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Luther Vandross Estate Strikes $40 Million Deal With Primary Wave Music (EXCLUSIVE)

The estate of legendary R&B singer Luther Vandross has struck a wide-ranging partnership with Primary Wave Music that sees the company acquiring a stake in the late artist’s…

Music Industry Moves: Bread Charity Opens Studio for Underprivileged Kids in Nipsey Hussle’s Middle School; Bing Crosby Estate Partners With Primary Wave

Bread Charity, a non-profit founded by Mustafa Sheikh (a.k.a. rapper Lil Mussie) with a mission to aid children living in poverty, has launched Bread Studios in Nipsey Hussle’s…

The Rights & Royalties Revolution in Music and Media: A VIP+ Special Report

Everywhere you look these days, the signs are hard to miss that the growth of streaming is driving an economic restructuring of the entertainment business. While that’s disruptive…

Sony Dates Whitney Houston Biopic for 2022 Awards Season, Pushes ‘Lyle, Lyle Crocodile’

Sony Pictures announced Thursday it has blocked out an awards-friendly spot on Dec. 23, 2022 for the Whitney Houston biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” starring Naomi Ackie.…

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie Sells 115-Song Catalog to Hipgnosis

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie has sold her 115-title song catalog to Hipgnosis, the fast-growing music company that has spent more than $2 billion in three years acquiring rights…

Jared Gutstadt of Audio Up on the New Podcasting Revolution: ‘We’re Making Movies for Your Ears’

Jared Gutstadt already established enough entrepreneurial chops for one lifetime by founding the highly successful Jingle Punks, a company that provides original music for ads, TV, film and…

Virgin Music and Primary Wave Ink Global Deal; Gaither and Sun to Be First Releases (EXCLUSIVE)

Primary Wave Music, the fast-rising independent music company, has entered into a worldwide distribution agreement with Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, an arm of Capitol Music Group…

Reservoir Acquires Iconic Tommy Boy Music, Groundbreaking Hip-Hop Label, for $100 Million

Reservoir has acquired the groundbreaking New York-based hip-hop and electronic label Tommy Boy Music. The deal comprises more than 6,000 masters, including such iconic hits from the ‘80s…

Now That You’ve Bought a Multi-Million-Dollar Music Catalog, What Are You Going to Do With It?

In recent years, as streaming has rapidly become the format of choice for much of the world — and the primary revenue source for recorded music — the…