This is NOT an early April Fools joke. Endel, an app that uses algorithms the company calls predictive mechanics to produce personalized sounds to help you focus and relax, has signed a multi-album deal with Warner Music Group.
Spotify has begun negotiations to renew its licencees with all three major labels and other rights holders. The talks begin with Spotify on the offensive against the music industry on multiple fronts.
Spotify is up in arms over the 30% cut Apple is charging developers for the privilege of being part of its app store, going so far as to lodge an anti-trust complaint, as well as threatening to raise its price in order to cover the cost. Such actions, however, could be playing right into Apple's hands.
Fiona Apple has teased new music with two very casual videos on Instagram. The visual social media platform is gaining major traction as a music marketing channel, even as it's owner Facebook's effectiveness declines.
K-Pop superstars BTS have pre-sold more than 2.6 million copies of the album "Map of the Soul: Persona" Set to be released on April 14, the album may be the biggest pre-sale in history, a particualty impressive feat in an era where streaming has surpassed physical sales.
BAND VS BRAND is a feature length documentary film focusing on the current state of the music business and on how “the brand” of a rock group, in many cases, has more power than the band members themselves. Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian joins Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert.
Sub Pop, Easy Street Records and J Mascis produced this short video tale "Dream Big, Shop Small," about the magic of record stores and the music you find in the. It's a fitting teaser as we count down to Record Store 2019.
Warner Music Group has granted music metadata platform Jaxsta permission to tap into its massive song and recording database.The deal marks Jaxsta’s 28th licencing data agreement in the last 18 months, including The Recording Academy and Sony Music Entertainment.
A new looks into a dark corner of the music industry and he late boy band producer Lou Pearlman. The documentary, ‘The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story’ which premiered at SXSW this week, was produced for YouTube Originals by Lance Bass, a singer in one of Pearlman’s most successful projects N’Sync.
The RIAA, A2IM, The Artist Rights Alliance and SAG-AFTRA have joined forces to support the creation of a “more robust and effective system of digital attribution and credits.” For the first time, groups representing both artists and labels have come together to work towards better attribution for musicians and fans music by creating a state of the art credits system.
Three key factors shaped the music industry over the last year, according to Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: continued growth, streaming and artists direct (artists without labels).These findings are highlights of the MIDiA Research report: Recorded Music Market 2018: Stream Engine.
Just a few short years ago, it seemed unlikely that the K-pop wave would ever truly break on the US, with multiple attempts to break into the market falling short. This all changed with the rise of BTS, bringing K-pop into the American mainstream, and while you still won't here much K-pop on US radio, it seems it's here to stay.
Major Labels Split On Supporting Article 13; As Music Publishers Complain They Can't Make Money From Parodies
The controversial Article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive has apparently lost some support from the major labels, after the music publishers learned the article would prevent them from making money off parodies of their artists' songs. Universal is the most opposed however Warner and Sony Music taking a more nuanced position.
Kanye West has been hit with a lawsuit by his longtime music publishing company EMI, alleging breach of contract. The suit, filed in Federal court in Manhattan, follows Kanye’s own January lawsuit against EMI in which he claimed that his contract violated California law because it lasted more than seven years without allowing him “one moment of freedom.”
With streaming revenue showing a massive increase in comparison to previous years, the major three record labels are rejoicing at their annual haul. A big part of this income still draws from physical sales however, and as these old-school revenue streams continue to thin to a trickle, will streaming be able to fully compensate?
"Kobalt has been the poster child for the changing of the guard in the music business," writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. But it's on a path to become much more as "next-generation label... plotting a course to becoming a next generation-major."
Some record executives are starting to sweat, as the music industry morphs into one where the climate is significantly more favorable towards a DIY way of doing business and many artists are eschewing traditional label deals in favor of doing things their own way.
[UPDATED] Scott Cohen, co-founder of The Orchard, has joined Warner Music Group in the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer, Recorded Music. Cohen exited the Sony owned indie distributor earlier this year.
Three major radio outlets in Montreal have pulled Michael Jackson’s music from their playlists, following new allegations of child molestation leveled against the late performer in an HBO documentary.
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino filed a lawsuit against his former label Glassnote Records last year, alleging the indie label owed him more than $10,000 in streaming royalties. Now, Glover and Glassnote have settled the dispute.
If history is any guide, this may not end well... The two top suitors eyeing a $20 - $25 billion bid for a 50% stake in Universal Music Group are US investment firm KKR and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group.
Billboard magazine recently released a profile of teenaged musician/rapper NLE Choppa, who handily turned down a $3 million label deal, opting instead to partner with a distribution company, UnitedMasters, and maintain all rights to his work. Kids these days!
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the election of its new board of directors on Tuesday, including nine new members. The board will serve a four year term, lasting until 2022.
[UPDATED] A Mumbai court has failed to grant Warner Music Group and it's Warner/Chappell Music publishing subsidy an injunction that would stop Spotify's launch in India. Unable to reach a direct deal with Warner/Chappell, Spotify is preparing to launch under a blanket license previously used only by TV and radio. A Spotify spokesperson reacted to the news, telling Hypebot: