Apple is in a music-streaming arms race. It’s getting closer to 50m paying music subscribers worldwide, but remains approximately 39m behind Spotify’s premium global user-base.
Ricky Nelson Estate Launches Class Action Against Sony Music Over Streaming Royalties — www.billboard.com
The estate of rock and roll “teen idol” Ricky Nelson has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment, alleging the label violates contractual agreements with its artists by assessing an intercompany charge on international streaming revenue that deprives artists of royalties from foreign sales.
Sirius Enters Lion's Den of Silicon Valley With Pandora Deal — www.bloomberg.com
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. is so eager to reach listeners outside the car that it’s willing to take on some of the world’s largest technology companies.
Musicbed Subscriptions Give YouTube Creators Legal Soundtrack Options — www.digitaltrends.com
YouTube flags videos that use copyrighted music in them — so music licensing Musicbed platform is launching a new subscription tool and a way to tell YouTube’s bots to back off. Connecting the subscription to a YouTube account will automatically clear flags for copyrighted music.
Spotify has been trying to lure independent artists to sign with it directly. But that doesn’t make it a real rival to the Big 3.
Beware: Greg Maffei Is Now Music's Most Powerful Executive — www.hypebot.com
Move over Daniel Ek and Lucian Grainge, Greg Maffei is now the most powerful executive in the music industry. Maffei is the president and CEO of Liberty Media, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman of SiriusXM, which yesterday acquired Pandora. If that’s not enough to make Maffei music’s new…
Nigeria’s Publiseer to distribute songs on YouTube Music — www.musicinafrica.net
Nigerian publishing start-up Publiseer has announced a deal that enables it to distribute songs on YouTube Music. Publiseer is home to over a hundred independent writers and musicians.
Since launching in Sweden in October 2008, the 10-year-old Spotify has up-ended the global music industry, turning streaming music into a must-have service and proving that ownership of music is firmly a thing of the past.