As 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.
Pete 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.
With 2017 already having been a busy and reformative year for the music industry, 2018 looks to be headed in a similar direction. Here we visit three important factors which will have a major effect on the industry in the coming year.
As it adapts to the shifting landscape for recorded music, WEA, Warner Music Group’s global distribution, marketing and sales division, is reportedly offering buyouts to 130 employees who deal with physical product.
Ed Sheeran may be credited as a writer of Tim McGraw’s new duet with Faith Hill, but two Aussies claim in a federal complaint that the ballad is a shameless ripoff of a song they penned in 2014.
[UPDATED] In a financial guidance released ahead of a full financial disclosure in mid-February, Vivendi confirmed fourth-quarter momentum at its Universal Music Group division, which it says will meet a full year guidance of 10% revenue growth and EBITA of close to 20%.
Massive 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.
[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.
Prominent 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.
Radiohead 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.
Nielsen 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.
Music 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.
Sony Music Entertainment has tapped label veteran Ron Perry to serve as Chairman & CEO of Columbia Records. Based in New York, Perry will report to Stringer and will be responsible for overseeing the management of Columbia.
Spotify Hit With $1.6B Lawsuit By Tom Petty, Neil Young Publisher Wixen, Up To 6M Songs Stream Without Licences
[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.
It 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.
New 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.
Revenue 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.
In 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.
Long 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.
Although some may album art is a dead medium, it appears 2017 didn't get the memo. Here David Deal looks at some of the most memorable album covers to be released in 2017, and what the artists were trying to communicate with them.
Music 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.
Always 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.
The 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.
It 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.
[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.
When 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.
Major Music, Entertainment Execs Form Commission As Sexual Abuse Allegations Mount, Anita Hill To Chair
The 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.
Three 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.