Royalties

  1. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Interest In Billie Holliday Catalog, Downtown Signs Admin Deal With MRI

    February 16, 2012 6:26 PM EST Bicycle Music Acquires Interest in Billie Holliday Catalog The Bicycle Music Company has acquired a substantial interest in Billie Holiday publishing catalog as well as her master recordings, name, likeness and image rights. As a songwriter, Billi ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  4. Business Matters: Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore

    February 07, 2012 8:54 PM EST Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore -- Vevo made headlines last week when the video service announced it had generated $150 million in revenue in 2011. To go from launch to $150 million in two years speaks to the company's ...

  5. Sister Sledge Files Class Action Against Warner Music Over Digital Royalties

    February 03, 2012 7:45 AM EST The members of the musical group Sister Sledge have banded together with an Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter to file a major class action lawsuit against Warner Music Group alleging they have been cheated out of millions of dollars based on ...

  6. Business Matters: Digging Into Vevo's $150 Million of Revenue in 2011, Eventbrite's growth

    February 01, 2012 5:33 PM EST Vevo Announces $150 million in revenue, Averages $0.0043/Stream -- Vevo pulled in $150 million in revenue in 2011 and expects to hit $1 billion soon, CEO Rio Caraeff said at the Dive Into Media conference. Caraeff made the rare financial disclosur ...

  7. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  8. AFTRA Sound Recording Agreement With Major Labels Ratified

    January 31, 2012 1:31 PM EST AFTRA singers and other members have ratified the union's sound recording agreement with the major labels, the union announced Monday. The move, by a vote of almost 99 percent in favor, was expected. The agreement, which was reached Dec. 15, ...

  9. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: David Israelite

    January 26, 2012 11:18 PM EST No. 95 David Israelite President/CEO National Music Publishers' Assn. Leading Voice of Publishers... Once upon a time, music publishers were often treated as second-class citizens by the more glamorous record labels. But since the turn of the ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Willard Ahdritz

    January 26, 2012 10:07 PM EST No. 88 Willard Ahdritz Founder/CEO Kobalt Music Group Twitter: @KobaltMusic Change Agent... Willard Ahdritz and the company he founded in 2000 have been at the vanguard of a movement toward greater royalty accounting transparency in the music publ ...

  12. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  15. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Why Spotify Royalties Are Greater Than Radio Royalties

    December 27, 2011 4:48 PM EST Why Spotify Royalties Are Bigger Than Radio Royalties -- Because of its large audience, radio is a more valuable revenue stream than on-demand subscription services. But when compared a revenue-per-listen basis, Spotify royalties exceed those paid ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Estate of 'My Sharona' Drummer Sues Capitol Records for Digital Royalties

    December 23, 2011 7:45 AM EST Is selling music via digital download services a "sale" or a "license" for the purpose of accounting to recording artists? That question has been raised again in a new lawsuit filed by the sister of Bruce Gary, the late drummer ...

  20. Black Keys Explain Streaming Service Blackout for 'El Camino'

    December 14, 2011 11:47 AM EST Blues-rock duo The Black Keys, who held their newest LP, "El Camino," from streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody when it dropped with Nonesuch on December 6, shared their reasoning with VH1 after a week of keeping mum on the decis ...

  21. Business Matters: Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

    December 12, 2011 6:49 PM EST Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable After a few years of media infatuation, success is making Spotify a popular target for criticism. First, Spotify withstood months of criticism about payouts to artists - a fla ...

  22. BMI, Songwriter Battle Over Cue Sheets, Royalties Heats Up

    December 07, 2011 8:26 PM EST Deyon Davis is a songwriter and the head of a business that claims responsibility for representing hundreds of songwriters in placing their music in films and on hit TV shows like "American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance" a ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Impala, Buma/Stemra Partner On First European Mechanical Rights Licensing Portal

    November 28, 2011 8:36 AM EST The first ever one-stop online shop for mechanical rights licensing in Europe has been established, following a ground breaking deal between Impala, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, and Dutch collecting society Buma/Stem ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy, Superfly Co-Founder Rick Farman, S-Curve Founder Steve Greenberg

    November 18, 2011 2:00 PM EST Keynote speakers Steve Greenberg ( CEO/Founder, S-Curve Records) and Travis Clark (of We The Kings) with Michael Jakary , VP of Label and Field Marketing at UMG Distribution.(Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) The closing events of the openi ...

  27. YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers

    November 17, 2011 6:11 PM EST The independent music publisher agreement with YouTube first reported in August is finally ready to be implemented, according to the National Music Publishers' Association. Advance payments are expected to follow shortly. In anticipation of p ...

  28. Business Matters: U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services

    November 17, 2011 6:10 PM EST U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services -- Subscription services have so many millions of songs they are sure to satisfy most of the people most of the time. But for an avid music fan with underground tastes, the growing ...

  29. Public Enemy's Chuck D Sues Universal Over Digital-Download Royalties

    November 02, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Universal Music Group is now facing a fresh lawsuit that alleges the underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. Today, Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label. Judge Declines Universal Mu ...

  30. Judge Declines Universal Music Group's Bid to Dismiss Class Action Over Digital Revenue

    November 02, 2011 1:24 PM EDT A federal judge in California is allowing a big class action lawsuit to go forward against Universal Music Group that alleges the record label has underpaid royalties on digital downloads and ringtones. Spearheaded by Rob Zombie and the estate of ...

  31. TuneCore Launches Music Publishing Services for Songwriters

    November 02, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Write Songs AND Get Paid For It! TunecCre's new Songwriter Publishing Administration Service homepage. TuneCore is aiming to do for music publishing what it has done for digital distribution: make it easier for independent artists to get paid ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Streaming Services Are Cutting Big Checks for Rights Holders: Guest Post by Rhapsody President Jon Irwin

    October 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT (The rise of the music-streaming market has brought with it apprehension about size of royalties paid to artists. People are simply concerned about the value of music, and it has been an increasingly common topic in news articles and blog posts in ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Supreme Court Rejects ASCAP Download Appeal

    October 03, 2011 6:07 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of a case in which the download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance. As a result, the membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ...

  38. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  39. Business Matters: Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too

    September 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too -- Artists and performing musicians are feeling the love in the European Union while record labels are being a bit overlooked. If you've read news reports about the EU ...

  40. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  41. Business Matters: Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever

    September 07, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever -- With the help of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV," digital albums topped digital track sales for only the second time in the digital era. Put another way, la ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  44. Beyond Oblivion Unveils Boinc Music Service

    August 22, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Beyond Oblivion has finally released details of its device-based music subscription service. Called Boinc, the unlimited, ad-free music service will be bundled with mobile devices and PCs and can also be purchased separately. Visitors to the new B ...

  45. National Music Publishers' Assoc. Resolves Copyright Lawsuit With YouTube

    August 17, 2011 4:49 PM EDT The National Music Publishers' Association has resolved its copyright infringement lawsuit with YouTube, although details are not yet being made available. According to an announcement from the NMPA, thanks to the resolution, "music publ ...

  46. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog; Spirit Acquires Guercio's Publishing

    August 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Bicycle Acquires Glen Ballard's Aerostation, Interest in Hamlisch Catalog In separate deals, Bicycle Music has acquired Glen Ballard's Aerostation Corporation music catalog and a significant interest in Marvin Hamlisch's catalog. Te ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. SOCAN Members to Receive Highest Ever Royalties This Month

    August 10, 2011 10:55 AM EDT The next quarterly payment of royalties to SOCAN members this month is a record high at $75 million (CAD), Canada's performing rights organization, the Society of Music Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Canada, reports. That figure includ ...

  49. U.K. Report Underscores that Labels Must Look Beyond Digital Music Sales

    August 08, 2011 6:42 AM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recor ...

  50. Analysis: Diversity, Not Just Digital Sales, Will Save the Recording Industry

    August 05, 2011 4:40 PM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recorde ...

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