Publisher Round Hill Music sues TuneCore and Believe
It's clearly the time of year for lawsuits and legal threats. Publisher Round Hill Music is suing distributor TuneCore and its parent company Believe. The lawsuit claims that the two companies "reproduced and distributed...
August 4, 2020
NMPA boss takes another shot at Triller over licensing
Triller may be suing TikTok for patent infringement, but the case has got the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) boss David Israelite riled. "I want to make sure I am clear on this. Stealing someone else’s...
August 4, 2020
Snap strikes deals for licensed music in Snapchat app
Snapchat's parent company Snap Inc has signed music licensing deals with Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing, Merlin and a number of members of US publishing body the NMPA. Bloomberg reported...
August 3, 2020
TikTok signs licensing deal with US publishing body NMPA
Another day, another licensing deal for TikTok, and this one's a biggie. It's signed a global, multi-year agreement with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) in the US. That's big because the NMPA has been...
July 23, 2020
Hipgnosis increases its revolving credit facility to $400m
With its appetite for acquiring publishing catalogues only accelerating, Hipgnosis Songs Fund has announced an increase in its debt facility to fuel its ambitions. “The Company has entered into an agreement with a syndicated...
July 23, 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
PRS for Music warns of royalties hit to come from Covid-19
British collecting society PRS for Music has offered another warning that the Covid-19 pandemic will be delivering its biggest hit to songwriter royalties later this year. PRS has just paid out its July 2020 distribution,...
July 15, 2020
MLC says it will launch its user portal ‘later this quarter’
The US's new Mechanical Licensing Collective body (MLC) has provided an update on its plans to launch a portal for independent songwriters to register their works. At the NY:LON Connect conference in January, MLC chair...
July 13, 2020
Spotify sees more labels and distributors crediting songwriters
Spotify's head of songwriter and publishing relations Jules Parker says that the streaming service's addition of songwriter credits had a knock-on effect for labels and distributors. "Since we began publicly displaying...
July 9, 2020
Hipgnosis Songs Fund seeks £200m of new equity financing
Hipgnosis Songs Fund has been snapping up a series of publishing catalogues in big-money acquisitions, and it has no plans to stop – but it needs another injection of funding to fuel its ambition. “With over £1...
July 6, 2020
Outdustry launches China music publishing arm Outdustry Songs
Outdustry has long been one of the most respected companies helping western music firms and artists do business in China (and more recently, India too). Its services have mainly focused on marketing and rights management...
June 29, 2020