‘Fake’ Spotify artists aren’t a scandal… but they ARE food for thought
It turns out that ‘fake artists on Spotify' is actually fake news. Or to put it more accurately: those artists are actually real, human songwriters and producers putting music out under pseudonyms, with those tracks...
July 11, 2017
Royalty Exchange raises $6.4m in new funding
Songwriter-rights marketplace Royalty Exchange has announced a $6.4m convertible-note funding round, after having originally sought $3m. The company says that songwriters have earned more than $3.8m so far this year by...
June 20, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017
BASCA chair Crispin Hunt: ‘Rules won’t break the internet, they’ll mend it’
YouTube and Facebook were squarely in the sights of Crispin Hunt, chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), as he delivered the opening address at yesterday’s Ivor Novello Awards in...
May 19, 2017
Songwriters on the march as US royalties hearing kicks off
The issue of streaming royalties for songwriters has been almost constantly in the news over the past couple of years, but this week it’s really seizing the spotlight thanks to the start of a crucial court hearing to decide...
March 9, 2017
Downtown Music Publishing talks rates, tech and the power of the song
“Publishers today are playing an extraordinary part in the artist development ecosystem. Yet the remuneration for our involvement, when the record companies are paid so much more than we are for a stream, is not where we...
December 2, 2016
Tinie Tempah and Ne-Yo talk streaming, Beyoncé and songwriter royalties
The sharp irony of free music is that it can break artists but it cannot sustain them. That was the subtext of much of what musician Tinie Tempah said during his appearance at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon. Tempah...
November 13, 2016
YouTube and collecting societies back songwriting camp
Hang on, a story about YouTube, PROs and songwriters that doesn’t involve any handbags at dawn? Yep. YouTube has joined CISAC, Sacem and PRS for Music – as well as startup Auddly – in backing the expansion of the Stockholm...
October 10, 2016
One Direction / Major Lazer songwriter Jamie Scott praises Spotify
Jamie Scott is one of the songwriters behind some of the biggest hits in recent years – notably One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’ and ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer (featuring Justin Bieber & MØ). He is also...
September 29, 2016
Swedish songwriters form Music Rights Awareness Foundation
A trio of famous Swedish songwriters have launched the latest attempt to bring more transparency to the world of music rights. ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus is joined by Max Martin and Niclas Molinder in the initiative, which...
September 12, 2016
Wrecking Ball co-writer Mozella criticises DoJ
Pop songwriter Maureen McDonald (aka Mozella) has joined the discussion about publishing licensing in the US, including the Department of Justice’s push for ‘100% licensing’ in the sector. Her guest column for Daily...
August 22, 2016