HOLLYWOOD—It’s really hard being a recording artist these days. No wonder, they have to go on tour. It seems that some of the world’s biggest record labels are suing a website that allows users to download the audio from YouTube videos. Universal, Sony, Warner Bros. and other labels launched legal action against the German operator of YouTube-mp3.org in a federal court in Los Angeles.
They are seeking damages from the company and its owner that include $150,000 for every alleged instance of piracy. The defendants have yet to respond to the claims. This is interesting, according to the legal papers, users can turn YouTube videos into permanent audio files and store them on their computer with a few clicks to the mouse. Stream-ripping has become a major threat to the music industry, functioning as an unlawful substitute for the purchase of recorded music and the purchase of subscriptions to authorized streaming services, the labels said.
The record labels are stating that hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month and that YouTube-mp3.org is the chief offender, with more than 60 million users per month. As part of their evidence, the labels submitted the names of more than 300 songs that, they allege, have been converted and downloaded by users of the service. Some of the songs include Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” and Sia’s “Chandelier.” They are suing for damages, and asking for a court order that would forbid web hosts, advertisers and other third parties from facilitating access to youtube-mp3-org.
Music superstar Drake took to Instagram to share a few posts that alerted the world to yet another astonishing accomplishment. The rapper’s album “Views” has just become the first to accrue one billion individual song streams on Apple Music. One billion is an incredible number of streams for any artist, though for Drake, it comes off as more of the same.
By now, the hip-hop mogul in the making must be getting used to his latest album being connected to some pretty insane figures, and they are only going to continue to climb. Executives at Apple Music are surely celebrating today, as this is a major milestone to pass, and to do so with an album that was surely difficult (and expensive, no doubt) to own as an exclusive must be particularly gratifying.
Recording artists like Beyonce and Justin Bieber are leading the charge ahead of this year’s MTV European Music Awards with five nominations a piece. Rihanna, Adele, and Coldplay are close behind them who have four nods each. They’ll be facing off for the Biggest Fans award alongside Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes. Beyonce is up for best US Act, Best Video for “Formation,” Best Female, Best Look, and biggest fans.
Justin Bieber has been named for Best Canadian Act, Best Song for “Sorry,” Best Male, Best Pop, and is also up against Bey for biggest fans. Adele’s up against both of them with Best Song for “Hello” and Beyonce for Best Female. The Best UK & Ireland act will see her duke it out with Coldplay, Little Mix, Zayn and Years & Years. The 2016 MTV EMAs nominee lineup is going to heat up Rotterdam, Netherlands this November 6.
Rose’s Scoop: The presidential debate Trump-Clinton showdown broke TV record. It was watched by 84 million people on US TV, breaking a previous record set 36 years ago with Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.