1. Canada's SOCAN Acquires Digital Rights Firm Audiam

    July 21, 2016 8:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a move that further enhances its capabilities to maximize digital revenues for its members while seemingly taking another step into the United States, SOCAN has acquired Audiam, the rights management firm founded in 2013 by Jeff Price and David W ...

  2. Spotify Hit With Second Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement

    January 09, 2016 2:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Spotify has been hit with a second class action suit over alleged systemic and willful copyright infringement. Los Angeles-based law firm Gradstein & Marzano filed a claim late Friday (Jan. 8) with a class of recording artists, led by Melissa Fe ...

  3. Spotify Threatened With Another Class Action Lawsuit As Disputes Over Royalties Intensify

    December 31, 2015 12:19 PM EST A class-action lawsuit recently  filed against Spotify  by Michelman & Robinson, LLP on behalf of Cracker frontman and college professor David Lowery will soon have company, Billboard has learned. The law firm of Gradstein & Marzanno -- i ...

  4. Users of Music, from Tech Giants to Fans, Need More Incentive to Fix a Broken Market: Op-Ed

    November 10, 2015 12:12 PM EST 0 0 0 Like it or not, the days of buying music are just about over. We are now entering an “interactive streaming” phase of music consumption with more people listening to more music in new ways by many more artists. In addition to the consumer shift, tec ...

  5. Publishers Said to Be Missing As Much as 25 Percent of Streaming Royalties

    October 20, 2015 5:18 PM EDT By some industry estimates, as much as 25 percent of mechanical royalties due publishers and songwriters are going unpaid by streaming services due to identification difficulties. Yesterday, Oct. 19, Spotify’s U.S. service pulled down thousands ...

  6. Freeplay Music Files Counterclaim Against Machinima, Collective Digital Studios

    March 03, 2015 6:30 PM EST Last month, YouTube multi-channel network Machinima sued Freeplay Music for allegedly engaging them in a "bait-and-switch" scheme, offering them free usage of songs from their library and then asking them to pay for them. Now, Freeplay M ...

  7. Inside Former CEO Jeff Price's Ouster from TuneCore: 'A Tale of Betrayal and Ego'

    February 23, 2015 10:06 AM EST Legal documents outline the much-speculated-on ouster of co-founder and former TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. A lawsuit over severance pay filed by TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price against the online music distribution service sheds some l ...

  8. Daniel Glass, Martin Bandier, Robb McDaniels and More Discuss the Launch of YouTube Music

    November 14, 2014 10:17 AM EST From very exciting to rectifying a wrong, responses to the music world's newest digital gramophone. Two days ago, YouTube announced the launch of its music streaming service. The wise move on Google and YouTube's part, however, was tha ...

  9. Audiam Signs Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers for Thorny Area of Digital Rights

    October 07, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Digital rights administrator Audiam has signed Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers for an exclusive North American representation of the bands' publishing catalogs across digital music services including YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Google Play, ...

  10. Audiam Names Euvin Weeber General Manager

    September 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Audiam, a company that collects money from YouTube on behalf of independent music publishers and rights holders, has named Euvin Weeber general manager. Over the past six months, Weeber has consulted for Audiam and played a key role in creating re ...

  11. Audiam Expands Into Publishing Administration

    May 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Audiam has expanded its expertise in mining YouTube revenue opportunities to offering its services to unlock revenues tied up at other digital services due to data problems gumming up proper accounting and payments. Initially billed as a service ...

  12. Marc Geiger Invests in Audiam (Exclusive)

    March 17, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Marc Geiger, the head of music for William Morris Endeavor who co-founded Lollapalooza and was an early proponent of digital streaming, has personally invested an undisclosed amount in Audiam, a start-up that collects money from YouTube on behalf ...

  13. Digital Notes: LyricFind's BandPage Integration, Audiam's $2M Raise, Aether's Smart Speaker

    March 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST LyricFind integrates BandPage. The lyric licensing company on Wednesday said it has signed a deal with BandPage to allow artists to display band biographies, touring information and link to their online stores alongside lyrics requested by users o ...

  14. TuneCore Claims $371 Million Paid Since Company's Founding, Payouts Up 19% Over 2012

    January 15, 2014 9:09 AM EST TuneCore has made public its payout numbers for 2013, touting a 19% increase in dollars paid over 2012, to $121 million in 2013. The digital distribution service has paid out $371 million to its clients across 5 billion downloads since being found ...

  15. Audiam to Pay YouTube Creators for Using Its Tracks (Exclusive)

    December 12, 2013 12:47 PM EST It used to be that users who upload videos to YouTube containing copyrighted music are served with legal threats. In February, they'll have the chance to get a check instead. Audiam, a company that monetizes cover songs on YouTube, is offerin ...

  16. Digital Notes: UCLA's 'Future of Digital Music Delivery'; Berklee's Online Degrees; CreativeLive's Biz Model

    October 07, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Berklee to Award Online Degree Program The Internet has unbundled the music business. Now, it's also unbundling music education. The Berklee School of Music, which pioneered online courses a dozen ago, began taking applications on Monday fo ...

  17. Audiam, TuneCore Co-Founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells' New Company, Raises $500K for U.S. Launch

    August 02, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Audiam, a start-up that helps artists identify and monetize user-uploaded YouTube videos that feature their music, on Friday announced it has raised $500,000 in angel financing to fuel its expansion into the U.S. market.  Investors include Scott ...

  18. Seven Ways iTunes Changed the Music Industry

    April 25, 2013 4:34 PM EDT In less than 10 years, iTunes has become so embedded in people’s everyday lives that it has all but disappeared into the overall fabric of our digital commerce. It’s hard to remember a time when selling a song by itself for $3.49 was an opti ...

  19. Backbeat: Billboard and Spotify's Live Showcase Has 'Harlem Shake' Moneymakers, Kendrick Lamar

    March 14, 2013 3:28 PM EDT Billboard and Spotify presented Spotify Live Wednesday night at the 1100 Warehouse located directly across the street from the Fader Fort. That’s where headliner Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance at the end of Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q’s s ...

  20. Five Questions with Live Nation Labs' Eric Garland at SXSW

    March 13, 2013 8:40 PM EDT Eric Garland doesn't attend many industry conferences now that he's GM of Live Nation Labs, but he came to SXSW 2013 to see family and friends, talked on a panel about artist revenue streams and ended with a good story about two indust ...

  21. How Four-Person INDmusic is Monetizing the 'Harlem Shake' Meme for Mad Decent

    February 26, 2013 7:15 AM EST It's Saturday, Feb. 16, and Brandon Martinez has just seen as many total views during the last nine days for his YouTube-based network INDmusic as he has in the company's 18-month existence. That's all courtesy of Baauer' ...

  22. TuneCore Paid Out $102 Million to Artists Last Year, Company Claims

    February 01, 2013 5:14 PM EST While some Jeff Price fans might question TuneCore's future  business prospects, the company's management tells Billboard that the company enjoyed robust growth last year, hitting revenues of $101.8 million for its artists through sale ...

  23. TuneCore Opens In Japan, Keeps Founder's Vision

    November 19, 2012 12:58 PM EST The departure of Tune-­Core CEO Jeff Price this summer, just months after the exit of co-founder Peter Wells, shocked the music industry, but the online distribution company insists it remains on course and retains its grand vision as it prepare ...

  24. From This Week's Billboard: TuneCore Opens In Japan, COO Scott Ackerman Discusses Company's Vision

    November 16, 2012 3:43 PM EST COO Scott Ackerman is currently running TuneCore. Below is a story from the new Billboard on the international expansion of TuneCore, the online distribution company and its vision for the future under COO Scott Ackerman who has run the company si ...

  25. Morning Fix: Mike Easterlin Named Fueled By Ramen GM; Jay-Z's Live Album; Simon Fuller's Parlophone?

    October 08, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records , has been named ...

  26. Jeff Price, SOCAN CEO Discuss Price's New Role at Organization

    October 05, 2012 6:30 PM EDT SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - announced earlier this week that it has hired TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price as a consultant, but the performance rights organization has no plans to start ...

  27. Jeff Price, Ousted TuneCore Co-Founder, Announces 'Agreement' With SOCAN

    October 03, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Jeff Price - who left TuneCore, the music-distribution upstart he co-founded, in August - announced today that he is now working with SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. The announcement doesn't specify w ...

  28. Business Matters: Reports of the Death of Major Labels Are Greatly Exaggerated

    September 17, 2012 6:16 PM EDT People I talk to seem to be split between two opinions: the majors are doing OK; and the majors are doomed. If people come from the world of independent music they tend to be biased against the major labels or downright distrustful of them. If the ...

  29. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  30. SXSW Panel Tackles Questions, Perils of Royalty Contracts

    March 14, 2012 7:57 PM EDT Are any bands earning any money from the digital music biz? Only some are. So why isn't the rest being gobbled up by artists? Read All of Our SXSW Coverage Right Here That question and the perils of royalty contracts were addressed at this pa ...

  31. TuneCore Offers Royalty Collection Service in Canada

    February 22, 2012 12:05 PM EST Online distribution service TuneCore launched its service for Canadian acts last month and is now offering Canadian songwriters and music publishers an administrative service to collect any unpaid royalties from online sales and streaming. The pre ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Business Matters: Embracing the Chaos Earns TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match

    February 09, 2012 7:15 PM EST Embracing the Chaos Got TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match -- Embrace the chaos, get a check in the mail. TuneCore received $10,000 in royalties for the first 2 months of Apple's iTunes Match, CEO Jeff Price revealed in a blog post. iTunes Ma ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Apple's iCloud Could Finally Make Music Pirates Pay

    June 07, 2011 7:48 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on Monday introduced more than just a cloud storage system for songs that fans buy legitimately through iTunes. He unveiled a system that might finally get music lovers to pay for the songs they got through ...

  36. TuneCore CEO 'Stunned' by Criticism Over Price Hike, Slams 'Incomplete and Inaccurate' Reports

    May 17, 2011 4:08 PM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore attracted strong criticism earlier this month when news of its price hike spread through the blogosphere. The company raised the flat price it charges to distribute an album for one year to $49.99 from $19.99. At the s ...

  37. McKay Rears Her 'Head' On Own Label

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than nine months after its originally scheduled release via Columbia, Nellie McKay's sophomore album, "Pretty Little Head," will finally arrive Oct. 31 on her own Hungry Mouse label. More than nine months after its originally sch ...

  38. TuneCore Launches Indie Music Service

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Artists control their rights, masters. TuneCore, a new online digital distributor targeting indie labels went live today (Jan. 25). The new company offers a different business model from existing indie-friendly digital distributors--a point of dif ...

  39. Grokster: Indies Weigh In

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The decision elicited varying opinions from independent sector. Don’t look for consensus among America’s independent labels when it comes to today’s Grokster decision. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against peer-to-peer network Grokster, favo ...

  40. Ron Sexsmith Rocks Out On 'Blue Boy'

    June 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As soon as he chose fellow singer/songwriter Steve Earle as co-producer, Ron Sexsmith knew that his new album, "Blue Boy" (released June 5 by Cooking Vinyl/spinART), was going to be a significant depa As soon as he chose fellow singer/song ...

  41. What Happens When Vic Chesnutt Is 'Left To His Own Devices'?

    May 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Folky singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt says the first step in making his new album, "Left to his own Devices," was to start sorting through a big box of hundreds of cassettes carrying songs, song ideas, Folky singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt s ...