SoundCloud and Merlin explain their indie licensing deal (Interview)
Slowly but surely, SoundCloud’s status as an unlicensed streaming music service – albeit one where it’s mostly artists and labels willingly uploading their own songs – is being chipped away. Following licensing...
June 4, 2015
Major labels sue filesharing site MP3Skull
Music filesharing site MP3Skull is being sued by all of the major labels, in a lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida that describes the site’s scale of infringement as “enormous”....
April 21, 2015
Forbes digs in to the ‘revenge of the record labels’
Shock news! Major labels have equity in digital music services! Yet there’s more to Forbes’ latest feature on the music industry than its reminder that WMG has a stake in SoundCloud, major labels have equity in Spotify...
April 17, 2015
Tips from the pros: how indie labels make the most of streaming playlists
Spotify playlists, YouTubers, music blogs and sundry other digital services are creating a new wave of music curators, even if quite a few of them are just the old curators trying on new platforms. A panel at AIM's Music...
April 9, 2015
How has the streaming music age changed indie label strategies?
"For a lot of people who have switched to streaming as their mode of listening, those people are probably not likely to buy records. That's Nicolas Rizzi of The Orchard speaking this morning during a panel session at indie...
April 9, 2015
Thom Yorke may be the ‘King Cnut’ of digital music warns Midia Research boss
Thom Yorke is the King Cnut of the music industry, according to Midia Research analyst Mark Mulligan. And yes, that’s not a typo: he was comparing the musician to the monarch who (as myth would have it) couldn’t...
April 9, 2015
Indies ride to freemium streaming’s defence
The battle lines are being drawn up in 2015’s debate about the effectiveness of free, on-demand streaming as a funnel towards paid subscriptions. Lucian Grainge, Jimmy Iovine, Lohan Presencer and Doug Morris on one side,...
March 14, 2015
Labels reportedly pushing Apple back over subscription price
As we reported yesterday, at least one major label is firmly aligned with Apple on the desire to push back on freemium. But what about all the labels’ views on Apple’s desire to undercut the current $9.99 standard for...
March 11, 2015
Apple moves to reassure indies over iTunes changes
Last month, several independent labels voiced concerns at changes to Apple’s iTunes store, particularly a new ‘sales velocity’ algorithm being used to govern what appeared in the scrolling album carousels on iTunes....
March 5, 2015
IFPI’s New Music Friday gets more criticism from indies
Beggars Group boss Martin Mills got his criticism of the IFPI’s “global release day” ofFriday in early, but some of his peers in the independent sector have been piling in since its official announcement.
March 3, 2015
Indies complain at ‘sales velocity’ tweaks to iTunes
You famously can’t buy placement on the homepage of Apple’s iTunes Store, which has been firmly under the control of the company’s editorial team. However, some independent labels are complaining that recent changes...
February 20, 2015