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RECAP: SOCAN Launches Blockchain Licensing Platform, A2IM Warns of Counterfitting, How Spotify Could Become A “Label”

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 24, 2016 9:47 am | No Comments


SOCAN To Build New Canadian Digital Licensing Marketplace/Platform

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Nashville-based Core Rights has partnered with SOCAN and Re:Sound to form Canada’s first country-wide digital marketplace for licensing music rights. It is both a blockchain-enabled licensing solution that is simple to use, and a highly efficient one-stop shop for businesses using music, such as restaurants, hairdressers, dentists’ offices, retail stores, and more.

“SOCAN continually innovates to make music licensing easier and more accurate, so that music creators can be compensated fairly and faster for the use of their work,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “With Core Rights we look forward to building the future of licensing, connecting more people with music, as we strive to transform music rights in Canada and worldwide.”

“We are so excited to be creating the first truly electronic marketplace for music licensing along with music industry powerhouses, SOCAN and Re:Sound,” Jim King, CEO and Founder of Core Rights, LLC. “Working together we will deliver to the Canadian music industry both a more efficient one-stop digital marketplace for music licensing and using our patent-pending analytics and lead generation services provide much greater penetration into the Canadian business environment.”

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A2IM Warns of Counterfeit CDs Across A2IM said it believes illicit copies of relatively new albums are being manufactured in China and are so close to the original that “even the legitimate manufacturer cannot tell without very close examination.”

Music Streaming Services Too Expensive for Many, U.K. Study Finds. According to a poll conducted by YouGov and Zuora, around 10 percent of British consumers currently subscribe to a premium service, with half of the remaining 90 percent suggesting they are too expensive.

ASCAP Sues 10 Music Venues For Not Being Licensed To Play Music. “Hundreds of thousands of well-run businesses across the nation recognize the importance of paying music creators to use their music, and understand that it is both the lawful and right thing to do—however, each of the establishments sued today has decided to use music without compensating songwriters.”

APRA AMCOS Reports Record Revenues. APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle said the organizations enjoyed “an exceptional year” as overall revenue grew 11% year-on-year to A$333 million ($254 million), and net distributable revenue rose 8.73% to A$285.5 million ($218 million).

How Spotify Can Become A Next Generation “Label.” Mark Mulligan of MiDiA Research discusses his theory that Spotify could create “the full stack music concept that Access Industries, Liberty Global and Pandora have been pursuing” to become more than music retail.

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RECAP: Amazon & Pandora Launch New Music Services, Songwriters Struggle With Production Costs, Jimmy Iovine Interview

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 17, 2016 9:40 am | No Comments


Amazon Launches Three-Tiered Music Unlimited Streaming Service

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Amazon already had a music streaming service, Prime Music, which launched two years ago with a relatively small catalog — around two million songs compared to the 35-million-plus available on Spotify, for example. Music Unlimited, however, will expand that catalog to the level of Spotify and its other competitors — and presents a significant uphill battle for “Big Green” and the others when trying to woo Echo owners.

Music Unlimited arrives at an auspicious time for the streaming market. Just two weeks ago, it was validated stateside by a report from the RIAA, which attributed an 8.1 percent growth for the overall recording industry to the sector. As well, competition between its major players has gone from a simmer to a boil over both exclusives — now outlawed by Universal Music — and helping casual listeners with new music discovery, a perennial problem when your catalog would take at least 171 years to listen to (if you listened non-stop).

“From our perspective, with Prime we helped push the music industry away from the one-size-fits all approach to music streaming, and to go after different customer segments,” Boom says when asked about negotiations around that $3.99 price point. “But more important than that, [the industry] sees the importance and the promise of the voice interface in the home.

Read the full story on Billboard.

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What Do Amazon’s New Deals With Labels & Publishers Look Like?While Amazon is not eating the cost of the $3.99-per-month Echo-only subscription, it is paying for the difference on the $7.99-per-month option available to Prime subscribers, meaning its “losing” $2 on each subscription.

Lefsetz And Mulligan Assess Amazon Music Unlimited. “More and more of music consumption will be voice and gesture driven and Amazon is setting the pace for the voice side of the ‘Zero UI’ equation,” they wrote. “There is less friction between the listener and the music. The music becomes the experience.”

Pandora Rebrands As Its Plus Radio Subscription Rolls Out. Importantly for Pandora’s future is the launch of Pandora Plus, its new subscription tier, which itself is effectively a rebranding of the existing Pandora One with some new features — the $4.99-a-month subscription will be a step towards Pandora’s full $9.99 on-demand service, which will debut later in the year.

How Production Costs Are Affecting Songwriters. In this fresh piece off of MusicThinkTank, Mylène Besançon takes a look at how high production costs are negatively affecting songwriters.

Infographic: A Basic Explanation of Streaming Money. Jordan Bromley and Nicole Sollberger, a partner and associate respectively in the Music Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP did a pretty great job of explaining how this plate of spaghetti gets made.

Spotify Paid Out Over A Billion To Labels This Year. Bobby Owsinski claims the streaming platform has already shelled out $1.2 billion in royalties this year, suggesting it may be benefiting the industry more than previously thought.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901.

Apple Music Tops J.D. Power Streaming Satisfaction Study. The results were good news for Apple Music, which topped the rankings with an index ranking of 834 based on a 1,000-point scale. Rhapsody (826), Pandora (825) and Spotify (824) were all above the industry average of 822 points, with TuneIn (820), Amazon Prime Music (818) and Google Play Music (818) only slightly behind.

Jimmy Iovine on the Future of Apple Music. “We are an adjunct to labels and artists. We are building something that can help labels and artists and undiscovered artists. Yeah, it’s a popular culture company, but it’s also a tool. And that’s what we’re building. We’re not in the record business.”

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RECAP: Dubset Launches Remixes on Streaming, Techstars Announces Music Startup Incubator, Azoff Goes After “Pirates”

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 10, 2016 10:16 am | No Comments


Spotify And Apple Music Dubset Deals Start To Pay Off

Startup Dubset Media is trying to license the kind of remixes and mash-ups previously only available on SoundCloud for other streaming services, with Apple Music and Spotify already on its slate of distribution deals.

TechCrunch reported that one of the first Dubset-licensed remixes has gone live on Spotify and Apple Music: a DJ Jazzy Jeff remix of Anderson Paak’s ‘Room In Here’. Interestingly, on Spotify the track’s rightsholder is listed as Dubset Media.

“Mixes are coming next,” Dubset boss Stephen White told TechCrunch. “Content owners have been very supportive. The publishing and label deals we have under license provides a large catalogue to work with.”

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Techstars to Launch Accelerator for Music-Industry Tech Startups. It is the second music-focused accelerator to start in recent months, [paywall] after artist-management firm Th3rd Brain started one to help launch careers for individual musicians.

Irving Azoff Claims YouTube “Pirates” Are “Really Evil.” The CEO and Chairman of Azoff MSG Entertainment, Irving Azoff, is leveling some heavy criticism at YouTube in very public war as he attempts to get the popular video sharing site to properly compensate artists for their music.

What Is Google Daydream And What Does It Mean For Music VR? There are a growing number of VR/music startups who are expected to explore the Daydream platform alongside Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other VR platforms.

Amazon Reportedly to Launch Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo-Only Streaming Service. A new post from German blogger Carsten Knobloch points to a clue hidden deep in the code for the Amazon Music app for the Fire TV media streamer that shows the company is due to launch their new music service soon.

Deezer Partners With to Let Artists Pay for Sponsored Plays. promises “unprecedented exposure” to artists who find themselves outside the radio system, offering a self-service way to upload music, choose a target audience and then monitor its performance — for a fee.

Download Revenue To Shrink 50% As Streaming Music Grows To 950 Million Users. According to the latest forecast by Strategy Analytics, streaming will account for 95% of all mobile music use, and that will grow the market to $12 billion by 2022.

TuneCore Acquires JustGo, Relaunches It As A Free Social Media Tool. TuneCore Social offers streamlined posts to Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Instagram, plus scheduled posts and analytics.

Spotify Reportedly Dealing With Malware Issue On Its Free Service. Spotify has acknowledged the issue, blaming “an isolated issue with an ad on our free tier” and promising that “We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down.

BitTorrent Reportedly Fires Co-CEOs, Shutters Streaming Service. During Delamar and Johnson’s brief tenure, the company launched BitTorrent Live, an app featuring 16 channels of live streaming content from independent video producers.

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RECAP: Labels Sue YouTube MP3 Ripper, Congress Urges ‘100% Licensing’ Decision U-Turn, Shazam Finally Profits

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | October 3, 2016 8:53 am | No Comments


Major Record Labels Sue Over Ripping Audio Tracks from YouTube Videos

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Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels are suing the operators of, a service that allows its users to rip the audio from videos streamed on YouTube. The plaintiffs filed a copyright lawsuit in California federal court, stating, “Stream ripping has become a major threat to the music industry, functioning as an unlawful substitute for the purchase of recorded music and the purchase of subscriptions to authorized streaming services.”

With a few simple mouse clicks, the lawsuit reports, infringing copies of sound recordings are made available in MP3 format. The plaintiffs suggest that “tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream ripping services each month.”

Google, which owns YouTube, is not a party in this lawsuit, but the record labels also claim the defendants are illicitly circumventing technology measures that YouTube has implemented to control access to and prevent copying of works.

Read the full story on Billboard

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Legal Threats Have Almost No Impact on Music Piracy, Study Finds. The study, published in the journal Risk Analysis, found that most people perceive the risks of music piracy as being simply too low to affect their behavior.

Congress Members Send A.G. Letter Urging Dept. of Justice to Reverse Songwriting Decision. “We believe a well-functioning music marketplace benefits America’s music-loving public, businesses that use music to connect with their customers, and, especially, more than one million songwriters and composers whose creative work is the lifeblood of the entire American music economy.”

Sony Completes Deal For Michael Jackson’s Share Of Sony/ATV. Announced earlier this year, the acquisition took its time to happen due to regulatory interest among other factors.[paywall]

Spotify, Rumored to Be Mulling a SoundCloud Acquisition, Probably Can’t Afford It Right Now. if it was working with the $700 million valuation that Twitter put on it, Spotify would have to spend 43 percent of its available funds to buy a company that, at least at first blush, seems a strange purchase.

Shazam Hits 1 Billion Downloads and Turns a Profit. The London-based firm on Thursday announced that revenue from advertisers has surpassed other sources, including from music partners for its ubiquitous app, to propel it into profitability before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization.

Irving Azoff to New YouTube Music Chief Lyor Cohen: ‘We Are Counting On You.’ “We are counting on you, Lyor, to lead YouTube to provide fair payments to artists and give them more creative control. Congratulations, Lyor, I know you can get it done.

Rdio’s Bankruptcy: A Labyrinth of Financial Winners, Losers and Lawsuits. Ed Christman takes a close look at the financial winners of losers of Rdio’s bankruptcy, which was imposed on the company as a condition of Pandora’s purchase.

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RECAP: iHeartMedia Announces On-Demand Streaming, Publishing and Safe Harbors Take Center Stage in U.S. and E.U.

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | September 26, 2016 9:04 am | No Comments

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iHeartMedia Announces Plans for Its Entry Into Paid Streaming

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Just a week after Pandora announced the relaunch of its mid-tier streaming product and rough timing for its forthcoming Spotify competitor, iHeartMedia has announced its own plans for the same, set for launch in January, 2017.

iHeartRadio Plus will be a similar product to Pandora Plus, described by the company as “enhancing the radio listening experience.” iHeartRadio All Access will be the company’s on-demand streaming service, set to compete directly with Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Rhapsody/Napster, Google Play, and forthcoming services from Pandora and Amazon.

It’s all good news for the record business, which saw significant growth this year for the first time in nearly 20 years thanks to the streaming. iHeart’s announcement is part of a “race to the middle” — offering listeners products at $4.99 per month instead of the now-standard $9.99 in order to capture revenue from more casual fans — and the result will likely be increased growth for the recording industry.

Read the full story on Billboard

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Streaming Helps Drive 8.1 Percent Growth in Revenue for U.S. Recording Industry. The biggest growth, which will no doubt receive cheers from labels, was in paid subscriptions which saw the overall subscriber count rise to 18.3 million — double the 9.1 million subscribers counted in the middle of 2015.

Publishing Industry Praises BMI Consent-Decree Decision. “I don’t think even [the DOJ] would want two different rules applying to ASCAP and BMI; that would take an extraordinary level of hostility on their part to force that [dichotomy] on the marketplace.”

Europe Leads The Way With “Safe Harbor” Solution. Although safe harbor laws have done little to help law abiding citizens, and made it easy for conniving entrepreneurs to earn big while hiding DMCA laws, it seems Europe at least is leading the way with a solution to the safe harbor problem.

European Court Rules Wi-Fi Providers Can’t Be Punished For Piracy by Users. The ECJ was ruling on a 2010 German case, where Sony Music sought to hold a shop in Munich liable for some illegal file-sharing that took place via the free wi-fi it provided for its customers.

The Orchard Signs New Chinese Distribution Deal. The agreement will see The Orchard’s catalog made available on Chinese music services including Ali Music, Kugou, Kuwo, NetEase Cloud Music, QQ Music and Baidu Music – the latter of which Taihe merged with in December 2015.

Playlists Have Passed Album Listenership, Says New Study. Based on a May survey of 3,014 U.S. respondents, the report shows that playlists accounted for 31% of total listening time across all demographics, while albums accounted for only 22%.

Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric for Two Years. Facebook disclosed in a post on its “Advertiser Help Center” that its metric for the average time users spent watching videos was artificially inflated because it was only factoring in video views of more than three seconds.

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RECAP: Judge Rules Against ‘100 Percent Licensing,’ IFPI Releases New Reports, TIDAL Posts Big Losses

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | September 19, 2016 8:43 am | No Comments

bmi rate court overturn 100 percent licensing

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Federal judge rules against Dept. of Justice’s ‘100 Percent’ Licensing decision
In a surprise move, BMI’s rate court judge ruled on Friday that fractional licensing is allowed under the consent decree the performing-rights organization operates under, according to a statement from BMI.

According to Stanton’s ruling, “The consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing,” which is the exact opposite of what the DOJ argued when it gave ASCAP and BMI one year to employ full-works licensing.

Since the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees are similar, some hope that the ASCAP rate court Judge Denise Cote will follow suit, should the matter come before her. Now the question becomes, will the Dept. of Justice turn to Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit? “The Department of Justice has received the Order and is reviewing it,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement.

Read the full story on Billboard

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IFPI makes stream-ripping latest front in YouTube row… The IFPI commissioned research firm Ipsos to survey fans in 13 countries, and claims that the study reveals almost half of 16-24 year-olds now use stream-ripping software, making it a more popular form of music piracy than file-sharing.

…and finds that one-third of under-25’s now pay for a streaming service. South Korea, Sweden and Mexico are identified as the most popular (per population) markets for subscription services, with about four in every ten people paying for a music subscription. In the U.S. and U.K., the number was around two in every ten; in Japan around one in every ten.

Tidal posts $28M net loss in 2015, more than double the year before. It’s been a big year for Tidal, as the company has released exclusive albums from Beyonce, Kanye West and Rihanna…but the company has more than doubled its net losses while increasing its revenue only 30 percent.

Recorded music sales up in Sweden as streaming revenue grows 10%. The results help banish fears that Sweden’s streaming growth had hit a saturation point – a worry first raised when Sweden’s overall recorded music income dipped by 0.4% in 2014.

Pandora launches Pandora Plus, an improved version of its $5 subscription service. “Whether a listener wants to take advantage of our enhanced ad-supported experience, our ground-breaking subscription radio service, or our fully interactive on-demand option coming later this year, we have a solution tailored for you at a price point you can afford,” Westergren said in a statement.

Spotify reaches 40m subscribers six months after passing 30m. Spotify isn’t claiming that all 40 million subscribers are paying $9.99 a month: its milestone is purely about the number of people on its services.

Warner Brothers reports its own site as illegal. As the popularity of takedown notices continues to grow, some are taking things a little too far including, it seems, Warner Brothers Pictures, a company which accidentally requested Google remove Warner Brothers’ own website from its search results.

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RECAP: MiDiA Drops Another Landmark Streaming Report, Sony Slashes EMI Staff, Apple & Beats Win in Court

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | September 6, 2016 9:50 am | No Comments


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MiDiA Research Releases “Just How Well Is Streaming Really Doing?” Report
The report from Mark Mulligan details in numbers how Spotify and payment advances to record labels can skew the numbers and make it more difficult to truly gauge the market growth.

“All of the three major record labels announced strong streaming music revenue growth in the 2nd quarter of 2016. On the surface it is a clear cut success story, but as is so often the case with music industry statistics, all is not quite how it seems.”

Read the full story on Music Industry Blog.

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Infographic Shows Growth In Music Streaming Revenue. This revealing new chart shows some surprising changes in the music streaming industry over the past few years, while ad-supported streaming seems to be resting at a relatively stagnant $600 million, subscription-based streaming has climbed demonstrably since 2010.

Sony Slashed 60% Of EMI Publishing Staff After Historic $2.2bn Buyout. Bandier explained to The New York Times following the acquisition: “We are not going to run these as separate entities… at the end of the day, we are going to be one homogeneous company, with one person – myself – running it.”

Apple’s Beats Wins Ruling in Monster Lawsuit. LA Superior Court Judge William Fahey yesterday handed down a summary judgment that effectively dismissed the claims that Beats by Dr Dre had cheated Monster and its CEO Noel Lee out of a 5% share of the Beats brand.

SoundCloud Hires Holly Lim as Its First Chief Financial Officer. At Google, Lim worked as the director of business operations for the joint Cloud/Google for Work Enterprise organization, and was also CFO for Google’s Advanced Technologies & Projects (ATAP) team.

Spotify’s Competitors Turn Up The Heat As Amazon Readies Its Rival. Music Business Worldwide sources tell them Jeff Bezos’s company is adamant about getting licenses together for a September launch, and that the majors remain hopeful of reaching agreements in time.

Kremlin Said to Be Considering Takeover of Russian Collection Societies, As Russia’s royalty collecting sector is in disarray following top-level shakeups and a leader embroiled in controversy over allegations of real estate fraud, the Kremlin is revisiting the idea of taking over this corner of the country’s music business.

YouTube: Friend or Foe? Midemblog gathers YouTube numbers from various reports and websites in the latest attempt to quantify YouTube’s positive or negative impact on the overall music industry.

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RECAP: The Whole Story on the Frank Ocean Apple Music Exclusive, Spotify’s Label Contracts Expire, Closing the Value Gap in Europe

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | August 29, 2016 9:14 am | No Comments


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What the Frank Ocean Apple Music Exclusive Deal Means for UMG, Artists, and Labels
When Frank Ocean’s latest album ‘Blond’ dropped, it did so like a nuclear bomb, sending shockwaves throughout the music industry. In one of the audacious release strategies of recent years, Ocean and his team at 360 fulfilled the final album contractual commitment to Universal Music by ushering his breaking-the-mold visual album ‘Endless’ onto Apple Music.

But no sooner had Universal executives started daydreaming about Grammys then along came what turned out to be the ‘actual’ album ‘Blonde’, self released by Ocean (Universal contractual commitments now of course conveniently fulfilled) and, for now at least, exclusively available on Apple Music. Universal boss Lucian Grainge then reportedly sent a memo to the entire company outlawing exclusive deals with streaming services.

Sean Glass – a former Apple Music employee – wrote: “Contrary to what you read, there’s no scary Apple board room conspiracy where corporate is plotting to take over creativity via artist exclusives. There’s one guy who is behind ALL of these campaigns — and he is light years ahead of everyone else. He works intimately with each artist as a creative peer, and develops an amazing plan, this is no simple land grab. He works closer with the artists than labels do.”

That ‘one guy’ is very likely Larry Jackson – a Jimmy Iovine protege, who is tasked with striking artist relationships that result in exclusive deals for Apple.

Mark Mulligan of MiDiA Reseach claims, “Streaming exclusives (and indeed label services deals) work best when an artist has already established a brand and an audience. Most often that means after an artist has had a record label recording career. Apple cannot be relied upon to build anything more than a handful of artist brands.”

“Labels still account for the vast, vast, vast majority of music listening. Make no mistake, a momentous value chain shift is taking place, with more power and autonomy shifting to the creators, but that is a long journey and ‘Blond’ is but one part of this much bigger shift.”

Read the entire story on Music Business Worldwide & MiDiA Music Industry Blog.

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Spotify Is Out Of Contract With All Three Major Labels – And Wants To Pay Them Less. Spotify continues to be licensed by all three majors on a rolling month-by-month basis, and the possibility of UMG, Sony or Warner catalogues being pulled is widely regarded as out of the question.

Should We Believe All The Negative Hype Surrounding New DOJ Rules On PROs? Dave Brooks of Amplify offers an alternative perspective on the recent Department of Justice ruling, suggesting that the rules may in fact help rather than harm venues and event producers.

European Commission Seeks Solutions for YouTube Value Gap. Plans for user-generated platforms like YouTube and DailyMotion to require licenses or sign-up to revenue sharing deals with rights holders are reportedly being considered by the European Commission.

Playlists Dominate Listening For Most Music Streamers. Streaming music users love playlists and use them to drive their music consumption, according to a new survey and infographic just released by the analysts at Music Watch.

Amazon’s Echo-Only Music Streaming Service Again Rumored. The service will cost half of the now-standard $10-per-month that Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal (minus hi-res) and Amazon’s own rumored, full-feature service will cost.

Soundcloud Logs 175 Million Monthly Listeners To Massive 135 Million Track Catalog. New Soundcloud stats show just how big its footprint is, both in terms of listenership and the size of its music catalog — but most of their listeners are free and monetizing them, along with making such a massive catalog user-friendly, presents a challenge.

The Coming Arms Race In Online Music: Artist Services. Digital music industry veteran Tim Quirk examines the coming arms race in the music industry, with online music services competing to offer artists programs and features which enable them to generate revenue beyond just streaming royalties.

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RECAP: Pandora Nearing On-Demand Deals, Dubset Inks Deal with Sony/ATV, More News in U.S. Publishing

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | August 22, 2016 9:16 am | No Comments


Story of the Week

Pandora Nears Deals For On-Demand Streaming
Pandora Media Inc. is aiming to start expanding its internet-radio service as soon as next month, offering its hallmark free tier as well as two new monthly subscription options that will mark its foray into on-demand music streaming, said people familiar with the matter.

While the music industry broadly supports the new paid tiers, some record-label executives are still wary of granting Pandora permission to launch its free service in new foreign markets without the ability to control which songs they put on the free tier.

The foreign expansion could jump-start growth for Pandora, which has seen its listenership plateau in recent years at about 80 million active monthly users. Most listeners use Pandora’s free tier, with about 4 million subscribing to an ad-free version of its service, Pandora One, for $5 a month.

Read the full story on The Wall Street Journal

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Dubset Inks Deal With Sony/ATV. The Sony/ATV news comes on the heels of Dubset’s landmark rights agreement with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), giving hundreds of independent songwriters and publishers access to an emerging new royalty system.

Russian Collection Societies Break Ties Amidst Fog of Fraud. Earlier this month, several rights holders registered with RAO called for the organization’s management to be replaced and that fundamental changes to its charter be made, amidst major allegations of embezzlement.

What Is YouTube Red Paying Artists? Digital Music News claims to have been leaked an earnings statement from a “chill electronica catalog” showing the per stream and per-publisher royalty payouts for YouTube Red.

Samsung is shutting down Milk Music in September. Samsung will be shutting down Milk Music on September 22nd, urging its Galaxy and Note smartphone users to switch over to Slacker Radio, which powered the system.

Streaming Music Business Bigger Than Previously Thought. Glenn Peoples from Pandora claims “These adjusted streaming numbers are a good reminder there’s more to the streaming market than on-demand services that dominate the media’s attention.”

“Dept. of Justice’s New Decision Could Wreak Havoc on International Rights.” “When it needs fixing… don’t break it further.” Gadi Oron, the Director General of CISAC, laments the global implications of a new decision.

A Primer for the World of Music Licensing and Its Pricing. To help readers better understand this labyrinthine world, Ed Christman at Billboard put together an explainer, organized from simple to complex.

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RECAP: DOJ Slams BMI Over 100% Licensing, Judge Upholds BMG Verdict, Users Still Can’t Hear High Fidelity

Posted by Glen Sears, Editorial Content Manager | August 15, 2016 9:49 am | No Comments

DOJ music licensing publishing ASCAP BMI

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Dept. of Justice Slams BMI’s Protest of Licensing Changes
In a letter to Judge Louis Stanton, who presides over the rate court that determines what performance rights organization (PRO) BMI can charge for various uses of its members’ work, the U.S. Dept of Justice has responded to BMI’s challenge of its interpretation that the consent decree requires the performing rights organization to license songs on a “full-works” basis.

The DoJ’s letter aims to remind Stanton of all the places and times BMI has claimed its blanket license entitles a licensee to play any song in its catalog, including in his own courtroom. “Just five months ago, BMI told this Court that its licenses provide “immediate access to the more than 10.5 million works in BMI’s repertoire,” according to the DOJ letter.

The DoJ also noted that BMI is urging the court to defer to the U.S. Copyright’s Office’s interpretation of the consent decree, which is at odds with the DoJ stance. But, DoJ writes, “the question at issue, however, is one of antitrust law and decree interpretation, not copyright law.”

In closing, the letter, submitted by Kelsey Shannon, notes that after its review, the agency “concluded that modifying the consent decrees to allow fractional licensing would undermine the traditional role of the ASCAP and BMI licenses, impair the functioning of the market for public performance licensing, and potentially reduce the playing of music.”

Read the entire story on Billboard

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Judge Upholds $25 Million Judgment in Favor of BMG in Piracy Case. “This case presents the question of whether a conduit internet service provider may be held liable for the infringing activity of its subscribers based on the uploading and downloading of copyrighted musical works using BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing network.”

Sony Acquires Ministry Of Sound, One Of World’s Largest Indie Labels. The UK indie label specializes in dance and house music and has scored cumulative album sales of 70 million including 40 #1 UK albums and 21 #1 UK singles.

The Concept of ‘Value Gap’ In Music Services Could Harm Tech, Music Industry. Mike Masnick claims “When you have a one-size-fits-all model, it pushes towards a world where the vast majority of casual music fans are left out, in a misguided effort to try to force more money out of stronger music fans.”

Led Zeppelin On Hook For $800,000 In Legal Fees For ‘Stairway’ Case. According to the BBC, R Gary Klausner, the judge overseeing the case, said that Jimmie Page and Robert Plant, along with their publishing company Warner/Chappell were responsible for almost $800,000 in legal fees after ruling that the lawsuit was not frivolous.

Younger People Aren’t Driving the Resurgence in Vinyl, Study Finds. According to their Profiles data, it’s not the hip youngster looking to check out what vinyl records were all about, but rather, “[vinyl] records’ resurgence is rooted in middle-aged nostalgia.”

Top Two Execs Pushed Out Of Music Tech Startup Bkstg. CEO Ran Harnev and president/Chief Revenue Officer Erika Nardini, both former AOL execs, exited the firm in July — Three Six Zero Group executive James Sealey, who originally joined the firm as SVP of Development and head of music, will take over COO duties and founder and chairman Ori Birnbaum will see his role at the company expanded with new executive duties.

Does High-Fidelity Music In Streaming Really Matter? Probably Not, Says a CNBC Test. Out of 48 total songs played, only 1 out of every 3 participants identified the correct high-fidelity sound service, but “at least four times” people couldn’t hear any difference.

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