Showbiz Sandbox 334: Music Streaming Wars Heat Up Over Exclusive Releases

September 6, 2016

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The competition between Apple Music and Spotify for subscribers has been cutthroat over the past year. Now comes word that Spotify may be retaliating against artists working with Apple. We’ll take a look at how exclusive new releases have raised the stakes in the ongoing battle for streaming music supremacy.

We also explain why it’s time everyone stopped discussing how abysmal North American summer box office was. After all, 2016 box office and attendance is actually up over the previous year, which had record earnings.

And in what might be a case of the pot calling the kettle black, China is questioning whether Universal’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation breaks its antitrust regulation.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how Jackie Chan will be awarded an honorary Oscar, Frank Ocean makes history by topping the Billboard charts with a self-released album and Baz Lurmann’s “Moulin Rouge” is being turned into a musical.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of September 4, 2016
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-september-4-2016-300322423.html

Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’ Returning to Theaters
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/gene-wilders-willy-wonka-returning-to-theaters-w437529

‘Don’t Breathe’ Inhales Huge $19.6M; ‘Morgan’ Bombs With $2.4M
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weekend-box-office-dont-breathe-925671

Hollywood’s Summer of Extremes: Megahits, Superflops and Little Else
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/business/media/hollywoods-summer-of-extremes-megahits-superflops-and-little-else.html

Summer Box Office: Feast or Famine as Blockbusters Either Hit Big or Flop Spectacularly
https://variety.com/2016/film/news/summer-box-office-finding-dory-secret-life-of-pets-suicide-squad-captain-america-civil-war-1201850401/

Comcast’s DreamWorks Animation Acquisition to Face Anti-Trust Review in China
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comcasts-dreamworks-animation-acquisition-face-925331

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
http://bookfilter.com/2015/12/14/razor-girl/

Fox Updating King Arthur as Police Procedural Drama ‘Camelot’ (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fox-updating-king-arthur-as-924730

NBC Turning ‘Oliver Twist’ Into Contemporary Female-Driven Procedural (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/oliver-twist-procedural-set-at-925383

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Stage Musical In the Works
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/moulin-rouge-stage-musical-works-924868

Revamping New York Times Kills Regional Theater, Restaurant & Arts Coverage
https://deadline.com/2016/08/new-york-times-culture-restaurant-coverage-1201811588/

Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ Sets Press Conference at Toronto Film Festival
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nate-parkers-birth-a-nation-924174

Frank Ocean Takes an Unusual Journey to No. 1 With ‘Blonde’
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/arts/music/frank-ocean-blonde-billboard-chart.html

Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-academy-governors-awards-20160901-snap-story.html

Motion Picture Academy Renews TV Rights Deal, Keeping Oscars on Disney’s ABC Through 2028
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-oscar-abc-tv-deal-20160831-snap-story.html

Fox Settles With Gretchen Carlson Over Roger Ailes Sex Harassment Claims
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/business/media/fox-news-roger-ailes-gretchen-carlson-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-settlement.html

Greta Van Susteren Out at Fox News
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/greta-van-susteren-at-fox-925887

Warner Brothers Reports Own Site as Illegal
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37275603

“Blurred Lines” Appeal Gets Support From More Than 200 Musicians
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/blurred-lines-appeal-gets-support-924213

Spotify Is Burying Musicians for Their Apple Deals
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-26/spotify-said-to-retaliate-against-artists-with-apple-exclusives

Apple Music’s Curated Music Discovery Feature Goes Live for iOS 10 Beta Users
http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/09/02/apple-musics-curated-music-discovery-feature-goes-live-for-ios-10-beta-users

Amazon Nears Launch for Music Streaming Service
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bc735108-6bc8-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c.html#axzz4JPt35OAI

Jerry Heller, Music Manager Who Promoted N.W.A and Gangsta Rap, Dies at 75
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/arts/music/jerry-heller-music-manager-who-promoted-nwa-and-gangsta-rap-dies-at-75.html?_r=0

Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91
https://variety.com/2016/film/news/hugh-obrian-dead-the-life-and-legend-of-wyatt-earp-1201852383/

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