Tag: digital royalties

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Spotify Wrapped 2019 sparks new discussion about artist income

As Spotify launched the artist-focused element of its Wrapped 2019 promotion yesterday, the streaming service also offered some new statistics. More than 1.2 million artists were listened to for more than 100 hours on Spotify...
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Artist Zoë Keating reveals latest Spotify per-stream payouts

Independent musician Zoë Keating has been one of the key sources for anyone trying to understand the music-streaming economy for many years now. She first published her sales and streaming data (income included) in...
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US Congress launches new attempt to pay artists for radio plays

With the Music Modernization Act passed – and (most of) the arguments over the funding of its new Mechanical Licensing Collective settled – the US music industry is turning its attention to another long-running legislative...
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‘All levers need pulling’ to make streaming work for songwriters

The debate about whether songwriters aren’t getting their fair share of music-streaming royalties – and for many of them, whether their craft is sustainable at all – continues. Midia Research boss Mark Mulligan has written...
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Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018

With all three major labels having published their financial results for the final quarter of 2018 – and thus for the year as a whole – we can get a picture of how their digital businesses grew. MBW’s analysis claims...
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Amuse to pay artists up to six months of royalties in advance

Amuse is the Swedish music company that's part distributor – a platform for artists to upload their music to streaming and download services – and part record label, working more closely with talent that's emerged from...
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Revelator’s Original Works to handle rights and daily payments

Israeli music/tech firm Revelator is launching a new spin-off called Original Works, whose ambitions include processing and paying out streaming royalties to musicians and rightsholders on a daily basis.
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Spotify has 200m users… but labels restless over falling ARPU

It should come as no surprise that Spotify ended 2018 with 200 million monthly active users (MAUs), since the company’s Q3 financials, published in early November, predicted that it would reach 199-206 million MAUs by the...
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Create Music to find $45m for artists and labels this year

US firm Create Music Group says it will have retrieved $45m of digital royalties for its artist and label clients this year, and expects this to grow to $100m in 2019. That’s according to a profile of the company published...
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Spotify launches analytics for music publishers

Streaming service Spotify has analytics for labels and distributors, and separately for artists and their managers. Spot who's missing? Publishers - and by extension, songwriters. At least they were missing until now. This...
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Sony Music faces streaming-royalties lawsuit from Ricky Nelson estate

There’s a new artist royalties lawsuit in town, with Sony Music Entertainment the target. The class-action lawsuit has been filed by the estate of Ricky Nelson, a rock’n’roll star who had hits from the late...
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More details emerge on Sony’s ‘Spotify windfall’ for artists

We know from Sony Music’s recent financial results that the label group generated around $768m from the sale of some of its Spotify shares earlier this year. Now we’re finding out more about how the major label is distributing...