Major Labels

The Incredible Shrinking Royalty Check: Apple Music Joins Spotify In Demanding Lower Payments To Artists, Labels

It was inevitable that other music streamers would seek reductions after Spotify negotiated lower royalty payments. Now, with it’s own major label contracts just days away from expiring, Apple Music is also seeking to lower the share of revenue that it pays to rightsholders. _________________________________________ Apple Music is asking for…

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Streaming Shifting The Industry For Labels and Artists

[UPDATED] SongCast’s Mike Wright explores how the culture of music consumption has shifted from one of ‘ownership’ of content, to one of on-demand enjoyment, and how this change is impacting the entire industry, and how labels and artists choose to distribute their music. __________________________ Guest post by Mike Wright of…

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Tuhin Roy Named To Senior Digital Post At UMG

Universal Music Group has named veteran digital music entrepreneur Tuhin Roy to the newly-created post of Vice President of New Digital Business. In the role, Roy will work to identify tech startups in the digital media sector as potential business partners for UMG. He will be based in UMG’s Santa…

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Taylor Swift’s Full Catalog Now On Spotify, Other Streamers As Apple Music Loses Key Exclusive

Taylor Swift has made her entire music catalog available for the first time on Spotify and other streaming services. After years of Apple-only availability, all five Swift albums can now be streamed on Tidal, Amazon, Pandora and other digital music services. Recently Spotify eliminated a key Taylor Swift objection to…

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10 Red Flags In A Potential Record Deal

As an up and coming band, being offered your first record deal can feel like an amazing accomplishment, and something worth celebrating. While this may indeed be the case, not every record deal is necessarily what it seems, and a some suspicion is advised. Here we look at ten red…

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Defiance On Display At One Love Manchester, As Ariana Grande’s Record Label Donates $500K

In the face of a growing number of violent terror attacks in the UK in recent weeks, Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was wall-to-wall people. The concert, at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday evening, was attended by more than 50,000 people after selling out in just a…

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The Orchard Comes Out On Top As Sony Merges RED, Global Indie Distributors

Sony Music Entertainment will combine its regional independent distribution groups including Sony RED into The Orchard, and its various teams will unite as a single global team managed by The Orchard CEO Brad Navin. The unified company will offer local staff and services in more than 30 markets worldwide. In…

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Universal Music Will Be Spun Off With An IPO "At The Right Moment," says Vivendi CEO

After months of speculation whether Vivendi will spin off Universal Music, Chairman and CEO Vincent Bolloré shared that an IPO of the world’s largest music group was all but inevitable. “The value of [UMG] increases every day, and it’s true that an IPO would be an interesting thing,” before adding,…

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Internships: What They Mean For The Global Music Industry

Emily White looks at how she was able to achieve her dream of working in the music industry through interning, where interning fits in with the global music industry, and how interning in the music business varies from region to region. ______________________________ Guest post by Emily White of Midem I…

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Sony Merges The Orchard and Red Essentials

Sony Music’s two independent artist and label services firms in the UK – The Orchard and Red Essentials – are merging. Could Sony Music, now under new leadership, be planning a similar combination for The Orchard and Sony RED in the United States; and if so, which company would come…

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