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South African Music Icon & Activist Hugh Masekela Dies at 78

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Hugh Masekela, a South African trumpeter, singer and activist whose music became symbolic of the country’s anti-apartheid movement, even as he spent three decades in exile, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He was 78. His death was confirmed by Dreamcatcher, a communications agency that represented him. Mr. Masekela came to the forefront of his country’s music scene in the 1950s, …

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Grammys 2018: Fleetwood Mac to be Honored as MusicCares ‘Person of the Year’

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Two-time GRAMMY winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The first band in the award’s history to receive the honor, Fleetwood Mac will be honored in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a …

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Grammys 2018: Entertainment Law Initiative® Announces Winner of Writing Competition

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The 20th annual Entertainment Law Initiative® Event & Scholarship Presentation has announced the winner and runnerup of its Writing Competition. The winner is Rebecca Pollack, a law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, who wrote a paper titled “The DMCA Safe Harbors?” The runner-up is Megan Abner, a law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of …

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AML 105: Understanding producer royalties in Nigeria & Ycee’s ‘juice’ producer’s claim that he has not been paid royalties

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Adegboyega Ogunlesi aka Adey, the producer of arguably the biggest song in 2017 in Nigeria, ‘Juice’ by Ycee ft. Maleek Berry has levied a serious accusation against Tinny Entertainment and/or Sony Africa. The producer claims that despite the success of the record within and outside Africa, he is yet to be paid royalties on the song by Ycee’s record label. …

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Linda Ikeji, Blogger turned Media Mogul, Brings VH1 Type Reality TV Programming to Nigeria

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Linda Ikeji, a blogger turned media mogul/entrepreneur, has announced the production and soon to be broadcasted VH1 type reality television programming on Nigerian television. Ikeji made the initial announcement December of 2017 and has, since then, continuously released new trailers showcasing her diverse offerings. Ikeji’s timing couldn’t be better for reality television shows. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) Global entertainment and media …

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Update: Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council Approves Copyright Bill

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In November of 2015, I announced that Nigeria had a revised draft of its Copyright Bill and was soliciting public comments. A little over two years later, its executive council has approved the bill. See news below. -Ms. Uduak — “The Nigerian Government has approved the recently prepared Copyright Bill. The decision was reached by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) …

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Producer of Ycee’s ‘Juice’ ft. Maleek Berry says he hasn’t been paid royalties due and may sue

In Music Business by Africa Music Law™Leave a Comment (NJO) has started its own podcast show titled Music and Then Some (M.A.T.S.). The podcast is co-hosted by NJO’s Ovie O and Renny by Nature. It is an engaging show and provides first-hand insider knowledge of the industry’s shenanigans. In the third episode of the podcast, M.A.T.S. hosts its first guest, Adegboyega Ogunlesi aka Adey. Adey produced arguably one …