Rolling Loud Festival, Marshmello Album Leak, Central Park Concert, Ariana Grande Lawsuit, Dick Clark Productions President, Vinyl Buyers

J. Cole, Lil Baby, 50 Cent, And More Set To Perform At Rolling Loud New York

The date for Rolling Loud New York 2021 has been set for October 28-30 at Citi Field in Queens. The festival was one of the most successful Rolling Loud festivals to date when it first visited New York in 2019.

MARSHMELLO’S NEW ALBUM INFO LEAKS ON APPLE MUSIC

Mello’s fourth studio album appears to be on the way after a coincidental Apple Music leak disclosed its title, release date, and tracklist. Shockwave, the album, will be available for streaming on Friday, June 11th.

LIVE NATION TO PRODUCE NEW YORK REOPENING CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK

New York City Mayor Bill Blasio has enlisted the help of Live Nation and Clive Davis to plan a 60,000-person live music extravaganza in Central Park to commemorate the park’s reopening.

The concert will be mostly free, with select VIP passes available for purchase. According to the New York Times, the event would feature sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated spectators, with approximately 70% of tickets going to vaccinated persons. The three-hour event’s list of performances has yet to be confirmed.

Ariana Grande ‘7 Rings’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed With Prejudice

In the initial case, Josh Stone – known professionally as DOT – claimed that Ariana Grande had infringed on his 2017 single “You Need It I Got It” in her 2019 hit “7 Rings.”

A March 2021 filing stated that the parties involved had settled the matter – however the contents of this settlement (which might involve Stone receiving a piece of future “7 Rings” royalties or, potentially, receiving no compensation at all) were not made public.

We’ll talk more about this in the Music News Power Hour live on Clubhouse and on MusicIndustryCity.com at 12 p.m. Eastern.

In Music Chairs…

Dick Clark Productions President Amy Thurlow to Exit

At the end of June, she will step down as president of Billboard Music Awards producer Dick Clark Productions.b Thurlow, who has been with DCP since 2014 and has served as president for the past year, is leaving to pursue other possibilities. Her departure comes as Dick Clark Productions, which produces numerous major award ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, has seen viewership for such programs plummet during the pandemic.

Vinyl buyers are now younger and more diverse

Ahead of the first Record Store Day of the year this Saturday, the event’s organizers have disclosed some findings from a recent study of the people behind the more than 140 independent record stores participating this year.

Two-thirds of those polled reported a significant increase in the number of young people purchasing vinyl, a trend that has helped vinyl sales in the UK continue to climb in recent years. According to organizers, 75,000 vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2008, compared to five million in 2020. In addition, vinyl sales increased by 46 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.

And that concludes today’s update. For article links, see the show notes, or go to MusicIndustryCity.com and listen to the Music News Power Hour live in Clubhouse or on the website at 12 p.m. Eastern.

We’ll see you tomorrow.

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