Digest: SoundExchange Revenue To Drop in 2017, Alibaba Investing $7.2 Billion in Entertainment

Top Story This Week SoundExchange Could See Collected Revenue Shrink by $200 Million in 2017 According to sources with knowledge of the situation, a recent shift to direct licensing likely lead to slower growth in 2016 and a precipitous drop this year as collections could decrease by about $200 million, according to Billboard estimates. The… Continue reading Digest: SoundExchange Revenue To Drop in 2017, Alibaba Investing $7.2 Billion in Entertainment

RECAP: MegaUpload’s RIAA & MPAA Lawsuits Frozen, MROs and PROs Had Big Year, Amazon To “Disrupt” Ticketing

Court Freezes MegaUpload’s MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits Story of the Week A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload’s request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year, while the criminal case remains pending. Meanwhile, Megaupload is “working hard to ensure that critical evidence on decaying… Continue reading RECAP: MegaUpload’s RIAA & MPAA Lawsuits Frozen, MROs and PROs Had Big Year, Amazon To “Disrupt” Ticketing

RECAP: Amazon Standalone Streaming Rumors, Majors’ Deal With Publishers, RIAA Battles Pirate Bay

Story of the Week Amazon to Launch Standalone Music-Streaming Service Amazon’s Prime Music has, through its inclusion in the broader Prime membership, quietly become one of the most popular music-streaming services in the world. Now Amazon is planning to launch a standalone version, including a cut-price subscription option for owners of Amazon’s Echo connected-speaker. Rumours… Continue reading RECAP: Amazon Standalone Streaming Rumors, Majors’ Deal With Publishers, RIAA Battles Pirate Bay

Recap: Pandora Founder Back as CEO, RIAA Releases 2015 Industry Numbers, YouTube Monetization Explained

Story of the Week Pandora Names Founder Tim Westergren CEO As Part Of Broad Executive Restructuring Brian McAndrews is out and founder Tim Westergren is in, as the CEO of Pandora, effective immediately. The move is part of a broader restructuring at Pandora, aimed at restoring investor confidence and in anticipation of a possible future… Continue reading Recap: Pandora Founder Back as CEO, RIAA Releases 2015 Industry Numbers, YouTube Monetization Explained

Music News Recap: Music’s Role in Digital Content Shrinking, FCC Announces Audits, RIAA Wins Piracy Case

Story of the Week The Role of Music in Digital Content is Small And Shrinking At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, MiDiA Research’s Mark Mulligan focused on digital music and its relation to mobile apps and sources like video in the broader digital content ecosystem. One of the themes of the address was… Continue reading Music News Recap: Music’s Role in Digital Content Shrinking, FCC Announces Audits, RIAA Wins Piracy Case

Judge Rules that ‘Happy Birthday’ Is Now Public Domain, and Last Week’s Top News

Story of the Week ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Copyright Ruled to Be Invalid The world’s most popular English language song is potentially free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that filmmakers challenging Warner/Chappell Music’s hold on “Happy Birthday to You” should be granted summary judgment. According to the opinion on Tuesday from U.S.… Continue reading Judge Rules that ‘Happy Birthday’ Is Now Public Domain, and Last Week’s Top News