Tag: digital services
Pandora to live-stream upcoming Metallica concert
Remember when Metallica and Spotify were sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G? Oh, alright, exclusively L-I-C-E-N-S-I-N-G. In 2016, though, Metallica are exploring the wider field of digital services, announcing a new partnership...
August 11, 2016
IFPI hits back at Rethink Music claims on artist payments
The recent Rethink Music report on music industry transparency has already drawn a sharp response from US industry body the RIAA for its claims of missing royalties for artists. Now the IFPI is also having its say, criticising...
July 22, 2015
PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA cleared to launch licensing hub
Three of the key collecting societies in Europe have been cleared to continue their plans to create a pan-European licensing and processing hub, following an investigation by the European Commission. PRS for Music, STIM and...
June 17, 2015
Kobalt launches its own digital collection society
Kobalt acquired the American Music Rights Association (AMRA) last year and has used that as the foundations for its own society – what it rather grandly terms “”the first global, direct, digital mechanical and performing...
June 9, 2015
EC sets out its plans for a digital single market in Europe
Here’s a sign of the times: the European Commission’s announcement yesterday of its Digital Single Market strategy was accompanied by two hashtags: #DigitalSingleMarket and #TeamJunckerEU. “I want to see pan-continental...
May 7, 2015
Finnish digital rights ruling could have wider implications
Startlingly, musician’s contracts from labels in the 1970s and 1980s didn’t factor in the idea of digitally-distributed music in the future. But does that mean those contracts can’t cover digital distribution of those...
March 30, 2015
Lucian Grainge: ‘We take YouTube at their word’ over subscriptions
Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge’s recent comments about free, on-demand streaming have sparked questions about what this means for his company’s support for YouTube Music Key – whose free tier is as non-negotiable...
March 11, 2015
Spotify pulls out of Russia before even launching there
Spotify has abandoned its plans to launch in Russia, with its head of Russia Alexander Kubaneishvili spilling the beans on why: “There are several reasons – the economic crisis, the political situation, the new laws governing...
February 3, 2015
Bono: ‘Apple is unique in big tech in trying to get artists paid’
U2 frontman Bono has been giving his views on Apple and Spotify again, in a blog post to mark the new year. He likes them both still. “That Apple remains a music company is the best news for any one who wakes up with a...
January 12, 2015
Beats Music launches an Apple TV app
While the iPhone and iPad-owning world was trying to download Apple’s iOS 8 software update last night, the company was also quietly pushing out the latest update for its set-top boxes. The update included a new app:...
September 20, 2014
Facebook reaches 100m people in Africa
That is equal to 50% of the online population of the continent – with 80% of them accessing the social network on mobile. “We know that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work when it comes to building products and...
September 12, 2014
UMG’s classical site Sinfini Music expands to Australia
Universal Music launched its classical music website Sinfini Music in the UK in November 2012 as a way for people to discover (and buy) classical recordings. Now it’s expanding to Australia, with a similar mix of editorial...
August 19, 2014