Sony/ATV boss warns songwriters of consent-decree changes
We’ve lost count of the different arguments around streaming licensing in the US in recent years, but this week a new one has blown up. It focuses on the US Department of Justice’s decision to consider a “100% licensing”...
September 9, 2015
PRS for Music to shake up its public performance tariffs
Our digital focus means Music Ally doesn’t write much about the public performance royalty collections side of organisations like PRS for Music, beyond raising an eyebrow when someone seizes the mic at a conference to demand...
September 8, 2015
UMPG boss wants to find ‘common ground’ over creators’ rights
Universal Music Publishing Group boss Jody Gerson has been talking about her first six months in the role, including her optimism that industry rows about songwriters’ rights can be solved. “The music industry has not...
July 21, 2015
Smule talks music apps, Jessie J, subscriptions and songwriters
“How important is a record deal now? Bieber was one of the first discovered through social media, then he went off and signed the record deals and the rest, but I wonder how important those deals are now, and in the future?” Jeff...
July 2, 2015
Spotify ‘reaches out’ to songwriters through Fair Trade Music talks
Spotify remains the lightning rod for criticism about artist and songwriter royalties from streaming, so it’s interesting to see the company building bridges with the creator community today through talks with the Fair...
May 6, 2015
Tidal: ‘Just bear with us, hold, wait, be patient’
There’s been a helluva backlash against Tidal in the days since its relaunch press conference, with accusations galore that the streaming service isn’t innovative and/or is just a club for rich artists to get richer....
April 4, 2015
Songwriters speak up over publisher withdrawals and safe harbour
There’s another row brewing involving songwriters, and this time the target of their ire is… publishers. The US National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) to be specific. A group of songwriter representative bodies...
March 30, 2015
Smule’s app users now performing 10m songs a day
We’ve written about Smule regularly: the US-based music apps firm specialises in getting fans to sing (or play virtual instruments to) an array of popular songs, including doing it together using its social tools. Now its...
March 9, 2015
Sony/ATV strikes new Spotify deal despite past Bandier criticism
“While the number of streams on market leader Spotify’s ad-supported, free service has grown by more than 70% in the past year, the royalties for songwriters and publishers have not come close to keeping pace with this...
February 18, 2015
Swedish songwriters demand bigger share of streaming music payouts
A group of 133 Swedish songwriters and producers have signed an open letter published in local newspaper Aftonbladet, demanding a bigger share of the royalties from streaming music services. The letter cites Taylor Swift's...
February 16, 2015
Grammys bring songwriter digital-royalties row to the fore
After a glitzy night in Los Angeles for the Grammys awards, we can say that it wasn’t just stars who upped their profile – the issue of songwriter royalties has more prominence than ever. Recording Academy president...
February 9, 2015
Sony/ATV boss attacks ‘unacceptable’ Pandora and Spotify rates
Not the most surprising headline you’ll read this week, in fairness. Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier remains unimpressed with streaming payouts, with his latest criticism coming in an internal memo celebrating...
December 22, 2014