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NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (9/30a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (9/30a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (9/30a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
Pub Crawling
STATEMENT FROM AIMP, A2IM, CMPA ON DOJ AND 100% LICENSING
7/12/16

The fallout continues from the DOJ's hugely controversial decision on government Consent Decrees and 100% licensing. Today three major players from the indie sector weigh in.

We, the undersigned, represent the independent music publishing and record label community in North America, and want to lend our unified voice to the recent press and discussion regarding the outrageous position the Department of Justice (DoJ) has taken with regard to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

The heart of the music business is the song.  No recording artist would exist without a song, and songs would not exist without songwriters.  The songwriters are the smallest of small businesses, and many of them control the ownership to their songs.  A significant number of songwriters have entered into mutually beneficial agreements with music publishers who develop and promote their songs.  The independent music publishing and record company sector is over one-third of the music industry in North America and employs thousands.  While each company may vary in size and have relationships with major labels and/or music publishers, they all share the same independent DNA.  The vibrant, diverse and dynamic music business we know today was built by songwriters, independent music publishers, and independent record labels… but that’s all about to change.

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