Spotify seals new licensing deal with UMG and agrees to window albums
The long, hard path to a new set of licensing agreements for Spotify is nearing its conclusion. The music-streaming service has announced a multi-year, global deal with Universal Music Group. One down, two to go from the...
April 4, 2017
Native Instruments buys remix-licensing startup MetaPop
Music production and DJing company Native Instruments has snapped up startup MetaPop, appointing its founder, former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell, as its chief digital officer. We first wrote about MetaPop a year ago, in...
March 28, 2017
Report claims premium-windowing is on the way for Spotify
Spotify’s latest round of licensing negotiations with major labels is bringing the prospect of premium-windowing for high-profile albums closer on its service. The Financial Times claimed yesterday that Spotify is close...
March 17, 2017
Mash-ups and mixes startup Dubset Media raises $4m
Dubset Media has closed a $4m Series A funding round to continue building its business licensing remixes and mash-ups for distribution on music-streaming services. Boston-based VC firm Cue Ball Capital led the round, with...
February 28, 2017
Kate Nash to Snapchat: ‘Dude, where’s my pay cheque?’
Musician Kate Nash has sparked a discussion about Snapchat’s music-licensing strategy, after she claimed that the company was using her song ‘Foundations’ in one of its lenses without paying her for the rights. “HI...
February 20, 2017
Rightsholders could ‘turn very quickly’ over Facebook licensing
Bloomberg’s piece on Facebook’s music-licensing efforts offers some good colour to the negotiations that are kicking off in earnest between the social network and rightsholders. It emphasises the fact that deals covering...
February 14, 2017
Department of Justice appeals consent-decree decision
The US Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the US music-publishing sector has been met with fury by publishers. Unsurprisingly, then, its decision to appeal a September ruling barring the change hasn’t...
November 14, 2016
Cür Media loses its Sony Music and Rovi deals
US music-streaming firm Cür Media soft-launched its app earlier this year before running into a morass of funding and licensing issues, which later saw it lay off all its staff. The company isn’t dead yet – it still...
November 2, 2016
How sync licensing might work with Dot Blockchain
Dot Blockchain boss Benji Rogers has been blogging about how his project may work for synchronisation licensing, as the second and third phases of its rollout get underway. “Imagine a music ecosystem in which a music supervisor...
October 17, 2016
Spotify and Apple Music Dubset deals start to pay off
Startup Dubset Media is trying to license the kind of remixes and mash-ups previously only available on SoundCloud for other streaming services, with Apple Music and Spotify already on its slate of distribution deals. Now...
October 10, 2016
SoundCloud tightens up its API access
SoundCloud has long seen itself as the most open digital music service, but now it’s making a change to the way its API works: developers will now have to request access by filling out an application form explaining their...
September 26, 2016