Publishers hail ‘critical victory’ over Wolfgang’s Vault
The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) says its members have won a “critical victory” in their nearly-three-year legal battle with the Wolfgang’s Vault website. The site specialises in archive live recordings,...
April 11, 2018
Music Modernization Act officially introduced in the US
We’ve been following plans for the US Music Modernization Act (MMA) for months, but yesterday saw the proposed bill formally introduced in the House of Representatives. Pulled together from three previously-launched...
April 11, 2018
Report claims Apple’s music app has 49.5m users in the US
Research firm Verto Analytics has put out some new numbers comparing Apple Music and Spotify in the US, but it’s important to understand exactly what it’s measuring. And what it isn’t. “This month’s Verto Index...
March 29, 2018
US recorded-music revenues rose 16.5% in 2017 to $8.72bn
US industry body the RIAA has published its figures for recorded-music revenues in 2017, and they show a 16.5% rise in ‘estimated retail value’ to $8.72bn. That represents accelerating growth, after an 11.4% rise in...
March 22, 2018
Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music attract US young adults
Research firm Morning Consult has published the results of its latest survey, of 2,201 American adults, focusing on the music-streaming market. It found that 30% said they have a Pandora “subscription”, while 21% have...
March 21, 2018
Why don’t streaming services know who wrote The Beatles’ songs?
The latest twist in the controversies around ‘notices of intent’ (NOIs) in the US concerns the most famous band of all-time: The Beatles. The Music Tech Policy blog notes, with clear scorn, that Google, Amazon and...
March 19, 2018
Big services can’t find big hits’ writers according to NOIs
Can Spotify, Google and Amazon *really* not identify who to pay publishing royalties to for Drake’s global hit ‘God’s Plan’? Or for Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’? Or for Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ or Camila Cabello’s...
February 28, 2018
Liberty Media offers $1.16bn for 40% iHeartMedia stake
US radio group iHeartMedia is battling to restructure its debts in order to avoid bankruptcy, and its latest potential saviour is a fascinating one: Liberty Media. That’s the same Liberty Media that’s the majority...
February 28, 2018
SiriusXM CEO criticises proposed US Classics Act legislation
The proposed Classics Act is trying to clear up the digital-licensing status of songs recorded before 1972. When it was introduced earlier this year, we noted that Pandora was supporting the bill, in stark contrast to satellite-radio...
February 27, 2018
94% of US women surveyed from TV/film biz have experienced harassment
USA Today has surveyed 843 women working in the US entertainment industry to ask if they have experienced sexual harassment or assault during their careers. 94% said they have. The survey focused on the film and television...
February 22, 2018
New report quantifies the independent US creative economy
A new report published by a lobbying coalition called Re:Create – we’ll get to who that is in a bit – is trying to put some numbers to the independent creative economy in the US. The report is deliberately narrow...
February 19, 2018
SiriusXM debuts ‘360L’ in-car satellite-plus-streaming service
US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM has launched the latest iteration of its in-car service, called 360L. That represents “360-degree listening” with a blend of satellite radio and streaming to pipe music into vehicles,...
January 17, 2018