APRA AMCOS - the Australian mechanical copyright and public performance collection society - has agreed a deal with Facebook whereby the songwriters, composers and music publishers that APRA AMCOS represents (including international songwriters) will be paid for the use of their music on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger.
Good news for the publishing community and a giant step forward in educating the public at large in recognising the countless unsung hours that go into writing great songs.
Monetary details, monitoring terms and just how this works in practice, yet to be confirmed!
Spotify has officially denounced its new "hateful conduct" policy less than a month after announcing that it would ban artists from its first party playlists on the grounds of hateful conduct.
R Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion were allegedly among the artists removed from its major playlists due to allegations of serious misconduct in their public lives.
Needless to say this subjective ruling did not go down too well with an industry dominated by streaming (Spotify being one of the dominant players) and where artists behaviour has always pushed the boundaries and headlines!
Spotify continues, and rightly so, to remove music that contains content inciting hatred or violence against people of any race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
You Tube just added songwriter, label and publishing data to its premium and music videos and fan uploaded content featuring recorded music. The credits can be accessed via a "Show More" button under each video with a link to the artist's "Official Artist Channel" and "Official Music Video" where applicable. Spotify announced 3 months ago that it would add songwriter credits to its desktop platform, a move welcomed by the industry highlighting the importance of the creators of the songs.
This information will also assist the collection societies who are struggling to keep up with the influx of millions of lines of data received from the DSP's. Without vital data accounting is delayed and often non-transparent.
You Tube launched its audio-visual platform You Tube Music in Australia, NZ, US, Mexico and South Korea on 22 May 2018. It offers an ad supported and $9.99 premium tier. With over 1 billion visitors a month playing music on You Tube, the platform has a huge potential to attract subscribers. The music industry has backed this latest launch as another opportunity to monetise creative content. You Tube's largest competitors, Apple Music and Spotify, have over 115 million paying subscribers between them.
Free trials and subscription wars have seen the price of streaming subscriptions reduced to as little as $6.66 per month.
Midia Consulting research group estimate that up to one quarter of all subscribers are hopping between free trials and using new email addresses to access free trials previously used.
David Bowie and Elvis Presley now hold the UK Record for most simultaneous entries in the UK's Top 40 Album Chart. David Bowie currently has 12 albums in the Top 40.
Sadly the record is due to the untimely death of both legendary artists. Elvis died in 1977 and Bowie on 10th Jan 2016.
The Higher Regional Court of Munich has ruled that YouTube is not liable for copyright infringing content and that responsibility lies with the individual uploaders.
A German court last year upheld a decision that YouTube and other services are only accountable for blocking videos that infringe copyright once they have been notified.
GEMA (German collection society for songwriters) claim that YouTube is a music service and as such should be paying a licence fee. YouTube generates advertising income that is not passed on to the songwriters.
Coachella Music & Arts Festival has filed a lawsuit in the US against underground LA based music event Hoodchella to change its name, alleging trademark and service mark infringement, dilution, unfair competition, cybersquatting (use of hoodchella domain name) and false desigation of origin.
Hoodchella plans to run an event for 3 days this year (April 8th - 11th) one week before Coachella's Festival. Coachella are seeking an injunction to stop the Hoodchella Festival and damages.
R.I.P. Jazz. I had the pleasure of working with (or against!) Jazz whilst working at Warner and Universal (UK) as some of Jazz's artists were signed to the labels. Jazz was an effective and forceful manager. Being Director of Legal and Business Affairs meant not always seeing eye to eye with managers, and Jazz was an experienced and charismatic manager that fought loudly and passionately for his artists and his corner. He will be sadly missed by the industry. Check out some of Jazz's quotes from his autobiography "Big Life" published recently to see why!
US Recorded Music Revenue in 2014 sees Streaming Revenue overtake CD Revenue for the first time, whilst still to catch Download Revenue, despite a decrease in downloads.
Overall Revenue (US$6.97 billion) is down 0.5% against 2013 Revenue. Revenue has effectively halved in less than 20 years. 1999 (US$14.6 billion)
Following figures in US Dollars
Album Unit Sales down 11%
Vinyl Sales almost doubled ($314.9 mill)
Streaming up 3.2% ($1.87 bill)
Paid subscriptions up 25% ($799 mill)
Ad supported freemium up 34% ($294 mill)
Streaming personal radio up 31% ($773 mill)
CD Sales down 12.7% ($1.85 bill)
Downloads down 8.5% ($2.6 bill)
Doesn't take a mathematical genius to realise that artist income is falling drastically as music users turn to streaming and subscription services in favour of purchasing
Verdict: An L.A. jury has decided that Robin Thicke's massive hit "Blurred Lines" has infringed Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up". The song was co-written by Thicke and Pharrell Williams and features rapper T.I.
Award: US$7.36 million to the Gaye family
Revenue: Blurred Lines amassed US$16 million+, with Thicke and Williams earning over US$5million each
Claim: Originally filed against "Got To Give It Up" label and Gaye family in 2013 by Thicke, Williams and T.I after allegations of copying. Thicke and Williams claimed they hadn't copied any part of Gaye's song. Gaye family counter-sued.