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Saban Music Group Launches With $500 Million Investment

image from www.vitalthrills.comBillionaire investor Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Group, is teaming with music industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to launch Saban Music Group with a promised $500 million investment. SMG is positioned as a record label, international A&R, and artist development company built around offering ‘360 deals’ to artists.

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Sony Consolidates Records, Publishing Under Rob Stringer

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkSony Corporation chief Kenichiro Yoshida has announced that the company will bring together its recorded music and music publishing businesses outside of Japan under the umbrella of Sony Music Group  Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer will now run Sony Music Group as well as Sony Music Entertainment.

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Can Major Labels Survive The Indie Music Revolution?

1At 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?

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Who Are Winners And Losers In The New Music Industry?

2Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?

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New Copyright Office Regs Concerning Pre-72 Recordings

1Here Chris Castle outlines some of the new regulations surrounding how the passage of the CLASSICS Act section of the MMA will effect pre-72 recording copyright owners, and the procedure for recovering statutory damages for infringement.

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Taylor Swift's Story Is Indictment Of "Negotiating Asymmetries" and Call For Copyright Reform

1In this piece, Neil Turkewitz offers a different take on the recent Taylor Swift rights ownership incident, arguing against viewing it as an indictment of copyright, and rather as a reminder that the rules protecting creators' intellectual property need to be easier to enforce.

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Taylor Swift Should Re-record Hits Lost To Scooter Braun, says Kelly Clarkson

image from www.hypebot.comShake it off, Kelly Clarkson is telling Taylor Swift about her feud with Scooter Bruan and Scott Borchetta, by re-recording and releasing the hits that Braun now controls after acquiring her former record label, Big Machine. Swift called the sale her "worst case scenario;" and re-recording the hits would both give her control of the new masters and devalue Braun's reposted $300 million purchase.

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UN Organization Debuts New, Global Anti-Piracy Database

1Despite 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.

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Jaxsta Inks With Merlin To Deliver Indie Music Credits

image from artwork.jaxsta.comAustralian music tech startup Jaxsta has announced a deal to deliver track and album credits from global independent music licensor Merlin and its thousands of label members. With the deal, Jaxsta now has access to the credits of more than 80% of all global music releases.

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Indie Labels Beat Sony, WMG For UK Market Share [CHART]

IndieIndependent record labels grabbed more market share so far this year than major label groups Sony Music and Warner Music in the UK, according to new stats from the Official Charts Company.

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UMG Attempts To Block O-Town's Trademark Application Over Its Motown Label

UMG squareIn a recent move, Universal Music Group has thrown down the copyright tire spikes, attempting to block the MTV era group O-Town from applying for a trademark, alleging the band's name is too similar to UMG's Motown.

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NMPA Backed Mechanical Licensing Collective Wins Battle To Administer Music Modernization Act

Music Modernization ActThe US Copyright Office has named the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the official entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the new Music Modernization Act (MMA).

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Unified And Together: How Diverse, Inclusive Is The Music Industry?

Screen Shot 2019-07-04 at 5.02.09 PMIn part one of this two-part analysis, Ben Gilbert speaks with a variety of people working within the music business, in an effort to assess the state of diversity and inclusivity within the industry right now, and whether or not it's representative of society as a whole.

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Streaming Takes Fans Beyond The Hits. Empowers Music Discovery

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 11.33.29 PMAs 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.

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Fiona Apple Gives 2 Yrs Of 'Criminal' Royalties To Refugees

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comFiona Apple apple will donate two years of royalties from her 2009 hit “Criminal” to help refugees. “After months and months of reading the news about how my country is treating refugees, I’ve become gutted with frustration trying to figure out the best way to help,” Apple wrote. “It seems to me that the best way I can help detainees is to contribute to the payment of their legal fees.”

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Rolling Stone Launches Music Charts That Are Updated Daily

image from www.rollingstone.comRolling Stone has launched five music charts powered by analytics firm Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music, which the magazine acquired last year. The debut comes almost two months later than originally planned.

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Big Machine Records Inadvertently Promoted Label Services Deals [Mark Mulligan]

image from www.trafficsafetywarehouse.comThe very spat between Taylor Swift and the head of her former label over control of her hit masters is far from over. But whatever "truths" are revealed in the coming days, one thing is certain, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, the dispute provides a cautionary lesson to artists and a boost for label services firms.

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Pete Tong Named President of Three Six Zero Recordings

image from celebrityaccess.comThree Six Zero CEO & Founder, Mark Gillespie, has announced that DJ and artist Pete Tong, will be joining the record label as President. Launched in 2018, Three Six Zero Recordings is a joint venture between Sony Music and Gillespie’s management company, Three Six Zero.

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National Album Day To Return In 2019

Vinyl 1 recordFollowing the success of the inaugural UK based National Album Day last year, the event, focused on celebrating everything LP, will return in 2019. Set to take place on October 12th, National Album day will feature the theme ‘Don’t Skip’ and explore the “benefits of taking time out to listen to an album from start to finish.”

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Music Market Focus: China Streaming, Recording Business In China [Part 1/2]

4Recently, China has successfully navigated its way up the music industry food chain, rising from 12th to 7th in the global industry in just two years. Here we look at what has led to the rapid growth in the country's streaming and recording business,

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Borchetta Bites Back: Taylor, 'It's time for some truth' and Shares Contract Details

image from pbs.twimg.comBig Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta has fired back at Taylor Swift after the singer took to Tumblr with an emotional reaction to the acquisition of BMLG and her hit recordings by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holding. 'This is my worst case scenario, wrote Swift. “So, it’s time for some truth…” countered Borchetta.

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Taylor Swift Reacts To Big Machine Sale To Scooter Braun: 'This is my worst case scenario'

Taylor Swift selfieTaylor Swift is calling the sale by Scott Borchetta of her former label Big Machine to Scooter Braun for $300 million her "worst case scenario." Swift recently signed to Universal, but Big Machine and now Braun controls all of Swift's prior multi-platinum recordings.

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Scooter Braun Acquires Big Machine Label Group For $300M: 'We’ve got a seat at the table.'

image from musicrow.com[UPDATED] Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings has acquired Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group. The combined companies create a multifaceted independent music powerhouse that includes labels, management, streaming, publishing and media companies.

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Spotify Pre-Saves Give Labels Troubling Data, Control

image from www.heatonthestreet.comPre-saving an album on Spotify can give record labels and others access to personal data including email addresses and playlists, according to a Billboard study. It can also grant labels permission to manage follows, change songs in their libraries, and potentially even stream Spotify on the fans other devices.

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Amoeba Music Issues Statement: 'We Are Not Closing'

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netPushing back on reports that Amoeba Music was closing its Hollywood location after a residential development was green-lighted for the site., the iconic record store issued a statement: "We are NOT closing. We are going to be in the current location at 6400 Sunset Blvd for about another year, and from there we are planning to move to a new space in Hollywood." The full statement:

 

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If An Artist Doesn’t Get A #1 Hit, Should They Sue?  DJ Khaled Thinks So

1Recently, DJ Khaled and Billboard entered into a dispute of sorts after Billboard disqualified a number of the artist's most recent album sales owing to the fact that they were bundled with energy drinks Awake Energy and Isotonix Turn Up via a massive marketing campaign, bumping the litigious DJ from the #1 slot.

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UMG Pocketed Up To $150M In Fire Settlement, Insurance Payments and Paid Nothing To Artists, Lawsuit Claims

UMG squareIn addition to covering up the scope of damage in a 2008 fire in a Universal Music Group vault containing recording masters of more than 800 artists, the company allegedly also profited from settlement and insurance payments, according to a new report and court filings.

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7Digital Flirts With Bankruptcy, eMusic Makes $1.6M Bet

image from www.hypebot.comB2B digital music services provider 7Digital is flirting with administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, after investors rejected a plan to issue more shares for cash which the company says its needs to survive.

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Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report Predicts 1 Trillion Streams In US, Canada In 2019

image from cdn.pixabay.comA new Nielson Music Mid-Year Report for the US and Canada shows streaming adoption driving a robust music industry. The first half of 2019 shattered previous 6 month records with more than 507 billion on-demand combined music and video streams and milestones led by singles and albums from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS and Bad Bunny. Film, global pop, Latin, video games and mumble rap are all trends to watch.

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