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...

Aussie dance agencies merge
Aussie dance agencies merge

22 May 2015

Two dance music focused booking agencies in Australia have announced they are merging, creating a significant player in the market representing a large...

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,...

Late Of The Pier's Ross Dawson dies
Late Of The Pier's Ross Dawson dies

22 May 2015

Late Of The Pier drummer Ross Dawson has been killed in a "very sudden and tragic accident", his family announced yesterday. In a statement,...

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces full music programme
Sheffield Doc/Fest announces full music programme

22 May 2015

Documentary film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced its full programme of music-related screenings and events for its 2015 edition. Among the highlights are: the...

Ivors dished out
Ivors dished out

22 May 2015

So it was the songwriting community's big day out yesterday, and getting some glory from Ivor's engine of award giving goodness were all...

CMU's One Liners: Hey, people have noticed that 'singles' (ie single track record releases) and 'singles' (ie unattached human beings) sound similar and so now Tinder is a promotional platform for music. And some other stuff
CMU's One Liners: Hey, people have noticed that 'singles' (ie single track record releases) and 'singles' (ie unattached human beings) sound similar and so now Tinder is a promotional platform for music. And some other stuff

22 May 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Interscope-signed electro house purveyor Zedd is promoting his new album on Tinder, with those who 'swipe right'...

CMU Beef Of The Week #255: Rihanna v The Boy Wonder
CMU Beef Of The Week #255: Rihanna v The Boy Wonder

22 May 2015

I think trademark is probably my favourite area of the law. No, seriously. Yeah, I know I have a bit of a reputation...

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...

Legal debates continue on the copyright status of 'Happy Birthday'
Legal debates continue on the copyright status of 'Happy Birthday'

21 May 2015

"Did Patty abandon her birthday?" That's the question we need to answer. Or, to be more specific, did Patty abandon the copyright in...

Downtown buys Eagle-i
Downtown buys Eagle-i

21 May 2015

Downtown Music Publishing has acquired Eagle-i Music, which began life in 2011 as the publishing spin off of the Eagle Rock record company,...

Leading Nordic indie label buys key Scandinavian publishing business
Leading Nordic indie label buys key Scandinavian publishing business

21 May 2015

Nordic indie label Cosmos Music, which claims to own "the biggest independent catalogue of masters in Scandinavia", has grabbed a slice of the...

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 -...

RAJAR Round Up: Comedy repeats now biggest on digital
RAJAR Round Up: Comedy repeats now biggest on digital

21 May 2015

What, RAJARs time again? Yep, so let's do our customary run through the bigger headlines from the latest batch of UK radio listening...

Classical site hires new head of content
Classical site hires new head of content

21 May 2015

Classical music website Sinfini Music has announced the appointment of Freya Hellier, a former Radio 3 producer, to the new role of Head...

Madonna postpones start of tour over perfection concerns
Madonna postpones start of tour over perfection concerns

21 May 2015

Madonna has rescheduled the first five shows on her 'Rebel Heart' tour, which was due to begin at the end of August, because...

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...

Glasgow's Arches taking legal advice over licence restriction, London's RichMix launches petition over potential closure
Glasgow's Arches taking legal advice over licence restriction, London's RichMix launches petition over potential closure

20 May 2015

The Arches in Glasgow has said it is taking legal advice over the local council's decision to cut its licensed hours. The licence...

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...

Rudimental announce new album
Rudimental announce new album

20 May 2015

Rudimental have announced that they will release their second album, 'We The Generation', on 18 Sep. The first single, 'Never Let You Go',...

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