President Biden revokes Trump administration’s TikTok ban
Good news for TikTok: US president Joe Biden has revoked the Trump administration’s executive orders that could have banned the app (along with WeChat, Alipay and other apps of Chinese origin) in the US. However, these...
June 10, 2021
MLC collects over $40m in first month of operations
The US Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is up and running, collecting and matching publishing royalties from streaming services. The organisation has revealed details of its January collections and distributions, with...
April 20, 2021
Deadline for US TikTok decision pushed back to 11 June
Remember the days when Donald Trump was the president of the US, and when ByteDance was being forced to either sell TikTok’s US operations to an American company or shut it down? Trump’s defenestration from the...
April 13, 2021
Latin music increases its share of US recorded music market
US industry body the RIAA has published its latest analysis of revenues for Latin music in the US. It shows that in 2020 it accounted for 5.4% of the overall market, up from 5% in 2019. Latin music revenues grew by 19% in...
April 8, 2021
Study shows how YouTube’s reach is growing in the US
The Pew Research Center has been surveying Americans on their social media usage, and found that… not much has changed. “YouTube and Facebook continue to dominate the online landscape, with 81% and 69%, respectively,...
April 8, 2021
Secretly Group recognises its employees’ new union
When workers across music company Secretly Group announced plans to unionise earlier this month, it could have set up a battle with the company, if it had refused to voluntarily recognise the new union. Happily, the outcome...
March 26, 2021
A2IM boss worried about slowing growth in US subs revenues
Dr. Richard James Burgess, president and CEO of US indie label association A2IM, says that he is “deeply concerned about the drop in subscription revenues coincident with the growth of subscription numbers” in the US,...
March 23, 2021
Country Profile – USA 2021
The USA’s digital music market is one of the most vibrant globally and shows little sign of slowing down, even if the price paid for subscriptions is slowing
March 22, 2021
Report claims there were 209m US music streamers in 2020
We recently learned from the RIAA that there were 75.5 million Americans subscribing to music streaming services in 2020 – an average figure across the year. Now research firm MusicWatch has put out some data on the...
March 9, 2021
US recorded music revenues grew 9.2% in 2020 despite Covid-19
The bottom dropped out of the live music industry in 2020 due to Covid-19, but it’s becoming clear that the recorded music industry weathered the storm thanks to streaming subscription revenues, whose growth continued....
March 1, 2021
MLC reveals $424.4m of unmatched US streaming royalties
Last November, a filing from the newly-created Digital Licensee Coordinator (DLC) in the US – the body that interfaces with the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) on behalf of streaming services – revealed that there...
February 17, 2021
TikTok’s forced sale ‘shelved’ by Biden administration
If you, like us, had been wondering whether the incoming US Biden administration would continue with the forced sale of TikTok, it seems the answer is: nope. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the deal involving...
February 11, 2021