Certain albums on Spotify will be Premium-exclusive after Universal Music Group deal

Spotify have agreed to a deal that will┬ámake certain new albums exclusive to Premium users 2 weeks before free listeners get a chance to hear it. After lengthy discussions between Spotify and labels, the streaming…

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…

Struggling music video service Vadio dies, taking $12 million with it

Promising music video monetization startup Vadio have lost the wind in their sails, crashed and died with millions in funding lost down the drain. Portland-based startup Vadio have had to give up after four years…

Major labels come together to sue hip-hop mixtape site Spinrilla

Spinrilla is facing up against all of the major record labels for offering free “mixtapes” including copyright music by Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce and Kanye West. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have accused Spinrilla…

Facebook pinch YouTube exec to “deepen relationship with music industry”

Tamara Hrivnak joins Facebook with the aim of repairing and strengthening Facebook’s rocky relationship with the music industry. Facebook have gained a new hire from Google Play and YouTube, Tamara Hrivnak joins the social media…