Atlas Music CEO Fired; Radio Split Over Taylor Swift's 'Love Stories'; Ex-KROQ DJ Kevin Ryder Joins KLOS

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February 17, 2021

Atlas Music Publishing CEO Richard Stumpf Fired Following Investigation for Workplace Misconduct (EXCLUSIVE)

Richard Stumpf, the longtime CEO of Atlas Music Publishing, was let go following an internal investigation for workplace misconduct.

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Which Taylor Swift 'Love Story' Does Radio Love? Top 40, AC, Country Formats Are Split Between Old and New

Radio's Top 40, AC and country formats differ on whether to play Taylor Swift's 2008 "Love Story" or the new, post-Big Machine remake.

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Maren Morris and Luke Combs Take On Racism in Country Music at Radio Seminar

Following up on Morgan Wallen's scandal, Maren Morris and Luke Combs discussed racial attitudes in the genre in a Country Radio Seminar Q&am …

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Chris Cornell's Widow Sues Soundgarden Again, Claims Group Declined $21 Million Buyout

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's widow Vicky has sued the surviving bandmembers, claiming they declined a $21 million buyout offer.

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Former KROQ 'Kevin & Bean' Co-Host Kevin Ryder Joins Rival KLOS in Afternoons

After 30 years in mornings at KROQ, Kevin Ryder is back on L.A. airwaves, joining Doug "Sluggo" Roberts in afternoons at KLOS.

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Big Hit Entertainment, Home of BTS, and Universal Music Unveil Expanded Partnership, Including New Label

Big Hit Entertainment, which brought BTS to the world, and Universal Music Group announced an expanded partnership, including a new label.

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Todd Rundgren Kicks Off Virtual Tour in Chicago... Or Is It Buffalo?: Testing a New 'Road' Model in Quarantine

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren started a "virtual tour" Sunday. He discusses pros and cons of this livestreaming model.

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Iced Earth Singer and Bassist Quit After Guitarist's Arrest for Involvement in Capitol Insurrection

Following Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer's arrest, singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton are leaving the heavy metal band.

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How 'American Idol' Used Claudia Conway

Taking the kid at the center of a scandal and having her sing is a strange, deeply American spectacle

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$424 Million Up for Grabs as Music Streaming Services Fill MLC's Black Box With Unmatched Royalty Payments

Spotify, Apple and other streaming services paid nearly $425 million in historical unmatched royalties to the Mechanical License Collective.

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Morgan Wallen Has the No. 1 Album for Fifth Straight Week; Foo Fighters In at No. 2

Consumers are far from done with Morgan Wallen, who has the No. 1 album for a fifth week. The latest from Foo Fighters came in second.

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Richard and Demi Weitz's RWQuarantunes Goes Live From Dodger Stadium, Raises $1.1M With Dodgers Foundation

The RWQuarantunes benefit webcast series went live from Dodger Stadium with players like Mookie Betts and music guests including Dan + Shay.

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Johnny Pacheco, Influential Salsa Musician and Fania Records Co-Founder, Dies at 85

Johnny Pacheco, co-founder of influential salsa label Fania Records, died on Feb. 15 in Teaneck, New Jersey. He was 85.

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Rupert Neve, Grammy-Winning Architect of Modern Recorded Music, Dies at 94

Rupert Neve, a pioneering designer of audio recording equipment that revolutionized the music industry, has died. He was 94.

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Variety Leads All Publications With 99 Nominations From National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

Variety has been nominated for 99 National Art and Entertainment Journalism awards, a record-breaking number for the publication.



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