Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: April 13, 2012

13 Apr

 

Chris Daughtry

American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry is facing legal action from bandmates in his former band Absent Element. The lawsuit alleges that all band members equally contributed to Absent Element’s song, which includes Daughtry’s hit single Home, meaning royalties should be paid in accordance with a fairer split.

Courtney Love has sounded off at The Muppets writer and star Jason Segel about the use of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit in the movie. Love purports that she has exclusive sync rights for Nirvana’s catalog, rather than publisher Primary Wave Music who approved the use.

Country superstar Keith Urban is donating all song royalties from his track For You to the Navy Seal Foundation, which supports families of those serving in the elite Navy group. The song is used in new military movie Act Of Valor.

Former Village People member Victor Willis is trying to regain his copyrights to songs such as Y.M.C.A., In the Navy and Go West. Willis is in a legal battle with the publisher of these songs, Scorpio Music, who are attempting to stop him from terminating the rights he signed over.

Swedish rockers Mando Diao have been scooped by BMG Germany for an exclusive publishing deal. The band’s most recent record topped the charts in Germany, with its lead single shipping over 300,000 units.

Producer for Massive Attack and trip-hop pioneer, Neil Davidge has been secured by Microsoft Studios to score the latest installment in its hugely successful Halo series.

New mechanical rates for certain kinds of digital services have been agreed upon by some of music’s biggest trade groups. The new rates will bring more clarity for new breed of digital services, which offer music fans more than just online streaming – such as locker services.

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