Independent music is now bigger than all the major labels

As digital music revolutionises the industry, independent artists and labels are taking over as they collectively earn more than the major labels for the second year. A new annual survey of the recorded music and…

Artists now credited on over half a billion YouTube videos

YouTube have added musical credits for over 500 million videos giving artists and writers their deserved acknowledgement in the millions of videos they are used. YouTube have added a new section to the descriptions of…

Why many artists are signed to more than one label? Can’t record labels be considered competitors?

Artists contracts looks differently depending upon which country they are from, what genre of music they produce and where they are in their career stage. Example: Electronic artists tend to sign track deals and these…

Independent artists are taking over as global music grows $1.4 billion

Streaming continues to revitalise the music industry as new reports show one-and-a-half billion dollars of growth globally last year alone. The latest report from Midia Research shows a monumental year of growth for the worldwide music…

The first album Spotify and YouTube won’t let you listen to free is released

Pioneers of listening to music for free online, YouTube and Spotify have just released an album for streaming that is only available to paid subscribers. Around the beginning of the year Spotify had to renegotiate…

Spotify’s value soars as they join the stock market for the 1st time

Spotify have made their debut on the stock market and it has rocketed their valuation skywards. After rumours suggesting that Spotify were working towards an IPO for over a year they have instead just placed…

Facebook just signed a deal with ICE, licensing millions of tracks

As Facebook move into music legitimacy they are signing deals across the board to protect copyrights, now adding ICE to their friends. Following the past year’s controversy over music copyrights on Facebook the social media…

Spotify now show credits for songwriters on each track

Songwriters are getting the credit they deserve when listeners stream their songs as Spotify will now show the songwriter credits for all tracks. The modern music industry can be rife with a lack of credit…

Facebook sign licensing deals with major rights-holders Kobalt, GMR, and SESAC

Facebook are fixing their issues with music copyrights one step at a time and some big new licensing deals mark a big step. Facebook have faced criticism for the rife infringement of music copyrights on…

Facebook going legal for music with Sony/ATV deal following Universal

Facebook have signed a new deal with Sony/ATV that brings them closer to a working music copyright system. Sony/ATV have signed a licensing agreement with Facebook following Universal signing a multi-year deal with the social…