Spotify ‘reaches out’ to songwriters through Fair Trade Music talks
Spotify remains the lightning rod for criticism about artist and songwriter royalties from streaming, so it’s interesting to see the company building bridges with the creator community today through talks with the Fair...
May 6, 2015
Tidal: ‘Just bear with us, hold, wait, be patient’
There’s been a helluva backlash against Tidal in the days since its relaunch press conference, with accusations galore that the streaming service isn’t innovative and/or is just a club for rich artists to get richer....
April 4, 2015
Songwriters speak up over publisher withdrawals and safe harbour
There’s another row brewing involving songwriters, and this time the target of their ire is… publishers. The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to be specific. A group of songwriter representative bodies...
March 30, 2015
Smule’s app users now performing 10m songs a day
We’ve written about Smule regularly: the US-based music apps firm specialises in getting fans to sing (or play virtual instruments to) an array of popular songs, including doing it together using its social tools. Now its...
March 9, 2015
Sony/ATV strikes new Spotify deal despite past Bandier criticism
“While the number of streams on market leader Spotify’s ad-supported, free service has grown by more than 70% in the past year, the royalties for songwriters and publishers have not come close to keeping pace with this...
February 18, 2015
Swedish songwriters demand bigger share of streaming music payouts
A group of 133 Swedish songwriters and producers have signed an open letter published in local newspaper Aftonbladet, demanding a bigger share of the royalties from streaming music services. The letter cites Taylor Swift's...
February 16, 2015
Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore
After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, we can say that it wasn’t just stars who upped their profile – the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever. Recording Academy president...
February 9, 2015
Sony/ATV boss attacks ‘unacceptable’ Pandora and Spotify rates
Not the most surprising headline you’ll read this week, in fairness. Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier remains unimpressed with streaming payouts, with his latest criticism coming in an internal memo celebrating...
December 22, 2014
Azoff aims for more performing rights income for songwriters
Okay, that headline is hardly a shock: famous manager wants more dosh for their clients. But apparently Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights venture is promising artists it will “wring royalties that are as much as 30 percent...
October 31, 2014
US music publishers sue lyrics websites SeekLyrics and LyricsTime
The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against two big lyrics websites, SeekLyrics and LyricsTime. It’s the latest step in the body’s battle against unlicensed...
July 30, 2014
Songwriter Equity Act aims to improve digital for US songwriters
The simmering row between Pandora and US songwriters is returning to the legislative arena, through a proposed law called the Songwriter Equity Act
February 26, 2014