Spotify encourages songwriters to get their metadata sorted
The legal clarification comes early in Spotify for Artists’ blog post about metadata: “This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice. Those...
August 20, 2018
Sony/ATV bulks up its European digital and international team
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has made a series of key promotions and appointments within its European digital and international business affairs team. Jenny Lambert has been promoted to VP of digital & business affairs international...
August 16, 2018
Universal Music Publishing CEO lays into streaming royalties
Anyone in the industry arguing that songwriters are not paid enough in streaming royalties is always going to shake a few trees – but when it’s the head of one of the world’s biggest music publishers saying it, it comes...
August 15, 2018
European indies say Sony’s acquisition of EMI “has to be blocked”
As Sony Music Publishing moves to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, European independent trade body Impala says a deal on this scale – and the market consolidation it will deliver – must be stopped. It has...
August 15, 2018
Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters
Zillow is the website whose features start with providing an estimate for the value of your house, to help you gauge whether to sell or rent it out (which the site can also help with). Now music firm Royalty Exchange has launched...
August 6, 2018
Universal Music Publishing Group inks deal with Lionsgate
In a day of interesting partnerships, Universal Music Publishing Group had its own new alliance to announce: with Hollywood studio Lionsgate. Described as an “exclusive long-term agreement” the deal will see UMPG representing...
August 3, 2018
SESAC row eases to take Music Modernization Act one step forward
Peace appears to have broken out after a heated row involving collecting societies and songwriting bodies in the US, over the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Songwriter bodies SONA and NSAI had strongly criticised Blackstone,...
August 3, 2018
Sony Music streaming revenues up 38.2% year-on-year
‘Major label’s streaming revenues growing strongly’ is becoming a familiar part of the industry landscape. Following Universal Music’s results earlier this week, Sony Music’s latest quarterly financials came out...
August 1, 2018
Concord Music buys ‘Motown of Latin music’ for reported $30m
Fast-growing company Concord Music is on the acquisition trail again. It has bought independent latin music firm Fania Records and Publishing for an undisclosed amount – although the New York Times suggested that the...
July 30, 2018
Music Publishers Association Group CEO Jane Dyball steps down
Well, the boss of British industry-body group MPA isn’t leaving just yet, but Jane Dyball will be stepping down as the group’s CEO in the new year, it was announced yesterday. It will bring to an end her four-year...
July 26, 2018
Spotify study suggests $25.9bn global copyright value in 2016
Spotify’s director of economics Will Page has published his latest study on the ‘global value of music copyright’, for 2016. The research adds together label, publisher and collecting-society revenues, then adjusts...
July 24, 2018