Musicians Are Ruining Every Disney Event Until They Get Better Streaming Royalties

It was quite an unusual Saturday morning for many members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) in the Los Angeles area.  It was also an unexpected headache for one Disney executive in particular. In protest, a band of irate musicians performed… Continue Reading

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Artist Activist David Lowery Quits the Mechanical Licensing Collective After Just 4 Months

David Lowery, a longtime champion for artists and outspoken critic of major streaming platforms, has abruptly departed the Mechanical Licensing Collective’s Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee. The news comes as the paint is still drying on t… 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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Convicted Child Molester Gary Glitter to Receive Substantial Music Royalties from ‘Joker’

Gary Glitter, a convicted sexual predator, is being paid for his song’s appearance in Joker. Gary Glitter, a convicted pedophile with numerous convictions, is set to receive a windfall of cash from Joker. Glitter’s 1972 song, “Rock and Roll Part 2,” pl… Continue Reading

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After Wrecking Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Book Signing, Musicians Double Down on Streaming Payment Demands

Musicians continue to fight Disney and other major media companies for increased streaming royalties. After following through with their plan to conduct a loud and conspicuous protest outside of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s October 1st book signing, musicians… 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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Deezer Introduces a New Payment System to Better Reward Artists — Can It Work?

Deezer launched a new website today touting the benefits of a ‘User-Centric Payment’ system. The music streaming service is hoping to get rights holders on board to create a new payment structure for artists.  The user-centric payment system will start… Continue Reading

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BMG Reports Double-Digit Revenue Increases During the First Half of 2019

BMG just posted a double-digit increase in revenue during the first 6 months of this year. The boom was driven by a surge in streaming revenues — little surprise there. The company reported revenue of more than $305 million for the first half of 2019, … Continue Reading

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