Sound Royalties backs Wyclef Jean’s Carnival World Music Group
Fugees and solo star Wyclef Jean has founded a music publisher and distributor that will focus initially on working with songwriters and artists in Africa. It’s called Carnival World Music Group, and now it has some financial...
December 18, 2019
Music publishers mull challenges of India’s evolving market
Music-publishing body ICMP has just held its latest board meeting, in Mumbai, as part of a week-long delegation to India to hold talks with the government, music-industry entities and media in the country. “We came to India...
November 28, 2019
Concord acquires Victory Records and Another Victory Publishing
Music firm Concord has announced its latest acquisition: Chicago-based independent label Victory Records, including the catalogue of its sister company Another Victory Publishing. The deal was for an undisclosed amount, although Billboard’s...
October 1, 2019
Sony/ATV promises ‘major’ upgrades to royalty-processing system
Faster payments and more-transparent reporting has been the clarion call for a number of companies hoping to disrupt the world of publishing. The implicit (and sometimes explicit) criticism contained within their promises...
August 1, 2019
Spotify’s relationship with publishers hits the rocks – again
A new Spotify / music publishing story broke on Friday, but there’s a bigger picture here: the increasingly-dispiriting story of the streaming service’s approach towards the publishing community, as well as the perception...
June 24, 2019
AIMP conference offers new stats on indie publishing business
This week saw the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) in the US hold its latest Indie Music Publishing Summit in New York. The event included a presentation with Massarsky Consulting offering some new stats...
June 12, 2019
Publishers planning own ‘town hall’ event on CRB rates appeals
Spotify is rumoured (although not, as yet, confirmed) to be holding some ‘town-hall’ events to explain to songwriters why it’s appealing against new royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board (CRB). Now publishing/songwriting...
March 27, 2019
Publishers sue fitness firm Peloton for copyright infringement
Fitness startup Peloton made headlines last August when it raised a $550m funding round, valuing the company at more than $4bn. It was relevant to our interests, because music has been intrinsic to Peloton’s online exercise-bike...
March 20, 2019
NMPA posts ‘fact check’ on Spotify’s CRB-rates defence
The National Music Publishers Association *really* isn’t happy about Spotify’s recent blog post defending its decision to appeal the new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalties Board. The NMPA published...
March 13, 2019
Spotify defends its CRB-rates appeal – but NMPA boss isn’t impressed
Under fire from US publishers, Spotify made its case for why its appeal against new songwriter-royalty rates isn’t an attack on that community yesterday. But it was met with a swift, furious response from NMPA boss David...
March 12, 2019
Publishers and streaming services square up over CRB rates
We don’t really want to talk about the dust ‘settling’ from last night’s news that Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon are appealing against the recent songwriter-royalty-rates decision by the US Copyright Royalty...
March 8, 2019
Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall to lead publisher Warner/Chappell
Last September, it emerged that Warner/Chappell’s boss Jon Platt was leaving the company, and shortly afterwards it was confirmed that he would be the successor to Martin Bandier as boss of Sony/ATV. Now there’s a move...
January 10, 2019