Sony Music begin licensing STEM files for DJs & producers

Sony Music may begin a revolution in music becoming the first major label to start licensing its STEM files to be used in mixes and new tracks. STEM files feature all the different elements of…

Ricall’s valuable assets for sale after the music licenser liquidates

UK music licensing company, Ricall, have fallen into liquidation meaning that their major assets in music, film and TV are up for grabs. Since it launched in 1998 Ricall has been licensing music for use…

The Chinese government are NOT happy about streaming exclusives

Streaming exclusives suck, but they’re allowed, right? Well not so much in China where the government has warned music streamers of their disdain for exclusives. The Chinese Government has come out in support of pretty…

Facebook offering hundreds of millions of dollars to license music

Facebook are¬†still¬†working out how to license music on their social media platform, so now they’re offering millions-and-millions of dollars to rights-holders. Since introducing videos on Facebook years ago they have notoriously been rife with unlicensed…

Remixes of Sony artists to be legalised in Dubset deal

Dubset have made a deal with their first major label, Sony, to make remixes and samples under the label legal. Dubset are a body who have been fighting to legitimise remixes which are often the…

The last major label, Warner, is close to a deal with Spotify

After over a year of uncertainty between labels and the music streaming champion, Spotify look ready to close deals with the last major label. Earlier this year Spotify made their first deal with a major…

Spotify and Sony put behind conflict and sign major deal

Another major label has come to and signed a deal with Spotify cementing their music licenses and making a Spotify IPO more likely. Spotify have spent the past couple years negotiating with the major labels,…

YouTube to pay out more royalties for music thanks to ASCAP deal

YouTube have come to a deal with royalty collecting society ASCAP to make sure artists are paid their fair share for music on YouTube. YouTube have faced a lot of controversy in recent years, largely…

Spotify’s Asia expansion moves forward with Vietnam and Thailand launches planned

Spotify are planning to expand their music streaming service further across Asia with an expected launch in Vietnam and Thailand revealed. Spotify’s Asian launch has been a long-time in the process, arriving in Japan just…

VKontakte, the “Russian Facebook” launch full music streaming service

The giant Russian social network VKontakte (VK) are taking on Spotify and Apple Music with the launch of their new music streaming service. After almost a year since they revealed their upcoming music streaming service,…