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YouTube Music Now Available In 50 Countries — But Where Are the Subscribers?

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music are now available in seven new European countries.  But despite a 50-country spread, subscriber growth has flatlined. Google has spent the majority of 2019 bringing its paid music service to more countries.  India, South Africa, and most of South America now have access to the service.  But that’s just the […]

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Kobalt Music Group Unveils Worldwide Publishing Deal with The Other Songs

Kobalt Music Group has unveiled a brand new publishing deal. The independent British music powerhouse has signed a worldwide agreement with live music showcase, The Other Songs. Under the deal, Kobalt will handle publishing administration, creative services, and sync for the live music event’s catalog as well as future works. Producers, artists, and industry execs […]

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Taking a Page from Instagram and Snapchat, Spotify Introduces a New Test Feature — Storylines

Spotify has started testing its own version of Instagram and Snapchat’s immensely popular ‘Stories’ feature. Dubbed Storylines, the feature provides listeners with behind-the-scenes information from artists about their songs. Unlike the Genius-powered ‘Behind the Lyrics, ’ however , this streaming music giant doesn’t existing the information through interactive pop-up playing cards. Instead, users can tap on the Instagram-like […]

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Snubbing Spotify, King Crimson Makes 13-Album Discography Available First on Apple Music

1960s English prog-rock group King Crimson is moving its entire catalog to online streaming music platforms — and making Spotify wait. The progressive band has made all 13 studio LPs – from 1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King to 2003’s The Power to Believe – available on Apple Music. King Crimson will make its […]

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Downtown Music Publishing Acquires Another One: Strictly Confidential

Downtown Music Publishing has acquired the full catalog of Belgium-based indie music publisher Strictly Confidential. The acquisition includes rights to more than 10,000 song copyrights, spanning multiple languages and genres. Downtown will control the rights to Strictly Confidential’s catalog of music developed from 1987 through 2017. The acquisition does not include Strictly Confidential’s music publishing […]

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Following Days of Speculation, Demi Lovato Confirms She Has a New Manager — Scooter Braun

Over the weekend, Demi Lovato made a surprising announcement. Posting a picture alongside Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s famed manager, the pop singer confirmed that she’s also joining forces with Scooter Braun. “GUYS!!!!!!!  Dreams came true today for me.  I officially have a NEW MANAGER!!!  And not just any new manager, but the one and only […]

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NMPA President Says Spotify Treats Songwriters Like Uber Treats Drivers: ‘Is One Better Than the Other? ’

Are both tech giants abusing the people that make their businesses possible? Simply by opposing the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) recent 44% increase upon royalties for songwriters and web publishers – the first in 110 many years – Spotify, along with Pandora, Search engines, and Amazon have reportedly overlooked the needs of the songwriting and posting community. Not one […]

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Cox Communications Is Disclosing the Identities of 2,793 Business Subscribers to the RIAA

Over the past several years, major music labels, including Sony, Warner, and Universal – represented by the RIAA – have gone on the offensive against major American ISPs. At the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal judge stripped Cox Communications of copyright immunities earlier this year.  The move came after […]

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Apple Music Strengthens Its Publishing Division By Poaching a Key Google & YouTube Executive

Last year, under its then-new Head of Music, Oliver Schusser, Apple Music quietly unveiled a new global publishing business. The company promoted Elena Segal – previously Legal Director of iTunes International – to the role of Global Director of Music Publishing.  The publishing business aims to assist the industry in developing key songwriters. Segal currently […]

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Google Now Has 16 Million Paid Music Subscribers — Here’s Why That Doesn’t Matter

According to a new report, Google now has over 15 million subscribers on its streaming music platforms – Google Play Music (GPM) and YouTube Music. Despite the great news for the Alphabet-owned company, here’s the kicker – subscriptions have abruptly stalled. Growth in Google’s most critical division – YouTube – has all-but-flatlined.  In fact, when […]

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