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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

YouTube launches artist-focused resource
YouTube launches artist-focused resource

18 March 2015

If Spotify could only have patented the 'placate-tetchy-artists-with-a-website' strategy, it'd be quids in. YouTube is the latest digital platform to launch a website...

Rhapsody signs deal to bring free music to Twitter users
Rhapsody signs deal to bring free music to Twitter users

18 March 2015

Rhapsody has announced a new deal with Twitter, which allows US users of the social network to stream full songs from the streaming...

Kendrick Lamar breaks Spotify record
Kendrick Lamar breaks Spotify record

18 March 2015

So everyone's really digging Kendrick Lamar at the moment, aren't they? Word on the street is that all the buzz around his new...

Pirate Bay blocks fall after SSL switch
Pirate Bay blocks fall after SSL switch

17 March 2015

Access to The Pirate Bay has been unhindered by most UK internet service providers for possibly a few weeks now, it has emerged,...

SoundExchange agrees terms with American public radio broadcasters
SoundExchange agrees terms with American public radio broadcasters

17 March 2015

SoundExchange, the US rights body that licences online and satellite radio services on behalf of record companies and recording artists, has confirmed that...

CMU's One Liners: Mondia Mix, Courtney Barnett, The Vaccines, more
CMU's One Liners: Mondia Mix, Courtney Barnett, The Vaccines, more

17 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Universal Music is shopping a subscription-based music app to mobile firms wanting to offer some tunes to...

Web-blocks extend to proxy list sites
Web-blocks extend to proxy list sites

13 March 2015

Web-blocking in the UK extended a little further earlier this week with websites listing web-block circumventing proxies the latest target. As much previously...

PIPCU shuts down file-sharing karaoke site
PIPCU shuts down file-sharing karaoke site

13 March 2015

The City Of London Police's IP Crime Unit (PIPCU to its closest friends) shut down a copyright infringing karaoke website earlier this week...

Sony boss shares his thoughts on freemium:
Sony boss shares his thoughts on freemium: "In general, free is death"

13 March 2015

So everyone's joining in with the good old freemium debate at the moment aren't they? For the record, my Great Aunt Marge thinks...

Jay-Z's Tidal bid seemingly approved
Jay-Z's Tidal bid seemingly approved

12 March 2015

It looks like Jay-Z's bid for the company behind streaming services WiMP and Tidal is going through, despite some griping from minority shareholders....

Spotify predicts one billion pay out to Universal alone over next two years
Spotify predicts one billion pay out to Universal alone over next two years

12 March 2015

Spotify has predicted that it will pay Universal Music a neat $1 billion in royalties over the next two years, which I think...

Ministry chief lays into streaming and freemium at fiery Mobile World Congress debate
Ministry chief lays into streaming and freemium at fiery Mobile World Congress debate

11 March 2015

It's no secret that Ministry Of Sound more than most has been cautious - and at times outright critical - of the rise...

How are Apple's plans impacting on the freemium debate?
How are Apple's plans impacting on the freemium debate?

9 March 2015

So speculation continues to mount about what Apple has planned for its new fangled iTunes-Beats mash up service, and about the general mood...

Pandora to add one-day premium access
Pandora to add one-day premium access

9 March 2015

American streaming set-up Pandora is planning to add one-day access to its premium tier later this year, the company told investors last week....

Minority shareholder group at Aspiro comes out against Jay-Z bid
Minority shareholder group at Aspiro comes out against Jay-Z bid

5 March 2015

Jay-Z's bid to enter the streaming market by buying the Nordic company behind WiMP and Tidal has seemingly hit a hurdle, as an...

Somalian domain registry cancels a Kickass domain while web-blocks continue in Europe
Somalian domain registry cancels a Kickass domain while web-blocks continue in Europe

5 March 2015

Alongside web-blocking, where internet service providers are ordered to block access to copyright infringing websites, another favoured tactic of copyright owners fighting piracy...

Apple denies downgrading indie releases in iTunes store
Apple denies downgrading indie releases in iTunes store

5 March 2015

Apple has responded to concerns raised by indie labels that recent changes to the iTunes store meant that major label music was receiving...

Spotify's Will Hope to lead re-evaluation of music marketing with CMU Insights at The Great Escape
Spotify's Will Hope to lead re-evaluation of music marketing with CMU Insights at The Great Escape

4 March 2015

Spotify's Director Of Label Relations Will Hope will reveal what factors are driving streams in 2015 at the top of a CMU Insights...

Freeplay responds to MCN allegations in free-sync licence dispute
Freeplay responds to MCN allegations in free-sync licence dispute

4 March 2015

Lawyers for US-based library music firm Freeplay have filed court papers in relation to its legal dispute with multi-channel network firms Machinima and...

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...

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