Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify
Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
July 19, 2017
Newspapers want to team up to negotiate with Google and Facebook
The music industry’s major labels know all about the need to avoid looking like a cartel in their dealings with technology companies. So they’ll be keen to follow the progress of a group of major news publishers, who...
July 10, 2017
US music-video streams growth pales next to audio streams
Overall music consumption in the US grew by 9.9% in the first half of 2017, according to analytics firm BuzzAngle. It has published its Mid Year 2017 report ahead of the publication of official half-year figures from the...
July 5, 2017
Jay-Z ‘4.44’ album reportedly on its way to Apple Music
The release of Jay-Z’s new album ‘4.44’ as a Tidal/Sprint exclusive has created plenty of debate and controversy. Just ask Mark Ronson, who was tweeting grumpily about trying (and failing) to hear the album after...
July 3, 2017
TuneIn sues Pandora over ad-sales partnership
If Pandora thought its troubles were easing after securing a $480m strategic investment from SiriusXM… well, another digital radio firm is set to give it a headache. TuneIn is suing Pandora, after an advertising-sales...
June 22, 2017
Taylor Swift’s 551% streaming uplift in the US
To get clickbaity for a second: Taylor Swift put her catalogue back on all the streaming services… and you won’t believe what happened next! Well, you will: her streams went up by lots. Nielsen Music says that Swift’s...
June 22, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017
ASCAP says YouTube deal will boost its video payouts
When YouTube appointed Lyor Cohen as its head of music – and again recently when it poached SoundCloud content boss Stephen Bryan – there were cautious hopes expressed within the music industry that Google’s video service...
June 14, 2017
sonaBlast Records boss: ‘Copyright needs to be blown up and rethought’
SonaBlast Records was set up by Gill Holland in 2002 in New York and is now based in Kentucky. Holland came from the film business, having worked in and around indie films since the 1990s, serving a stint at the French Film...
June 12, 2017
Breaking a music artist in America in 2017 (#midem)
The US remains the world’s biggest recorded-music market, and a tempting one for artists around the world to target. But it’s also one of the most challenging countries to crack as an overseas artist. A panel at the...
June 6, 2017
RIAA files lawsuit against ISP Grande Communications
Over the last two years we’ve covered the DMCA-related court case between BMG and American ISP Cox Communications. Now there’s another case brewing with similar issues. The RIAA – representing Universal Music, Capitol...
April 24, 2017
US music revenues up 11.4% but RIAA still focused on safe-harbour reform
Recorded-music revenues in the US grew by 11.4% to $7.7bn in 2016, but industry body the RIAA is determined to continue pressing for reform of the safe-harbour protection afforded to YouTube. The organisation published...
March 30, 2017