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,…

Desert Trip’s Multiplier Effects

The Desert Trip music festival at the Empire Polo Club in Coachella Valley, Indio, California, has focused attention in the industry. This October offering was…

A Farewell to Chuck Berry

John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” The Beatle knew. So did…

Songwriters vs. the DOJ

Federal law governs the licensing of music and songwriter collections. In particular, sound compositions that are broadcasted over the public airways or performed in commercial…

Exclusivity and Its Limits

Major labels are pushing for the end of exclusive deals with streaming services as they are quickly realizing such a practice hinders the potential profit…

Sponsorship Lift Off

Not too long ago, recorded music sales were a dependable source of income for labels and their artists. Earnings from live music shows added substantially…

The Hint of Blockchain

One of the biggest problems the music industry faces today is knowing which labels and publishers, performers, songwriters and producers own the rights to songs…

The Tale of Apple’s 69¢ Songs

iTunes has recently given independent artists and others the choice of selling singles for 69¢. Prior to this, and since variable pricing was introduced close…

YouTube’s Safe Harbor

Music industry pressure is mounting on YouTube. In June, a diverse group of 180+ major artists, including Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, released a petition…

Brexit and the Music Industry

On June 23rd 2016, the U.K. voted in favor of leaving the European Union. The referendum put the majority at 52%, with England and Wales in…

YouTube’s Value Gap

In the beginning of the XXth Century music consumption did not compare with today. Music publishers, for instance, were used to generate revenue mostly through…