Gaye lawyer says Thicke defence is misleading the jury in 'Blurred Lines' trial
Gaye lawyer says Thicke defence is misleading the jury in 'Blurred Lines' trial

3 March 2015

The attorney speaking for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the ongoing 'Blurred Lines' copyright case has made statements that are "confusing, wrong,...

A Prime deal? You'd better Believe it*
A Prime deal? You'd better Believe it*

3 March 2015

Believe Digital yesterday announced an alliance with Prime Direct Distribution which, says the two companies, will allow the latter "to provide a more...

Sony/ATV appoints new co-president for US business
Sony/ATV appoints new co-president for US business

3 March 2015

Music publishing powerhouse, composition-deliverers supreme, and the most mighty of all the song engines, the one, the only, Sony/ATV (who are welcome to...

BM Soho store closes after landlord dispute
BM Soho store closes after landlord dispute

3 March 2015

London-based record store BM Soho has temporarily closed because of a dispute with its landlords who, the retailer seems to imply, is keen...

Grateful Dead farewell ticket prices soar on secondary sites
Grateful Dead farewell ticket prices soar on secondary sites

3 March 2015

People who resell concert tickets are just plucky entrepreneurs using the system to their advantage, according to the UK's Secretary Of State For...

SoundCloud claims 100 partners and $1 million payouts for ad scheme
SoundCloud claims 100 partners and $1 million payouts for ad scheme

3 March 2015

Hey everybody, get your post-it notes at the ready and write this down for a laugh, you all need to stop saying "yeah,...

Grooveshark revamps
Grooveshark revamps

3 March 2015

Often controversial streaming music service Grooveshark announced a super new look last week, with "a beautiful, responsive design to help ensure a consistent...

CMU's One Liners: Independent Label Week? Yes, Independent Label Week. And some other things that don't come in weeks.
CMU's One Liners: Independent Label Week? Yes, Independent Label Week. And some other things that don't come in weeks.

3 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • So, who had James Steven in the sweepstake for "next person to be promoted to the role...

As figures confirm 2014 was challenging for the record industry, will 2015 be better than
As figures confirm 2014 was challenging for the record industry, will 2015 be better than "flat"?

2 March 2015

Despite the 'streaming music boom' and the rather more modest 'vinyl revival' both providing some positive spin, few would deny that 2014 was...

"Broke" Kim Dotcom pushes for access to more of his frozen assets

2 March 2015

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was back in court last week trying to secure more of the monies seized when his former company was...

Another senior digital exec stands down at Universal
Another senior digital exec stands down at Universal

2 March 2015

Another senior digital executive is leaving Universal Music, this time David Ring, a long-term digital specialist at the mega-major, most recently Executive VP...

Target will still sell music, despite rumours it was concerned over Friday release day
Target will still sell music, despite rumours it was concerned over Friday release day

2 March 2015

American retailer Target will not stop selling CDs just because of that pesky Friday global release day, or that's what a spokesperson has...

Twitter music man steps down
Twitter music man steps down

2 March 2015

Twitter's chief music man Bob Moczydlowsky, who joined the social network in 2013 from TopSpin, is leaving the company. And if you want...

ITV in advanced talks to buy 'The Voice' maker
ITV in advanced talks to buy 'The Voice' maker

2 March 2015

ITV is in advanced negotiations to buy Dutch telly production company Talpa Media, which would put the programme-making division of the 'X-Factor' broadcaster...

Clara Amfo to get daytime show on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton bows out
Clara Amfo to get daytime show on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton bows out

2 March 2015

News that the UK singles chart might move back to being released on a weekday, as a result of last week's global release...

IFPI defends Friday global release day, chart makers yet to confirm impact
IFPI defends Friday global release day, chart makers yet to confirm impact

27 February 2015

Now, some of you may have wondered yesterday whether the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry's "international consultation" of all stakeholders in music,...

Pandora loses latest pre-1972 squabble
Pandora loses latest pre-1972 squabble

27 February 2015

Sometimes it feels like we need a standalone correspondent to just cover Pandora litigation. The often controversial (in some quarters) company is sort...

Dispute between Steven Tyler's lawyer and former manager back in court
Dispute between Steven Tyler's lawyer and former manager back in court

27 February 2015

Whilst last seen leading Deadmau5's amusing legal squabble with Disney, music lawyer Dina LaPolt previously appeared in the legal pages of CMU in...

Kobalt announces $60 million in new finance
Kobalt announces $60 million in new finance

27 February 2015

Expansive music rights firm Kobalt announced this morning that it had raised another $60 million of that ever popular Series C funding, with...

SFX proposes returning to private ownership, Wall Street not impressed
SFX proposes returning to private ownership, Wall Street not impressed

27 February 2015

It's no secret that while maverick entrepreneurs like Wall Street's money, they are often less keen on the scrutiny and politics that goes...

YouTube seemingly not making a profit
YouTube seemingly not making a profit

27 February 2015

Someone with knowledge about such things recently posited an opinion to me that the only standalone digital music service to ever make a...

ITV defends Kanye muting
ITV defends Kanye muting

27 February 2015

ITV has defended its decision to mute out all the bad words uttered during Kanye West's BRITs set on Wednesday night, even though...

Friday confirmed as global release day
Friday confirmed as global release day

26 February 2015

So, as expected, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has announced that Friday will become the global release day for new music...

Robin Thicke takes to the stage as 'Blurred Lines' trial continues
Robin Thicke takes to the stage as 'Blurred Lines' trial continues

26 February 2015

So the 'Blurred Lines' copyright trial continued yesterday, with the star turn being Robin Thicke on the piano. And for his headline set...

Government now backs light regulation of secondary ticketing, rules to be added to Consumer Rights Bill
Government now backs light regulation of secondary ticketing, rules to be added to Consumer Rights Bill

26 February 2015

Secondary ticketing in the UK is set to be regulated after the Government made its own amendments to the in-development Consumer Rights Bill. As...

BRITs ratings up a million on last year
BRITs ratings up a million on last year

26 February 2015

So, all of you suckers who thought Ant & Dec were an odd hire for the BRIT Awards in 2015. And all you...

New Music Cities convention to launch
New Music Cities convention to launch

26 February 2015

A new conference event will launch in Brighton this May, just before The Great Escape festivities kick off, focused on how vibrant local...

Blurred Lines copyright case kicks off
Blurred Lines copyright case kicks off

25 February 2015

So, we all know that chart-topping rape anthem 'Blurred Lines' was a shameful pop monstrosity which single-handedly confirmed that a sinister stream of...

Ariana Grande lyric theft case seemingly settled
Ariana Grande lyric theft case seemingly settled

25 February 2015

A previously reported legal battle between UK-based Minder Music and the pop machine that is Ariana Grande has seemingly been settled. Which is...

STIM replies to Swedish songwriters about streaming royalty concerns
STIM replies to Swedish songwriters about streaming royalty concerns

25 February 2015

The Swedish music publishing sector's collecting society STIM has responded to that previously reported open letter signed by 133 songwriters from the country...

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