Spotify to launch in India within 6 months with extended free trial: Report

November 29, 2018

Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify will make its India debut in the next six months, according to a report in Variety. Spotify has already secured deals with some of the popular music companies. According to several media reports, Indian music record label, T-series has also made a deal with the company. The platform will offer […]

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Now, Facebook will let you add a song to photos, videos

October 31, 2018

Facebook will now allow users to add music to Stories and also in their News Feed posts. Facebook has introduced new music features, including an option to add a song to photos and videos that has been shared to Facebook Stories. “And, we’re bringing it to News Feed, too!” Facebook said in a statement, adding […]

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CMRRA signs licensing deal with Amazon Music

October 1, 2018

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) has reached a licensing deal with Amazon Music. Amazon Music Unlimited launched in Canada and CMRRA said it has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon Music to ensure that its music publisher and rightsholder clients, which together represent more than 80,000 music catalogs, will receive royalties for the use […]

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Artists can now upload tracks directly to the platform, thanks to Spotify

September 24, 2018

In what could be one of the biggest news in the world of music licensing, Spotify launched a new feature which will enable independent artists to upload tracks to the service directly without any requirement for a third-party aggregator or record label. The feature currently remains in an invite-only beta mode with a few hundred […]

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Now send musical GIFs to Snapchat, thanks to TuneMoji

August 30, 2018

Snapchat users will now be able to send musical GIFs through chats, or as part of stories through TuneMoji. The music GIF network is integrating into Snap allowing the app’s millions of users to add TuneMojis in chats and stories. However, you will need to have both TuneMoji and Snapchat downloaded in order to send […]

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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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Airtel, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan to bring a soulful rendition of national anthem

August 14, 2018

Airtel and famous Sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, supported by Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, have joined hands to create a special sarod rendition of the national anthem to honour the 72nd Independence Day of India. The 72nd Independence Day will be celebrated in India on August 15 (Wednesday). Commenting on the […]

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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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