Universal Music hails China sales success for Linong Chen
The major western music companies are, it’s fair to say, very keen to expand their foothold in the Chinese music industry. From beefing up their offices in China to taking investment from its digital industry’s...
June 22, 2020
NMPA boss promises big fight over ‘CRB IV’ streaming rates
It’s not just Twitch that’s rousing NMPA boss David Israelite again this week. He’s also been talking to Rolling Stone about the rate-setting process for mechanical streaming songwriter royalties in the...
June 16, 2020
Swedish collecting society STIM’s revenues grew 15% in 2019
STIM is the main collecting society in Sweden, and like many of its counterparts around the world, it enjoyed healthy growth in its royalty collections last year. According to its annual report, STIM’s revenues grew...
June 12, 2020
NMPA reveals US publishing revenues grew by 11.6% in 2019
US publishing body the NMPA held its annual meeting yesterday – the first time it’s been online. It included some new stats from president and CEO David Israelite. He revealed that US publishing industry revenues...
June 11, 2020
French PRO Sacem launches a royalties scheme for livestreams
Artists and DJs are turning to livestreaming in their thousands during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the music being played is generating royalties through licences negotiated by the livestreaming platforms, but a lot of...
June 10, 2020
ANote Music investment platform to launch in late July
ANote Music is the latest startup hoping to persuade people to invest in music royalties – by getting artists, labels, publishers and songwriters to put portions of their catalogues up for sale. It’s launching on...
June 5, 2020
BPI boss sparks debate with views on #BrokenRecord campaign
Geoff Taylor, head of British music industry body the BPI, gave his views on the #BrokenRecord campaign to Music Week on Friday, sparking some sharp responses on Twitter. #BrokenRecord, remember, is the campaign involving...
June 1, 2020
Spotify countersues Sosa Entertainment alleging stream fraud
In November 2019, we reported on the latest lawsuit filed against Spotify, from music company Sosa Entertainment and its sister firm Pro Music Rights. They claimed that Spotify had not paid the full royalties for more than...
May 19, 2020
Nelson Can launch remixes project – and will share royalties
Ever since we saw them live at the by:Larm festival in 2018, we loved Danish band Nelson Can – and were sad to see them split earlier this year. However, they’ve got one more project on the go, and it’s an interesting...
May 8, 2020
MMF boss slams ‘laughably obtuse’ resistance to streaming reform
Yesterday was quite a day for Music Ally on social media: our piece exploring how streaming services can generate more royalties for artists was shared approvingly by both Daniel Ek and David Lowery – surely a first,...
May 7, 2020
SoundExchange has distributed more than $7bn since 2003
US royalties-collecting organisation SoundExchange has hit a new milestone: $7bn of distributions since it was created in 2003. The company passed $5bn of distributions in late 2017, and was thought to have reached $6bn in...
April 14, 2020
BMI seeks to reassure songwriters about future royalties payouts
We reported yesterday on US collecting society ASCAP’s announcement that it was delaying its next set of distributions from 6 April to 28 April. That news is already sparking a reaction from some songwriters online, with...
April 8, 2020