NMPA and Peloton settle publishing lawsuit with new partnership
The US National Music Publishers Association has settled the copyright infringement lawsuit with fitness firm Peloton, which was brought last year by 14 of its publisher members. The terms have not been announced, but the...
February 28, 2020
Harmonix reveals its latest music game: DJ-focused Fuser
Music-games publisher Harmonix has taken the wrappers off its next title. Fuser will be a console and PC game focused on DJing, due for release later in the year. According to the announcement, Fuser “will allow players...
February 27, 2020
Michelle Phan’s music startup Thematic joins 500 Startups
We first wrote about Thematic in June 2018: it’s a startup founded by YouTuber (and all-round influencer) Michelle Phan, which specialised in licensing music for her fellow online stars’ videos. The pitch was...
February 12, 2020
Studio 54th: Super Bowl LIV will spawn a live visual album
The traditional music-biz talk around the Super Bowl focuses on the artists performing during its half-time show, and the sync value of its commercial breaks. But this year, the NFL itself is doing something really interesting...
January 31, 2020
Peloton says it has now licensed more than 1m music tracks
Fitness startup Peloton may have been sued by music publishers, but an upbeat interview given to Billboard by its head of music Paul DeGooyer aims to portray the company as a willing licensor, rather than a copyright-infringing...
January 30, 2020
TikTok signs Merlin deal but its licensing work is far from done
TikTok and indie licensing-agency Merlin have announced a licensing deal covering use of music from the latter’s member labels “wherever the platform is available around the world”. The deal is effective immediately,...
January 24, 2020
Mechanical Licensing Collective reveals its first CEO
The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has appointed its first CEO. Kris Ahrend is a former executive at Warner Music, Rhino Entertainment and Sony BMG, who got the job after a months-long selection process. He’ll...
January 16, 2020
BMG is the latest music firm to sign a deal with Tracklib
BMG has announced a licensing deal with Swedish sampling service Tracklib, becoming the latest music company to make some of its catalogue available on the platform. BMG said that it will provide “a selection of quality...
January 16, 2020
Composer Kerry Muzzey tweets tangled tale of Chinese licensing problems
If you want an insight into some of the challenges for composers in 2020, grab a large cup of tea and settle down to read this Twitter thread from Kerry Muzzey, whose music has been used by a number of high-profile TV shows....
January 10, 2020
Tracklib launches its ‘State of Sampling 2019’ report
Sample-licensing service Tracklib has published its latest ‘State of Sampling’ report, offering some stats and insight into how samples are being used in 2019’s music industry. “This year, 15% of the songs on Billboard...
December 18, 2019
Boomplay strikes Merlin deal and says it’s grown to 62m users
African streaming service Boomplay’s latest licensing deal is with indie-agency Merlin. The company already had a full set of deals with the global major-labels, as well as a catalogue of music from African labels and artists....
December 11, 2019
CMO Capasso has high hopes for Pan African Licensing Hub
We’ve written about the ‘licensing hubs’ set up by collecting societies in Europe (Ice and Armonia) and the Nordics (Polaris Hub). Now South African collecting society Capasso has launched an equivalent for Africa....
December 10, 2019