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Sharky Laguana calls for silent protest over ‘Subscriber Share’

In 2015, we’re hearing more and more chatter about the way streaming royalties are calculated, with calls coming from a growing number of musicians and indie labels for Spotify and its rivals to consider an alternative...
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SoundCloud flakk’d by Jakk’d over copyright takedowns

SoundCloud continues to walk a tightrope between copyright takedowns and the views of its community, with American DJs Jakk’d issuing a blistering broadside towards the company after their profile was blocked after repeated...
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T Bone Burnett: ‘Streaming is the future’

Veteran producer T Bone Burnett famously said in 2013 that the music industry “should go up there with pitchforks and torches” – ‘there’ being Silicon Valley, due to its approach to the creative industries. In 2015,...
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Prince’s new album will be a Tidal-exclusive… but for how long?

As anticipated, the next Prince album will be exclusive to streaming service Tidal, although the details of whether this is a time-limited deal have not been announced. ‘Hitnrun’ will launch on Tidal on 7 September, “cementing”...
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Latest artists/streaming row focuses on pension payments

We have to admit, we didn’t expect pensions to play a prominent role in the ongoing arguments about artists and streaming royalties. Yet the major labels are facing up to a lawsuit this week from the American Federation...
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Could Spotify open up Truffle Pig and playlist analytics?

A Wired profile of Spotify’s work around music playlists has given us some thoughts about how the company could open up some of its internal tools to external curators. The first is Truffle Pig, The Echo Nest’s tool to...
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UMPG boss wants to find ‘common ground’ over creators’ rights

Universal Music Publishing Group boss Jody Gerson has been talking about her first six months in the role, including her optimism that industry rows about songwriters’ rights can be solved. “The music industry has not...
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Featured Artists Coalition criticises Sony Music over Spotify deal

Last week, court papers from Sony Music’s court battle with 19 Entertainment over streaming deals revealed part of the major label’s defence against claims it willingly lessened artist income by accepting lower royalty...
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The Turtles to challenge RIAA settlement with Sirius XM

The RIAA recently negotiated a $210m settlement with satellite-radio provider Sirius XM over royalties for songs produced before 1972, but that’s not an end to the dispute. Flo & Eddie of 60s band The Turtles, who’ve...
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UMG says it shares digital breakage money with artists

Universal Music has become the third of the major labels to claim that it shares digital ‘breakage’ money with artists, following a campaign by Music Business Worldwide. That means all three majors are claiming that they...
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Tidal: ‘Just bear with us, hold, wait, be patient’

There’s been a helluva backlash against Tidal in the days since its relaunch press conference, with accusations galore that the streaming service isn’t innovative and/or is just a club for rich artists to get richer....
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YouTube launches YouTube for Artists music resource

YouTube’s reputation among independent labels and artists has taken a buffeting over the last year, but Google’s online video service remains a widely-used platform by musicians. The company is hoping to take everyone’s...