Monthly archives: July, 2015

Amazon Prime Launches ‘Amazon Acoustics’

Amazon Prime has unveiled an exclusive set of 32 new acoustic tracks that represent a new direction for the multi-media platform, being their first move into unique music content. The acoustics collection, entitled simply ‘Amazon Acoustics’, is largely a series of covers, featuring a number of cross-genre efforts. There are also a few freshly-penned tracks,…

Soundcloud Subscription Tier Is Coming

Get ready to cry tiers of subscription. Long touted as a largely freeservice, Soundcloud will soon be attempting to convert its free users into paid subscribers, owing to pressure from investorsand labels….

Apple Music Uses Snapchat To Offer Look Inside Beats 1 Global Studios

Since even before it launch, Apple Music has been using social media creatively to promote Beats 1. From “leaking” details to posting “exclusive” interviews on YouTube, Beats 1 and Apple Music are going wherever their audience goes….

Buckle Up: Amazon Is Spending Crazy Money On Entertainment. And It Hasn’t Even Started On Music…

A few months back, MBW suggested that a tide was turning in terms of rights ownership: Amazon and Apple were morphing into content creators, and the natural next step was for both leviathans to become record labels. This was incorrect. Because Amazon is already a record label….

Major Hotel Brands Linking Up With Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas and More to Attract Younger, Hipper Guests

Back when Keith Moon and John Bonham walked the earth, rock stars were famously banned from hotels after escapades involving groupies, motorcycles, chain saws and the like. Now, travel brands aren’t just welcoming music artists, they’re entering lucrative deals with labels and promoters in an effort to attract a younger, hipper crowd….

Universal Music Group Extends CEO Lucian Grainge’s Contract ‘At Least’ Through 2020

Universal Music Group’s parent company made it clear in a release this morning that its faith in UMG head Lucian Grainge hasn’t waned, extending the veteran’s contract “until at least 2020,” according to the company’s statement. “This plan will enable the company to maintain its profitable growth and continue to play a leading role in…

Paul McCartney Claims He and John Lennon Forgot Dozens of Potential Beatles Songs

Paul McCartney has claimed that “dozens” of potential Beatles songs were lost as he and John Lennon would frequently forget their work before getting the opportunity to record it. The bassist was talking to The Evening Standard about how new recording devices have fundamentally changed the songwriting process, revealing that songs he co-wrote with Lennon in the 1960s…

Music Publishing’s Metadata Problem

While there has been significant discussion of late over how streaming services pay artists and labels, the means by which publishers and songwriters are compensated has been shockingly absent from the conversation….

JAY Z Reportedly Looking to Part Ways With TIDAL

According to Hits Daily Double, JAY Z is reportedly looking to part ways with TIDAL. If you recall earlier this year, JAY Z brought together many of his famous friends and announced the launch of his new music streaming service….

The Dept. of Justice Said to Be Considering a Baffling New Rule Change for Song Licensing

The U.S. Department of Justice’s earlier inclination to amend the consent decrees to allow music publishers to partially withdraw digital rights from ASCAP and BMI blanket licenses may be undermined by another change it is contemplating….