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2016 in Review

2016 in Review

New developments marked the US music business in 2016, There was welcome growth in recorded music sales driven by more streams and streaming services. Still, payments continued to be lost to Google’s YouTube, much to the chagrin of artists and the labels. In a first, there were more incentives...

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Cinematic Games and Music Licensing

Cinematic Games and Music Licensing

Thought-through, grand, dramatic, and extensive compositions created from scratch to accompany the action of a video game seem to be the norm. Many of the most successful games, including Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto, and Silent Hill, have launched iconic soundtracks in...

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Desert Trip’s Multiplier Effects

Desert Trip’s Multiplier Effects

The Desert Trip music festival at the Empire Polo Club in Coachella Valley,...

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A Farewell to Chuck Berry

A Farewell to Chuck Berry

John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you...

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Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Federal law governs the licensing of music and songwriter collections. In...

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Exclusivity and Its Limits

Exclusivity and Its Limits

Major labels are pushing for the end of exclusive deals with streaming...

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Sponsorship Lift Off

Sponsorship Lift Off

Not too long ago, recorded music sales were a dependable source of income for...

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Secondary Ticketing: The Bane of Live Music

Secondary Ticketing: The Bane of Live Music

Music Business Worldwide (MBW), a fellow publication, estimates that Mumford...

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