SoundCloud’s core community sounds off about its problems
It’s overly simplistic to suggest that SoundCloud’s problems in 2017 – including its recent major round of layoffs – are entirely rooted in its moves to secure licensing deals with labels and publishers, while launching...
July 24, 2017
Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties
Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners. The company is hoping to receive responses from publishers, labels,...
July 21, 2017
Jimmy Iovine blames labels, YouTube and Billboard for bad albums
Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has been making waves again, with an interview for Beats 1 in which he criticises labels for their handling of YouTube and safe harbour, suggesting that they are partly responsible for a decline...
July 4, 2017
UK in Cannes: six British artists to see at Midem 2017
Ed Sheeran, Adele and other British artists have been taking the world by storm, but what about the up-and-coming UK artists who could build their own global fanbases? This year’s Midem will offer a chance to see six...
June 5, 2017
Sound Royalties on its $100m bet to unlock musicians’ income
One of the promises of digital technology was that it would not only speed up the consumption of music, it would also speed up royalty payments back to creators. The first part has very much happened; the second part –...
May 11, 2017
Biffy Clyro Spotify session spawns vinyl gift for superfans
Biffy Clyro have found a new way to use their Spotify analytics to reward superfans. The band have pressed up 500 vinyl copies of a live session they recorded for the streaming service, and will be presenting them to fans. “We...
April 21, 2017
It’s a hard knock life (if you’re a Jay Z fan on Spotify)
In 2017, the dust is starting to settle on the question of how ‘exclusives’ will work on music-streaming services. We appear to be moving into an era where by and large, albums will be available on all the services,...
April 10, 2017
Spotify UMG deal returns focus to potential IPO… and artist concerns
If you saw our story yesterday afternoon, you’ll know that Spotify has signed the first of its new licensing deals with major labels, Universal Music Group. The immediate talking point was Spotify’s confirmation that...
April 5, 2017
Manager and artist bodies publish sample ‘fair’ contract
Unfair contracts in the music industry? Perish the thought! We can’t believe those kinds of musician-screwing shenanigans have ever gone on in our world… Okay, yes. Yes they have. But with ‘transparency’ one of...
March 30, 2017
AWAL app helps artists track Spotify and Apple Music data
Kobalt's in-house digital distributor AWAL is launching an analytics app for independent musicians, helping them to track their data – and earnings – from Spotify and Apple Music. The app launches today, and is a free...
March 28, 2017
Streaming holdout Tool may come in from the cold
Rock band Tool remains one of the most high-profile holdouts from streaming services, with the band’s back catalogue still unavailable to stream. That may be changing, according to Bloomberg. Its report claims Tool is...
March 24, 2017
Chance the Rapper claims Apple exclusivity payment of $500k
Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ was a big independent success story of 2016, albeit one backed by an exclusive deal with one of the biggest companies in the world: Apple. On Friday, Chance responded to questions...
March 20, 2017