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Spotify has just begun offering a 3 month trial of it’s premium service for only 99 cents. While the premium tier typically costs $9.99 a month, the new trial aims to win over paid subscribers following the success of Apple Music’s free trial which effectively netted 6.5 million paid users.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at hypebot
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Taylor Swift is facing a $42 million lawsuit for alleged plagiarism in her song “Shake It Off”. The lawsuit was filed by Jesse Graham, an obscure R&B singer, who alleges that Swift lifted lyrics from his song “Haters Gonna Hate”. Interestingly, Graham is representing himself according to the lawsuit he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at hypebot
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While a new study reveals music streaming has a neutral effect on music business revenue, it’s widely being seen as a victory for the music industry. Despite harmful effects on digital downloads, the study from the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals that streaming’s effects on combating piracy have made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at hypebot
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This week, web development platform Wix launched a DIY product suite to cater to up-and-coming musicians by providing a new platform to sell, distribute, and share their music. The all-new Wix Music 2.0 provides a wide variety of features including the Wix music player- a utility for artists to present... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at hypebot
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New research finds that the majority of American homes are now using audio streaming services. Findings from market-research firm Park Associates reveal that while 40% of households are currently using a free service, 26% subscribe to a paid service. The research additionally found an impressive lead in the paid streaming... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at hypebot
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This week, Warner/ Chappell announced their current president Jon Platt will be promoted to CEO. Known for both his creative intuition and leadership capabilities, Platt carries a successful track record from bringing in numerous top-notch artists including Jay Z and Beyoncé. In a statement following the announcement, Platt stated, “My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at hypebot
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Indications suggest the long-awaited release of YouTube’s music streaming service is quickly approaching. The video streaming giant’s premium-tier service entered it’s bata last fall, however letters were recently sent out to holdout content owners which stipulated an October 22nd deadline to agree to updated terms that accommodate the ad-free subscription... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at hypebot
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This week SESAC finalized its acquisition of the country's leading mechanical rights organization, the Harry Fox Agency. The acquisition signifies the creation of a Music Rights Organization that's the first of it's kind in the United States by enabling the company to bundle both mechanical and performance licenses. SESAC Chairman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at hypebot
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Sony/ATV, one of the world’s largest music publishers, has announced a new form of amnesty within their company - sampling. One of the most subjective and controversial music practices is sampling. With this said, “From Tuesday 1 September, any artist who has used a sample from the company’s EMI Production... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at hypebot
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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