Internet radio service Songza has teamed with concert data site Songkick to create playlists featuring music from artists on tour. Songza will have a rolling playlist that will be updated based on a combination of touring data and editorial decisions. Songkick, the 6-year-old London-based company, has compiled more than 3 million upcoming and past concerts and has more than 100,000 set lists in its database. Its concert data has also been integrated into such platforms as YouTube, Vevo, Bandcamp, the Hype Machine, SoundCloud and Spotify. Songkick has reached more than 8.5 million unique fans each month through its mobile apps and website.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a tax on digital goods like music files and such subscription services as Spotify, e-books and video-on-demand services like Netflix. The proposal is part of a report from the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission, which Cuomo formed last year. According to the commission’s report, which lists the proposal under Option 1b, New York forgoes $35 million per year by not taxing digital products. Option 1a of the report suggests applying sales tax to clothing and footwear costing less than $110. Such states as Wisconsin, Vermont and New Jersey tax digital goods as any other product in its category, meaning that an album bought on iTunes is treated the same as an album purchased as a CD. The fees are applied as necessary according to the consumer’s postal code, as the iTunes store’s terms of service make plain from the outset. Meanwhile, some states, like North Dakota, explicitly prohibit taxation on digital goods.
BMG Chrysalis U.S. has announced a joint venture with music industry veteran Darrell Franklin called Franklin Publishing & Writer Management. A former head of BMG Nashville, Franklin is no stranger to the publishing world, serving at BMG Nashville after the purchase of Crosstown Songs, which was a partnership with business partner Dann Huff. Franklin Publishing & Writer Management’s first signing is slated to be Nashville songwriter Chris Wallin, who has worked with Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and Brad Paisley.
Round Hill Music has announced an exclusive synch deal with Wild Party, adding the group to its growing licensing roster that includes indie acts American Authors, Sleepy Kitty, Isaac Delusion and Ghosty, as well as a back catalog of iconic artists from the Beatles to Frank Sinatra. Wild Party first gained notice after supporting the Wombats on a 2010 U.K. tour, with the band’s single “Take My Advice” getting radio airplay on U.K. station Xfm. After independently releasing the LP “Phantom Pop” in 2013, the group eventually pulled the album from iTunes and is expected to rerelease it in May 2014 on Old Friends.