BMI hones in on some key points in its Pandora ruling
BMI hones in on some key points in its Pandora ruling

29 May 2015

With the US publishing sector having felt increasingly on the back foot in its battle for higher royalties from the digital services, and...

Former MTV chief backs PopShack
Former MTV chief backs PopShack

29 May 2015

PopShack, which we're calling a YouTube-centric label, but you might see as a music-focused multi-channel network, and which has defined itself as both...

Rejoice! Shazam now features QR code recognition!
Rejoice! Shazam now features QR code recognition!

29 May 2015

Shazam has added a whole load of new functionality through visual recognition. And that sounds quite cool doesn't it? That's because it is....

NMPA sues Wolfgang's Vault
NMPA sues Wolfgang's Vault

28 May 2015

The US's National Music Publishers' Association has launched legal action against Wolfgang's Vault, over the licensing (or lack thereof) of the thousands of...

Pre-1972 case given class action status
Pre-1972 case given class action status

28 May 2015

The Pre-1972 Thing, as I'd like all lawyers to now call it, continues to roll forward in the US, with a judge giving...

Merlin announces deal with pan-Asian streaming service KKBOX
Merlin announces deal with pan-Asian streaming service KKBOX

28 May 2015

Indie label repping digital rights agency Merlin has announced a deal with Asian streaming service KKBOX, the Taiwan-based digital set-up that was one...

CMU's One Liners: Apple regains position as most valuable brand, Capitol US appoints new COO, tech IPO plans, and more
CMU's One Liners: Apple regains position as most valuable brand, Capitol US appoints new COO, tech IPO plans, and more

28 May 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Apple has regained the title of most valuable brand in the world from Google, according to the...

Downsizing in Samsung's Milk Music division
Downsizing in Samsung's Milk Music division

27 May 2015

Is Samsung about to cut off Milk supplies? Would doing so make it the Margaret Thatcher of digital content? Given this month's election...

International Artist Organisation responds to Sony/Spotify contract leak
International Artist Organisation responds to Sony/Spotify contract leak

26 May 2015

Following the previously reported open letter from the International Music Managers Forum responding to last week's Sony/Spotify contract leak, the recently formed International...

Pirate Bay co-founder appeals domain ruling
Pirate Bay co-founder appeals domain ruling

26 May 2015

Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij is to appeal the previously reported ruling in the Swedish courts that said the controversial file-sharing site's flagship...

Line launches streaming music service in Thailand
Line launches streaming music service in Thailand

26 May 2015

Having last year announced an alliance with music majors Sony and Avex with the intent of launching a streaming music platform in its...

Boiler Room launches channel on Twitch
Boiler Room launches channel on Twitch

26 May 2015

Boiler Room yesterday announced an alliance with the now Amazon-owned streaming video platform Twitch, which will see the former run a 24/7 channel...

The IAO’s open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market
The IAO’s open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market

26 May 2015

Following the leak of Sony Music's 2011 Spotify contract last week, the recently formed International Artist Association has followed the lead of the IMMF...

Songs industry joins record business in shouting about safe harbours
Songs industry joins record business in shouting about safe harbours

22 May 2015

Just in case you thought the music industry had gone a whole week without shouting about safe harbours, don't worry, we had a...

IMMF follows Sony/Spotify contract leak with open letter to European policy makers
IMMF follows Sony/Spotify contract leak with open letter to European policy makers

22 May 2015

The International Music Managers Forum has used the leak earlier this week of Sony Music's 2011 Spotify contract as a springboard to discuss...

Spotify partners with Arts Council's Momentum Fund
Spotify partners with Arts Council's Momentum Fund

22 May 2015

For the briefest of moments it looked like today's CMU Daily might not have a Spotify story in it. We've already covered Will...

BBC Playlister's Andy Puleston on supporting radio by cannibalising it
BBC Playlister's Andy Puleston on supporting radio by cannibalising it

22 May 2015

Having heard how record companies are using playlists to engage listeners on the streaming platforms at last week's CMU Insights @ The Great...

Hype Machine tackling payola blog posts
Hype Machine tackling payola blog posts

22 May 2015

With the emerging business of playlist payola being discussed at CMU@TGE last Friday, earlier this week the founder of Hype Machine, Anthony Volodkin,...

The IMMF's open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market
The IMMF's open letter on record label and music publisher deals in the digital market

21 May 2015

Following the leak of Sony Music's 2011 Spotify contract earlier this week, the International Music Managers Forum has published an open letter to...

Spotify updates dynamic playlisting, adds non-music content
Spotify updates dynamic playlisting, adds non-music content

21 May 2015

Spotify made some pretty bold moves yesterday in a bid to keep users locked into its player all day and then all night...

The Pirate Bay's Swedish domains to be seized
The Pirate Bay's Swedish domains to be seized

21 May 2015

The Stockholm District Court has ordered that two key domains used by the always controversial Pirate Bay - including the service's flagship thepiratebay.se...

Hospital Records on driving listens through curated playlists
Hospital Records on driving listens through curated playlists

21 May 2015

Much of the discussion around online playlists during the marketing strand at CMU Insights @ The Great Escape last week focused on companies...

Sony to take down more music from SoundCloud, while Ultra boss says it’s years away from making money
Sony to take down more music from SoundCloud, while Ultra boss says it’s years away from making money

21 May 2015

Sony Music's previously reported campaign of removing its music from SoundCloud - as licensing negotiations with the audio-sharing platform continue to stall -...

Sony's 2011 Spotify contract leaks
Sony's 2011 Spotify contract leaks

20 May 2015

Given the interest in the deals done between major rights owners and the streaming platforms, not to mention the flurry of litigation over...

More legal wrangling in 19 v Sony battle
More legal wrangling in 19 v Sony battle

20 May 2015

There has been more pre-trial wrangling in what could well be the most interesting of all the music-based legal battles this year: the...

Pandora buys Next Big Sound
Pandora buys Next Big Sound

20 May 2015

So now we know for certain: Integrate your digital music platform with a funky new music data service to inform your playlisting activity...

Pitching tracks to playlist owners is the secret to driving streams
Pitching tracks to playlist owners is the secret to driving streams

20 May 2015

In Will Hope from Spotify's keynote and the subsequent 'Re-inventing Music Marketing For The Streaming Age' panel at CMU Insights @ The Great...

Deezer integrates podcasts into its library
Deezer integrates podcasts into its library

20 May 2015

Presumably trying to get in before Spotify's big announcement later today, but in the end getting squeezed between Spotify's pre-announcement announcement, Pandora's Next...

MixRadio arrives on Android and iOS
MixRadio arrives on Android and iOS

20 May 2015

MixRadio - the streaming service that came out of Nokia, spent a short time as part of Microsoft, and is now owned by...

CMU's One Liners: Sam Smith's vocal cords, Expedia's Festival Playlister, Let's Wrestle's farewell show, and more
CMU's One Liners: Sam Smith's vocal cords, Expedia's Festival Playlister, Let's Wrestle's farewell show, and more

20 May 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Massachusetts General Hospital has issued a press release to say that Sam Smith's surgery to combat the...

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