The U.S. Senate Just Introduced a Completely Different Oldies Bill — Separate from the MMA

The U.S. Senate Just Introduced a Completely Different Oldies Bill — Separate from the MMA

A totally different pre-1972 ‘oldies’ copyright protection bill has emerged in the U.S. Senate.  That could create complications for the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which also contains pre-1972 provisions. The Music Modernization Act (MMA) scored a unanimous victory in the U.S. House Representatives.  But it now looks like the Senate vote will be a little more complicated. Just this morning, […]

Ticketmaster Faces a Brand-New Rival: Its Former CEO…

Ticketmaster Faces a Brand-New Rival: Its Former CEO…

Ticketmaster is now being challenged by ‘Rival,’ an appropriately-titled upstart. For seemingly decades, Ticketmaster has been barraged by unsuccessful, highly-financed challenges.  Investors have burned hundreds millions trying to unseat the ticketing giant, with little success.  And if an upstart is threatening enough, Live Nation will probably just buy it, anyway. But oh the injustices that Ticketmaster imposes on the downtrodden […]

Is the Music Modernization Act Enabling 'Legal Theft' Against Smaller Artists?

Is the Music Modernization Act Enabling 'Legal Theft' Against Smaller Artists?

As the Music Modernization Act barrels towards approval in the Senate, dissenting voices are getting drowned out.  Should we be paying more attention? The music industry is used to bills dying in Congressional committees.  Which is why the Music Modernization Act, or MMA, is such a godsend to a rapidly-recovering music business. Just last month, the bill won unanimous approval […]

Ticketmaster Is Testing Face-Scanning Technology to Replace Conventional Tickets

Ticketmaster Is Testing Face-Scanning Technology to Replace Conventional Tickets

Ticketmaster foresees a future where facial recognition will replace physical and even digital tickets. You’ve probably used a paper ticket in the past year.  But both paper and digital tickets could eventually be eliminated by facial recognition technology, thanks to a plan being implemented by Ticketmaster. So instead presenting a ticket at the door, just remember to bring… your face. […]

Could Music Delay the Decline Associated with Alzheimer's Disease?

Could Music Delay the Decline Associated with Alzheimer's Disease?

Scientists remain hopeful that one day, music could help patients suffering from the ravaging effects Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found that playing meaningful music may allete anxiety associated with dementia.  The study was published in The Journal Prevention Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientists at the University Utah Health studied how music affected Alzheimer patients.  They found that “personally meaningful” music turned on […]

A Band Threatens to Sue Us After We Accuse Them of Playlist Payola. Here’s My Response.

A Band Threatens to Sue Us After We Accuse Them of Playlist Payola. Here’s My Response.

Should payments to Spotify playlist curators — any kind — be banned?  Yes, they should. As Spotify replaces radio (and pretty much everything else), there’s a pretty serious debate over how songs are landing onto coveted playlists.  Back in the day, labels paid radio stations to play their records.  Now, the same thing is starting to happen on Spotify playlists — […]

Sony Never Paid a Piece of Their Spotify Advances. So Why Are They Paying on the IPO? – Digital Music News

Sony Never Paid a Piece of Their Spotify Advances. So Why Are They Paying on the IPO? – Digital Music News

It’s not that Sony wants to give you the money.  It’s that they simply can’t afford not to. Once upon a time, Sony Music Entertainment charged their artists a fee for every CD sold.  Why?  Because Sony, along with Phillips, co-developed the CD back in the early 80s, thereby making them the patent owners.   So you — the artist, sub-label, whatever — […]