1. Fyre Festival
After the release of the Netflix documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, the music press has been discussing the downfall of Fyre Festival, where ticket holders were promised exclusive access to top acts on a private island. Needless to say, it all ended pretty badly. Organiser Billy Macfarland, just 25, was sentenced to six years in prison and $26 million in fines for fraud.
Read the BBC report.
2. Spotify adds ‘mute’ artists button
Pitchfork reported that Spotify has now added a feature to mute artists, which effectively blocks them from appearing anywhere on your Spotify (it currently only works for main, not featured, artists). This was after there was a backlash of them removing works by XXXTentacion and R. Kelly and backtracking just weeks later.
3. Lara Baker
Former Marketing & Events Director at AIM (Association of Independent Music) Lara Baker published a blog about her experience of getting made redundant and going freelance.
4. Pledge Music
Billboard reported that Pledge Music, the crowdfunding platform for musicians under fire after persistent late payments of up to £100,000, has seen the return of co-founder Benji Rogers as volunteer strategic advisor. This has seen many fans and artists abandoning the service in recent weeks.
5. PPL receives largest international royalty collection
Music Week reported that PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) received its largest international royalty collection ever in 2018, £70.9 million, 40% up on 2017.