Apr 2, 2015

SoundExchange Sues Mood Media For “Cheating Artists Out of Royalties”

Back in 2011 Mood Media purchased background company Muzak.
Muzak isn’t required to pay market value on royalties. The company was grandfathered into an older standard of setting royalty rates when the DMCA went into effect in 1998.
In 2012 Mood Media also acquired DMX, a […]

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Apr 1, 2015

Tidal Says Company Ownership Might Not Be Limited to Performing Artists…

Tidal hasn’t really give any details about how their service will compensate the average working artist. But the AP reports that Tidal is inviting more musicians to join the platform as co-owners.<!–/*
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Apr 1, 2015

Executive Shuffles: ASCAP, Downtown Music Publishing, Concord Music Group

Taeko Saito of DMP
 
Taeko Saito has been hired as International A&R at Downtown Music Publishing. Saito was previously A&R Executive at SONGS Music Publishing.<!–/*
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Apr 1, 2015

Pemberton Music Festival’s 2015 Lineup

Canadian music fest Pemberton Music Festival has released their 2015 lineup. Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, J. Cole, and Tiësto are headlining. Other noteworthy acts include Missy Elliott, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, and M.I.A. The festival also features Skrillex’s Full […]

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Apr 1, 2015

Breaking: Google Calling Off $14.1 Billion Spotify Acquisition…

Google is now abruptly walking away from its planned, $14.1 billion acquisition of Spotify, according to multiple sources speaking to Digital Music News early this morning.  The all-but-sealed deal, first reported by DMN last week, would have been the largest music-related acquisition […]

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Mar 31, 2015

YouTube and Coachella Have Updated the Livestream Experience

Twitch exclusively streamed all of Ultra Music Festival this past weekend. Last year Ultra streamed on YouTube, but this year the festival said “we don’t tolerate mediocrity” and switched to Twitch.
Well YouTube’s live streaming plans for Coachella are far from mediocre […]

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Mar 31, 2015

Executive Shuffles: ReverbNation, Cumulus Media, Rightscorp, Arising Artist

Tommy Page of Cumulus

Tommy Page has been hired as SVP of Brand Partnerships at Cumulus Media. Page was previously VP of Artist and Brand Partnerships at Pandora.
Simon Perry has been promoted to CCO of ReverbNation. Perry […]

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Mar 31, 2015

Cooking Vinyl Boss: “A Lot of Artists Think the World Owes Them a Living”

from a recent Wall Street Journal article on Spotify compensation…
Critics of Spotify’s compensation have homed in on the 0.6-to-0.84 cent the streaming service said is a reasonable estimate of what it pays per play. (The company actually has a formula that […]

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Mar 31, 2015

Now Your Facebook Fans Can Get a Notification When You Have a Nearby Show

Facebook recently beefed up their video features, a plus for artists.  Facebook videos get around 3 billion views a day, but it used to be difficult to share those videos on other platforms.  Now, artists can easily embed Facebook videos on other platforms, and there are better analytics […]

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Mar 31, 2015

What Jay Z and Tidal Need To Do To Truly Change The Music Industry

Yesterday, 16 of the biggest names in music gathered together on a stage in New York City to announce their new, artist-owned, streaming service Tidal: Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Chris Martin of Coldplay (who videoed in […]

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