With legislation introduced in Congress earlier this year that would mandate a performance royalty for radio, one more House member and another Senator have signed the Local Radio Freedom Act, a non-binding resolution that opposes any radio royalty. Adding their support for the resolution are Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL). Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).
Americom, Beasley, Entercom, Greater Media and five other radio groups have asked the FCC to reject proposals by low-power radio advocates to convert the service from non-commercial to commercial status, increase transmission power, give it the same full signal protection as primary stations and make other changes.
To most Twitter users, URL link shorteners are a convenient way to stuff more into a 140-character message. But a proposed class action lawsuit filed on Monday alleges that the social media service is using them in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California's privacy law.
Does this make any sense? Spotify is struggling to add paying subscribers, while YouTube music video views are surging on greater selection and totally free content. In fact, according to stats compiled by Nielsen, YouTube delivered 60.6 percent more streams than all audio-only, on-demand streaming music services combined, free or paid, during the first half of 2015.
While online streaming services may be gaining in popularity, a new study from Nielsen Music reinforces the fact that radio remains tops for discovering tunes. According to the fourth-annual Music 360 2015 report, 61% of U.S. music listeners say they discover new music from terrestrial or satellite radio.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that touring is incredibly expensive. Even if your entire band sleeps in the van every night and survives on a diet of nuts and Top Ramen (not recommended), the cost of gas alone can be completely debilitating. And that’s only if everything goes smoothly – there are always emergencies that can come up, such as van breakdowns, gear malfunctions, or medical emergencies. All of these problems will require money to solve.
New NextRadio listening data is helping broadcasters make the case to wireless providers that activating FM chips in smartphones offers consumers more than just an entertainment convenience. During an emergency weather situation, the number of listening sessions quadruples, according to NextRadio developer Emmis Communications.
Independent labels are starting to make a push into the fast-growing business of streaming playlists. The Association for Independent Music has released a request for proposals for the creation of a playlist brand for independent music.