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Based on a study by Pandora-owned music data analytics company, Next Big Sound, within the first six months of the year 2015, “music was streamed over one trillion times across various services.” The data was collected based on streaming platforms such as Spotify, YouTube, Radio, Vimeo, Vevo, Pandora and SoundCloud... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at hypebot
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Apple Music has reached 11 million subscribers within the first 4 weeks of its launch, currently making it the 6th largest music streaming service. It is important to note that these are all still free users, and they account for only 2% of the 500 million iPhone users. It is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at hypebot
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It was an active week in music publishing. SESAC acquired the Harry Fox Agency, new stats confirm YouTube's popularity as a streaming music service, and musicians used a MoveOn.org petition to push Apple for more recognition. Nashville based Performing Rights Organization SESAC has bought the Harry Fox Agency. Though the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at hypebot
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The CEO of Downtown Publishing joins the NMPA board, Sturgill Simpson signs a new deal, and how "Uptown Funk" royalties were divided among eleven songwriters top this week's music publishing news. __________________________ CEO of Downtown Music Publishing Justin Kalifowitz has been elected as a new member of the Board of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at hypebot
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Indie label reaction to Apple Music, unfied music licensing in Europe and Spotify's new Taste Rewind feature are all a part of this week's music publishing news roundup. ___________________________ Upon the launch of Apple Music, Indie labels are apprehensive due to reports stating that Apple will not be giving royalty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at hypebot
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In this week's music publishing news, Bobby Braddock talks about his newest venture, writing a memoir about is life as a Nashville songwriter, Grooveshark makes a splash as it re-emerges in Sweeden, and Daniel Ek defends Spotify's "freemium" model in the wake of Taylor Swifts dramatic exit from the streaming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at hypebot
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BMI vs. Pandora Judge Louis Stanton backs his decision to award BMI 2.5% of Pandora's revenue, ASCAP President Paul Williams was awarded the PRS for Music Special International Award, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing shares new artist news. As the BMI vs. Pandora issue at court came to a resolve, Judge... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at hypebot
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Downtown Music Publishing's acquisition of Eagle i-Music, the battle with The Verge over Sony Music's leaked contract with Spotify and BMI's win over Pandora dominate the music publishing news this week. ______________________ Downtown Music Publishing has acquired Eagle-i Music, a london based music publisher. In this deal, Downtown has acquired... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at hypebot
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2015 "I Create Music" ASCAP Expo Recap, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Avicci, honored at BMI's annual Pop awards, ASCAP announced new Executive Vice President and General Counsel. The 2015 “I Create Music” ASCAP EXPO took place a few weeks ago with many industry professionals talking in several informative panels over... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at hypebot
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Pandora might lower rights holders payouts, Grooveshark throws in the towel after six years of legal battles, and the Copyright review moves to Congress. Pandora may pay lower rates to rights holders due to their ownership of a terrestrial radio station in South Dakota. The streaming giant acquired KXMZ in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at hypebot
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This week in music publishing news, Roger Faxon joined Pandora, German Music Publishers intend to address music streaming issues, and Afrika Bambaataa signed with Sony/ATV. More details below. Roger Faxon, a former music publishing executive has joined Pandora’s board of directors at Pandora which not only surprises the NMPA but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at hypebot
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Sony/ATV appoints Mark Abramowitz as new A&R Executive, ASCAP welcomes Alice Kim as Executive Vice President, and Ole acquires Jingle Punks. Sony/ATV has appointed Mark Abramowitz as A&R Executive in order to help develop non-country talent in Nashville. Abramowitz, who previously worked as an A&R coordinator in New York, relocated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at hypebot
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The "Blurred Lines" verdict, Pandora vs. BMI trial and Kendrick Lamar breaking records round out this week's music publishing news. The “Blurred Lines” verdict is to award Marvin Gaye’s estate $7.4 million for copyright infringement. This trial became a very pertinent discussion within the music industry between songwriters, publishers, artists,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at hypebot
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This week's roundup of music publishing news from our friends at Songkick includes the U.S. Senate hearings on the Songwriter Equity Act, the ASCAP top composer awards and a new VP and COO at the PRO. The music industry testified before the senate committee this week, in regards to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Friday has been set as the global record release day according to a recent report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. This announcement follows the IFPI’S recent report that showed that a majority of active music listeners prefer new music to be released on Fridays and Saturdays.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at hypebot
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The US Copyright Office released a music licensing Study on Thursday documenting principles that should guide congress in its plan for music licensing reform. Highlights of the 245 page report include performance rights for terrestrial radio broadcasts for sound recordings, partial withdrawal rights for PRO’s from from digital services, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at hypebot
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Spirit Music Group has acquired the catalog of composer Henry Mancini for US administration. The catalog includes iconic songs such as “Moon River” from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as themes to movies such as The Pink Panther and Charlies Angels. David Renzer, chairman at Spirit previously oversaw... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at hypebot
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Sony has planned a possible sale of its music publishing division according to recently hacked Sony emails. The emails from Sony CFO, Kenichro Yoshida commented on the instability of the busines with the the market shifting from digital sales to streaming. Sony/ATV, a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at hypebot
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ASCAP CEO, John LoFrumento has announced his retirement this week. LoFrumento started his career at ASCAP in 1981 as a controller, the serving positions as CFO, COO, and EVP before becoming CEO in 1997. Since then, ASCAP’s memberships have grown from 70,000 to 520,000 with annual distributed royalties growing from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at hypebot
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The CMA Songwriters series celebrated its 10th anniversary December 3rd at Joe’s Pub in NYC. The recurring event features key Nashville songwriters responsible for big hits performing and telling the stories behind their songs in an acoustic low key setting. Leading this event were writer’s Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, Brett... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at hypebot
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Billboard album sales will now incorporate streaming and digital sales data. The Nielsen entertainment company has developed an algorithm that tracks not only album sales but streams and single track downloads. This change in the Billboard 200 charts is very crucial for artists that may not be selling albums in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at hypebot
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Taylor Swift’s “1989” has sold 1.287 million in its first week. After removing her entire discography from music streaming giant, Spotify, the Pop Superstar has achieved the highest sales week for an album since Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” in 2002. On top of that, the album is the biggest selling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at hypebot
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Soundcloud is looking to start making money. The Berlin-based online music streaming giant has grown its user base to 350 million since launching in 2007. Up till now, the company has lost up to $29.6 million. Soundcloud currently pays no publishing royalties because they are not making money from advertising... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at hypebot
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Pandora has signed a music rights deal with BMG as of September 11th, 2014. In an effort to secure a more favorable deal for the songwriters and copyright holders, the 4th largest publisher executed a direct deal with the most popular streaming service. In doing so, they bypassed the US... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at hypebot
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Spotify has introduced video ads as an attempt to generate more revenue from non paying users. The leading music streaming service’s “Sponsored Session” will be a15 - 30 second video ad followed by 30 minutes of uninterrupted music. The idea behind this new strategy is allow non paying users to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at hypebot