Mar 27, 2015

Executive Shuffles: ASCAP, BPI, Gracenote, Venn Arts

Jonathan Hecht of Venn Arts

Marcus Miller has been elected to the ASCAP Board of Directors. Paul Williams and 22 other board members were re-elected.<!–/*
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Mar 26, 2015

Stuart Murdoch Responds to Article on Racism in Indie Rock: “Aw, F*ck Off”

Pitchfork has been nailing it lately. They recently started a discussion in the electronic music community with an article titled “EDM Has a Problem With Women, and It’s Getting Worse“.<!–/*
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Mar 26, 2015

Former Beats Music CEO Launches a Talent Competition App

Last time I covered David Hyman it was over a lawsuit he filed against Beats for $20 million.
Hyman is the former CEO of Gracenote and founder of MOG, the streaming music service that was purchased by Beats. He became CEO of Beats Music, signing a deal that […]

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Mar 26, 2015

Why Did Beatport Release a Free Streaming App That Doesn’t Even Have Ads?

SFX Entertainment’s shares aren’t doing so well. The industry knows it and CEO Robert F.X. Sillerman knows it. This isn’t very surprising, considering SFX’s strategy is to buy up companies so they can cash in on the EDM boom […]

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Mar 26, 2015

17 Things I Wish I’d Known About Playing SXSW…

Brian Felsen is the CEO of AdRev, a YouTube MCN, and formerly president of CD Baby.
I’ve been going to SXSW for the past 10 years, first as president of CD Baby and now on behalf of AdRev and DashGo. While I always have an amazing […]

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Mar 26, 2015

Apple Given a Choice: $10 a Month, or No Streaming Service…

So, you really think Spotify will get to keep its free tier?

Here’s the latest on the negotiations between Apple and the major labels over their upcoming, paid-only streaming service, as reported by the New York Times.
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Mar 25, 2015

Facebook Goes After YouTube With Improved Video Features and Analytics

Facebook videos get 3 billion views every day, but up until now there wasn’t an easy way to embed videos on other platforms. YouTube says they have “billions of views” per day, but don’t specify an exact number. YouTube hit 4 billion […]

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Mar 25, 2015

Watch Out Harry Fox, Loudr Is Coming For You

Up until now there have really only been three ways for independent artists to easily release cover songs legally: purchasing a mechanical license from Harry Fox Agency’s (HFA) service Songfile, purchasing a mechanical license from Limelight (which Google acquired in 2011) or distributing the music with […]

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Mar 25, 2015

Watch Out: The Orchard Builds a Royalty Processing Platform…

News recently surfaced that Sony is purchasing the rest of The Orchard. Sony already owned a sizable amount of the distributor, possibly around 51 percent. Sony’s full purchase is expected to close after March.
The Orchard is wasting no time. They are already buying up and […]

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Mar 25, 2015

Breaking: $14 Billion Spotify Acquisition Happening Next Week…

Spotify is preparing to be acquired at a price tag ‘north of $14 billion,’ according to multiple sources now speaking with Digital Music News.  Signatures and final approvals are ‘exceptionally close,’ with an announcement carefully planned for exactly one week from now Read more

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