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…

International Music Network Goes into Administration – Founded by Ellis Rich PRS Director

Its been reported that International Music Network have called in the Administrators. The music publishing company, which is based in Loughton, Essex, still continues to trade, but its affairs are now under joint administrators Andrew…

Hands Out Of Pocket – Warner Prepares Bid For EMI Publishing

Guy Hands and his team at the high flying venture capital firm Terra Firma have been chewing sour grapes ever since their purchase of recording giant EMI for £2.4 billion. They have been in court…