Royalties

  1. Aretha Franklin Criticizes Songwriter Over Rights Lawsuit

    August 02, 2011 11:31 PM EDT Aretha Franklin says she's "extremely disappointed" over a lawsuit filed by her longtime songwriting partner over song royalties from her latest CD and copyright infringement. Norman West of Lansing filed the suit July 15 against th ...

  2. Indian Performance Royalties Threatened By Court Rulings

    August 02, 2011 2:48 PM EDT Two Indian court rulings could kill off authors' performance royalties from radio airplay in the vast country. A High Court in Mumbai (July 25) ruled in favor of broadcaster Music Broadcast Private Limited and the judiciary in New Dehli (July ...

  3. Turntable.fm Raises $7.5 Million From Union Square Ventures, Valued at $37.5 Million

    August 02, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Hot social music startup Turntable.fm has raised $7.5 million from Union Square Ventures, according to a report at Betabeat. The deal values the company at $37.5 million. Reports of funding - the exact dollar amount and valuation reported today - ...

  4. Future of Music Coalition to Launch Survey on Artist Revenue Streams

    July 27, 2011 11:46 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition is undertaking a project that will answer two basic questions: what percentage of musicians' income comes from each possible revenue source and how has that changed over the last ten years? From September 6 to Oc ...

  5. Business Matters: Mobile Listening Outpacing Mobile Ads, Pandora CEO Says

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Mobile Listening Outpacing Mobile Ads, Pandora CEO Says -- Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy has suggested one of the analyst's fears about its business is coming true -- the company is not selling enough mobile ads. "The sheer level of aggregate ...

  6. Coca-Cola Acquires Stake in Music Licensing Company

    July 22, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Coca-Cola is buying a minority stake in independent music licensing firm Music Dealers as part of a three-year nonexclusive deal under which Coke soft-drink brands will incorporate music by Music Dealer artists into their marketing campaigns. Ne ...

  7. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  8. Harry Fox Agency Inks Deal With Spotify For Publishing Licensing, And More

    July 18, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has entered into a publishing licensing, administration and management agreement with Spotify to clear mechanical publishing rights for the digital music service. Under the agreement, Spotify will utilize HFA's end- ...

  9. Inside Turntable.fm: Social Networking Meets Internet Radio

    July 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT A strange thing happened on the way to the latest digital music revolution. As U.S. consumers and recording industry executives wait to see if Spotify and Apple can usher in a new era of cloud-based music streaming, Turntable.fm has become the m ...

  10. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  11. RoyaltyShare to Take Over Sony Music's Royalty Processing

    July 12, 2011 8:01 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has called on RoyaltyShare to take over the processing and payment of artist and mechanical royalties, according to both companies. While Sony declined to comment on the move other than to acknowledge that it had occurred, ...

  12. Tuhin Roy of MXP4 on Blanket Digital Music Licensing From a Developer's Perspective

    June 29, 2011 12:13 PM EDT (Tuhin Roy is Chief Strategy Officer of MXP4, the developer of Bopler Games, a Facebook application that enables users to play multiple music games across a large catalog of music. Tuhin practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins ...

  13. GEMA Under Fire For Royalties Dispute With YouTube

    June 24, 2011 11:20 AM EDT BERLIN - GEMA, the German collection society, has come under fire in recent days from the music industry as it attempts to settle a two-year long dispute over royalties with Google by preventing access to music videos on YouTube. The issue is set ...

  14. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  15. Nashville Publishers Say a Hit Is Still a Hit, But Album Cuts Alone Won't Cut It

    June 08, 2011 10:05 AM EDT In Synch (from left): Chris Dubois, Partner, Sea Gayle Music; Jody Williams, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, BMI; Carla Wallace, Co-Owner/VP Creative, Big Yellow Dog Music; David Ross, Publisher, Music Row Publications; John Barker, Fou ...

  16. APRA's Performance and Broadcast Royalties Up Seven Percent

    June 03, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Performance and broadcast royalties continue to show strong growth Down Under, where the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) this week announced it had distributed a record $71.2 million Australian ($75.9 million) to its members APRA& ...

  17. Apple Signs Deal With Universal Music Group for iCloud, Major Publishers Also on Board

    June 02, 2011 5:25 PM EDT As expected, Apple has signed the fourth major label -- Universal Music Group -- to a licensing deal for its new iCloud service , which is scheduled to be unveiled on Monday at its Worldwide Developer Conference, sources told Billboard today. At t ...

  18. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  19. Pub Briefs: Bug Lands Sugar Hill Catalog; Harry Fox Offers Discount; Plus, Danzig!

    May 25, 2011 4:23 PM EDT --Bug Music has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer the rights to Sugar Hill Records' music publishing catalog, which is comprised of 600 songs in the country, bluegrass and Americana genres. The rosters at Sugar Hill Records� ...

  20. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  21. Broadway Musicians' Union Fighting Against Recorded Music in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

    May 17, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The fur - and feather boas - are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls "an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign" against the producers of the musi ...

  22. Publishing Briefs: Eric Benet Signs Management Deal With Primary Wave

    May 05, 2011 9:49 PM EDT Eric Benet Inks Management Deal With Primary Wave -- Grammy Nominated R&B singer Eric Benet has signed a management deal with New York City-based Primary Wave Talent Management ( PrimaryWaveMusic.com ). This new management deal reunites Benet ...

  23. EMI Music Publishing Taking Over Licensing Digital Rights From ASCAP

    May 03, 2011 4:17 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing is bundling performance rights previously represented by ASCAP with mechanical and syncronization rights in a move to streamline licensing for digital music service providers, the company announced in a statement today. In mak ...

  24. Two of South Africa's Largest Royalty Collection Agencies Join Forces

    April 29, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two leading South African royalty collection societies have signed a memorandum of understanding as the first step to forming the country's first joint mechanical rights collecting society. In what marks the first major agreement between Sout ...

  25. Australian Record Labels' Lawsuit to Increase Radio Royalties to Reach High Court in May

    April 28, 2011 1:43 PM EDT Australian record labels' legal attempt to increase broadcast license fees will reach the country's High Court next month. On May 10, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) -- the neighboring rights collection society f ...

  26. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  27. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  28. Rick James Estate's Class-Action Suit Against Universal: An Entertainment Attorney Weighs In

    April 08, 2011 11:24 AM EDT The Rick James estate filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group and it's raising expectations that more artists may enter the license-vs.-sale battle over digital downloads. But the clock could be ticking for heritage artists ...

  29. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Claims 5 Million Registered Users

    April 06, 2011 5:39 PM EDT An Enormous Band of Pirates -- The five millionth user account was created at The Pirate Bay on Monday, according to TorrentFreak. For the world's most notorious BitTorrent site, a constant thorn in the side of music companies, five million m ...

  30. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Fourth Place Slide In International Rankings

    April 05, 2011 8:05 AM EDT The United Kingdom's music industry may have slipped to fourth place on the IFPI's world rankings, but it is still performing robustly in a number of key areas, say U.K. execs. According to international trade body IFPI, Germany has now ...

  31. Rick James' Estate Files Class Action Suit Against UMG In Wake of Eminem Verdict

    April 04, 2011 1:03 PM EDT The legal dispute over digital royalties between Universal Music Group and a production company representing Eminem -- and what that verdict could mean for the music industry -- just got a whole lot more complicated. The estate of the late funkmei ...

  32. When Will Recorded Music Revenue Be 50% Digital?

    March 31, 2011 2:38 PM EDT When will U.S. recorded music sales be split 50/50 between digital and physical? It depends who you ask. According to recent figures in an IFPI global music industry report , the trade value of recorded music sales in the U.S. is probably over 50% ...

  33. Harry Fox Agency, Songtrust Cut Adminstrative Deal

    March 30, 2011 7:30 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and Songtrust, Downtown Music's publishing administration service for indie artists, have cut a deal whereby HFA will supply back-office support for the collection and distribution of royalties. What's more, th ...

  34. U.K. Royalty Collections Down, Falling CD Sales Trump Digital Gains

    March 28, 2011 1:46 PM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K. performing rights collection society says ollections were down 1% in 2010 . The organization collects both mechanical royalties and performance royalties. The slight decrease in collections stemmed from a familiar culprit, ...

  35. Germany's GEMA Royalty Collection Society Announces Increase for 2010

    March 28, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Somthing to Smile About: Gemma board member Georg Oeller (left) and CEO Dr. Harald Heker. (Photo: Bettina Muller/GMA Munchen ) For the 2010 fiscal year, the German collection society GEMA today announced it will distribute more than €736 million t ...

  36. Publishing Briefs: Clear, Carly Simon, BMG, ASCAP, Primary Wave, EMI, BMI And More

    March 23, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Oleclear acquires Music People clear , the new production music division of Canadian music publishing firm ole, has acquired the Music People, a Canadian production music company founded in 1974, according to an announcement from ole. As part of t ...

  37. Rebecca Black's First-Week Sales: Not Bad, But Not In The Millions ...

    March 22, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. The ...

  38. Supreme Court Rejects Universal Music Group's Appeal Of Eminem Royalty Case

    March 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group regarding how much it pays artists for digital music sales. UMG is appealing a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last year, which stated that the label ...

  39. ABI's Music Cloud Streaming Report: Presumptive?

    March 18, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Many in the music industry believe that cloud-based music services will "one day" become the mainstream method of consuming music. The question is just when. Proposing to answer that question is ABI Research, which in a new report pegs 2 ...

  40. Royalty Trust: RightsFlow CEO Patrick Sullivan Answers FAQs

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When you secure licenses on behalf of clients, they're sometimes issued in your name, not the client's. If such a client switches to another licensing service provider, would they have to relicense those works? We allow the licensee to h ...

  41. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  42. Cloud-based Music Streaming Will Be Dominant by 2016 (Study)

    March 18, 2011 7:45 AM EDT By 2016, cloud-based streaming services will become a more important form of access to music than owning albums, songs or tracks, forecasts ABI Research. "The number of subscribers to mobile music streaming services is expected to approach 5. ...

  43. SoundExchange Paid Out $252 Million In 2010

    March 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $252 million in digital performance royalties in 2010, the organization announced Thursday. The non-profit performance rights organization has now paid out more than $600 million for the performances of sound recordings by w ...

  44. Is Metadata Music's Next Financial Frontier? SXSW Panel Suggests It Might Be

    March 17, 2011 4:17 PM EDT The "Information is Key, Data is King" saying seems to have finally found its roots at a number of SxSW's panels and events. Strong usage of metadata has proven not only to directly impact consumers' discovery, increase sales a ...

  45. Business Matters: Obama Admin. Gets Behind Performance Rights Act, Harsher Illegal Streaming Penalties

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Obama Administration Gets Behind Performance Rights Act -- Record labels and performers appear to have inched closer to getting a performance right for sound recordings. On Tuesday, the White House U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinato ...

  46. Business Matters: First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth Of An Album's First-Year Sales

    March 09, 2011 4:15 PM EST First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth of an Album's First Year Sales -- How important are an album's first-week sales? In the first calendar year of an album's release, first-week sales accounted for 24.5% of an album's sales in ...

  47. Russian Music Rights Collection Agencies Shuttered by Courts

    March 07, 2011 11:35 AM EST MOSCOW - Attempts by the Russian authorities to bring order to royalty collection and payment have resulted in utter chaos with rights holders standing to lose significant revenue. Under recent court orders state accreditations issued to VOIS (to ...

  48. How Will Pandora Turn a Profit? New Toyota Campaign Should Help, A Lot

    March 04, 2011 1:01 PM EST After Pandora filed for an IPO in February, attention was drawn to a business model some felt was unsustainable. People tended to focus on two facts: roughly half the company's revenue goes toward royalties; and its royalty rate will increase ...

  49. Country Radio Seminar 'Show Me The Money' Panel Paints Tough Financial Picture For New Artists

    March 03, 2011 10:09 AM EST If anyone attending the Country Radio Seminar still doubted the troubles facing the recording business, a presentation of case-study profit-and-loss statements by artist and label representatives cemented the position March 2 during "Show Me ...

  50. Check Your Forecast: Debunking Mobile Music Revenue Estimates

    February 24, 2011 2:00 PM EST If you believe the revenue estimates of Juniper , the value of mobile music was worth $3.1 billion in 2010 and will rise to $5.1 billion in 2015. In fact, mobile is so important to digital music that it is "propping up a failing industry hit ...

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