Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Capitol Records Officially Appeal the $2.78 Million ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Infringement Verdict

Attorneys for Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Capitol Records are officially appealing the $2.78 million copyright infringement ruling on “Dark Horse”. If only this was the most shocking copyright infringement decision the music indus… Continue Reading

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The Black Keys Explain How to Game the Billboard Charts and Get a #1 Album

Once upon a time, the band that sold the most albums topped the Billboard charts. Now, it’s a totally different game. Here’s a deal that the Black Keys decided to turn down. Appearing recently on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney… Continue Reading

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YouTube Music Says It Pays the Same Royalty Rate as Spotify — At Least on Its Subscription Streams

Not sure this is good news, exactly.  But YouTube Music is at least offering some data on its per-stream royalty payouts. Spotify is notorious for crappy royalty payouts to artists.  But compared to YouTube, Spotify’s per-stream rates are downright lav… Continue Reading

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U.S. Congress Is Getting Involved In Spotify’s Complaint Against Apple  

Just ahead of the weekend, U.S. Congress officially requested information from Spotify as part of a broader antitrust investigation being conducting on Apple. The Congressional inquiry aims to determine if Apple employs anti-competitive behavior in sup… Continue Reading

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Newly-Formed Mechanical Licensing Collective Threatens Legal Action Against AMLC Cofounder

The major publisher-backed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) isn’t amused by AMLC co-founder Jeff Price’s latest emails. America’s newest federal agency is getting off to a rocky start.  After demanding $66.25 million in startup costs — just to get… Continue Reading

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Google Doubles Down on Its YouTube Music Transition — Three New Personalization Playlists Introduced

Google/Alphabet’s notoriously scatterbrained music strategy is finally getting some focus.  Now, YouTube Music is taking some cues from Spotify and Apple Music. Just last week, Google and its Alphabet parent finally started its long-rumored transition … Continue Reading

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Musicians Say Disney Is Cheating Them on Streaming — Plan Major Disruption of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Book Signing

Angry musicians are promising to make Disney CEO Bob Iger’s book signing a cacophonous affair. For those planning to meet Disney CEO Bob Iger at his book signing this evening (October 1st) in Glendale, CA, here’s a pro tip: bring some earplugs. Ahead o… Continue Reading

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Music Industry Land Grab Continues — Concord Acquires Victory In Estimated $30MM Deal

Chicago punk/rock label Victory Records has now been gobbled up by Concord — with thousands of tracks included in the deal. Victory is the brainchild of Tony Brummel, who started the label in Chicago back in the late-80s.  Over time, the label expanded… Continue Reading

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