Peloton made almost $1 billion in a year, what do artists see?

As Peloton prepare to take their business to an IPO after making nearly $1 billion in a year, artists are seeing next to none of the profits. Peloton are an incredibly successful fitness company who…

Sony will own 90% of EMI publishing after a $2.3 billion deal

Sony are taking a massive controlling stake in major music publishers EMI after acquiring a giant 60% share on top of their existing 30%. Sony Corporation are making a massive investment to take over a…

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…

Spotify move into music licensing acquiring new company, Loudr

Spotify are expanding and they’re latest venture looks to take them into the world of music licensing, probably a good idea for the streamers. Spotify have just announced the acquisition of Loudr, a music licensing…

Sony and Warner both eyeing EMI Music Publishing for $4b sale

With one of the biggest song catalogues in the world EMI Music Publishing are up for sale with major labels zeroing in. EMI Music Publishing have put themselves up for sale, selling their 2.2 million…

YouTube blocked music in Finland after licensing deal breaks down

YouTube is one of the top places to go for music online, but for Finnish users lots of music was blocked thanks to a licensing mishap. YouTube and music have a sometimes rocky relationship and…

Songwriters petition as streaming royalties are being set by the copyright board

America’s Copyright Royalty Board are currently setting the standard streaming royalty rates for the next 5 years with songwriters and labels fighting services for an increase. Yesterday the Copyright Royalty Board went to court to…

Music Publisher’s write open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Following the surprise (or not) election of Donald Trump the American National Music Publishers Association has written to the President-Elect with their wishes for the future of the music industry. Music has become more accessible…

Unofficial remixes debut on Apple Music and Spotify thanks to Dubset

Yesterday Apple Music and Spotify began distributing unofficial remixes legally on their music streaming services via a deal with Dubset. Remixes are a massive part of online music, making up a large majority of the…

Impacts of the Consent Decree on songwriters explained

Editor’s Note: This infographic is intended to visualize the recent decisions made by the Department of Justice for the Consent Decrees. For more information on these decisions and how they could impact songwriters, please check…