Music Licensing

Facebook inks major music licensing deal with Apra Amcos

August 18, 2018

Australian performance and mechanical rights society Apra Amcos has signed a major licensing agreement with Facebook. The deal arrives after the social media giant secured long-term licensing agreements with all three major labels––Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music as well as global digital rights agency Merlin, which represents over 20,000 indie record labels […]

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Sony Music launches global artist royalty portal in India

August 10, 2018

Music label Sony Music has launched its global artist royalty portal — Artist Portal in India to empower artists by giving them easy access to royalty statements online. Along with detailed insights into worldwide music streams, downloads, video views, charts position and more, the label’s artiste and partners are presented with earnings from across all […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Music Licensing Bill

July 9, 2018

In a historic decision for the digital age, the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act. The bill has now moved on to the Senate, where it is expected to pass as well. The Music Modernization Act, or MMA, updates copyright law for the digital age and is the result of unprecedented […]

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Yet again! Singer Ed Sheeran sued for plagiarizing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ track

June 30, 2018

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is being sued yet again over similarities between his hit track “Thinking Out Loud” and the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.” Owners of the song’s copyright claim that it lifts from Gaye’s 1972 hit and they are seeking $100 million in damages, according to a report in Variety. The […]

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Prince Estate signs agreement with Sony Music for 35 catalog albums

June 30, 2018

Sony Music Entertainment and the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson have signed an exclusive distribution agreement covering 35 essential previously released album titles from the Prince catalog. Those albums, which include “1999,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” “Sign O’ the Times” and nine others, will move over to Sony in 2021. Sony Music Entertainment & the Estate […]

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After, Facebook music feature allows lip-sync of songs

June 6, 2018

Move over! Now Facebook unveiled its first personalized features as part of licensing deals with music labels. With this, users will be able to lip-sync live to their favorite tunes. Dubbed Lip Sync Live, the feature looks set to be a competitor to, the popular karaoke-inspired app that originated in China. Under the […]

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HBO, Columbia Records to release ‘Game of Thrones-Inspired’ music album

June 5, 2018

Columbia Records and HBO have join hands to create an officially licensed album of music inspired by ‘Game of Thrones’. The music album is all set to accompany the eagerly anticipated final season of the award-winning drama series, premiering in 2019. According to a Broadway World Report, the soundtrack will feature songs inspired by the […]

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Sony to become world’s largest music publisher, buys EMI for $2.3 billion

May 24, 2018

The Japanese Technology and content giant Sony Corporation said on Tuesday it would pay about USD 2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s largest music publisher. According to a Reuters report, the acquisition will give Sony a music portfolio of over 2 million songs from artists including Kanye West, Sam Smith, and […]

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Designer Anita Dongre enters into the world of music, associates with Vidya Vox

May 7, 2018

With Global Desi, Anita Dongre, the ace-designer is collaborating with women music artistes for her #VoiceYourStyle maiden music property. The project has been started with an association with Indo-American singer and Youtuber Vidya Iyer, commonly known as Vidya Vox. The collaboration marks its presence as the first time in the Indian landscape that a fashion […]

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National Symphony Orchestra to perform Jurassic World in Concert

April 4, 2018

Universal Brand Development have teamed up with Film Concerts Live! to develop “Jurassic World in Concert”, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), led by guest conductor Emil de Cou. The opening night of the concert will take place on May 30 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The new concert experience will see the National […]

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Amazon India signs three new deals for Prime Music portfolio

March 31, 2018

Strengthening its prime music area, Amazon India has signed three content deals for Amazon Prime Music with Lahari Music, Muzik 247 and the Indian Performing Right Society. The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) will provide Amazon India with an access to the IPRS repertoire of more than a million titles across multiple languages, eras and […]

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All you need to know about Music Licensing

March 28, 2018

With the increase in the number of independent artists, it’s very important to educate about music licensing, which sometimes gets very complicated. However, if you know what to look for, it doesn’t seem confusing! Let’s break it down for you: What is Music Licensing? Music licensing is the licensed use of copyrighted music. Music licensing […]

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After Warner, Facebook signs new music licensing deals

March 19, 2018

Social media giant Facebook has signed three new music licensing agreements that will let users post songs from artists including Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Neil Young. French authors’ rights society Sacem has become the latest music industry organization to signed a licensing deal with Facebook. In addition to covering the use of Sacem repertoire […]

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Facebook inks licensing deal with Warner Music group

March 10, 2018

Social networking giant Facebook has signed a licensing agreement with major record label Warner Music. The new partnership will cover the music company’s recorded music and music publishing catalogs for use in social media. Under the agreement, users of Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus will be able to upload and share videos containing licensed music […]

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