Music Ally Report 386 – SoundCloud: all systems Go
In our cover feature we pick apart SoundCloud’s move into subscriptions. It has been a long – and often tense – journey to go from a free UGC platform to one fully licensed by all the majors and key indies. Now with...
March 30, 2016
UPPM digitises archives to launch Bruton Vaults label
Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM) is launching a new label called Bruton Vaults, to digitally release a catalogue of original library music originally created in the 1970s and 1980s. The albums – complete...
March 18, 2016
NMPA and Spotify strike $30m mechanicals settlement
Spotify has taken a step closer to resolving its mechanical-royalties problems in the US, via an anticipated agreement with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). As expected, the settlement will involve publishers...
March 18, 2016
Sony buys Michael Jackson estate share of Sony/ATV for $750m
After a 2015 in which Sony was tipped to sell its stake in publishing company Sony/ATV, 2016 has brought a different story: Sony buying out the Michael Jackson estate’s 50% share in the publisher instead. Sony has agreed...
March 15, 2016
Melissa Ferrick to Spotify: Why haven’t you paid us already?’
Artist Melissa Ferrick has been talking to Billboard about her class-action lawsuit against Spotify over mechanical licensing. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s a cool way to listen to music, they’re just not...
March 14, 2016
Settlement may be in sight for US publishing royalties row
Right up front, the caveat here is that the disputes around mechanical royalties payments from streaming services may defy an attempt to reach a settlement that makes all parties happy. So while the National Music Publishers...
March 8, 2016
David Lowery Spotify takedowns spark new disagreement
US Spotify users can’t stream music by David Lowery’s two bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, after the service removed them as part of its legal dispute with the musician over publishing royalties. However, the...
February 23, 2016
Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next?
2016 was supposed to be the year when Spotify reached 100m active users, en route to an IPO. The former will happen soon while the latter may still be on the cards this year. But 2016 is now also the year when Spotify...
January 25, 2016
Songwriter Melissa Ferrick speaks out on Spotify lawsuit
US musician Melissa Ferrick is the frontperson for the second songwriter class-action lawsuit against Spotify – the $200m one, as opposed to David Lowery’s $150m one. She’s been speaking to Hypebot about the motivation...
January 13, 2016
The key questions about Spotify’s publishing royalties problem
Forget the Beatles: Spotify’s 2015 ended with a troubling bum note for the streaming service – musician David Lowery’s $150m class-action lawsuit against the company over its approach to publishing royalties, with the...
January 4, 2016
Victory Records back on Spotify as Apple seeks publishing role
“We’re back! Enjoy your favourite Victory Records’ artists on Spotify,” explained a tweet from the independent label earlier this week, heralding a resolution to its dispute with the streaming music service. “We...
November 12, 2015
ASCAP adds licensable share info to boost transparency
With companies like Kobalt hammering away at traditional collecting societies for not being transparent enough, it’s no wonder some are trying to meet the challenge head-on. ASCAP, for example, announced yesterday that...
November 11, 2015