Do You Really Want A Record Deal? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

1As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.

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QUICK HITS: Atlantic • Sony • Pandora • Anti- • BMI • More

Quick HitsPete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of President of A&R for Atlantic Records, based in NYC. He will also continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic, as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner. 

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Most Collected 2017 Releases By Genre

image from upload.wikimedia.orgMassive music database Discogs analyzed it's community's collections to determine the most collected releases, including reissues, of 2017 across the most popular genres and styles within the Discogs Database. Internationally, Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Villains', Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.', and Gorillaz's 'Humanz' are amongst collectors top additions; while Punk-Metal band Converge land three releases in Hardcore.

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Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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23 Top Music Orgs. Endorse Licensing Reform Legislation

billProminent music trade groups and other organizations representing U.S. music publishers, record labels, songwriters, composers, artists and performance rights organizations (PROs) today announced their united support for key pieces of pending music legislation.

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Radiohead Sues Lana Del Rey: "Creep" vs. "Lust For Life"

Lana Del Ray lawsuitRadiohead is suing Lana Del Rey over the new song ‘Get Free’ from her latest album 'Lust For Life' and alleged similarities with Radiohead's 90’s hit "Creep." On Sunday, Del Rey responded on Twitter,  saying that even though her song was not inspired by "Creep," she had offered the band a 40% stake in publishing, which their lawyers rejected.

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Recorded Music Industry Grew 12.5% In 2017 As Streaming Soared and R&B/Hip-Hop Surpassed Rock

image from image.freepik.comNielsen Music's 2017 U.S. Year-End Report confirms continued growth in recorded music driven by streaming. Total volume was up 12.5% over 2016, fueled by a 59% increase in on-demand audio streams compared to last year. For the first time, R&B/Hip-Hop surpassed Rock to become the largest genre in terms of total music consumption.

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BuzzAngle Year End Music Report 2017: It's All About Streaming

image from members.celebrityaccess.comMusic data firm BuzzAngle Music has some good news for the recorded music industry, unless one loves old-fashioned purchasing habits. Album and song sales dwindled in 2017, dropping 14.6% and 23.2% respectively, with physical sales declining only 7%percent, according to BuzzAngle. 

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Spotify Hit With $1.6B Lawsuit By Tom Petty, Neil Young Publisher Wixen, Up To 6M Songs Stream Without Licences

spotify[UPDATED] Wixen Music Publishing, which controls songs by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Weezer, The Doors and many others, has sued Spotify demanding $1.6 billion in damages for alleging using thousands of songs without the proper licenses or compensation.

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Copyright Infringers: Do They Have The Right To Remain Anonymous?

2It has been established that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism, but in a recent legal case regarding copyright infringement, the defendant is also alleging that maintaining their anonymity in also a First Amendment right.

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Spotify Shares Top 10 New Year's Eve Songs Of 2017 / 2018

image from barnoawinebar.comNew Year's Eve is traditionally one of the busiest days for streaming music, and Spotify has shared the most popular songs used to celebrate the new year in the U.S. and across the world. Post Malone’s “rockstar," which has over 617 million streams on Spotify, was the most popular song played on December 31, 2017.

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Vevo Revenue, Video Views Both Up 50% As It Nears Profitability

VevoRevenue at music video site Vevo was up 30% in 2017 from $500 million to $650 million, as it broke even for the first time in its eight years in business, according to a new report. Vevo now logs 25 billion views each month, up 30% from its last public disclosure.

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Disney, Netflix, And The Squeezed Middle: The True Story Behind Net Neutrality

1In this article Mark Mulligan explores how the recent overturning of net neutrality comes as the inevitable result of a gradual but pervasive shift in value from a focus on rights to a focus on distribution, and how this shift has bypassed infrastructure companies.

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Universal Music Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out Of Cold with Licensing Deal [Chris Castle]

1Long known as something of a deadbeat when it comes to paying music royalties, last week social media giant Facebook signed a deal with Universal Music Group which will allows the social network to carry songs from the major label across its platforms.

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20 Most Popular Vinyl Colors Of 2017 [ DISCOGS ]

OK Computer VinylMusic database and vinyl hub Discogs shares a data-driven list of the 20 Most Collected vinyl color variants released in 2017. Beginning with Radiohead's 3xLP blue opaque variation of the 'OKNOTOK' reissue of 'OK Computer' and counting down to the Father John Misty Sub Pop release 'Pure Comedy' in aluminum and copper variant.

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Music Industry Lawsuits And Issues To Watch In 2018

1Always an area rife with legal complexity, Erin M. Jacobson here looks at the legal world of the music business industry, and four important cases too keep a close eye on as we move into 2018, and what the broader implication of the outcome of these cases might be.

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Billboard Shifts Magazine, Chart Dates To Reflect Actual Release Week

Billboard chartThe venerable music trade magazine Billboard is finally shifting its publication and chart dates to closer match the real world. Starting in 2018, Billboard Magazine issues and charts within it will be dated to the Saturday of the week that that the magazine is shipped. Currently, Billboard issues are dated to the Saturday in the week following shipment.

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How Apple Got Its Musical Groove Back

1It wasn't all that long ago that Apple was floundering for industry relevancy, in the wake of embarrassments such as the U2 Songs of Innocence debacle, coupled with their reliance on paid downloads at a time when industry was steadily shifting towards streaming. Here we look at how they were able to rebound to once again be a major industry player.

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Sony, Universal Strike New Global Licensing Deals With YouTube

Youtube_logo[UPDATED] Universal and Sony have joined Warner Music Group in signing new multi-year global licensing agreements with YouTube. The move also paves the way Google and YouTube to launch a new paid streaming service to compete with Spotify this Spring.

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Are Catalog Releases Making The Music Charts Inaccurate?

1When it comes to measuring album success, it has long been a practice to focus only on the 'frontline' releases, with music being relegated to a label's 'catalog' after eighteen month. Thanks to the age of streaming, however, music often sees increased increased spins in the years following its release, leading some to question if the charts are still accurate.

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Major Music, Entertainment Execs Form Commission As Sexual Abuse Allegations Mount, Anita Hill To Chair

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe formation of a music and entertainment industry Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace was announced last week.  To be chaired by Anita Hill,  the commission is a creation of a group of entertainment industry executives in response to an ever-growing range of accusations of sexual harassment, abuse and rape by power players in the industry.

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3 Warner Music Group Execs Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, "Inappropriate Behavior"

WMG-W-logoThree Warner Music executives have been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior. WMG reportedly took "disciplinary action" after Warner Bros. Records EVP of A&R Jeff Fenster and another unnamed executive were accused of sexual misconduct by a former staffer. The woman also accused WMG CEO Stephen Cooper of making an inappropriate remark at a party.

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