And those artists are just in the "T's"...
SoundExchange collects royalties from performances in digital media like online and satellite radio stations. Kind of a BMI or ASCAP for digital media. For months they been warning that artist that did not sign up by December 15th would loose any royalties due them from Feb 1996 to March 31, 2000. But until recently they've refused to provide a public list of artists owed the money claiming they did not want middle men coming in to grab a percentage of the artist royalties.
But a quick look at the list makes one question just how hard SoundExchange even tried to find these artists or who is heading the search. In addition to platinum selling artists like Tone Loc and recent Grammy winner T-Bone Burnett a quick glance at the list found several hundred recognizable names that could be tracked via various labels, agents, managers and publishers if anyone had bothered to try.
Jumping around the alphabet here are a few names that we found SoundExchange claims they could not find:
- A Flock Of Seagulls
- Ace Frehley
- Andy Gibb (OK he's dead but...)
- The Archies
- Blue Cheer
- Booker T & The MG's
- Dinosaur JR
- Jimmy Vivino and The Rekooperator (He's on TV every night in the Conan band)
- Joe Henry (another recent Grammy nominee)
- Molly Hatchet
- Rossington Collins
- Susan Tedeschi (a Grammy winner)