INgrooves Joins eMusic Exodus Over Late Payments

INgrooves-logoINgrooves has joined a growing group of distributors and record labels pulling their music from eMusic over continued payment problems, a spokesperson told Hypebot Monday.  Just weeks ago, The Orchard and Naxos separately pulled their extensive catalogs from the struggling subscription music download platform.

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QUICK HITS: SOCAN Launches Dataclef • Berklee College • Merlin Japan • AIMP + Reservoir • More

Quick HitsCanadian music rights organization SOCAN has launched Dataclef, a new international services arm that includes a comprehensive music database from more than 200 territories worldwide. Already on board as a client is the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), that country’s only registered copyright society administering musical works.

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YouTube CEO Attacks Article 13 In Letter To Creators As 'A Threat To Your Livelihood'

Youtube_logoYouTube CEO Susan Wojicki told the platform's creators and artists today that the European Union's Article 13, which is well on its way to becoming law, will kill the internet as they know it and severely damage their ability to earn money on the platform. 

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CD Baby, Cosynd Partner For Affordable Copyright Services

Copyright_symbol_9CD Baby has partnered with Cosynd to offer an affordable legal services platform to document ownership of content. Launching next month, the partnership will enable members to create basic copyright ownership agreements and split sheets, and then to register with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Spotify Invests in DistroKid and We Have Many Questions [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Question-markSpotify recently announced that artists would be able to upload music directly to Spotify at no cost. This week, the streamer revealed a minority investment in DIY music distributor  DistroKid  to expand those Spotify uploads to Apple Music, Amazon and other music services. This is BIG NEWS! Very few details are available, but The Music Biz Weekly podcast's Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert have a lot of questions.

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Hypebot Tops 'Best Music Industry Blogs Of 2018'

Number-one[UPDATED] Hypebot has been named the top blog on The Music Marketers' Best Music Industry Blogs of 2018 list.  "Whether you’re wanting to learn about music industry news, the latest how-to’s, or even some marketing tips, music industry blogs is content you really should be reading daily."

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5 Reasons Apple's Acquisition Of Shazam A Big Deal

1Apple's acquisition of the music identification app Shazam, while certainly a notable purchase, occurred with little industry fuss, but the spreading of the Apple umbrella over Shazam may have more dramatic implications for the music business than were first thought.

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SAG-AFTRA, Major Labels Reach New Sound Recordings Deal

image from upload.wikimedia.orgSAG-AFTRA has announced a tentative three year agreement with major record labels on a successor contract to the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings.  The deal which was reached late Thursday after two days of talks in New Orleans, concluded negotiations that began in April.

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Rest In Peace Paul Allen: Friend Of Music and Much More

1Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently passed away, and is remembered as a tech billionaire and noted philanthropist. The Seattle music industry was among the beneficiaries of his generosity, with Allen helping to foster the creative sector.

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BREXIT: How End of Free Movement Will Affect All Musicians

2As Brexit proceedings move ominously forward, independent self-employed musicians who tour  internationally are starting to worry about what sort of an impact the separation could have on their way of life. Here we look at what the negative outcomes could be.

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Music Industry ’40 Under 40′ 2018 Named

40Billboard has released the 2018 edition of its annual '40 Under 40' list of music industry movers and shakers. The list is designed to both honor and predict the next generation of executives across all sectors of the music industry.

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Songwriter Wins $44M In Usher "Bad Girl" Lawsuit [VIDEO]

By Loren Wohl [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia CommonsPhiladelphia-based songwriter Daniel Marino has been awarded $44.35 million in his lawsuit over Usher's 2004 song “Bad Girl” from the hit album "Confessions."  Marino claimed that he was a an uncredited co-writer, with the majority of the song based on his 2002 track “Club Girl” including the “guitar hook, tempo and chord progression.”

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