Meet CISAC’s new president, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus: ‘I’ll be outspoken!’
CISAC is the global body representing collecting societies. Its last president was Jean-Michel Jarre, and before him it was Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees. Big shoes to fill for its next president, right? Step forward......
May 29, 2020
#BrokenRecord’s next step: ‘We need a streaming summit’
Last Friday, the latest episode of our Music Ally TV Show focused on the #BrokenRecord campaign that’s been gathering steam in the UK, calling for systemic changes to the music streaming ecosystem. Founder Tom Gray...
May 19, 2020
What are user-centric music streaming payouts? Start here…
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in Music Ally's Q1 2020 report. In the light of the current #BrokenRecord campaign around music industry economics – see our piece last week for more on that – we...
May 13, 2020
Spotify should pay musicians more? Let’s talk more about how
Earlier this week, we covered the IFPI's latest figures for global recorded music revenues, which grew by 8.2% in 2019. Artist rights group the Future of Music Coalition made an important point when it shared our story on...
May 5, 2020
Could user-centric payouts also be applied to book publishing?
Spotify’s former chief economist Will Page is now reportedly writing a book – but he’s certainly writing for The Bookseller, the publishing-industry trade mag. He’s just penned a column exploring whether the user-centric...
October 24, 2019
Deezer steps up its efforts to introduce user-centric payments
Deezer is hoping to launch a pilot of a user-centric payment system (UCPS) by early 2020 in France, if it can persuade labels to back the idea. As part of its preparations, it has launched a website this morning explaining...
September 11, 2019
The ‘unintended consequences’ of user-centric streaming payouts
Here’s the thing about the ‘user-centric’ model of music-streaming payouts: it’s nowhere near as simple as a lot of people think it is, on several levels. The idea of each streaming subscriber’s monthly payment...
August 8, 2019
Because Music boss backs ‘user-centric’ music-streaming model
The latest industry figure to come out batting for the ‘user-centric’ model of streaming royalties is Emmanuel De Buretel, in an interview with French newspaper Les Échos, subsequently spotted by MBW. De Buretel warned...
July 5, 2019
User-centric streaming payouts: Apple, major labels, new artists…
Apple has internally modelled how a user-centric system of music-royalty payouts would work, in an effort to understand its potential impact on artists and labels, according to Crispin Hunt, chair of songwriting body The...
May 9, 2019
New study explores impact of user-centric music-streaming payouts
‘User-centric’ streaming payouts refers to a proposed system where the royalties generated by someone’s subscription would be divided only between the artists that they listen to, rather than going into a central pool...
March 5, 2018
How would user-centric payouts affect the music-streaming world?
‘User-centric’ licensing is where the royalties from a streaming subscription only go to the artists who that subscriber listens to, rather than into a bigger pool split by overall share of all the streams on the platform. There...
March 2, 2018
Spotify ‘Bulgarian’ scam fuels call from MMF for user-centric licensing debate
The 'Bulgarian scam' on Spotify, revealed earlier this week by MBW, allegedly involved an entity uploading a collection of sub one-minute tracks to Spotify; then arranging them into a few playlists. Devices tied to Premium...
February 22, 2018