Apple suggests shakeup for songwriter streaming revenues
What if music-streaming services in the US paid a statutory rate of $0.00091 per stream in songwriting royalties, regardless of whether the stream came from a paying or free user? That’s one of the suggestions filed...
July 18, 2016
US publishing industry rages at consent-decree decision
The US Department of Justice’s decision to bar music publishers from partially withdrawing from PROs ASCAP and BMI’s blanket licences, as well as to introduce 100% licensing rules, continues to be met by a barrage of...
July 6, 2016
Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt: ‘I don’t like lazy people…’ (#midem)
Jon Platt recently took the top job at publisher Warner/Chappell, and gave his first public presentation at Midem this afternoon, alongside top songwriter Justin Tranter. The pair were interviewed by Music Business Worldwide's...
June 4, 2016
BMG buys publisher Basement Brazil for new push in Brazil
BMG is setting up shop in Brazil, after acquiring the assets of local publisher Basement Brazil. Its founder John Telfer will now be managing director of BMG Brazil, based in São Paolo. He described the launch as “one...
June 1, 2016
As Kobalt app launches, CEO talks streams, YouTube and rivals
Kobalt’s publishing royalties? There’s now an app for that. The company’s new app for its clients has been released today on Apple’s iOS devices, with an Android version to follow soon. Artists and songwriters...
May 18, 2016
Magic Instruments launches ‘digital rhythm’ guitar
The latest startup trying to sell app-enabled guitars is Magic Instruments. The company has launched a $299 device that it’s describing as a “digital rhythm” guitar, which aims to get people playing music – even...
April 20, 2016
New Lowery v Spotify filing seeks more details of NMPA deal
The class-action lawsuit against Spotify filed by musician David Lowery has taken another twist. A new filing on behalf of Lowery and his co-plaintiffs is seeking more details of the streaming service’s proposed publishing-royalties...
April 20, 2016
SoundCloud secures European deal with Sony/ATV
SoundCloud’s global dealmaking continues as it works towards launching its new SoundCloud Go premium tier outside the US. Its latest agreement is with publisher Sony/ATV: a multi-territory agreement for Europe that extends...
April 19, 2016
Downtown strikes publishing performance deal with YouTube
2016: the year databases of publishing rights finally made the headlines! Spotify continues to put its plans together to create a publishing administration system to solve its mechanicals headache in the US, but YouTube...
April 14, 2016
Kobalt revenues rise but its losses have increased too
Kobalt’s soon-to-be-published financial results reveal that its revenues rose by 25.6% to $245.1m in its last full financial year, which ended on 30 June 2015. The company ended that year with more than $46m of cash...
April 4, 2016
SoundCloud is now publishing boss Jane Dyball’s cup of tea
Back in May 2015, MCPS CEO Jane Dyball caused a rumpus with this comment in an interview with Music Ally: “SoundCloud present themselves as the musicians’ friend, for example. I am friends with musicians and I buy...
March 31, 2016