NMPA, Downtown, Ole, Peer, Others Sue Peloton For $150M In Song Infringement

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has filed a lawsuit against exercise equipment and streaming giant Peloton on behalf of members Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music and others. The lawsuit alleges infringement of more than a thousand musical works and seeks damages of more than… Continue Reading

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The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive. Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry. ________________________________________ By Mike… Continue Reading

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Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

With the album on the wane and attention spans shorter than ever, the first 30 seconds of of a song matter more than. Not only do they need to capture the listener’s attention, but in streaming, they determine if the songwriter is going to get paid at all. Skip rates… Continue Reading

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Spotify Bites Back, Calls Apple Monopolistic [Full Text Of Statement]

UPDATED: The war of words between Spotify and Apple shows no signs of abating, with the streamer issuing its latest rebuttal calling out Cupertino as "monopolistic." In a statement, Spotify said that "Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with… Continue Reading

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Black Box Income Most Musicians Don’t Even Know About

Some of the most common advice given to indie artists is to populate their metadata. In the streaming age in particular, telling organizations who you are and how to get ahold of you is key to your getting paid. Still, many artists’ failure to do this has resulted in pools… Continue Reading

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Spotify’s New Hulu Bundle Could Hurt Musicians – Here’s Why

In a new move towards bundling, Spotify made waves this week in announcing that Spotify Premium will also include a subscription to the ad-supported tier of Hulu. Spotify, however, already in the doghouse for opposing higher royalty rights for artists, could be further harming artists with its new package deal…. Continue Reading

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Africa’s Boomplay Inks WMG Licensing Deal

African streaming and download service Boomplay has inked a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the company’s global music roster to millions of music fans across the continent. The deal will see Boomplay distributing Warner Music’s extensive catalog of more than one million songs to listeners in countries… Continue Reading

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Decoded: The Smart Way To Spend Your Music Money (Pt. 1)

In part one of five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we hear four pieces of advice from industry experts on when and where to put your money, and the dangers of investing in the both your… Continue Reading

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Full Text Of Apple’s Statement Blasting Spotify With All The Nasty Bits Highlighted

Apple Music has gone on the offensive with an uncharacteristically strong statement "Addressing Spotify’s claims," after the streamer filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.To make sure you that you don’ t miss the many nasty parts, we’ve added some highlights. _______________________________________ From… Continue Reading

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