SAG-AFTRA, Major Labels Reach New Sound Recordings Deal

image from upload.wikimedia.orgSAG-AFTRA has announced a tentative three year agreement with major record labels on a successor contract to the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings.  The deal which was reached late Thursday after two days of talks in New Orleans, concluded negotiations that began in April.

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Songwriter Wins $44M In Usher "Bad Girl" Lawsuit [VIDEO]

By Loren Wohl [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia CommonsPhiladelphia-based songwriter Daniel Marino has been awarded $44.35 million in his lawsuit over Usher's 2004 song “Bad Girl” from the hit album "Confessions."  Marino claimed that he was a an uncredited co-writer, with the majority of the song based on his 2002 track “Club Girl” including the “guitar hook, tempo and chord progression.”

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Music in Media Awards Names 2019 Nominees

Cropped-HMMA-logo-512x512-1The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced its 2019 nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers. With over 500 submissions, nominees were chosen from around the world in genres of music for film, TV and video games, including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation.

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Stairway To Heaven Isn't Blurred Lines

1In response to a what was, for some, a less than ideal outcome to a recent court ruling from the 9th circuit that "Stairway to Heaven" had not in fact infringed upon the song "Taurus" by Spirit, copyright lawyer Rick Sanders weighs in on why the ruling may not be so bad for copyright law after all.

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How Playlist Pitching Really Works On Apple Music

2In this new music economy, pitching to playlists has become an essential part of a musicians promotion, as solid streaming placement can often propel an artist toward major success. Here we look behind the curtain at what the pitching process is actually like when it comes to Apple Music.

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Consumers Worldwide Still Listen To A Lot Of Music Says IFPI Study

1A new report from the IFPI has confirmed suspicions that, yes, a lot a of people are listening to a lot of music, a lot of the time. While this may not be much of a surprise, the annual report does provide some interesting additional data on when and where listeners across the globe are consuming their music.

 

 

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Naxos Joins eMusic Exodus Over Non-Payment

image from naxosusa.comClassical music powerhouse Naxos of America today joined a growing list of labels and distributors pulling it's 1.8 million track, 80,000 album owned and distributed catalog from eMusic due to " continued non-payment, as well as non-reporting."

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Female Performers Get Just 5% Of Country Music Consumption

No-womenThe statistics for women in country music could not be more stark.  Of the Top 50 songs on country radio in the week of October 1st, just six were performed by women. Look beyond radio to streaming and other forms of consumption, and the numbers are even more dramatic.

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Sony, Warner Music Invest In Tencent Ahead Of IPO

1While Chinese streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment's announcement that it was planning to go public in the US was in and of itself major news, a revelation that both Sony and Warner Music would each be dropping a cool 200 million on the company before they even filed has served to further spice things up in the industry.

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WATCH: Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Today At 11:45 ET with Kanye West, Kid Rock At His Side

image from www.gstatic.comPresident Trump is signing the Music Modernization Act at 11:45 ET today, Thursday October 11th. Kanye West, Kid Rock and music industry leaders are expected to attend.  Watch Trump Sign Music Modernization Act Today At 11:45ET:

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Spotify Shares Most Streamed Songs Of Last 10 Years

Spotify newOctober marks 10 years since the launch of Spotify. The streamer is celebrating the milestone with a “Decade of Discovery,” a decade-long look back at some of the biggest discoveries in music, as told through the lens of Spotify artists and fan insights, including the most globally streamed artist of the decade, the top 10 songs annually the past ten years and the first artists to hit a billion streams.

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Radiohead, Def Leppard Top Rock Hall Of Fame 2019 Nominees [Full List]

Rockhall-54Nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 were announced on Tuesday. This year's group includes Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and the Zombies.

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How The EP Killed The LP Star

1Shifts in the music industry have precipitated a new rapid fire format of music release, with artists constantly creating new music and releasing singles rapid-fire. In addition to other changes, this shift has caused the EP to begin edging out the LP as a dominant format of music.

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Taylor Swift Finally Gets Political, Endorses Democrats and Calls For LGBTQ, Gender, Racial Equality

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift has broken her long self-imposed silence on all thing political with a call to end discrimination in all forms and a full throated endorsement of two Tennessee Democrats.  Having a political opinion is not easy for any country musician, particularly if they lean anywhere left of center. And while Swift has moved from country music to pop, her Nashville roots run deep.

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Lil Yachty, Zaytoven Collaborate with Unknown Rappers, Producers

1In a bit of good news for aspiring rappers, artists Lil Yachty, Zaytoven, and AXE Body Spray have recently launched a two part contest which will give up-and-comers a chance to become collaborators on upcoming releases from the aforementioned artists.

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CEO Of Troubled PledgeMusic Steps Down

PledgeMusic NewDominic Pandiscia has resigned as CEO of troubled music crowdfunding and pre-sale platform PledgeMusic, a company spokesperson confirmed to Hypebot on Friday.  He joined the startup in 2016 after serving at President of Capital Music Group's Caroline independent music distribution service.

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WMG Launches Multi Million Dollar 'Boost' Fund

WMG-W-logoWarner Music Group has launched WMG Boost, a seed investment fund to support entrepreneurial growth and innovation in the music industry. The multimillion dollar fund will invest in early stage startups within and adjacent to recorded music and music publishing. 

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Recording Academy Invites 900 To Become Voting Members After Task Force Recommendations

The Recording AcademyThe Recording Academy has announced a Member Invitation Initiative based on the findings of its Task Force On Diversity & Inclusion. The Recording Academy is working to build a membership that reflects its diverse creative community, and to help the music community and industry thrive as a place where all voices are welcomed, supported, and nurtured to succeed.

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Court Blocks UMG Attempt To 'Vicarious' Infringement

Gavel-568417_640While internet provider Cox came off poorly in its recent case against BMG, Mike Masnick of Techdirt believes that the circumstances of that case were unique, and that is why labels trying to win similar cases by expanding the definition of 'vicarious' infringement are having less success.

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Sony Music Faces Lawsuit For Under-Reporting Streaming Revenue

1Just in case you didn't feel like the music industry was a litigious enough space, the estate of 60s era pop star Ricky Nelson has open a whole new can of legal worms by filing a class action lawsuit against Sony Music over its alleged failure to properly report streaming of the late artist's music.

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'Stairway To Heaven' Copyright Lawsuit Again Headed To Court

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwA recent lawsuit from the estate of the late Randy California that Led Zep has pilfered key elements of their hit song "Stairway" from the band Spirit's somewhat less well known "Taurus" seemed like it was it was settled in 2016, but a federal appeals court flipped the decision (which had landed on the side of Zep) meaning everyone is once again returning to court.

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Sony, WMG Buy $200M Stock As Tencent Music Files US IPO

Tencent musicTencent Music (TME) has filed for a U.S. IPO to list on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Global Market with the goal of raising $2 billion. The Tencent F-1 filing offered an unusual and revealing peak inside China's largest music streaming service.

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This Record Label What The Future Of Music Business Looks Like [INTERVIEW]

1In this recent interview, Danny Ross sat down with Danny Ross and Nat Hays of +1 Records, a mid-size player in a rapidly changing industry, about how their model of doing business could represent the future of the music industry.

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