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Music Publishing News Roundup: 3.30.2015 Apple & Beats, Songwriters on Publishing Rights, American Idol

26apple-web1-blog427Apple and Beats move their digital music services forward, Songwriters issue open letter about publishing rights, American Idol Alum signs a publishing deal. 

                                                                                 

Apple and Beats move forward with their digital music services by developing a streaming service that will rival Spotify.  Beats is essentially reshaping Apple’s digital music in innovative ways and something that the company plans to enhance is iTunes radio while targeting a specific market.  According to this article, one thing perhaps Apple won’t have is a lower price than its rival services.

Songwriters from around the world have written an open letter regarding publishing rights. This discussion touches topics such as direct licensing, NMPA’s reaction, and a few other subjects.  This letter acts as free speech among publishers in the music industry to gage what can be done, what needs to be done, and or what should be done.

American Idol alum signs a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell this week.  His recent co-writing endeavor had chart success and the song was listed in the top 20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. He has been significantly successful and looks forward to working with some great writers a part of Warner/Chappell’s roster.

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