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  1. SoundExchange Top $1 Billion in Total Payouts, Surpasses $100 Million in Q1

    June 18, 2012 11:28 AM EDT SoundExchange announced Monday it has paid out $1 billion in digital performance royalties to record labels and recently topped $100 million in a single quarter for the first time. The organization paid out $108.6 million in the first quarter of 2 ...

  2. Business Matters: As Clear Channel Lands Royalty Deal, Pandora Speaks Up About Webcasting Royalties

    June 06, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Pandora Speaks Up About 'Very High' Webcasting Royalties -- On the day Clear Channel announced a groundbreaking performance royalty deal with Big Machine Label Group, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy was reiterating a message about its own perfor ...

  3. Exclusive: Clear Channel, Big Machine Strike Deal to Pay Sound-Recording Performance Royalties To Label, Artists

    June 05, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In an unprecedented deal, Clear Channel, the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, has agreed to pay sound-recording performance royalties to Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group and its artists. The sound recording performance royalty - ...

  4. Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald Files Royalty Lawsuit Against Warner Music Group

    May 21, 2012 9:55 PM EDT King & Ballow's Richard S. Busch continues his assault upon the major label tradition of paying standard artist royalties for downloads instead of a 50% licensing royalty. The attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Doobie Brothers sing ...

  5. Business Matters: Why Sirius XM and Pandora Don't Account For 90% of Soundexchange's Collections

    April 17, 2012 9:18 PM EDT Soundexchange Refutes Earlier Suggestions of Pandora and Sirius' Collections Percentages Pandora and Sirius XM accounted for a large share of SoundExchange's 2011 collections of digital broadcast royalties. Some people say 90%. SoundExch ...

  6. Copyright Royalty Board Appoints Suzanne M. Barnett to Chief Copyright Judge

    April 13, 2012 4:06 PM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board will be led by a new chief copyright judge with the appointment of Suzanne M. Barnett to that position. She was picked by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to replace outgoing Chief Copyright Royalty James S ...

  7. Business Matters: Pandora Accounts for a Huge Share of SoundExchange Collections

    April 11, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Pandora Accounts For More Than A Third of SoundExchange's Collections Pandora accounted for somewhere between 36.7% and 38.6% of SoundExchange's collections for digital performance royalties in 2012. Angus MacDonald, General Counsel at I ...

  8. SoundExchange Responds To SiriusXM Lawsuit, Calling Allegations 'Entirely False'

    March 29, 2012 8:27 AM EDT In response to a SiriusXM lawsuit that alleges antitrust behavior by SoundExchange and A2IM, SoundExchange has issued a statement after reviewing the complaint. The lawsuit was filed March 27 in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New Y ...

  9. SiriusXM Files Lawsuit Against SoundExchange and A2IM, Alleging Licensing Interference

    March 28, 2012 9:28 AM EDT SiriusXM has filed a lawsuit against SoundExchange and A2IM. The company alleges that the two organizations violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act and acted in concert with other organizations to interfere with the satellite's channel efforts ...

  10. J. J. Cheng Promoted to VP of Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC Latina

    March 16, 2012 2:32 PM EDT J.J. Cheng, the long-time Associate VP of SESAC Latina, has been promoted to VP, writer/publisher relations for the organization. Cheng will continue to oversee SESAC Latina's staff and working with other SESAC departments in generating oppor ...

  11. Publishing Briefs: SESAC, Bicycle Music, BMG, ASCAP, Imagem

    March 15, 2012 2:04 PM EDT SESAC Announces Change in Royalty Distribution SESAC has announced that it will soon make domestic, terrestrial radio performance royalty payments on a monthly basis. Those payments are generally made quarterly. Moreover, the organization says it ...

  12. BandPage Hits 500,000 Artists, Rolls Out New Facebook Features

    March 12, 2012 5:29 PM EDT BandPage today announced that it had reached the 500,000 artist landmark (up from 250,000 just six months ago), with half a million musicians now using Facebook's most popular music app. To mark the milestone, and to celebrate its 2-year anni ...

  13. Photos: EMI's Jon Platt Honored @ SESAC's Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 15, 2012 2:54 PM EST (L-R): SESAC's Senior Vice President Trevor Gale, EMI Publishing's President Jon Platt and Bryan-Michael Cox. (Photo: Johnny Nunez) Jon Platt, president, North America Creative at EMI Publishing and a member of Billboard's Power 100 ...

  14. SESAC for Sale, Owners Seeking $500 Million: Report

    February 15, 2012 8:45 AM EST SESAC's owners, which include investment bank Allen & Co. and hedge fund Och-Ziff, are seeking approximately $500 million for performing-rights organization, according to the New York Post . The organization has hired Goldman Sachs to sho ...

  15. Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

    February 14, 2012 10:19 AM EST While most of the music industry basked in the Monday afterglow of a raucous Grammy Awards, a panel discussion with BMI, SoundExchange, TuneCore and others turned fiery Monday afternoon at the SF MusicTech Summit, over the heated issue of just how ...

  16. Business Matters: SoundExchange Royalties Smaller Than Downloads, Bigger Than Subscriptions

    January 18, 2012 6:26 PM EST Subscription Services Get All The Attention, Pay Artists Less Than Webcasts SoundExchange made 18,000 payments totaling $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That brought its 2011 distributions to $292 million, an increase of 17 percent fro ...

  17. Used MP3 Store ReDigi Sued by EMI: Report

    January 06, 2012 8:51 PM EST Used MP3 marketplace ReDigi seemed destined to attract legal problems when it launched in October. Now the company has been sued by EMI less than two months after it was sent a cease-and-desist letter from the RIAA. The lawsuit was filed Friday in ...

  18. Business Matters: Copyright Office Proposes Federalization of Protections for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

    December 30, 2011 5:30 PM EST We'll Take 'Em: U.S. Copyright's Office's Plan For Pre-1972 Recordings -- The U.S. Copyright Office has recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be under the auspices of the federal government. The report ...

  19. Peter Frampton Sues Universal Music's A&M Records Over Digital Royalties

    December 28, 2011 12:00 PM EST Peter Frampton has sued Universal Music Group-owned A&M Records for unpaid digital royalties, according to numerous reports . The suit alleges breach of contract and unfair competition and seeks compensatory damages. At the center of the lawsu ...

  20. Business Matters: Inside SoundExchange's 2010 and 2011 Numbers

    December 23, 2011 10:10 AM EST The Inevitability of Unpaid Royalties: SoundExchange's 2010 & 2011 Numbers -- SoundExchange, the non-profit organization tasked with collecting and distributing royalties from non-interactive webcasters, paid out $250 million to artists a ...

  21. Backbeat: SESAC Holiday Party Abuzz with Optimism for 2012

    December 12, 2011 11:00 AM EST Hundreds of music industry vets attended SESAC's annual holiday celebration at Café La Boheme in West Hollywood. Attendees included J. J. Cheng, VP of SESAC Latina; Richard Bull , president of the Sixth House; Manuel Prado , national director ...

  22. NARM's Digitalmusic.org Names First Affiliate Partners

    December 06, 2011 2:00 PM EST Digitalmusic.org (DMO,) NARM's hub for digital music initiatives, announced their first Affiliate Partners earlier today. They are: the American Association of Independemnt Music (A2IM), the American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists ...

  23. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  24. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

  25. Sirius' Direct-Licensing Efforts Come Under Attack From Recording Academy, AFTRA

    October 27, 2011 7:30 PM EDT In what appears to be a coordinated response to Sirius XM's attempt to bypass SoundExchange and license music directly from labels, leading artist groups have issued alerts to their members denouncing the gambit, which was first reported by B ...

  26. SoundExchange Paid Out a Record $88 Million in Q3, but Big Money Is Still Going Uncollected

    October 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT SoundExchange announced on Tuesday that it paid out a record $88 million to 18,300 artists and labels in the third quarter of 2011. The payments cover royalties collected from Internet radio, satellite radio and cable TV music-only channels. Strea ...

  27. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day One: How Can Musicians Afford To Keep The Lights On?

    October 04, 2011 8:15 AM EDT Keeping The Lights On: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen spoke about writing the theme song for "The Colbert Report" as one of the way he earns income at this year's Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit in Washingt ...

  28. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Ellen Bligh Truley

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 40 Ellen Bligh Truley VP of corporate relations, SESAC Website: Sesac.com Twitter: @sesac Ellen Bligh Truley was named VP of corporate relations in March 2010 and oversees SESAC's marketing, branding, advertising, promotion and sponsorshi ...

  29. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  30. Guest Post: Artist Revenue Stream Survey -- The Importance of Being Data, by John Simson

    September 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from John Simson, former executive director of SoundExchange now operating as an independent consultant for the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Stream project . As revenue diversification is seen as t ...

  31. SiriusXM Attempting to License Directly From Labels

    August 11, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SiriusXM Radio, via Music Reports Inc., is attempting to directly license music from record labels, bypassing SoundExchange, Billboard.biz has learned. Currently, SiriusXM operates under a statutory license and pays royalties to SoundExchange. In ...

  32. Latin Power Players: J.J. Cheng

    August 02, 2011 12:50 AM EDT J.J. Cheng Associate VP, SESAC Latina The adjective that most frequently crops up next to J.J. Cheng's name is "passionate." For SESAC Latina, she's a tireless advocate of her roster of writers, which may be smaller than that o ...

  33. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull

    June 02, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Sony/ATV Inks Long-Term Agreement With Pitbull -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered into a long-term, worldwide co-publishing agreement with Pitbull. Moreover, when the artist's current deal with the Universal Music Publishing Group expir ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  36. Rhapsody Asking Labels for New Internet Radio Rules -- A2IM Disagrees

    March 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT Streaming music service Rhapsody , which on Friday will be celebrating a full year of independence from former parent company Real Networks, is taking steps to augment its Internet radio features -- to the chagrin of some in the music industry. Th ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  40. New SoundExchange President Michael Huppe Talks About Future Challenges

    February 09, 2011 3:00 PM EST SoundExchange announced on Wednesday that Michael Huppe, the organization's long-time executive VP and general counsel, has been named its president. Huppe replaces outgoing president John Simson. "Mike's proven leadership ability a ...

  41. Reinventing Music Biz Panel @ MIDEM Says Industry Failing Up-and-Coming Artists

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- small and emerging music companies accused the more established music industry of failing up-and-coming acts during a session at this year's MidemNet, the digital-music forum held at Cannes Jan. 22-26 during international MI ...

  42. Business Matters: Live365 Will Survive Webcasting Royalty Rates But May Appeal Ruling

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live365 Internet Radio Network Says It Will Survive New Webcasting Royalty Rates -- Internet radio network Live365 will survive with the new webcasting royalty rates, general counsel David Rosenberg tells Billboard. The company, which opted out of ...

  43. Analysis: Why a Pandora IPO Would Work

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST While 2010 lacked the type of big-dollar digital music deals of earlier years, 2011 may be different. Personalized online radio service Pandora is said to be considering a mid-2011 initial public offering, according to TechCrunch . These rumors ha ...

  44. SoundExchange Payments Up 55% In 2009

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST SoundExchange, the organization that collects royalties for streaming sound recordings, increased its payouts to artists and rights owners by 55% in 2009, according to information in its recently filed IRS Form 990. Distributions to artists increa ...

  45. Maria Pallante Appointed Acting Register of Copyrights

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Maria A. Pallante, senior adviser to the Librarian of Congress, has been appointed Acting Register of Copyrights, assuming the duties of Marybeth Peters, who will retire on Dec. 31, after 16 years as Register of Copyrights. Pallante, whose appoint ...

  46. Copyright Royalty Board Releases Non-Settlement Webcasting Rates

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Copyright Royalty Board has released the rates for 2011 through 2015 for those webcasters not covered by last year's Webcaster Settlement Act agreements. The rates are currently set at $0.0019 per performance per performance in 2010 and w ...

  47. PPL Signs With AFM/AFTRA Fund

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. neighboring rights organization PPL has announced a new agreement with the AFM/AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund in the U.S. It is the first time PPL has worked with the AFM/AFTRA Fund. The Fund comes from SoundExchange-adm ...

  48. Publishing Briefs: RightsFlow, Liz Rose Music, Paul Rodgers and more

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- SoundExchange is tapping the RightsFlow database to help find recording artists who are due royalties collected by the organization. The New York-based music licensing and royalty service provider has responded by matching 1,675 artists and 63 ...

  49. BACKBEAT: SESAC Brings Stellar Acts To Its CMJ 2010 Showcase

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT SESAC held a showcase as part of CMJ's Music Marathon on October 20 at NYC's famed Webster Hall for a crowd of rabid music fans and industry taste makers. The event featured performances from up and coming bands Brahms, Dinowalrus, Young ...

  50. Don Black, Jay Sean Honored At BMI London Awards

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During its annual London Awards ceremony, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) honored the most performed songs on U.S. radio and TV in the past year by European songwriters, composers and publishers. The songwriters and composers who won awards at the even ...

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