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.
[UPDATED] Warner Music Group continues to diversify beyond recorded music with the $180 million acquisition of EMP Merchandising, a major European specialty music and entertainment merchandise e-tailer. EMP is currently owned by Sycamore Partners, a New York City private equity firm.
A new lawsuit pits Scooter Braun, who manages Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber against recently departed Storify executive and former Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter. Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Management Holdings has filed suit against Troy Carter, his wife and his company Atom Factory for fraud and breach after Carter allegedly defaulted on a $10 million loan.
While the CD has hung on longer than some might have guessed, it's decline has been steady. That said, some are still turning a profit from this outdated form of music. Here we look at Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesaler of physical music in the US.
Apple Music has improved how its displays an artist's albums and singles. Previously, tracks, collections and albums were lumped together, forcing the user to scroll through dozens of often redundant releases to find what they are looking for.
The full Joan Jett and the Blackhearts recorded music catalog is available for streaming for the first time. The long due additions comes following a deal between Jett's Blackheart Records and Sony Legacy. Blackheart was formed in 1980 by Jett and her musical cohort and producer Kenny Laguna.
Respected Rapper Mac Miller has been found dead at his home in Los Angeles. He was 26. According to TMZ, Miller was found around 12 pm on Friday after authorities were alerted by a male friend who placed a 911 call from Miller’s home.
Apple Music is adding 116 “Top 100” charts today. Each chart will display the top streamed songs on Apple Music, updated daily. In a demo for Rolling Stone, Apple execs showed a global chart and a Top 100 chart for every country where Apple Music is available.
Berklee President Roger H. Brown shares a recent letter he penned to Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey supporting the Music Modernization Act and advocating for a music industry which betters compensates and empowers artists.
Life as an artist can be unpredictable, and as a successful musician, it's important to take steps to ensure that your royalties continue to provide for you late into life and beyond. In this piece we look at steps taken by artists and their estates to guarantee that their legacy and money will last.
A British Phonographic Industry report shows that British music exports are now at their highest level in almost two decades. According to the BPI, UK labels generated revenues of £408.4 million in 2017, up by 12% over the previous year.
Camila Cabello has become the first female artist to pass one billion streams of a single song on Spotify. The 21 year old pop singer's song "Havana" past the billion stream milestone on Monday, and she took to Twitter to celebrate.
Eminem has just released a surprise new album "Kamikaze". The 13 songs were co-produced with Dr Dre and include guests spots for Jessie Reyes, Joyner Lucas, Royce Da 5’9” and Eminem manager, Paul Rosenberg.
We normally only cover the business of music and not about the music itself. But Aretha Franklin had such an impact on music and the world, that we think its essential that we all break from our regular routines to honor her. Watch the Aretha Franklin funeral replay:
In the wake of a series of legal squabbles and lawsuits which have served to slow the progress of updating copyright law in the US, it may be time to for the music industry here to look to UK, who have faced similar issues in recent years, but emerged with a unified front in the form of UK Music.
Taylor Swift's contract with label Big Machine ends in November. That means that the superstar artist is on the cusp of signing her first record deal since she came on the scene at age 15. At a time when the industry is undergoing a resurgence, Swift could cut one of the most lucrative recording deals in history.
No Old Wine In New Bottles: Remastering Does Not Mean New Sound Recording Copyright, says 9th Circuit
[UPDATED] The remastering of tracks has long created controversy in the music industry over whether these revampings necessitate the creation of a fresh copyright - a problematic notion to say the least. The 9th Circuit Court, however has decided a new coat of paint doesn't change things all that much.
As the long running saga of BMG v. Cox finally draws to a close, the ISP finally realized that it was in a no-win situation, according to this op-ed by Mike Masnick. But Cox's troubles are likely far from over.
BTS, the hot South Korean boy band, now holds the record for biggest music video debut in YouTube history, earning over 4.5 million views in its first 24 hours. The previous record holder is Taylor Swift, whose video for “Look What You Made Me Do” had 43.2 million views in its first 24 hours.
BMG has reached a settlement with Cox Communications in its 2015 lawsuit alleging the ISP contributed to copyright infringement. BMG called the sealed settlement, originally set by a jury at $33 million, "substantial."
You'd be hard pressed to find a musician who is happy with how much money is going to artists, and with good reason. Mike Masnick looks at collection of data over time showing consistently how little of the money spent in the music business actually ends up in the artist's pocket.
Nicki Minaj is using her Beats 1 radio show to launch a new front in her campaign to blame those that she alleges prevented her new album from debuting at #1. Earlier this week Spotify was in her crosshairs. Now, she's going after super-manager Irving Azoff.