Alex Pham

contributing editor

contributing editor

Beats Music Rolls Out Commerce Via Topspin

Beats Music Rolls Out Commerce Via Topspin

Beats Music has rolled out an option for artists on its streaming music platform to promote merchandise, tickets or other forms of commerce, via an integration with Topspin Media. The arrangement fulfills part of a promise made by Beats Co-founder Jimmy Iovine a year ago to help artists connect directly with their fans.
Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

Merlin, a music rights organization that represents more than 20,000 independent labels and artists worldwide, announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Beats Music. The multi-year contract gives Merlin the same terms as those negotiated with major music labels.
YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

YouTube has paid out more than $1 billion to music rights holders over the last several years. The disclosure came during a Midem panel addressing online video during which YouTube VP of content Tom Pickett was grilled about whether ads provide sufficient revenue for artists and what the California technology company is doing about illegal "stream rippers."

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