Sony Music extends unrecouped balance program to songwriters
Major labels have been taking a shellacking in recent times over artists, contracts and streaming royalties. However, Sony Music’s recent announcement of its ‘Legacy Unrecouped Balance Program’ was welcomed...
July 21, 2021
NMPA sues Roblox in $200m copyright infringement lawsuit
Games platform Roblox has enjoyed plenty of positive headlines for its push into music in partnership with labels and artists, but now the company is facing a battle with music publishers over licensing. Yesterday, the US...
June 10, 2021
Meddling’s new songwriter discovery tool is for publishers
Meddling launched in 2015 as an A&R tool for labels, to help them spot emerging artists by crunching data from music consumption across the world. Now it’s trying to do the same thing for publishers with songwriters....
April 8, 2021
Triller finally has a music licensing deal with US publishers
The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has had short-video app Triller in its sights for some time now over licensing. However, a deal has finally been struck to end the public hostilities. “NMPA is pleased...
March 25, 2021
Concord teams up with Playlister for ‘Music Seen’ project
Something that’s come across strongly in our recent conferences is the idea that digital marketing – and streaming playlists specifically – isn’t just something for labels and artist teams. A growing number...
February 23, 2021
Hipgnosis calls for scrutiny of label/publisher streaming splits
We reported yesterday on the publication of all the written evidence submitted to the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Among the strong opinions offered was Hipgnosis Songs Fund’s...
January 22, 2021
Buying catalogues is a sprint, but managing them is a marathon
It’s easy to buy a catalogue of songs – well, it is if you have the money, obviously – but the challenge of managing them well to grow revenues is an important challenge. “Marketing is absolutely at the core...
January 21, 2021
Publishers and PROs ‘disappointed’ as US consent decrees are unchanged
The US Justice Department has decided to leave the ‘consent decrees’ governing public performances of music unchanged, sparking an unimpressed response from publishers and collecting societies there. This is the legislation...
January 18, 2021
Hipgnosis adds £200m to debt facility for more acquisitions
It’s a day off for announcements of new Hipgnosis catalogue acquisitions, but there is still news about the company to report. It has increased its debt facility by £200m to £600m (around $814.4m) as it prepares to...
January 8, 2021
Mechanical Licensing Collective picks more tech partners
The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has announced four more tech partners for its ‘Data Quality Initiative’. It will be working with Blokur, Exactuals, Music Data Services and TuneRegistry on its efforts...
December 10, 2020
Hipgnosis buys independent publisher Big Deal Music
We know that Hipgnosis Songs Fund likes buying publishing catalogues, and sometimes recordings rights too. But now it’s also buying publishing companies. Well, one publishing company this morning: Big Deal Music, which...
September 10, 2020
Hipgnosis buys catalogue of songwriter and producer RedOne
Another day, another catalogue acquisition for deep-pocketed investment firm Hipgnosis Songs Fund. This time it belongs to Grammy-winning songwriter and producer RedOne, whose credits include collaborations with Lady Gaga...
July 16, 2020