Digest: MiDIA Research Teases Yearly Report, TIDAL Loses 3rd CEO, Spotify Settles

Story of the Week MiDIA Research: Who’s Leading The Streaming Pack? YouTube and Spotify emerge as the leading services with 25.1% and 16.3% WAU (weekly active user) penetration respectively. However, at the other end of the spectrum, Deezer swaps its top half of the table subscriber count ranking for the bottom ranking for WAUs with… Continue reading Digest: MiDIA Research Teases Yearly Report, TIDAL Loses 3rd CEO, Spotify Settles

Digest: Big Players Back dotBlockchain, ESPN Reaches Licensing Settlement, Sprint Reveals TIDAL Details

Top Story Last Week SOCAN, CD Baby, SongTrust And FUGA Back DotBlockchain The dotBlockchain Music Project (dotBC), which aims to solve data, rights, ownership and payment issues in the music industry, has won backing from SOCAN and subsidiary MediaNet, plus Songtrust, CDBaby and FUGA. The partners will contribute technical and financial resources to the project,… Continue reading Digest: Big Players Back dotBlockchain, ESPN Reaches Licensing Settlement, Sprint Reveals TIDAL Details

Digest: Sprint Buys 33% of TIDAL, MusicFirst Lobbies Congress, YouTube Red Expanding in 2017

Top Story This Week Sprint Buys 33% of Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service Tidal Sprint Corp. acquired a 33 percent stake in music-streaming service Tidal as the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier turns to media streaming to attract more customers with exclusive content. Marcelo Claure, Sprint’s chief executive officer, will join the Tidal board and musician… Continue reading Digest: Sprint Buys 33% of TIDAL, MusicFirst Lobbies Congress, YouTube Red Expanding in 2017

RECAP: David Lowery Motion Claims Songwriters Being “Misled”, TIDAL Gets Beyonce Exclusive, UMG Wins Big

Story of the Week David Lowery Files Motion To Stop Spotify, NMPA From “Misleading” Songwriters Songwriters are being “misled” by being encouraged to sign onto a settlement it made with the National Music Publishers Association, according to a motion filed by attorneys representing David Lowery, who is suing the music streamer for use of his… Continue reading RECAP: David Lowery Motion Claims Songwriters Being “Misled”, TIDAL Gets Beyonce Exclusive, UMG Wins Big

Music News Recap: Rhapsody Revenue & Losses, No Tidal Buyout, YouTube Star Not “Fair Use”

Story of the Week Rhapsody Next Streaming Service to Pair Big Revenue Growth With Big Losses Like many other streaming services, according to its 2015 financials Rhapsody has conformed to the “bigger revenues/bigger losses” streaming music growth model. The numbers, published by RealNetworks as part of its financial report, show Rhapsody’s revenues rose from $173.5M… Continue reading Music News Recap: Rhapsody Revenue & Losses, No Tidal Buyout, YouTube Star Not “Fair Use”

Music News Recap: New Royalty Rates Imminent, Aurous Shut Down, Spotify Insights

Top Music Industry News Stories Washington D.C.’s Royalty Rate Ruling Is Imminent, Possibly Even Today – The announcement will be the culmination of Webcasting IV, the rate proceeding that will determine the statutory royalty rates to be paid by non-interactive Internet radio stations like Pandora for the next five years. Read More Tidal Launches in… Continue reading Music News Recap: New Royalty Rates Imminent, Aurous Shut Down, Spotify Insights

Soundcheck: Your 5-Minute Recap Of Last Week’s Most Important Music News

Story Of The Week Merlin, WIN, Beggars, IMPALA, and Other Indies Agree To Bring Over 20,000 Artists Into Revised Apple Music Ecosystem http://bit.ly/1U0ZbCW The weeks leading up to tomorrow’s Apple Music launch have been nothing if not eventful. After announcing huge artists for the new Beats One radio station and securing Taylor Swift as a… Continue reading Soundcheck: Your 5-Minute Recap Of Last Week’s Most Important Music News

Soundcheck: Last Week’s Music News Highlights (5/18)

Last wee’s music news cycle focused heavily on streaming services and subsequent publishing rights, in large part due to The Verge’s leak of a Sony/Spotify contract agreement. The agreement sent shockwaves through the music industry as many were surprised by the full spectrum of the deal. Here are last week’s top stories: Former Rhapsody Exec Jon… Continue reading Soundcheck: Last Week’s Music News Highlights (5/18)