Apple Music launches ‘Behind the Songs’ songwriters section
Apple Music has a new hub focusing on songwriters, producers and session musicians. It’s called ‘Behind the Songs‘ and launched on Friday as a home for related playlists like ‘Songbook’ and ‘Behind...
March 1, 2021
‘The song value has been suppressed… because of the industry mechanics’
Yesterday's second session at the UK's parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming was another double-header, featuring representatives of musicians. Graham Davies is chief executive of songwriters body...
February 11, 2021
Spotify launches Noteable website gathering songwriter resources
Spotify launched a songwriters hub on its service last December, gathering playlists and podcasts by or about the songwriting community. Now it's launching a dedicated site, called Noteable, for those songwriters. The...
February 10, 2021
Spotify opens songwriters hub and preps South Korea launch
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of songwriters to the music-making process. They’re responsible for the lyrics, melodies, beats and chords that make up the songs we love,” is how Spotify opened its...
December 18, 2020
Indie label The Other Songs carves out new songwriter royalty
How can songwriters take a bigger share of streaming royalties? British independent label The Other Songs is trying one idea: carving out a new ‘TOS Writer Royalty’ for the songwriters of tracks that it releases....
December 7, 2020
Arguments over US songwriter streaming royalties kick off again
The good news for Spotify is that something other than its Discovery Mode is causing a stink today. The bad news for Spotify is that the something is the ongoing battle over new streaming royalties for songwriters set in...
November 4, 2020
Covid-19 to ‘wipe out’ five years of songwriter royalties growth
Good morning! It's us again, bringing you a whopping serving of bad news. Well, there are positive things in global collecting societies body Cisac's latest annual report too, for last year, but the organisation makes it...
October 28, 2020
Ascap thanks Spotify for accelerated payments during Covid-19
Spotify has taken plenty of flak from songwriters over its history, and with its appeal against new royalty rates in the US still not settled, there’ll be more to come we’re sure. However, the streaming service will at...
October 6, 2020
Spotify adds video for ‘Written by’ songwriter playlists
In February this year, Spotify launched a beta ‘Songwriter Pages’ feature offering more visibility for songwriters on its service, including their own profile pages and playlists of recordings of their works. Today,...
October 1, 2020
UMPG China held songwriting camp with League of Legends firm
We’ve written about the huge audiences for esports tournaments before, and the opportunities for artists to perform live at these events. Now Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has spied an opportunity for songwriters...
August 20, 2020
NMPA hopeful of keeping songwriters’ top line rate increase
We reported yesterday on the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify against new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The decision was seen...
August 12, 2020
US appeals court knocks back CRB’s songwriter royalty rates
When Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify appealed against new, higher songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it sparked fury in the publishing community. Get set for another outbreak: the US...
August 11, 2020