Breaking: SoundExchange CEO Denies CMRRA Acquisition Rumors

Something seems to be bubbling in Canada.  But according to SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe, it isn’t an acquisition involving Canadian rights group CMRRA. At Canadian Music Week, SoundExchange’s CEO flatly denied rumors that his agency was planning to acquire Canadian rights group CMRRA.  But he left the door open to other acquisitions and partnerships, some possibly mid-negotiation. But wait: what’s […]

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Chance The Rapper Finds a Way to Stop Fake T-Shirts

Like Han Solo, Chance the Rapper believes it’s better to shoot first (or in this case, sue first) and ask questions later. Ahead his upcoming tour, Chance the Rapper and CTR Touring have filed a federal lawsuit against probable bootleggers. A common tactic in the music industry, the lawsuit names “John Does,” “Jane Does,” and “XYZ Company.” These lawsuits provide […]

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Why I Wrote a Song Called 'Fuck You Spotify'

Looks like Spotify pissed f the wrong artist. The following comes from Brett Newski, an artist who channeled his frustrations against Spotify into a creative outlet.  Here’s why he wrote, ‘Fuck You Spotify’.   “If piracy is George Bush, is Spotify Dick Cheney? We all have our opinions on streaming. Spotify is probably not an inherently evil organization.  It’s pretty […]

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Want Indie Music on Spotify? You're Gonna Have to Pay for It…

As Spotify locks down another deal, expect the two-week Premium time windows to become standard. Following their multi-year licensing deal with UMG, Spotify locked down another deal, this time with indie labels.  Just as with UMG, however, expect Spotify to lock down some new independent content behind a two-week window. For a long time, Spotify couldn’t strike a deal with […]

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Say Hello To Kpop's Next Big Singing Sensation…Jaden Smith?

Actor, rapper…and Kpop singer? Jaden Smith looks to fulfill his lifelong dream. It’s difficult to ignore Kpop’s success in the United States. Yesterday, BTS became the most-viewed Kpop group on YouTube. They’ve also played before sold-out crowds in the United States. Most recently, GFRIEND announced that they will play for the third time at KCON USA. However, will a successful […]

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Taylor Swift's Label Says Streaming Isn't Bigger Than CDs & Vinyl

Spotify is great for superstars like Drake and Ed Sheeran.  But according to the head Taylor Swift’s label, Scott Borchetta, the numbers are tricky — and it’s not trickling down for most artists. Taylor Swift is notorious for bashing Spotify.  Aside from withholding her music from the platform, Swift has openly blasted the company’s business model as a “startup with no […]

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YouTube Pushes GEMA Collections Over $1 Billion In 2016

GEMA reaps the fruit their settlement with YouTube. Back in 2009, YouTube stopped showing music videos in Germany after their deal with GEMA came to a close. The German performance rights organization (PRO) wanted to raise their per-streaming fee to 12 euro cents per streamed video. Following seven long arduous years, YouTube finally reached a settlement deal with GEMA late […]

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Paid Streaming Generates 6 Times More Revenue Than Ad-Supported Streaming

If paid numbers are so high, and ad-supported so low, should streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music do away with the free model? Would placing limitations help? Across all media types, consumer habits have shifted. Instead owning media, consumers have consistently shown that they prefer to stream their favorite content. For example, more people watch Netflix and Hulu than […]

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After a Decade of Loss, the Latin Music Market Finally Experiences Growth

After a decade brutal declines, Latin sales are steadily on the rise in the US. Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ featuring Daddy Yankee recently attained diamond status under the RIAA’s Latin program.  And just last month, Shakira’s Zootopia track ‘Try Everything’ earned her platinum status in the United States.  Do these singles, along with recent Latin artist successes, signify that the Latin music […]

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Bid Farewell to Fan Insights. Say Hello to Spotify for Artists

After over a year feedback, Spotify launches a stronger hub for artists. In 2015, Spotify launched a data dashboard dubbed Fan Insights. Charlie Hellman, VP Product, said that the dashboard was intended as “a self-serve way for] artists and their teams to really understand what was going on with their audiences on Spotify.” Fan Insights would let fans see how […]

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