RIAA mid-year stats: 10% growth in US recorded-music market
US industry body the RIAA has published its mid-year figures for 2018, outlining the growth in recorded-music revenues in the first half of this year. Retail spending on recorded-music grew by 10% year-on-year to $4.6bn,...
September 20, 2018
RIAA criticises SiriusXM over Music Modernization Act lobbying
Satellite-radio firm SiriusXM continues to be one of the chief villains of 2018 for the US music industry, thanks to its lobbying efforts to amend (if not block) the Music Modernization Act. Now RIAA president Mitch Glazier...
September 13, 2018
US music bodies welcome progress of Music Modernization Act
The US Music Modernization Act (MMA) has taken its next step towards becoming law, with a unanimous vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve it. Not without changes, however: the National Music Publishers Association...
June 29, 2018
US recorded-music revenues rose 16.5% in 2017 to $8.72bn
US industry body the RIAA has published its figures for recorded-music revenues in 2017, and they show a 16.5% rise in ‘estimated retail value’ to $8.72bn. That represents accelerating growth, after an 11.4% rise in...
March 22, 2018
EFF denies that stream-ripping is intrinsically illegal
In its recent ‘Notorious Markets’ submission to the US Trade Representative, the RIAA took aim once again at stream-ripping websites, which enable people to rip YouTube videos into downloadable MP3 files. Now campaigning...
October 23, 2017
RIAA submits latest ‘notorious markets’ piracy report
US industry body the RIAA has submitted its latest list of ‘notorious markets’ for piracy to the US Trade Representative, with a focus on the “growing complexity” of stream-ripping sites that convert video or audio...
October 9, 2017
RIAA half-year figures reveal 17% rise for US recorded-music revenues
Paid music-streaming subscriptions are the star of US industry body the RIAA’s latest half-year figures, which show a 17% year-on-year rise in recorded-music retail revenues in the first six months of 2017. That means...
September 20, 2017
Music bodies confirm YouTube-MP3 stream-ripping shutdown
Reports on a court filing meant that the news of a settlement between labels and stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 broke before the relevant industry bodies could announce it. But announce it they did, yesterday, with the...
September 8, 2017
Stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after settlement
Another piracy mole has been comprehensively whacked, with the news that ‘stream-ripping’ site YouTube-MP3 is shutting down as part of a settlement in its legal battle with labels represented by US body the RIAA. TorrentFreak...
September 5, 2017
RIAA says it *does* support attribution rights for songwriters
The RIAA has responded to criticism over its stance on ‘moral rights’ for songwriters, saying that it is “puzzled” by the claim that it is against better credits. “We wholeheartedly believe that all creators...
August 29, 2017
RIAA and BASCA shoot down Lyor Cohen’s pro-YouTube blog
At the end of last week, YouTube music boss Lyor Cohen published a blog that outlined why YouTube was good for music and why the music business was wrong to attack it on issues such as safe harbour and the value gap. The...
August 21, 2017
RIAA and NMPA working on their own song-database project
One of the big challenges in any project to build a comprehensive database of music rights is the many cooks involved in such a recipe. Infighting, competition and mutual suspicion aren’t a smooth path to solving this particular...
August 3, 2017