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CMU Digest 20.02.22: Notorious Markets, AIF boss festival sector warning, AWAL, Dwight Yoakam, Lil Peep

The key stories from the last week in the music business…. The US government published its annual Notorious Markets list of websites and physical marketplaces around the world that facilitate copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods. Amazon – controversially added to the list two years ago – is not included this time round. The web giant was previously listed based on complaints about third party sellers selling counterfeit goods via Amazon websites in Europe, although it argued that its inclusion was politically motivated because of the feud between its CEO Jeff Bezos and then US President Donald Trump. Although Amazon is now off the list, some legit web businesses in other countries are still on there – for example in China, Baidu for a cyber-locker service allegedly used for copyright infringement, and Alibaba and Tencent for online marketplaces also allegedly linked to the widespread sale of counterfeit products. Elsewhere on the list are more conventional piracy sites like The Pirate Bay and leading stream-ripping operation FLVTO. [READ MORE]
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CMU Digest 13.02.22: Spotify, Lil Peep, Pandora, Jimi Hendrix, Global Music Rights

The key stories from the last week in the music business…. The pressure continued to mount on Spotify over the Joe Rogan podcast and other mini-controversies. India Arie did welcome Rogan’s apology regarding his past use of the n-word on his podcast, but the artist who instigated the recent Spotify boycott in protest over COVID misinformation on the Rogan programme confirmed he was not plated by the formal responses of either the podcaster or Spotify. In a new message on his website, Neil Young wrote: “To the musicians and creators in the world, I say this – you must be able to find a better place than Spotify to be the home of your art”. Meanwhile news that Spotify is entering into a 280 million euro sponsorship deal with the Barcelona football club – while it concurrently lobbies for a lower song royalty rate under the US compulsory licence – also led to plenty more criticism within the music community. [READ MORE]
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Lil Peep Wrongful Death Case: Unsealed Texts Reveal “Drug-Infected Mismanagement,” Rapper’s Mom Argues

In late October 2017, Lil Peep’s tour manager Belinda Mercer texted a colleague: “This is the most mortifying experience of my life.” Mercer, who’d been on the job for only a month, had been detained at the Canadian border after authorities found illegal substances in her bag and on Peep’s tour bus; the bus had gone on to its next stop in Toronto without her. “I legit want to die,” Mercer continued. “Like omg.”
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New documents unsealed in Lil Peep wrongful death case

Text messages between employees of the management company in charge of Lil Peep's final tour, First Access Entertainment (FAE), have been unsealed in Peep's mother Liza Womack's wrongful death case against the corporation, Pitchfork reports. The messages were included in a 372-page document Womack submitted to Los Angeles County's Superior Court on January 28, and will be reviewed today in a hearing on an FAE motion for summary judgement.
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Lil Peep and Harry Fraud’s ‘High Fashion’ EP Released

A new project from Lil Peep, the late trailblazer whose distinct sound continues to serve as an inspiration point for other artists, arrived on Friday. The three-track High Fashion EP sees Peep’s signature melodic stylings supported by production from Harry Fraud, who just last month contributed to French Montana’s latest album They Got Amnesia. Peep and Fraud prove to be a powerful pairing, with the guitar-driven closer “Old Me” standing out as an early highlight.
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XXXTentacion and Lil Peep Sued for Copyright Infringement Over ‘Falling Down’

XXXTentacion and Lil Peep are being sued by a singer-songwriter who claims the two late artists copied his song for their 2018 posthumous joint song "Falling Down." According to documents obtained by XXL, Richard Jaden Hoff, formerly known as K.R.I.O., filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the late rhymers, claiming that a guitar riff from his song "Under My Breath" was sampled by production team Invisible Men or IIVI (producers Jason Pebworth, George Astasio and Jon Shave) as well as Mike WiLL Made-It and John Cunningham, who are all named as producers on the track "Falling Down." Cunningham is XXXTentacion's longtime producer and friend.
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Lil Peep, XXXTentacion Sued Over 'Falling Down' Track

Lil Peep and XXXTentacion straight-up jacked another artist's original guitar riff for their hugely successful collab, "Falling Down" ... so claims the artist in a new lawsuit. Richard Jaden Hoff -- who used to go by the stage name K.R.i.O. -- is suing the late rappers claiming the guitar riff...
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Report: Lil Peep and XXXTentacion sued over their single “Falling Down”

Late rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion are being sued by an artist who claims they stole an original guitar riff for their joint 2018 single "Falling Down," according to TMZ. Richard Jaden Hoff—performing under the name K.R.i.O—alleges that the guitar riff for his 2018 track "Under My Breath" was sampled in the collaborative single without his authorization. The single appeared on Lil Peep's sophomore album Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2. and would go on to be a posthumous hit for both rappers, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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XXXTentacion and Lil Peep Sued for Copyright Infringement Over ‘Falling Down’

XXXTentacion and Lil Peep are being sued by a singer-songwriter who claims the two late artists copied his song for their 2018 posthumous joint song "Falling Down." According to documents obtained by XXL, Richard Jaden Hoff, formerly known as K.R.I.O., filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the late rhymers, claiming that a guitar riff from his song "Under My Breath" was sampled by production team Invisible Men or IIVI (producers Jason Pebworth, George Astasio and Jon Shave) as well as Mike WiLL Made-It and John Cunningham, who are all named as producers on the track "Falling Down." Cunningham is XXXTentacion's longtime producer and friend.
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Lil Peep tour manager denies giving Xanax to Long Island rapper before his fentanyl death, asks to postpone trial

Lil Peep’s former tour manager is adamant she didn’t give the Long Island rapper any Xanax or fentanyl before his 2017 overdose death and says the upcoming trial over his mom’s wrongful death lawsuit should be postponed. Belinda Mercer, who worked as Peep’s road manager during the final days of his “Come Over When You’re Sober” tour, says in new paperwork filed Tuesday that a scheduled Nov. 10 ...
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8 Lil Peep tracks that nod to some of the scene’s most prominent artists

There’s a reason Lil Peep was lauded as the “future of emo” by multiple publications. From the early days of his career, his songs featured a diverse array of scene-bred samples mixed with trap beats and loaded with lyrics that solidified him as a genre-melding force. Before getting the itch to ditch sampling to create original guitar parts in his music, Peep’s tracks gave a nod to some of the artists who inspired him to wear his heart on his neon fur sleeves. Below are eight of them.
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