[UPDATED] Spotify has finally added songwriter and producer credits on its desktop platform for both free and Premium users worldwide. The music streamer called this the first iteration of the feature and hinted that it would eventually be be added to Spotify's mobile apps, as well.
While many emerging artists have chosen to eschew labels, there are still a number of advantages to having the backing of a traditional label. Here we delve into how artists can refine their approach when it comes to trying to land a record deal.
As a $32 billion dollar industry with serious growth projected, the PC gaming market has become a premium area for artists to pull in serious money, provided if they're willing to put in the work necessary to land a contract for a game soundtrack.
As our week long look at the Music Modernization Act continues, some see major problems, despite bipartisan support in Congress and endorsements from virtually every major music and tech trade group. Among the critics are respected music industry attorneys Nicole Haff and Cassie Daum
In this piece Niclas Molinder takes a long look at the music industry's ongoing metadata problem and how the music industry as a whole needs to wake up and shift its focus if they hope to solve the issue effectively.
The Music Modernization Act is poised to reshape music copyright and compensation for a generation. But what exactly is the MMA, and how will it impact songwriters and publishers? We will be exploring these questions all this week on Hypebot with "The Music Modernization Act: Peril Or Promise?," a series of articles and guest posts designed to explain and dissect the legislation. We begin with this simple question: What is the Music Modernization Act and who supports it?
Could It Be Time For Inspector General To Review Copyright Office’s Administration Of Address Unknown NOIs?
In the latest development from the ongoing debacle of 'address unknown' NOIs, Chris Robley here points out the need for the copyright office to further investigate these Notices of Intent by digital music services, as well as a need to bring the Inspector General on board.
EXCLUSIVE: DistroKid To Launch Publishing Administration, 300K Musicians Using Revenue Split Service
DistroKid is launching a publishing administration service. Details are still be worked out, but the new service should be available within weeks, DistroKid founder Phil Kaplan tells Hypebot. Publishing administration joins an expanding set of add-on services offered by the indie digital music distributor.
From the people that brought you Happy Birthday, the famous gospel protest song 'We Shall Overcome' has now entered the public domain as well, following a dubious and later dismissed claim by The Richmond Organization and Ludlow music.
[UPDATE 2] In a major win for songwriters and music publishers, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has approved major graduated increases in mechanical rates for 2018-2022 totalling 43.8%. It is the biggest single increase in mechanical royalties in CRB history.
Billboard has named its 2018 Power 100 list of the executives driving the music industry. There is only one women named in the Top 25 in a standalone role, and just four more share billing in an otherwise all male team. While reflective of the industry, the list seems particularly tone deaf appearing on the same day that the trade magazine reported a new study of the " Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry."
Here Cadence Weapon, AKA Rollie Pemberton, speaks about working as an independent artist on the frontlines of experimental hip-hop for the past decade, the process of making his latest album, and how he identifies as a DIY musician.
Here Robert Lanterman explores some of the major ways in which the pervasive take-over of the internet has changed the game for DIY artists everywhere when it comes to almost every aspect of the industry, be it travel, promotion, or networking.
The Internet Association, the trade and lobbying group which represents Google, Amazon, Spotify, Facebook and several dozen other major internet companies, today sent a letter to the bipartisan Congressional sponsors of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) calling on them to advance the legislation.
Music licensing platform Songtradr today announced that is had raised a Series A round of $4 million to support the company's ongoing expansion. This latest round brings Songtradr 's total funding to $9 million. Lead investor in the round was Richard White, CEO and founder of Australian-based WiseTech Global.
This week SoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks launched a free database that allows songwriters and publishers and songwriters to search more than 60 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) song filings made to the U.S. Copyright Office by Spotify and other music service. But what do you do when you find your song there?
While legislative gridlock seems to be the order of the day, a new legislative effort to institute a comprehensive reform of music licensing regulations is pushing ahead in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support.
Latin music superstar Enrique Iglesias has filed a lawsuit against his former label, accusing them of underpaying streaming royalties. According to the suit, filed in a Miami on Wednesday, Iglesias alleges that UMG paid him a small fraction of his 50% royalty rate due for music streamed online and is owed millions in unpaid royalties.
[UPDATED] SoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks has launched a free database that allows music publishers and songwriters to search more than 60 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) song filings that have been made to the U.S. Copyright Office.
YouTube has signed on to the global International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) initiative which assigns an ID to every creator, It is designed to make identification and therefore payments more accurate. YouTube is the first ISNI registration agency in the music space.
Here Attorney and legal scholar Stephen Carlisle explores a perplexing court decision that changing the context in which a photographic image is displayed constitutes 'transformative use' rendering a Creative Commons license ineffective and impossible to enforce.
While field recording has existed for over a century, it has changed and progressed along with the rest of the industry. Here we look at ten people working in field recording who are crossing aesthetic boundaries to capture sounds from the outside world.
A diverse group ranging from May J. Bilge to Sufjan Stevens have been nominated for the Best Original Song award at the 2018 Oscars to be announced March 4th live on ABC. Soundtrack stalwarts like Hans Zimmer and John Williams led the Best Original Score nominees. The full list of 2018 Oscar music and sound nominees:
Chris Castle investigates a suspicious development in the world of copyright, after the American Law Institutes moved to write up a "Restatement of Copyright", a project with some concerning ties to a lawyer with Spotify's best interests at heart.
In this extensive piece, Dean Olivet breaks down each song from 2017 that successfully hit the Billboard Top 5, looking at the compilation and structure of each chart topper and providing some technical insight on what made each one a success.
There is an important change being rolled out concerning how YouTube will deal with content uploaded by its users which contain artist copyrighted content, including the omission of revenue-generating ads.
While shelling out cash in the music industry is nothing new when it comes to purchasing merch or paying for Spotify, the idea of a more traditional investment has also been gaining traction of late. Here Cherie Hu explores the viability of investing in music royalties, and one sort of ROI one might see for doing so.