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October 18, 2017

RIAA Goes After A Long List Of Music Piracy Sites

music piracy

Music piracy isn’t what it once was, but it’s still alive and well and the RIAA is trying to do something about it. In a letter to Elizabeth Kendall, the acting assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Innovation and Intellectual Property, the industry organization outlined  a number of “notorious” platforms that it claims infringes on its member’s IP. These are […]

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October 16, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold Lawsuit Could Change Label Contracts Forever

Avenged Sevenfold

It doesn’t matter whether you know who Avenged Sevenfold is or not, the Huntington Beach, CA metal band is attempting something pretty rare in the music business that could end up changing how record label contracts are forever written. The band is challenging what’s known as the “7 year rule” that labels have employed in […]

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October 11, 2017

Warner Music Does A Deal With Mixcloud

Mixcloud

Mixcloud has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group, and is said to also be pursuing similar deals with both Universal and Sony Music as well. The company is known as a platform for podcasts, DJ sets and radio shows that include celebrity music artists, DJs and publications like Tiesto, Moby, Erykah […]

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Microsoft Dumps Groove Music For Spotify

Groove Music Spotify

You’re probably not aware that Microsoft has its own streaming service called Groove Music, and that’s exactly why the company is now dumping the platform in favor of Spotify instead. The company plans to stop selling subscriptions soon and will completely phase out the service by the end of the year, which probably won’t break […]

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September 29, 2017

Now You Can Buy Stock In Eminem’s Music Royalties

Eminem royalty stock

In what may be the wave of the future, a company offering stock in rapper Eminem’s music royalties will soon hit the stock market. The new company owned by Royalty Exchange (a company that brokers royalties) called Royalty Flow filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise between $11 million and $50 million via a […]

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It’s Official – Hip-Hop Dominates Music

hip-hop

It’s been a long time coming, but hip-hop is now the undeniable leader when it comes to music consumption. For the first time since Nielsen started tracking the music industry in 1991, R&B/hip-hop officially dominates all other genres, according to Billboard. Hip-hop now claims 25.1 percent of total music consumption, while the #2 genre, rock, can […]

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Ed Sheeran Might Change Your Mind About Making Money On Spotify

Ed Sheeran Spotify

There are still many artists and musicians that believe that streaming music is the devil, even worse than piracy. The idea is that since the payout for each stream is so small, an artist is just not capable of generating any serious income online. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” might change your mind about that, […]

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YouTube Kills Its Paid Channels But Ads Sponsorships

YouTube sponsorships

Chances are that you haven’t utilized the paid subscription feature on your YouTube channel or even considered it. The chances are also pretty high that you don’t pay to subscribe to another YouTube channel either. That’s one of the reasons why the service is now killing that feature – it’s no use having if people […]

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September 15, 2017

Spotify Launches Its iMessage Music Sharing App

Spotify iMessage

In an effort to make sharing music on Spotify easier, the platform has launched its own version of Apple’s Messages that lets users listen to previews of suggested songs directly in the app. The new iMessage app allows you to search the music streaming service’s entire library for a specific song, then send it to a […]

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YouTube Has Found A Way To Pay Even Less

YouTube advertising algorithm

YouTube has constantly been at odds with the recorded music industry for its meager payouts, and now it’s found a way to even cut the payout on some of its biggest content creators in areas other than music as well. The video service recently started using artificial intelligence tools to flag offensive videos on the platform […]

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Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Card

Facebook licensing money

If there was ever evidence that Facebook wants to take YouTube down, it’s with the report that the company has offered the music industry a boatload of money for music licenses so that its users can use popular music on their videos without legal repercussions. Ever since Facebook video was launched in 2015, the social […]

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September 8, 2017

Warners And Apple Music Have A New Deal, With More To Come

Apple Music Warners

It hasn’t been widely known, but Apple Music’s licensing deal with the major labels ran out in June. Since then things have been chugging along as if they still were in contract while a new one was negotiated. The first of those three deals, this one with Warner Music, has just been announced, with Sony […]

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