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...

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...

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...

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...

Björk admits concerns to putting new material on freemium
Björk admits concerns to putting new material on freemium

27 February 2015

All the big artists know it, how do you get people talking about your new record these days? Keep it off Spotify, that's...

Minority shareholders in WiMP/Tidal question valuation in Jay-Z's takeover bid
Minority shareholders in WiMP/Tidal question valuation in Jay-Z's takeover bid

25 February 2015

Minority shareholders in WiMP and Tidal owner Aspiro have questioned the value put on the business by the Jay-Z-owned vehicle that is trying...

24-7 Entertainment founder steps down as CEO
24-7 Entertainment founder steps down as CEO

24 February 2015

The founder and boss of 24-7 Entertainment, a long-standing back-end provider of digital music services, has announced he is leaving the firm to...

CMU's One Liners: Beatport streams, iTunes editors, Blinkbox losses and other true stories
CMU's One Liners: Beatport streams, iTunes editors, Blinkbox losses and other true stories

24 February 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today… • X-Factor finalist Andrea Faustini has signed to Sony label RCA. He came third in last year's series...

Moderators back to clear up The Pirate Bay, as legal challenges continue
Moderators back to clear up The Pirate Bay, as legal challenges continue

23 February 2015

The moderators are back on The Pirate Bay, which means that the fake and dodgy links are disappearing again from the always controversial...

Snapchat allows music capture in videos - is it licensed?
Snapchat allows music capture in videos - is it licensed?

20 February 2015

So, you know the Snapchats? Well, if you like to snap but have no chat, good news. A revamp of the iPhone version...

Library music firm accuses MCNs of abusing its user-generated content service
Library music firm accuses MCNs of abusing its user-generated content service

19 February 2015

A US-based library music company, which was one of the first to capitalise on the rise of bedroom filmmakers seeking music to sync...

Sony/ATV signs new Europe-wide licence with Spotify
Sony/ATV signs new Europe-wide licence with Spotify

18 February 2015

Sony/ATV boss Marty Bandier told the Pre-Grammy Gala earlier this month that he had made it his "number one priority to ensure songwriters...

Milk Music reaches Australia sans-Merlin
Milk Music reaches Australia sans-Merlin

18 February 2015

I wish Samsung's Milk Music would hurry up and launch in the UK. Because I assume their PR team would then start sending...

CMU's One Liners: A Drake record, Iggy Azalea, Kelela and Elle Exxe records, and sync award finalists recorded
CMU's One Liners: A Drake record, Iggy Azalea, Kelela and Elle Exxe records, and sync award finalists recorded

18 February 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Drake's impromptu album release last week has scored the highest number of streams for a long player...

Swedish songwriters call for more clarity and fairness over digital royalty distribution
Swedish songwriters call for more clarity and fairness over digital royalty distribution

17 February 2015

Swedish songwriters, including some of the country's champion pop makers, have followed the lead of their UK counterparts in going public about what...

Qtrax is back, and this time it'll fix piracy and artist royalty gripes
Qtrax is back, and this time it'll fix piracy and artist royalty gripes

17 February 2015

The last time we saw Qtrax in these parts, it was busy telling us that it had finally secured deals with three of...

Former MegaUpload exec pleads guilty to copyright infringement, jailed for a year
Former MegaUpload exec pleads guilty to copyright infringement, jailed for a year

16 February 2015

The former MegaUpload employee who suddenly showed up in the US last week has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement, and on Friday...

Rara up for sale
Rara up for sale

16 February 2015

Omnifone's consumer-facing streaming service Rara is up for sale, the parent company's CEO Jeff Hughes told Music Ally last week. But this is...

Annie Mac steps up at Radio 1 as Zane Lowe heads to Apple
Annie Mac steps up at Radio 1 as Zane Lowe heads to Apple

16 February 2015

So this got the social networks into a frenzy yesterday, didn't it? Yes, there was some big news coming out off Radio 1...

IMPALA chief explains Europe's Digital Single Market initiative, and why it's important to the future of music
IMPALA chief explains Europe's Digital Single Market initiative, and why it's important to the future of music

13 February 2015

In the latest issue of the CMU Trends Report, published last Friday, the boss of pan-European indie labels trade body IMPALA, Helen Smith,...

Streaming data to be added to the UK albums chart
Streaming data to be added to the UK albums chart

12 February 2015

So, it was confirmed last night that the UK's Official Albums Chart is "being reshaped for the future of music", and possibly the...

Aimee Mann drops MediaNet lawsuit
Aimee Mann drops MediaNet lawsuit

12 February 2015

Aimee Mann has dropped the lawsuit she brought against digital music provider MediaNet way back in 2013, having reached an agreement over the...

Pandora announces direct deal with classical label
Pandora announces direct deal with classical label

12 February 2015

While busy bickering with the American music publishers via their collecting society BMI in a New York courtroom yesterday, streaming service Pandora announced...

Rhapsody confirms 2.5 million subscribers
Rhapsody confirms 2.5 million subscribers

12 February 2015

The Rhapsody company yesterday published stats for its Rhapsody and Napster branded streaming music services worldwide, with the top line figure being 2.5...

CMU's One Liners: Morrissey hates the BRITs, Dave Grohl loves vinyl, Father John Misty is at least indifferent to touring, and other emotions
CMU's One Liners: Morrissey hates the BRITs, Dave Grohl loves vinyl, Father John Misty is at least indifferent to touring, and other emotions

12 February 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Rdio and AEG have announced a partnership that will allow people who buy tickets through the latter's...

BMI v Pandora royalties dispute reaches court
BMI v Pandora royalties dispute reaches court

11 February 2015

The latest skirmish in the music industry's war with Pandora kicked off in New York yesterday as the legal battle over what royalties...

Next Big Sound tops most innovative music company list
Next Big Sound tops most innovative music company list

11 February 2015

And now, it gives me great pleasure - courtesy of the diligent dudes at Fast Company magazine and their ever insightful mission to...

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