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BMG Announces a 30,000 Square Foot LA Office Upgrade

BMG has announced that it will be moving its Los Angeles operations 7 blocks from its current facility, to a 30,000-square-foot space on the very same street: Wilshire Boulevard. This is just the latest of office moves for BMG, whose L.A. operations represent its largest grossing unit. In September, the company opened a massive new […]

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People Aren’t Getting Paid After Spotify’s $43.5 Million Class Action Settlement — No Responses, No Payments

Two years ago, independent songwriters and publishers agreed to a $43.5 million settlement with Spotify over unpaid mechanical licenses. Now, the payout process doesn’t seem to be working. Back in 2017, Digital Music News broke the story that Spotify had agreed to settle Ferrick, et al. v. Spotify USA Inc., a massive copyright infringement lawsuit with independent […]

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Michael Jackson Estate Acquires the Rights to the Sly Stone Catalog

The Michael Jackson estate, along with Jackson’s publishing company MIJAC Music, have acquired a majority interest in the U.S. rights of Sly and the Family Stone’s music catalog. Previously in 1983, MIJAC purchased the rights of the band’s catalog for use outside the United States. In the new deal, the estate will further hold long-term […]

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Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Robbie Williams

On November 4, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced that it had completed a global administration agreement with Farrell Music, which is the publishing company of British pop star Robbie Williams. The agreement covers not just Williams’ current music catalog but also any future songs he may write. It comes just prior to the release […]

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Streaming Giant Balks at Mechanical Licensing Collective’s $66.25 Million Startup Budget

The Mechanical Licensing Collective’s healthy startup budget is meeting resistance from at least one major streaming platform. Just how much does it cost to start a US-based licensing agency for streaming mechanicals? The newly-minted Mechanical Licensing Collective, backed by major publishers like Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing, and others, recently submitted a $66.25 […]

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Anthem Entertainment Acquires a Trove of Hits from Boardwalk Music Group

On October 29th, Anthem Entertainment acquired from Boardwalk Music Group a catalog that includes songs from Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Lizzo, Leon Bridges, Jason Derulo and Pitbull. The songs, which were written by Eric Frederic (Ricky Reed), include the chart-breaking single for Lizzo “Truth Hurts” as well as “Good as Hell.” Also included in the catalog are […]

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Downtown Music Publishing Inks a Global Deal for the Entire Miles Davis Catalog

Downtown Music Publishing has inked an agreement with the Miles Davis Estate to represent the complete catalog of late jazz musician and songwriter on a global scale. The agreement includes more than 250 Miles Davis compositions, and it adds another big name to the company’s roster, which includes George Gershwin, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, […]

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Various Artists Inks Publishing Joint Venture With Kobalt Music

Various Artists, which is a London-based artist management company, announced that it was launching a new music publishing division through a joint venture with Kobalt Music. Running the division will be George Shepherd, who has considerable experience in working with both large music publishers and independents, in addition to being a manager. The new venture […]

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Primary Wave Acquires the Catalog of Super-Producer Bob Ezrin

Primary Wave Music Publishing has recently acquired Bob Ezrin’s music publishing rights, along with other IP. Behind the scenes as a storied music producer, Bob Ezrin has worked for some of music’s greatest stars, including Jane’s Addiction, Peter Gabriel and Alice Cooper. In addition to producing, Ezrin has also worked as both an arranger and […]

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