Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: November 14th, 2014

14 Nov


Google and Youtube will launch their new music streaming service on November 17th, 2014. The new App will display YouTube videos as well as ad supported non-video music. Along with these new features is the new music curation service which is powered by Songza, which Google acquired earlier this year. YouTube has also launched a new paid subscription based tier called YouTube Music Key. The service will cost $9.99 a month and be available starting November 17th in the US, UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Finland, and Portugal. While YouTube spokesperson Matt Mclernon comments on the launch as a way to “give artists more ways to reach fans and make money,” many industry professionals including Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier have commented on the unfair rates for songwriters and artists.

The ASCAP Country Music Awards were held November 2nd, 2014 at the Grand Ballroom, in Nashville, TN. Songwriter of the Year award went to Ashley Gorley, writer of hits from Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, and Dan & Shay. Other notable awards went to Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins for Song of the Year for “It Goes Like This” and Warner/Chappell for Music Publisher of the Year. The highlight performance came from Lee Ann Womack who performed her song “Send It On Down” from her first studio album in close to seven years.

ASCAP President Paul Williams has been chosen to give the Keynote Speech at MIDEM. The annual conference brings together music business professionals from around the world to discuss the state of affairs. MIDEM will take place June 5th – 8th, 2015 in Cannes, France.


Music Publishing Weekly Roundup: November 7th, 2014

7 Nov


Taylor Swift’s “1989” has sold 1.287 million in its first week. After removing her entire discography from music streaming giant, Spotify, the Pop Superstar has achieved the highest sales week for an album since Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” in 2002. On top of that, the album is the biggest selling release of 2014 and puts her as the only artist to earn three million-selling weeks with an album. Swift and her label Big Machine Label Group attribute their decision to remove the catalog in support for anti-piracy and fair compensation for songwriters.

Major publishers will not withdraw from ASCAP and BMI this year according to a recent report from Pandora. After numerous rumors and threats of entire withdrawal of rights from collection societies by major publisher’s over fair compensation from digital services, BMI has now sent a letter to Pandora stating “There is no imminent publisher withdrawal at the end of 2014”. A Sony spokesperson however, denies a decision has been made on withdrawals and references Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier’s letter to members made this past July.

Taylor Swift has re-signed with BMI for her full catalog performing rights. First joining in 2004 at the age of 14, the country turned pop star has since earned 21 BMI Country Awards, 9 BMI Pop Awards, as well as the BMI Presidents award. The deal included her new album “1989” which was released this week.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2015 ASCAP Expo

5 Nov


When: April 30 – May 2, 2015

Where: Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California

About: The ASCAP EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers in all genres of music. It will feature creative and business-focused panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances and more. More info here.

How to Register: Click here to register. Make sure you use promo code SONGTRUST for a discounted rate.

Music Publishing News Roundup: October 31st, 2014

31 Oct


Soundcloud is looking to start making money. The Berlin-based online music streaming giant has grown its user base to 350 million since launching in 2007. Up till now, the company has lost up to $29.6 million. SoundCloud currently pays no publishing royalties because they are not making money from advertising like Youtube is. For this reason, they have managed to avoid any legal problems with organizations like NMPA. However, David Israelite of the NMPA has recently said that they may still sue, but are looking for a win win situation. In an effort, to launch their ad-supported streaming smoothly, Soundcloud has hired fore Warner Music executive Stephen Byran as VP of business development

Rapper and songwriter T.I. has signed with Sony/ATV for a worldwide publishing deal. In addition to covering all future works, this deal also includes his just-released studio album and his share of the cut for “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit of 2013. T.I. has sold more than 14 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide, and has been a lead or featured artist on over 100 singles since 2003.  His new album, Paperwork,  was released on October 21 on Grand Hustle/Columbia Records and features collaborations with artists such as Iggy Azalea, Usher, and Pharrell Williams.

Hi-def streaming service, Tidal has launched in the US and UK. The service, launched by Scandinavian company Aspiro offers a catalog of over 25 million audio tracks and 75,000 music videos in FLAC and ALAC formats. While most streaming competitors like Spotify and Beats Music offer audio quality at 320kbbps, Tidal offers a high-quality audio experience with 1,411kbps of lossless files. The subscription cost will be $19.99 in the US and £19.99 in the UK. Harry Fox Agency has since signed a licensing and music administration deal with the company in support of their launch.

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: October 17th, 2014

20 Oct


SESAC has agreed to pay $58.5 million to TV stations in a settlement with the Television Music License Committee, involved with a class-action suit filed against the privately owned Performing Rights Organization for alleged antitrust behavior. The suit was filed on behalf of local television broadcasters, with TMLC establishing the legal bills. The settlement will reimburse stations for around $42.5 million in excess fees, as well as TMLC’s legal fees of $16 million.  In agreeing to settle the case, SESAC has denied any violations of antitrust law, but has negotiated industry-wide agreements with TLMC for 20 years.

Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Neil Diamond to a worldwide publishing administration agreement. UMPG will provide global copyright administration for the entirety of Diamond’s back catalog as well as all of his future work, including his new studio album, Melody Road.  His songs will also be represented for synchronization in film, TV, advertising, and other media.

Big Deal Music has re-signed Dan Wilson, lead singer for Semisonic, to its joint venture deal with BMG Chrysalis.  Along with 90′s hits like “Closing Time” and “Secret Smile”, Dan Wilson has also had recent success with songs like Adele’s “Someone Like You”, Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready To Be Nice”, and Taylor Swift’s “Treacherous”.  Big Deal will represent the Semisonic back catalog and his future work.