Thanks to artists like Radiohead, the independents controlled the second biggest market share of all entities with 26.9%, while Warner took a share of 18.1% — MBW
Fresh off a pact to license music to YouTube, Warner Music boss Steve Cooper is turning his attention to music streamer Spotify — and a deal could be signed by June.
If inked, Daniel Ek’s Spotify would be on the way to its long-planned IPO — expected in the final quarter of 2017 — Claire Atkinson, New York Post
The influential head of Epic Records was ousted from the Sony Music label after a co-worker complained to the company about several instances of alleged sex harassment — NY Post
Advertising giant Havas is set to have a significant influence on the future of Universal Music Group — MBW
He may not have been a musician, but there’s no denying the mark Windsor’s Germain (Gerry) Lacoursiere left on Canadian music — Windsor Star
Insiders say ‘stack ’em high’ formula of packing as many bands in as possible is driving performers away — Tess Reidy, The Guardian UK
Singer and heiress shows her passion for Canada in her house and in her new album: True North: A Canadian Songbook — Rita Zekas, The Star
There was a common enemy.
And Neil Young was Canadian. Talk to today’s Canadians, the electors of a snowboarding instructor, they’re completely flummoxed with what’s going on south of the border. And in the seventies, they sewed Canadian flags to their backpacks before they ventured overseas, so they wouldn’t be confused with their American brethren, responsible for Vietnam.
Yes, Vietnam united us. Our hatred for our country’s policies. Our fear that we’d die there. Truly palpable. A lot different from being executed in a video game – The Lefsetz Letter
This post-One Direction debut is a mélange of musical homages that fails to reach the heights of Styles’ idols. But one thing it isn’t is dull — Alexis Petridis, The Guardian UK
If you’re wondering who’s making money off of streaming, you’ve found the answer. Because not only is Universal Music Group cleaning up on platforms like Spotify, they’re now experiencing double-digit revenue growth as a result — Paul Resnikoff, Digital Music News
It’s been five years since I first wrote “How Major Music Companies Are Getting Your Royalties: The Global Songwriter Shell Game.” The article reveals how hundreds of millions of dollars of songwriter’s and music publisher’s royalties generated outside of the United States are not being paid to them and/or are being re-channeled into the pockets of larger music companies.
It’s half a decade later and I thought it might be of value to see how things have changed (spoiler alert: it’s not good) — Jeff Price, Hypebot
A split sheet establishes in writing who owns what percentage of the composition, or the publishing rights. Publishing splits can be negotiated as a cowriter, producer, band member —Jason Cerf, Songtrust
An alphabetical rundown of common and less so terms without the legalise. This is one doc you want to bookmark and/or print — Songtrust
As you begin diving into the realm of sync licensing, you might hear that some songs are more “licensable,” or licensing-friendly, than others. Some songs fit seamlessly into films, commercials and the like, and though they may not be by a well-known mainstream artist, they definitely have a certain je ne sais quoi and commercial appeal that helps them appeal to mainstream audiences — Music Clout
"He should be considered a gay icon even though he was not gay – he was androgynous and he was sexual and he was alive" -- Kevin Richie, NOW
Who will be the next SoundCloud, The Echo Nest, Kickstarter or Next Big Sound? — Music Ally
NYC's most distinct underground figure is the stuff of urban legend: a blind homeless composer, dressed as a Viking, who influenced a wave of seminal artists. Now a film is finally bringing his story to light — Daniel Dylan Wray, Huck
Begin with a budget. To speak intelligently about your project, know what you need and what you need it for — Billy Jones, Music Think Tank
Coca-Cola is taking giant steps in developing countries to harness the loyalty of teenagers to its brand — Ashley Cook, MBJ