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How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er)

By Guest Post By Sharky Laguana, CEO of Bandago. This article originally appeared on Medium.com Streaming services, most notably Spotify (by far the largest) use what could be called a parimutuel royalty system: all the money collected goes into a… Continue Reading

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What a Successful Indie Artist Actually Makes on Spotify

By Paul Resnikoff This is the complete, unaltered Spotify royalty statement for independent cellist Zöe Keating. It covers the first nine months of 2014. Zoe Keating – 9 Months of Spotify (Scroll Down for Totals) – Spotify The post What… Continue Reading

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YouTube Takes The Guess Work Out Of Music Copyright Status

By Laura Schneider Have you ever spent hours searching for the perfect soundtrack to your video masterpiece only to have it pulled immediately from YouTube for copyright infringement? You’re not the only one. You’re also not the only one who… Continue Reading

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Billboard’s New Math: 1,500 Streams = One Album Sale

By Paul Resnikoff Billboard refuses to count any album priced below $3.49, which dramatically affected historical counts for artists like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Now, Billboard’s charts will make even less sense. Effective December 3rd, streaming will count in… Continue Reading

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Be thankful you’re not in a band 20 years ago

By Chris Robley Rock’s resident curmudgeon is ecstatic about the current state of music — and you should be too. Legendary recording engineer Steve Albini (well, legendary if you love bands like Nirvana and The Pixies) doesn’t think the sky… Continue Reading

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Sony Says They’re Questioning the Value of Free Streaming Services

By Nina Ulloa Sony Music CFO Kevin Kelleher, discussing Taylor Swift’s pull from free streaming services: “Actually, a lot of conversation has taken place over the last week in the light of that… What it all really comes down to… Continue Reading

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Spotify Says Per-Play Royalties Will ‘Likely Never Go Up’

By Paul Resnikoff from a recent interview with Blake Morgan, founder of ECR Music Group. CNN host Poppy Harlow: You’ve sat down with some Spotify executives here in New York, can you tell me about that meeting? Blake Morgan: There… Continue Reading

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I’m Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. And These Are the Facts…

Note from Monkey Mike: I have significant issues with Mr. Ek’s position – specifically his justification that because the previous system—defined and managed by the record labels—was broken for artists (it was, and still is), it is OK to develop a… Continue Reading

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Is Your Band Name Killing Your Licensing Opportunities?

By shaine@iaemagazine.com (Shaine Freeman) In 2012, CMJ included Butter the Children on a list of bands with bad names. (Photo via thegrandvictory.com) When your parents discovered you were on the way, it’s very likely that they began thinking of what… Continue Reading

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The business of songwriting: co-writes and split sheets

By Guest Blogger As a songwriter, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the creativity and excitement of writing and forget about the business side of things. A lot of times, the very subject of business, royalty splits and copyright… Continue Reading