Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 2, 2017

Court rules Jacko estate must pay ‘Q’ his royalties

The verdict is not the full $30M that Quincy Jones sought when he first sued in 2013. He alleged a breach of contract, saying that he was unfairly cut out of posthumous deals by Michael Jackson’s estate to feature his music in the 2009 doc This Is It and two Cirque shows — Variety

Adele leaves BMI for SESAC

The ‘Hello’ singer joins Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Rush, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum for the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers PRO — Variety

SESAC signs contentious deal with US RMLC

The PRO has signed a new deal with US radio broadcasters and is  claiming that the new rates are 50% per higher than published reports of those paid to members of competitor ASCAP, a claim the RMLC disclaimsHypebot & Variety

US Senate launches bill to remove immunity for websites hosting illegal content

The legislation, along with a similar bill in the House, sets the stage for a battle between Congress and some of the Internet’s most influential players, including Google and various free-speech advocates, who believe that Congress shouldn’t regulate Web content or try to force websites to police themselves more rigorously – Washington Post

Lamont Dozier on songwriting

There’s no such thing as ‘writer’s block,' that’s just being lazy, that’s something you put in your own head – Music Business International

Anti-social social media comments can earn jail time in Canada

Social media was a beacon of free speech, but more and more the noose is tightening in the arena of internet free speech. Making threats is not considered free speech, it is seen as criminal activity and can land you five years in the slammer – Freedom Outpost

Gibson guitars represent Tennessee in Trump's 'Made in America Product Showcase'

Made in Memphis and Nashville, the instruments were featured during a White House event showcasing products made in America  —  Makayla Boswell, USA Today

Where do you turn when the music industry skews your mental health?

"After several years spent working in the Dutch music industry, I came down with the same depressive symptoms as many of my colleagues" —  Lisa Gritter, noisey

Stuart Derdeyn music reviews

From Adaline to Ray Wylie Hubbard, the pick of the new crop —Vancouver Sun

On my radar: Feist’s cultural highlights

The Canadian singer-songwriter on discovering podcasts, the ritual of eating good food, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unrealised sci-fi epic  — The Guardian

Roger Waters, John Prine unite at Newport Folk Festival

Veteran folkie's set also features cameos by Bon Iver, Jim James, and Margo Price — Ryan Reed, Rolling Stone

Barney Bentall gets the ‘gang’ together, is set to release a new record

Juno-winning roots songsmith will return with The Drifter & The Preacher — Mary-Lynn Wardle, theyyscene

With no more income from album sales, a 69-year-old rock legend has to go back on tour

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen forced to go back on the road —  Amy Wang, Quartz

Shades of Blue: Here are some highlights of the Calgary International Blues Festival

The fest runs Aug. 3-6 and features Amos Garrett, Big Bill Morganfield, and Toronzo Cannon — Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

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