[UPDATED] I've written about the effects and promise of the digital revolution on musicians and the music industry for almost a decade. But yesterday, separate announcements from Pandora, PledgeMusic and Bandsintown combined to make it the most memorable day in independent music since the launches of CD Baby and Tunecore.
Although it may not have the same level of musical association as cities like Nashville and Austin, Seattle has a rich and varied history within the music industry and is particularly notable as the birthplace of grunge. In this interview, KEXP host Sharlese Metcalf weighs in on local artists the state of the scene in the Pacific Northwest.
At present, the U.S. does not pay royalties to performers when their music is played on the radio, instead compensating only the songwriters. This article looks at how this antiquated legislation came about, and how it needs to change moving forward so that performing artists are properly paid for their presence on the airwaves.
iHeartMedia reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2015 showing no revenue growth on a constant currency basis. In addition to it's radio and digital properties, including iHeartRadio, the company owns old school billboard and outdoor ad providers; and they offered a bright spot in the earnings report.
Sirius XM Radio is looking for both a Director of Music Licensing and a Senior Manager of Royalties. More on this gig and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.
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New rates set in December by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board and collected by SoundExchange without warning eliminated a lower tier for small net broadcasters. The result is that most, including hundreds served by the now-defunct Live365, are being forced off the air. On popular webcaster, Radio Paradise, is reaching out to SoundExchange board member David Byrne for help.
Even with a move to Monday night to avoid Valentine's Day, 2016 Grammy viewing only slipped a little, holding almost dead even with 2015 ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CBS live broadcast of the awards show posted a 16.1 overnight rating among Nielsen's metered market households Monday night, off from last year's a 16.7 overnight rating.
For about six months now, fans attending shows at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club have been warned by signs posted around the venue that the show they were attending was being recorded. However, the nature of the recordings was obscure until the club revealed that it was partnering with public television for a new musical variety show.
Superbowl 50 mania is in full swing and, as with all marketing extravaganzas, music plays central roll. Twitter has a list of 15 music related influencers that you MUST FOLLOW prior to kickoff and the music of the music of David Bowie, Li'l Wayne and Janelle Monáe, are all anchoring major Superbowl 2016 commercials. WATCH:
Rates that net broadcasters to play music went up late last year and with the rate hike came the elimination of a special rates for smaller net broadcasters. The fallout is starting and today Live365, which since 1999 has been providing streaming services for 5000+ of small broadcasters, is shutting down.
Taking advantage of a copyright void which was created for all pre-1972 music after the law was updated in 1976, the RIAA has been trying to claim that the state laws which existed before before this update intended to include a public performance rights, meaning that services like Pandora, Sirius XM, and possibly even terrestrial radio are in violation of this theoretical law.
Monday is Labor Day in the U.S. It's the unofficial end of summer here which overshadows its real purpose: to honor the working class and the labor movement that has fought for decades on its behalf. This infographic from net radio hub AccuRadio reminds us of the important roll that music plays in the world of work.
As fewer and fewer people discover new music through conventional terrestrial radio, it has switched to a system of playing the same top 40 hits ad nauseam, meaning that its value as a promotional service for up-and-coming artists is becoming less and less. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act hopes to fix this broken system.