As carefully calculated and smartly packaged as Taylor Swift is, Miley Cyrus is improvisational and raw. The music industry needs more of both kinds of artists. Each attracts legions of fans and neither is afraid to criticize the establishment. But, lets face it, Miley is way more fun to watch, and she didn't disappoint last night.
[UPDATED] For much of recent history, the music industry has been infamous for its inability to adapt to digital technology. This said, certain companies within the industry, like Apple and Spotify, have proven they are able to adopt new ideas and succeed, demonstrating how valuable innovation is in any creative industry.
[UPDATED] The controversy surrounding music streaming and artist compensation has been earning quit a bit of press lately. Still, the actual process of licensing, publishing, and compensating those involved in music publishing is complex and convoluted. This article offers a clear and detailed breakdown of exactly how music rights and payments work.
Vivendi has extended the contract of Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge through 2020. "This plan will enable the company to maintain its profitable growth and continue to play a leading role in the transformation of the music industry," the company said in a statement The full text of the announcement:
From A2IM: In the issue dated July 25, 2015, Billboard reported mid-year market share numbers – Indies continue to be #1 based on copyright ownership, the only appropriate market share definition.
After Sony responded to a lawsuit by 19 Recording and artists including Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson over its deal with Spotify saying it was not required "to structure its affairs in whatever way yields the greatest royalties," artists and artist advocates have gone on the offensive.
Details regarding a recent lawsuit filed by several artists associated with American Idol have revealed some rather alarming details about the manner in which Sony is able to negotiate its contracts with third parties such as Spotify, effectively stating that Sony has the right to act in the interest of its own profit, regardless of potential financial detriment to artists.
Sony Music is being sued by American Idol winners including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and their label 19 Recordings who say that the company's equity stake in Spotify sells them short. The music giant offered an interesting and, to artists, a rather damning defense.