Kobalt chairman thinks publishing revenues will dip in 2020
Recently, Goldman Sachs published a report with new predictions for music industry revenues in 2020, Covid-19 impact included. It forecast a 75% drop for live music revenues, but growth of 3% for recorded music and 3.5% for...
June 3, 2020
Hipgnosis acquires a 70% stake in Mark Ronson’s publishing
Hipgnosis Songs Fund is at it again. The thirsty-for-catalogue publishing company has acquired 70% of Mark Ronson’s publishing/catalogue. “Mark has been amongst the most exciting creators in the world over the...
April 23, 2020
Sony/ATV teams up with music production marketplace BeatStars
Music Ally first wrote about production marketplace BeatStars back in June 2012, when we noted that it had already been dubbed ‘the iTunes of beats’. Eight years on, it’s now famous as the website where Lil Nas...
April 15, 2020
Hipgnosis adds $188m revolving credit facility for acquisitions
Hipgnosis Songs Fund’s appetite for snapping up publishing catalogue knows no bounds, and for now, banks are backing its strategy. The UK-based company has secured a new ‘revolving credit facility’ worth £150m (around...
April 15, 2020
Hips my Life: Hipgnosis buys catalogue of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora is best known as the guitarist in Bon Jovi and co-writer of some of their biggest hits (such as ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘It’s My Life’) which, three decades on from...
March 31, 2020
Love ISN’T in the air as DSPs’ US royalty-rates appeal kicks off
David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US, has never been a man to pull his verbal punches when taking digital services to task. “Songwriters: This week, Spotify and Amazon are...
March 10, 2020
New IMPF boss promises to reach out to other publishing bodies
The Independent Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) has confirmed the identify of its next boss. Annette Barrett, MD of Reservoir UK, is now its president-elect and chair of the body’s board of directors, and will...
March 4, 2020
Primary Wave buys stake in the royalties of artist Air Supply
Soft-rock band Air Supply had some big hits in the early 1980s, and while the group continued as a going concern well into the 2010s, we’re a little surprised to be writing about them in 2020. But perhaps we shouldn’t...
February 20, 2020
Universal Music Publishing Group launches new royalties portal
UMPG is the latest publisher launching a slick royalties app for its songwriters to keep tabs on their earnings. UMPG Window is an iOS and Android app, and also a website, which will show writers their earnings by work title,...
February 19, 2020
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