Facebook recruiting music publishing biz-dev manager for EMEA
Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions continue, with news that the social network is recruiting a music publishing business development manager for the EMEA region. The London-based role requires someone who is “passionate...
August 3, 2017
Apple Music wants a lower rev-share for music-streaming
News that Spotify had negotiated a lower revenue-share licensing deal with Universal Music was clearly going to have a knock-on effect. Bloomberg’s report yesterday that Apple is aiming to follow suit in its own licensing...
June 22, 2017
ASCAP says YouTube deal will boost its video payouts
When YouTube appointed Lyor Cohen as its head of music – and again recently when it poached SoundCloud content boss Stephen Bryan – there were cautious hopes expressed within the music industry that Google’s video service...
June 14, 2017
Warner Music Group extends its YouTube deals but for shorter periods
Warner Music Group has extended its recorded-music and publishing deals with YouTube, but for a shorter time than usual, which hints at the anticipation within the music industry that Google’s video service will face tougher...
May 8, 2017
Indie labels renew Spotify licensing deal with ‘parity of access’
Spotify recently agreed a new licensing deal with Universal Music, although it remains locked in negotiations with rivals Sony Music and Warner Music. But what about the 'fourth major' – independent labels, as represented...
April 20, 2017
Could Deezer test ‘user-centric’ streaming licensing?
Midia Research’s Mark Mulligan tends to focus on analysis and predictions rather than breaking news, but yesterday he claimed a scoop: that Deezer is exploring an alternative form of licensing. Specifically, the ‘user-centric’...
April 20, 2017
Confusion surrounds status of Universal Music Prince deal
The question ‘what is going on with Prince’s digital music licensing?’ has been posed many times in recent years, both before and after his death. It seemed to have been answered when Prince’s estate struck a deal...
April 18, 2017
Now Pandora is reportedly seeking better deal terms from labels
The exact details may not (yet) be public, but Spotify’s recent licensing deal with Universal Music Group is widely expected to include a lower royalty rate, in order to make the streaming service’s growth more sustainable. In...
April 11, 2017
Spotify seals new licensing deal with UMG and agrees to window albums
The long, hard path to a new set of licensing agreements for Spotify is nearing its conclusion. The music-streaming service has announced a multi-year, global deal with Universal Music Group. One down, two to go from the...
April 4, 2017
Native Instruments buys remix-licensing startup MetaPop
Music production and DJing company Native Instruments has snapped up startup MetaPop, appointing its founder, former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell, as its chief digital officer. We first wrote about MetaPop a year ago, in...
March 28, 2017
Report claims premium-windowing is on the way for Spotify
Spotify’s latest round of licensing negotiations with major labels is bringing the prospect of premium-windowing for high-profile albums closer on its service. The Financial Times claimed yesterday that Spotify is close...
March 17, 2017
Mash-ups and mixes startup Dubset Media raises $4m
Dubset Media has closed a $4m Series A funding round to continue building its business licensing remixes and mash-ups for distribution on music-streaming services. Boston-based VC firm Cue Ball Capital led the round, with...
February 28, 2017