BASCA chair Crispin Hunt: ‘Rules won’t break the internet, they’ll mend it’
YouTube and Facebook were squarely in the sights of Crispin Hunt, chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), as he delivered the opening address at yesterday’s Ivor Novello Awards in...
May 19, 2017
Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off
The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
March 9, 2017
Downtown Music Publishing talks rates, tech and the power of the song
“Publishers today are playing an extraordinary part in the artist development ecosystem. Yet the remuneration for our involvement, when the record companies are paid so much more than we are for a stream, is not where we...
December 2, 2016
Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties
The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
November 13, 2016
YouTube and collecting societies back songwriting camp
Hang on, a story about YouTube, PROs and songwriters that doesn’t involve any handbags at dawn? Yep. YouTube has joined CISAC, Sacem and PRS for Music – as well as startup Auddly – in backing the expansion of the Stockholm...
October 10, 2016
One Direction / Major Lazer songwriter Jamie Scott praises Spotify
Jamie Scott is one of the songwriters behind some of the biggest hits in recent years – notably One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’ and ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer (featuring Justin Bieber & MØ). He is also...
September 29, 2016
Swedish songwriters form Music Rights Awareness Foundation
A trio of famous Swedish songwriters have launched the latest attempt to bring more transparency to the world of music rights. ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus is joined by Max Martin and Niclas Molinder in the initiative, which...
September 12, 2016
Wrecking Ball co-writer Mozella criticises DoJ
Pop songwriter Maureen McDonald (aka Mozella) has joined the discussion about publishing licensing in the US, including the Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the sector. Her guest column for Daily...
August 22, 2016
Apple suggests shakeup for songwriter streaming revenues
What if music-streaming services in the US paid a statutory rate of $0.00091 per stream in songwriting royalties, regardless of whether the stream came from a paying or free user? That’s one of the suggestions filed...
July 18, 2016
‘Vast majority’ of NMPA members opt in to Spotify settlement
The National Music Publishers Association’s (NMPA) proposed settlement with Spotify over mechanical royalties has attracted the “vast majority” of its members.
July 13, 2016
Spotify launches two new radio shows: AM/PM and Secret Genius
Spotify has launched two new radio shows in its ‘Originals’ series. The shows are called AM/PM and Secret Genius, and are both available as Spotify playlists, alternating spoken-word interview segments with songs chosen...
July 13, 2016
Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt: ‘I don’t like lazy people…’ (#midem)
Jon Platt recently took the top job at publisher Warner/Chappell, and gave his first public presentation at Midem this afternoon, alongside top songwriter Justin Tranter. The pair were interviewed by Music Business Worldwide's...
June 4, 2016