Tag: digital royalties

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BMG boss targets major labels with artist royalties comments

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch has poured cold water over the streaming-fuelled revival for major labels, claiming that their margins will soon be coming under pressure as artists demand a greater share of streaming income. “I...
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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...
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Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off

The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
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AMRA signs ole partnership and talks Japan, PROs disruption

Kobalt-owned global digital collecting society AMRA has announced its latest deal: with independent music rights management company ole. The partnership will see AMRA licensing the performing and mechanical rights for...
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Spotify may persuade labels to reduce royalties share

The Financial Times ran an interesting feature yesterday on “how streaming saved the music industry”, but the part that made us sit up came fairly low down in the piece. “With the IPO looming, Spotify is trying to trim...
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Now BMI has fallen out with the RMLC over radio royalties

The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) ended 2016 in a dispute with Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) over the royalties paid by the 10,000 US radio stations that it represents. It’s now beginning 2017 with...
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Downtown Music Publishing talks rates, tech and the power of the song

“Publishers today are playing an extraordinary part in the artist development ecosystem. Yet the remuneration for our involvement, when the record companies are paid so much more than we are for a stream, is not where we...
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SoundCloud: ‘We’re sharing more revenue with more people’

SoundCloud is certainly sharing its revenues with more people, having struck licensing deals with labels and publishers in the last year. However, the company’s latest claim focuses on creators: the musicians uploading...
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Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties

The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
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Indies to get bigger share of UK ‘black box’ income says AIM

At her last public event as boss of British indies trade body AIM, Alison Wenham has revealed that independent labels will be getting a significant windfall from changes in the way collecting society PPL distributes ‘black...
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Eight things we learned about ‘dissecting the digital dollar’ in music

A year ago, the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) published its initial Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, exploring the impact that digital music in general – and streaming in particular – is having on the musician and...
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Confusion over streams’ royalty status continues

Are streams ‘sales’ or ‘transmissions’? This particular grey area has never really been settled, even though the implications for the industry – a ‘sale’ implies a 15% royalty rate for artists while a ‘transmission’...