Passage Of Music Modernization Act Averts Artist Boycott Of Sirius XM

1Yesterday 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.

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Artists Are Driving MMA Ahead, SiriusXM Should Join Them [Chris Israel, musicFIRST Coalition]

join us musicThe 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.

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Music Modernization Act Vote Unlikely Today [UPDATE]

Music Modernization ActUPDATE: 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.

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More Misdirection, Dodgeball On Royalties From SiriusXM

1Broadcasting 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.

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Does Anyone Listen To Beats 1? Zane Lowe Won't Say

Zane_lowe_pressApple 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.

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SoundExchange Q2 Payments Up 17.5%

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange 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. 

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Has The Time For Classic Rock's Eulogy Arrived?

1In 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.

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Thought Streaming Royalties Were Bad? Radio Airplay Royalties Even Worse

1Almost 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.

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SiriusXM To Pay SoundExchange $150 Million Settlement

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange 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.

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Radio Royalty Rate Decision Could Soon Affect Songwriters Incomes

1The 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.

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Want To Write Music For TV? 4 Tips For Producers

1Writing 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.

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10K Radio Stations File BMI Lawsuit To Pay Songwriters Less, PRO Responds

BMIThe 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.

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Modern Music Modernization Act Only Goes Half Way [Op-Ed]

1In 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.

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How People Are Listening To New Music In 2018 [Infographic]

1As 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?

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