Music Ally Report 377 – Unsafe harbour?: sink or swim for digital music
Our cover feature looks at why the PRS/SoundCloud legal tussle is a foreshadowing of the single biggest issue that will impact on the digital music industry next year. At the very heart of it is the viability and future of...
October 28, 2015
SoundCloud: ‘Profitability hasn’t been our primary goal’
SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung has been talking about his company’s intent to play the long game, difficult licensing negotiations included. “We were always planning on a longer journey. It’s a huge platform now, but...
October 21, 2015
Kanye West may have joined SoundCloud
Past disappointments are leading us to stay cautious on this until there’s confirmation from Kanye or SoundCloud, but it seems the world’s most enigmatic pop star may have joined the streaming service this week. At...
October 20, 2015
EC launches consultation on European safe-harbour legislation
When PRS for Music sued SoundCloud recently, at the heart of the case was the much bigger question of how safe-harbour legislation works in Europe, and the desire – shared by other music rightsholder bodies – that it...
September 25, 2015
BASCA bosses join criticism of SoundCloud ‘intransigence’
British songwriting body BASCA has weighed back in to the debate about SoundCloud, following news that PRS for Music is suing the streaming service for copyright infringement. “We acknowledge that streaming is a fantastic...
September 1, 2015
YouTube as well as SoundCloud should worry about PRS lawsuit
We reported yesterday on PRS for Music’s decision to sue SoundCloud for copyright infringement. Over the course of the day, the key contradiction between the two parties’ statements became clear: it’s about whether...
August 28, 2015
PRS for Music sues SoundCloud for copyright infringement
A problematic year for SoundCloud just got even more challenging: the music-streaming service is being sued by British collecting society PRS for Music. "After careful consideration, and following five years of unsuccessful...
August 27, 2015
Next Big Sound loses its data feed from SoundCloud
One of the headlines from Next Big Sound's Summer 2015 report was the growth of SoundCloud, with the music analytics firm claiming that monthly plays on the streaming service had nearly doubled from 2.5bn in June 2014 to...
August 19, 2015
SoundCloud inching closer to licensing deal with UMG
Does SoundCloud finally have its long-negotiated licensing deal with Universal Music. There were conflicting reports yesterday, with Music Business Worldwide claiming that the companies were “on the verge of confirming...
August 18, 2015
SoundCloud flakk’d by Jakk’d over copyright takedowns
SoundCloud continues to walk a tightrope between copyright takedowns and the views of its community, with American DJs Jakk’d issuing a blistering broadside towards the company after their profile was blocked after repeated...
August 18, 2015
Next Big Sound tracked a trillion music streams in first half of 2015
Music analytics firm Next Big Sound may have been acquired by Pandora, but for now that hasn’t put the company off its habit of aggregating stats and then publishing them for the wider industry to pore over. For example,...
August 13, 2015
IFPI head defends labels’ streaming payments while firing shots at SoundCloud and YouTube
Frances Moore, the chief executive of the IFPI, has posted a blog about artist payments from streaming services. She opens by saying that artists are right when they claim they are seeing less money in royalty payments than...
July 29, 2015