Spotify Plucks 36 Artists for Its Global Emerging Artist Program, ‘Radar’

Spotify announced today that its updated global emerging-artist program, now called RADAR, has signed 36 new artists. As with Spotify’s previous efforts to promote up-and-coming acts, RADAR will center on a playlist (entitled “On Our RADAR&… Continue Reading

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Bad Bunny Scores Spotify’s Biggest Debut of 2020 — After a Paid Promotional Campaign

Bad Bunny’s new album is killing it on Spotify — partially due to the platform’s paid advertising options. Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny is taking full advantage of Spotify’s soon-to-be expanded advertising tools to promote his newest… Continue Reading

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Spotify Is Expanding Its Pay-for-Promotion Program — Not Everyone Thinks That’s Such a Good Idea

Following the success of ‘Marquee,’ Spotify has greenlit the expansion of its artist advertising program.  But ‘paying for promotion’ is getting dangerously closely to ‘paying for play’ for many. Having experienced s… Continue Reading

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SAG-AFTRA Doubles Down on Efforts to Secure Union Contracts for Spanish Broadcasting System Employees

SAG-AFTRA is upping the ante in its multiyear quest for a contract with the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), a large owner and operator of Hispanic radio stations (namely La Raza and Mega) in the United States and Puerto Rico. Yesterday, about 200 me… Continue Reading

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Music Benefactors Wants to Solve the Crowdfunding Riddle for Musicians — Introducing the ‘Artist Public Offering’

On November 14th, 2019, Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to the public, the music industry, and, most importantly of all, her many millions of fans. In it, Swift — who has sold over 50 million records and became a global sensation long before her 30th… Continue Reading

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Identifyy Sees Massive Growth — HAAWK Now Represents YouTube, Facebook & Instagram Rights for Over 75,000 Artists

How do indie artists and smaller producers get access to YouTube Content ID and Facebook Rights Manager?   Artists signed to Merlin-affiliated labels have a shot at claiming and monetizing, if their labels are able to staff up and do the work. And majo… Continue Reading

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What Is Sync Licensing? A Look at One of the Music Industry’s Fastest-Growing Sectors

Sync licensing is quickly ramping upward, with artists capturing increased revenues. Here’s an overview for artists, composers, advertisers, and everybody in between. The following was created with the support of Songtradr, part of a broader part… Continue Reading

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Just Got My Spotify Mechanical Royalty Check In the Mail — $11.06 for 32,222 Plays

Kerry Muzzey is a prolific composer whose work appears in major TV shows, Hollywood film trailers, and Broadway productions.  Earlier this week, Muzzey got his mechanical royalty check from Spotify. After failing to pay mechanical royalties entirely — … Continue Reading

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Thematic Is Unlocking the Content Creator Economy for Artists — 2.5 Billion Plays, 1 Million Fan Conversions

Last time we reported on Thematic, the company had generated more than 1 billion song plays for its artists. Now, that number has surpassed 2.5 billion, just one of several impressive stats being shared by the company this week. It’s all part of a coll… Continue Reading

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Composer Discovers His Music Is All Over Chinese TV, Can’t Get Paid

In a collection of 37 Twitter posts, composer Kerry Muzzey described his odyssey of trying to get paid for music of his that has appeared on Chinese TV. Muzzey alleges that the culprit is China Central Television (CCTV). He insists that, for many years… Continue Reading

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