US retail employees call out working conditions with Black Friday protests

United for Respect holds demonstrations at H&M stores to address retaliation while 45 Guess stores protest mass firing Workers across the US are using Black Friday and Thanksgiving holiday shopping sales to address working conditions and labor issues in retail and related industries. On Black Friday, workers from the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, are 45 Guess owners, Maurice and Paul Marciano, founded Guess in 1981, and workers are targeting the stores to call attention to the mass firing of 70 visitor service associates at the art museum earlier this month after the announcement of a union organizing drive. The workers filed unfair labor practice charges with …

Why Taylor Swift and Scooter Brauns bad blood may reshape the industry

The singers dispute with the new owner of Big Machine Records over her first six albums challenges who owns what in the industry Taylor Swifts catalogue is littered with tales of the men who did her wrong. Teardrops on My Guitar, All Too Well, Dear John the 29-year-old singer is used to being let down by the patriarchy. Somehow she always manages to shake it off. This time was no different. On Sunday, Swift will receive the artist of the decade award at the American Music awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. For a few days it seemed like she would not be able to play her older hits, Borchetta sold Big Machine for a reported $300m …

US guitar firm Fender illegally restricted discounts, says CMA

UK watchdog says minimum sale price made it difficult to find good deals online The UKs competition watchdog has accused the US guitar maker Fender of fixing prices illegally by restricting online discounts on its guitars. From 2013 to 2018, Fender Musical Instruments Europe impeded competitive online pricing by imposing a minimum sale price on vendors, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) such as Eric Clapton, U2s The Edge and Taylor Swift, and its basic Squier range is popular with beginners. The CMA has been investigating Fender since April 2018 and has already fined the company 25,000 for concealing notebooks at its European headquarters in East Grinstead. The watchdog Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian …

Pop’s need for speed: ‘You have to drop new stuff constantly’

Pop stars are under pressure to produce a continuous stream of new music, with many releasing two albums a year. Whats behind the explosive pace? The music industry in 2019, says Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, could be compared to a Pez dispenser. He is not talking about big heads rather, the seemingly endless, instantly gratifying stream of new songs that drop each week, like tiny pieces of Pez candy. It certainly feels as if theres more music out there, he says. By virtue of that, a record just feels older quicker; it doesnt have its place in the sun for long, because theres new canopy growth. Everyones trying to get a bit of sunshine. Philippakis is among a growing number …