Apple, Spotify And Other DSPs Pay $424 Million In Unmatched Royalties For Publishers, Songwriters [Forbes] FULL STORY

Black Box Invasion: the Implications of the MLC’s $424 Million Black Box [Chris Castle] FULL STORY

Mechanical Licensing Collective: How to Register and Why It's Important [Billboard] FULL STORY
Universal launches Virgin Music Label & Artist Services around the world, rebranding Caroline and Caroline International [MBW] FULL STORY
The move sees US-based Caroline as well as Caroline operations in the UK, France and Germany renamed as Virgin Music Label & Artist Services.
Why Is Everyone Talking About Clubhouse? [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
Users can be moderators, hosting their own conversations and controlling who speaks. A digital audience can listen in, or ask to participate if they have something to say. The action happened all in your earbuds.  
I Pay $9.99 a Month for Spotify Premium. So Why Am I Listening to Endless Podcast Ads? [DMN] FULL STORY

How To Build a Buzz On Spotify [Tunecore] FULL STORY

Spotify Bins Secret Genius, Launches Noteable Hub for Songwriters, Producers and Publishers [MBW] FULL STORY
Can Musicians Still Strike Gold During a Global Pandemic? [Playboy] FULL STORY
The coronavirus pandemic hit the music industry hard in 2020, but amid the hustle to stay afloat there’s a glimmer of opportunity for media-savvy artists
Spotify, Apple and Amazon to face MPs in final streaming inquiry session [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
Senior executives from the big streaming platforms will be quizzed by members of the DCMS Committee on Tuesday, February 23. Following several sessions, it will be the final day of evidence for the inquiry into the economics of streaming.
Triller Has Been Inflating Public User Figures, Doesn’t Deny It: Exclusive [Billboard] FULL STORY
Short-form video app Triller has reported higher numbers of monthly active users to the public than it reports to rights holders, a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells Billboard -- and Triller doesn’t deny it.
Taylor Swift and the changing tide of artist power [MIDiA] FULL STORY
Swift’s battle for catalogue ownership has been seen by fans as a revolution against the ‘tyranny’ of labels compelling artists to give up the rights to the music which they make while under contract, thus transforming catalogue into an asset class. 
If Universal Music Sells Its Spotify Stock Right Now, Artists Get $500 Million [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
Universal is sitting on billions of dollars in Spotify stock. If it sells its stake today, it will trigger a massive payout for artists — but that’s not the only reason it should cash out
How to write an effective musician bio (with examples!) [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
Wondering what should be included in a musician bio? These elements will help you write an effective bio that talks about your music and your background in a concise way.
Socialized Streaming [Liz Pelly] FULL STORY
The problems with corporate music streaming are clear. The pay is inconsequential, the power is far too centralized, the social fabrics of music communities are eroding. Corporate streaming services are more concerned with their own products and playlists than supporting the artists, songwriters, producers and others who make music possible.
5 Ways To Increase Your Reach on TikTok [Symphonic] FULL STORY

How Do Pop Stars Come to TikTok? Hat in Hand, Grasping at Buzz [NYTimes] FULL STORY
Is There Independent Music in 2021? [David Turner] FULL STORY
Let’s examine what the word “independent” might mean for the music industry in 2021. David Turner is a former music journalist who writes the newsletter Penny Fractions, a regular newsletter that covers music streaming.
Vivendi Planning to Move Forward With UMG IPO This Year [Billboard] FULL STORY

It's a Growth Story: What's Behind UMG's Accelerated IPO Plans? [Billboard] FULL STORY
This Is the Most Hated Rock Band of All Time, According to Data [BestLife] FULL STORY
First, we scoured countless lists, message boards, and articles on the most hated bands to see which groups popped up the most frequently, eventually landing on the 21 bands on this list.
Musicians have sold $2.7 million worth of NFTs in the last six months [Cherie Hu] FULL STORY
The news: What do electronic stars deadmau5 and 3LAU, singer-songwriters VÉRITÉ and Two Feet and rappers Zack Fox and Lil Yachty have in common? They've all profited off the crypto boom, selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of their music to fans
Post Malone to perform free-to-view virtual concert for Pokémon [MBW] FULL STORY
On Saturday February 27, Post Malone will perform a virtual concert for Pokémon as part of the company’s P25 Music program – a year-long campaign in celebration of the brand’s 25-year history.
6 music royalty advance myths busted [Hypebot] FULL STORY
In a industry as fast moving as the music business, it’s difficult to keep track of changes to royalty advances. Here, we look at six inaccurate myths surrounding royalty advances, of which every creative should be aware.
This week Jay Gilbert and Mike Etchart discuss
- Clubhouse, The Invite Only Audio App
- As Streaming Dominates The Music World, Is Radio's Signal Fading?
- Spotify lost the equivalent of $2.2m every day in 2020
- Trigger Cities Could Be The Key To Expanding Your Audience
• Why My Mom and the Go-Go's Deserve to Be In the Rock Hall of Fame (Guest Op-Ed) [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Tax write-offs musicians should take advantage of [Hypbot] FULL STORY
• How to be a music supervisor – the person behind TV’s most gripping soundtrack moments [FortyFive] FULL STORY
• MusiCares to hold Music on a Mission virtual fundraiser prior to Grammy Awards [AJC] FULL STORY
• YouTube Shutters 7 Remaining 'YouTube Spaces' Globally, Doubling Down On Pop-ups And Virtual Programming [TubeFilter] FULL STORY
• Spotify reveals new ‘Work From Anywhere’ policy for staff [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Concept to Spotify Canvas: Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Merck Mercuriadis faces the future... and stares down his critics [MBW] FULL STORY
• ‘Songwriters have been shorted nearly 1/2 billion dollars by streaming services in last decade’ [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Everything You Need To Know About Beatport DJ Charts [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• 'Breaking Japanese artists internationally has never been easy. But barriers are crumbling...' [MBW] FULL STORY
• The MLC Receives Over $424M in Unmatched 'Black Box' Streaming Royalties [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Apple Music Replay 2021 Is Now Available For Music Fans [iMore] FULL STORY
• What musicians should learn from entrepreneurs [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Big Hit and Universal to 'rewrite global music history' with new JV label, expanded partnership [MBW] FULL STORY
• Elements Festival Plots Labor Day Comeback With Two-Tier Testing System [Pollstar] FULL STORY
• Tencent Leads $57M Pex Funding Round [Hypebot] FULL STORY
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