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Facebook Signs Another Music Licensing Deal

Music Licensing on the Music 3.0 blog

Facebook isn’t in the music streaming business yet, but it sure looks like it’s going that way. The platform recently signed another music licensing deal, this time with ICE Services, which is a licensing group and copyright database that represents PRS in the UK, STIM in Sweden and GEMA in Germany. The deal covers not only Facebook, but Instagram, Oculus and Messenger […]

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Spotify Gets Legally Scammed From Bulgaria

Spotify Soulful Music Playlist from Music 3.0 blog

It’s not everyday that you hear of a big tech company getting scammed, but when it’s done legally it’s especially unusual. A report in a recent Music Business News described how someone from Bulgaria used a pair of playlists to take as much as a million bucks in royalties from music tech giant Spotify. Here’s […]

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Universal Music Making Close To $18 Million A Day

Universal Music Group revenue from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blog

The recorded music business is definitely feeling better these days as all the major labels have reported big increases in revenue recently. The latest of these is Universal Music Group, who reportedly saw an income stream of close to $18 million every day in 2017. This represents a sales increase of around 11% from the […]

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Inane Lyrics Won’t Receive Copyright Protection

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If you expect your lyrics to be protected by copyright, you’d better make sure they say something “creative,” according to a judge’s ruling in a copyright infringement battle over Taylor Swift’s 2014 #1 hit “Shake It Off.” Two songwriters, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, had filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles last year stating […]

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February 14, 2018

Facebook Appears To Losing Young Users To Snapchat

Facebook Snapchat

Every few months there’s a new study that finds that Facebook is losing the youngest generation to some other social network. In the meantime, the network giant just gets larger and stronger. This latest study from research firm eMarketer states that less than half of U.S. Internet users ages 12 to 17 will use Facebook […]

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February 12, 2018

Sony Launches A New EDM Label Liquid State In China

Sony and Tencent Liquid State on the Music 3.0 blog

China is becoming a hot place for music, as Western influences gradually seep into the country. Last year hip-hop became a dominant force in Chinese music (although mostly with Chinese artists, not American imports) and now it looks like electronic music is hitting there too. As a result, Sony Music has launched a new label […]

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Believe It Or Not, Apple Music Is About To Surpass Spotify In The US

Apple Music

When we look at streaming subscriber numbers, it always looks as if Spotify is in a commanding lead with over 70 million paid users as compared to Apple Music’s 36 million. But as we’ve seen so many times before, statistics can be deceiving. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required to […]

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YouTube Introduces Official Artist Channels

YouTube official artist channel

Up until now, official artists video channels were part of the record label-owned Vevo, much to the chagrin of Google-owned YouTube, but now the platform is fighting back by launching its own version of artist channels. Starting this week all unofficial channels will be consolidated into one YouTube artist destination. Vevo stands for “Video EVOlution” and […]

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February 2, 2018

NOI LOOKUP May Make It Easier To Get Paid From Spotify

NOI Lookup

Spotify has been in running battles with songwriters and publishers for the last year over the fact that the platform was playing music without complete copyright information, and therefore without a license. This has resulted in several lawsuits against the streaming giant, with more threatened. A new free service launched recently by SXWorks, a subsidiary of […]

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Songwriters Getting A 44% Boost In Pay From Streaming

CRB songwriters

While payouts averaging $0.005 to $0.007 to artists from streaming seems pretty minimal, it’s even worse for songwriters, who generally only see about a tenth of that revenue. That’s why the recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) that awards songwriters a 44% increase is so important. While still just a fraction of what […]

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January 29, 2018

Legendary Producer Quincy Jones Wants To Create Music Stock Index Fund

Quincy Jones

One way to invest in the stock market reasonably safely is by investing in an index fund, which is a type of mutual fund with a portfolio constructed to match or track a market index, such as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500). Advantages of an index fund include broad market exposure combined with very low operating expenses, so it becomes sort of […]

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January 26, 2018

YouTube To Assign ISNI ID Numbers To Creators

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YouTube has decided to begin assigning ID numbers to creators using the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) initiative, which may be enough to other distributors to begin adopting the system as well. The platform will share ISNIs with its label and publishing partners in an effort to promote the standard. ISNI is the ISO-certified global standard number […]

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