Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify
Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
July 19, 2017
Royalty Exchange raises $6.4m in new funding
Songwriter-rights marketplace Royalty Exchange has announced a $6.4m convertible-note funding round, after having originally sought $3m. The company says that songwriters have earned more than $3.8m so far this year by...
June 20, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017
Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’
“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
June 12, 2017
Guest Column: Blockchain and Music Data’s Byzantine Problem
This guest column is by Annie Lin, general counsel for Loudr. Nine generals are stationed at separate points around the walls of a massive kingdom. A majority of the generals wish to launch an attack, but in the absence...
May 18, 2017
ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project
Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
April 7, 2017
PPL and PRS for Music reveal plan to link data sets
Breaking down the walls between different data silos remains one of the music industry’s key challenges in 2017. Now British collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music are taking a step in the right direction, with plans...
March 24, 2017
Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off
The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
March 9, 2017
Could Sonalytic help Spotify build, not buy SoundCloud?
We reported yesterday on Spotify’s acquisition of British startup Sonalytics, which we’d tipped as one to watch in our recent innovation and startups report. “Their advancements in audio feature detection will be...
March 8, 2017
Spotify buys startup Sonalytic: here’s our primer on who they are
Spotify has acquired British music/tech startup Sonalytic for an undisclosed amount. The streaming service announced the deal this afternoon. "We’re happy to announce that Sonalytic is joining the Spotify family. The...
March 7, 2017
Warner/Chappell’s Mike Smith on A&R: artists, albums, managers and more
Warner/Chappell UK's managing director Mike Smith talked about the future of A&R at today's FastForward conference in Amsterdam. He was interviewed by journalist Cherie Hu about his career, and his views on the evolution...
February 24, 2017
Finnish collecting society Teosto aims for innovation with Futures Lab
Collecting societies have often made easy targets in arguments about the music industry’s attitude towards technological change. Yet in 2017, the dinosaur stereotypes are crumbling – for some collective management organisations...
February 5, 2017