Streaming war: Spotify and Amazon appeal against 44% royalty rise in the USA

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recent ruling - with royalty rates for streaming and other mechanical uses set to rise 44% in the market - was…

CTS EVENTIM pools its forces in pan-European promoter network EVENTIM LIVE

CTS EVENTIM, one of the leading international Ticketing and Live Entertainment provider, is now combining its promoter activities into a new unit…

Sony ATV signs Dolly Parton

Sony/ATV Music Publishing just signed a deal to represent the catalog of legendary country Queen and singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The agreement…

Music services company Kobalt is raising a big round that could exceed $100 million

London-based music services company Kobalt - founded in 2000 is reportedly raising a new round of funding that could surpass $100 million. Kobalt…

Spotify reaches 1m users in India one week after launch

Streaming coloss Spotify launched in India last week. The company, according to Music Ally, confirmed that a week after launch, it now has more than…

Tencent Music and KKR running to acquire UMG

According to Reuters' sources, investment fund KKR and Chinese music-streaming giant Tencent Music are preparing rival bids to acquire up to half of…

TikTok pays $5.7m in FTC settlement over children’s privacy

TikTok has agreed to pay $5.7m to settle allegations by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it illegally collected personal information from…

Article 13: the vote will take place at the end of March

Europe’s new copyright directive (comprising the "famous" Article 13) will be voted sometime between 25 March and 28 March, it was revealed…

Charlie Phillips set to lead Worldwide Independent Network

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has just announced its appointment of Charlie Phillips to lead the network’s operations, stepping up from…

Warner sues Spotify in India... and Spotify answers

It seems some kind of declaration of war has been issued. Indeed, Warner Music Group has filed an injunction against Spotify in a court in Mumbai…

Oscars 2019: the complete winners list

The 2019 Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Now in its 91st year, the annual award honors cinematic…

Tencent Music invests in another music-streaming service: Douban FM

Tencent is already owner of three of the main music-streaming services in China. But the company has just invested in a fourth: Douban FM. According…

MME 4.5 seminar: "The New Influencer Ecosystem"

The next MME 4.5 seminar will be focused on The New Influencer Ecosystem and will take place on Tuesday 5 March, 2-6pm in central London at the…

Soundcloud launches distribution feature

Soundcloud just launched a new feature, part of its SoundCloud Premier program. From now musicians - who have always been able to upload their…

Rhapsody to pay up to $10m in songwriter-lawsuit settlement

Music company Rhapsody (now operating as Napster) was sued by singer-songwriters David Lowery, Victor Krummenacher and David Faragher. A settlement…

Ryan Adams’ new album "Big Colors" pulled from release

On Wednesday, February 13th, news spread that several women accused singer-songwriter Ryan Adams of abuse (ranging from emotional manipulation to…

Final Article 13 text approved by European negotiators

The final text of the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market (including the controversial Article 13 provision) was approved during the…

Universal Music Group to acquire Ingrooves Music Group

Universal Music Group has been a minority investor in Ingrooves since 2006; the company is now thought to be holding…

Universal Music Group now valued at $42bn... and a major labels selling frenzy could be around the corner

During 2018, UMG, commercially speaking, ruled the blockbuster music charts of 2018. Eight of the year’s top 10 most popular artists (across all…

Art. 13: musicians, songwriters, managers and producers answer to rightsholders

On February 8th, music-industry bodies the IFPI, Impala and ICMP published a letter asking for the European copyright directive to be scrapped…