Spotify launches two new radio shows: AM/PM and Secret Genius
Spotify has launched two new radio shows in its ‘Originals’ series. The shows are called AM/PM and Secret Genius, and are both available as Spotify playlists, alternating spoken-word interview segments with songs chosen...
July 13, 2016
Report 393 – Frenemy of the state
Cover Feature: YouTube is currently the target of concerted artist and label lobbying at both the European Commission and Washington. They are demanding the end of the safe harbour exemptions that YouTube, and others, have...
July 6, 2016
Safe harbour reform must benefit artists as well as labels warns IAO
Artists have been prominent in this year’s debate around YouTube and reform of ‘safe harbour’ legislation on both sides of the Atlantic. See this week’s open letter to US Congress signed by Taylor Swift, U2 and Paul...
June 21, 2016
How sustainable is music in the streaming age? (#SonarPlusD)
“If you talk about what creators want today, especially young creators, they don’t talk about wanting to achieve platinum record sales, or platinum level streams.” Allen Bargfrede, associate professor at the Berklee...
June 17, 2016
Sixx:AM attack YouTube again over artist payments
Flush with the press headlines achieved by their criticism of YouTube a few weeks ago, rock band Sixx:AM have returned to the artist-royalties fray. Nikki Sixx and his bandmates have published an open latter calling on...
June 14, 2016
How musician Hannah Trigwell built her audience on YouTube
"I was literally a covers artist for a couple of years. I thought 'I could sing one of my songs that I've just written in the bathroom, or I could sing a song that people already know..." Amid the ongoing music-industry...
May 20, 2016
A new breed of music accelerators – for startups and artists alike
Suppose you are an entrepreneur looking to disrupt the music industry with your new technology, or an artist looking to disrupt yourself. Where do you start? As an entrepreneur, perhaps you build a minimum viable product...
May 9, 2016
YouTube hits back at ‘noise’ around its music payouts
It's been a bruising month for YouTube as labels, music industry bodies and artists have attacked Google's video service over its payouts for music streams, and the safe-harbour legislation that they see as protecting it. YouTube...
April 28, 2016
Nikki Sixx joins the YouTube pile-on over payouts
Mötley Crüe co-founder Nikki Sixx is the latest musician to speak out about YouTube royalties, alongside his current band Sixx:A.M.’s frontman James Michael. “YouTube is paying out about a sixth of what Spotify and...
April 25, 2016
French band Giant Jack publish their streaming income
The latest artist sharing details of how much money they make from streaming is French band Giant Jack. They’ve allowed Digital Music News to publish their earnings from platforms including Spotify, Deezer, YouTube and...
April 14, 2016
David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming
“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...
March 31, 2016
David Lowery Spotify takedowns spark new disagreement
US Spotify users can’t stream music by David Lowery’s two bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, after the service removed them as part of its legal dispute with the musician over publishing royalties. However, the...
February 23, 2016