15 major news outlets have joined together to oppose a restrictive photo agreement fot Ariana Grande’s upcoming Sweetener Tour. The agreement, which all photographers must sign to recieve a photo pass, includes a clause giving Grande ownership of all of the images.
The resurgence of vinyl has breathed new life into a number formerly overlooked albums, bringing hitherto forgotten artists out of the woodwork. When it comes to these fresh pressings, however, it's important that labels take the time (and money) to invest in top notch audio quality.
Despite the headlines, YouTube is still the top music destination in most of the world. That massive reach, particularly within the global Latin community, is changing the face of what it means to be a superstar.
Sweeping Article 13 copyright reform passed the European Parliament yesterday, effectively ending Safe Harbor protections for YouTube and shifting the paradigm for all sites based on user generated content. In this detailed article, Jason Peterson looks at the progression of Article 13 through European Parliament and what it means for content creators going forward. .
A country music superstar, Maren Morris' sophomore release recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, but its performance on streaming services, while good for a country album, is revealing just how far the genre has to go to catch up with others.
The European Union gave its final approval to the Article 11 and 13 Copyright Directive designed to update copyright law in Europe for the online age. Members of the European Parliament voted 348 in favor and 274 against.
The vast majority of successful bands usually end up going through some kind of personnel change, sometimes to the point of having no original members at all. So what are the legal ramifications of these switcheroos and breakups? Prof. David Philp explains.
More than 50 major music companies have joined to file separate lawsuits against ISP providers Charter and Bright House for not doing enough to stop copyright infringement. Each suit could result in more than $1 billion in damages.
New scandals in South Korea that cast doubt on K-Pop stars, K-Pop culture and a male chauvinist and sexist South Korean culture in general, could halt the genre's recent hugely successful drive into other countries.
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."