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,…

Understanding Pandora Royalties Between SoundExchange and RouteNote or other Distributors or Labels with Direct Deals

Pandora announced in September 2016 that they were going to enter into direct licensing deals with the recording industry’s major labels and some independent labels in order to license their new service offerings. Pandora entered…

Giant music streaming rises cause record $1B+ revenues for ASCAP & a LANDR partnership

ASCAP have revealed record levels of income thanks to music streaming booming, and announce LANDR partnership for member benefits. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) have announced their revenues from last year…

PPL and PRS have begun merging with 2 million + tracks and plan to partner with more societies

The UK’s 2 major royalty collecting societies, PPL and PRS, have begun joining forces as a joint-venture company that will cover all of the UK’s most important music licensing. Last year the two collection societies…

Warner/Chappell sign to Sesac’s new music licensing service

Major record label Warner/Chappell have signed to newly launched Mint Digital Services music licensing company created by SESAC and SUISA. Mint Digital Services is the new transatlantic music licensing company created in collaboration between US…

Dubset raise $4 million to license remixes for distribution

Dubset just received a giant injection of cash from a funding round that will help them license and distribute unofficial remixes and help all artists get paid. In a round of Series A funding led…

SoundCloud sign giant deal to get European rights holders paid

SoundCloud have signed a giant deal with the pan-European rights managers ICE so that rights holders can receive revenue from SoundCloud, particularly SoundCloud Go. SoundCloud have signed a multi-territory license with ICE to ensure that…