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Canada Issues Its First Nationwide ISP Order To Block a Pirate Website

A federal court in Canada has ordered all the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block a company from offering pirated television channels online. This is the first time that Canada has ordered a nationwide ISP blocking order, which some believe is setting a precedent that could have negative consequences in the future. The order […]

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UMPG Inks DaBaby to Global Publishing Administration Deal

  Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed rapper DaBaby to a global publishing administration deal. Outside of publishing, DaBaby is signed with South Coast Music Group (SCMG) in partnership with Interscope. Universal Music Group (UMG) owns both UMPG and Interscope. DaBaby’s hit songs include the RIAA double Platinum-certified “Suge,” which has nearly 250 million […]

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Is the Music Industry ‘Comeback’ Overrated? A Hard Look at the Latest Stats

Just a few short years ago, the music industry was contemplating its very existence. But is it time to get over the comeback celebration? For an industry that nearly collapsed overnight, the past few years have been a godsend. But is all the talk of a ‘music industry comeback’ misleading — and potentially damaging for […]

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Songwriters, Artists Intensify Their Fight Against Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Over Streaming Royalty Rates

The Music Artists Coalition (MAC) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA) have filed an amicus brief with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruling that raised the rates of music streaming royalties. This year, the CRB raised the compulsory license fee that music streaming services […]

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Pre-Brexit, British Music Industry Valued at $6.7 Billion, with Live Concerts Surpassing $1.4 Billion

UK Music has just released its annual Music by Numbers report, which shows that the British music industry generated £5.2 billion ($6.72 billion) in 2018, with live concerts generating £1.1 billion ($1.42 billion) of this amount. The news comes amid mounting uncertainty about Brexit. Many believe that, if the United Kingdom goes through with its […]

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mxmtoon Inks Broad-Reaching Publishing Deal with Kobalt

Kobalt announced that they have signed 19-year-old singer-songwriter mxmtoon, who is also known as Maia, to a wide-ranging publishing deal. The worldwide agreement includes administration, synchronization and creative support for the singer’s current catalog as well as all future works. mxmtoon, which is pronounced “em-ex-em-toon,” issued a statement in conjunction with the announcement. She said, […]

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African Streaming Service Boomplay Inks Deal With Sony Music

African streaming service Boomplay has inked a deal with Sony Music. The streaming service now has licensing agreements with all three major labels. Sony Music Entertainment is the last major label to sign a licensing agreement with Boomplay. Universal Music Group announced its deal in November 2018 ⁠— Warner Music Group followed in March 2019. […]

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Department of Justice Scraps Decades-Old ‘Paramount’ Consent Decrees — Is Music Next?

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicated it will ask a court to scrap the decades-old ‘Paramount’ consent decrees. The antitrust decrees are designed to protect movie theaters from studio control. The consent decrees have been in place for decades and currently have no expiration date. DoJ Antitrust Division head Makan Delrahim confirmed that his […]

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Deezer HiFi Arrives on iOS, Android and Web Browsers

Deezer has announced that its HiFi service is now available on mobile and web platforms. In 2014, Deezer first offered its HiFi service, which lets users listen to lossless FLAC-based audio files, exclusively on connected speakers. Then, three years later, it expanded the service to desktop apps. Now, it is finally available for both iOS […]

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Amazon Music Officially Unveils Its Ad-Supported Free Service

Amazon Music has announced the launch of a free, ad-supported version of its music streaming service that it hopes will compete with Spotify’s free version, which has close to 140 million users. An ad-supported version of the service has reportedly been in the works since April of this year, after the company came to an […]

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