Music producer Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson's estate on Friday, seeking millions of dollars in royalties generated from some of the star's biggest hits after the King of Pop's death. Jones, who worked on Jackson's three biggest solo albums - Off the Wall", Thriller" and Bad" - also named Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company of ...Read More
SoundExchange again broke its own record for quarterly royalty payments to musicians and record labels with a distribution of $149 million for the second quarter of 2013. This represented a 55 percent increase from the same quarter in 2012. SoundExchange was also recently honored with a couple of Silver Stevie Awards from the American Business Awards. ...Read More
SoundExchange announced today that it had paid out $462 million to recording artists and labels in 2012 including $134.9 million in the fourth quarter - the largest quarterly distribution in SoundExchange history. The total year-end royalty payments represented a 58% from the prior year and the Q4 distribution of 22,000 payments was a nearly 10% increase ...Read More
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Earlier this month, Pandora revealed artist payouts in the millions, as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce the royalty rate for online radio — or at least add a similar burden to FM radio, which pays no performance royalty. To be clear, Pandora phrased this carefully in its blog ...Read More
Earlier this year Zoe Keating raised awareness of the peculiar reporting processes of ASCAP for performance royalties in live settings. Now TuneSat, a music detection tech company, is doing the same thing for television reporting. Claiming that a majority of uses of music on tv are not reported to Performing Rights Organizations and that those that ...Read More
SoundExchange announced today that is it has distributed $204.4 million in digital royalty payments to artists and labels in the first two quarters of 2012. In its second quarter alone, the nonprofit PRO distributed $95.8 million, the second highest quarterly distribution in the organization's history. SoundExchange has really been on a mission lately to get musicians ...Read More
Let me get this straight: The company that allowed massive copyright infringement with their no-copy protection music pod now wants to prevent a legitimate competitor from copying what…? Rounded corners and a touch screen?. Does anyone besides me find it ironic that Apple is suing anyone for “copying” them? Isn’t Apple the very company that railed ...Read More
SoundExchange continues its mission of rewarding musicians with their unclaimed digital performance royalties by today releasing a list of 50,000+ artist and label names owed tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments. This list also includes more than $31 million in royalties that are three or more years old ranging from $10 to more than ...Read More
When the prison sentences were made against The Pirate Bay defendants earlier this year, it was ordered that they would also have to pay €550,000 (approx $677,000) to several major labels including EMI, Universal Music, Sony Music and others. While the Swedish court had originally awarded the damages in order to compensate both artists and rightsholders, ...Read More
Yesterday, we reported to you that the U.S. National Music Publisher's Association (NMPA) and their CEO David Israelite recently called for reform in the way publishers license digital content, particular with the way VEVO conducts its payouts. Today, Universal Music Group (part-owner of VEVO) announced that they will begin paying independent publishers for the use of ...Read More
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