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Spotify valuation ($8.4 billion) calculated by Wall Street
Journal, based on an upcoming, $400 million+ capital round led
by Goldman Sachs. US-based recording valuation for
2014 ($6.72 billion) published this month by recording trade
strategic partnership with Believe Digital will provide
TuneCore Artists with an opportunity to tap into Believe
Digital's comprehensive global services, providing a truly
modern, DIY record label experience with ground support across
the globe. Artists will have access to a wider digital
distribution network and more tools and services to empower
them to succeed and increasing the opportunities to get more
music heard by more people in more locations.
Tuesday, April 21st websites that aren’t mobile friendly
will be penalized. Google searches made from mobile devices
will lower the rankings of non-friendly sites, and will boost
the ranking of sites that are mobile optimized.
for dead by most investors and pundits, the surviving Big
Three labels–Warner, Universal and Sony–have quietly
muscled out stakes of the hottest digital entertainment
startups, including 10% to 20%, collectively, of the
established streaming services, such as Spotify and Rdio.
Terms are similarly stark for younger startups: The labels
take stakes for free or on the cheap, and then often give
themselves the right to buy larger chunks at deep discounts to
market later on. It’s not just streaming:
Thornton and his band the Boxmasters were on hand
Saturday to announce "The Year of the Louisiana
Hayride," an initiative spearheaded by
entertainer/entrepreneur Maggie Warwick to reestablish
the Louisiana Hayride as a weekly radio and TV show.
1976 Copyright Act provides for the termination of
copyright transfers. It entitles content creators to
reclaim their copyrights - regardless of any contract
stating otherwise –after certain time periods. So,
even if an author, artist, musician, photographer or
songwriter signed a contract which purports to
transfer all rights in a work for perpetuity, the
Copyright Act provides that the author of the work can
terminate that grant and demand that the rights revert
in a shorter period of time.
Although streaming is on the rise, the worldwide music business dropped by .4% in 2014, enough to fall under $15 billion for the first time to $14.97 billion, according to figures just released by the INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY. Back in 1999, at its peak, the worldwide record industry generated some $26.6 billion in annual income.
you read the following article, keep in mind what this will do
to the independent artist, radio, and music business.
The politicians do not have a clue of what is going on and are
in the hip pockets of the BIG 3 lobbying efforts. If
this effort passes it will put the final squeeze on the
independents and terrestrial radio as was once known.
photos are a huge component of a musician’s marketing and
branding. It’s necessary to have just the right images to
effectively market your music and its message. A lot of
mistakes are made by independent artists when securing
United States Telecom Association, an industry group
that represents companies including AT&T and
Verizon, said Monday that it has filed suit to block
the FCC's new Internet traffic rules in the U.S. Court
of Appeals for District of Columbia.
has previously raised $500 million, though that money has
largely been burned through. At roughly $900 million in
aggregate financing, Spotify now carries an incomprehensible
valuation of $8.2
billion.“The money-losing company needs the
cash to support its costly business model of paying nearly 70%
of its revenue to rights holders as royalties.”
ad-free subscription service is finally arriving. YouTube
Music Key already exists for ad-free music, but the new
service will remove ads from all videos. Sources
also say creators must accept YouTube’s new terms, or their
videos will be made ‘private’.
anti-royalty resolutions have stopped legislation in its
tracks for the past two sessions of Congress. But for the
first time in five years advocates of a performance royalty on
FM/AM airplay believe they have a strong enough hand to again
embark down the legislative path.
you’re good at what you do and want to see it grow further,
there will likely be a time when you need to increase capacity
and scale (if you haven’t hit that crossroad already). That
means relying on others to handle aspects of your work and
adhere to the same standards and quality that you are known
for. Being good at what you do is one thing, but being a good
leader is entirely different. The sooner you truly understand
this, the stronger your team will be.
tend to regard music rather like an exotic spice added to
food. While exotic spices make food wonderfully flavorful,
they are expensive and may not add nutritional value. When
education funds become less available, one of the first
programs that many schools cut are music programs.
However, there are several neurological studies that show
that music does indeed add the equivalent of nutritional
value to the brain.
an extensive review of the music publishing
industry as a whole, the U.S. Dept. of Justice is
considering amending the longstanding consent
decrees in significant ways, according to multiple
sources who are familiar with recent private talks
the agency held with industry representatives.
cover songs is usually pretty easy because most venues
already pay for a performance license from one or more of
the PROs, but did you know that you need additional
licenses to record those same cover songs (or any
songs for which you don't own the copyrights)? Some
licenses are easier to obtain than others, and it's easier
to make a legal sound recording than it is to make a legal
scored a gig? Several gigs? Oh, you've been gigging
for years? Whatever the case may be, awesome! But newbies
and seasoned acts alike are forever subject to the good
graces of venue owners and booking
is now abruptly walking away from its planned, $14.1
billion acquisition of Spotify, according to multiple
sources speaking to Digital Music News early this morning.
The all-but-sealed deal, first
reported by DMN last week, would have been the
largest music-related acquisition in history, but Google
apparently soured on the deal in light of some “serious
artist compensation concerns.”
the last decade, smartphone technology has completely
redefined how people communicate and access information.
It also has had a huge impact on the way people create and
listen to music. Let’s take a look at some of the latest
accessories that help audiophiles and musicians get the
most out of their smartphone.
the American Music Publishing Community: We are an
international alliance of songwriter and composer
organizations representing tens of thousands of
music creators throughout the world, many of whom
have created musical works in which you claim
videos get 3
billion views every day, but up until
now there wasn’t an easy way to embed videos on
other platforms. YouTube says they have
“billions of views” per day, but don’t
specify an exact number. YouTube hit 4 billion
views a day in 2012. In other words, Facebook is
recently surfaced that Sony is purchasing
the rest of The Orchard. Sony already owned a
sizable amount of the distributor, possibly around 51
percent. Sony’s full purchase is expected to close after
March. The Orchard is wasting no time. They are already
buying up and investing in other companies.
Shane has passed away after a short battle with Colon
Cancer and being placed in Hospice care earlier this week.
Ed was well respected and loved by everyone who knew him,
and his contributions to the Texas Music Scene will
continue to be regarded as the main reason the scene
exists today. Updates regarding Ed's Memorial
Services and more will be posted soon. In the
meantime we hope you will keep Pam Shane in your prayers,
as she is dealing with her loss.
It was announced Saturday in Orange,
Texas that Tracy Byrd will be inducted into the Texas Country Hall of
Fame Aug. 8, 2015, in Carthage Texas. Byrd was presented with a special Hall of Fame Blue Jean Jacket by Tommy Ritter Smith, CEO of
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum and Randy Holland, owner of
Real Country Booking.
to new data from the RIAA, streaming revenue is catching
up to digital download revenue in the US. In 2014
streaming revenue was at $1.9 billion and digital download
revenue was at $2.6 million.
can be a powerful tool for emerging musicians, offering a
direct line to fans and always teasing the possibility of
a surprise, viral hit. YouTube
for Artists is a new initiative aimed at making
it easier for artists to connect with their audiences,
manage their videos and review data -- who's watching
what, where do your fans live, what do they like?
RIAA released its figures for 2014, accounting a slight
decline in revenue for the year, marking the U.S. music
industry's value at $6.97 billion. That's a 0.47% decline over
2013, when the industry was valued at $7 billion.
Although there has never been a perfect way of calculating license fees and
collecting royalties, the system for reporting airplay, as we know it today, has existed
practically forever and has progressively gotten more unfair for the
independent writers and publishers.