Apple suggests shakeup for songwriter streaming revenues
What if music-streaming services in the US paid a statutory rate of $0.00091 per stream in songwriting royalties, regardless of whether the stream came from a paying or free user? That’s one of the suggestions filed...
July 18, 2016
‘Vast majority’ of NMPA members opt in to Spotify settlement
The National Music Publishers Association’s (NMPA) proposed settlement with Spotify over mechanical royalties has attracted the “vast majority” of its members.
July 13, 2016
Spotify launches two new radio shows: AM/PM and Secret Genius
Spotify has launched two new radio shows in its ‘Originals’ series. The shows are called AM/PM and Secret Genius, and are both available as Spotify playlists, alternating spoken-word interview segments with songs chosen...
July 13, 2016
Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt: ‘I don’t like lazy people…’ (#midem)
Jon Platt recently took the top job at publisher Warner/Chappell, and gave his first public presentation at Midem this afternoon, alongside top songwriter Justin Tranter. The pair were interviewed by Music Business Worldwide's...
June 4, 2016
David Lowery talks lawsuits, licensing and free streaming
“Maybe it was naive of us, but we thought we would solve this problem for everybody – and that services, investors in those services and even the entire music industry might welcome that solution…” David Lowery...
March 31, 2016
Recording Academy boss Portnow criticises streaming at Grammys
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow took aim at “business practices that don’t pay music creators fairly” in his speech at the Grammy Awards last night. “When you stream a song, all the people that created...
February 16, 2016
Spotify seeks to strike David Lowery class-action lawsuit
Spotify has struck back in the class-action lawsuit launched by musician David Lowery. The streaming service has filed a motion to strike the class allegations claiming the case is “a fatally flawed candidate for class...
February 16, 2016
Electric Jukebox delays US launch citing Spotify songwriter lawsuits
TV-based music-streaming service Electric Jukebox is ditching its plans to launch in the US for now, citing uncertainty around mechanical royalties due to songwriters. The UK-based company told Music Ally that the two...
February 3, 2016
Spotify songwriter lawsuits: what, why and what happens next?
2016 was supposed to be the year when Spotify reached 100m active users, en route to an IPO. The former will happen soon while the latter may still be on the cards this year. But 2016 is now also the year when Spotify...
January 25, 2016
Apple’s new music app could boost Apple Music Connect
Apple has launched a brand new iOS app aimed at musicians and songwriters. It's called Music Memos. Available as a free download, the app is being pitched as a way for musicians to quickly record ideas – an alternative...
January 20, 2016
Songwriter Melissa Ferrick speaks out on Spotify lawsuit
US musician Melissa Ferrick is the frontperson for the second songwriter class-action lawsuit against Spotify – the $200m one, as opposed to David Lowery’s $150m one. She’s been speaking to Hypebot about the motivation...
January 13, 2016
Spotify attracts second songwriter lawsuit – for $200m
Spotify’s 2015 ended unhappily for the streaming service with a $150m class-action lawsuit from musician David Lowery. Now, as predicted, 2016 is continuing in similar vein with a separate $200m action led by another...
January 11, 2016