Adding Pandora would make streaming’s top 10 33% bigger
Glenn Peoples is blogging again about the role and importance of Pandora, this time making the argument that factoring in its streams to official US streaming numbers would massively boost the market.
August 17, 2016
Featured Artists Coalition joins blockchain bandwagon
The latest industry body to hail blockchain technology as having potential for music is the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).
July 19, 2016
Report 393 – Frenemy of the state
Cover Feature: YouTube is currently the target of concerted artist and label lobbying at both the European Commission and Washington. They are demanding the end of the safe harbour exemptions that YouTube, and others, have...
July 6, 2016
Hank Green launches Internet Creator’s Guild body
YouTube influencer Hank Green made headlines in May with his criticism of Irving Azoff – and by extension music rightsholders generally – over this year’s rows over YouTube’s music royalties.
June 16, 2016
IFPI head defends labels’ streaming payments while firing shots at SoundCloud and YouTube
Frances Moore, the chief executive of the IFPI, has posted a blog about artist payments from streaming services. She opens by saying that artists are right when they claim they are seeing less money in royalty payments than...
July 29, 2015
RIAA welcomes Rethink Music (but also criticises it)
The report on music-industry transparency earlier this week from the Rethink Music initiative has been welcomed by US industry body the RIAA – but it also has some issues with some of the report’s claims. First, the good:...
July 16, 2015
The Turtles to challenge RIAA settlement with Sirius XM
The RIAA recently negotiated a $210m settlement with satellite-radio provider Sirius XM over royalties for songs produced before 1972, but that’s not an end to the dispute. Flo & Eddie of 60s band The Turtles, who’ve...
July 13, 2015
PRS for Music launches pro-creator Streamfair campaign
Collecting society PRS for Music is stepping up its activism in the streaming music space, while reminding the industry that its royalties from streaming in the last year overtook downloads with £38.8m and £26.7m respectively....
July 3, 2015
Apple Music latest: A2IM, Impala and indie publishers
Apple Music received another pair of endorsements from the independent labels sector yesterday, but it has more work to do to bring indie publishers on board. US labels body A2IM mirrored the praise of WIN and Merlin in a...
June 25, 2015
Ohm & Sport launch Eternify to game Spotify’s payouts system
It’s quite possible that soon after reading this, Eternify’s quirky business model will have been squished by Spotify – just as indie band Vulfpeck’s famous ‘stream our silent album through the night to earn us...
June 24, 2015
Beatport takes on SoundCloud with stream embeds – and royalties
Dance site Beatport launched an early version of its streaming service earlier this year, but now it’s stepping up its activity – with SoundCloud squarely in its sights. Yesterday, Beatport launched an embeddable player,...
June 24, 2015
Merlin and WIN support indie licensing deals with Apple Music
Apple’s promise to pay royalties during the three-month free trial of its Apple Music streaming service has won over indie licensing agency Merlin. In a letter to members that leaked last night, CEO Charles Caldas explained:...
June 24, 2015