Mar 11, 2015

Why Direct Licensing Deals Won’t Benefit Songwriters…

Steve Gordon is a top music industry attorney.  In this open letter to Congress, he tries to explain why direct licensing with services like Pandora is actually detrimental to songwriters.

Dear Senator Lee,
Greetings. Earlier I watched with a great deal of interest the above referenced hearing.  I […]

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Mar 11, 2015

McDonald’s Stops Being Snarky, Says They’ll Pay SXSW Artists

I’m fine with SXSW’s payment scheme for most showcases. In exchange for exposure, artists agree to take either a modest payment or a SXSW badge. This is fine when playing showcases for small/independent labels, publications, companies, etc.

It’s not fine […]

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Mar 11, 2015

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to Pay $7.3M for Copyright Infringement

The Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye copyright infringement case has been decided. A Los Angeles jury decided that Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” infringes on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”. T.I. was also named in […]

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Mar 10, 2015

Pandora’s Testimony to Congress on Why Songwriter Royalties Shouldn’t Change…

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Mar 10, 2015

A Famous Producer Asks YouTube Why 600 Million Views Pays $900…

…at the Code/Media conference last week, during a Q&A with YouTube head of content Robert Kyncyl.
Dawn Chmielewski (host): Questions?
Rodney Jerkins (in audience): Hey Robert, Rodney Jerkins here.  Ryan Tedder of the band One Republic recently did a song last […]

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Mar 10, 2015

This Artist Is Making Over $25,000 Per Song

Last Tuesday, Amanda Palmer launched her Patreon. You can read what I wrote about her and the launch here. For those of you new to the Patreon model, it’s now time to pay attention and understand how this is CHANGING the music industry as we know […]

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Mar 10, 2015

Breaking: ASCAP, BMI, Pandora To Testify Before The Senate

On March 10th at 10AM EST, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hear testimonies regarding the Department of Justice Consent Decrees for ASCAP and BMI. The Consent Decrees, originally entered in 1941, were created to to address competitive concerns arising from the […]

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Mar 9, 2015

Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York Releases 31 Days of Programming

Red Bull Music Academy has announced programming for their RBMA Festival New York. The festival takes place throughout the month of May.
FKA Twigs will be performing twice, A$AP Rocky and George Clinton will give lectures, Blood Orange and […]

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Mar 9, 2015

Despite Making $400 Million Off of Beats, Universal Music Lost Money In 2014…

Universal Music Group’s giant bet on streaming is falling flat, which may explain why top guys are getting axed.  According to financial details released by UMG parent Vivendi, Universal Music Group – across all of its many sub-labels and publishing entities – saw revenues slump […]

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Mar 9, 2015

A Famous Producer Asks Pandora, “Why Are You Paying Me So Little?”

…at the Code/Media conference last week, during a Q&A with Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren.
Rodney Jerkins: Hey Tim, Rodney Jerkins here.  I asked a similar question to Robert [Kyncl] from YouTube this morning, he kind of gave me the runaround.  So […]

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