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As Kobalt app launches, CEO talks streams, YouTube and rivals

Kobalt’s publishing royalties? There’s now an app for that. The company’s new app for its clients has been released today on Apple’s iOS devices, with an Android version to follow soon. Artists and songwriters...
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Magic Instruments launches ‘digital rhythm’ guitar

The latest startup trying to sell app-enabled guitars is Magic Instruments. The company has launched a $299 device that it’s describing as a “digital rhythm” guitar, which aims to get people playing music – even...
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New Lowery v Spotify filing seeks more details of NMPA deal

The class-action lawsuit against Spotify filed by musician David Lowery has taken another twist. A new filing on behalf of Lowery and his co-plaintiffs is seeking more details of the streaming service’s proposed publishing-royalties...
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SoundCloud secures European deal with Sony/ATV

SoundCloud’s global dealmaking continues as it works towards launching its new SoundCloud Go premium tier outside the US. Its latest agreement is with publisher Sony/ATV: a multi-territory agreement for Europe that extends...
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Downtown strikes publishing performance deal with YouTube

2016: the year databases of publishing rights finally made the headlines! Spotify continues to put its plans together to create a publishing administration system to solve its mechanicals headache in the US, but YouTube...
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Kobalt revenues rise but its losses have increased too

Kobalt’s soon-to-be-published financial results reveal that its revenues rose by 25.6% to $245.1m in its last full financial year, which ended on 30 June 2015. The company ended that year with more than $46m of cash...
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SoundCloud is now publishing boss Jane Dyball’s cup of tea

Back in May 2015, MCPS CEO Jane Dyball caused a rumpus with this comment in an interview with Music Ally: “SoundCloud present themselves as the musicians’ friend, for example. I am friends with musicians and I buy...
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David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming

“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...
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Music Ally Report 386 – SoundCloud: all systems Go

In our cover feature we pick apart SoundCloud’s move into subscriptions. It has been a long – and often tense – journey to go from a free UGC platform to one fully licensed by all the majors and key indies. Now with...
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UPPM digitises archives to launch Bruton Vaults label

Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM) is launching a new label called Bruton Vaults, to digitally release a catalogue of original library music originally created in the 1970s and 1980s. The albums – complete...
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NMPA and Spotify strike $30m mechanicals settlement

Spotify has taken a step closer to resolving its mechanical-royalties problems in the US, via an anticipated agreement with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). As expected, the settlement will involve publishers...
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Sony buys Michael Jackson estate share of Sony/ATV for $750m

After a 2015 in which Sony was tipped to sell its stake in publishing company Sony/ATV, 2016 has brought a different story: Sony buying out the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% share in the publisher instead. Sony has agreed...