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The music industry is on edge after Katy Perry lost a court battle with her song Dark Horse over copyright infringement.

Katy Perry and her collaborators were ordered to pay $2.8 million in damages. Lawyers are very nervous right now as well as songwriters. They haven’t been this uptight since Robin Thicke and Pharrell were sued for $5.3 million for copying Marvin Gaye’s hit ‘Got to Give It Up.’

Currently, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven is under fire.

“There are only 12 notes you can work with, and so things are going to sound alike without technically infringing,” said Mr. McPherson, the music attorney. “The stifling of creativity we predicted after ‘Blurred Lines’ is happening, and after this Katy Perry case it’s going to happen more.”

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Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour blows past U2 earning himself as the highest grossing tour of all time.

Sheeran wrote on Instagram, “Today the Divide tour broke the all time tour record set by U2. Its now the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time. Thanks so much for each and every one of you who have come to a show. 12 shows left, will never forget it x”

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Lana del Rey will finally release “Norman F*#! Rockwell!” on August 30th. The album was postponed by her label due to a number of new music releases and competition – but they will push it out for the Grammy Awards (deadline September 30th).

The album was written with Jack Antonoff who worked with Taylor Swift among others. For the album cover she recruited Duke Nicholson, grandson of Jack Nicholson.

Lana will also bundle her album with tickets, a controversial practice that artists use to get their album to chart. People who buy a ticket will get an album — even if they don’t want the album.

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Fly By Midnight releases the track Toy.  The track premiered on Apple Music’s Breaking Pop + Hot Tracks. The NY Duo has been rolling out track after track for the last year or so.
Press: Billboard, Buzzfeed, NYLON, Huffington Post, and Ones To Watch.
Live: 40 school college tour, Firefly & Panorama festival, Sold Out show in Irving Plaza (NYC)
Playlist: Spotify’s New Music Friday, Apple Music’s Breaking Pop & A-List Pop, and Soundcloud’s Fresh Pressed.

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The Chainsmokers have dethroned Calvin Harris as the electronic cash kings. The Chainsmokers made $46 million according to Forbes. Most of the money was generated from their residencies at the Wynn’s XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas, as well as festivals and private shows – not bad for two guys with a pair of turntables.

Below is Forbes ‘ full list of Electronic Cash Kings 2019:

1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million) 2. Marshmello ($40 million) 3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million) 4. Steve Aoki ($30 million) 5. Diplo ($25 million) 6. Tiësto ($24 million) 7. Martin Garrix ($19 million) 8. David Guetta ($18 million) 9. Zedd ($17 million) 10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million) 11. Kaskade ($14 million) 12. Skrillex ($13 million) 13. Alesso ($12.5 million) 14. Afrojack ($12 million) 15. DJ Snake ($11.5 million, tie) 15. DJ Pauly D ($11.5 million, tie) 15. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million, tie)

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