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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...