-night drumming exploits and professorship at New York University weren't keeping him busy enough, Pandora has announced that Questlove is joining the music streaming service in a new dual role. He'll be hosting a weekly three-hour radio program called Questlove Supreme, set to debut on September 7, which will ... More »

Apple Music's Reliance on Exclusives Coming Under Fire From Labels and Critics

In the wake of the much-anticipated launch of Frank Ocean's new album "Blonde," Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out an email to UMG executives, saying that the company is prohibiting the practice of exclusive music streaming moving forward (via The Lefsetz Letter). Show More Summary

News: Apple Music’s royalty rates complicate Spotify’s contract negotiations

Apple Music’s entry into the streaming music business has major labels asking Spotify for a larger share of its revenue, Music Business Worldwide reports. Spotify’s contracts with Universal, Warner and Sony have all expired, and while...Show More Summary

POTD: We Wish These ‘Star Wars’ Vinyl Mash-Ups Were Real Albums

Presumably, there’s a whole galaxy that is chock full of eclectic music in the Star Wars universe. However, fans have only heard a very limited amount of it in the Star Wars movies. There’s Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (aka the Cantina...Show More Summary

STS9 discuss ‘The Universe Inside,’ the band’s Atlanta roots, new fall tour

It is always a challenge to describe the music of STS9. The electronic dance band was birthed in Atlanta in the late-‘90s – drummer Zach Velmer and guitarist/sequencer Hunter Brown are natives and keyboardist David Phipps...

Universal Music Group Reportedly Discontinues Streaming Exclusives

Frank Ocean’s Endless visual album will reportedly be the label’s last exclusive release.

Universal Reportedly Bans Its Artists From Any More Streaming Exclusives

A couple weeks ago, Chance The Rapper’s manager, Pat Corcoran, talked to Billboard about the Chicago rapper’s decision to release his recent mixtape, Coloring Book, as an Apple Music exclusive. It’s an interesting piece that offers a bunch of insight, but here’s the best quote, via Corcoran: There was this big discussion about how to […]

Apple Music is ruining Spotify’s negotiations record labels

Negotiations between music streaming service Spotify and all three major record labels have hit a snag lately and Apple Music is a big reason why. Spotify’s licensing agreements with both Sony, Universal Music Group and Warner MusicShow More Summary

Universal to Ban Streaming “Exclusives” After Frank Ocean’s Album

These days it has become increasingly popular for artists and labels to allow various streaming platforms such as TIDAL and Apple Music exclusive rights to new releases. Now after Frank Ocean’s recent Blonde rollout, Universal Music Group will no longer be allowing streaming exclusives, making them the first major label to ban such drops. According […]

Frank Ocean Just Ignited A Streaming War With Apple And Universal Music

Universal Music Group may have been completely cut out of Frank Ocean's third album, and they are not happy.

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