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Songkick Fights Costly Delays In Live Nation Trial

Songkick Fights Costly Delays In Live Nation Trial

As Live Nation's lawyers work to push back a trial with Songkick back two months, the latter company is doing its best to oppose the effort, claiming that it would be financially detrimental to Songkick's financial well-being. Guest post by Dave Brooks of Amplify Attorneys for Songkick are opposing an effort by Live Nation’s lawyers to ...

Coalition Of Songwriter Groups Protest RIAA "Moral Rights" Stance In Strongly Worded Letter

Coalition Of Songwriter Groups Protest RIAA "Moral Rights" Stance In Strongly Worded Letter

Seeking credit where they believe credit is due, songwriters and their trade organisations have sent a strongly worded letter to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) protesting that trade group's ongoing refusal to recognise the ‘moral rights’ of songwriters. Moral rights have been a part of global law since 1928, when The Berne Convention for ...

Streaming Music Is Getting A Boost From Amazon Echo, Google Home Smart Speakers

Streaming Music Is Getting A Boost From Amazon Echo, Google Home Smart Speakers

If you can say, they can play it. The convenience of listening to music on smart speakers like Google Home,  Amazon Echo and soon the Apple HomePod are poised to provide a boost of new interest in music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. A study by Park Associates shared by Pandora found that the adoption rate ...

This Man Is The Secret Weapon That Investors Believe Will Save SoundCloud

This Man Is The Secret Weapon That Investors Believe Will Save SoundCloud

News came late last week that SoundCloud had been saved, for now, by an emergency $169.5 million cash infusion. Co- founder Alex Ljung would step aside to make room for new CEO Kerry Trainor. But how can the new exec turn the deeply unprofitable music streamer around? Fortunately, he has a secret weapon, Fred Davis. Over ...

Amazon Is Eyeing U.S. Ticketing Business

Amazon Is Eyeing U.S. Ticketing Business

Amazon is reportedly seeking to become a source for event tickets in a move that may challenge Ticketmaster's dominance of the ticketing business.  According to Reuters, Amazon sees the U.S. ticketing market as a “ripe" field for business development by the e-commerce giant, driven by consumer dislike of ticket fees and venue owners and sports leagues ...

Join The World's First Live Facebook Festival - A Call To Artists and Fans

Join The World's First Live Facebook Festival - A Call To Artists and Fans

In this latest post to MusicThinkTank, we look at Right Chord Music's creation of a new type of music festival, that harnesses the power of Facebook Live, inviting bands and artists from around the world to occupy their Facebook newsfeed in an innovative live music experience. Harnessing the power of Facebook Live, new music blog Right Chord ...

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Just Doesn’t Get It (Unless He Does?)

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Just Doesn’t Get It (Unless He Does?)

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen was recently quoted griping about how he is no longer making enough money from his recorded music, and although it's hard to feel too badly for someone as financially successful as Fagen, his frustration does provide us with an interesting snapshot of music revenue overtime. Guest post by William Paterson University Professor David Philp from Musicbiz ...

SoundCloud Saved By Emergency $169.5M Investment As CEO Ljung Steps Aside [OFFICIAL]

SoundCloud Saved By Emergency $169.5M Investment As CEO Ljung Steps Aside [OFFICIAL]

SoundCloud has closed an emergency round of funding that will allow the struggling streamer stay online,  Co-founder and CEO Alex Ljung will step aside as a new leadership team takes control. SoundCloud has closed a reported $169.5 million emergency in funding that allows the struggling streamer and audio hub to stay online. Co-founder Alex Ljung will ...

'1984', New Rembrandt And Spotify's 'Fake Artists'

'1984', New Rembrandt And Spotify's 'Fake Artists'

Life appears to be imitating art as a number of strange parallels between the dystopian George Orwell novel 1984 have begun to manifest in the form of fake art and fake artists designed to entertain the masses. Guest post by Laura Kobylecky from Music Technology Policy “It was only an ‘opeless fancy. It passed like an Ipril dye, But ...

Disney Pulls Content From Netflix To Start Own Paid Service. Could The Same Siloing Happen In Music?

Disney Pulls Content From Netflix To Start Own Paid Service. Could The Same Siloing Happen In Music?

Disney is pulling much of its core content from Netflix, so that it can launch its own paid streaming service. Could this happen in music?  Universal execs say that they don't believe in “exclusive" releases on specific music streamers But what if the world's largest label group pulled all of its music off Spotify, Apple Music ...


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