Mechanical Licensing Collective reveals its first CEO
The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has appointed its first CEO. Kris Ahrend is a former executive at Warner Music, Rhino Entertainment and Sony BMG, who got the job after a months-long selection process. He’ll...
January 16, 2020
Americans notched up 1.15tn on-demand music streams in 2019
The UK and Germany – saw annual audio music streams pass the 100bn mark in 2019: 114bn and 107bn respectively. Now, with the greatest respect, the US is telling those fellow ‘big four’ global recorded music markets...
January 10, 2020
CTA study predicts 15% growth in US music-streaming revenues
It’s the week of the CES consumer-tech show in Las Vegas, which means a feast of headlines about smart toothbrushes, giant televisions and cuddy robots. The organiser of the show, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA),...
January 6, 2020
US and UK stats offer latest summaries of streaming growth
US industry body the RIAA has offered some stats from an upcoming last-decade report on the recorded music market in its homeland. Among them: the fact that streaming accounted for 80% of the market in 2019, up from a mere...
January 2, 2020
Music industry victorious in Cox Communications lawsuit
US rightsholders and industry bodies got an early Christmas present yesterday: victory in the long-running copyright infringement lawsuit involving ISP Cox Communications. A US District Court jury ruled in favour of the major...
December 20, 2019
Billboard parent company buys Nielsen Music as battle of charts heats up
Valence Media, the owner of Billboard, is buying the Nielsen Music "insights and product suite' that it uses for its charts in the US. The two companies were previously under the same roof between 1999 and 2009 when...
December 19, 2019
Row over ALI ‘Restatement of Copyright’ rumbles on in the US
A long-running argument about an American legal organisation’s desire to ‘clarify, modernise, and otherwise improve’ copyright legislation in the US is making headlines again. Some of the details of what’s being done...
December 5, 2019
Epidemic Sound plans US push under former Spotify exec
Swedish music company Epidemic Sound is planning a new push in North America, under the leadership of Kate Vale, who’s just been appointed as the company’s managing director of North America. Vale was previously Google’s...
November 27, 2019
MLC confirms data partners and identity of its CIO
Launch-funding secured, the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is continuing to build its team and partnerships. Yesterday, the body announced that Richard Thompson will be its chief information officer. He’s...
November 27, 2019
No Music for Ice campaign asks artists to pull music from Amazon
Amazon remains under pressure from campaigners over the company’s relationship with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. We reported in October about how nearly 1,000 musicians had backed an open letter calling...
November 26, 2019
US has generated one trillion on-demand music streams in 2019
The US music-streaming market has reached another milestone: more than 1tn (one trillion) on-demand audio and video streams in a calendar year. And there’s still more than a month to go in 2019. Billboard reported the...
November 26, 2019
US Congress launches investigation into secondary ticketing
The Energy & Commerce Committee in Washington is launching an investigation into the secondary ticketing sector in the US and has contacted major players in the space – notably Live Nation, AEG, StubHub, Vivid Seats,...
November 25, 2019