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Deezer To Tests User-Centric Muisc Streaming Payouts and It Could Be A Game Changer

Deezer newMusic streamer Deezer is soliciting rights holders to test a major change in how streaming royalties are calculated.  So-called "user-centric payments" would more fairly compensate low and mid-tier artists, according to its supporters.

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RIAA Investigating Payola Like Fox Guarding The Henhouse [Op-Ed]

1Paying for radio airplay, or payola as it is more commonly known, has been around since the 50s in one form or another, but has recently spiked. This has lead the FCC to request that the RIAA investigate - meaning the industry will, in effect, be policing itself.

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FCC Asks RIAA To Invesitgate Payola (Again)

image from cdn.pixabay.comFCC Commissioner Mike O'Reilly has sent a letter to the RIAA asking it to investigate recent reports of payola - the practice of paying radio stations and other music services to play music.

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Record Store Finds Uncashed Kurt Cobain 27 Years Old Royalty Check

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe staff at Seattle 's Easy Street Records recently stumbled across an unchased royalty check made out to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain 27 years ago.The check was from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and made out to Kurt D. Cobain of Olympia, Washington. It was dated March 6, 1991, just months before Nirvana made it big with the iconic album "Nevermind." (see the check below)

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Billboard Parent Valence To Acquire Nielsen, Soundscan [REPORT]

Billboard chartValence Media, the parent company of Billboard and Hollywood Reporter is acquiring Nielsen's music-related data, software and analytics business, according to multiple reports. Nielsen Soundscan provides the data that power's Billboard's iconic music charts.

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Katy Perry 'Dark Horse' Verdict: End Of The World Or Hand In The Cookie Jar?

1In the wake of a recent Federal Jury verdict which resulted in the songwriting team and label behind "Dark Horse" paying out millions of dollars, Stephen Carlisle takes an in-the-weeds look at just how similar the offending song and the Plaintiff's track "Joyful Noise" really are.

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Ariana Grande Files $10M Forever 21 Lawsuit For Misappropriating Her Likeness

image from i.pinimg.comAriana Grande has hit clothing and fashion retailer Forever 21 with a $10 million lawsuit alleging that the company used her likeness in advertising without seeking Grande’s permission.

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Blink-182 Exits BMG For Columbia Records: Is The Major Label Exodus Now A Revolving Door?

image from celebrityaccess.comIs the much-touted exodus by established artists from major labels to indies and artist services firms about to become a revolving door? It's too early to call it a trend, but former major label act Blink-182 has now exited BMG and inked a deal with Sony Music’s Columbia for their new album.

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1 In 4 Albums Sold In US Last Week Were Taylor Swift's Lover

image from www.hypebot.comTaylor Swift's Lover sold 679,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 29th, according to Nielson Soundscan and Billboard. That is 27% of the total of all albums sold in the U.S. last week.

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Songwriters Could Actually Catch Break As DOJ Weighs In On “Stairway To Heaven” Case

4Songwriters have been going through a rough time in the courtrooms of late, often losing out on cases more often as the result of song's 'feel' than its actual melody. That could be changing however, with the Department of Justice weighing in (as it rarely does) on case between Led Zeppelin and Randy California, declaring that the former's song "Stairway to Heaven" is not, in fact, virtually identical to the latter's song "Taurus."

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Taylor Swift's Lover Passes 3 Million Equivalent Sales

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comTeam Taylor made sure the superstar was everywhere last week and their efforts are paying off. Taylor Swift scored the top-selling album of 2019 less than 48 hours after release, but that was just the beginning.

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Re-Recording Restrictions: A Glossary Of Industry Terms [Chris Castle]

6In light of news that Taylor Swift plans to re-record the majority of her previous catalog, we share an in-depth look at the restrictions and allowances in contracts between an artist, producer, and label that guide how any artist can remake their initial creative work.

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Why Taylor Swift Is Planning To Re-Record Her First 5 Albums

2Typically a more forward-thinking artist, pop sensation Taylor Swift has recently developed an interesting focus on re-recording her first five albums. Here we look at what the motivation behind this seemingly random musical reinvention might be.

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Tencent Music Label Deals Probed By Chinese Regulators

Tencent musicThe deals that Tencent Music Entertainment has with record labels are under investigation by the State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antitrust authority. The probe could end the exclusive licensing deals that Tencent has with Sony Music, UMG, WMG and others.

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5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Getting Signed

1Changed though the industry might be, signing to a respected label can open the door to opportunities that would otherwise be much further out of reach. That said, rushing into a deal without reading the fine print or negotiating can cause problems down the road. Here, one artists shares five things they which they'd known before signing on the dotted line.

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Taylor Swift's 'Lover' Becomes Best Selling Album 2019 Less Than 48 Hours After Release

image from www.hypebot.comJust 48 hours after its release, Taylor Swift’s "Lover" became the top-selling album in the U.S. for all of 2o19, according to Nielsen Music and Billboard.

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Warner Music Licenses Music Discovery App Audiomack

image from celebrityaccess.comWarner Music Group has entered into a licensing deal with fast-growing music discover app Audiomack. The partnership marks Audiomack’s first with a major label.

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4 Ways Artists, Labels Manipulate Spotify, Apple Streams and How It Hurts Everyone

image from blog.paralleldots.comMusic streaming manipulation - artificially boosting stream counts to improve chart positioning, increase market share and royalty payments, or for other non-legitimate purposes - is a real problem for the entire music industry.

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Taylor Swift Shares More Album Record Details, Dates

image from www.hypebot.comDuring an interview and performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, Taylor Swift offered new details about her plan to re-record songs from her past six albums.

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DOJ/Copyright Office File Amicus Brief Supporting Led Zeppellin

1In the latest development of a case which has continued to stretch out with seemingly no end in site, the Department of Justice and the US Copyright Office have filed an amicus brief with the 9th circuit court of appeals in support of Led Zeppelin, after the English rock band was accused of stealing their hit "Stairway to Heaven" from the somewhat less well known Spirit song "Taurus."

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Taylor Swift 'Absolutely' Will Rerecord First 6 Albums, She Confirms In CBS Interview

Taylor swiftUPDATED: Taylor Swift has confirmed that she "absolutely" will rerecord her first 6 albums. Her declaration came in an interview for CBS Sunday morning set to air this weekend and comes as part of a very public feud with former label Big Machine, which controls her original masters.

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Taylor Swift Didn't Get Memo That Albums Are Dead, So She Pre-Sold 1 Million Copies Of 'Lover'

image from consequenceofsound.netSomeone forgot to tell Taylor Swift that music in general and albums, in particular, don't sell anymore. By Friday's release date, her first post-Big Machine release "Lover" will have sold over 1 million copies, according to new label Republic.

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Apple Music Launches Shazam Chart Of Hot Songs Chart From New Artists

Shazam Discovery Top 50 logoApple Music has added the "Shazam Discovery Top 50" chart and playlist designed to "unearth up-and-coming songs from breaking artists."  The music industry has become increasingly focused on early identification of emerging artists and their growing importance in driving revenue growth.

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That Time Keith Richards Discovered Muddy Waters Painting The Ceiling Of Chess Studios

1Host to countless legendary artists, Chess Records has become an iconic fixture of reverence in the music industry, so it should come as no surprise that some of music's biggest icons would cross paths in unexpected ways there, as in this peculiar interior decorating incident involving Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones.

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Up To 25% Of CDs Sold On Aamzon, eBay Are Counterfeit, says RIAA Study

image from www.maxpixel.netAmazon and eBay are facilitating the sales of thousands of counterfeit CDs each day, according to a new study by the RIAA. The rampant sale of counterfeit CD was first revealed in 2016 studies conducted by both the RIAA and A2IM.

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Bobby Owsinski Looks At Apple Music For Artists

1Although Apple Music has consistently taken home the gold for paying artists the most per stream, but was coming up short in other artist services. In an effort to close that gap, the platform is now launching its 'Apple Music for Artists' feature, giving bands valuable insights into their audience.

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