7digital rebrands radio content divisions

7digital rebrands radio content divisions

Best known in the music industry for powering download and streaming platforms, 7digital is to rebrand most of its content production divisions, which have in the past used different names like Smooth Operations, Unique and Above The Title. 7digital moved into radio programming and content production via its 2014 merger with UBC Media, whose co-founder […]

Kobalt hires Silvia Montello as SVP, Supply Chain and Client Services

Kobalt hires Silvia Montello as SVP, Supply Chain and Client Services

Kobalt Music Recordings has hired Silvia Montello as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Client Services. In her new role, Silvia will oversee both digital and physical supply chains for Kobalt Music Recordings and AWAL (Kobalt’s digital services platform), as well as the client management and client services teams. A 25 year veteran of the […]

Universal revives PolyGram brand to handle new movie and TV projects

Universal revives PolyGram brand to handle new movie and TV projects

Universal Music Group has officially re-launched the Polygram Entertainment brand to work on its fast-growing film and television projects. Polygram’s inaugural production will be The Story of Motown , the first documentary about the history and cultural impact of the iconic record label with the participation of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Polygram will develop and […]

From streaming to stream-ripping, new data signals the death of music sales.

From streaming to stream-ripping, new data signals the death of music sales.

What do musicians have to do to sell records these days? Die? Ideally, yes. The star who sold more albums than anyone else in 2016 left this mortal plane that April — his purpleness, Prince. The Minneapolis-born star was the sole musician who managed to sell more than 1 million albums in both digital and […]

Warner Music Group Reports Solid Quarterly Earnings, Digital Up 27%

Warner Music Group Reports Solid Quarterly Earnings, Digital Up 27%+”PDF”

• Total revenue grew 8.0% or was up 10.6% in constant currency • Digital revenue grew 27.6% or was up 30.2% in constant currency • Net income was $24 million versus $28 million in the prior-year quarter • OIBDA was $157 million versus $137 million in the prior-year quarter Warner Music Group Corp. today announced […]

Streaming Music Pricing: Inelastic Stretching

Streaming Music Pricing: Inelastic Stretching

Pricing has long been an issue for streaming music subscriptions, with the $/€/£ 9.99 price point above what most people spend on music each month. Streaming services have navigated around the issue with a combination of tactics such as telco bundles and aggressive price discounts (e.g. $1 for 3 months). However, these tactics place long […]

PPL’s neighbouring rights revenue jumped 34% to £49.1m in 2016

PPL’s neighbouring rights revenue jumped 34% to £49.1m in 2016

International collections of neighbouring rights money at UK recorded music licensing body PPL jumped 34% last year to £49.1m ($61m). The haul was PPL’s largest ever annual international collection, and came after four relatively flat years between 2012 and 2015 (inclusive). Revenue was collected from 33 countries in 2016, with major growth in contributions across […]

BMG brings together 400,000 production music tracks under one brand

BMG brings together 400,000 production music tracks under one brand

BMG has launched a full-service sound agency – consolidating its interests in one-stop, pre-cleared and custom production music under the BMG Production Music banner. The new operation includes offices in LA, Nashville, London, Hilversum and Berlin, and has a catalogue of around 400,000 tracks spanning all genres. The ‘new’ BMG’s involvement in production and custom […]

Apple owns $246bn in cash. What’s it willing to spend on ruling music?

Apple owns $246bn in cash. What’s it willing to spend on ruling music?

The MBW Review gives our take on some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we look at Apple’s ridiculous mountain of money, while ponder what it might splash it on. The MBW Review is supported by FUGA . Apple has enough spare money to buy the entire music business. Just like that. […]

Spain’s recorded music market grew in 2016… but by just €3.5m

Spain’s recorded music market grew in 2016… but by just €3.5m

Spain’s recording industry registered moderate growth for the third year in a row in 2016 as the digital business surpasses the physical market for the first time. The market earned €163.7 million from the sale of music last year – up 1.67%, or just €3.5m, on 2015 . In 2014, Spain’s recorded music market was […]

DotBlockchain Music Signs Up Four Industry Partners, Enters 'Phase Two' of Data Project

DotBlockchain Music Signs Up Four Industry Partners, Enters ‘Phase Two’ of Data Project

FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Bplanet/Getty Images DotBlockchain Music, the initiative co-founded by PledgeMusic’s Benji Rogers that aims to use blockchain technology to create an open-source system of sound recording, publishing and performance rights and ownership, is officially entering phase two. Today, the company announced partnerships with four industry groups to achieve that aim: SOCAN, the […]

dotBlockchain announces first music industry partners

dotBlockchain announces first music industry partners

The dotBlockchain Music Project – one of several operations hoping to solve all of the music industry’s data woes with the blockchain – has announce its first four partners. They are SOCAN, Songtrust, CD Baby and FUGA, who will provide technical and financial assistance to the project. Each partner brings a certain amount of the […]

The Royalty Network renews administration deal with Imagem in Germany

The Royalty Network renews administration deal with Imagem in Germany

US music publisher The Royalty Network has renewed its administration deal with Berlin-based Imagem Music GmbH for three years. The agreement will see Imagem Music GmbH continue to administer TRN’s publishing rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. TRN’s repertoire includes all the works of Shaggy (pictured), Aniyah’s Music (Run The Jewels and Killer Mike) and […]

Sony Music earned $1.2bn from streaming platforms in 2016

Sony Music earned $1.2bn from streaming platforms in 2016

Sony Music Entertainment generated 134.83bn Yen ( $1.24bn ) from streaming music in calendar 2016 – and 40.65bn Yen ( $372m ) in the three months to end of December alone. That means Sony’s recorded music division is now earning approximately $124m every month, $31m every week, $4m every day and $167,000 every hour from […]

Sony/ATV’s UK company saw revenues grow 10% last year as profit dipped

Sony/ATV’s UK company saw revenues grow 10% last year as profit dipped+rapport 2016 (report 2016)

The UK company of Sony/ATV Music Publishing posted revenues of £53.15m (£67m) in the 12 months to end of March 2016 – up 10.3% on the prior year. However, operating profits at the company fell 15.2% to £2.26m ($2.9m), as annual administrative expenses crept up 6.9% to £13.46m ($17m). Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd’s annual […]

Spotify and Apple Music will struggle in China. Meet the reason why…

Spotify and Apple Music will struggle in China. Meet the reason why…

Tencent Holdings is China’s largest company – with an imperious market cap valuation of more than $250bn . It also happens to be the world’s third-biggest music subscription business – one which poses a serious threat to the global ambitions of Spotify and Apple Music . Last year, Tencent spent big to acquire a majority […]

Edgar Berger quits Sony

Edgar Berger quits Sony

There’s been another senior staff change at Sony, with Sony Music International chairman/CEO Edgar Berger the latest executive to leave the company. London-based Berger had headed up international since 2011, having previously been CEO of Sony Music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He’d been with Sony for 12 years and is leaving to pursue “new […]

YouTube Pays Indies 10% Of What Spotify Does, says Merlin CEO

YouTube Pays Indies 10% Of What Spotify Does, says Merlin CEO

[UPDATED] One of the many current battles between tech and the music industry is the size and fairness of YouTube payments to creators and rightsholders. Charles Caldas, the CEO of indie licensing trade group Merlin, threw some gas on the fire during a presentation in London. _____________________________________ Music streaming “fundamentally shifting the shape and the […]

‘Potential for growth is huge,’ says music streaming expert

‘Potential for growth is huge,’ says music streaming expert

NY:LON Connect London Simon Wheeler, director of digital at Beggars Group, has said that the potential for growth in streaming is ‘huge’ – especially overseas – as the market develops rapidly. Talking on a panel at the NY:LON Connect event in London yesterday (Tuesday), Wheeler said that streaming has become Beggars’ largest recorded music revenue […]

Sony/ATV’s UK company saw revenues grow 10% last year as profit dipped

Sony/ATV’s UK company saw revenues grow 10% last year as profit dipped

The UK company of Sony/ATV Music Publishing posted revenues of £53.15m (£67m) in the 12 months to end of March 2016 – up 10.3% on the prior year. However, operating profits at the company fell 15.2% to £2.26m ($2.9m), as annual administrative expenses crept up 6.9% to £13.46m ($17m). Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd’s annual […]

Bandcamp Reports Strong Growth, Adding 2000 Indie Labels, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Artists In 2016

Bandcamp Reports Strong Growth, Adding 2000 Indie Labels, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Artists In 2016

_____________________________ image from bandcampblog.files.wordpress.com Bandcamp’s business grew across all categories in 2016. They also reported their 17th straight profitable quarter, while also increasing staff by 43% last year. Digital album sales on the indie and d.i.y online sales platform grew 20%, tracks sales were up 23%, and merch sales grew 34% last year. Not surprisingly, […]

‘Blockchain saving the record industry? I don’t see it…’

There’s a lot of excitement within the music industry about the potential for blockchain technology, from Benji Rogers’ Dot Blockchain Music , to experiments like Imogen Heap’s Mycelia , and emerging startups like Jaak , Stem , Paperchain , Superational , Ujo Music and others. However, there are also sceptics who question whether blockchain technology […]

And the most popular YouTube music channels in 2016 were…

And the most popular YouTube music channels in 2016 were…

Justin Bieber? Drake? Taylor Swift? No, the most popular music channel on YouTube in 2016 – measured by video views – was owned by Indian entertainment company T-Series. The Bollywood-focused channel’s videos were watched 7.32bn times last year, including 892.5m views in December 2016 alone. Second place was taken by Turkish channel netd müzik with […]

Music copyright centre collects $3.2m in royalties

Music copyright centre collects $3.2m in royalties

More singers are now aware that payments are required for use of copyrighted songs. – VNSphoto Viet Nam News HCM CITY – The Việt Nam Music Copyright Protection Centre collected VNĐ72 billion (US$3.2 million) in royalties last year for registered composers and songwriters, an increase of 7 per cent over last year. The centre’s director, […]

Tidal user figures questioned

Tidal user figures questioned

There was some chitter chatter on Friday about exactly how many people are actually streaming tunes via Tidal, after a Norwegian business newspaper said the firm’s official user figures were dubious . Personally, I’m not sure Tidal even exists. I have a theory that it was the name of a fictional streaming service in some […]

Qobuz accuse Orange de brider son service

Qobuz accuse Orange de brider son service

Si vous êtes client fixe ou mobile d’Orange en France et concomitamment abonné à Qobuz, peut-être avez-vous noté au cours des deux derniers mois de notables problèmes de fluidité de votre service de streaming musical. Par un communiqué, la direction de Qobuz vient de réagir de manière officielle et rejette sans ménagement la responsabilité de […]

U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack

U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by ‘Guardians’ Soundtrack

Getty Images While the continued return of vinyl rightfully draws a lot of attention , there’s another format that’s on the comeback trail: the cassette. Cassette album sales grew by 74 percent in 2016 with 129,000 copies sold (up from 74,000 in 2015) according to Nielsen Music. Certainly, 129,000 is a tiny figure compared to […]

TIDAL : 45 millions de nouveaux clients et une valorisation multipliée par 10

Jay Z et les autres artistes propriétaires de TIDAL vont pouvoir souffler un peu : Sprint acquiert 33% de TIDAL et signe un partenariat avec la plateforme de streaming de musique. TIDAL, société norvégienne reprise en 2015 par Jay Z , avait eu pas mal de difficultés à émerger face à Apple Music et Spotify. […]

Metropolis Music becomes part of the “Live Nation family”

Metropolis Music becomes part of the “Live Nation family”

Aware that there are nearly nine other people putting on gigs in the UK, and there was that one week last June when it was ten, live music giant Live Nation has further expanded its UK business by forming a joint venture with previously independent concert promoter Metropolis. Confirmation of the deal follows speculation that […]

Germany’s recorded music market generated €1.58bn in 2016, up 2.4%

Germany’s recorded music market generated €1.58bn in 2016, up 2.4%

Overall growth of Germany’s music market in 2016 was up for the fourth consecutive year by 2.4% in 2016 to €1.58bn. That’s according to initial estimates from local commercial body the Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI), based on retail sales (including VAT). While the rise is worth celebrating, growth is flatter than 2015, when numbers […]

Updated! Streaming Price Bible w/ 2016 Rates : Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, Amazon, Pandora, Etc.

Updated! Streaming Price Bible w/ 2016 Rates : Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, Amazon, Pandora, Etc.

The last time we did this was back in 2014 , so we thought it was time for an update. Not a lot of surprises but as we predicted when streaming numbers grow, the per stream rate will drop. This data set is isolated to the calendar year 2016 and represents an indie label with […]

Artists will still get Pandora royalties from SoundExchange, but only on free streams

Artists will still get Pandora royalties from SoundExchange, but only on free streams

Pandora’s insights and analytics guy – aka Billboard contributor Glenn Peoples – has confirmed in a blog post that artists will continue to receive their royalties from the free version of the US personalised radio service via SoundExchange, even though the digital firm has shifted over to direct licensing arrangements with the labels. Though all […]

Major Music Manager Accused Of Direct Secondary Market Sales

Major Music Manager Accused Of Direct Secondary Market Sales

It’s been a dirty little secret of the music business for decades. Some artists’ teams skim the best tickets and profit from reselling them on the secondary market. Now we’re closer to getting proof, as Robbie Williams’ management team is accused of reselling them for $79 above face value. _______________________________ image from www.celebrityaccess.com Robbie Williams’ […]

What does the future hold for Sony Music and Sony/ATV?

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR SONY MUSIC AND SONY/ATV?

The MBW Review gives our take on some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we look at Sony Corp’s intriguing treatment of its music businesses. The MBW Review is supported by FUGA . These are highly eventful times for Sony’s music companies. So much so, it’s tough to shake the feeling that […]

La moitié des internautes sont des streamers (dans 7 pays) d’après une étude Spotify réalisée en partenariat avec GroupM+"PDF"

La moitié des internautes sont des streamers (dans 7 pays) d’après une étude Spotify réalisée en partenariat avec GroupM+”PDF”

Dans les marchés plus matures sur le numérique comme les Etats-Unis ou la Suède, près de 60% de la population utilise le streaming d’après l’étude « Streaming State of Mind », réalisée par GroupM pour Spotify auprès de 20 000 consommateurs aux Etats-Unis, Allemagne, Australie, Royaume-Uni, France, Canada et en Suède. En moyenne, la moitié […]

Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd generated £198m in revenue over last financial year

Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd generated £198m in revenue over last financial year

Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd posted a £198.1m turnover in the year ending March 2016, MBW has discovered. According to new documents filed with Companies House, the major music company’s UK base also recorded a post-tax profit of £14.1m. Although revenue (-16.8%) fell in the year, it was still a bigger annual sales haul than […]

UK Music report reveals figures on industry diversity

UK Music report reveals figures on industry diversity+”PDF”

The proportion of BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) representation in the music industry’s workforce is 15.6 percent, higher than the UK population as a whole (12.8 percent), a new report from UK Music has revealed. Among new starters in the music industry, those who have worked for under a year, 27.5 percent are BAME, suggesting […]

Blockchain For Music: The Promise and Problems

Blockchain For Music: The Promise and Problems

Know who owns rights to what is one of the greatest challenges currently faced by the music industry as well as those involved in it. Many believe Lire la suite de l\’article www.hypebot.com technology could be the answer to this issue by making royalty payments faster and more efficient whenever a song is consumed. __________________________ […]

Cutting the Gordian knot: Blockchain and the music industry

Cutting the Gordian knot: Blockchain and the music industry

Audio Network’s head of product Matthew Hawn explains why blockchain technology has the potential to become a game changer for the music industry. British recording artist Imogen Heap is an advocate of using blockchain technology Every industry is on the lookout for its next great innovation – the application of the right technology at the […]

Google mulling SoundCloud buyout, say whispers – as Sony and Universal’s stakes are revealed

Google, prêt à racheter SoundCloud pour $500 millions ?

Google, prêt à racheter SoundCloud pour $500 millions ? Depuis juillet dernier, SoundCloud est à vendre et les acheteurs potentiels se bousculent sans pour autant sauter le pas. Aujourd’hui, c’est Google qui alimente l’actualité avec ses projets. Le géant Google a récemment manifesté son intérêt envers le service de streaming SoundCloud , à la quête […]

Nielsen 2016 report: “Music consumption is at an all-time high”

Nielsen 2016 report: “Music consumption is at an all-time high”

“Music consumption is at an all-time high,” according to Nielsen Music’s 2016 U.S. Year-End Report. The analysis reveals that 2016 was another year with strong streaming growth and some compelling trends for albums. The entire music industry posted a 3.1% increase in overall volume, with total album consumption reaching 560.7 million units. That data point […]

Deezer hires former Spotify exec for partnerships role (interview)

Deezer hires former Spotify exec for partnerships role (interview)

Deezer has appointed former Spotify executive Pascal De Mul as its chief partnerships officer, tasked with building on his new company’s deals with telcos, hardware firms and other partners. De Mul spent five years at Spotify as its global head of hardware partnerships, before moving out of the music industry for a biz dev role […]

Spotify/GroupM survey evaluates streaming audio advertising

Spotify/GroupM survey evaluates streaming audio advertising

Spotify and GroupM, which struck an alliance in November, have jointly executed a study ( Streaming State of Mind ) into streaming media consumption, listener demographics, mobile listening, and ad spend. The multi-part study covers seven global markets — a portion of GroupM’s Live panel, which encompasses 5.5-million online survey respondents in 30 geographic markets. […]

Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?

Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?

In streaming’s earlier years, when doubts prevailed across the artist, songwriter and label communities, one of the arguments put forward by enthusiasts was that when streaming reached scale everything would make sense. When asked what ‘scale’ meant, the common reply was ‘100 million subscribers’. In December, the streaming market finally hit and passed that milestone, […]

Spotify/GroupM survey evaluates streaming audio advertising

Spotify/GroupM survey evaluates streaming audio advertising

Spotify and GroupM, which struck an alliance in November, have jointly executed a study ( Streaming State of Mind ) into streaming media consumption, listener demographics, mobile listening, and ad spend. The multi-part study covers seven global markets — a portion of GroupM’s Live panel, which encompasses 5.5-million online survey respondents in 30 geographic markets. […]

Alexandre Deniot appointed director of MIDEM

Alexandre Deniot appointed director of MIDEM

Reed MIDEM has announced that Alexandre Deniot is joining the company as director of the annual MIDEM event. Deniot brings over 15 years of industry experience to the role, having previously served at Universal Music Group, most recently as business development director for UMG’s Paris- based digital division. Over the past two years he spearheaded […]

Dish brings Alexa and multi-room music to Hopper DVRs

Dish brings Alexa and multi-room music to Hopper DVRs

Until recently, the world of voice-controlled computing, nay, voice-controlled living , seemed like it was still a few years away from becoming mainstream. Amazon’s Alexa platform, however, has made it easy for companies to bolt-on the technology to their existing products. Case in point: Dish has announced that you’ll soon be able to pair your […]

Obama Wants to Work at Spotify After the White House…

Obama Wants to Work at Spotify After the White House…

Obama visiting Sweden in 2013. Was Spotify on the itinerary? Obama does have one of Spotify’s most popular playlists. So what happens after January 20th? “I’m still waiting for my job at Spotify,” the exiting President just joked. If you’re a Spotify user, you’ve probably listened one of Obama’s many musical picks. But the exiting […]

Music biz up 4.6% in 2016 to become entertainment's fastest growing sector

Music biz up 4.6% in 2016 to become entertainment’s fastest growing sector

The music industry appears to have turned a corner, after new ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association) data revealed that the biz grew 4.6% to hit £1.11 billion in 2016, outstripping games (2.9%) and video (2.2%) to become entertainment’s fastest growing sector. Figures show that the growing adoption of streaming and digital services helped the music, video […]

Music marketing: How artists are disrupting the album cycle

Music marketing: How artists are disrupting the album cycle

Domino Records devises bespoke campaigns on social media for its roster of artists including Hot Chip In 2016 the rapid adoption of streaming services and always-on nature of social media changed the way musicians and record labels released new music. The decade old, tried-and-tested formula of rolling out a new album through a combination of […]

BMG Asks Court To Uphold Copyright Verdict Against Cox Communications

In November of 2014, in an apparent first, record company BMG sued Cox Communications for copyright infringement because Cox’s subscribers were sharing pirated files online. Cox defended itself by arguing that it was protected by the federal copyright law, which immunizes Internet service providers from liability for users’ activity — provided that the ISPs have […]

SoundCloud ‘may run out of cash’ this year as it posts €51m loss

SoundCloud ‘may run out of cash’ this year as it posts €51m loss

SoundCloud’s losses grew faster than its revenues in 2015 – with the company now admitting that, should its subscription service flop, its funding may run dry this year. According to a new filing at Companies House (UK), SoundCloud Ltd’s revenues grew 21.6% to €21.1m ($22m) in 2015 – but its net losses accelerated 30.9% to […]

Merlin Works To Make Independents Equal With Majors On Streaming Services [INTERVIEW]

Merlin Works To Make Independents Equal With Majors On Streaming Services [INTERVIEW]

Charles Caldas discusses Merlin, an organization which works to help the independent label community battle for maximum compensation from digital streaming services like YouTube and Spotify, as well as combat online music piracy. _____________________ Guest Post from Pias Charles Caldas has to be many things to the independent label community – a valuable mix of […]

Streaming drives US music consumption up 4.9% in 2016

Streaming drives US music consumption up 4.9% in 2016+PDF

American consumers confirmed their new found passion for streaming in 2016, with a record 250.7 billion audio streams tracked during the year, an 82.6% increase year-on-year, according to data measurement company BuzzAngle Music. There were more streams on any given day during 2016 (daily average of 1.2 billion) then there were song downloads for the […]

In Apple-Spotify World, SoundCloud Can’t Find Room

In Apple-Spotify World, SoundCloud Can’t Find Room

Photographer: Getty Images After years of trading physical dollars for digital dimes, the music industry is finally seeing a payoff . Subscriptions to streaming music services jumped about 50 percent in 2016, topping 92 million. For the first time since the heyday of CDs, revenue for the largest record labels is consistently rising. But things […]

YouTube loses US music streaming dominance as subscription plays jump 124%

YouTube loses US music streaming dominance as subscription plays jump 124%

People paying for the likes of Spotify and Apple Music played more music streams in the US last year than users of YouTube – in a dramatic market reversal. That’s according to the latest stats from trusted market monitor BuzzAngle – whose stats show that digital video music streams grew by just 7.5% in the […]

Google mulling SoundCloud buyout, say whispers – as Sony and Universal’s stakes are revealed

Google mulling SoundCloud buyout, say whispers – as Sony and Universal’s stakes are revealed

After Spotify spurned the chance to acquire SoundCloud, some assumed the end was nigh for the loss-making streaming platform. High-level rumors are now beginning to bubble, however, that Google is very interested in snapping up the Berlin-based company – which boasts more than 175m users around the world. SoundCloud was reportedly hoping to sell for […]

Le come-back inattendu du vinyle !

Le come-back inattendu du vinyle !

Cette année a signé le retour du vinyle et de son fameux tourne-disques. Un retour au classique auquel personne ne s’attendait vraiment. Les coulisses d’un comme-back imprévu. À l’ère du streaming et du téléchargement sans limite, il était presque impensable de le revoir à nouveau… Et pourtant ! Il est bel et bien de retour […]

Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Need Rethinking

Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Need Rethinking

The BPI announced that ‘album equivalent sales’ were up by 1.6% in volume terms in 2016, with vinyl and streaming identified as the key drivers. Many people retain a nostalgic soft spot for vinyl, so an apparently vinyl led revival is always going to get people’s attention. But not only is vinyl not the future […]

Facebook Developing Copyright ID System to Stem Music Rights Infringement

Facebook Developing Copyright ID System to Stem Music Rights Infringement

FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Mark Zuckerberg photographed on Nov. 19, 2016. As Facebook continues to grapple with its role in proliferating ” fake news ” amidst the heated U.S. election this year, it has another showdown looming on the horizon — this one with the music industry. In the wake of NMPA president/CEO David Israelite […]

Music streaming hailed as industry's saviour as labels enjoy profit surge

Music streaming hailed as industry’s saviour as labels enjoy profit surge

Five years ago, the demise of the music industry seemed almost inevitable. Recession, rampant piracy, falling CD sales and a fear that “kids just don’t buy music any more” had giant record labels, once oozing wealth, counting the pennies. Yet 2016 has seen a reversal of fortune – and the industry’s saviour is not what […]

SoundExchange Could See Collected Revenue Shrink by $200 Million in 2017: Exclusive

SoundExchange Could See Collected Revenue Shrink by $200 Million in 2017: Exclusive

FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Getty Images As Pandora signs direct deals with labels is the middle man getting cut out? For the past five years, SoundExchange has been one of the music industry’s few bright spots in a transitional and contracting market. In that time, the non-profit entity which collects and distributes digital royalties for […]

Audio : L’offre d’inventaire de Spotify se répand en milieu programmatique

Audio : L’offre d’inventaire de Spotify se répand en milieu programmatique

L’offre d’inventaire audio de Spotify continue de se répandre en milieu programmatique suite à l’accord du service se musique en streaming de mise à disposition de son inventaire auprès de plusieurs plateformes de monétisation, dont Rubicon Project. Désormais Adform, plateforme d’achat publicitaire danoise, annonce qu’elle propose à ses clients acheteurs d’accéder à l’inventaire audio de […]

Nielsen Acquires Gracenote, Highlighting the Value of Data

Nielsen Acquires Gracenote, Highlighting the Value of Data

Nielsen, a ratings and consumer-research company that has been struggling to adapt to a changing media landscape, announced Tuesday that it was buying Gracenote , a specialist in entertainment data, from Tribune Media for $560 million. The deal highlights the importance that data plays in a range of entertainment media sources, including television and streaming […]

Why Is YouTube the Biggest Music Service In the World? Just Ask a Music Fan

Why Is YouTube the Biggest Music Service In the World? Just Ask a Music Fan

YouTube accounts for one in four music listening hours, according to MusicWatch. But why is it so dominant? The answers, from actual music fans, are almost as confusing as the questions themselves. Spotify has 115 million users (give or take 10 million). It works brilliantly on mobile, and pays artists 16.8 times better . It’s […]

‘Facebook must strike a deal with music publishers as soon as possible’

‘Facebook must strike a deal with music publishers as soon as possible’

The careers of unsigned artists are being caught in the crossfire of an increasingly aggressive copyright assault on Facebook by music publishers. Performers began to publicly complain about covers of popular tracks being pulled down from Facebook in October, following a spate of copyright infringement notifications from music rights-holders. Things have gone from bad to […]

Capitol takes safe harbour on pre-1972 recordings case to Supreme Court

Capitol takes safe harbour on pre-1972 recordings case to Supreme Court

If you thought that Sirius and Pandora starting to do licensing deals in relation to pre-1972 sound recordings brought to an end all that debate around how, exactly, American copyright law works on golden oldies, well, not quite. As previously reported, US-wide federal copyright law only protects sound recordings released since 1972, with older records […]

Why the Music Industry Needs a Revamped Relationship With Artists, Entrepreneurs

Why the Music Industry Needs a Revamped Relationship With Artists, Entrepreneurs

As 2016 comes to a close, an air of positivity surrounds the music business that few would have thought possible a decade ago. Thanks to the rise of Spotify, Apple Music, and their peers, revenues are seeing an upward trajectory. Ensuring that this positive trend will continue into the future, however, requires an understanding of […]

Pascal Nègre : « Je suis le coach personnel des artistes »

Pascal Nègre : « Je suis le coach personnel des artistes »

Pour Pascal Nègre, « d’ici à deux ans, le marché de la musique enregistrée sera à 70 % portés par le streaming payant ». LE MONDE ECONOMIE Ancien PDG d’Universal Music France, remercié en février par le groupe Vivendi, propriétaire de la première major mondiale du disque, Pascal Nègre a décidé, à 55 ans, de […]

Experience Should Be Everything In 2017

Click here to view original web page at musicindustryblog.wordpress.com 2017 is going to be a big year for streaming. Spotify will likely IPO, paid subscribers will pass the 100 million mark in Q1, playlists will boom. 2017 will build upon an upbeat 2016 in which the major labels saw streaming drive total revenue growth. This […]

Musique : pourquoi on succombe à l'appel du vinyle

Musique : pourquoi on succombe à l’appel du vinyle

Le vinyle est mort, vive le vinyle ! Créé en 1887, le disque noir qui doit son nom à sa matière plastique a frôlé la mort clinique il y a tout juste dix ans. En 2006, les labels envisagent de stopper toute production pour ce marché devenu minuscule, bousculé par le CD, le téléchargement et […]

YouTube Strikes Multimillion Dollar Deal With Music Trade Group Over Unpaid Royalties

YouTube Strikes Multimillion Dollar Deal With Music Trade Group Over Unpaid Royalties

YouTube has reached a reported $40 million settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) — a 100-year-old trade association that represents American music publishers and songwriters — over unpaid royalties. YouTube, which is the most popular online destination for music, according to The New York Times , will compensate affected parties for large swaths […]

How Context Awareness Is The Next Frontier In The Music Industry

How Context Awareness Is The Next Frontier In The Music Industry

Music-tech writer Cherie Hu takes a look at how context awareness can transform the creative process, and generate new revenue streams and business models for the music industry as a whole. In his book Who Owns the Future? , computer scientist Jaron Lanier highlights the importance of “decision reduction” in technology. In an advanced, noisy […]

Classical Music: Not Just for Old People!

Classical Music: Not Just for Old People!

Classical music. “But isn’t it just for old people?” they ask. And when I say “they,” I mean the random people I’ve met throughout my 27 years who can’t fathom that this woman who adamantly learned all the words to Eminem songs in her teens and who can’t sing without shamelessly imitating Britney Spears can […]

Do Freemium music services offer greater revenue per user than the freemium combo of Radio and Sales?

The purpose of this story is rather simple: First, let’s treat the music industry like a “freemium” music service with both paid and free components. And, using the data we gather, estimate the average revenue per user for this freemium experience. In fact, the music industry has always been a freemium music experience at the […]

SHAPE platform announces artist list of 2017

SHAPE platform announces artist list of 2017

The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is announcing its 2017 list of artists. The artist selection for the platform’s third year traditionally places a diverse selection of audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from post-grime and techno to free improvisation and experiments with field recordings. The […]

Spotify launches biggest ever global marketing campaign in 14 territories

Spotify launches biggest ever global marketing campaign in 14 territories

Spotify has launched its biggest ever global marketing campaign – audience-wise – in 14 territories. The launch uses a chunk of the firm’s 2016 $1bn investment raise to differentiate itself from the competition. The campaign will roll out in the US, UK, France and Denmark until December 31st, and then to a further 10 markets […]

This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify

This was Sony Music’s contract with Spotify

Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify; Tidal launched a new platform owned by artists, not record companies; and Apple is preparing to muscle in on […]

Leaving Spotify & The Echo Nest

Click here to view original web page at notes.variogr.am My last day at Spotify was last week. I’m not working on music discovery for the first time in my life since May 2000. I’m going to take some time off to finish some personal projects and start something new in 2017. I love Spotify: the […]

Spotify doubles down on ticketing with emails and Ticketmaster integration

Spotify doubles down on ticketing with emails and Ticketmaster integration

Click here to view original web page at musically.com Spotify is doubling down on its ticketing features, with plans to email concert recommendations to its users based on their listening habits, as well as a new partnership with Ticketmaster. The company is pitching the moves to artists as a way to generate more ticket sales […]

Tech firms want Trump to tackle their digital music gripes

Tech firms want Trump to tackle their digital music gripes

Click here to view original web page at musically.com As the waves from Donald Trump’s shock election victory continue to ripple, the business of lobbying the president-elect is swinging into gear. The Internet Association, which includes Spotify, Pandora, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix among its members, has published an open letter to Trump offering “a […]

Report examines digital growth for music in southeast Asia

Report examines digital growth for music in southeast Asia

Click here to view original web page at rainnews.com A new report from McKinsey & Company examined the streaming music industry in southeast Asia. The region has a range of digital music market sizes, with some large and firmly established while others are still on the grow. Across the area, digital music growth is happening […]

BMG signs ‘deepened’ deal with e-commerce giant Alibaba in China

BMG signs ‘deepened’ deal with e-commerce giant Alibaba in China

Click here to view original web page at www.musicbusinessworldwide.com The music business’s gold rush to China has intensified – as BMG exclusively commits 1.9m songs and 600,000 recordings to a new digital partnership with Alibaba in the region. A distribution agreement between Alibaba and BMG was first signed nearly two years ago and has now […]

Rhapsody/Napster posts surprise $1.6M quarterly profit after years of losses, filing reveals

Rhapsody/Napster posts surprise $1.6M quarterly profit after years of losses, filing reveals

Seattle-based Rhapsody International, which operates the Napster music service, posted a profit of more than $1.6 million in the third quarter on record revenue of more than $54 million, several months after making an undisclosed number of job cuts to streamline its operations . The surprise profit was spotted by GeekWire in a footnote to […]

Quick Take: Amazon Music Unlimited Comes To The UK

Quick Take: Amazon Music Unlimited Comes To The UK

Amazon announced the anticipated launch of Amazon Music Unlimited in the UK today. For my full take on Amazon Music Unlimited see my previous post here. Make no mistake, Amazon are taking this launch seriously, with a coordinated PR campaign and press release quotes not only from Amazon’s head of streaming music Steve Boom but […]

Why the music industry is poised for explosive growth

Why the music industry is poised for explosive growth

Getty/Cindy Ord After a long, long metaphorical winter, the music industry is finally growing again in 2016 for the first time in over a decade, thanks to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. And it’s just the beginning, according to analysts at Macquarie, who predict that global recorded music revenues will double over the […]

Spotify no longer receiving content delivery from Global Mediabank

Spotify no longer receiving content delivery from Global Mediabank

Spotify has informed rights-holders whose music was previously distributed by Global Mediabank (GMB) that they are going to have to find alternative partners to push their tracks onto the platform. Global Media Bank (GMB) was placed into administration earlier this year alongside UK-based parent Omnifone. MBW understands that, as of the end of October, GMB’s […]

Universal Music Group Revenues Up Nearly 4 Percent This Year

Universal Music Group Revenues Up Nearly 4 Percent This Year

FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME UMG is riding the streaming wave. Vivendi’s Universal Music Group grew its operating income by roughly 75 percent in the third quarter to €174 million euros ($193.1 million) on revenues of €1.31 billion ($1.45 billion), as compared with €99 million ($111 million) on €1.18 billion ($1.32 billion) during the corresponding period […]

Benjy’s Late

Nobody plans to fail. But they fail to plan. That’s what the dental hygienist told me today. After telling me she moved to a new duplex in South Central L.A., an hour away. One day she decided to take the freeway, despite Waze’s incantations, but then it took an hour and a half. But she […]

Kobalt hires Laurent Hubert as it reaches out to other publishers

Kobalt hires Laurent Hubert as it reaches out to other publishers

Kobalt wants your business. The company has hired respected former BMG exec Laurent Hubert to run its newly formed B2B rights management platform division – and it wants publishers to come on board. In his new role as President, Platform and Investments, Hubert will oversee the roll-out of Kobalt’s white label technology offering to other […]

Kobalt hires Laurent Hubert as it reaches out to other publishers

Kobalt hires Laurent Hubert as it reaches out to other publishers

Kobalt wants your business. The company has hired respected former BMG exec Laurent Hubert to run its newly formed B2B rights management platform division – and it wants publishers to come on board. In his new role as President, Platform and Investments, Hubert will oversee the roll-out of Kobalt’s white label technology offering to other […]

Kobalt Creates Neighboring Rights Powerhouse With Fintage House Superstar Client List Acquisition

___________________________________ Indie music services company Kobalt announced that they have acquired Fintage House’s Neighbouring Rights and Publishing businesses. The deal will see the transitioning of services from Fintage to Kobalt for all of Fintage House’s Neighbouring Rights and Publishing clients over the next few months. Fintage House’s client roster includes Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Bruce […]

Kobalt buys Fintage House’s music business to create Neighbouring Rights empire

Kobalt buys Fintage House’s music business to create Neighbouring Rights empire

Kobalt Music Group has fully acquired the music publishing and Neighbouring Rights businesses of Fintage House – one of the biggest players, and Kobalt’s toughest rivals, in the multi-billion dollar NR space. The deal brings Fintage’s NR roster of artists – including Katy Perry (pictured), Bruce Springsteen and Britney Spears – into Kobalt, which already […]

Kobalt strikes ‘revolutionary’ deal with YouTube giant AwesomenessTV

Kobalt strikes ‘revolutionary’ deal with YouTube giant AwesomenessTV

Kobalt has signed a new partnership with multi-platform media company Awesomeness TV which it says will ‘revolutionize’ the music business. AwesomenessTV, co-owned by Comcast, Hearst and Verizon, counts amongst its properties a multi-channel network (MCN) with over 90,000 YouTube channels. It will now connect its emerging musical talent with Kobalt’s publishing, label services and neighboring […]

Kobalt Label Services signs Tom Misch after AWAL success

Kobalt Label Services signs Tom Misch after AWAL success

Kobalt Label Services (KLS) has a signed a worldwide label services agreement with multi-instrumentalist producer, singer and guitarist, Tom Misch. The deal is particularly noteworthy because Misch has been ‘developed’ as an artist for the past two years while self-releasing material via Kobalt’s AWAL digital distribution platform. Now, rather than sign a traditional label deal, […]

Kobalt champion Bill Maris stepping down as Google Ventures boss

Kobalt champion Bill Maris stepping down as Google Ventures boss

Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris is leaving the company, and is set to be replaced by managing partner David Krane. Maris will step down from the role this Friday (August 12), according to a report on Re/Code. The exec led many successful investments at Google Ventures – Alphabet’s venture capital investment arm – since he […]

Two months after Warner sale, Chrysalis signs with Kobalt Label Services

Two months after Warner sale, Chrysalis signs with Kobalt Label Services

Chrysalis Records has signed a global distribution deal with Kobalt Label Services. The news comes two months after Warner sold Chrysalis Records as part of a $200m+ indie-bound divestment package – a condition of WMG’s 2013 buyout of the Parlophone Label Group . Chrysalis relaunched as an independent label in June , having been bought […]

Do Modern Artists Really Need Record Labels?

_____________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Here’s a very interesting video from The Economist that looks at the new dynamics of the record business and whether an artist really needs a record label these days. It’s a veiled advert for Kobalt , but frankly, that company is way ahead of the game […]

Kobalt Acquires Terry McBride's 18,000 Song Nettwerk Publishing Catalog In Deal Estimated At $25 Million

Kobalt Acquires Terry McBride’s 18,000 Song Nettwerk Publishing Catalog In Deal Estimated At $25 Million

_________________________________________________ KMC, the investment fund of Kobalt, has acquired a “significant portion of The Nettwerk Music Group publishing catalog, including more than 18,000 songs developed and acquired by Nettwerk over the last 30 years, and entered into an exclusive administration agreement to administer Nettwerks’ retained titles and future signings. Nettwerk’s catalog includes songs from 10,000 […]

This Kobalt-managed fund has spent $200m on music rights in 5 years

This Kobalt-managed fund has spent $200m on music rights in 5 years

Willard Ahdritz is very clear that Kobalt Music Copyrights (KMC) has spent $200m acquiring music rights and paying advances over the past half-decade. He’s also very clear that this isn’t Kobalt’s money. Kobalt Music Group, the company that’s relentlessly disrupted the music industry since launching at the turn of the Millennium, is still very much […]

Nettwerk sells 30-year-old publishing catalogue to Kobalt investment fund

Nettwerk sells 30-year-old publishing catalogue to Kobalt investment fund

More than 18,000 songs developed and acquired by Nettwerk’s publishing division over the past 30 years have been bought by Kobalt Music Copyrights (KMC), MBW can reveal. KMC is an independent investment fund established in 2011. It is advised and managed by Kobalt Capital Ltd – but operates as a separate entity to Kobalt Music […]

Kobalt hires Tom Sansone as CFO as James Fitzherbert-Brockholes steps up to COO | Music Business Worldwide

‘Fitz’ has been a shareholder and director of Kobalt since its foundation in 2001 The post Kobalt hires Tom Sansone as CFO as James Fitzherbert-Brockholes steps up to COO appeared first on Music Business Worldwide . Click here to view original web page at mediaor.com

Kobalt’s AWAL announces alliance with Music Glue

Kobalt’s AWAL announces alliance with Music Glue

The Kobalt digital distribution service AWAL has announced a new alliance with direct-to-fan platform Music Glue, with the two companies saying that they will both now “explore ways in which they can continue adding value to artists they work with by building out supplemental services for clients”. Which presumably means offering each other’s services to […]

Kobalt’s AWAL joins forces with Music Glue for independent artists

Kobalt’s AWAL joins forces with Music Glue for independent artists

Kobalt’s digital music services platform, AWAL has signed a partnership with Music Glue, the direct-to-fan platform for selling tickets, music, merchandise, experiences and more. Both companies say they will ‘explore ways in which they can continue adding value to artists they work with by building out supplemental services for clients’. “Our goal at Kobalt is […]

Zayn shuns major publishing deals to keep copyrights, sign with Kobalt

Zayn shuns major publishing deals to keep copyrights, sign with Kobalt

Kobalt has signed both neighbouring rights and music publishing deals with British star Zayn – including his Billboard 200 chart-topping album Mind of Mine. With a record-breaking debut solo album under his belt, the artist/writer has clearly chosen to shun big money deals in the publishing world. Instead, Zayn, full name Zayn Malik, created his […]

Is YouTube Building A New Music Industry?

Complexity and opacity continue to act as brakes on the digital music market. For all the progress of companies like PledgeMusic and Kobalt, this emerging ‘alternative’ music industry is still very much at a formative stage. Some years from now this generation of companies could underpin the emergence of a counter-industry, an interconnected mesh of […]

Executive Shuffle: UMG, Kobalt, Live Nation Canada…

Executive Shuffle: UMG, Kobalt, Live Nation Canada…

The latest executive shuffles across the music industry… Universal Music Group (UMG) has hired Graham Parker as President of UMG’s U.S. classical labels. Parker will report to Dickon Stainer, President & CEO of Global Classics, UMG and Danny Bennett, President & CEO, Verve Label Group. The role will be based in New York. Kobalt has […]

Kobalt Hires Lonny Olinick to run strategic business development

Kobalt Hires Lonny Olinick to run strategic business development

Kobalt has hired business and technology exec Lonny Olinick as Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development. In his new role, effective immediately, Olinick will be responsible for finding new opportunities in technology that increase transparency and efficiency for creators. He is based in Los Angeles and reports directly to Kobalt’s founder and CEO, Willard Ahdritz. […]

Kobalt launches iOS data pump

Kobalt launches iOS data pump

That Kobalt has launched its very own iOS app, which will allow its publishing clients to check all that lovely data the company likes to pump out right there on their iPhones. Bad luck anyone on Android. “This connection between a creator’s works and their income is the first of its kind”, shouts Kobalt CEO […]

Kobalt: New app is a ‘giant step’ towards transparency for songwriters

Kobalt: New app is a ‘giant step’ towards transparency for songwriters

Kobalt has today launched a new app for publishing clients which allows them to view their income in real time, broken down by individual works, type of rights or country. The launch translates Kobalt’s celebrated online portal to a mobile-friendly format, launching on iOS with an Android version set to arrive in the near future. […]

Digital Rights Reporting With Medianet, SOCAN, YouTube And The Kobalt Effect [Mark Mulligan]

Digital Rights Reporting With Medianet, SOCAN, YouTube And The Kobalt Effect [Mark Mulligan]

In this piece we look at the long overdue efforts being made by various groups within the music industry to develop a system for digital rights reporting and administration which is compatible with the streaming model . __________________________________________ Since the demise of the long-running-but-never-launched Global Repertoire Database (GRD) there has been a lot of debate […]

Kobalt’s AMRA increases YouTube publishing payouts by 34% in EU

Kobalt’s AMRA increases YouTube publishing payouts by 34% in EU

Kobalt’s global digital collection society, AMRA, has announced some impressive early results regarding collections from Spotify and YouTube. During the first three months of administering Kobalt’s digital catalogue in Europe – in Q3 2015 and compared to the previous quarter – AMRA delivered a 26% increase in earnings from Spotify and a 34% increase in […]

Medianet, SOCAN, YouTube And The Kobalt Effect

Since the demise of the long-running-but-never-launched Global Repertoire Database (GRD) there has been a lot of debate over what comes next for digital rights reporting. The songwriter class action suits in the US against Spotify are the natural outcome of more than one and a half decades of failing to deal with the forsaken mess […]

The guy who makes sure you talk about Kobalt just got promoted

The guy who makes sure you talk about Kobalt just got promoted

It won’t have escaped the music business’s attention that Kobalt seems to have been more visible than ever in the past couple of years. There was that Wired cover , bold ads claiming Kobalt gets “more money, faster” for clients, an investment from Google Ventures , widespread coverage for fast-growing sister collection society AMRA – […]

Jeannette Perez named Global Synch & Brand Partnerships boss at Kobalt

Jeannette Perez named Global Synch & Brand Partnerships boss at Kobalt

Jeannette Perez has been appointed as SVP, Head of Global Synch & Brand Partnerships at Kobalt. Based in the company’s LA office, Perez will assume the new position effective immediately, reporting directly to Richard Sanders, President of Kobalt. In her new role, Perez will oversee a global team of 50 in creatively pitching, identifying and […]

Sam Taylor joins Kobalt as SVP, Creative in Los Angeles

Sam Taylor joins Kobalt as SVP, Creative in Los Angeles

Sam Taylor has joined Kobalt as Senior Vice President, Creative. Taylor will report directly to Sas Metcalfe, Global President of Creative and Sue Drew, GM Creative and Acquisitions. In his role, Taylor (pictured) is charged with signing new and established talent and identifying publishing partners. He will also contribute to the management of the creative […]

Ron Cerrito replaces Diarmuid Quinn as Kobalt Label Services GM in US

Ron Cerrito replaces Diarmuid Quinn as Kobalt Label Services GM in US

Kobalt has wasted no time in replacing Diarmuid Quinn, the recently-departed GM of the firm’s Label Services division in the US. The company has appointed Ron Cerrito (pictured) into the GM position, effective immediately. The exec moves over from his position as SVP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Republic Records. “I am proud to join the global team […]

CMU’s One Liners: TuneCore, Kobalt, Adele, more

CMU’s One Liners: TuneCore, Kobalt, Adele, more

Other notable announcements and developments today… • TuneCore has a new VP Marketing in the former of Andreea Gleeson, who joins from retail firm Lord & Taylor. • Kobalt has announced the appointment of Kenney Shiu as Director of Music Publishing for Asia Pacific. He will be based in Hong Kong and will report into […]

Kobalt confirms appointment of Kenney Shiu as Director in Asia Pacific

Kobalt confirms appointment of Kenney Shiu as Director in Asia Pacific

Kobalt Music Group has confirmed that Kenney Shiu will be joining the organization as Director of Kobalt Music Publishing, Asia Pacific. MBW broke the news earlier this month. Shiu (pictured) will be based in Hong Kong, China and will report directly to Simon Moor, Managing Director of Kobalt Music Group, Australia. Kenney Shiu commented on […]

Kobalt launches first Apple TV artist app with Placebo

Kobalt launches first Apple TV artist app with Placebo

Kobalt Label Services has launched the first Apple TV official artist app. Specifically designed for the latest version of Apple TV, the app is for British rock band Placebo, who signed their catalogue for digital services to Kobalt in January. Since doing that deal, KLS has quietly dropped Placebo’s music on Spotify. The band were […]

Kenney Shiu joins Kobalt from BMG China, say sources

Kenney Shiu joins Kobalt from BMG China, say sources

Respected Hong Kong-based exec Kenney Shiu has joined Kobalt Music Group, solid sources are telling MBW. What Shiu’s appointment might mean for Kobalt’s ambitions in Greater China are currently unclear, but it would appear to indicate that the rights company is ramping up its plans in the region. Shiu (pictured inset) joined BMG China as […]

Kobalt: We’ll grow YouTube revenues by 50% for AMRA clients

Kobalt: We’ll grow YouTube revenues by 50% for AMRA clients

Kobalt is cross. The company’s charismatic founder, Willard Ahdritz, makes no bones about the fact that he’s been left fuming by what he sees as “glaring inefficiencies” in the traditional collection of his clients’ digital royalties. It’s for this reason Kobalt has set up – via an acquisition – its very own collection society for […]

AMRA announces global deal with YouTube

AMRA announces global deal with YouTube

AMRA, the US-based collecting society bought and relaunched by Kobalt earlier this year, has announced another (almost) global deal, this time with YouTube. Kobalt, like the other big four music publishers, often negotiates deals directly with multi-territory digital services for its Anglo-American catalogue. However, these services need to exploit both the mechanical right and performing […]

Kobalt’s AMRA signs global licensing deal with YouTube

Kobalt’s AMRA signs global licensing deal with YouTube

Kobalt’s very own collection society, AMRA, has signed a global licensing agreement – excluding the US and Canada – with YouTube. Covering more than 100+ territories, it’s the second major deal signed by AMRA since Kobalt acquired it earlier this year. In August, AMRA inked a global licensing agreement – again, excluding the US and […]

Kobalt signs Lionel Richie in global publishing deal

Kobalt signs Lionel Richie in global publishing deal

Kobalt has signed multiple Grammy winner Lionel Richie to a global publishing agreement. MBW understands that the administration deal will cover both Richie’s catalogue and his future compositions. Richie has grossed more than 100m worldwide album sales during his career, with hits including “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Truly,” ”Easy,” “Three Times A Lady,” “Dancing On […]

Kobalt, Believe Digital execs elected onto AIM board

Kobalt, Believe Digital execs elected onto AIM board

The Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents over 800 independent music companies in the UK, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Glaziers Hall in London on Tuesday (September 22). As part of the formal business of the AGM four new AIM board members were appointed. The newly elected Board members are: Adam Velasco […]

Music Publishing News Roundup 8.10.15: Kobalt's AMRA Makes Apple Deal, Apple Music Extends AU Free Trial

Music Publishing News Roundup 8.10.15: Kobalt’s AMRA Makes Apple Deal, Apple Music Extends AU Free Trial

Reportedly, AMRA’s “landmark” license agreement with Apple is “the first of a set” of such global deals. Beatport’s royalty payments to labels will be delayed due to SFX’s “going private” process. In a letter to labels, Beatport, which newly landed an exclusive content partnership with Spotify, claims its parent company SFX’s progression into “going private” […]

Kobalt’s AMRA Inks Its First Licensing Deal: A Global Agreement With Apple Music

Kobalt’s AMRA Inks Its First Licensing Deal: A Global Agreement With Apple Music

Two months ago, Kobalt — a startup whose technology tracks and collects music royalties from streaming music providers — acquired and revamped and royalty collection agency AMRA to ramp up its music licensing collection activities. Today, it is announcing its first licensing deal: a centralised, landmark licensing agreement with Apple Music. AMRA tells that it […]

Kobalt’s AMRA signs its first global collection deal… with Apple

Kobalt’s AMRA signs its first global collection deal… with Apple

Kobalt’s very own collection society , AMRA, has signed its first global digital licensing deal and it’s a biggy – Apple Music. The agreement, which covers the globe outside the US and Canada, will see AMRA collect royalties for songwriters and publishers direct from Apple for usage around the world. AMRA represents Kobalt and its […]

5 Omissions From Berklee College/Rethink Music’s Report

5 Omissions From Berklee College/Rethink Music’s Report

Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music put out a report criticizing various rights/publishing organizations within the music industry for not providing artists with sufficient transparency or pay , although this article posits that the report should have delved deeper. _______________________________________ Guest Post by David Lowery on TheTrichordist.com I love transparency. Last week Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt […]

Kobalt signs publishing deal with UK’s F Block Music Studios

Kobalt signs publishing deal with UK’s F Block Music Studios

Kobalt Music Publishing has entered into a publishing administration agreement with Hank Hughes, owner of F Block Music Studios based at Ealing Film Studios. The new partnership is intended to develop and nurture up-and-coming songwriters and artists while offering ‘the utmost trust and transparent administration’. Hank Hughes has previously worked with many accomplished songwriters, some […]

Publishing CEO: There Are Over 900,000 Distinct Royalty Payments For Artists And Songwriters

Publishing CEO: There Are Over 900,000 Distinct Royalty Payments For Artists And Songwriters

This was written by Kobalt Music CEO, Willard Ahdritz. Why should music, which is beloved by people in every culture, across every language and corner of the globe, be anything less than an economic powerhouse? Today, live ticket sales have hit an all-time high. Music publishing values and revenues have increased. Tech companies are investing […]

Chris Blackwell signs with Kobalt: ‘The future of music publishing’

Chris Blackwell signs with Kobalt: ‘The future of music publishing’

Music industry legend Chris Blackwell has signed a global publishing administration deal with Kobalt for the complete songwriting works of Bob Marley – and plenty more besides. Following a ringing endorsement from the Island Records founder, Kobalt will now administer and provide global publishing and sync licensing services worldwide to the full repertoire of Blackwell’s […]

Kobalt signs TV On The Radio for publishing

Kobalt signs TV On The Radio for publishing

Kobalt Music Publishing (KMP) has signed a worldwide deal with popular Brooklyn indie band, TV on the Radio. This agreement covers all works from the band’s recently released album, Seeds . Through the deal, Kobalt will also provide full global creative and sync services. TV on the Radio, from Brooklyn, NY formed in 2001. The […]

CMU Podcast: Apple Music, The Arches, Kobalt, Walmart

CMU Podcast: Apple Music, The Arches, Kobalt, Walmart

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including Apple’s big music announcement, The Arches in Glasgow closing down, Kobalt’s new collecting society, and why Walmart hates Justin Bieber. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. Click here to view original web page at www.completemusicupdate.com

Should Spotify's Daily Mix Be A Standalone Product?

Should Spotify’s Daily Mix Be A Standalone Product?

After initially focusing more on human curation, the introduction of Spotify’s more algorithm-based Daily Mix feature was extremely well received by users. Many were frustrated at the inability to synch the playlist for offline listening however, suggesting that both Spotify and its consumers might benefit from the conversion of Daily Mix into a standalone product […]

ICE and SoundCloud reach a multi-territory licensing agreement

ICE and SoundCloud reach a multi-territory licensing agreement

1 November 2016 ICE and SoundCloud reach a multi-territory licensing agreement for GEMA, STIM and PRS for Music repertoire ICE and SoundCloud are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement for a new multi-territory licence. This follows the previous agreement reached between SoundCloud and PRS for Music which covered the use of its […]

The new revenue streams drive US & EU musicbiz growth

In this series of posts from Reportlinker , we review the latest music+tech news , with one big statistic per news item. All you need to know, in figures! Much is made in the media and elsewhere about the state of the music industry. It’s always bad news – artists are underpaid, physical music sales […]

Streaming is crushing downloads at Sony Music, claiming 42% of revenues

Streaming is crushing downloads at Sony Music, claiming 42% of revenues

Streaming has now firmly established itself as Sony Music’s biggest money-making format – walking all over downloads, which are shrinking at a pace. In fact, streaming is now generating more than double the money for Sony that the major is receiving from iTunes and others. In the three months to end of September (Sony’s Q2), […]

How Spotify Can Become A Next Generation “Label”

How Spotify Can Become A Next Generation “Label”

One of the themes my MIDiA colleague Tim Mulligan (the name’s no coincidence, he’s my brother too!) has been developing over in our online video research is that of next generation TV operators. With the traditional pay-TV model buckling under the pressure of countless streaming subscriptions services like Netflix (there are more than 50 services […]

STOP TRYING TO PAY ME AND PAY ME! — Music on the Blockchain for Songwriters, Artists & Managers

STOP TRYING TO PAY ME AND PAY ME! — Music on the Blockchain for Songwriters, Artists & Managers

(For a more detailed history of the project please see previous posts here ) With most of phase one of the dotBlockchain Music project sitting in GitHub and phases two and three underway, I thought it might be a good idea to write something more practical for songwriters, artists and their managers. The journey from […]

Don’t Be Fooled: The Truth Behind Amazon Music Unlimited’s Price

Don’t Be Fooled: The Truth Behind Amazon Music Unlimited’s Price

With Amazon having finally released their long awaited stand-alone streaming service , the $7.99 sticker price seems to be bucking an industry trend by offering consumers unlimited streaming for less , but the figure is deceptive . _______________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Amazon has finally launched it’s long awaited stand-alone streaming […]

US elections: Music industry executives outline their copyright wish list

US elections: Music industry executives outline their copyright wish list

The US elections will take place on November 8, 2016. On that day, US citizens will not only elect a new President of the United States but also renew Congress, as a total of 34 Senate seats (out of 100) and all 435 House of Representatives seats are up for election. Music Week asked music […]

Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Two vastly wealthy multinational media companies are exploiting a copyright law loophole to sell the world’s music without paying royalties to the world’s songwriters on millions– millions –of songs. Why? Because Google and Amazon–purveyors of Big Data–claim they “can’t” find contact information for song owners in a Google search. So these two companies are exploiting […]

Apple’s texting service adds Pandora song-sharing

Apple’s texting service adds Pandora song-sharing

Apple users have a new way to soundtrack their texts. Pandora is the latest app to have iMessage integration in iOS 10, Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The free extension to iMessage allows a person to share a track from the Pandora library by text. This can take the form of sharing the currently playing […]

Spotify UK Earns Revenue, But Will Spotify Ever Be Able to Turn a Profit?

Spotify UK Earns Revenue, But Will Spotify Ever Be Able to Turn a Profit?

Image by Anne Thorniley (CC by 2.0) Is this the good news that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been waiting for? Is this enough? Spotify’s UK company seems to be turning things around for the company. In new filing at UK trading fund Companies House, Spotify Ltd in the UK posted £187.2 million, or $275.2 […]

RIAA submits its annual piracy snitch list

RIAA submits its annual piracy snitch list

The Recording Industry Association Of America has submitted its input into this year’s ‘notorious markets’ review, the annual report that informs the Office Of The US Trade Representative on intellectual property issues, in particular with a view to identifying which countries are basically assisting IP infringers. With old foes like vKontakte and KickassTorrents no longer […]

WMG Acquisition Corp. Announces Launch of Cash Tender Offers

WMG Acquisition Corp. Announces Launch of Cash Tender Offers

Warner Music Group Corp. (“Warner Music Group” or “WMG”) today announced that, through its wholly owned subsidiary, WMG Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”), it has commenced cash tender offers to purchase any and all of the outstanding senior secured notes (the “Existing Notes”) listed below. (1) Notes may be tendered and will be accepted for payment […]

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