Taylor Swift and Adele were the top earning artists in the publishing sector of the music industry in 2015. Billboard’s annual Moneymakers rankings list the top 10 earners in four major revenue stream sources: Sales, Streaming, Touring, and Publishing. Taylor Swift topped all four lists, with a total revenue of $73.5 million for the year, followed by Kenny Chesney, the Rolling Stones, and Billy Joel. MORE:
ASCAP Expo 2016 is a wrap. But last week's LA gathering did offer more than a few memorable moments and Adam Davis of Hypebot's parent company Skyline Music was there to capture them. Overheard at ASCAP 2016:
Although copyright law is in desperate need of a 21st century overall, congress has been wary of any such update after the SOPA outcry in 2012...until now. A recent statement from Rep. Bob Goodlatte revealed that new proposals will soon be forthcoming, although whether or not they'll actually improve copyright law remains to be seen.
Led Zeppelin are facing a jury trial for alleged copyright infringement of their seminal hit "Stairway to Heaven." A District Court Judge has ruled that the hit was similar enough to the '67 instrumental "Taurus" by Spirit to warrant a trial. But the plaintiff's have offered Led Zep an easy way out.