When I was a kid, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to music. Seriously, whenever a friend would call and ask what I was up to, more often that not I would say, “Listening to music.” and the response would invariable be, “Awesome, what are you listening to?” and the conversation would go from there.
In 2013, David Lowery, a singer and guitarist for the band Cracker, was aghast with the music service Pandora. In a now infamous blog post, Lowery lambasted Pan…
From an unlikely source -- the economics section of US statistics and polling guru Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog -- comes this rather dispassionate article about a pair of economists who set out to get beyond the manufactured hype and outrage surrounding the music streaming controversy and get at the overall numbers.
Queen guitarist Brian May has backed the ongoing campaign to save AIR Studios from potentially disruptive construction work planned by its neighbours.
He joins the dispute which argues that the Hampstead-based studio could suffer up to six months of interruptions if planning consent is granted by Camden Council, leading to fears that he facility will lose its status as a prime destination for projects such as movie soundtrack recordings.
The United States is the only democracy in the world that does not pay recording artists for radio airplay. Artists and record labels have been fighting a legislative battle for decades to bring the U.S. in line with the rest of the world, but the powerful broadcasters lobby has always beaten them back.
James Blunt is the latest artist to publish details of how much he earns from streams of his music, telling his Twitter followers that he earns less than £0.0005 per stream on Spotify.
“I get paid £00.0004499368 per stream. Beers are on me! Cheers @Spotify,” tweeted Blunt last weekend. And like other cases of artists announcing their streaming earnings, it’s left us with plenty of questions.
Spotify has put quite an interesting *spin on its failure to license or pay on as much as 25% of the songs on its service. Quoting from the Wall Street Journal We want to pay every [fraction of a] penny, but we need to know who [sic] to pay,” Spotify spokesman Jonathan Prince said in…
... funny thing is, record labels have been paying songwriters and publishers for decades, but Spotify is "confused" how to do it, says legal licensing music is "too complicated"...
Payment for digital music is far more complicated that many believe, but much of the difficulty still stems from the fact that the music industry is still transitioning from an analog world.
Collecting the money from either advertisers or subscribers isn’t much of a problem for a digital music service, but paying the specific royalties can be. The reason is that payment revolves around the metadata supplied with the song when it’s uploaded to the service. [...]
Attaching metadata is still mostly a manual process, with most record labels leaving the job to untrained interns instead of a dedicated team that can hunt some of the more obscure publishing information down.
The past 24 hours have been a tortured 24 hours for YouTube professionals and their fans. The famously free video site announced a new paid service called YouTube Red, and nobody’s really sure what it means. But some YouTubers are already making end-time predictions.
Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.
The music industry will be unable to find the stars of tomorrow unless radical action is taken to halt the closure of live venues, a new report warns. Nearly 50 grassroots venues have shut down in London in the last eight years – a third of the total – with smaller clubs under threat from rising rents, licensing restrictions, noise complaints and developers.*