Mar 4, 2015

Breaking: The Songwriter Equity Act Has Been Reintroduced

 
The Songwriter Equity Act (HR 4070) was introduced in February of last year by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Georgia), but failed to pass.

Today (March 4th) Collins and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) reintroduced the Songwriter Equity Act.

The bill is also sponsored by […]

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Mar 4, 2015

YouTube Subscription Royalties Hitting 10 Cents a Stream…

 
YouTube royalties suck, according to endless statements shared with Digital Music News.  But royalties on YouTube’s subscription play, Music Key, don’t.  According to one indie label currently on the beta-stage service, Music Key royalties are now hitting 10 cents […]

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Mar 4, 2015

ASCAP Brought In One Billion Dollars in 2014

ASCAP says they’re the first PRO to bring in $1 billion in a year, which they pulled off in 2014.

Of that $1 billion, they paid out $883 million in royalties to songwriters, composers, and publishers.

In 2013 they paid out about […]

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Mar 4, 2015

Executive Shuffles: Warner Music Group, ASCAP, London Symphony Orchestra

Simon Rattle
 
Brian Roberts has been appointed  EVP and COO of ASCAP. Roberts was previously EVP of Corporate Strategy & Operations at Warner Music Group. In his new role Roberts “will be responsible for the royalty payment system for over 525,000 ASCAP […]

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Mar 4, 2015

Executive Shuffles: Epic Records, Creative Nation, WMG, Sony/ATV

Epic Records’ Courtney Lowery
 
Courtney Lowery has been promoted to VP of Publicity at Epic Records. He was previously Senior Director of Publicity. In his new role Lowery will “specialize in the design, strategy and implementation of global media campaigns, saturation […]

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Mar 3, 2015

Whole Foods May Stop Selling CDs…

Whole Foods may be the latest retailer to stop selling CDs, a move that would follow a similar announcement by Starbucks.   According to one source inside the high-end supermarket, Whole Foods is now ‘seriously considering’ dropping CD sales from ‘most of its stores&#8217 […]

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Mar 3, 2015

The Queen Of Crowdfunding, Amanda Palmer, Joins Patreon

The most successful crowdfunding-musician has joined the on-going crowd funding site, Patreon. Amanda Palmer famously smashed the Kickstarter record for a music project when over 25,000 fans pledged nearly $1.2 million to her project for her latest album, Theatre Is Evil. If you didn […]

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Mar 3, 2015

Global Album Release Day: Indie Labels Say the IFPI Told them to ‘F*ck Off’

A significant portion of the independent community voiced their disagreement with the IFPI’s new Friday global release day. Many independents spoke up way ahead of time, but the IFPI moved forward with Friday.
The IFPI says there is “no credible alternative” to Friday […]

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Mar 3, 2015

Troy Carter Launches New Business Editorial Website

It’s been one and a half years since Lady Gaga parted from her longtime manager Troy Carter. Meanwhile, Carter has been busy with a number of ventures. This includes his management company Atom Factory, with clients including John Legend, Meghan Trainor, and Miguel.

Now, Carter […]

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Mar 2, 2015

Mysteryland’s 2015 Lineup…

The Dutch edition of Mysteryland has announced the first phase of their 2015 lineup. Martin Garrix, Alesso, and Steve Angello are among the many artists that have been announced.
The festival takes place in Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands. Mysteryland will take up […]

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