In this piece, Emmanuel Legrand breaks down a recent report suggesting a massive overhaul of the framework through which sound recordings are licensed, and that rights holders need greater autonomy in order to negotiate more equitable contracts.
At the heart of the music business almost since its inception, major labels have successfully weathered multiple challenges to their industry dominance. But as music once again reinvents itself, can the major labels continue cling to power?
AI-powered music mastering platform LANDR has closed a $26 million Series B financing round led by Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure and state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
Despite streaming's popularity, piracy is once again on the rise at an alarming pace, leading the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to unveil a new global anti-piracy database, aimed at curbing this alarming spike in intellectual property theft.
Subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited grew an impressive 70% last year, according to a new report. Amazon Music and Amazon Music Unlimited had more than 32 million subscribers combined as of the end of April, according to the Financial Times.
As artists continue to one-up each other across all metrics, it seems the music industry one percent are giving way to a broader swathe of artists, making for an at least somewhat more egalitarian music industry.
Spotify has disrupted the music business in many, and amassed influence to the point where 'Spotify' is shorthand for streaming itself. If that's not enough change, the way in which Spotify and other streaming platforms pay artists has fundamentally altered how some musicians are structuring their songs.
While many thought that the rise of streaming had brought about an end to music piracy, a new report reveals this is far from the case. In fact, it appears the phenomenon known as stream-ripping has seen a significant spike in the past year.
One of the past decade's more prolific and influential songwriters, Nick Cave of The Birthday Party and Bad Seeds fame here shares the nine primary bedevilments which stand in the way of songwriting and creative flow, as well as looking at how best to overcome them.
DistroKid has joined a growing list of music distributors and services using Audible Magic to fight unauthorized content by verifying the authenticity of both tracks and artists before it is distributed.
The global recorded music business brought in $19.1 billion in revenue in 2018, according the IFPI. By 2030, that number will grow to $45 billion, with streaming expected to represent $27.5 billion of the total, according to a new Goldman Sachs analysis.
For the many, the announcement that Apple is "killing" iTunes also meant that Apple was also killing its music download store. In fact, iTunes on the Mac is just being divided into three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV. And the iconic music download store lives on, at least for now.
While we may think of places like Nashville and New York as being those cities with the most influence on the music business, the reality is quite different. In this piece we look at some surprising dark horse 'trigger cities' that are having an increasing amount of influence when it comes to music streaming.
Far too many artists who release brilliant music are ultimately unaware of how the system works when it comes to collecting royalties on said music, and consequently run the risk of getting ripped off. Here we offer a straightforward guide to understanding how digital royalties work.
Yesterday, Apple announced the end of iTunes on the Mac and its replacement with three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV. The reason given was feature bloat which slows performance. But top analyst Mark Mulligan says that its really part of "the great unbundling" which has been going on across other digital services for years.
UPDATE: Apple is phasing out its aging iTunes software and launching standalone versions of its Music, Podcasts and TV apps for Mac users in the next macOS update. The new music app will be built on iTunes, but deliver faster service than the bloated current all-purpose iTunes app.
20 years ago this week, Napster was born in Sean Fanning's Northeastern University dorm room. Whatever side of the debate you're on, one can't deny that Napster changed the music industry forever. Among so many other things, Napster forced record labels to un-bundle the album in iTunes, which fittingly is set to be put out to pasture today by Apple.
Apple is set to announce the end of iTunes today. Ironically, the company unveiled a new iPod Touch last week, the newest iteration of the hardware that made it so easy to put a whopping 1000 iTunes tracks in your pocket.
As the global music economy continues to transform, it's important to take a look at the various factors which feed into a song's success, particularly when it comes to that song's geographic origin. In this in-depth piece, we explore the concept of 'trigger cities,' and how streaming popularity often begins in the places you might least expect.
While streaming has remade the economic landscape of music and made earning a living harder for many musicians, some of the industry's biggest stars are still managing to bring in a significant amount of revenue in this new environment.
Many artists spend so much time and energy writing and recording their music, that they almost ignore the essential steps needed to prepare for and launch its release. Veteran music publicist Ariel Hyatt has created a template to help artists avoid this crucial mistake.
With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the Spotify pre-save feature for maximum efficacy.
Multi-territorial music rights administrator Revelator has launched Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright app that uses smart contracts technology to turn future receivables into instant royalty payments. Slow, delayed and inaccurate distribution of royalty payments have long afflicted the entertainment industry.
In this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of the music industry's matchmaking money hunter, the publisher. Here we look at the important role they play in gathering artist revenue, and how why they've taken center stage in the legally complex streaming era.
Now that the EU Copyright Directive has (for better of for worse) passed into law, in this Op-Ed Neil Turkewitz takes a long and hard look at what the fallout from this new legislation, and looking ahead to how we can build a more creator-friendly world of fair compensation and voluntary licensing.