Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: September 12th, 2014

11 Sep

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Spotify has introduced video ads as an attempt to generate more revenue from non paying users. The leading music streaming service’s “Sponsored Session” will be a 15-30 second video ad followed by 30 minutes of uninterrupted music. The idea behind this new strategy is to allow non paying users to have longer uninterrupted listening time in exchange for an up front video message. A similar campaign was launched for desktop Spotify users called “Video Takeover”. Several brands are opting into this new strategy including McDonalds, Nike, Sprint, and Target.

ASCAP has announced a new Songwriter’s Workshop in NYC. This year’s Jerry Ragovoy Songwriters Workshop as a tribute to historic ASCAP writer of hits such as “Piece Of My Heart”, “Cry Baby”, and “Get It While You Can”. The workshop will be held at ASCAP’s NYC offices and will span over 3 dates in October. During the sessions, a select few advanced songwriters will learn from guest speakers in A&R, Music Publishing, Management, and other facets of the industry. The deadline for applying for this event is September 26th, 2014. If you are interested you can learn more here.

The 8th Annual ACM Honors event was held this week at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Hosted by Jake Owen, the show honored winners and nominees for ACM’s that were not televised at the annual PBS ACM Awards. Among many winners was songwriter and ASCAP member Shane Mcanally who won Songwriter Of The Year. To celebrate this award, there were performances from Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Scott, Kacey Musgraves, and Kenny Chesney who all sang their hits written by the acclaimed songwriter. Producer Dan Huff also took home Producer of the Year.

 

 

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: August 29, 2014

28 Aug

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Former President of CD Baby, Brian Felsen, Is Named New President of AdRev, a service that helps artists and labels monetize views on YouTube. AdRev’s primary strategy is to place premium advertisements on videos to generate more money than the standard advertising formats. The company claims to have over 6 million copyrights, including music libraries of publishing companies and major recording artists. Felsen believes YouTube has an advantage over other streaming competitors because it has created a high demand for all types of video.

Ludacris, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Lil Wayne Presented with Top Honors at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Ludacris was awarded the President’s Award at the ceremony, which honors songwriters, producers, and publishers of last year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs. Other artists that have previously received this award include Adam Levine, Carlos Vives, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, and will.i.am. Lil Wayne won the award for Songwriter of the Year, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won Song of the Year.

The 2014 VMAs were held at the Forum in Inglewood. Beyoncé stole the show with songs from her 2013 album and her divorce rumors were quickly quieted after she was presented the Video Vanguard Award from her husband and daughter. Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” and had a surprise guest accept the award for her. The show opened with a bang from Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj performing the summer hit, “Bang Bang.”

James Blake signs a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV. The British artist-producer announced this deal prior to the release of his third album. The co-publishing deal covers all future works by Blake and although many details were not disclosed, Sony/ATV stated that it would be a ”long-term” agreement. The artist has been awarded the Mercury Prize for his 2013 release, “Overgrown,” which establishes him as one of the “premiere artists of this generation,” according to publishing creative director Tyler Childs.

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: August 22nd, 2014

21 Aug

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Youtube and Google will partner to launch new “Music Key” subscription based music streaming services. Youtube will launch Youtube Music Key and Google will re-brand their existing service to Google Play Music Key. Youtube’s service will be $9.99/month after a 1 month free trial and will consist of over 20 million high – quality tracks. Listeners will be able to stream ad-free, audio-only music and will have access to full artist discographies. They will also be able to access covers, concert footage, and remixes. This is something that most competitors cannot currently offer. The official launch date for the service has not been announced.

Owners of Vevo have decided not to sell. Current stakeholders have decided to continue development in house and remain independent. The music video streaming site owned by Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and the Abu Dhabi Media Group has seen vast growth since launching in 2009. Specifically, the site had 227 million viewers around the world since December 31st, 2013 and stands as the 5th largest web destination behind sites like Google and Facebook. Expected revenue in 2014 is estimated at $350 million.

Downtown Music Publishing Group has signed Old Crow Medicine Show to a worldwide publishing agreement. The grammy award winning group most famous for their song “Wagon Wheel” inked the deal this week that covers their 5 studio album. Their latest effort Remedy was released July 1st via ATO Records.

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: August 15th, 2014

15 Aug

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The Top 10 Music Publishing companies have been announced for the 2nd quarter of 2014. Leading the way with a 32.2% share of the top 100 songs is Sony/ATV. This is an increase from their 31.9% share in the 1st quarter of 2014. The quarterly success of Sony/ATV is partially due to their control of the the EMI Music Publishing catalog as well as country cuts like Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic”. Universal Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell ranked No. 2 and 3 with 15.2% and 14.3%. The 7 companies that followed ranked for the most part the same as the 1st quarter of 2014 with the exception of SONGS and BMG Chrysalis who switched places. Round Hill also entered the list for the first time at No. 7 largely due to their 3x Platinum hit “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors.

ASCAP and BMI have submitted Comments to the Department of Justice to review the consent decrees currently in place. In their comments, the PRO’s request that their members gain the ability to withdraw digital rights. This will allow music publishers to negotiate direct deals with music services. They have also requested the ability to collect not only performances rights, but any other rights a member may need (ie. mechanical or synchronization). Lastly, both organizations called for the removal of rate courts from the process, claiming it will be faster and more efficient without them involved. With these comments in place, the PRO’s hope to modernize the system to better serve their songwriters and music publisher affiliates.

ASCAP held a private showcase in Nashville on Tuesday, August 12th to promote their members for CMA Awards voting consideration. The “P.R.O.mote The Vote” invite only event featured performances by Lady Antebellum, Eric Pasley, Dan + Shay and many others. The final votes for this years awards show will commence Friday, August 22nd and the show will air this November.

Music Publishing Weekly News Roundup: August 8th, 2014

7 Aug

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Pandora has struck a deal with Merlin. The global rights agency that represents over 20,000 indie labels including Epitaph, Razor & Tie, and Wind-Up Records announced the deal with the Music-Tech giant this past Wednesday. This marks Pandora’s first direct label deal and will allow Merlin’s labels to negotiate royalty rates instead of paying statutory rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. With this new deal in place, not only will Merlin’s artists see increased royalty payments, but Pandora will provide them with access to metadata that was otherwise restricted. Merlin’s artists will also now be able to use Pandora as a platform for direct-to-fan access.

Rhapsody has acquired Ex.fm and Soundtracking in an effort to compete in the growing streaming market. With this deal in place, Rhapsody plans to use the Ex.fm’s technology to help the listener base discover their favorite music within Rhapsody’s catalog. Dan Kantor, cofounder of Ex.fm will take over as V.P. of Product for Rhapsody. Rhapsody also announced its acquisition of Schematic Labs, the company behind Soundtracking. This deal will allow Rhapsody’s user base to engage in social media and music sharing while using the service.

Zac Brown has signed with SESAC. Following recent signings of catalogs from Kurt Cobain and Mariah Carey, SESAC will now represent the catalog of Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band. Some of the band’s biggest hits are “Sweet Annie”, “Chicken Fried”, and “Colder Weather”. Their latest release “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1” was released in December of 2013 via Southern Ground.