RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Pharrell Williams & Smokey Robinson’s Lawyer Threatens Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against YouTube

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 There is a legal war brewing between video site YouTube and licensing management company Global Music Rights headed by Irving Azoff. The dispute is over the performance rights for 20,000 songs by GMR represented acts like Pharrell Williams, John Lennon, and more.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Azoff has informed YouTube that it lacks performance rights for these 20,000 songs — including ones by Smokey Robinson, Chris Cornell, and George and Ira Gershwin. Since November, when YouTube announced the coming launch of a subscription service to compete with Spotify and Pandora, Azoff has kept up the pressure to license, but Google isn’t backing down.

That’s quite upsetting to Azoff, who is prepared to launch an all-out legal war if negotiations don’t prove fruitful and if YouTube refuses to remove the works. Why YouTube and not, say, Spotify? “Because they are the ones that have been least cooperative and the company our clients feel are the worst offenders,” Azoff tells The Hollywood Reporter.  “It’s also their attitude.”

GMR attorney Howard King and Google (YouTube’s parent company) lawyer David Kramer have exchanged emails over the issue. King accused YouTube of ignoring take down notices from Global and alleged the site does not have legal agreements to use licensed songs, specifically for the new streaming service Music Key.

Kramer responded by accusing GMR of three attempts to go around the notice-and-take down process established by the U.S. Congress’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to Kramer, the DMCA requires GMR to send individual take down notices with a url for each song violation. That would total likely hundreds of thousands of videos on the site.

“This will result in someone blinking, and if it is not them, there will be a billion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit filed,” said King.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, YG & More Perform At American Music Awards 2014 (VIDEOS)

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(AllHipHop News) Last night (November 23) the American Music Awards broadcast live on ABC. Several rap stars were on hand to hit the stage at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Iggy Azalea was one of the big winners of the evening taking home the trophies for Favorite Artist – Rap/ Hip Hop and Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop.

[ALSO READ: Iggy Azalea Wins AMAs’ Best Rap/Hip Hop Award]

The Australian artist also performed twice during the ceremony. Other acts to entertain the crowd included Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo.

Beyoncé was a double award winner as well. The “7/11″ singer won Favorite Album – Soul/R&B and Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B. John Legend (Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B) and Juicy J (Single Of The Year – “Dark Horse” with Katy Perry) also won awards.

Watch performances from the 2014 AMAs below.

Lil Wayne, Christina Milian, Nicki Minaj & Skylar Grey 

Fergie & YG

Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

Mary J. Blige

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Ariana Grande & The Weeknd

Sam Smith & A$AP Rocky

Pibull & Ne-Yo

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Billboard To Begin Counting Streaming For Album Chart

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(AllHipHop News) The Billboard 200 chart has served as the official authority for the weekly album rankings in the United States since 1956. In 1991, the magazine began listing the top-selling LPs in the nation based off Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers. The New York Times reportsBillboard and Soundscan will start adding streaming numbers to the total album sales as well.

[ALSO READ: Eminem Is Now The Second Highest Selling Male Artist Of The SoundScan Era]

The significant public shift away from purchasing albums to streaming played a role in the decision to alter the way the album chart is calculated. Every 1,500 streams on services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Google Play will now equal 1 album sale. The rankings on the Billboard 200 will also include “track equivalent albums” meaning 10 downloads of individual tracks will add up to one album.

“Album sales have become a smaller and smaller part of the industry,” said Nielson senior analyst David Bakula. “To just look at album sales and say this is how we measure success is really leaving out that half of the business that is coming from streams and song sales.”

The same way CDs overtook vinyls/cassettes and then digital downloads overtook CDs, the marketplace is changing once again. According to Nielson, streaming grew by 42% in the first half of this year, and album sales dropped by 15%.

There was major media attention placed on the fact that until Taylor Swift’s 1989 broke the 1.2 million units mark in October, no other album sold over 1 million copies in 2014. Ironically, Swift also recently pulled all of her albums from Spotify.

So far it has been a down year for Hip Hop album sales. While Schoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and Lecrae have all landed in the top spot on the album chart, zero rap LPs have reached platinum status.

The new Billboard 200 album chart will be published online on December 4.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS. The Winners of the 2014 LGBT RightOutTV Music & Video Awards Are…

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The fourth annual RightOutTV Music & Video Awards showcasing the best original musical works coming out of the global LGBT community announces its 2014 winners. The honorees have been chosen from an extraordinary group of creative and talented artists who deserve recognition not only for their recordings and videos but for their courage to publicly stand out and proud.

The judges’ choices in 16 categories were based on criteria such as emotional impact, artist performance and song writing ability. The judges’ decisions to narrow the nominees down to one winner was, once again this year, quite difficult.

“With the newly added categories Best Video and Best Song with a Social Message, these artists were able to present what many of them do best, affecting change in the world by shining a light on the issues they feel strongly about,” says Marlee Walchuk, co-producer of the RightOutTV Awards.

“We are so proud every year to bring these artists to new fans and press and radio outlets that can help give them a better global reach. Many of these artists have already been added to playlists for queer radio stations and been written up in well-known LGBT online publications and blogs just for being in the contest,” adds Tully Callender, the other half the production team.

The winners receive an engraved crystal statue and ‘award-winner’ status for their bios and websites along with press and features on RightOutTV.com and the Awards website.

The nominees are invited each year to announce their peers in a highly entertaining online awards presentation which can be seen on the RightOutTV Awards website: http://www.rightouttvawards.com/

The WINNERS are:
 

BEST LYRIC VIDEO     

Matt Fishel – Finally  (United Kingdom)

BEST SONG SO FAR   

Janet Whiteway – Pure Sunshine (Canada)

BEST VIDEO SO FAR  

I.K.P. – Hunt Me Down (United States)

BEST ELECTRONIC or DANCE SONG

Matt Zarley – Somebody 4 Everybody (United States)

BEST SOUL / HIP HOP / RAP or  R&B SONG           

D’Lance Jones – Forever With You (United States)

BEST FOLK / ROOTS or COUNTRY SONG     

Sarah Golden – The One I Love   (United States)

BEST SPIRITUAL / JAZZ / BLUES or INSTRUMENTAL SONG           

Jamie Anderson –    Black and White (Canada)

BEST VIDEO DIY (Do It Yourself)      

K. Anderson – 14 Year Old Me   (United Kingdom)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LIVE VIDEO       

Jamie Anderson with Mark Russell – Her ProblemNow    (Canada)

MOST MOVING VIDEO         

Steven Gallavin – La Chanson des vieux amants (Switzerland)

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE       

Nastaij –  You Don’t Represent Me feat Dawn Laird (Australia)

BEST SONG WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE       

Summer Osborne – This Is Your Call   (United States)

BEST VIDEO (PRO)    

Michael V. Doane – Looking For Love   (United States)

BEST POP SONG

Alex Woburn – Stop Playing The Film (United Kingdom)

BEST ROCK SONG

Megan Lane – Someday We Will Leave this Town (Canada)

SONG OF THE YEAR  

Kevin Wood – One Time Around (United States)

FAN FAVE AWARD  

Kevin Wood – One Time Around (United States)

The RightOutTV Music and Video Awards is an offshoot of the free LGBTI artist promotional site at RightOutTV.com. Walchuk and Callender of the music duo Sugarbeach launched RightOutTV in November 2010 after realizing there were few places to release their own queer-messaged music videos. The women – married to each other – also saw a need for more unity in the global LGBTI music community. RightOutTV was created as a vehicle to serve both these purposes and to provide a fully developed promotional website and for artists who deserve more credit for being Out and proud with their music.

The Story Behind RightOutTV and the Awards

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