most heavily debated topic in the music industry since
Spotify launched in the US back in 2011 has been streaming
royalties. Spotify claims they pay $.006 – $.0084 per
stream. These payments include ALL streaming royalties
like mechanical, performance and streaming revenue.
has come under attack in the last month for making
a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its
member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and
thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be
correct, those critics don't seem to understand that the
deal was actually designed to generate more money -- not
less-- for Merlin's labels and artists.
public probably learned there’s something called Spotify,
and that it’s not Pandora. What it has highlighted for
us is we need to do a better job explaining to artists how
streaming benefits them. The point that’s been lost is
that Spotify’s the fastest-growing revenue source the
has lead the way with nearly $120 million going to
successful music projects. IndieGoGo is a close second
and, unlike Kickstarter, allows creators to keep the money
even if a project is unsuccessful (if the creator chose
“flexible funding”). The most successful music crowd
funding project is of course Amanda Palmer’s project
which raised $1.2 million for her album. And more.
has reportedly raised another large round of funding,
according to a report from the Wall
Street Journal. The Berlin-based music
streaming company has raised a $150 million round from
unidentified investors, less than a year after the company
brought in $60 million from Institutional Venture Partners
and the Chernin Group.
Nation Entertainment will open a new concert venue in
Irving, Texas, in the spring of 2016, as part of the
city's new Music Factory retail/entertainment/dining
project near Dallas. The Pavilion at the Music Factory
will be owned, operated, booked and promoted exclusively
by Live Nation as part of the City of Irving's new
entertainment and restaurant complex known as the Music
Factory. Details for the new concert venue were unveiled
last week by Bob Roux, co-president, North American
Concerts for Live Nation, at a press event at the House of
Blues in Dallas.
users have long been able to incorporate copyrighted music
in the videos. But what will happen to the video once
uploaded couldn't be known in advance. Whether a song will
be blocked or monetized couldn't be known until the video
have a music career means more than just making good
music. Fans want more than just songs. They want a figure
that is the human representation of the songs that mean so
much to them. You need to be the whole package to attract
listeners, who want to undergo a genuine, authentic, and
all-encompassing music experience.
know a lot of independent music artists – singers,
people in bands, DJs. I know artists that do nothing but
music for a living. I know artists with day jobs and side
jobs. I know artists that make a really good living. I
know artists that make a decent middle-class to
lower-middle-class living. I know artists that are
basically homeless. I know a lot of artists all over the
this fall, Digital Music News published an article discussing
all the reasons why fans won’t pay for music.
But more recently there has been talk
about the waning days of free music, as artists and labels
push music streaming services to convert free listeners
into subscribers. Looking at the shift in consumer
behavior and artist expectations – as well as the
parallels to other industries – I believe the
“consumers won’t pay for music” argument is
deleted music that some iPod owners had downloaded from
competing music services from 2007 to 2009 without telling
users, attorneys for consumers told jurors in a
class-action antitrust suit against Apple Wednesday.
agreed to pay $3.8 million as part of a settlement
with the attorney generals in 46 states who were
investigating the company for allegedly engaging
in misleading advertising and billing practices.
though the Black Friday weekend had even more
shopping hours this year, thanks to merchants
opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day itself,
sales slumped enough that some industry executives
are worried that it's a harbinger for how the
overall holiday selling period will perform
you don’t have at least half-a-million dollars, then
maybe you should go home. According to a study
released this morning by major label organization IFPI,
breaking an artist in a major market requires at
least $500,000, and sometimes as much as $2 million. The
cost typically breaks down as payment of an advance
(US$50,000-350,000), recording costs (US$150,000-500,000),
video production costs (US$50,000-300,000), tour support
(US$50,000-US$150,000) and marketing and promotional costs
applauds The Turtles for yet another victory in the fight
to protect their rights to-and the value of-their pre-1972
sound recordings. For the third time in two months, a
court has ruled that pre-1972 sound recordings enjoy a
public performance right under state law, and that digital
radio services may not use those recordings without
permission and without compensation.
holders usually go after those pirating content, not those
providing the wires.
in a Virginia court last week on the eve
of Thanksgiving vacation (Nov. 26) finds BMG Rights
Management and Round Hill Music accusing internet
service provider Cox for copyright infringement.
kind of career lies ahead in your future with a
degree in music? You may think there aren’t many
options, but there is plenty of variety offered in
this field of study. Surprisingly, there are quite a
few options for those who graduate with a degree in
music. Here are five career
paths that will have you living your
dream within the industry.
milestone was achieved at the weekend with the
year-end figure expected to rise to around 1.2
million unit sales -- a level of vinyl consumption
not seen since 1996, when 1.1 million LPs were
purchased and Fugees'
The Score was the year's best-selling vinyl
album. Last year, 780,674 vinyl albums were sold in
the U.K. with Arctic
Monkeys' AM the biggest-selling
Internet radio service Pandora made its name by creating
personalized stations using tools such as "like"
and "dislike" buttons for listeners. But a deal
between Pandora and a group of record labels has raised
concerns that the company is favoring certain songs over
others because it's paying the musicians behind those
songs a smaller royalty.
August, it was reported that the music industry
had its eye on a Friday global new release day
that would take effect July 2015. Now, that
proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort
of retailers and indie record labels, who are
endorsing a Monday over a Friday street date.