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Matt Simons Takes Legal Action Against UMG Over Allegedly Unpaid “Catch & Release” Royalties

Matt Simons performing live in Berlin in 2016. Photo Credit: Denis Apel “Catch & Release” singer-songwriter Matt Simons has taken legal action against Universal Music Group’s Republic Records for allegedly breaching the terms of their worldwide licensing agreement by withholding royalty payments. Netherlands-based Maspeth Music, which “furnishes the services” of the Brooklyn native Matt Simons, […]

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Sennheiser Sells Headphones Business to a Hearing Aid Manufacturer

Photo Credit: Alphacolor Sennheiser has sold its headphones business to Sonova, a Swiss medical audio manufacturer. Sennheiser announced it was looking for a buyer for its consumer electronics division in February. The German audio firm cited ‘strong competitive pressure’ as the reason for selling its business. Despite setting record sales in 2019, Sennheiser still lost […]

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PRS Issues a 10% Backdated Livestream Tariff — Not Everyone’s So Thrilled With the ‘Discount’

PRS for Music has officially issued a 10 percent backdated livestream tariff – though not everyone is thrilled with the rate’s temporary “discount.” The 107-year-old UK collecting society – which in late January launched a licensing platform for small-scale livestreams, before walking back the pivot due to criticism from indie creators – just recently unveiled […]

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Morgan Wallen’s Older Music Is Also Blowing Up — ‘Spin You Around’ Goes Gold Nearly 6 Years After Its Release

Morgan Wallen recording ‘The Dangerous Sessions’ Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album remains the top-charting album of 2021, the unexpected result of a mass-industry cancellation in February. But the controversy surrounding Morgan Wallen has also drawn attention to older releases. Back in early February of 2021, it looked like Morgan Wallen’s career was done. After […]

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Waka Flocka Flame Says NFT Marketplaces Are Exploiting Artists – “Artists Have the Least Gain and Most Fame”

Photo Credit: Kameron Vincent Philbert / CC by 3.0 Rapper Waka Flocka Flame says the current NFT marketplaces are exploiting artists – so he’s launching his own. Non-fungible tokens are the newest monetization craze to grip the music industry. Several platforms like OpenSea and Rarible are gaining traction as a place for artists to sell […]