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BTS Label Owner HYBE Merges With Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings for $1 Billion (EXCLUSIVE)

BTS Label Owner HYBE Merges With Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings for $1 Billion (EXCLUSIVE)

Deal brings Justin Bieber, Big Machine together with K-pop powerhouseHYBE, the company formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, which is home to , the South Korean pop group, has merged with Ithaca Holdings, the company led by SB Projects (SBP) founder . In the deal, HYBE will acquire through HYBE America, its wholly owned subsidiary, a 100% stake in Ithaca Holdings and its properties, which includes SB Projects and management clients , Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, among others, as well as Big Machine Label Group.The deal is said to be valued at more than $1 billion.Braun will join the...

April 2, 2021
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Drake, Ed Sheeran, Streams, Subscriptions Rule

Drake, Ed Sheeran, Streams, Subscriptions Rule

As 2017 hits the mid-year mark, BuzzAngle has released a new report on the state of the music industry. Among the highlights: audio streams are way up — 58.5% — reaching 179.8 billion streams year to date, when compared to 2016 numbers. Of that, subscription streams grew 69.3% and now account for 78.6% of total audio streams so far in 2017, a 5% uptick over 2016.The big winners among artists who released new music: , who tops BuzzAngle’s “Total Consumption” tally with the year’s most streamed album, “More Life”; and Ed Sheeran, whose latest, “Divide,” came in at No. 1 on the “Albums By...

July 8, 2017
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Katy Perry Is Pregnant, Music Video Confirms

Katy Perry Is Pregnant, Music Video Confirms

has some news to share: she’s pregnant. The singer released a new song, “Never Worn White,” and video revealing a sizable bump at the end of the clip. Perry has been dating actor for over three years — they became Instagram official on May 20, 2016. A rep for the singer confirms that the couple is expecting.Perry was previously married to Russell Brand. The two divorced in 2011 after 14 months as husband and wife. Bloom was married to model Miranda Kerr from 2010 to 2013; they share a son, Flynn.“Never Worn White” is a powerhouse piano ballad written with Johan Carlsson, John Ryan and Jacob...

March 5, 2020
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Concert Industry Hits Peak Bleak as Artist Guarantees Disappear, Refunds Get Complicated

Concert Industry Hits Peak Bleak as Artist Guarantees Disappear, Refunds Get Complicated

As entertainment businesses go, the live music sector has taken among the heaviest beatings by the coronavirus pandemic, with before concerts and other stage performances return to something resembling normalcy.But for artists, agents, promoters, vendors and customers, the pain is immediate and complicated. As the industry struggles to find its footing in this new age of uncertainty, it’s meant taking drastic action to conserve cash flow. At whose expense? No corner of the industry will emerge unscathed, but some will sustain injuries longer than others. And judging by recent reports of...

April 15, 2020
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Andre Harrell, Music Executive Who Discovered Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Dies at 59

Andre Harrell, Music Executive Who Discovered Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Dies at 59

, a veteran music executive best known as the founder of Uptown Records, where Sean “Puffy” Combs got his start in the business, who later went on to head , has died. He was 59. The cause of death is as yet unclear.DJ D-Nice revealed the sad news while spinning on Instagram Live for his Friday night (May 8). Variety has yet to receive official word though sources have confirmed Harrell’s passing.A native of New York, Harrell started his career in music as an artist, one-half of the early rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, whose single “Genius Rap” was a minor hit in 1981. In 1983 Harrell...

May 9, 2020
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