October 31, 2014Coalition Calls For Better Digital Revenues And Azoff Plans To Get More For Songwriters
"What Irving did was look at what songwriters were earning historically and offer them a premium," said Barry M. Massarsky, an economist who specializes in music publishing and is not affiliated with Global Music Rights. "He believes he can carve out a higher value for those songs from radio and pay less in administration fees, so that ultimately the songs would make more money than they have from ASCAP or BMI." (From the New York Times article linked below)
An international coalition of creators has joined forces to call for fairer rules and greater transparency in the distribution of royalties by digital music services.
The proposals were presented in a new report on "Fair Compensation for Music Creators in the Digital Age," released by the International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM), with the support of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), Music Creators North America (MCNA) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). Fair Trade Music: Coalition Calls For Better Digital Music Revenue Model
October 24, 20142014 Is Almost Gone And Not One Album Has Gone Platinum
"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative." -- Woody Allen The problem in the music industry is failing far too much without any innovation. (I'm excluding innovation in digital technology ...
October 17, 2014Streaming Now Becomes The TV Thing As Well
"There are 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and we will use all measures to go after them." -- HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, during his network's portion of the Time Warner Investor Day in NY. This week HBO announced in 2015 it ...
October 10, 2014So You Think The Free U2 Album Was A Bad Idea? Wrong.
"Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, tells Billboard that U2's 'Songs of Innocence' has racked up a staggering 26 million complete downloads since its Sept. 9 release as a free download exclusively to Apple's 500 million global iTunes ...
October 3, 2014The Streaming Thing Again
"The data underscores an ongoing tectonic shift in the music industry, in which decades of doing business based on per-song/per-album transactions (for either digital music or CDs, vinyl or tape) are giving way to a world where music is increasingly sold like a ...
September 26, 2014The SiriusXM Lawsuit "Thing"
"There is more to come in this case, but so far this is a huge victory whose consequences almost impossible to overstate. It definitely may be the beginning of the end of the "Pandora Loophole" and it affects many artists from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to Bob ...
September 19, 2014Jeff Tweedy "While The Album Still Matters"
"Whenever the so-called experts say the album is dying as a format, I think: "Since when have we listened to so-called experts?" Are video games killing chess as well?" -- Wilco's frontman, Jeff Tweedy My son turned me on to Wilco well over a ...
September 12, 2014Apple & U2 Make A Big Splash Indeed
"One of rock's great touring acts gives away a new surprise album to huge numbers isn't music news?" -- From 'Apple x Music: It's Bigger Than Beats' by Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith Unless you've been under a rock, you already know all ...
September 5, 2014Hollywood's Summer Bust
"The film industry is about saying 'no' to people, and inherently you cannot take 'no' for an answer." -- James Cameron From The Hollywood Reporter article Box-Office Crash: What Caused Hollywood's Miserable Summer? -- "It's official: North ...
August 29, 2014The Circus Was In Town Again
"MTV still has an awards show for music videos even though they no longer show music videos." -- Seth Meyers, in his monologue for this week's EMMY broadcast. Before we begin with the articles and news this week, it is once again time to ...