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Taylor Swift Ended Contract with Big Machine Records

Universal Music Group will buy Big Machine Records for $ 300 million, but the price includes Taylor Swift’s exclusive music management contract in the future.
Taylor Swift expired her contract with Big Machine Records in November. This is the first and only contract of a female artist’s career with a record label since the beginning of her singing career so far. Signing the contract at age 15, the “snake princess” has been with Big Machine Records for the past 14 years.

Recently, Universal Music Group (UMG) – one of the three largest music companies in the world – has offered to buy Big Machine Records (BMR) – the Taylor Swift management unit for $ 300 million. Of course, this “huge” price offered by UMG on the condition that “Look What You Made Me Do” must continue signing the contract with BMR.

According to Billboard, Taylor Swift met and discussed with many other record labels in the US to find a suitable “roof” in the future. Even Big Machine Records has negotiated with the singer about the re-signing of the old contract but has not reached an agreement. As one of the artists with the most “album” sales in the current US market with more than 32 million copies and a tour revenue of millions of dollars each year, Taylor Swift naturally became a character that any entertainment company wishes to have it.

However, Taylor Swift also offers a hard-to-accept “claim” to Big Machine Records in particular and other record labels in general if she signs a new contract. Specifically, the singer is expressing the desire to monopolize the copyright of all her music products instead of giving it to the management company.
Currently, the percentage of revenue coming from the collection of copyrighted songs by Taylor Swift has accounted for between 25% and 28% of her total revenue. That means Big Machine Records is earning about 75% of its profits from digital music and selling Taylor Swift’s physical album.

“At this point, the Taylor Swift needs is no longer money. She seeks ownership of her works in the name of herself. It is her own gray matter and effort throughout 14 years. past year “- Lawyer representing female singer sharing with media.

BlackPink Performing In The World’s Largest Music Festival- Coachella

On January 3, the music festival is rated as the world’s largest “Coachella” has officially announced the list of artists to perform at the show. BlackPink was honored to be the first Kpop girl group to appear at this festival.
Today, 3/1, the music festival is rated as the world’s largest “Coachella” has officially announced the list of artists to perform at the show. BlackPink was honored to be the first Kpop girl group to appear at this festival. BlackPink will perform at this event on April 12 and 19. It seems that after Jennie’s series of scandals and Kai’s recent dating scandals will affect BlackPink’s work plan, but the group is even going to America, standing on the same stage as the big US-UK artists like DJ Snake, Ariana Grande …

“Coachella Valley Music and Arts” is an annual art festival that takes place in California, USA. Since 2001, the Coachella festival has been held annually and is increasingly receiving a lot of public interest. About Kpop representatives, besides BlackPink there is also the appearance of Hyukoh band. The famous Hollywood stars also come here to immerse themselves in the music and art space.

In particular, BlackPink will perform at this event on April 12 and 19, with DJ Snake and other cult stars such as Ariana Grande, Khalid, Zedd, Diplo, Childish Gambino, Billie Eilish, Ella Mai and Tame. Impala … That’s why fans are looking forward to the combination of BlackPink and US-UK artists, especially DJ Snake.

Recently, a fan posted on Twitter about the combination of BlackPink and DJ Snake at “Coachella”. Unexpectedly, DJ Snake clicked like this status line, making fans more hopeful about the expected combination:

– “90% is BlackPink and DJ Snake will combine!”.

– “As an artist in the same house, the combination is not too surprising.”

– “Really looking forward to the combination of these two artists”.

– “Will it be a” DDU-DU DDU-DU “new version?”.
Last October, YG Entertainment made an official announcement about Black Pink’s new contract with Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records. Accordingly, all Black Pink activities outside of Asia will be managed by Interscope and Universal Music Group. This is also the management company of DJ Snake. Therefore, the fans added the hope that the stage between BlackPink and DJ Snake will appear at “Coachella” in April.

Billboard Top 100 Best Songs of 2018

Billboard page has just announced the top 100 best songs of 2018, including many famous names from European American music bands such as Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Drake, … or IU and BTS – representing Kpop.
Recently, Billboard has officially announced the list of Top 100 Best Songs of 2018. A series of familiar names have “stormed” the charts or reached “tremendous” commercial sales. appears in this “golden board”. In particular, the most prominent are Travis Scott, Drake, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, … or 2 representatives from the land of Kim Chi, IU and BTS.

With the hit song “I Like It” in conjunction with J Balvin & Bad Bunny released on May 29, female rapper Cardi B has surpassed a series of other popular names to “take” the # 1 spot on the board. This ranking of Billboard. It is a song from Cardi B’s debut studio album, “I Like It”, which has been an excellent number one on the Billboard Hot 100. This record also earned Cardi B the record for the top female rapper. The first in history has 2 songs ranked No.1 on this chart, besides the hit “Girls Like You” combined with Maroon 5.

The song ranked No. 2 in Billboard’s Top 100 Best Songs 2018 is Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode”. Ever since its release on August 21, the song is in Travis Scott’s third studio album “Astroworld”, which has received much love and support from music lovers. This hit also excelled in bringing its owner with high achievements, especially the No.1 position on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100.

In addition, the only two Korean representatives included in Billboard’s top 100 best songs of the year 2018 are IU and BTS. With position # 22 and the song “FAKE LOVE”, talented boys from the BTS group made the fans more proud. It can be said, “FAKE LOVE” is a hit that has taken BTS’s name further in 2018.
Besides, IU’s cute song “BBIBBI” also made the top 100 with # 87. “BBIBBI”, though not being promoted aggressively, but seeing the achievements that this song brings to its owners, also makes many people have to “submit to the ambush”.

SHAUN – The Owner of The Super Hit ‘Way Back Home’

The days of Shaun’s Way back home are causing chaos in the Korean music charts, not only that the hard-edged EDM also conquers the hearts of musicians around the globe.

Quickly becoming “digital music monster” as soon as debuted, over the Ddu Du Du Du of the Blackpink and Dance the night away of TWICE, Shaun stumbled into suspicion of cheating achievement.

The pressure from public opinion and JYP’s (TWICE’s parental company) on digital music fraud has led Shaun to face some psychological problems. At the same time, a video recording of Shaun’s performance in the big bar in Seoul was posted. The show was filmed on July 15, before digital music frauds erupted.

In the video, a lot of people listen to the lyrics of Way Back Home. Even when Shaun turned off the music and stopped singing, the crowd was still singing along. He shared the thoughts on Instagram personally: “I hope no one will be hurt when the truth is revealed. I know it will be difficult to heal the pain, so I want to apologize to everyone who has hurt in the past. I want to quickly find clear evidence, sorry for making you hard work. But it was still a long way until everything was clear. Thank you for always helping me through the hard days, I will try to be strong. ”

Although Melon’s agent has stated Way back home does not show signs of fraud but Shaun still not get rid of the brick from the netizens.

However, the success of Way ack home is not coincidental. With a highly addictive tune, this EDM sucks listeners right from the first time. Shaun has officially hit all-kill with Way Back Home, becoming an up-and-coming singer in 2018.

Few know Shaun is a famous EDM artist in Korea. He is behind the success of many big names of Kpop such as EXO, BTS, f(X) and Epik High. Shaun is also the DJ on stage at the closing Olympic Pyeongchang 2018.

And until the beginning of this year, Shaun officially appeared as a solo artist. Their debut album Take is known to the public thanks to “super hit” Way back home.

WINAMP: Why The Most Popular’s Music App Has Failed?

After 16 years of existence, Winamp is still alive, but inefficient management has led to the unfortunate failure of one of the best music applications in nearly two decades. Let’s review the past few centuries through the ups and downs of this great digital music application.

“While many are busy creating playlist perfect for weekend outings on modern services or with iTunes, but for the past 15 years and beyond, that’s not true. That’s right, today we’ve revamped the interface of our best MP3 player – Winamp. This information was released on 24/6/2012. But finally, in November 2013, Winamp was closed.

Once upon a time, even when the high-quality MP3 music and popular on the Internet today – has dominated the market, the management, or play a collection of good songs of someone is really very inconvenient and frustrating.
And then Winamp appears – an MP3 player that can easily change the skin, can customize a lot of things with the mascot image of a llamas cam (named Mike) with the famous slogan “Winamp. It’s really whips the llama’s ass” which is inspired by a famous music video Wesley Willis. In the late 1990s, home-grown people downloaded and used Winamp; The camel traveled extensively around the world, and it was scrutinized and a large sum of money was quickly followed. AOL, a US-based Internet service provider based in Time Warner, bought the great app in June 1999 for a whopping $80-100 million, Winamp almost immediately lost its creative advantage.

The German scientists behind the MP3 format released their first decoder in July 1994, but for the next three years there was still the difficulty of sharing and finding the files. In 2008, Frankel shared on the Blog Digital Tools blog that he created Winamp “because that was the software I wanted to be able to use. “Winamp was based on the need to have a good and fun way to listen to MP3 on a computer, but it was not the first MP3 player, but before that, I was having a hard time when using the MP3 player”.

Prior to Winamp, there were not many MP3 players besides Windows Media Player or Real Player. However, in the mid-1990s, no application could do the basics of creating playlists, customizing visual effects and interfaces, nor being programmed as closely and effectively as Winamp.

The Greatest American Rock Groups of All Time

The United States has a varied and rich history in the world of rock & roll. From the early blues days to the glam metal days of the 80s as well as the grunge movement during the 90s, United States have managed to inspire millions of music fans across the globe for several decades.

While the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty, the E Street band, and Bruce Springsteen certainly deserve recognition for the greatest rock acts from America, we are only looking at collective bands instead of solo artists. So, from punk pioneers to folk rock icons, let’s take a look at the greatest American rock bands of all time.

Nirvana


Nirvana managed to unite a generation during the 90’s when Kurt Cobain instantly became the unlikely poster child of the disenfranchised, disenchanted 20 somethings of the times. Their keen pop sensibilities and finely-crafted songwriting gave the band an inter-generational musical appeal that other alternative rock bands could never manage.

The Beach Boys


The Beach Boys managed to blend unforgettable pop melodies with surf rock and stunning harmonies to create a musical niche of their own during the 1960’s. Their joyous songwriting was unmatched and completely set them apart from others. Pet Sounds from 1966 is undoubtedly the most praised album ever released.

Aerosmith


No one could do stadium rock in the same manner as Aerosmith during their prime. The band was initially formed back in 1970, and their longevity is impressive by itself. Dream On was their first Top 10 single which was released in 1976, while I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was certainly their biggest hit which was released in 1998.

The Eagles


The band managed to sell more than 100 million records in the United States alone, and their music remains extremely popular for the last five decades. Their soft rock hits, such as Hotel California and Take it Easy is some of their most popular songs that incorporates marvellous songwriting and beautiful harmonies along with slick guitar playing.

R.E.M


R.E.M managed to combine indie, stadium rock, and country to create the most compelling music during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Michael Stripe as frontman, along with Peter Buck as lead guitarist, underpinned the band’s sound since they first made music in 1980 until they split in early 2011. Whether you enjoy the idiosyncratic material from the early days or their breakthrough success with albums like Automatic for the People and Out of Time, the band offered plenty to discover with their music.

Guns N’ Roses


Guns N’ Roses are hard rock legends that managed to earn the reputation of the most dangerous rock band in the world during the 1980’s. Appetite for Destruction was their debut album that managed to sell more than 30 million copies across the globe with Sweet Child O’ Mine as the standout single. To this day, the band remains one of the most successful groups in their generation.

The Highest Paid DJs In the World for 2018

It’s no surprise that a fair amount of DJs are making a staggering amount of money to simply mix a few bangers for a couple of hours to 20-somethings in one evening. While times have certainly changed from 80’s and 90’s music, the urge to get down to techno and deep house favourites have certainly not. More and more dance festivals are popping up every year and DJs are earning more and more money in the process, walking away with a mind-blowing six figure amount each year. Let’s take a look at some of the most successful DJs in the industry and the amount they earn annually.

Calvin Harris – $46 million


Calvin Harris’ major success comes from his studio albums released in the last few years, such as Wav Bounces Vol. 1 which features artists like Snoop Dogg, PartyNextDoor, Jessie Reyez, Lil Yachty, DRAM, Khalid, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Travis Scott to mention but a few. There’s also talk of a sixth studio album on the way in early 2019, ensuring Calvin Harris remains at the top of the highest paid DJs in the world.

The Chainsmokers – $45.5 million

The New York duo has only been active for the last six years but has already become a household name in several countries across the globe. #Selfie was their debut single which managed to hit the Top 20 in multiple countries, but it was Closer in 2016 that really placed them on the scene. They managed to rake in over $45 million in 2018, and we’re expecting that this will increase as the years roll on.

Tiesto – $33 million


Tiesto is the second oldest DJ to make our list, after David Guetta and is considered one of the greatest DJs in the history of mixing and is also considered the grandfather when it comes to EDM. Tiesto has a total of 5 studio albums and is currently enjoying immense success with his “I like it loud” EP with collaborations with Matisse & Sadko as well as MOTi.

Steve Aoki – $28 million

Founder of the Dim Mak label, Steve Aoki has jumped up a spot from 2017 but seemed to have dropped by almost $2 million since last year. However, we quite sure he doesn’t mind too much as he still managed to rake in $28 million in 2018. Steve Aoki also impresses with five studio albums with more albums in the pipeline for 2019.

Marshmello – $23 million


Marshmello is the only masked DJ to make our list in 2018. His real name is Christopher Comstock, and besides DJing, he is world-renowned for his YouTube show known as Cooking with Marshmello. You can see him cooking up a storm with friends in the kitchen, including Paula Abdul.

Zedd – $22 million

Zedd is a Russian producer that was born in Germany and managed to earn $22 million in the last year. He released a second album in 2018 called ‘True Colours’ and is constantly touring around the world where most of his income stems from. He also has a third album on the way for 2019.

Top 5 Must See Concerts This Summer

Top 5 Must See Concerts This Summer

With summer quickly approaching and nicer weather on the rise, so too are some amazing concerts. There are many that you need to keep an eye out for. Below are but a few concerts that you seriously do not want to miss!

U2 (May 2- June 29)

U2

They spent last year revisiting The Joshua Tree, but this year, U2 plans on presenting something more eye-catching. With the drop of their latest album in December, Songs of Experience, they plan to kick off a tour in May following that success. Known for their insane stage set-up when on tour, consider yourself lucky if you can nab some tickets for these. From the 29,000-square-foot-stage known as the Spaceship they carted in 2009, to the trippy curtains they had on their 2015 stage, this concert is bound to impress and wow the audience just as much as their music.

You can buy tickets here.

Taylor Swift (May 8 – Oct 6)

Taylor Swift

Come May, this pop star will be heading back on tour at long last after her 2015 jaunt from the 1989 concert. What’s also important to note is that Swift has been working on adding additional shows so the lineup for her tour may be longer than what’s mentioned. As for what she’ll be performing, fans have been speculating whether we’ll see the “Old Taylor” or if there’ll be anything new to the table. Time will tell.

Get your tickets here.

Pink (March 1-Sept. 8)

Pink

Even though this tour is partway through, there is still a lot to appreciate about Pink’s work. With her seventh studio album released, Beautiful Trauma, this tour (also called Beautiful Trauma) actually gives Pink an opportunity to experiment with some of her latest work. Regardless, you can always expect the same sort of vibe Pink concerts bring: Pop bangers, a lot of attitude, aerial stunts, and of course, emotional ballads.

Purchase the tickets here.

Shania Twain (May 3 – Aug. 4)

Shania Twain

It’s been only three years and Shania Twain has been making a lot of bold steps. From playing a song that ties in with Deadpool 2, Shania Twain is making another bold step and touring once again. Of course like most notable singers, she is revisiting some of her classic songs. That being said, she is planning to dip into her more recent work, sharing songs from her 2017 album Now, which EW gave a stellar review, she is bound to have a commanding stage across the US once more.

Tickets right here.

Harry Styles (March 11- July 14)

Harry Styles

A former member of the boy band One Direction, the singer has been making his worldwide debut tour incredible. With the tour expanding so much, Harry Styles has certainly shown off his chords and good looks by playing at well over 80 concerts. The fact he has been going at this for this long on his first tour speaks volumes. You do not want to miss this show!

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Conclusion

There are many amazing concerts that we simply can’t cover in this list! But from looking at the stellar talent that’s rolling out this summer, it’s sure to give you a taste of what else is cooking this summer!

From Evolution to Revolution – 2018 Popular Music Trends

From Evolution to Revolution

Each year the music industry is going through changes. And, as it continues to evolve different trends are emerging year after year.

This year, new standards for successful hits, the growing influence of social media and the music fans preference for music that seem to appeal in a more personal level are shaping the trends of music.

Below are the popular trends that define the music trends this 2018:

  • 2018 Is the Year for Live Music

There is no doubt that this year, live music will make yet another major headway. Recently, music fans are remarkably up to spending more time than they usually do in live music crowds, with some of these solid supporters willing to travel into different places just to witness their favorite artists conquer the stage live.

Popular artists are in fact lined up to grace the stage with their live tour performances this 2018. Among these music royalties with highly anticipated concerts this year are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5.

  • Latin Music Is Making Waves Anew

Who aren’t familiar with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito? The song was a massive hit dominating global hit charts back in 2017. And this year, music with Latin roots continues to steal the hearts of music fans with reggae ton and samba hits style smashing billboards. Think Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’, ‘Wild Thoughts’ by DJ Khaled and Jennifer Lopez’s comeback ‘El Anillo’. Truly, Spanish language proves to be universal in the music scene.

  • Break through Artists Are Stealing the Limelight

Have you noticed that more lesser-known artists are slowly rising into mainstream attention these recent years?

Well, this trend is just getting more and more noticeable this year 2018. This is largely due to the fact that talent costs for popular hitmakers have continually skyrocketed. It is no longer new for concert promoters to include budding music performers to complete the list of their festival productions. Fans are therefore getting more taste of broad diversity and fresh talents. And, it seems like this is more appealing to them.

  • Move Over Pop Music – Hip Hop Artists are Ready to Take Over

Have you looked at the music charts and streaming platforms lately? It’s beginning to get more conspicuous that pop-inspired hits are starting to lose their appeal to the music fans.

Instead, hip hop artists are now dominating the hit charts. Thanks in part to the growing number of younger listeners with greater inclination to hip hop-inspired genres. Hip hop artists are definitely flourishing this year and slowly the music industry is doing away with pop music.

  • Backstreet Boys are back? Nope. Not exactly. But Boy Bands are Exploding.

This year new generation of boy bands seem to be gaining more attention in the music industry. From One Direction to 5 Seconds of Summer and now to the fan-fueled global sensation the Korean boy band BTS and the Latin boy group CNCO, it appears that boy bands are making a comeback and are increasingly enchanting the music charts across the world.

Top 4 Songs From Boy Bands Who Became Man Bands

Top 4 Songs From Boy Bands Who Became Man Bands

We all grow up at some point, but what happens when the boy bands that we used to listen to all the time grow up? Of course bands come and go, some split up never to join back up again, some drop in popularity and vanish into obscurity. Below is a list of some of the boy bands that we know and love that came back together after a split and reunion or two. Furthermore we’re only going to be covering the music from those particular bands.

Backstreet Boys “Permanent Stain” (2013)

Permanent Stain

Even though the Backstreet Boys have come back at this point, they did have a reunion in 2013 and released some songs. From them came Permanent Stain, a song that gave off some 90s vibes. Those vibes made some serious callbacks to the Backstreet’s hits during that decade with synths, bells, and of course their amazing vocals. At the same time there were some old school vibes, there was some newness to it as the Backstreet Boys never sounded like they sound in this song.

All in all this song provides both a flashback but also showed a sort of alternate-timeline where the band followed the cues of bands from 2 Unlimited.

The Jacksons, “Torture” (1984)

The Jacksons

Let’s go back to 1982 for this one. It was around this time that Michael Jackson became a massive pop star thanks to his blockbuster hit Thriller. After that success, he rejoined his two brothers for both an album and tour, returning to the roots where he first made a name for himself. Both experiences were disasters behind the scenes, however there was a lot of success overall from the songs played and the tour itself. Most notably was the synth-funk vibes of “Torture” that followed the lead single “State of Shock” which both hit the top 20s of the Billboard Hot 100’s during the time. Between those two, “Torture” remains the most notable hit.

New Kids on the Block, “Remix (I Like The)” (2013)

New Kids on the Block

NKOTB’s ode to an upgraded girl in this song also served as an ode to the band’s volume 2 revival. Although this song didn’t quite make it to the Top 40, however the song is still worthy of praise considering what the band has gone through. This song in particular prompted the band to throw away the teen-pop anthems they used so much and went for a rawer adult pop-soul, sprinkled with EDM too just to make it suitable for radio at the time.

Take That, “Shine” (2006)

Take That

Although their “Back for Good”-era cameo on US charts won’t ever be replicated again, Take That pretty much picked the best time to pick up where they left off about a decade ago. They’re comeback came in the form of two singles topping charts in the UK in 2006’s album Beautiful World. Between the two songs, the one that sticks out the most is “Shine”. It gives off all sorts of vibes that remind us of “Hey Jude” from The Beatles. Paired with some chorus that also makes a callback to some of Lily Allen’s work in “Who’d Have Known?” this song is an interesting one.