Tag: digital royalties

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Downtown Music Publishing talks rates, tech and the power of the song

“Publishers today are playing an extraordinary part in the artist development ecosystem. Yet the remuneration for our involvement, when the record companies are paid so much more than we are for a stream, is not where we...
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SoundCloud: ‘We’re sharing more revenue with more people’

SoundCloud is certainly sharing its revenues with more people, having struck licensing deals with labels and publishers in the last year. However, the company’s latest claim focuses on creators: the musicians uploading...
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Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties

The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
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Indies to get bigger share of UK ‘black box’ income says AIM

At her last public event as boss of British indies trade body AIM, Alison Wenham has revealed that independent labels will be getting a significant windfall from changes in the way collecting society PPL distributes ‘black...
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Eight things we learned about ‘dissecting the digital dollar’ in music

A year ago, the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) published its initial Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, exploring the impact that digital music in general – and streaming in particular – is having on the musician and...
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Confusion over streams’ royalty status continues

Are streams ‘sales’ or ‘transmissions’? This particular grey area has never really been settled, even though the implications for the industry – a ‘sale’ implies a 15% royalty rate for artists while a ‘transmission’...
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100×30: from 30-second streaming protests to a world record

This guest column comes from Mark Christopher Lee from British band The Pocket Gods, creator of the 100×30 project. “It’s just over a year ago since I read a newspaper article that has changed my musical life...
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Swedish songwriters form Music Rights Awareness Foundation

A trio of famous Swedish songwriters have launched the latest attempt to bring more transparency to the world of music rights. ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus is joined by Max Martin and Niclas Molinder in the initiative, which...
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Streaming growth may be ‘haunted by advance payments’

Music-streaming revenues are still growing at a decent clip, but how much of that growth comes from payments for streams versus payments of advances to major labels? Midia Research’s Mark Mulligan has been calculator-bashing...
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Twitter offers 70% revenue share to video creators

Twitter is opening up its Amplify video tool to individual creators/influencers, having focused more on traditional broadcasters in the past. What’s more, the terms of the deals being offered to individuals compare positively...
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Frank Ocean may have made $1.8m from ‘Blond’ in the US

Obligatory caveat: nobody knows how much Frank Ocean has made from his latest album ‘Blond’ – not even Ocean himself – until the money actually rolls in. Billboard has been taking some educated guesses based on...
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Wrecking Ball co-writer Mozella criticises DoJ

Pop songwriter Maureen McDonald (aka Mozella) has joined the discussion about publishing licensing in the US, including the Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the sector. Her guest column for Daily...