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Amen Break musician finally gets paid - BBC News

Amen Break musician finally gets paid - BBC News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The musician behind one of the most-sampled pieces of music in history gets a cheque for £24,000 after a fund-raising campaign
Pierre Priot's insight:

Amen. It was about time. Crowdfunding is making it up to Richard Spencer where the Industry failed him.

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BMG sues Universal Music Group over unpaid Tame Impala royalties - Music Business Worldwide

BMG sues Universal Music Group over unpaid Tame Impala royalties - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
BMG is suing Universal Music Group, amongst other parties, for up to US $450,000.

Tame Impala frontman and lead songwriter Kevin Parker has accused his label, Modular Recordings – and co-owner Universal Music Australia – of not paying him due mechanical royalties.

In reaction, his publisher BMG isn’t messing about, issuing a lawsuit in New York against 14 companies including Modular, Universal Music Australia and Universal Music Group.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Kids, this is why you need a trustworthy publisher

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Inside the New Royalty Split for 'Uptown Funk': Who Gets Paid What

Inside the New Royalty Split for 'Uptown Funk': Who Gets Paid What | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Success, in music especially, has many fathers -- just look at "Uptown Funk!" With a ballooning songwriter count, how do these new names get paid?

Songwriting credits for "Uptown Funk!" went to four people initially: Ronson, Mars, Phillip Martin Lawrence and Jeffrey Bhasker. However, before the song was even released it had gained two more: Nicholas Williams (AKA Trinidad James) and producer Devon Gallaspy, the authors of "All Gold Everything," both receiving a share for a sampling interpolation. This credit was shared at the behest of the original songwriters/publishers; Billboard's sources say the team behind the hit reached out to Gallaspy and Williams without prompting. Gallaspy and Williams spit a 15 percent take, leaving the original four songwriters with a 21.25 percent share each.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Doing the Uptown Funk Math 

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Angel Torres Vega's curator insight, November 4, 2015 11:54 AM

This shows a little of what happens in the business side of songwriting.

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Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why?

Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Pandora is currently suing BMI songwriters over the rate it will pay for the next 4 or 5 years.

Pandora wants to pay 1.75%.  BMI songwriters would like them to pay 2.5%. In 2014 Pandora paid BMI $16.1 million dollars.   So basically Pandora is using the entire apparatus of the federal courts to get a reduction of less than $7 million dollars in 2015.  If it’s a 4 year deal that means Pandora saves $28 million dollars (Pandora growth has virtually stopped).  Court cases like this have typically cost the parties tens of millions of dollars.  This does not include the millions it costs taxpayers.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

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Whiskeytown's dollars and cents -- but really just cents

Whiskeytown's dollars and cents -- but really just cents | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

By some accounts, Whiskeytown alumnus Ryan Adams has done well enough in the music business to amass a sizable fortune. But just in case you’re under the impression that playing in a rock band is a path to riches for everyone, check out the Facebook post that Whiskeytown drummer Skillet Gilmore put up yesterday, concerning his quarterly earnings for “Midway Park” (one of Whiskeytown’s best songs, and kickoff track to the 1996 full-length debut Faithless Street)

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Yet another example of the streaming industry's royalty remuneration failure.

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Everything you need to know about Performing Rights Organizations

Everything you need to know about Performing Rights Organizations | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Performing Rights Organizations (or PROs) help songwriters by collecting one of the most important forms of music publishing revenue: performance royalties.

Pierre Priot's insight:

(You Gotta) Fight For Your (Performing) Rights

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Militao de Maya Ricardo's curator insight, May 27, 2014 3:14 PM

Este artigo relata o mercado norte-americano.

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Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Pandora had been seeking to lower the amount it pays to publishers in royalties to be in line with that paid by terrestrial radio stations —  1.7% of gross annual revenue. Pandora’s argument was that its service is radio-like: Yes, you can personalize what you listen to, but you cannot play songs on demand, at your will, or offline. ASCAP had been seeking to increase rates to as high as 3% of Pandora’s gross revenue, citing the much higher rates paid by other digital services, such as Spotify. The court ended up ruling last month that the rate would stay unchanged at 1.85%.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Great piece about Pandora and composition vs. performances rights.

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Hope Hausman's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:55 AM

Why would you want to crash Pandora!?! Pandora is a great music app that I adore. My family even uses it for Christmas sometimes. Why would you want to crash such a fantastic app that's extremely popular? 

Josh Granese's curator insight, November 4, 2014 11:52 AM

I honestly don't even believe that 3% is enough money to pay back to the people who make Pandora what it is. Without the artists, Pandora wouldn't make any kind of money at all, it wouldn't exist. People made Pandora the size it is today through word of mouth and networking. But we never see a check. The artists that actually do get their music on Pandora deserve to be compensated WAY more than what they are.

Jamie McConnell's curator insight, March 15, 2015 6:53 PM

This case proves how complicated the greed is in the music industry.  Pandora won't pay the rights deserved by the artist, and the record labels demanding more money from art they didn't create. 

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Spotify opens up analytics in effort to prove its worth to doubting musicians

Spotify opens up analytics in effort to prove its worth to doubting musicians | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Streaming music firm opens Spotify Artists website and claims when it reaches 40m subscribers, even 'niche indie albums' will earn $17k a month
Pierre Priot's insight:

Spotify to disclose analytics to convince artists they're not getting robbed.

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Jonathan Magee's curator insight, December 4, 2013 4:44 PM

Spotify discloses analytics to persuade artists so to speak that they are not getting robbed and they are in actuality receiving royalties from their product.

Kevin Declan Sugimura's curator insight, February 16, 2014 1:02 PM

Pro: Spotify are promoting artists and increasing their salaries as it pays out approximately 70% of its total revenues to music industry rightsholders.

 

Cons: Because of the growth of Spotify, so have its losses due to the pay outs that it has to pay the Labels/Artists and such.

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The Innovators: New music industry approach for a new economy

The Innovators: New music industry approach for a new economy | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
As the music industry struggles to grow in an age of digital delivery, one entrepreneur may have found a new way to grow an audience.
Pierre Priot's insight:

I assume that future apps will decently compensate start-ups. 

Let's hope artists will get a share of these new incomes.


 

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Hack Your Craft's comment, April 27, 2014 7:51 AM
yes, that is always the golden question. They always like to apply the trickly down theory to innovation in the music industry where artists are at the bottom of that bucket collecting the trickle.
Josh Granese's curator insight, November 4, 2014 10:26 AM

Song Pong. Never heard of it, but the idea actually seems VERY interesting. I ALWAYS tell my friends about new music I am listening to. Whenever my favorite band releases a new song it goes on Facebook, Twitter, you name it. Song Pong allows me to share their music and they get compensated for me sharing their work which is absolutely sick. I may even use this for my own material.

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Pandora scores legal victory against music publishers

Pandora scores legal victory against music publishers | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A court ruling upholds the Internet radio service's motion that it's allowed to play all works covered by ASCAP without restriction. Read this article by Lance Whitney on CNET News.
Pierre Priot's insight:

470,000 songwriters & composers can just shut up now. Pandora got it all covered by its deal with ASCAP.

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Songwriter furious that Pandora played his song more than 1.1MILLION times and only paid him $16.89 in royalties

Songwriter furious that Pandora played his song more than 1.1MILLION times and only paid him $16.89 in royalties | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
David Lowery, who is best known as the lead singer for the 1990s alternative rock ban Cracker, said he is outraged that Pandora is now campaigning to lower royalty payments for songwriters even farther.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Pandora lobbying for royalties rate cuts ; could David Lowery's royalties be any lower?

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Winston Mills's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:44 PM

David Lowery made a bold move by posting his bank statement, which covered all of his royalties in the fourth quarter of 2012.  He clearly felt cheated by Pandora and other media outlets.  He claims to have only made $16.89 in royalties after having his material played over one million times.  In my opinion, artists and musicians are being greatly cheated by media services, and the royalties per play should go up to a more respectable price.  I know that I would be annoyed if my millions of streams only resulted in a couple of hundred bucks. 

Michael Monreal's curator insight, November 4, 2013 4:24 PM

This article give's us another example of what Pandora doing in regards to royalties towards Songwriters.

 

Pro's: It give's the songwriter the ability to present there work to the public in vast numbers.

Cons: As explained in the article David Lowery had his song played over a million time's but was given a very small amount of money for his work, and Pandora is trying to lower there payments as of today.

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Royalty Exchange Lets Musicians Sell Royalty Income to Investors

Royalty Exchange Lets Musicians Sell Royalty Income to Investors | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Web sites like the Royalty Exchange allows musicians to sell parts of their royalty income to investors and define which rights to sell and which to retain.
Pierre Priot's insight:

turning writer royalties into financial products, how sick is that?

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Online Revenue Outstrips Radio for U.K. Musicians

Online Revenue Outstrips Radio for U.K. Musicians | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Royalties paid to U.K. musicians by online music services have risen by a third in the last year, industry group PRS for Music said.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Online revenues rise as deals are cut between tech giants and PRS (or SACEM for France, where a recent Google deal just concluded a long Youtube royalty hiatus)

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Breaking: Apple Facing 'Massive Withdrawal' from Independent Artists, Labels... - Digital Music News

Breaking: Apple Facing 'Massive Withdrawal' from Independent Artists, Labels... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
For those just tuning in, the major sticking point is a decision by Apple not to pay any royalties to artists during a gratis, three-month period. That was spelled out in no uncertain terms in an Apple contract sent to indies, and of course, leaked to Digital Music News.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Okay Apple Music, let's try this:

For the next 3 months, you hand me over your latest iPhone, along with your streaming service subscription.

And guess what?

I don't pay shit for it.

How would you like that?

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The tech that helps techno artists get paid - BBC News

The tech that helps techno artists get paid - BBC News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
When music is played in public, the artist who created it is meant to receive royalties. Thanks to music recognition software, the system is beginning to work better.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Back in the days we would fill a set list before leaving the venue.

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Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels - Stereogum

Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels - Stereogum | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Ever since its loud, hubristic launch event a month ago, Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal has been in damage-control mode, with the company doing everything it can to avoid being seen as a vanity project from a bunch of millionaire pop stars. As part of that effort, Jay jumped on Twitter last weekend to insist that Tidal is a new company still finding its way and that people shouldn’t be judging it yet. And now Tidal’s chief investment officer Vania Schlogel, as part of that same push, recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter, hoping to draw attention to Tidal Rising and Tidal X, company initiatives that will supposedly support artists who aren’t quite so established yet. But in the interview, she also clarified that one of Jay’s Twitter claims isn’t as utopian as it sounds.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Tidal: enough with the tweets, let's get to the facts.

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Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED

Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services—enabled by outdated federal regulations—are yet another indication our work is being devalued in today’s marketplace.
Pierre Priot's insight:

As Aloe Blacc brilliantly puts it: "if songwriters cannot afford to make music, who will? "

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Dallas Mason's curator insight, June 18, 2016 12:37 PM

This is basically describing the different sites where music is found and takes money away from the songwriters and composers. Stating how low the composers and songwriters are paid from these websites and other places.

Nathan Dickinson's curator insight, August 21, 2016 12:22 PM
Aloe Blacc is on of many songwriters that believes they should be paid more from streaming services.
Blacc believes that writing a song deserves more payment from streaming services. The more people buy a song the more royalties he gets but streams is a much less generous industry.
The streaming services don't make money for the individual songs, they make money from their users subscribing to the service. There's not a direct divided for the artist or songwriter s to be paid because that's not how the service works.
In my opinion, if your a songwriter then write your own songs. They shouldn't be allowed to write songs or other musicians. Then the truly talented writers get the money they deserve. There is such an abundance of writers because groups of people get together to write songs thinking they're going to make all this money when even if the song you worked on has 200,000 streams they have to pay the other 50 people that worked on the song. Its not a profitable business for songwriters to work in that way.
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YouTube: why one significant indie music group HAS signed licensing deal

YouTube: why one significant indie music group HAS signed licensing deal | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

YouTube is famously under fire from a group of leading independent labels for issuing ‘indefensible’ and ‘non-negotiable’ contracts regarding its new subscription service. But fresh evidence tonight shows that other influential indies have enjoyed a much more positive licensing experience with the Google-owned video giant.

A leaked memo sent from leading digital distributor Believe Digital to its clients today, obtained by Music Week, shows that the company signed a deal to license YouTube’s upcoming subscription service back in February - months before recent headline-grabbing disagreements came to light.

Interestingly, Believe says its royalty agreement followed a full six months of progressive, if intense, negotiations with YouTube, in talks dating back to September 2013.

Pierre Priot's insight:

More details on the Youtube/Believe Digital deal.

What you need to know if you're signed to Believe.

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'Searching for Sugar Man' Star's Amazing Journey Erupts Into Fraud Lawsuit (Exclusive)

'Searching for Sugar Man' Star's Amazing Journey Erupts Into Fraud Lawsuit (Exclusive) | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Those who have seen Searching for Sugar Man might think they know the astonishing tale of Sixto Rodriguez, but there's an important aspect of the musician's story that is now coming to light thanks to a lawsuit that was filed on Friday.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Great story: turns out Sixto Rodriguez isn't the only one going after misplaced royalties. Harry Balk (Gomba Music) claims to hold copyright of the Venture Records "Cold Fact" release.

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Do Musicians Really Benefit From Streaming Services? #INFOGRAPHIC

Do Musicians Really Benefit From Streaming Services? #INFOGRAPHIC | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music streaming sites seem like an obvious way for musicians to gain exposure and earn compensation for their work. However, things aren't always as they seem.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Streaming Services,  But Were Afraid to Ask

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Wes Ottem's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:08 PM

This article shows some numbers detailing how low the compensation has become, 5 dollars for 1000 streams.  It is harder than ever for an artist to make money from music.

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Sony Music Sues United Airlines Over In-Flight Music

Sony Music Sues United Airlines Over In-Flight Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Record labels have searched left and right for copyright infringers. Now they are looking up, too.
Pierre Priot's insight:

For the safety of flying, please, turn off Britney.

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How Does iTunes Radio Pay Artists? | Future of Music Coalition

How Does iTunes Radio Pay Artists? | Future of Music Coalition | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

For consumers, iTunes Radio may feel a lot like another version of the popular “predictive” radio service Pandora. Plug in an artist or genre, and an algorithm spits out sonically related tracks. But while the experience for listeners may be similar up to a point, the revenue flow behind the scenes is very different.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Believe it or not, iTunes Radio intends to pay artists., 
Find out how. 

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Taylor Porter's curator insight, October 14, 2014 9:22 PM

This article is saying how iTunes is unlike other streaming websites when it comes to paying the artists and label. Artist are payed a certain amount but unlike pandora when an artist gives pandora their music, it is uploaded to three platforms so the artist get's a chance to make additional money as well. 

Jason Smith's curator insight, August 22, 2015 5:15 PM

Good article on how artists are getting paid by ITunes Radio

Rusolo No Sleep's curator insight, October 11, 2015 3:32 PM

Apple iTunes Radio helps put money into the artist hands by going deep into apple's pockets. There are two copyrights that brings deals directly to the labels. This the future of how Artist will be paid. The Artist still should invest in CD's. That's the original way of making this purchase smoother. 

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How A Musician Made $30K In A Month Off YouTube

How A Musician Made $30K In A Month Off YouTube | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
YouTube streams around 6 billion hours of video each month, which in turn helps generate huge profits for its owners
Pierre Priot's insight:

Collect your sync royalties! Or at least find a company willing to charge you to do so.

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Pandora buys South Dakota radio station in bid for lower royalty rates

Pandora buys South Dakota radio station in bid for lower royalty rates | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Pandora is angry about the royalties it's paying to music publishers, so the company is buying a radio station in South Dakota mainly to score lower rates.
Pierre Priot's insight:

That's a cheap move!

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Karinaa Hernández's comment, June 12, 2013 8:22 PM
So interesting!!
Pascale Mousset's comment, June 13, 2013 5:18 AM
Rien ne l'arrête hélas
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Universal Publishing and SACEM sign global licensing agreement with YouTube

Universal Publishing and SACEM sign global licensing agreement with YouTube | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
SACEM "proud to be the first authors' society to have signed an agreement of this scale" says CEO
Pierre Priot's insight:

"proper remuneration" hasn't been disclosed yet...

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