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Facebook hemorrhaging users as YouTube balloons.

Online market research firm SimilarWeb is now predicting that Facebook will become the third-largest site in the US.  In the past two years, Facebook’s monthly visits have fallen from 8.5 billion to 4.5 billion.  YouTube has slowly gained ground, now virtually tied with Facebook.  Google remains the most-visited site in the US with 15.2 billion monthly visits.

The firm also found that YouTube has become the “primary entertainment/information source for the younger generation.”  The video platform has expanded in popularity thanks to “growing openness among consumers” to video.


UMG says they can “accelerate artist careers” better than anyone.

According to Universal Music Group (UMG) CEO Lucian Grainge, thanks to his label’s commanding leadership, UMG is resoundingly ahead of other major labels and music companies.

Speaking at the annual Capitol Congress event in Hollywood, Grainge told music industry partners,


Drake reaches 50 billion streams.

UMG’s Republic Records has announced Drake is now “the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms.”  It remains unclear whether Republic Records’ total count includes collaboration tracks.


Has the music industry ‘whitewashed’ R&B?

R&B singer Eric Benet has lambasted music industry executives for prioritizing white R&B singers, including Adele and Sam Smith, over black artists like himself.

Pushing back against statements the genre is dying, Benet told TMZ’s Van Lathan,


Russian authorities block a Pussy Riot member from traveling.

Russian officials have reportedly prohibited Maria Alyokhina, member of the controversial group Pussy Riot, from exiting the country to promote her latest book.  From Moscow’s Domodevo Airport, she tweeted,