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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift approached Apple with concern for its 3 month free music trial & not the music labels. Is there more to the story? It doesn’t add up.

Two weeks after Apple released its new $10-a-month streaming service, the pop star wrote the company a public letter on her Tumblr, explaining why she’s withholding her latest album,1989, from the subscription-based platform.

“I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.

I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.

But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

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Andy Grammer

1 Taylor Swift Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 25,554
2 Wiz Khalifa See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) 22,197
3 WALK THE MOON Shut Up and Dance 20,709
4 Rachel Platten Fight Song 19,948
5 Omi Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit) 19,159
6 Andy Grammer Honey, I’m Good. 18,916
7 Jason Derulo Want to Want Me 14,371
8 Fetty Wap Trap Queen 14,152
9 David Guetta Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) 13,285
10 Fifth Harmony Worth It (feat. Kid Ink) 12,755
11 Little Big Town Girl Crush 12,047
12 DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge You Know You Like It 11,482
13 Skrillex & Diplo Where Are Ü Now (with Justin Bieber) 10,899
14 Mark Ronson Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 10,643
15 Silento Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) 10,562
16 Luke Bryan Kick the Dust Up 9,720
17 Major Lazer Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake) 9,545
18 The Weeknd The Hills 9,311
19 Tove Lo Talking Body 8,812
20 Taylor Swift Bad Blood 8,561

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BPI and Brit Awards chief executive, Geoff Taylor, said the figures showed the UK is a “creative powerhouse” & he is absolutely correct. British acts account for 1 in 7 albums sold worldwide with 13.7% of worldwide sales. Sales of albums by British artists rose in Canada, Australia, Italy and Sweden, as well as the US.

Top 10 Global Recording Artists

Kings of A&R recently featured new acts from the UK including Flight Brigade who released their new track Housefire.

Flight Brigade

Flight Brigade  almost completed their debut album, co-produced by Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Kings of Leon, Robert Plant) and mixed by Donald Clark (The Knife, Noah & The Whale, Muse) at Artillery Studios. The album is due for release in early Autumn. Flight Brigade have released the official music video for their upcoming single ‘Housefire’ which is set in the Welsh mountains and follows the story of a girl fleeing the haunting influence of her past. They have been confirmed for Bestival and Glastonbury Festival. Housefire has a haunting atmospheric vibe with a singable anthem.
clare@ccmusicpromotion.com, info@flightbrigade.com CONTINUE READING

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Walkthemoon

1 Wiz Khalifa See You Again 32,665 (paid downloads)
2 WALK THE MOON Shut Up and Dance 18,593
3 Jason Derulo Want to Want Me 14,458
4 The Weeknd Earned It 14,351
5 Fetty Wap Trap Queen 13,131
6 Andy Grammer Honey, I’m Good. 13,023
7 David Guetta Hey Mama 12,608
8 T-Wayne Nasty Freestyle 12,528
9 Britney Spears Pretty Girls 10,630
10 Little Big Town Girl Crush 10,180
11 Tove Lo Talking Body 9,414
12 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband 8,856
13 Mark Ronson Uptown Funk 8,816
14 Fifth Harmony Worth It 8,625
15 Maroon 5 Sugar 8,162
16 DJ Snake You Know You Like It 7,883
17 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do 7,859
18 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud 7,720
19 Flo Rida GDFR 7,716
20 Rachel Platten Fight Song 7,385
21 Skrillex Where Are Ü Now 7,133
22 Natalie La Rose Somebody 6,735
23 Blake Shelton Sangria 6,735
24 Nick Jonas Chains 6,256
25 Sam Hunt Take Your Time 6,236

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Panic!

1 Wiz Khalifa See You Again 40,722 paid downloads
2 WALK THE MOON  Shut Up and Dance 19,024
3 Fetty Wap Trap Queen 14,933
4 Little Big Town Girl Crush 14,247
5 Jason Derulo Want to Want Me 13,695
6 The Weeknd Earned It 13,596
7 David Guetta Hey Mama 12,348
8 Mark Ronson Uptown Funk 11,075
9 Andy Grammer Honey, I’m Good 10,404
10 Twayne Nasty Freestyle 10,195
11 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do 10,146
12 Flo Rida GDFR 9291
13 Natalie La Rose Somebody 8,694
14 Maroon 5 Sugar 8,649
15 Nick Jonas Chains 8,331
16 Sam Hunt Take Your Time 8,306
17 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud 8,232
18 Tove Lo Talking Body 7,750
19 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband 7,461
20 Nashville Cast Shotgun 7,173
21 Panic! At the Disco Hallelujah 6,994
22 Rihanna Better Have My Money 6,437

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