Tag: digital royalties

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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...
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Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters

Zillow is the website whose features start with providing an estimate for the value of your house, to help you gauge whether to sell or rent it out (which the site can also help with). Now music firm Royalty Exchange has launched...
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David Crosby promises ‘real numbers’ on streaming royalties

Artist and songwriter David Crosby, of Byrds fame, is the latest creator to call out music-streaming royalties. In a tweet reading simply “Real numbers” Crosby published a table of his recent per-stream earnings. The...
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SoundExchange payouts grew by 17.5% year-on-year in Q2

US company SoundExchange has published its latest quarterly figures, and they show strong growth in its payouts to artists and labels. The company paid out $208.7m in the second quarter of this year, up 17.5% year-on-year. That...