PRS campaign puts the spotlight back on safe harbours in wake of GEMA ruling
PRS campaign puts the spotlight back on safe harbours in wake of GEMA ruling

3 July 2015

As you all know, we here at CMU have a team of seven analysts exclusively dedicated to assessing the relative cuntishness of the...

BMG takes control of the Buddy Holly catalogue
BMG takes control of the Buddy Holly catalogue

3 July 2015

BMG has acquired the rights to much of the Buddy Holly catalogue through an arrangement with his widow Maria Elena Holly that's backed...

Taylor Swift label Big Machine not for sale, revisits alliance with Universal
Taylor Swift label Big Machine not for sale, revisits alliance with Universal

3 July 2015

Bad news if you were hoping to buy yourself a big machine. Well, specifically a Big Machine. I'm sure there are still plenty...

Agency Group expands dance roster through Autonomous hook up
Agency Group expands dance roster through Autonomous hook up

3 July 2015

The ever expansive Agency Group has allied with Chris Richards, who runs a dance-music-biased agency and management firm called Autonomous Music out of...

Freehold on Newcastle Academy up for sale
Freehold on Newcastle Academy up for sale

3 July 2015

The O2 Academy in Newcastle is up for sale. Do you want it? £625,000 is the guide price apparently. I might buy it....

PRS For Music Foundation collaborates on new fund for creative producers
PRS For Music Foundation collaborates on new fund for creative producers

3 July 2015

The PRS For Music Foundation earlier this week announced a new alliance with the Arts Foundation on a new £10,000 fellowship for creative...

Michael Robertson adds FreeBeats1 to his 6 Seconds app
Michael Robertson adds FreeBeats1 to his 6 Seconds app

3 July 2015

Ah, Mickey Robertson, I kind of enjoy his ongoing entrepreneurial efforts that seem to be primarily engineered to piss off as many people...

MegaUpload execs fight to get their assets back from the US government
MegaUpload execs fight to get their assets back from the US government

2 July 2015

So, the many MegaUpload legal wranglings rumble on, with various technicalities having been further explored since the last big development, the jailing of...

Newport bar owner fined and given suspended sentence for infringing music rights
Newport bar owner fined and given suspended sentence for infringing music rights

2 July 2015

The owner of a bar in Newport has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £20,000 to record industry collecting...

!K7 partner with Mykki Blanco on label venture
!K7 partner with Mykki Blanco on label venture

2 July 2015

Presumably taking a few weeks off investigative journalism, rapper Mykki Blanco has formed an alliance with !K7 which will see the independent music...

Manners McDade allies with IMPEL
Manners McDade allies with IMPEL

2 July 2015

Independent publisher Manners McDade has allied with IMPEL, the licensing body that represents a number of indie publishers in the digital domain. Basically a...

Robomagic launch new showcase championing female talent
Robomagic launch new showcase championing female talent

2 July 2015

New live music firm Robomagic Live is teaming up with Amazing Radio to launch an exciting new monthly residency at Birthdays in Dalston...

Facebook talking to the majors about possible music play
Facebook talking to the majors about possible music play

2 July 2015

Now that Apple Music has fully killed off Spotify, after it fully killed off iTunes, I think it's time we had an "Apple...

CMU's One Liners: IFF keynoter, Capitol promotions, Prince off streams and more
CMU's One Liners: IFF keynoter, Capitol promotions, Prince off streams and more

2 July 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Organisers of the International Festival Forum - the new event from the people behind ILMC - have...

Now Monster launch headphones for girls
Now Monster launch headphones for girls

2 July 2015

Following the lead of Skullcandy, Monster - the firm which originally made the Beats By Dre cans of course - is now also...

Apple Music launches
Apple Music launches

1 July 2015

So, Apple Music launched yesterday. Did you notice? Have you been digging all the Beats1 goodness? Have you been busy reconstructing all your...

French magazine held liable for publishing piracy guide
French magazine held liable for publishing piracy guide

1 July 2015

A court in France has ruled that a magazine publisher violated French copyright law by running an article offering some top tips on...

RIAA seeks customer information from domain firm in Grooveshark v2 chase
RIAA seeks customer information from domain firm in Grooveshark v2 chase

1 July 2015

LA-based domain registrar Namecheap has been ordered to hand over the personal details of one of its customers, a person suspected of being...

Kilimajaro launches its own ticketing site
Kilimajaro launches its own ticketing site

1 July 2015

Live firm Kilimanjaro has launched its own ticketing site called MyTicket.co.uk. The new site will sell tickets for all of the shows and...

Pop stars share their Shazamed tracks
Pop stars share their Shazamed tracks

1 July 2015

"The biggest stars in the world are also the biggest fans" says Shazam. Yeah. Of themselves. The egotistical self-important self-centred self-obsessed self-serving twats....

15% of UK web users block the ads, could they be persuaded not to?
15% of UK web users block the ads, could they be persuaded not to?

1 July 2015

Less than half of UK adults realise that most free content online - whether newspaper and magazine sites, or social networks, or freemium...

CMU's One Liners: ASCAP and Universal promotions, Independent Label Market rarities, and some new tracks
CMU's One Liners: ASCAP and Universal promotions, Independent Label Market rarities, and some new tracks

1 July 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • US collecting society ASCAP has promoted Lauren Iossa to the job of Exec VP Chief Marketing &...

Dre debut will be on Apple Music, as AC/DC head to the streaming platforms
Dre debut will be on Apple Music, as AC/DC head to the streaming platforms

30 June 2015

So, we all know something big is happening later today involving apples and music. I wish it was a pie. A big fat musical...

BMG acquires Verse Music Group
BMG acquires Verse Music Group

30 June 2015

BMG has acquired the Verse Music Group, which is a bit like acquiring the Verve Music Group, but not as exciting. What a...

Kobalt to administrate Blue Mountain songs catalogue
Kobalt to administrate Blue Mountain songs catalogue

30 June 2015

Kobalt has announced a worldwide administration deal with Blue Mountain Music, the music publishing business established in 1962 by Chris Blackwell, who's probably...

Universal Music Publishing promotes its income tracking chief
Universal Music Publishing promotes its income tracking chief

30 June 2015

It's all about the royalty data, right? Well, Universal Music Publishing has promoted its VP of Income Tracking, Randi Olsen, to the role...

New pre-release content delivery platform launches tomorrow
New pre-release content delivery platform launches tomorrow

30 June 2015

The previously reported new service designed to provide a better way for music companies to share pre-release tracks with media and industry contacts...

Topspin co-founder joins Pandora
Topspin co-founder joins Pandora

30 June 2015

While Wall Street will be closely watching the Pandora share price later today, wondering what impact the arrival of Apple Music will have...

TeamRock MD Chris Ingham steps down
TeamRock MD Chris Ingham steps down

30 June 2015

The MD of rock music media firm TeamRock, Chris Ingham, is leaving the company, nearly two decades after first joining one of its...

Sirius settles with majors over pre-1972 recordings
Sirius settles with majors over pre-1972 recordings

29 June 2015

American satellite broadcaster Sirius XM has reached a settlement with all three majors and ABKCO, best known for controlling the early Rolling Stones...

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