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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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Decides He Wants to Make Money, Skips Spotify, Apple Music, Other Streaming Services on His New Single

Michael Stipe’s “Your Capricious Soul” is available exclusively on Stipe’s website for a suggested $0.77. After a long creative hiatus, Michael Stipe has released his first song since R.E.M. broke up in 2011. The new single, “Your Capricious Soul,” is … Continue Reading

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PledgeMusic Almost Killed Artist Crowdfunding — Bandzoogle Has a Plan to Save It

It was a disaster that almost killed artist crowdfunding entirely. As PledgeMusic disappeared with potentially millions in fan contributions, the concept of an artist crowdfunding platform rightfully came under scrutiny by musicians.  But how was it po… Continue Reading

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Despite Reaching 1.3 Billion Views on YouTube, Gotye Refuses to Place Ads on ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’

Gotye hasn’t made a dime on YouTube royalties. Here’s why. Gotye’s best-known song, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” has enjoyed massive worldwide success. Based upon the song’s smashing international success and 1.3 billion YouTube views, many have ass… Continue Reading

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Apple Music’s Analytics Dashboard for Artists Is Officially Out of Beta — And Available to Everyone

Apple Music has been tweaking its analytics dashboard for artists for more than a year.  Now, it’s ready for prime time. We first reported on Apple Music’s beta launch of its analytics dashboard for artists in June of last year.   The data tools are pa… Continue Reading

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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: ‘Streaming Is Pricing Artists — Old AND New — Out of Careers’

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently revealed his thoughts on how music streaming services impact artists. In short, he believes that musicians are being wronged by leading streaming companies, particularly Spotify. The long version of Taylor’s opin… Continue Reading

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YouTube Almost Overhauled Its Entire Creator Compensation System… Almost

YouTube has a growing problem with promoting conspiracy videos and unsafe content to kids.  The issue almost prompted the company to overhaul its entire creator compensation model, according to details now emerging. Earlier this week, Bloomberg posted … Continue Reading

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YouTube’s Head of Music: “We’re Not Discussing the Value Gap”

Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Head of Music, says that advertising revenues through Google are growing, while subscription revenues will be on par with Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube’s user base is exponentially larger than that of Apple Music, S… Continue Reading

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Makan Delrahim To Speak At National Music Publishers Conference

In June, Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division will speak at the National Music Publishers Association, and this could potentially be the end of ASCAP/BMI consent decrees. “This year’s keynote will be presented by United S… Continue Reading

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