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Spotify now pays music rightsholders $288m every month

Spotify is ten years old today as a consumer service, having launched on 10 October 2008. Among the stats being put out to celebrate the anniversary is a new figure for payouts. “As of August 31, 2018, we have paid over...
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Google+ to shut down after Google reveals user-data leak

It seems a long time since Music Ally was writing articles about what the Google+ social network might mean for music marketing. Google stopped promoting it as a social network some time ago, although Google+ lived on. Not...
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Peter Bjorn and John get a ‘3-in-1’ video for new singles

Remember Peter Bjorn and John? Their big hit was ‘Young Folks’ in 2006, and we can only apologise if reading this sentence puts its whistling hook on your internal jukebox for the entire day. They’re still going strong,...
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Help Musicians UK launches £200k fund for independent musicians

Music-industry charity Help Musicians UK has launched a new ‘Do It Differently’ fund aimed at independent musicians, which will start with £200k to distribute. Producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, DJs...
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Sentric to help dance producers get their songwriting royalties

British music-rights firm Sentric Music thinks that dance producers are missing out on royalties from the tracks that they’ve worked on – specifically publishing royalties from their songwriting contributions. Now it’s...
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Euro songwriters body comes out against Sony / EMI deal

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the latest industry body to come out against Sony’s plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing. The deal has been ‘notified’ to the European Commission,...
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Spotify UK financials reveal growth in advertising revenues

Spotify’s UK subsidiary has published its financial results for 2017, and at first glance there’s a shock: revenues *down* by 55% year-on-year to £107.1m ($140.1m). However, that’s because Spotify started processing...
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‘Ethical Pool’ idea could let fans choose user-centric royalties

Industry blog Music Tech Solutions has been thinking about the debate around ‘user-centric’ streaming royalties. That’s where the royalties from every paying streamer’s monthly subscription are divided only between...
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Fan-collaborators will be paid for Logic’s new YouTube project

Artist Logic is getting his own ‘one-hour television special’ based around collaborating with musicians and fans around the world. The twist: it won’t be on television, but on YouTube. Logic is working with a startup...
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Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnerships

Facebook has finally unveiled its first two smart speakers: the Portal and Portal+. Well, we say smart 'speakers' - like Amazon's Echo Show, these devices have screens built in too. Facebook's new devices are available...
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Five trends for digital music marketing in 2018

There are three pillars for music marketing in 2018: what you do with social media; what you do with digital service providers (DSPs, principally streaming services); and what you do with your own platforms - mailing lists,...
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Via tests time-stamped lyrics merchandise with QR-code rewards

Los Angeles startup Via has some interesting ideas around lyrics, merchandise and physical-to-digital connectivity. “We’ve created endless options for artist merchandise by using lyrics and citing the exact time stamp...