Royalties

  1. Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony

    June 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT A Congressional hearing on music licensing Wednesday turned up mostly the same themes, frustrations and proposed solutions as the hearing two weeks earlier. Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters ...

  2. Thinking and Acting Globally at the New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 9:09 PM EDT As the Internet age matures, it has eased international music distribution and changed artists’ touring strategies around newly developed global fan bases. This was the topic of "The Globalization of Music," a panel that was part of New ...

  3. SoundExchange Launches Campaign for Royalties on Pre-1972 Recordings

    May 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Listen to the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" from the 1973 album "Raw Power" on Pandora and the band will receive a small royalty. But listen to "Down on the Street," from the "Funhouse" album released t ...

  4. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  5. Beggars Group's Martin Mills on Why He's Abandoning the 50/50 Streaming Split (Exclusive)

    May 02, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Speaking at a MusicTank event in London last month, Beggars Group head of digital, Simon Wheeler, revealed that the U.K.-based indie label group is planning to lower the 50/50 streaming royalty rate that it and many other independent labels cur ...

  6. Prince Gets Masters Back, Which Labels Say 'Scares Us Silly'

    April 25, 2014 3:02 PM EDT 93 3.277 k 157 0 This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The April 18 announcement that Prince had re-signed with his first label, Warner Bros. Records, where he had resided from 1978 to 1996 and produced some of his best-sell ...

  7. Why Rock Hall Inductees Are Not Getting The Royalties They Deserve (Guest Post)

    April 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Michael Huppe is the CEO and President of SoundExchange, a non-profit digital performance rights organization that collects royalties for artists and copyright holders. Honor Vs. Value: As someone who was raised in the era of classic rock, I am ...

  8. U.K.'s PRS Releases Positive 2013 Numbers

    April 07, 2014 1:37 PM EDT PRS, the U.K.'s performing rights organization representing over 100,000 members, has announced its overall numbers for 2013. Almost across the board, numbers were up. PRS collected £596 million in revenue distributable to its members in 2013 ...

  9. UK Music Trade Body AMP Calls On Labels To Split Streaming Royalties 50/50

    March 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Last week, London-based trade body Artists, Managers, Performers (AMP) - a loose alliance between U.K. organizations the Musicians’ Union (MU), the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), which collectively represents ...

  10. Steely Dan Sued By Former Singer David Palmer Over Digital Royalties

    March 01, 2014 4:21 PM EST David Palmer, an original member of Steely Dan, is going to court against his former bandmates with claims of being cheated on digital performance royalties. Related Articles LMFAO's $7 Million Fight With Ex-Manager Advances (Here's the ...

  11. David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties

    February 26, 2014 6:23 PM EST The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.   “Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are a ...

  12. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  13. Business Matters: Norwegian Music's Revenue Spike May Mean the Streaming Model Is Working

    January 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST Led by growth in streaming revenue, both digital and total recorded music revenue in Norway grew in 2013, according to figures released by IFPI Norway. Total revenue grew 10.6% to 603 million NOK ($97.8 million), the country's best total si ...

  14. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Dragged Into 'Beats' Headphones Royalties Dispute

    January 15, 2014 3:31 PM EST The two music industry stars once agreed to fork over 4 percent of royalties to a design firm. But then, new headphones were introduced. What happens to the royalty payments? It's not a stretch of the earbuds to say that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iov ...

  15. After Judge's Ruling, Publishing Companies' Digital Rights Withdrawal Anything But Clear-Cut

    January 14, 2014 3:18 PM EST While the BMI website says that four of the five largest music publishing catalogs have withdrawn from BMI, sources tell Billboard that most of those publishers have reached a stand-still agreement with digital music services and BMI while they ...

  16. Spotify Serenades Artists With Data, Commerce

    December 03, 2013 2:35 PM EST Amid a growing chorus of debate about how much streaming services pay artists, Spotify on Tuesday tried to present its own side of the argument, outlining in a new website how it has paid out $1 billion in music royalties since its launch five ye ...

  17. Guest Post: Meet the Free Market Royalty Act, an Elegant Solution to Some Complex Issues

    October 01, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Representative Mel Watt (D-NC-12) has introduced the Free Market Royalty Act (H.R. 3219), one of the most intriguing royalty proposals in years. The bill accomplishes two principal goals: Watt starts the process of getting the government out of ...

  18. The Turtles Lead Whopping $100 Million Class Action Against SiriusXM

    August 02, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Enjoy an old rock tune on satellite radio lately? A new proposed class action raises the theory that SiriusXM has infringed millions of these older recordings from thousands of song artists. Damages are alleged to be at least $100 million, but f ...

  19. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  20. SoundExchange Paid Out Record $149 Million in Q2

    July 10, 2013 10:17 AM EDT Signaling the strength of Internet and satellite radio, SoundExchange paid out a record $149 million to record labels and artists in the second quarter of 2013, 55% increase over the same period in 2012.   SoundExchange is the non-profit organi ...

  21. Business Matters: How Pandora Pays Less -- And More -- Than Radio

    July 01, 2013 6:55 PM EDT Terrestrial radio pays roughly 28% more to publishers per play, per listener than Pandora, according to Billboard estimates from numbers provided in blog posts by David Lowery and Jay Frank . But publishing is a small part of Pandora's roya ...

  22. Guest Post: Pink Floyd Pushes Back on Pandora's Royalty Rate Agenda

    June 25, 2013 6:06 PM EDT The following Op-Ed originally appeared this past Sunday (June 23) on the opinion pages of USA Today. Billboard.biz received permission to repost it here in its entirety, Billboard.biz welcomes comments below. Send all .Biz guest post submissio ...

  23. Business Matters: Pandora is not Walmart

    June 19, 2013 6:09 PM EDT A new paper disputes Pandora claims it pays too much in royalties. Written by Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, "Understanding Webcasting Royalties" shines a light on Pandora's effort to lower its royalty costs. Eisenach is Managing Director ...

  24. NMPA: David Israelite, RIAA's Cary Sherman Work to Mend Fences Between Publishers, Labels

    June 13, 2013 11:39 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, NMPA president David Israelite pointed out that the music industry has moved beyond the period of copyright theft and denial of ...

  25. Clear Channel, Fleetwood Mac Sign Groundbreaking Performance Royalties Deal

    June 12, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has cut a deal to pay performance royalties to Fleetwood Mac for songs from its recently released “Extend Play” EP that are broadcast on its 850 terrestrial radio stations. According to Clear Channel, it’s ...

  26. Clear Channel and Fearless Records Strike Broadcast and Digital Performance Royalty Deal

    June 03, 2013 9:00 AM EDT With a pact now with Fearless Records, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment continues its slow but steady signing of independent label deals in which the broadcaster agrees to pay artist performance royalties from terrestrial radio in exchange ...

  27. Business Matters: SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach

    May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation -- last year it was ...

  28. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  29. Apple, Universal Music Group Reach Agreement for iRadio Service: Report

    May 09, 2013 10:14 PM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its songs to Apple Inc.'s proposed iRadio streaming service, according to the Financial Times.  With the largest record company in the bag, the Cupertino, California, hardware company now only nee ...

  30. Universal Music Says Artist Privacy at Stake in Digital Royalties Dispute

    April 30, 2013 2:58 PM EDT In 2011, a proposed class action lawsuit was launched against Universal Music Group over digital income. The litigation from Rob Zombie and Rick James on behalf of themselves and others under the UMG umbrella seeks substantial damages from the r ...

  31. ASCAP Announces Results of Biannual Board Elections

    March 27, 2013 11:16 AM EDT ASCAP has announced the results of its biannual elections to its board of directors, in a statement released today. 23 of the 24 electees, split evenly between twelve writers and twelve publishers with one 'symphonic and concert' membe ...

  32. Business Matters: Are DJs and EDM Artists Making Sure They're Getting Paid?

    February 13, 2013 6:59 PM EST As EDM becomes big business in the United States, some food for thought comes from PRS for Music, the collection society in the United Kingdom. PRS announced Wednesday it launched an electronic music initiative called Amplify to better ensure el ...

  33. Op-Ed: We Wouldn't Mind Getting Less Money From Pandora and Spotify, Indie Musician Says

    February 13, 2013 10:27 AM EST My name is Patrick Laird and I am an independent musician with Break of Reality, an American cello rock band. Recent articles in national newspapers and magazines have focused on how working musicians are being underpaid by Internet radio compa ...

  34. Universal Music Publishing Plots Exit From ASCAP, BMI

    February 01, 2013 4:10 PM EST On the heels of Sony/ATV and EMI striking a deal to directly license their music to Pandora , Universal Music Publishing has notified ASCAP and BMI that it too will no longer rely on the two performance rights organizations to negotiate digit ...

  35. Australian Collection Society PPCA Has Another Record Year

    January 22, 2013 3:38 PM EST Australia's PPCA has enjoyed another record year, again reporting double-digital growth. The neighboring rights collecting society for labels and recording artists said it had distributed more than Australian $29 million ($30 million) to memb ...

  36. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  37. Reversion Rights: Will 2013 Be A Game-Changer?

    December 27, 2012 2:30 PM EST While albums released in 1978 (as shown here) are the first batch eligible for possible reversion of ownership to pass from labels back to the artists, so far the only acts to file notice of termination for master right recordings with the U.S. co ...

  38. Exclusive - SoundExchange Financials: How Much Paid vs. How Much in Limbo?

    December 24, 2012 4:03 PM EST SoundExchange had a $363 million balance of funds on December 31, 2011 on its form 990, the annual reporting form for non-profits in the U.S., according to Billboard.biz's review of the document. That large balance, representing royalties to ...

  39. Business Matters: What Sirius XM's New Statutory Rates Mean for Labels, Artists

    December 17, 2012 6:38 PM EST The Copyright Royalty Board established new rates for satellite radio on Friday for the years 2013 through 2017. The rates are based on Sirius XM's revenue, so the faster Sirius XM grows its revenue, the more revenue will be paid to record la ...

  40. Sirius XM Will Pay More for Music Through 2017 (Updated)

    December 14, 2012 6:08 PM EST Sirius XM will be paying a bit more to play music for the next five years. The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced Friday new statutory royalty rates for satellite radio that cover 2013 through 2017. The CRB set the statutory royalty rates for ...

  41. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  42. The MUSIC Act Aims to Help Independent Labels in U.S.

    December 12, 2012 7:45 PM EST Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for U.S. independent music labels to access the global marketplace. The Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act aims to help small label ...

  43. Pandora Expands Beyond U.S. for First Time, Launches in Australia, New Zealand

    December 10, 2012 8:01 PM EST Pandora Media on Monday officially expanded outside of its home territory in the United States, bringing its streaming radio service to Australia and New Zealand. The Oakland, Calif.-based Internet radio company announced in a filing with the Secu ...

  44. Business Matters: Streaming Services Pay Far Better Than Terrestrial Radio

    December 10, 2012 7:02 PM EST Some artists don't like what they're paid by streaming services. But the problem may stem from artists comparing streaming rates to purchases rather than what they get from terrestrial radio. Compared to terrestrial radio, by far the mos ...

  45. Pandora Shares Plummet on Sour Fourth-Quarter Forecast

    December 04, 2012 5:49 PM EST Investors pushed the panic button on Pandora Media Inc.'s shares on Tuesday immediately after the Internet radio company released a disappointing fourth-quarter financial forecast that triggered a 21% slide in its stock price. The Oakland, Ca ...

  46. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  47. Vevo: We've Paid Artists $200 Million Since 2009

    November 28, 2012 9:10 PM EST Vevo announced Tuesday at the Business Inside: Ignition Conference in New York City that the company has paid back $200 million in revenue back to the music industry since being founded in 2009, a figure it touted as higher than any other music-vi ...

  48. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  49. The Key Women Behind ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC

    November 28, 2012 12:03 PM EST The performing rights organizations -- ASCAP, BMI and SESAC -- play a crucial role in the financial health of the music industry, paying performance royalties to songwriters, composers and publishers. At each of the PROs, numerous female executive ...

  50. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

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