The following is a summary of the latest entertainment news.
The U.S. complies with music licensing regulations that help Spotify and others
The US The Justice Department’s top antitrust official said Friday the government will not scrap decades of agreements with music licensing groups ASCAP and BMI that keep Spotify and others costs down. The department’s review of the matter had been closely watched as the abolition of the consent agreements of 1941 ended the business of licensing music to online companies such as Spotify and Pandora as well as film companies, commercials, bars and restaurants.
Anne Hathaway races to reveal ‘Locked Down’ COVID-19 rom-com
When the rest of the world shut down to fight off COVID-19, US star Anne Hathaway She started a whole new film project – a rom-com raid caper in the pandemic that is still raging around her. “I don’t think either of us knows exactly how we did it,” Hathaway told Reuters when she sat down with her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor to talk about “Locked Down”, the result of their work that started with streaming HBO max on Thursday.
Star conductor Simon Rattle, who announced this week that he would shorten his tenure with Britain’s premier orchestra in order to return to him Germany, said on Friday that he had applied German Citizenship after Brexit. The Liverpool-born musician, 65, lamented the obstacles created by Britain’s withdrawal from the US European Association with the careers of young musicians who had become accustomed to performing freely for the music-hungry audience of the continent.
Apple plans to launch a new podcast subscription service: The Information
Apple Inc is discussing the introduction of a new subscription-based podcast service. The information was published on Friday at https://www.theinformation.com/articles/apple-plans-podcasting-subscription-service-in-threat-to-spotify citing people familiar with the matter, in direct competition with the Podcast offers from Spotify. Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
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