NIN and Apple Music’s Trent Reznor says free music is “here to stay”

The Nine Inch Nails frontman-cum-Apple Music executive Trent Reznor shares his thoughts on streaming, emphasising that free music isn’t going anywhere. The singer and music industry veteran spoke on Wednesday about the future of music,…

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…

How much do streaming services really pay artists?

One of the biggest controversies with music’s newly dominating platform, streaming, is its royalties to artists – but how much do they actually pay? It’s a common complaint that streaming services don’t pay out enough,…

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…

An EP of unreleased Prince tracks to celebrate the anniversary of his death releases

This Friday an unreleased EP full of never-before-heard Prince tracks will be released to commemorate a year since the music star passed away. The EP will be titled ‘Deliverance’ and will feature 6 six unreleased…

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…

PRS For Music booming with artist payouts growing record 11% in 2016

The UK collection society PRS For Music just reported it’s best profits ever, great news for indie artists – but is it all good news? PRS For Music’s reports for 2016 have come back and…

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…

Music streaming soars after making over 50% of all music revenues in 2016

For the first time ever, last year music streaming was the biggest earner of the entire music industry making up over half of all recorded music profits. The latest report from the Recording Industry Association…