Sony facing Spotify scrutiny in 19 Recordings lawsuit
The long-bubbling lawsuit between 19 Recordings and Sony Music is turning up its heat, with the American Idol-related company levelling new accusations concerning Sony’s deal with Spotify. Billboard reports that 19 is targeting...
June 25, 2015
Beatport takes on SoundCloud with stream embeds – and royalties
Dance site Beatport launched an early version of its streaming service earlier this year, but now it’s stepping up its activity – with SoundCloud squarely in its sights. Yesterday, Beatport launched an embeddable player,...
June 24, 2015
NMPA boss hopes Apple Music can grow streaming subscriptions
It sounds like a slightly doleful AGM for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), with the body talking about last year’s 2.5% drop in revenues for the US music publishing industry to $2.14bn. President David...
June 18, 2015
CD Baby founder criticises Pandora over songwriter royalties
Pandora is getting it in the neck again over royalties – this time from the founder of distribution firm CD Baby. In an op-ed for TechCrunch, Derek Sivers points out that Pandora only pays “barely four percent” of its...
June 15, 2015
Leaked Apple Music contract “pretty standard” but free three-month trial draws heat from A2IM
There was inevitable web-centric hysteria earlier this week when Digital Music News leaked a contract apparently give to an indie label that suggested it would get a 58% rate from Apple Music. DMN contrasted this with the...
June 12, 2015
Snapchat is raising $650m from investors including Alibaba
Messaging app Snapchat has grown like a weed to 100 million daily active users, while striking a series of video licensing deals to launch its Discover section. How is it funding all this? Not from the small-but-growing advertising...
June 1, 2015
Report claims global games market was worth $83.6bn in 2014
According to the IFPI, the global recorded music market generated revenues of $14.97bn in 2014. Compare that to a new report by research firm Newzoo claiming that the global games market was worth $83.6bn last year – not...
May 21, 2015
Anti-piracy is still not paying off for Rightscorp
Tech news sites that aren’t keen on copyright-enforcement companies are crowing about the latest financial results from anti-piracy firm Rightscorp, although in fairness, those results do raise plenty of questions about...
May 11, 2015
Apps up but music and other content down for Apple
Earlier this week, Apple hailed an impressive quarter for its App Store, with revenues up 29% year-on-year. It didn’t say anything about other iTunes Store content, but yesterday we got an idea why. Sales of music, video...
April 30, 2015
Britney Spears getting mobile game from Kardashian publisher
Mobile games firm Glu Mobile has been making stacks of money with its Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, and announced a few months ago that it was working on a similar title for Katy Perry. Now it’s adding another musician...
April 30, 2015