Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case
Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case

26 March 2015

The Beastie Boys have emerged victorious from a lawsuit accusing them of copyright infringement over unauthorised samples on their 1989 album, 'Paul's Boutique'. As...

Number of UK web-blocks passes 100
Number of UK web-blocks passes 100

26 March 2015

Bored of the endless 'this many billion downloads' and 'this many billion streams' stats? Well, here's another fun digital landmark for you, the...

Vevo and YouTube begin to display age ratings on music videos in the UK
Vevo and YouTube begin to display age ratings on music videos in the UK

26 March 2015

And so it begins. Music videos for tracks released by the UK factions of the three major record companies will now feature age...

The Orchard acquires RoyaltyShare, invests in Korrect
The Orchard acquires RoyaltyShare, invests in Korrect

26 March 2015

The Orchard has acquired royalty processing service RoyaltyShare and invested in another, Korrect. The music distributor will now combine technology from both to...

Ethan Kaplan joins Gracenote
Ethan Kaplan joins Gracenote

26 March 2015

Gracenote has hired Ethan Kaplan as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager Of Music. He was previously a key exec at...

7digital financials illustrate download to streaming shift
7digital financials illustrate download to streaming shift

26 March 2015

Now publicly listed, 7digital released an earnings report earlier this week. With many digital music firms in private ownership, or existing as subsidiaries...

CMU's One Liners: Proper aligns with Redeye, David Guetta lyric video, QT music video, and more
CMU's One Liners: Proper aligns with Redeye, David Guetta lyric video, QT music video, and more

26 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Proper Music Distribution has signed deal with US distributor Redeye to distribute the latter's label partners -...

Digital pie debate in the spotlight at this year's Great Escape
Digital pie debate in the spotlight at this year's Great Escape

25 March 2015

The spotlight will fall at The Great Escape this year (metaphorically speaking, no hard hats required) on one of the biggest music industry...

Happy Birthday case arrives in court as summary judgement motions considered
Happy Birthday case arrives in court as summary judgement motions considered

25 March 2015

The always interesting 'Happy Birthday' legal battle was in court this week, as the judge overseeing the case, George King, considered motions and...

Ed Sheeran gives his Warner imprint a name and a signing
Ed Sheeran gives his Warner imprint a name and a signing

25 March 2015

Ed Sheeran has been chitting and a chatting about the record company he's set up, that Warner Music imprint first unveiled last year,...

Promotions and appointments at Matador
Promotions and appointments at Matador

25 March 2015

Natalie Judge has been promoted to the role of General Manager at Matador UK, while Robby Morris will become A&R Director overseeing the...

[PIAS] relaunches Different imprint
[PIAS] relaunches Different imprint

25 March 2015

So this is Different. Ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

ReverbNation announces SESAC alliance
ReverbNation announces SESAC alliance

25 March 2015

Direct-to-fan platform ReverbNation has announced an alliance with American performing rights society SESAC which will see the rights body participate in an artist...

Dave Rowntree to inspire future music talent at The Great Escape
Dave Rowntree to inspire future music talent at The Great Escape

25 March 2015

Saturday at The Great Escape this year will be all about future talent once again, with a full day CMU:DIY programme for aspiring...

CMU's One Liners: Tidal countdown, Bloc Party a bassist down, Stewart Lee gets down, and more
CMU's One Liners: Tidal countdown, Bloc Party a bassist down, Stewart Lee gets down, and more

25 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • If you were wondering what that countdown on the Tidal website is all about, and I'm sure...

Radio 1 Chart Show to move to Friday as global release day kicks in
Radio 1 Chart Show to move to Friday as global release day kicks in

24 March 2015

As expected, Radio 1's 'Official Chart Show' is moving to a new day so that it can still be the first place that...

Neil Fox charged with nine sex offences
Neil Fox charged with nine sex offences

24 March 2015

Radio DJ Neil Fox has been charged with nine sex offences involving six people, some of whom were under sixteen at the time...

Kobalt to administer John Denver catalogue Stateside
Kobalt to administer John Denver catalogue Stateside

24 March 2015

Everyone's favourite copyright administrator - oh, and super-cool tech start up and saviour of music, apparently - Kobalt has only gone and signed...

Vivendi investor promotes Universal sell off plan, management board not impressed
Vivendi investor promotes Universal sell off plan, management board not impressed

24 March 2015

You're not in the cool crowd as a major record company owner if you've not got at least one shareholder wanting your music...

WiMP brand to be phased out as Jay-Z takes control of Tidal
WiMP brand to be phased out as Jay-Z takes control of Tidal

23 March 2015

So, we can officially stop saying Tidal/WiMP to refer to the streaming service that began in the Nordics as WiMP but launched as...

Suge Knight collapses as $25 million bail set
Suge Knight collapses as $25 million bail set

23 March 2015

Suge Knight last week left court in an ambulance for the fourth time since being charged with causing the death of Terry Carter...

Manchester's The Roadhouse to close
Manchester's The Roadhouse to close

23 March 2015

It was confirmed last week that Manchester gig venue The Roadhouse will close later this year, with the last show due to take...

Kylie Minogue confirms Roc Nation departure
Kylie Minogue confirms Roc Nation departure

23 March 2015

Kylie Minogue has issued a statement about her decision to part company with Jay-Z's Roc Nation company, which had managed the singer's career...

Deezer Elite goes global with same price points as US
Deezer Elite goes global with same price points as US

23 March 2015

As expected, Deezer's high quality audio offering Elite went properly global last week, having launched in the US last year, and becoming an...

MU expresses concerns over live music cutbacks at Radio 1
MU expresses concerns over live music cutbacks at Radio 1

23 March 2015

The Musicians' Union has expressed concern about the news that Radio 1 plans to cut its live music output in order to meet...

More winners confirmed for Artist And Manager Awards
More winners confirmed for Artist And Manager Awards

23 March 2015

Another update from the Artist And Manager Awards? Oh yes, because we don't yet know who'll be winning the Artist's Artist Award or...

CMU's One Liners: Holy Roar subscriptions, Frankie Knuckles tributes, Brandon Flowers trailers, and more
CMU's One Liners: Holy Roar subscriptions, Frankie Knuckles tributes, Brandon Flowers trailers, and more

23 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Holy Roar Records has launched not one but two label subscriptions for folks who find themselves enjoying...

Universal preparing to settle digital royalty class actions
Universal preparing to settle digital royalty class actions

20 March 2015

Universal Music is set to follow Sony Music and Warner Music in proposing a settlement to the widespread and long-running dispute - especially...

Pharrell warns that Blurred Lines ruling could
Pharrell warns that Blurred Lines ruling could "kill creativity"

20 March 2015

Pharrell Williams has warned of an imminent goldrush of copyright litigation in the wake of the verdict against him and Robin Thicke over...

In-flight entertainment firm countersues Universal
In-flight entertainment firm countersues Universal

20 March 2015

The in-flight entertainment company which has been caught up in litigation with the majors over whether it had the right licences for pumping...

  • Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case
  • Number of UK web-blocks passes 100
  • Vevo and YouTube begin to display age ratings on music videos in the UK
  • Zayn Malik leaves One Direction, after Jeremy Clarkson sacked by BBC
  • Final batch of bands added to Great Escape line-up, headed by Skepta and JME
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