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Music News Recap: New Royalty Rates Imminent, Aurous Shut Down, Spotify Insights

Posted by Glen Sears | December 14, 2015 10:39 am | No Comments

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Top Music Industry News Stories

Washington D.C.’s Royalty Rate Ruling Is Imminent, Possibly Even Today – The announcement will be the culmination of Webcasting IV, the rate proceeding that will determine the statutory royalty rates to be paid by non-interactive Internet radio stations like Pandora for the next five years. Read More

Tidal Launches in Puerto Rico – Tidal is making a splashy move into Puerto Rico with the concert by one of one of its biggest stars. But the company is a late-comer to the island, traditionally a strong Latin music market. Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora are already established there. Read More

Unlaunched Music Streamer CÜR Media Completes $1.75 Million Financing Round – Even as music streamers from Pandora to Spotify struggle to find profits and Rdio files for bankruptcy, others are still hoping to get into the game. U.S.-based CUR Media is one, and they just added $1.75 million to make it happen. Read More

Pandora, SONGS Music Publishing Agree to Multi-Year Deal – The agreement follows Pandora’s licensing deal with one of the major publishing companies, Sony/ATV Music, a month ago. Read More

Illegal Streamer Aurous Shuts Down After $3m Settlement With RIAA – The deal will see developer Andrew Sampson barred from operating the Aurous website or similar services, while the plaintiffs – Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Bros Records – now own the Aurous intellectual property. Read More

Surprising Discoveries

Report Claims Spotify Will Allow Some Premium Windowing – The no-windowing policy was at the heart of the streaming service’s dispute with Taylor Swift; and its resolve has been tested by artists including Beyoncé, Adele and Coldplay, as the idea of making big albums only available for subscribers gained currency. Read More

Less Than 10% Of Spotify Users Listen To 1 Full Album Per Month, According To Study – “Based on research that we did at Universal a year and a half ago, we looked at free users, we looked at their album listening habits within a one month period, and we found that fewer than 10% of them listened to an album in full within that period. That’s something everybody’s got to wake up to.” Read More

Warner/Chappell Settles Happy Birthday Suit, Song Enters Public Domain – The settlement comes just days after Judge George H. King of the Central District of California had raised the possibility that other plaintiffs may be eligible to file claims on back royalties paid to Warner/Chappell and the previous rightsholders Birch Tree and the Summy Co. dating back to 1949. Read More

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Soundcheck: Your 5-Minute Recap Of Last Week’s Most Important Music News

Posted by Glen Sears | June 22, 2015 8:00 am | No Comments

Taylor Swift Apple Music Royalties Indie Labels

Story Of The Week

Apple U-Turns, Decides To Pay Royalties On Free Trial After Taylor Swift Open Letter
Over the weekend, pop queen Taylor Swift took to Tumblr in an effort to shed light on Apple’s non-paying 3-month free trial. “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free three month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

Apple was already under fire from major indie labels and the larger music/tech blogosphere over its royalty payment model. Apple claimed that, while it paid no royalties for its trial period (an industry standard), it paid higher percentages than other streaming services on the back end as compensation.

Ultimately, the combined threat of losing major indie label associations like the AAIM and Swift’s major publicity pull forced Apple to pivot. Taking to Twitter, Eddy Cue (Apple VP of Internet Software & Services) responded “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.”

Other Important Headlines

Blake Morgan Lobbies The NMPA & Congress To Pay Performers and Labels For Radio – Currently, only songwriters and music publishers receive payments in the U.S., while throughout the rest of the world artist and labels are paid by terrestrial radio. Read More

SoundCloud To Limit Tracks Streamed Via API to 15,000 Plays per Day – The move comes as Soundcloud continues to work toward controlling and monetizing its platform. Read More

EFF and Cloudflare Say Web Firms Shouldn’t Be the Major Labels’ Watchdogs – Web companies are pushing back at a recent federal court order that would force them to become copyrightenforcers for music labels when an infringing site’s owner can’t be found. Read More

Pandora Paid Pharrell Just $6300 For 105 Million “Happy” Plays – “We’re projecting over a billion dollars of revenue next year,” said Pandora founder Tim Westergren, “and we’re sharing that revenue very fairly with the artist community.” Read More

EDC Las Vegas Tops 130,000 Attendees Its First Night – One of the world’s largest EDM festivals just keeps growing, despite major desert heat and Vegas expense. Read More

Dance Music’s Tech Leaders Discuss Disruption at EDMbiz – “Isn’t modern innovation taking someone’s idea and making it better? You just can’t fight the Internet. At the end of the day, the internet’s going to beat you every time.” Read More

New Music Seminar attendees: Don’t forget that MediaNet’s own Frank Johnson will be speaking about digital music infrastructure in an NMS Intensive on Tuesday with music journalist Larry LeBlanc! More details here.

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