Spotify gets its missing K-Pop music back with new Kakao deal
Spotify’s catalogue of K-Pop music is returning to its former glory, after the company managed to end its high-profile dispute with South Korean firm Kakao Entertainment. The new agreement is global, including South...
March 11, 2021
Songclip raises $11m to help license more music to social apps
Ensuring that the music clips used in social apps are properly licensed has been a key focus for rightsholders in recent years, and deals with Facebook/Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and others have offered encouragement. Now...
March 10, 2021
DistroKid artists can now license their music for Snapchat
Social platforms like TikTok and Snapchat have been doing some interesting deals with distributors in recent times. Snap’s partnership with DistroKid is the latest. It will enable artists putting music out through DistroKid...
March 9, 2021
Spotify faces K-Pop conundrum after loss of Kakao M catalogue
Spotify is excited about having finally launched in South Korea, but the company will be rather less excited about losing a significant chunk of its K-Pop catalogue globally. After licensing negotiations broke down with one...
March 1, 2021
Twitch overdubs Metallica live performance with folk music
If you haven’t watched the video clip of the moment a Metallica livestream on Twitch had its audio abruptly switched to a pastoral folk tune, we thoroughly recommend it, not least for the viewer in the chat who immediately...
February 22, 2021
Managers body Emma offers its views on livestream licensing
As PRS for Music’s recent launch of a livestreaming tariff in the UK (and subsequent u-turn after a barrage of criticism) showed, creating licensing for livestreams is a sensitive affair right now. The European Music...
February 17, 2021
SyncFloor patents ‘natural language search’ of music catalogue
SyncFloor, the music discovery and licensing platform, has been awarded a technology patent for the key part of its platform designed with the needs of video production teams in mind: its “natural language search.” As...
February 15, 2021
Audiomack signs licensing deals with UMG and Sony Music
Streaming service Audiomack finally has a full set of major label licensing deals, having concluded agreements with Universal Music and Sony Music. The deals follow its agreement with Warner Music: originally signed in August...
February 10, 2021
Spotify, Apple Music and other DSPs apply for MLC licences
We reported in January on the new US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) getting up and running with its blanket mechanical licence for streaming services. But to take advantage, those DSPs need to submit ‘notices of...
February 9, 2021
Triller hits back at UMG claiming artists can license direct
If you thought Donald Trump’s advisers’ attempts to overturn the US presidential election would be the most surprising legal arguments you’d hear in 2021… Well, Triller might just have, ahem, trumped...
February 8, 2021
Universal Music blasts Triller and removes its music
Short videos app Triller is in the doghouse with Universal Music Group, in a big way. UMG has pulled its music from the app and slammed the company in a statement sent to journalists. “We will not work with platforms...
February 5, 2021
Defected Records to launch slate of original shows for Twitch
Twitch continues to be a touchy subject for major rightsholders in the music industry, but Amazon’s livestreaming service is also forging partnerships with independent labels – particularly in the dance world. Defected...
February 4, 2021