Appeals Court Upholds Drake Sampling Fair Use Victory

While a recent court decision to uphold Drake’s sampling demonstrates a rare victory for fair use in an era riddled with questionable industry lawsuits, the victory is somewhat marred by. Continue reading

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UMG Admits Masters From Nirvana, R.E.M., Elton John Among Those Damaged In 2008 Blaze

Universal Music Group has conceded that master recording by artists such as Nirvana, Beck, Elton John, R.E.M., Sheryl Crow were among those damaged in a storage warehouse fire at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2008.

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Warner Music IPO Suggests Streaming Price Increase

While Warner Music Group and now UMG’s announcements that they will file for an IPO are not especially surprising, indications in WMG’s filing that an increase in streaming prices could. Continue reading

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UMG To IPO As Annual Revenues Pass $2.28B

An initial public offering (IPO) for Universal Music Group is “currently planned for early 2023 at the latest,” parent company Vivendi posted in a presentation to shareholders. Last week, the. Continue reading

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US Music Industry Loses $1B Annually From Unauthorized Account Sharing

Industry analysts MusicWatch has been tracking paid streaming account sharing and the use of family plans for some time, and the results of last year’s survey point to lost revenue. Continue reading

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Massive Fire Impacts Vinyl Record Production Worldwide

A massive fire last week at the 15,000 square foot Apollo Master Discs manufacturing plant will effect vinyl record manufacturing worldwide. Apollo is one of only two companies worldwide that. Continue reading

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WMG IPO: All You Need to Know [MARK MULLIGAN]

Yesterday’s ‘surprise’ IPO announcement from Warner Music Group is already sending ripples through the music industry eco-system. Top MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan puts it all into context. Throughout the last. Continue reading

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Warner Music Group Files For IPO (Again)

UPDATE: Warner Music Group (WMG) has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering that will take the third-largest music group public again Warner. Continue reading

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Spotify To Expand Paid Artists Services, But Can Most Musicians Afford Them?

Spotify is pleased with the early adoption of its first paid artist marketing tool Marquee and will soon add more paid services, the streamer shared in an earnings call Wednesday.. Continue reading

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YouTube Reports $15 Billion In Revenue, CEO Wants More – Where’s Ours?

YouTube’s annual revenue exceeded $15 billion in 2019. Even so, the CEO suggests there’s significantly more room for growth, leading some to question where their piece of the pie is.. Continue reading

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