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

September 6, 2016


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.


comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of September 4, 2016

Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’ Returning to Theaters

‘Don’t Breathe’ Inhales Huge $19.6M; ‘Morgan’ Bombs With $2.4M

Hollywood’s Summer of Extremes: Megahits, Superflops and Little Else

Summer Box Office: Feast or Famine as Blockbusters Either Hit Big or Flop Spectacularly

Comcast’s DreamWorks Animation Acquisition to Face Anti-Trust Review in China

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Fox Updating King Arthur as Police Procedural Drama ‘Camelot’ (Exclusive)

NBC Turning ‘Oliver Twist’ Into Contemporary Female-Driven Procedural (Exclusive)

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Stage Musical In the Works

Revamping New York Times Kills Regional Theater, Restaurant & Arts Coverage

Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ Sets Press Conference at Toronto Film Festival

Frank Ocean Takes an Unusual Journey to No. 1 With ‘Blonde’

Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards

Motion Picture Academy Renews TV Rights Deal, Keeping Oscars on Disney’s ABC Through 2028

Fox Settles With Gretchen Carlson Over Roger Ailes Sex Harassment Claims

Greta Van Susteren Out at Fox News

Warner Brothers Reports Own Site as Illegal

“Blurred Lines” Appeal Gets Support From More Than 200 Musicians

Spotify Is Burying Musicians for Their Apple Deals

Apple Music’s Curated Music Discovery Feature Goes Live for iOS 10 Beta Users

Amazon Nears Launch for Music Streaming Service

Jerry Heller, Music Manager Who Promoted N.W.A and Gangsta Rap, Dies at 75

Hugh O’Brian, Star of TV’s ‘The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,’ Dies at 91