Yesterday the Music Modernization Act, a massive overhaul of the US copyright system, unanimously passed the Senate, and while good news for the music industry as a whole, one entity remains in opposition to the bill: SiriusXM. That said, the MMA's smooth passage will like prevent a major boycott of the satellite radio service by artists.
The Music Modernization Act, which is scheduled for a full Senate vote over the next 24 hours, is supported by the music industry because it brings music copyright and compensation into the digital age. But SiriusXM is working to scuttle key MMA provisions, and artist advocates the musicFIRST Coalition are fighting back.
UPDATE: The Music Modernization Act is being fast tracked for a voice vote in the Senate. It's a bold strategy that could backfire if even one Senator votes no. Despite earlier reports, it is now unlikely that the vote will happen today.
In this op-ed, Jeffrey Bennett of SAG-AFTRA and Mitch Glazier of the RIAA decry the recent questionable actions of SiriusXM and encourage those involved in the music industry to help the Music Modernization Act's progress forward.
Broadcasting company SiriusXM is up to no good, says Chris Castle, claiming that its out to see artists paid their fair due. In reality the company is using rhetorical trickery to distract artists while Sirius climbs its way to a more advantageous industry position.
Apple a master at dribbling out music users stats at just the right moment, like during a product launch, investor call or just as the media seems ready to crown Spotify the winner of the streaming wars. Buts it has never even hinted at how many people actually listen to its much touted Beats 1 live DJ powered streaming radio station.
iHeartMedia may be bankrupt, but radio still lives... online at least. iHeartRadio says that it has surpassed 120 million registered users, adding another 10 million listeners over the last few months.
Since Amazon's Echo device dropped two years ago, the debate has been raging over whether or not these these voice command devices will help or hurt broadcast radio. Here we try to answer this question by taking a close look at the numbers.
SoundExchange distributed $208.7 million in sound recording performance royalties in Q2 2018. That's up both 17.5% over the same quarter last year and the $189.9 million paid out in the Q1 of this year. The PRO has paid out a total of $398.6 million so far in 2018.
Although radio as a platform for discovering new music has been on the decline for some time, with little to offer millennials, a new format known as "Right Now Music Radio" is hoping it can change this and bring radio into the modern age.
In this piece Daniel Reifsnyder takes a journey back to 1955, when rock 'n' roll climbed to the top of the charts for the first time with the now culturally ubiquitous number "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock".
In this piece Fred Jacobs takes a long hard look at the legacy of classic rock, and whether the genre will be able to endure and gain more popularity as we move forward into the future and more legacy artists age out, or whether its time as a genre has finally come.
Kendrick Lamar won best male hip hop artist and album of the year for “DAMN” at last night's BET Awards. Beyonce won best female R&B/pop artist, and Cardi B won for best female hip hop artist. Migos took home the the best group award and SZA won for best new artist.
Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play.
In the wake of the tragic passing of Anthony Bourdain, radio industry veteran Seth Resler shares important lessons learned from the food tourism pioneer, and how he helped shape a radio broadcaster's career.
SoundExchange and SiriusXM have settled their years-long litigation surrounding outstanding claims for unpaid and underpaid royalties from January 2007 through December 2017 in exchange for a lump sum payment of $150 million.
The latest chapter in an ever-raging battle between performance rights organizations and radio to set rates for music use on radio i has BMI and RMLC headed to Rate Court, for a decision that could change songwriter incomes.
Once an integral part of the nighttime listening experience, AM radio has since fallen out of favor somewhat, as with many traditional forms of media consumption. The medium is far from dead however, and in this piece, Fred Jacobs explores a plan to rekindle our love of AM Radio.
Pandora has added an ad-free Premium family plan that includes up to 6 unique accounts for $14.99 per month. The plan closely mirrors similar plans and pricing from competitors Apple Music and Spotify.
Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful.
The Radio Music License Committee, which represents more than 10,000 commercial radio stations in the US, has filed a petition in the federal rate court to resolve its ongoing rate dispute with performing rights organization BMI over the amount paid to songwriters and publishers for the broadcast of music.
While online streaming and terrestrial radio both seem to have figured out the best way in which to gather listener data, online radio is lagging behind in this department, a problem which needs to be solved if they hope to keep/bring in advertisers.
In the wake of the House of Representatives passage of the music modernization act, David Philp explains how, while the bill does indeed do some good things for artists, the largest issue in the music industry remains unaddressed.
As music PR companies and labels strive to get their artist’s music placed in popular places, it is becoming more and more clear that the industry has changed, with NME stopping their print edition the focus has changed on the digital landscape and how people consume media. But how has this changed for music and influenced the way people consume their music?
Over 90 college radio stations across the USA and internationally, will join forces to celebrate the third annual college radio Vinylthon this Saturday, April 21st.