HAMILTON PRODUCERS RELEASE INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM, ENDORSES FAN SING-ALONGS
The creator of Tony award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton announced on YouTube the release of “The Hamilton Instrumentals,” an instrumental edition of the songs in the show. Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” producers have also officially endorsed and are promoting fan sing-along events that just began around the U.S. called Hamiltunes. Inspired by Hamiltunes L.A., similar events have taken place in New York, San Francisco, and Boston. In addition to the sing-alongs, the actual Hamilton national tour will be rolling out later this year.
RICK ROSS SUED FOR BAILING ON CONCERT
Washington County Family Entertainment is suing Ross, according to TMZ, saying it hired and paid him for an outdoor concert that Ross cancelled on two days prior. According to the lawsuit, the rapper was not allowed to cancel once the contract was executed and tickets were on sale and he owes them the $150,000 he was paid upfront. His reps say they had to cancel Ross’ entire weekend lineup due to family and health issues and that the rapper was only paid 40,000 upfront. Ross’ people claim there was a clause in the contract that allowed him to cancel due to illness.
SOUNDCLOUD CUTTING 40% OF STAFF
SoundCloud is cutting back 40 percent of its staff in the hopes of staying independent amidst rumors of ownership changes. The company will also close its offices in London and San Francisco. It’s Berlin headquarters and New York office will stay open. The company has laid off 173 out of 420 employees. SoundCloud co-founder Alex Ljung released a statement: “By reducing our costs and continuing our revenue growth, we’re on our path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future.”