Spotify buys Loudr in latest publishing-royalties effort
Spotify’s latest acquisition is its latest move to tackle the problems it has faced identifying, tracking and paying royalties to music publishers and songwriters. The company has snapped up Loudr, which does exactly that,...
April 13, 2018
Why don’t streaming services know who wrote The Beatles’ songs?
The latest twist in the controversies around ‘notices of intent’ (NOIs) in the US concerns the most famous band of all-time: The Beatles. The Music Tech Policy blog notes, with clear scorn, that Google, Amazon and...
March 19, 2018
Facebook signs licensing deals with Sacem, Socan and Wixen
Facebook’s music-licensing efforts continue apace, with the announcement of three more deals this weekend. The social network now has agreements with French collecting society Sacem; Canadian PRO Socan; and music publisher...
March 19, 2018
Spotify to host songwriting camps for Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds’ new publisher
Artist, songwriter and producer Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds is launching a new publishing company called Good Vibes Music Group. One of the most interesting things about it is the publisher’s relationship with Spotify. Good...
March 14, 2018
EMI Music Publishing may be up for grabs at $4bn valuation
In the streaming era of more-predictable future revenue for catalogues of music-rights, the value of these catalogues is soaring. No wonder, then, that Mubadala Investment Co is reportedly seeking a buyer for its majority...
March 12, 2018
Socan promises more transparency with ‘Layla’ royalty system
Canadian PRO Socan has launched a new royalty income and tracking system for customers of its Audiam subsidiary. Called ‘Layla’ (we’re sorry for the guitar-solo earworm you’ll be enjoying all morning now) it’s aimed...
February 6, 2018
Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop app
Spotify is adding credits for songwriters and producers to songs on its service, although for now they'll only appear within its desktop app. From today, listeners can right-click on a track and choose a 'Show Credits'...
February 2, 2018
Facebook sets 12 March licensing deadline for indie publishers
Earlier this month, Facebook announced a partnership with HFA/Rumblefish that would enable independent publishers and self-published songwriters to opt in to a standardised music-licensing and administration deal with the...
January 16, 2018
Facebook signs licensing deal with publisher Sony/ATV
Slowly but surely, Facebook’s music-licensing strategy is coming in to focus. Having announced a deal with Universal Music Group before Christmas – which included its recorded-music and publishing divisions – now the...
January 9, 2018
Publisher Wixen hits Spotify with a $1.6bn lawsuit
If Spotify was hoping 2018 would see its publishing woes die down… well, Wixen Music Publishing has put those hopes to rest. The publisher has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of at least $1.6bn for Spotify’s use of...
January 3, 2018
From ICOs to ISOs: what is an Initial Song Offering?
The chance to own a portion of the rights to a Drake song? Make it ‘Hotline Bling’ and we’re in! Make it ‘Jodeci Freestyle’, a 2013 collaboration with J Cole chucked out for free in the promotional run-up to...
November 17, 2017
Kobalt’s second music-royalties fund reaches $600m capacity
Kobalt has announced its second managed fund to invest in music copyrights, with a capacity of $600m thanks to $345m of equity commitments plus debt. It follows the company’s first music-royalties fund, which invested...
November 7, 2017