Host 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.
Amazon 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.
Although 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.
Major labels are now pulling down over $16,000 per second in streaming which, while an impressive number, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the growth of streaming itself seems to be slowing down.
Late last week Apple Music For Artists exited beta and became available to any artist with music on the platform. Since this is Apple's overdue answer to Spotify For Artists, we wondered how the two platforms compared.
Trying to score a big hit as a songwriter is tough enough, and chances are if you're successful, you'll end up in court on the losing end of a copyright infringement suit. This is precisely what happened to Katy Perry after an LA court deemed her hit "Dark Horse" sounded just a little too much like Marcus Gray's '08 Christian Rap number "Joyful Noise".
After sitting on a stockpile of high-resolution audio masters for a while now, Apple has finally decided to launch its often rumored hi-res streaming service, joining the ranks of other platforms like TIDAL and Deezer, who also provide this premium quality tier.
Chinese media giant Tencent is in talks to buy a 10% chunk of Universal Music Group, with an option for an additional 10%. This acquisition by a massive tech company benefitsTencent more than UMG and implications for the music industry as a whole.
Broadcast radio has been rocked by at least two payola scandals in the 1960s and again in 2004. But payola - the illegal practice of paying to be played on the radio - is still rampant in the US, according to multiple reports.
Yesterday Vivendi confirmed that it was in talks with Chinese internet giant Tencent to acquire a 10-20% stake in global leader Universal Music Group at a $33.6 billion valuation. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks at why Tencent might want to invest as much as $6.7 billion in UMG.
Despite many technological advances, getting major labels and publishers to pay out quickly has remained a challenge. It seems that Sony Music and Sony/ATV, however, are making an effort to expedite things for artists and songwriters, offering real-time processing, and a new "cash out" service.
Chinese internet giant Tencent is in talks to acquire a stake in Univeral Music Group, both companies have confirmed. Earlier this year, UMG parent Vivendi announced plans to sell as much as 50% of the world's biggest music group.
With Chinese internet giant Tencent in serious talks to acquire a 10-20% stake in Univeral Music Group, UMG CEO and Chairman Lucian Grainge reached out to his staff with details. Here is the full text of his letter:
For three weeks in December of last year, not a single song on the country chart was sung by a women. A Billboard study showed a rapid decline from four songs by women in the Top 20 in December 2015, three in December 2017 and none in December 2018. Where do things stand now?
Apple Music has relaunched its flagship alternative playlist as ALT CTRL. Formerly known as The A-List, the refreshed global playlist spotlights new music from across the alternative genre, hand-picked by Apple Music curators.
Move over Post Malone, Miley Cyrus, The Chainsmokers and Drake, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has broken yet another record, this time for the most weeks atop the Streaming Songs charts.
Time was that getting a record deal was the number one priority for any unsigned band with any ambition, as the backing of a label was necessary for artists to fund their marketing and play bigger, better shows. Times have changed however, and while a many successful artists continue to sign with on with labels, many question whether being signed is really necessary for industry success.
UPDATED: Spotify has completed deals with two of its major-label partners in what were expected to be contentious licensing renegotiations. EK did not elaborate as to which of the two - Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group Sony Music Entertainment and perhaps indie licensing giant Merin - had signed new agreements during an earnings call Wednesday.
A jury found Katy Perry liable for copying the underlying beat of Marcus Gray’s 2008 Christian rap song “Joyful Noise” for her hit single “Dark Horse” in a unanimous decision handed down this week in Los Angeles federal court.
Currently only available in Swedish, Spotify Untold recounts the "hero's journey" of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. Chris Castle explores the curious timing of the book's release and its correlated US book tour.
Universal Music Group revenue rose 18.6% on a constant currency basis (or 24% an actual basis) in the first 6 months of 2019, with streaming revenue growing an even more robust 25.5% using the same metric.
Although the sale of physical music is still a large part of the revenue pulled in by major labels, their whole-hearted embrace of streaming has caused them to neglect traditional retail sales, with some fairly disastrous results.
MTV has unveiled the nominations for the 2019 VMAs. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead with 10 nods each in categories including, “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop.” Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X led the “Best New Artist” nominees.