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Universal seeks to end digital royalties class action

Ever since the 2010 ruling in FBT Productions versus Aftermath – that regarded download income as a “licence” rather than a “sale” and paid through 50% to the artist instead of sales rates of 15% or lower – the...
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Universal invests in ROLI for keyboard and music software development

Universal Music is among a group of strategic investors in the Seaboard Grand, a new type of keyboard where its rubber leys allow players to bend notes much like a guitarist would do. The ROLI has raised $12.8m in Series...
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Steve Jobs’ biographer suggests Jimmy Iovine could be Apple’s next content star

After endless online analysis of Apple’s $3.2bn deal to buy Beats, it still hasn’t actually been announced. Still, there’s more speculation to plug the news gap, including from the late Apple boss Steve Jobs’ authorised...
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Selfie The Album is a real thing that is really happening this summer

The CD albums market is alive, kicking and... doing its best trout-pout pose into its smartphone's front-facing camera. At least, that's the message sent out by upcoming compilation Selfie The Album. NO, not a super-late...
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Blue Note Records gets a 75th anniversary iPad app

Back in 2012, EMI launched a Spotify app for veteran jazz label Blue Note Records (Bulletin, 13-Sep-12) before teaming up with music startup Groovebug for a subscription-based iPad app mining its back catalogue (4-Oct-12)....
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YouTube MCN AwesomenessTV spawns UMG-backed music label

Thankfully, music labels and YouTube MCNs aren’t just interacting via lawsuits in 2014. Universal Music’s latest brush with the online video world is a partnership with DreamWorks-owned MCN AwesomenessTV. Russell Simmons...
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A2IM boss criticises YouTube and major labels over licensing

US trade body A2IM’s annual Indie Week is coming at a sensitive time this year, given the hubbub around YouTube’s new music service and licensing of independents in general. President Rich Bengloff certainly isn’t...
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Sony/ATV still considering withdrawal from ASCAP and BMI

Music publisher Sony/ATV is still hopeful that it will be allowed to partially withdraw its rights from US collecting societies ASCAP and BMI in order to strike direct deals with digital music services like Pandora. It’s...
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Rap Genius signs licensing deal with Warner/Chappell

Having been criticised as the most high-profile unlicensed lyrics website last year, Rap Genius has been striking a series of deals with publishers – the latest of which is Warner/Chappell Music. Announced last night, it...
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Music bodies concerned at prospect of digital track reselling in the EU

The question of whether people should be allowed to resell their purchased music downloads has been most prominent in the ongoing lawsuits against ReDigi. Now the debate is spreading to the European Union, which has been...
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Universal launches subscription-based music app with fitness chain David Lloyd

Universal Music has a brand new music app out for iPhone and Android – the latest release under its U-Apps brand. The app is David Lloyd Playlist, which appears to be a partnership with the UK-based chain of fitness clubs....
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DreamWorks Animation tipped to buy a stake in Vevo

Music videos service Vevo is already a dish of several cooks: UMG, Sony Music, Abu Dhabi Media and Google. Now it seems more chefs are keen to stir the broth, with tech site Recode reporting that Hollywood studio DreamWorks...