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Major Musical Equipment Retailer Guitar Center Distressed, Exchanges Debt Following Missed Interest Payment

Guitar Center said Monday that it had exchanged some $56.4m in bonds due in 2022. This figure represents 90.7% of the principal of the bond group, and the announcement came after a missed interest payment in April. The disclosure of the debt exchange caused Moody’s and S&P Global to downgrade Guitar Center to default levels, …

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As Pandemic Keeps Many Home, Streaming Content is Surging and Copyright Laws Need Adaptation

As Pandemic Keeps Many Home, Streaming Content is Surging and Copyright Laws Need Adaptation

While celebrities, musicians, and other artists have been streaming content for fans on virtual platforms during the widespread shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of popular songs is often used without licenses or permission. This was an issue even before the pandemic forced all public performances online with streaming and social platforms, making …

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During Protests Against Police Brutality, Iowa Lawmakers Sneak Ag-Gag Bill Through State Congress

While cities across America saw thousands of people standing up against years of systemic racism and police brutality, Iowa lawmakers saw an opportunity to pass a bill increasing penalties against animal rights activists quietly. Both the House and Senate rapidly passed the law following brief debates, and now it awaits Governor Kim Reynolds’ signature. This …

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CBG Becoming New Industry Leader as Marijuana and CBD Continue to Expand Markets

While most people are familiar with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), the main active components in marijuana, a new compound, CBG (cannabigerol), has been isolated and shows potential as a treatment for inflammation, appetite loss, and even brain deterioration. Tapping into these benefits from a single source is proving to be big business, and as …

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Longstanding US-China Tensions Heightened Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The White House’s warning of possible sanctions at the end of May due to China’s treatment of Hong Kong was just the latest clash between the two nation’s in their increasingly strained relationship. In January, Chinese President Xi Jin Ping and Trump signed a preliminary trade deal in which China agreed to the purchase of hundreds of …

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With Growing Popularity Amid Pandemic Shutdowns Podcasts Thrive

Global podcasts listeners increased some 42% since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, with listeners having more time at home looking for new forms of entertainment of information. Business, finance, education, and entertainment are all trending topics since early march when shutdowns began. Also, news consumption has risen among podcasts listeners eager to hear updates …

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As Work From Home Becomes the Norm Optimizing your Home Conferencing Setup is Critical

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to force social distancing and closures across the globe, many people have found themselves working remotely via zoom, google hangouts, and other platforms. This new model has made it necessary to upgrade your home office with better lighting, microphones, and other pieces of video equipment. Every platform utilizes the same …

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As Consumers Increasingly Shop Online, Local Retailers are Faced with Even Tougher Future Amid Shutdowns

As most of America’s consumer base has migrated online, local retailers have been strained even before the outbreak of COVID-19 forced temporary closures. Companies like Amazon and Walmart became juggernauts while mom and pop establishments felt the economic squeeze as these big box stores offered low prices that local retailers couldn’t compete with. Though it’s …

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Live Streaming Concerts and Podcasts Gain Momentum Due to Social Distancing

“I am very unhappy that the show with Body Count this weekend was postponed by Governor Cuomo,” Harley Flanagan, frontman for legendary NYHC pioneers the Cro-Mags stated upon announcing the live stream of their postponed concert with Body Count at the Webster Hall. This type of live performance has become the new norm, with numerous …

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