The US has a brand new collecting society called AllTrack
New US collecting society AllTrack has opened up its ‘digital creator platform’ so that songwriters and publishers can sign up to be represented by the organisation. It will be collecting public-performance royalties...
August 15, 2019
DiMA and RLMC warn DoJ off hasty removal of US consent decrees
Just the latest potential shakeup to the US system of music-licensing is the Department of Justice’s antitrust division’s review of the ‘consent decrees’ which govern collecting societies ASCAP and BMI. Now the body...
August 13, 2019
Report claims US smart-speaker install base is now 76m units
The latest report on smart-speaker sales and ownership is out, from Consumer Intelligence Report Partners (CIRP), and focused on the US market. The big number: a claimed install base of 76m units in the US, which is up from...
August 9, 2019
Nearly a third of US households *don’t* have broadband internet
Research firm NPD has published its latest ‘Rural America and Technology’ study, which has a surprising finding: 31% of US households still don’t have a broadband internet connection. “The number works out to roughly...
July 26, 2019
‘Spotify Untold’ book trails surprising Steve Jobs anecdote
As openers for a book about Spotify go, this’ll take some beating: an anecdote about how the stresses of Spotify’s efforts to launch in the US in 2010 – amid behind-the-scenes opposition from Apple – may have affected...
July 25, 2019
FTC mulls changes to child-privacy regulations in the US
YouTube and TikTok (among other digital services) will have been put on notice by an announcement this week by the US Federal Trade Commission about children’s privacy regulations. The COPPA rule was first implemented in...
July 19, 2019
Study: Spotify picks up podcasts momentum for newer US listeners
Research reports on podcast listening have been coming thick and fast in the past year. The latest is from US radio firm Westwood One and research company Audience Insights, and it focuses on podcast listening in the US,...
July 16, 2019
Tech body predicts 33% growth for US music subscriptions in 2019
The US recorded-music market enjoyed healthy growth in 2018, with retail revenues up by 12% to $9.8bn, while on the industry-revenues side, music subscription income grew by 32% to $5.4bn. It was the third straight year...
July 16, 2019
NMPA-backed consortium wins race to be the US’ new MLC
The keenly (and very publicly) fought race to oversee the US’ new Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has been won by the consortium led by publishing bodies the NMPA, NSAI and SONA. The group prevailed over the rival...
July 8, 2019
Roxi, formerly Electric Jukebox, still planning US launch
British music-streaming / hardware startup Electric Jukebox was announced in October 2015, and launched in November 2016 in its home country – although it postponed its planned debut in the US citing Spotify’s...
June 18, 2019
New execs for UMPG Nashville, Spotify and ASCAP
The executive chairs are whirling in the US this week, with three new job moves from prominent industry figures. Sony/ATV Nashville’s president and CEO Troy Tomlinson is on the move to Universal Music Publishing Group...
June 18, 2019
Spotify / Hulu bundle signups end in the US for everyone except students
Spotify launched its first bundled subscription with video-streaming service Hulu in the US in September 2017, for $4.99 a month. The company later rolled it out as a $12.99-a-month option for all American customers in April...
May 23, 2019