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…

Streaming royalties to rise almost 50% for songwriters, US Copyright Board declare

After almost a year of discussion over music streaming rates it has been decided that songwriter’s rates will rise 50% in the next 5 years. Last march the United States Copyright Royalty Board began talks…

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…

MixCloud and Gracenote partner to find music in mixes and tracks

Music streamers MixCloud have teamed up with music database Gracenote to better ID music being uploaded to them. Using Gracenote MusicID, MixCloud will be able to scan songs uploaded to them to better identify copyrighted…

Artist royalties on SiriusXM get major 40% boost but stock plummets

SiriusXM have been told to increase the royalties they pay out for music plays, which is great but now their stock is falling. Online radio service SiriusXM has been told by the US Copyright Royalty…

Kanye West clashes with Jay-Z’s Tidal backing out of his exclusive deal

Just days after Jay-Z released his first album in 4 years exclusively on Tidal, his good friend Kanye West has clashed with Tidal abandoning their exclusive deal. Jay-Z’s celebrations for his 13th album to go…

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…

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…

PPL and PRS have begun merging with 2 million + tracks and plan to partner with more societies

The UK’s 2 major royalty collecting societies, PPL and PRS, have begun joining forces as a joint-venture company that will cover all of the UK’s most important music licensing. Last year the two collection societies…

Universal are tearing down all cover song videos on Facebook

Want to┬átribute your favourite songs with your own cover version and share it with your friends? If you do, apparently you’re damaging a multi-billion dollar major record label… We all know how strict music copyright…