Mar 23, 2015

Ronnie Wood Says There’s No Place for Rap and R&B at Glastonbury

A widely-discussed Change.org petition launched after Kanye West was announced as a headliner at Glastonbury Festival. The petition is titled “Cancel Kanye West’s headline slot and get a rock band.” It currently has 126,509 signatures, and is steadily gaining more.
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Mar 23, 2015

Spotify Responds: “Without Free, Pay Has Never Succeeded”

From this morning’s Financial Times…

The Spotify business model relies on attracting users to a free service that offers a selection of music but with limited functionality, with the aim of converting those users to paying subscribers. Spotify generates some revenue around the free service […]

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Mar 20, 2015

Sorry Indie Labels, Record Store Day Doesn’t Care If They’re Hurting Your Business

Earlier this month, indie labels Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl announced that they’d be releasing a single on Record Store Day, but they wouldn’t be making it available through the institution that is Record Store Day.  Instead, the labels are going to release one […]

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Mar 20, 2015

Suge Knight Collapses in Court, Taken to the Hospital for the 4th Time in Two Months

Suge Knight had his bail set at $25 million today (March 20th, 2015). Knight would also have to prove that bail money was not illegally obtained.<!–/*
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Mar 20, 2015

A Music Industry Powerpoint Presentation from August, 2005…

This is a keynote presentation delivered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in August, 2005, which represents the major recording labels.  It was delivered at the annual NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) conference, attended by major label and traditional retail executives.

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Mar 20, 2015

Universal Music Group Gets Countersued Over In-Flight Music

Back in 2013 Sony Music filed a lawsuit against airline music service Inflight and United Airlines. Sony said unauthorized copies of their music was being played on airplanes.
In 2014 Universal Music filed a similar lawsuit against Inflight. They later added American Airlines to the lawsuit. Universal accused […]

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Mar 20, 2015

#SXSW: YouTube Provides Artist Analytics And Makes It Easier To Sell To Fans

I stopped by the YouTube House at SXSW this morning before my panel. I got there early enough before the live music started, so I effortlessly made my way through the metal barricades and into the space. They had a nifty interactive, video tunnel walkway as soon as […]

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Mar 20, 2015

The Contract from Hell That You Should Never Sign (And How to Make It Fair)

 
The following is part of a series by music industry attorney Steve Gordon that focuses on every type of artist contract imaginable.  Part 1 of this installment will focus on production companies and their contracts with artists. Part 2 will tackle deals between artists and indie labels […]

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Mar 19, 2015

Drake Is Being Sued Over a Tweet…

Lately we’ve seen plenty of artists getting sued for copyright infringement: Pharrell, Jay Z, Mac Miller…
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Mar 19, 2015

Mac Miller Sued for Blatant Copyright Infringement

It’s lawsuit season!
This lawsuit against Mac Miller is very similar to one Jay Z recently faced. In both instances the rappers blatantly used songs by older artists without permission.<!–/*
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