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New York, NY
One-stop global royalty collection for songwriters, producers, labels, and more.
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The talk of the music industry this week has been in regards to the “fake artists” that have been popping up in playlists all over Spotify. These artists have seemingly no web presence outside of the songs that appear on Spotify, though the songs have garnered hundreds of thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at hypebot
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At the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) Centennial Annual Meeting in New York this month, Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier was awarded the Life Service Award. In his speech, he spoke about how songwriters and music publishers are not given their fair share of revenue and recognition in the wake of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at hypebot
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Spotify has acquired Mediachain Labs, the core team behind the open source Mediachain protocol, to develop a decentralized network for sharing data critical to getting songwriters paid - in other words, a blockchain. "Blockchain" has been a bit of a buzzword in the music industry lately, specifically within the publishing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at hypebot
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ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” Expo took place last week in Los Angeles. The national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, artists, producers, publishers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together to share their knowledge and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at hypebot
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By now you've probably heard--or at least heard about--the momentous latest release from hip-hop artist, Drake, More Life. Drake describes the work not as an album or mixtape, but "a body of work bridging the gap between major releases," a playlist of sorts. The work features 22 tracks of varying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at hypebot
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Let’s talk about running a music publishing company. Whether you are just starting, or operating a publisher as we speak, it is important to know when and why to spend money. Here are some estimates of what it takes to start and operate your own music publisher: *Includes health benefits... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at hypebot
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It's clear that streaming is the present and future of music consumption. Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' was the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy this past weekend, Prince's Warner Bros. catalog was streamed almost 5 million times in two days (up 6,323% from the previous two days) after... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at hypebot
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Arguably the best part of the Super Bowl each year is the slew of new commercials advertisers put together for the largest single television broadcast event in the US. Market Track, parent company to advertising tracking firm Competitrack, found that 62 brands advertised in 77 unique commercials throughout the four... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at hypebot
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• US performing rights organization SESAC is now officially backed by Blackstone, one of the most powerful private equity companies in the world. SESAC says that Blackstone’s money will help the company to become a truly global rights management powerhouse across performance, mechanicals, sync, and ever master rights. SESAC, like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at hypebot
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2017 will bring with it a number of court cases that will affect music publishers, songwriters, and copyright as a whole. First, the Radio Music Licensing Commission and performing rights organization Global Music Rights are suing each other over licensing fees to be paid to publishers and songwriters for radio... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at hypebot
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Nielsen Co. has purchased Tribune Media Co.’s Gracenote video, music, and sports for $560 million (in cash). Metadata giant Gracenote, acquired by Tribune Media in 2014, provides reference information for more than 200 million music tracks. John Batter, Gracenote’s CEO, said, “Nielsen is a natural home for Gracenote. Both companies... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at hypebot
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Taylor Swift makes her return to the Hot Country Songs top 10 as writer on Little Big Town’s “Better Man.” The group revealed Swift to be the mystery writer of the song the day before the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, where they won Group of the Year. Their performance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at hypebot
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Australasian collection society APRA AMCOS reported record revenue of a third of a billion Australian dollars for the financial year 2015-2016. The main driver for the revenue gains for both societies was over A$20 million ($15 million) in digital revenue from downloads, subscriptions and ad-funded streaming services, video-on-demand, websites, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at hypebot
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Legendary British songwriter Rod Temperton has passed away at age 66. Often referred to as “The Invisible Man,” Temperton’s catalog includes many of Michael Jackson’s classic hit, such as “Thriller,” “Off the Wall,” and “Rock With You,” as well as songs performed by Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at hypebot
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The Open Music Initiative has announced that it will be using Intel blockchain technology to simplify how creators and rightsholders are identified and paid. The technology, Sawtooth Lake, will serve as OMI’s reference platform open source ledger for tracking, managing, and protecting use of intellectual property and to facilitate transparency... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at hypebot
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BMI’s rate-court Judge has ruled against the Department of Justice’s 100% licensing decision. Judge Louis Stanton stated that “the consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing,” exactly the opposite of what the DOJ argued in its controversial ruling earlier this summer. NMPA president & CEO David Israelite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at hypebot
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The European Commission will be reforming European copyright laws, and plan to force sites like YouTube to pay more to creators and rights holders. The plans also call for easier access to online content across all EU countries and to reform copyright rules for research and education. Jean-Claude Juncker, president... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at hypebot
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Sony reportedly laid off more than half of EMI Music Publishing staff after its buyout in 2012. A Sony Corp investor presentation that was uncovered from 2014 confirms the company cut EMI’s headcount by 60% within two years of the acquisition, a percentage that was predicted by the NYT's’ Ben... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at hypebot
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Hundreds of musicians, including Hans Zimmer, R. Kelly, and Linkin Park filed a brief in support of the appeal of last year’s “Blurred Lines” ruling. The song was found in violation of copyright based on its atmospheric similarity to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” The concern with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at hypebot
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Clive Davis is honoring singer-songwriter Pharrell with his Legend in Songwriting Award at the 12th annual Songs of Hope event on September 15 in California. The event benefits the City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Previous winner of the prestigious award... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at hypebot
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The National Music Publishers Association and Nashville Songwriters Association International have submitted a new rate proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board. For digital licensing, the NMPA/NSAI are proposing a “three-pronged” formula to determine mechanical rates, with the enacted prong being whichever formula results in the most revenue at the end... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at hypebot
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Ozzy Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited have been sued by his former songwriting partner and bassist Bob Daisley. Daisley claims that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before paying out royalties related to the Prince of Darkness’ hit “Crazy Train,” and is seeking $2... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at hypebot
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ASCAP and BMI have joined forces to release a statement against the Department of Justice’s decision to mandate 100% licensing. BMI also announced that it was taking legal action to challenge the decision in Federal Court, while ASCAP is “tak[ing] the lead for the two PROs in pursuing a legislative... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at hypebot
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The National Music Publishers’ Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association have moved to exclude Sony Music Entertainment from participating in the Copyright Royalty Board’s proceeding to determine mechanical royalty rates for a variety of services. The NMPA/NSAI argue that because Sony is neither a licensor (i.e. music publishers) nor a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at hypebot