Each year the RIAA submits a list of "notorious markets" to the U.S. Government, and this year's list includes torrent trackers, download sites and stream rippers. In addition, the RIAA called out CloudFlare for making it harder to track illegal activity. The full RIAA list of Top Music Pirates & Notorious Markets 2016:
Former top Def Jam and Warner Music Group executive Lyor Cohen has been named the Global Head Of Music for Google's YouTube (more here), and began his tenure with a letter the the YouTube Music Team.
Hidden in the hoopla surrounding Pandora's direct deals last week, and the resulting launch of the Pandora Plus interactive streaming service, was the major blow they dealt to SoundExchange; and the confusion that they are causing indie artists who are wondering how they will be getting paid in the future.
Last month we learned that artists like Drake, Kayne West and Frank Ocean were releasing albums with 18 tracks or more to game the Billboard charts by taking advantage of rules that calculate album sales equivalents from digital streams. Now comes word of a new and yet very familiar way to manipulate all of the charts.
Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and WMG.