Music, Money and Metadata: The Promise of The Blockchain

Mar 27, 2017

The music business has become a big data business. With millions of songs streaming every day from countless internet and mobile platforms. The creators who made and the companies that financed those recordings are supposed to get paid . Set aside how much. Do they get paid accurately and completely? No say most experts in the field. And they don’t because of bad and missing ownership data.

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Songwriters and recording artists have waited with mounting frustration for more than a decade for a fair, accountable way to get paid for their work in the digital environment. That day may finally be close at hand. A Nashville company called DART has emerged as a national player in what may be the most important development in digital music commerce since file sharing blew up the industry in the early 2000s. It’s about big data and artificial intelligence meeting blockchain technology borrowed from Bitcoin.

Olivia Ladd

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OLIVIA LADD)  -- Small, unlicensed performance spaces known as DIY venues have long been a vital part of Nashville’s music culture. But in the wake of a devastating fire that killed 36 people last December in Oakland CA, Nashville DIY venues have been put on notice, and they are figuring out a new future. WMOT’s Olivia Ladd reports.

 

It’s Saturday night. Young Nashvillians, from high schoolers to professionals, gather in the basement of an East Nashville residence turned venue, named for the sarcastic TV series - “That ‘70s House.”

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has scheduled another campaign rally, this time in Nashville, Tennessee.

The president's campaign website is advertising the event for Wednesday at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

It will be the president's second campaign rally since his inauguration. He held his first last month in Florida.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said the president intends to hit the road to sell the American public on the Republican health care plan that he supports.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have confirmed that a second commercial breeding poultry operation in Tennessee has tested positive for the avian flu.

Officials say the chicken breeding facility is located in Giles County, which lies south of Nashville and is close to the Alabama state line.

On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that another farm in southern Tennessee had bird flu. The entire flock of birds in Lincoln County was killed. That farm supplied Tyson foods.

Peace Or Protest? Folk Music Faces A Divided America

Mar 8, 2017

KANSAS CITY, KS, (HAVIGHURST)  --  Folk Alliance International chose the theme for its 29th conference - Forbidden Folk: Activism In Art - a year and a half ago, when Donald Trump was given zero chance of winning the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency. His victory was a seismic event for the country, and artists across all genres are asking themselves how to respond.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd is joining the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.

The Republican tells The Associated Press he is running on a platform of creating job opportunities for Tennesseans through education.

Boyd stepped down last month as Haslam's economic development commissioner, a position that took him to all 95 counties.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally says in a Facebook post that former Sen. Douglas Henry, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly, has died. He was 90.

Longtime legislative aide and friend Nancy Russell told media that Henry died around 11:30 p.m. Sunday surrounded by family and loved ones in his West Meade home.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have being quarantined.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73,500 chickens were destroyed and will not enter the food system. The highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza, or HPAI, can be deadly to chickens and turkeys.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Zoo is welcoming the birth of a clouded leopard, a rare, mysterious cat native to Asia.

Zoo officials say the cub was the first clouded leopard to be conceived through artificial insemination with cryopreserved sperm.

The birth is the result of a project between the Nashville Zoo and the National Zoo. The father lives at the National Zoo. The mother, who is named Tula, was born and raised at the Nashville Zoo.

The cub, who was born Wednesday, has yet to be named.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is lauding lawmakers for advancing his plan to begin tackling Tennessee's more than $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects, but the Republican wants to see his bill returned to its original form that includes boosting funding through fuel tax increases.

Haslam told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn't want Tennessee to become the only state in the country to subsidize its road program through revenues raised for the general fund.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's state attorney general says bills in the General Assembly that would outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by ultrasound may not be able to stand up in court. However, the opinion written by Attorney General Herbert Slatery said a provision that would force women to get an ultrasound before getting an abortion is constitutionally defensible. The opinion said the heartbeat provision is constitutionally suspect because similar laws have been blocked by federal courts.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would dramatically change the controversial practice of criminal asset forfeiture. 

Under current law, police officers can seize cash, cars and even homes if there’s evidence the items are being used in the commission of a crime. Seizures routinely take place before the person is convicted, and sometimes even before arrest.

Bill sponsor Martin Daniel of Knoxville yesterday told the House Civil Justice Subcommittee that the state’s forfeiture laws should not allow police to keep what they seize.

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 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say it is inaccurate to use the word "romance" to describe the relationship between a 15-year-old girl and a 50-year-old teacher who disappeared together two weeks ago.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said Tuesday at a news conference that teacher Tad Cummins manipulated Elizabeth Thomas and kidnapped her.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A previously defeated proposal to amend the state constitution to say that God is the source of Tennesseans' liberties has been resurrected in the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough had failed on a 3-3 vote in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee earlier this month. But Republican Rep. Martin Daniel of Knoxville made a motion to reconsider the bill, so it is scheduled to be heard again on Wednesday.

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  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police fatally shot a suspect who was a sheriff's department employee after being called to a home disturbance on Wednesday, officials said.

The Chattanooga Police Department said in a news release that officers were called to a home about 1:30 a.m. and encountered an armed suspect outside. The statement said officers were forced to shoot the suspect, who later died at a hospital.

During a press conference, Chattanooga Police Chief of Staff David Roddy said it was unclear what type of weapon the suspect had.

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Sep 2, 2016

MTSU Jazz Network plays jazz 24-hours a day on WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro. In the comin weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the Network.

Monday

Midnight to 4 a.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Jazz with Clifford Brown, Jr.

6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Full Moon Hacksaw

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. In Studio with Greg Lee

9 a.m. to Noon Jazz with Lee Thomas

Noon to 4 p.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jazz with Clifford Brown, Jr.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Full Moon Hacksaw

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Jazz is here to stay. WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro are now playing the MTSU Jazz Network 24-hours a day. In the coming weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the network.

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Saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to strip billions in federal grant money from so-called "sanctuary cities" is illegal and unconstitutional, the city of Seattle has sued President Trump and his administration, in a lawsuit that names Trump, Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

In the heart of Beirut, architect Mona El Hallak herds a group of students together outside a monumental mansion — a vast, elegant building whose yellow walls and graceful pillars are ravaged by thousands of bullet holes.

"We are," she shouts over the cacophonous traffic, "at the intersection of Damascus Road and Independence Avenue."

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit President Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., next week, for talks that will likely range from economic to security issues. The first meeting between the two leaders will stretch from April 6-7.

Last year, the U.S. trade deficit with China topped $347 billion, with total trade worth more than half a trillion dollars, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A Chinese spokesperson notes that before the visit to Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Xi will spend three days in Finland.

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