NMPA boss on production music: ‘The licensing system is broken’
The National Music Publishers Association’s boss has criticised something in public. No, not Spotify this time. David Israelite has been casting his eye over the way publishing works with the production-music sector, and...
October 9, 2017
On-demand streams up 40.5% in the US so far in 2017
There is more fodder for the debate about how the growth of music-streaming consumption compares to its growth in revenues this morning, courtesy of Nielsen in the US. Its latest figures show that the number of on-demand...
October 4, 2017
Mobile ticketing startup Dice expands to the US
British startup Dice launched its music-ticketing app in September 2014 focusing initially on London. Since then it’s expanded its net of concerts across the country. Now Dice is launching in the biggest (but also the...
September 29, 2017
Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems
Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet...
September 28, 2017
RIAA half-year figures reveal 17% rise for US recorded-music revenues
Paid music-streaming subscriptions are the star of US industry body the RIAA’s latest half-year figures, which show a 17% year-on-year rise in recorded-music retail revenues in the first six months of 2017. That means...
September 20, 2017
LiveXLive agrees $50m acquisition of Slacker Radio
US music-streaming service Slacker Radio is being acquired by LiveXLive Media, in a deal that values the company at $50m. LiveXLive has agreed to pay $44m in cash and $6m in stock for the service, which has 1.5 million...
September 18, 2017
Spotify mechanical-licensing woes mount with new legal filings
Spotify’s mechanical-licensing problems in the US aren’t easing. In fact, they’re escalating. Hundreds of artists and songwriters have put their names to a legal objection to Spotify’s proposed $43m settlement over...
September 14, 2017
ShareBeast admin pleads guilty to copyright infringement
YouTube-MP3 may have settled in a lawsuit led by the RIAA, but the admin of file-sharing site ShareBeast is facing a bleaker resolution to its battle with labels. Artur Sargsyan faces up to five years in prison after pleading...
September 12, 2017
Recording Academy boss warns of ‘troublesome’ future for radio
Well, Neil Portnow thinks the future for radio is troubled if broadcasters don’t start paying performance royalties. But he’s tying that longstanding lobbying point to the disruption that streaming is creating for...
September 11, 2017
2017 was a billion-dollar distribution year for BMI
US performance-rights organisation BMI has announced a strong set of figures for its 2017 fiscal year, which ended recently. The company generated $1.13bn of revenues, distributing just over $1.02bn to songwriters, composers...
September 8, 2017
US surveys offer encouraging signs for Apple Music
We’re expecting a new milestone for Apple Music subscribers to be announced on 12 September at the iPhone 8 launch. If the service’s growth has held steady, it should have reached 30 million subscribers by then. Ahead...
September 8, 2017
NMPA boss ramps up the pressure on Spotify over mechanicals
Did we report yesterday on quotes from National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) boss David Israelite that suggested he was fairly relaxed about Spotify’s latest mechanical-licensing controversy? Yes, we did. But...
September 7, 2017