Music business trends in 2014
Music business trends in 2014

24 December 2014

This year we launched CMU Premium, a new service for the busy music business professional, providing a handy weekly news digest and regular...

Leaked emails show recent discussions about possible Sony/ATV sale
Leaked emails show recent discussions about possible Sony/ATV sale

24 December 2014

Sony Corp has been secretly considering a sale of its music publishing business Sony/ATV according to Bloomberg, which cites emails leaked as part...

Irving Azoff is ready to step up his battle with YouTube
Irving Azoff is ready to step up his battle with YouTube

24 December 2014

At last week’s Music Publishers’ Association Christmas lunch the trade group’s CEO Sarah Osborn used her customary speech to make an explicit commitment...

Warner announces alliance with interactive video firm
Warner announces alliance with interactive video firm

23 December 2014

Warner Music has announced a partnership with Interlude, a tech set-up that specialises in creating and delivering “personalised interactive videos”. Under the deal some...

INgrooves founder to step down
INgrooves founder to step down

22 December 2014

The founder of independent label distribution firm INgrooves and its parent company Isolation Network, Robb McDaniels, will step down as the company’s CEO...

Live Nation buys controlling stake in C3 Presents
Live Nation buys controlling stake in C3 Presents

22 December 2014

Live Nation has taken a controlling stake in Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza promoter C3 Presents, with the live music major rumoured to...

Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths
Fabric saved from closure after police prompt licence review over drug deaths

19 December 2014

London nightclub Fabric has been saved from closure, following a licence review by Islington Council last night. The review was prompted by police,...

Incubus sign to Island Records
Incubus sign to Island Records

19 December 2014

Having taken that break that was more or less confirmed in March 2013, Incubus are now officially back to work, as confirmed by...

Japanese messaging app firm Line buys MixRadio
Japanese messaging app firm Line buys MixRadio

19 December 2014

The company behind messaging app Line yesterday announced it was acquiring MixRadio, the streaming music service set up by Nokia, which confirmed it...

More lyrics and a new CEO at Deezer
More lyrics and a new CEO at Deezer

19 December 2014

Want lyrics with your streams? Of course you do, who wouldn't? No one, that's who. So good news for all you lyric happy...

7digital will be first to deliver new lower-file-size high quality audio files
7digital will be first to deliver new lower-file-size high quality audio files

19 December 2014

7digital has announced an alliance with Meridian Audio which will see the digital music platform provider become the first to offer tracks in...

Spotify-connected DJ apps upgrade
Spotify-connected DJ apps upgrade

19 December 2014

The two DJing apps that feature Spotify integration both announced new versions of their software yesterday. So that's exciting isn't it? Is it?...

Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected
Now Pirate Bay Facebook is deleted, though file-sharing levels seemingly unaffected

18 December 2014

As the future of The Pirate Bay remains uncertain following the server raid in Sweden that took it offline last week, Torrentfreak has...

ABBA man joins PRS, Michael Jackson Estate renews with BMI
ABBA man joins PRS, Michael Jackson Estate renews with BMI

18 December 2014

Are collecting societies announcing new signings too now? Well, that's the crazy new world we live in, people. Every songwriter and recording artist...

Ticketscript announces new CTO
Ticketscript announces new CTO

18 December 2014

Self-service ticketing system provider Ticketscript has appointed a new CTO in the form of André Buren, who will take over from the company's...

Spotify loses ArtistLink merch integration
Spotify loses ArtistLink merch integration

18 December 2014

Spotify has announced that artists are no longer able to list their merch on the streaming service through Topspin's ArtistLink. BandPage is now...

Bandcamp launches new tools for labels
Bandcamp launches new tools for labels

18 December 2014

Bandcamp has launched its previously reported new label-focussed tools, with the likes of Sub Pop, Ninja Tune, Fat Wreck Chords, Relapse, Innovative Leisure...

TuneCore buys location-based content-delivery app
TuneCore buys location-based content-delivery app

18 December 2014

Digital distributor TuneCore has acquired a start-up called DropKloud with plans to add that company's location-based app product into its portfolio of artist...

Scott Cohen joins Psonar as Chairman
Scott Cohen joins Psonar as Chairman

18 December 2014

Psonar, the UK-based pay-as-you-go streaming music company that first emerged in 2011, has announced the appointment of artist manager and The Orchard co-founder...

Arts Council announces Darren Henley as new CEO
Arts Council announces Darren Henley as new CEO

18 December 2014

Arts Council England has announced that Classic FM MD Darren Henley will take over as its new CEO. He will replace Alan Davey...

CMU's One Liners: Beggars Group, St Vincent, Calvin Harris and an embarrassment of other riches
CMU's One Liners: Beggars Group, St Vincent, Calvin Harris and an embarrassment of other riches

18 December 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Current Matador PR man Stuart Davie will, at the end of the year, leave his post to...

Apple defeats anti-trust case over iPod software
Apple defeats anti-trust case over iPod software

17 December 2014

It took the jury in the big Apple anti-trust case less than three hours yesterday to rule that the IT giant had not...

Beyonce sued by Hungarian folk singer
Beyonce sued by Hungarian folk singer

17 December 2014

A Hungarian Roma folk singer is suing Beyonce for allegedly sampling and "digitally manipulating" part of one of her songs as the intro...

Man arrested after Pirate Bay raid now out of custody
Man arrested after Pirate Bay raid now out of custody

17 December 2014

The man arrested when Swedish authorities seized servers used by The Pirate Bay has been released from custody, according to Torrentfreak. It was...

Sony Music signs deal with Tencent in China
Sony Music signs deal with Tencent in China

17 December 2014

Sony Music has announced a partnership with Tencent, which will grant the Chinese internet company exclusive online rights to distribute the major label's...

Van Morrison to release next LP via RCA Records
Van Morrison to release next LP via RCA Records

17 December 2014

Jazz-cat-in-a-hat Van Morrison has signed to Sony's RCA Records division, his first stint ever on Sony, which'll cover the release of his mystery-titled...

The Pop Group do label services deal with !K7
The Pop Group do label services deal with !K7

17 December 2014

!K7 Artist & Label Services has announced a partnership with The Pop Group to release the post-punk band's first album in 35 years. The...

Sentric Music and Imperial College granted funding for new digital publisher tools
Sentric Music and Imperial College granted funding for new digital publisher tools

17 December 2014

Government funded Innovate UK (what was the Technology Strategy Board, in case you wondered) has awarded music publishing service provider Sentric Music and...

Taylor Swift debacle means
Taylor Swift debacle means "we have to do more to convince artists" says Spotify chief

17 December 2014

Spotify big cheese boss man Daniel Ek has admitted that the whole Taylor Swift debacle has confirmed that he and his colleagues still...

Man shot in 'disturbance' at The Garage, Wiley shows cancelled
Man shot in 'disturbance' at The Garage, Wiley shows cancelled

17 December 2014

North London venue The Garage was closed temporarily after a shooting took place outside it on Monday night. The victim, a 25 year...

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