Spotify launches ‘songwriter pages’ feature in beta
Spotify is launching a new feature aimed at songwriters, giving them their own profile pages on the streaming service, complete with playlists of recordings of their songs. ‘Songwriter Pages’ launches in beta today,...
February 12, 2020
Publishing group Schubert Music Europe launches 10 labels
We’ve written a fair bit about the trend for management companies to take on more duties that would traditionally have been the domain of labels, including developing artists and releasing their first music. Some publishers...
January 31, 2020
Publishing and rights: ‘Everybody needs to play ball in order for this tech to work’
“You can choose to grow one copyright at a time. That’s going to take a really, really long time. We went to look for solutions that would help us scale more quickly. And what drove that was really find likeminded people,...
January 17, 2020
Hipgnosis and Concord make latest publishing investments
Two of the most active music firms involved in buying up publishing catalogues have started 2020 with a bang. UK-based Hipgnosis has acquired a catalogue of 157 songs from Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge, hopeful of a...
January 8, 2020
Songtrust royalty collections have grown by nearly 250% in 2019
Royalty-collecting startup Songtrust is finishing 2019 by revealing some new figures on the growth of its business and the creators it represents. The company, which is a subsidiary of Downtown Music, says that the royalties...
December 20, 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
Reprtoir launches works-management software for publishers
Music Ally spotted French startup Reprtoir back in September 2017, with its plans to launch “a breakthrough online music industry platform that lets artists, producers, labels and publishers administer, license,...
November 7, 2019
Publishing-rights platform Blokur emerges from beta mode
The last time we heard from startup Blokur, it was helping Massive Attack track remix rights using blockchain technology in December 2018. However, the British company has also been building its business to help music...
October 29, 2019
Spotify faces new publishing lawsuit from Eminem’s Eight Mile Style
When a company connected with Eminem gets legal over digital music, the industry sits up and takes notice, thanks to a dispute between publisher Eight Mile Style and Apple more than a decade ago, as well as an equally-famous...
August 22, 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
Publishers slam Peloton over its copyright-infringement defence
Fitness startup Peloton’s decision to respond to music publishers’ copyright-infringement lawsuit with a counter-claim alleging anti-competitive behaviour has – and you may wish to sit down for this bombshell – not...
June 27, 2019
Hipgnosis reveals its first set of financial results
Music-rights company Hipgnosis has gone on a spree of publishing-catalogue acquisitions over the last year. Now the company has provided an update on its business, through its first set of financial results. They reveal that...
June 25, 2019