Swedish prosecutors prepare to ask courts to seize key Pirate Bay domains
Swedish prosecutors prepare to ask courts to seize key Pirate Bay domains

22 April 2015

Swedish prosecutors are prepping to argue their case in court as to why The Pirate Bay's flagship .se domains should be deactivated or...

Tractors: The next step in the evolution of music piracy
Tractors: The next step in the evolution of music piracy

22 April 2015

Online music piracy is probably not the torment to the music industry it once was, but that does not mean it's gone away...

Pandora recruits industry veterans to its board ahead of latest battles with music community
Pandora recruits industry veterans to its board ahead of latest battles with music community

21 April 2015

While Spotify has often taken the heat whenever artists or labels have had a little anti-streaming rant here in Europe - and Taylor...

Major investors in talks with Spotify for $400 million funding round
Major investors in talks with Spotify for $400 million funding round

21 April 2015

Sky News has named a number of the high profile investors in advanced talks to buy shares in Spotify in its latest funding...

More names confirmed for licensing strand at The Great Escape
More names confirmed for licensing strand at The Great Escape

21 April 2015

As The Great Escape appears ever more clearly on the horizon, today we've published more information on another of the full-day CMU Insights...

Tidal CEO out as post-relaunch staffing rejig begins
Tidal CEO out as post-relaunch staffing rejig begins

20 April 2015

When Andy Chen, CEO of WiMP/Tidal since June 2013, told Music Week that Jay-Z's acquisition of the company was a "game-changing move" he...

Dot Levine joins Vevo
Dot Levine joins Vevo

20 April 2015

Dot Levine, who has been with cross-sector trade group UK Music for the last five years, has been appointed Communications Manager at Vevo's...

MP3tunes founder returns with new music app
MP3tunes founder returns with new music app

20 April 2015

Michael Robertson - founder of MP3.com and MP3tunes, and an experienced defendant in record industry litigation - has launched a new music app...

Malaysian radio firm launches streaming service
Malaysian radio firm launches streaming service

20 April 2015

Malaysian media company Astro has launched a new streaming service, named Raku, which aims to provide a more localised service to consumers in...

Full marketing strand for CMU Insights @ The Great Escape revealed
Full marketing strand for CMU Insights @ The Great Escape revealed

20 April 2015

Each day this week we'll be announcing the final line-ups to the four CMU Insights conference strands that will take place at the...

Federal appeals court agrees to review pre-1972 case
Federal appeals court agrees to review pre-1972 case

17 April 2015

A federal appeals court in the US has agreed to review one of the previously reported pre-1972 legal battles that is occurring in...

Spotify launches playlist targeting for brands
Spotify launches playlist targeting for brands

17 April 2015

Spotify yesterday announced Playlist Targeting for brands which is "an industry-first targeting solution that enables brands to tap into Spotify first-party data to...

Geoff Barrow says he earned £1700 from 34 million streams, but where had that money been first?
Geoff Barrow says he earned £1700 from 34 million streams, but where had that money been first?

16 April 2015

Earlier this week, Portishead's Geoff Barrow tweeted that he had received just £1700 from 34 million streams of his records, berating Universal Music...

Google creates virtual tour of Abbey Road Studios
Google creates virtual tour of Abbey Road Studios

16 April 2015

See, this is the problem, isn't it? Everyone in the music industry is pissed off with Google, but you just can't stop letting...

MPA event to give publisher perspective on digital developments
MPA event to give publisher perspective on digital developments

16 April 2015

The Music Publishers Association has announced more details about a one-day seminar due to take place in London later this month called 'The...

IFPI puts 'safe harbours' at the top of its copyright action list
IFPI puts 'safe harbours' at the top of its copyright action list

15 April 2015

The record industry has long included a piracy gripe at the end of any figures it publishes, usually calling on governments to act...

Recorded music revenues flat in 2014, as digital matches physical for the first time
Recorded music revenues flat in 2014, as digital matches physical for the first time

15 April 2015

After that very temporary uplift in 2012, the global record industry saw revenues slip slightly last year - by 0.4% - following the...

How Asthmatic Kitty learned to stop worrying and embrace the leak
How Asthmatic Kitty learned to stop worrying and embrace the leak

15 April 2015

At the end of March, Sufjan Stevens released his seventh studio album, 'Carrie & Lowell'. But weeks ahead of the release the album...

Byta aims to improve experience for recipients of pre-release music
Byta aims to improve experience for recipients of pre-release music

15 April 2015

A new service for sending out pre-release music to media and industry contacts has entered 'preview release' ahead of a full launch later...

Florence Welch and Taylor Swift amongst artists targeted by Apple for exclusives
Florence Welch and Taylor Swift amongst artists targeted by Apple for exclusives

14 April 2015

So, Apple has asked over a dozen artists - including both Florence and her Machine - to sign up to exclusivity deals around...

Mumford & Sons and Death Cab For Cutie criticise artists involved in Tidal's launch
Mumford & Sons and Death Cab For Cutie criticise artists involved in Tidal's launch

14 April 2015

At the end of that awkward Tidal launch event last month, I reckon at least four of the big name artists who squirmed...

Spotify financing round has $8.4bn valuation
Spotify financing round has $8.4bn valuation

13 April 2015

Spotify's previously reported new funding round is valuing the streaming service at a neat $8.4 billion, according to sources cited by the Wall...

The Pirate Bay goes down. Then pops back up
The Pirate Bay goes down. Then pops back up

13 April 2015

The Pirate Bay went down again this weekend, and for a time no one knew why. The always controversial file-sharing site also went...

Can the music industry deliver a Tidal wave of exclusives?
Can the music industry deliver a Tidal wave of exclusives?

13 April 2015

Fresh on the back of the big Tidal relaunch, CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke considers what an exclusives-driven streaming sector might look like...

SoundCloud partners with Zefr for content ID and monetisation
SoundCloud partners with Zefr for content ID and monetisation

13 April 2015

SoundCloud has partnered with rights management software provider Zefr to automatically scan uploads to the audio-sharing site for copyright infringing content. The plan...

Final draft of Aussie three-strikes submitted
Final draft of Aussie three-strikes submitted

10 April 2015

Australia's telecoms sector has submitted a final draft of its plans for a three-strikes system to combat online piracy, which will see the...

GEMA releases 2014 stats, hits out at digital split
GEMA releases 2014 stats, hits out at digital split

10 April 2015

The German music publishing sector's collecting society GEMA has put out some figures for the monies it processed in 2014, which topped 893.6...

8tracks announces some direct deals with labels
8tracks announces some direct deals with labels

10 April 2015

8tracks, the US-based personalised radio service that isn't Pandora, has followed the lead of its bigger rival by doing some direct deals with...

YouTube to launch ad-free paid option
YouTube to launch ad-free paid option

9 April 2015

YouTube is set to launch a new paid subscription option - expanding on its Music Key experiment - which will allow users to...

Madonna's Meerkat video premiere falls even flatter than expected
Madonna's Meerkat video premiere falls even flatter than expected

9 April 2015

Madonna's new single is called 'Ghosttown', so it seems appropriate that she chose the new app network being abandoned most rapidly - Meerkat...

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