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BMI today filed suit at the U.S. Southern District Federal Court in New York, seeking a determination of rates for a blanket license for all music played on Pandora. Billboard broke the news of the impending lawsuit late last night.
Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy.
Like competitors Spotify, Deezer, and Rhapsody, streaming service Rdio has expanded to Asia, bringing its coverage to a total of 31 countries. It is also now available in Colombia, Chile, Poland, Czech Republic, and Switzerland.
BUSINESS MATTERS: PROBLEMS WITH THE VINYL RESURGENCE
Though the vinyl resurgence continues, sparking new interest in music, the medium is plagued by an inefficient supply chain that affects sales numbers.
Bonnaroo's roughly 85,000 attendees this week will contribute to a crowdsourced documentary, and can automatically brag on Facebook about watching their favorite artists – all part of Facebook and subsidiary Instagram's exclusive social partnership with the music festival in Manchester, Tennessee, this weekend. Billboard.biz
At NMPA's annual meeting, the organization's president David Israelite and RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman pointed out that it is time for record labels and publishers to reconcile their differences with regard to mechanical licensing, performance royalties, and rates.
Film company Good Morning Production Corp. files class action lawsuit against Warner/Chappell Music Group to have the song "Happy Birthday" declared as belonging to the public domain.
The forty Canadian albums on this year’s Polaris Music Prize Long List were announced today at Montreal’s Phi Centre. The slate includes albums by such artists as Tegan and Sara, Metric, Daphni, Lindi Ortega, Chilly Gonzales, Hayden, Kid Koala, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson and A.C. Newman.
CD Baby president Brian Felsen spoke to Billboard from Istanbul, where he's witnessed up-close the historic protests in Taksim Square.
Independent labels in the US are being given “inferior” contract terms for iTunes Radio inclusion with little room for negotiation, according to a report. Digital Music News sources from several indie labels and distributors, have said that Apple is sending “pre-filled, inferior contract terms” to indies. DMN says that “the basic payout for indies seems to be $0.0013 per ‘royalty-bearing stream’ with marginally higher rates for premium, iMatch subscriber streams. That rate increases to $0.0014 in year two.”
Glassnote Records is opening a UK office next month, which will be headed up by Sam Rumney. Rumney will move over from his position as producer of Zane Lowe's award-winning Radio 1 show. Glassnote founder Daniel Glass told Music Week that he and Rumney will staff up the HQ in the coming months, in areas such as marketing, publicity and promotions.
In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo’s top lawyers made their case. The government had sought help in spying on certain foreign users, without a warrant, and Yahoo had refused, saying the broad requests were unconstitutional. The judges disagreed. That left Yahoo two choices: Hand over the data or break the law. So Yahoo became part of the National Security Agency’s secret Internet surveillance program, Prism, according to leaked N.S.A. documents, as did seven other Internet companies. But the decision has had lasting repercussions for the dozens of companies that store troves of their users’ personal information and receive these national security requests — it puts them on notice that they need not even try to test their legality.
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This year's AIM Independent Music Awards 2013 have announced that they'll be honouring Geoff Travis, the founder of the Rough Trade label, with their Pioneer Award, following previous recipients Daniel Miller and Laurence Bell.
Songbird, which launched in 2006 as an open source music player, will end business operations on June 28th. In 2011 Songbird was named one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music. Last June parent company POPI pivoted to music discovery with the launch of Songbird.me. By leveraging Facebook's Social Graph and social media content made available by artists,Songbird.me created a simple platform for music discovery. But as larger competitors from Apple to Spotify and Facebook to Twitter launched stepped up their own music discovery efforts. Songbird could apparently not build an audience.
Darondo, a Bay Area soul singer best known for the song "Didn't I," has died, Spin reports. He was 67. When he died, and the cause of death, weren't available. The California record label Ubiquity, which released one of Darondo's albums, first announced the news on Facebook. Known for his distinctive personal style and soulful voice, Darondo was a cult favorite who escaped mainstream notice for decades. Born William Daron Pulliam, the soul and funk singer began making music in the Sixties before crate-digging vinyl enthusiasts discovered him in more recent years, leading to the 2006 Ubiquity release of Let My People Go, an album of material Darondo had recorded in the Seventies.
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