The Radio Disney Music Awards are Getting Rebranded as ‘The ARDYs’: “Families and Kids Really Hate Awards Shows”

Disney is retreading its longtime Radio Disney Music Awards into something less ‘awards showy’. Disney isn’t ditching its longtime awards show.  But the entertainment giant seems to be stripping out some cliché features. For starters, the ‘Awards’ name… Continue Reading

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‘Bone Conduction’ Headphones Don’t Go Over Your Ears — But How Do They Transmit Sound?

‘Bone conduction’ headphones are one of the strangest things you’ll try.  But they amazingly transmit audio while keeping your ear canal open to other noises. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digital Music News Podcast?  We’re available on iTunes, S… Continue Reading

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Amazon Music Is Preparing to Launch an Ad-Supported, Free Version — Report

Who says Spotify and YouTube get to have all the ad-supported fun? ‘Ad-supported’ has become a dirty word in certain sectors of the music industry.  Though that doesn’t seem to be stopping Amazon from toying with an ad-supported expansion. The foray in… Continue Reading

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says He Won’t Raise the $10/Month Price Point — Tough Luck, Songwriters?

Spotify has a lot of reasons for refusing to pay increased royalties to songwriters.  But this is easily the biggest one. In its formal filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Spotify outlined a number of reasons for refusing to pay … Continue Reading

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SoundExchange Sues Music Choice Over a ‘Persistent Effort to Avoid Paying Royalties’

SoundExchange’s lawsuit alleges that cable-based streaming music service Music Choice is cooking its books.  But is there more to this story? Another day, another contentious music royalty lawsuit. This time, the plaintiff is SoundExchange, a non-profi… Continue Reading

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Coachella Creates Dedicated ‘Safe Spaces’ to Combat Rampant Sexual Harassment Complaints

Coachella is under pressure to address a growing sexual harassment problem. The Coachella experience is anything-but-idyllic for many women, though festival parent Goldenvoice has struggled to generate solutions. Now, there’s one potential remedy: ‘saf… Continue Reading

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AMLC Songwriters Blast Major Music Publishers Over Wrongful Royalty Claims — Here’s Their Statement

Once the MMA goes into effect, where will the $1.2 billion in ‘black box’ royalties go? The answer to that question depends on who ends up taking the mantle of the Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC, a government-mandated agency that forms a criti… Continue Reading

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‘Non-Profit’ SoundExchange Refuses to Disclose Top Executive Salaries, ‘Black Box’ Holding Balances from 2018

SoundExchange, a US-based non-profit royalty collection agency subject to public federal disclosure laws, has refused to disclose critical financial information from fiscal year 2018 to Digital Music News. In 2017, SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe colle… Continue Reading

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Spotify & Netflix: Are They Really In the Same Boat? — Our Latest Podcast

Both are stand-alone, dominant streaming platforms in their respective arenas, with more than 100 million subscribers each.  But Spotify and Netflix are ultimately similar fish swimming in very different ponds. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digit… Continue Reading

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Downtown’s $200 Million Buyout of CD Baby Only Included Digital — Now There’s a Physical Spin-off

Last week, Downtown Music dropped $200 million to purchase AVL Digital Group and its crown jewel, CD Baby. The deal also included other AVL-owned digital properties, including AdRev, DashGo and Soundrop.  What the deal didn’t include were a slew of phy… Continue Reading

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