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Buckle up: Amazon in spending crazy money on entertainment. And it hasn't even started on music…

JULY 31, 2015 BY TIM INGHAM A few months back, MBW suggested that a tide was turning in terms of rights ownership: Amazon and Apple were morphing into content creators, and the natural next step was for both leviathans to become record labels. This was incorrect. Because Amazon is already a record label. There was...

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Jac Holzman: From vinyl to apps to what comes next (Q&A)

Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra and Nonesuch Records.(Credit: Getty Images) Jac Holzman is legit. His track record in the music industry stretches back nearly 65 years — that’s the lifespan of about 12 iTunes — to when he founded Elektra Records out of his college dorm room in 1950. He went on to sign acts like the...

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Will.i.am 'did not seek permission' to use sample, says label at centre of 'Let's Go' controversy

The record label that owns the master rights to the song Rebound – allegedly sampled by Will.i.am for his new track with Chris Brown, Let’s Go – has made a public statement on the matter. Will.i.am ackowledged last week that he had used Rebound, originally recorded by Arty and Matt Zo, as the basis for...

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