• Cash Money Sued Over Missing Drake Profits

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    Aspire Music Group has sued Cash Money Records over alleged missing profits and copyright royalties from Drake‘s first six solo albums, according to court documents reviewed by Billboard. The earnings could end up totaling in the tens of millions.

    The suit cites Cash Money co-owners Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, and Young Money Entertainment, as defendants.

    Billboard writes: “In the filing, Aspire claims that in 2008, it signed an exclusive recording agreement with Drake, then entered into an agreement in June 2009 with Cash Money Records that would allow Drake to record for the label in exchange for one-third of the net profits of his first six albums and one third of the copyrights of his master recordings for those same albums, as well as monthly accounting and payments.”

    However, Aspire alleges that Cash Money never paid out any profits outside of “a few modest advances” and that Aspire was never registered with a one-third ownership stake on any recordings.

    The court documents specify the albums as 2009’s So Far Gone, 2010’s Thank Me Later, 2011’s Take Care, 2013’s Nothing Was the Same, 2015’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and 2016’s Views.

    The court documents also reveal Cash Money’s alleged fraudulent accounting.

    According to Billboard, “Cash Money sent copies of its payments from distributor Universal and included deductions for recording, marketing and production costs, as well as artist royalties and advances, that had already been deducted from Universal’s payments — effectively making them double deductions. The result was accounting that showed no payments due to Aspire.”

    Aspire is not suing for a specific amount of money. Instead, the company is asking the court to supervise an audit of Cash Money’s books to determine the amount due.

    Related: Ed Sheeran Sued For Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’

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  • DJs and Producers Can Now Earn Revenue From SoundCloud

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    SoundCloud has announced that it has expanded its revenue sharing program to include to DJs and producers.

    The SoundCloud Premier program, as it’s called, enables content creators to earn revenue generated from subscriptions and advertising on the platform.

    According to the company’s blog:

    “Beginning today, DJs and producers who create sets, remixes and other forms of creative works will now be invited to join our SoundCloud Premier program, and earn revenue for the tracks they share on SoundCloud.”

    There’s one catch, though: the program is currently invite-only. However, SoundCloud says that it’s increasing the number of people invited every day.

    Content creators can sign up here.

    Related: DJ Mixes Are Now Legal on SoundCloud, Says Founder

  • Watch DJ Premier’s Epic Interview With The Breakfast Club

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    After years in the making, DJ Premier finally paid a visit to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. The legendary DJ and producer covered his entire career, from growing up in Texas and joining Gang Starr to working with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Nas. The hour-long conversation is a must-watch for fans of classic hip-hop, production, and DJ culture.

    Watch it above and grab his new single with Miguel, “2 Lovin U,” on DJcity.

    Related: DJ Premier Discusses Scoring VH1’s ‘The Breaks’

  • Drake’s Extensive Interview With DJ Semtex on OVO Sound Radio

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    Drake x DJ Semtex

    Drake sat down with UK’s DJ Semtex for an exclusive one-on-one interview covering everything from his relationships with Kanye West and Jay Z, to his beef with Meek Mill, answering many of the questions left behind.

    Drake also goes into detail on his Views album. Talking about how the smash hit “One Dance” came about and how communication broke down between Kanye and Jay Z. Listen to the whole extensive interview below.

    Related: DJ Semtex Talks Music With Skepta

  • Facebook Steps Up Efforts to Reach Deal With Music Industry

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    Facebook is stepping up efforts to reach a licensing agreement with the music industry, according to sources who spoke with Bloomberg.

    A deal would allow music to be added to user-generated videos without getting flagged for copyright infringement. It would also potentially open the door for Facebook to obtain more videos from the labels themselves.

    With nearly two billion users, Facebook provides a massive opportunity for the industry. It could mean billions of dollars in revenue. Licensed videos would also benefit Facebook, which wants to dethrone YouTube as the leader in online video.

    Last month, Facebook hired Tamara Hrivnak, a former key music executive at YouTube. Hrivnak now leads Facebook’s global music strategy and business development.

    However, Bloomberg says the talks with Facebook are “complex” and that “a deal could be a couple months away or more.”

    “Facebook must also finish a system to police copyright-infringing material akin to Content ID, the system used by YouTube,” Bloomberg writes. “Videos on the site already feature a lot of music for which artists don’t receive royalties — a major source of tension.”

    The Financial Times reported in January that Facebook is developing a content ID system, but did not say when it would be completed.

    Watch Bloomberg’s report below:

    Related: Facebook Developing Content ID System to Fight Copyright Infringement

  • 2017 Grammy Winners

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    The Chainsmokers (photo credit: Grammys)

    The 59th annual Grammy Awards went down in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Below are the winners of the categories most relevant to DJs. Check the full list on the Grammys’ website.


    Best New Artist:

    Kelsea Ballerini
    The Chainsmokers
    WINNER: Chance The Rapper
    Maren Morris
    Anderson .Paak

    Album Of The Year:

    WINNER: 25 – Adele
    Lemonade – Beyonce
    Purpose – Justin Bieber
    Views – Drake
    A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

    Record Of The Year:

    WINNER: Hello – Adele
    Formation – Beyonce
    7 Years – Lukas Graham
    Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
    Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

    Song Of The Year:

    Formation – Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyonce)
    WINNER: Hello – Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
    I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
    Love Yourself – Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
    7 Years – Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)


    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

    Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
    7 Years – Lukas Graham
    Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
    Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
    WINNER: Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

    Best Pop Vocal Album:

    WINNER: 25 – Adele
    Purpose – Justin Bieber
    Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
    Confident – Demi Lovato
    This Is Acting – Sia

    Best Pop Solo Performance:

    WINNER: Hello – Adele
    Hold Up – Beyonce
    Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
    Piece By Piece (Idol Version) – Kelly Clarkson
    Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande


    Best Rap Performance:

    WINNER: No Problem – Chance the Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
    Panda – Desiigner
    Pop Style – Drake ft. The Throne
    All The Way Up – Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared
    That Part – ScHoolboy Q ft. Kanye West

    Best Rap/Sung Performance:

    Freedom – Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar
    WINNER: Hotline Bling – Drake
    Broccoli – D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty
    Ultralight Beam – Kanye West ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & The-Dream
    Famous – Kanye West ft. Rihanna

    Best Rap Song:

    All The Way Up – Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared)
    Famous – Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West ft. Rihanna)
    WINNER: Hotline Bling – Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
    No Problem – Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
    Ultralight Beam – Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico Donnie Trumpet Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, & The-Dream)

    Best Rap Album:

    WINNER: Coloring Book – Chance The Rapper
    And the Anonymous Nobody – De La Soul
    Major Key – DJ Khaled
    Views – Drake
    Blank Face LP – ScHoolboy Q
    The Life of Pablo – Kanye West


    Best Urban Contemporary Album:

    WINNER: Lemonade – Beyonce
    Ology – Gallant
    We Are King – KING
    Malibu – Anderson .Paak
    Anti – Rihanna

    Best R&B Performance:

    Turnin’ Me Up – BJ The Chicago Kid
    Permission – Ro James
    I Do – Musiq Soulchild
    Needed Me – Rihanna
    WINNER: Cranes in the Sky – Solange

    Best Traditional R&B Performance:

    The Three Of Me – William Bell
    Woman’s World – BJ The Chicago Kid
    Sleeping With The One I Love – Fantasia
    WINNER: Angel – Lalah Hathaway
    Can’t Wait – Jill Scott

    Best R&B Song:

    Come and See Me – J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor ft. Drake)
    Exchange – Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
    Kiss It Better – Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
    WINNER: Lake By the Ocean – Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
    Luv – Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

    Best R&B Album:

    In My Mind – BJ The Chicago Kid
    WINNER: Lalah Hathaway Live – Lalah Hathaway
    Velvet Portraits – Terrace Martin
    Healing Season – Mint Condition
    Smoove Jones – Mya


    Best Dance Recording:

    Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses
    WINNER: Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
    Never Be Like You – Flume ft. Kai
    Rinse & Repeat – Riton ft. Kah-Lo
    Drinkee – Sofi Tukker

    Best Dance/Electronic Album:

    WINNER: Skin – Flume
    Electronica 1: The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre
    Epoch – Tycho
    Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future – Underworld
    Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII – Louie Vega


    Best Reggae Album:

    Sly & Robbie Presents…Reggae For Her – Devin Di Dakta & J.L
    Rose Petals – J Boog
    WINNER: Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
    Everlasting – Raging Fyah
    Falling Into Place – Rebelution
    Soja: Live in Virginia – Soja


    Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    Amy – (Various Artists)
    WINNER: Miles Ahead – (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
    Straight Outta Compton – (Various Artists)
    Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) – (Various Artists)
    Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 – (Various Artists)

    Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

    Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman, composer
    Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone, composer
    The Revenant – Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
    WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams, composer
    Stranger Things Volume 1 – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
    Stranger Things Volume 2 – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

    Best Song Written For Visual Media:

    WINNER: Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls
    Heathens – Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad
    Just Like Fire – Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass
    Purple Lamborghini – Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad
    Try Everything – Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
    The Veil – Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden


    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

    Benny Blanco
    WINNER: Greg Kurstin
    Max Martin
    Ricky Reed

    Best Remixed Recording:

    Cali Coast (Psionics Remix) – Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
    Heavy Star Movin’ (staRo Remix) – staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
    Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix) – Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
    Only (Kaskade & Lipless Remix)- Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
    WINNER: Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix) – André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
    Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix) – Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)


    Best Music Video:

    WINNER: Formation – Beyonce
    River – Leon Bridges
    Up & Up – Coldplay
    Gosh – Jamie xx
    Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go

    Best Music Film:

    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Steve Aoki
    WINNER: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years – The Beatles
    Lemonade – Beyonce
    The Music Of Strangers – Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
    American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry – Various Artists

    Related: Winners of the 2016 Grammy Awards

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  • Facebook Developing Content ID System to Fight Copyright Infringement

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    Facebook is developing a content identification system to fight copyright infringement, reports the Financial Times.

    According to a source that spoke with Billboard, the system is similar to YouTube’s Content ID, which identifies videos containing copyrighted music. When the system finds a match, YouTube does what the copyright holder asks it to do with the video: mute it, block it, leave it alone, or monetize it with ads.

    The report follows an increase in copyright enforcement on Facebook, which has resulted in blocked videos and in some cases disabled accounts. Both pre-recorded and live videos have been affected.

    The stepped up enforcement has been a rude awakening for DJs, as Facebook had long been a haven for mixes and turntablism routines. Takedowns and disabled accounts had been relatively rare, compared to YouTube and SoundCloud.

    Facebook’s new content ID system will likely result in a further increase in blocked videos and disabled accounts.

    “[Facebook sees] the huge amount of traffic music content is responsible for on their platform and [doesn’t] want to be on the wrong end of an artist fight,” a music industry source told Billboard. “They also see that there’s a potential opportunity to position themselves as friendly to content creators as opposed to YouTube, so they are working fast to get this right.”

    Billboard also reports that Facebook is currently in talks with major labels to license content, though the Financial Times cited a source saying a deal would not be done before the spring.

    “The reality for Facebook and YouTube is that more and more they are transitioning from tech platforms to media companies,” the source told Billboard. “And the more they look like media companies, the more they are going to have to act like them and respect creators and pay for content.”

    Related: DJ Mixes Are Now Legal on SoundCloud, Says Founder

  • Coachella 2017 Lineup Revealed

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    Louis the Child at Coachella 2016 (photo: Lance Skundrich)

    The lineup for the Coachella 2017 festival has been revealed.

    Notable hip-hop and R&B acts include Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Gucci Mane, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Schoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, and Kehlani.

    Notable dance and electronic acts include DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Porter Robinson and Madeon (together), Justice, Galantis, SNBRN, Kaytranada, DJ Shadow, Mura Masa, and What So Not.

    The two-weekend event will take place April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio, California.

    Check out the full lineup below or on Coachella’s website.

    Coachella blog

    Related: Coachella 2016 Lineup Revealed

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  • DJ Mixes Are Now Legal on SoundCloud, Says Founder

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    SoundCloud founder Eric Wahlforss has said in an interview that DJ mixes are now legal and “problem-free” on the service.

    Wahlforss told Germany’s Groove magazine:

    “During the negotiations for SoundCloud Go, we achieved agreement with collecting societies like GEMA in Germany, making these problems a thing of the past -– even for users who do not subscribe. This means that DJ mixes are now legal and problem-free on SoundCloud. So this is a very positive news for DJs.”

    SoundCloud was once the go-to platform to host DJ mixes, but many DJs have stopped uploading their mixes in recent years because of increased takedowns for copyright infringement. Some have even had their accounts deleted for repeat violations.

    As a result, many DJs have been uploading their mixes to less popular services like Mixcloud and Mixcrate. However, those platforms have been subject to increased takedowns over the last year, with Mixcrate closing its doors in October.

    While Wahlforss’ comments are encouraging to DJs and fans, it is unclear at this point if all mixes are indeed safe on SoundCloud.

    Related: DJs Should Stop Playing SoundCloud and YouTube Rips

  • Watch Skepta’s Live Show From London

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    Skepta Live

    Skepta sold out the 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace hours after tickets went on sale. For those that missed out, he is set to provide a live stream to his headline show in London tonight, which starts at 9pm GMT.

    You can stream the whole event via Apple Music HERE.

    Connect with Skepta via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Shoutout to DJ Iron and @Media2Radio for promoting UK music globally.

    Related: DJ Semtex Talks Music With Skepta

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