Google Signs Licensing Agreement with IPRS, India’s Largest Music Representative Trade Body

With its recent deal with the IPRS, Google remains committed to keeping YouTube Music afloat in India. Last Wednesday, Google confirmed a major rollout for its third floundering streaming music service. In a blog post, the search giant unveiled the int… Continue Reading

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To Convince Songwriters, Spotify Has Reportedly Planned Town Hall Meetings in LA and Nashville

According to one executive, Spotify remains “very adept” at spinning half-truths to songwriters. Spotify isn’t in good standing right now with the music industry.  At least among top executives, major music publishers, and American songwriters. First, … Continue Reading

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Warner/Chappell Vows to Defeat Spotify’s CRB Appeal — Here’s Their Open Letter to the Industry

Warner/Chappell has lent its support against Spotify’s decision to appeal the CRB songwriter royalty increase. Last month, in a split decision, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled in favor of a 44% songwriter royalty increase on streaming musi… Continue Reading

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Spotify Hits Back at Apple — ‘Every Monopolist Will Suggest They Have Done Nothing Wrong’

Spotify’s feud with Apple continues. According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Apple purposefully limits choice and stifles innovation at the expense of user experience through the App Store. Filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission, Ek acc… Continue Reading

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African Digital Music Service Boomplay Finalizes Its Licensing Deal with Warner Music Group

Boomplay continues scoring licensing agreements with major labels. Several months ago, Universal Music Group (UMG) made a strong play in the African market. The global music company had unveiled a licensing deal with Boomplay, a major African streaming… Continue Reading

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Apple Slams Spotify’s EU Antitrust Filing as App Store Feud Intensifies

According to Apple, Spotify wants all the benefits of the App Store without giving anything back. Two days ago, Spotify confirmed a major antitrust filing in the European Union. According to the streaming music giant, Apple unfairly stifles creativity … Continue Reading

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Spotify Names Another ‘Recommended Label Distributor’ — Absolute Label Services

Spotify for Artists has quietly added a recommend label distributor. Last October, Spotify made a surprising move into the digital distribution business.  Apple Music soon followed close behind. The streaming music giant had quietly selected 5 preferre… Continue Reading

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Facebook Signs Deals with Rightsholders in India and Thailand — And Adds ‘Tap Through to Spotify’ Functionality

Facebook is signing new deals around the world — and steadily building out its music functionality. As SXSW, Facebook made a slew of announcements. First, the social media giant has signed new licensing deals with major labels in Asian countries, speci… Continue Reading

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