Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, and others merge into new ‘Valence Media’ company

Billboard and other big media companies have come together to become one big unified company. Film, television, news, all come together in a new partnership that sees 3 of media’s biggest companies join together. The…

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…

Kobalt buys SONGS Music Publishing, co-founder to become Colombia Records CEO

Kobalt have bought SONGS Music Publishing, responsible for The Weeknd, Lorde, Diplo and more, in a massive deal. Publishing and music rights big dogs, Kobalt, have just bought a slightly less big dog, SONGS Music…

SONGS, publisher behind Lorde, The Weeknd & more up for $160m+ sale

The independent music publisher SONGS is going up for sale, with the majors like Warner, Sony and Universal likely keeping their eyes peeled. SONGS music publishing are responsible for some of the world’s biggest artists…

The secret Universal ‘fake artists’ behind a bunch of Spotify’s most streamed tracks – revealed

Andreas Romdhane and Josef Seeland on the left with BMI staff Spotify’s playlists have been found to feature hundreds of questionable artists, which have been found out to be just two fellas. Last summer Music…

What Territories / Countries Do The PRS For Music Manage for Publishing Collection Royalties

The PRS manages territories that are outside of the UK. These licensed territories include: The Bahamas Bermuda Cyprus Gibraltar The Gulf Malta As these territories are managed by the PRS they work on the same…

Spotify acquire Mediachain to help solve artist attribution issues on tracks

Spotify have purchased blockchain startup ‘Mediachain’ to help to credit the correct artists and rightsholders on tracks within Spotify, solving one of the industry’s biggest issues with them. The startup based in New York has…

Spotify acquire audio detection system Sonalytic to launch new features

Spotify have acquired the UK audio detection startup Sonalytic to improve Spotify’s personalisation and enhance their publishing data system. Sonalytic are a new UK company founded last April, offering services and technology that can “identify…

Netflix sign their music publishing rights exclusively to BMG

Netflix have signed up their music publishing rights from original shows like Stranger Things exclusively to BMG for publishing rights outside of the US. The new deal between BMG and Netflix will cover the publishing…

Should You Move From Zimbalam to RouteNote?

Zimbalam, the digital music distributor, has angered artists recently when parent company ‘Believe Digital’ bought TuneCore, a rival digital music distributor. Believe Digital’s steps to integrate the two have been controversial to say the least…