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SoundExchange and SOCAN payouts set records in 2016

Figures for 2016 are coming in thick and fast, with US performance-royalties body SoundExchange and Canadian collecting society SOCAN both announcing their payout stats yesterday. SoundExchange saw its payouts grow by...
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Billboard Hot 100 chart will now include Pandora data

As it prepares to launch its premium on-demand streaming tier, Pandora has also hit a new milestone of credibility: its data will now be incorporated into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US. Streams on Pandora are now...
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Pandora and artist Ash Koosha join protests against Trump immigration ban

A number of US technology companies have spoken out against Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. Yesterday, music-streaming service Pandora joined them,...
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Tech firms attack Donald Trump’s immigration ban

By now you’ll have seen the growing swell of protests against President Trump’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries: from demonstrators at airports to celebrities at awards ceremonies over the...
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US six-strikes anti-piracy scheme is laid to rest

The ‘six strikes’ anti-piracy scheme launched by US rightsholders and ISPs in 2013 has come to an end, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) body that oversaw it. “After four years of extensive...
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Pandora narrowly beats YouTube for US music listening

Pandora accounted for 28% of weekly music-streaming listening in 2016, just ahead of YouTube’s 27% share. That’s according to research firm MusicWatch’s end-of-year analysis, which relies on combining listening on Pandora’s...
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MusicFirst Coalition seeks Congress copyright support

An incoming administration in the US? Time to get lobbying, whether you’re a technology or music industry body. The MusicFirst Coalition is the latest to remind new and returning legislators of its hopes for the next...
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Private equity firm Blackstone to buy SESAC

Private equity group Blackstone has agreed a deal to buy US collecting society and licensing body SESAC for an undisclosed amount. The company said it’s the first investment as part of a new strategy “specifically designed...
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Audio streaming overtook YouTube music in the US last year

We covered British industry body the BPI’s music consumption figures for 2016 yesterday, but noted that there’s not yet any data comparing audio and video streams of music. In the US, the RIAA has yet to release its numbers...
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Live365 returns with DMCA-based online radio platform

Online radio platform Live365 shut down at the start of 2016, blaming the changing royalty-rates for internet radio. “There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another,” said the company at...
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Now BMI has fallen out with the RMLC over radio royalties

The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) ended 2016 in a dispute with Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) over the royalties paid by the 10,000 US radio stations that it represents. It’s now beginning 2017 with...
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SoundExchange could see $200m less collections in 2017

SoundExchange collected $888m in the US in 2015, and that figure is expected to grow for 2016. However, there may be a stomach-lurching drop to come in 2017, thanks to direct deals cut by the likes of Pandora with music rightsholders...