Finnish digital rights case could set interesting precedent over pre-iTunes catalogue
Finnish digital rights case could set interesting precedent over pre-iTunes catalogue

27 March 2015

A potentially important test case being fought in the Finnish courts has ruled in favour of the family of a late artist who...

MPA announces AudioLock alliance
MPA announces AudioLock alliance

27 March 2015

The Music Publishers Association has announced an alliance with AudioLock which will give members of the organisation two months of free time using...

Songwriters voice concerns about proposed collecting society withdrawal
Songwriters voice concerns about proposed collecting society withdrawal

27 March 2015

An alliance of organisations representing songwriters around the world has published an open letter addressed to the US music publishing sector expressing concern...

Woodland Trust launches petition against T In The Park move
Woodland Trust launches petition against T In The Park move

27 March 2015

The Woodland Trust has launched a petition against T In The Park's planned move to the Strathallan Estate. As previously reported, Perth And Kinross...

SFX boss appoints advisors for share buy-back plan
SFX boss appoints advisors for share buy-back plan

27 March 2015

SFX Entertainment founder and boss man Robert FX Sillerman has announced the appointment of some almost certainly charming and not at all odious...

Lynne McDowell to leave BPI to launch new PR firm
Lynne McDowell to leave BPI to launch new PR firm

27 March 2015

Record label trade group the BPI has announced that its Head Of PR, Lynne McDowell, is to leave the organisation at the end...

Beyonce scrapped Fela Kuti-inspired album
Beyonce scrapped Fela Kuti-inspired album

27 March 2015

Prior to her 2011 album '4', Beyonce recorded and then scrapped an entire Afrobeat album, according to producer The-Dream. All that remains of the...

Rihanna releases new single
Rihanna releases new single

27 March 2015

Rihanna recently told MTV that she was working on an album that "felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever". "I wanted songs that...

Run The Jewels video comments on
Run The Jewels video comments on "purgatory-like law enforcement system"

27 March 2015

Run The Jewels have put out the video for 'Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)', featuring Rage Against The Machine's Zach De...

Artist & Manager Awards presented
Artist & Manager Awards presented

27 March 2015

"Once a manager thinks he's a bigger star than his artist, he's completely fucked", said legendary Queen manager Jim Beech last night at...

CMU's One Liners: Kanye out of CAA, new board in at ASCAP, Trent still inputting at iBeats, and other glorious moments of news
CMU's One Liners: Kanye out of CAA, new board in at ASCAP, Trent still inputting at iBeats, and other glorious moments of news

27 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Kanye West has left booking agency CAA for UTA, Billboard has confirmed. "The decision to change agencies...

CMU Beef Of The Week #248: Louis Walsh v The New Yoko
CMU Beef Of The Week #248: Louis Walsh v The New Yoko

27 March 2015

Earlier this week Zayn Malik left One Direction. Yeah, I know, they kept that one quiet didn't they? But yes, after five years,...

Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case
Beastie Boys gain summary judgement on TufAmerica case

26 March 2015

The Beastie Boys have emerged victorious from a lawsuit accusing them of copyright infringement over unauthorised samples on their 1989 album, 'Paul's Boutique'. As...

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...

Zayn Malik leaves One Direction, after Jeremy Clarkson sacked by BBC
Zayn Malik leaves One Direction, after Jeremy Clarkson sacked by BBC

26 March 2015

There was a point yesterday when it looked like Jeremy Clarkson being sacked for punching a man might be the only entertainment story...

Passenger to donate profits from new album to UNICEF
Passenger to donate profits from new album to UNICEF

26 March 2015

Passenger, aka singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, has announced that any money he earns from his new album, 'Whispers II', will be donated to a...

Final batch of bands added to Great Escape line-up, headed by Skepta and JME
Final batch of bands added to Great Escape line-up, headed by Skepta and JME

26 March 2015

The final of the big Dome Shows has been announced for this year's Great Escape festival, the tenth anniversary edition that takes place...

CMU's One Liners: Proper aligns with Redeye, David Guetta lyric video, QT music video, and more
CMU's One Liners: Proper aligns with Redeye, David Guetta lyric video, QT music video, and more

26 March 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Proper Music Distribution has signed deal with US distributor Redeye to distribute the latter's label partners -...

Snoop Dogg triumphs in wrestling disagreement
Snoop Dogg triumphs in wrestling disagreement

26 March 2015

So, here's a funny thing. Snoop Dogg got into a fight with a wrestler earlier this week. It was all part of WWE...

Digital pie debate in the spotlight at this year's Great Escape
Digital pie debate in the spotlight at this year's Great Escape

25 March 2015

The spotlight will fall at The Great Escape this year (metaphorically speaking, no hard hats required) on one of the biggest music industry...

Happy Birthday case arrives in court as summary judgement motions considered
Happy Birthday case arrives in court as summary judgement motions considered

25 March 2015

The always interesting 'Happy Birthday' legal battle was in court this week, as the judge overseeing the case, George King, considered motions and...

Ed Sheeran gives his Warner imprint a name and a signing
Ed Sheeran gives his Warner imprint a name and a signing

25 March 2015

Ed Sheeran has been chitting and a chatting about the record company he's set up, that Warner Music imprint first unveiled last year,...

Promotions and appointments at Matador
Promotions and appointments at Matador

25 March 2015

Natalie Judge has been promoted to the role of General Manager at Matador UK, while Robby Morris will become A&R Director overseeing the...

[PIAS] relaunches Different imprint
[PIAS] relaunches Different imprint

25 March 2015

So this is Different. Ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

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...

Dave Rowntree to inspire future music talent at The Great Escape
Dave Rowntree to inspire future music talent at The Great Escape

25 March 2015

Saturday at The Great Escape this year will be all about future talent once again, with a full day CMU:DIY programme for aspiring...

  • Finnish digital rights case could set interesting precedent over pre-iTunes catalogue
  • Songwriters voice concerns about proposed collecting society withdrawal
  • Woodland Trust launches petition against T In The Park move
  • SFX boss appoints advisors for share buy-back plan
  • CMU Beef Of The Week #248: Louis Walsh v The New Yoko
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