Collaborations Music Licensing 

Universal Music signs licensing agreement with uduX

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 1,660 Universal Music Group has signed an licensing agreement with Nigerian music streaming service uduX. Universal Music Group is the first major music company to license its catalog to uduX. uduX is currently available via monthly subscription through Habari by GTBank, a leading platform for music, shopping and lifestyle content launched in November 2018. Reports said that the service will also be fully incorporated into the Nigerian music market. Users will now have access to UMG’s extensive catalog of both Nigerian and global recording artists including Eminem, Tekno, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj,…

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Music Music Licensing 

Music licensing goes digital through PLUS

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,914 With PLUS (Performance License For Usage Of Sound Recording), an online portal, executives can issue licenses, and receive payments within minutes. In the world of public performance licensing digitization and the proliferation of the internet across India has created limitless possibilities. ‘Public performance royalties’ are the monetary compensation paid to music labels for the privilege of playing their songs publicly. They are enshrined in the Copyright Act of 1957, and are a very important source of revenue for record labels. Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) monetises public performance…

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Music Licensing 

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,866 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 an extended free trial period after its launch in India. Spotify currently offers a 30-day trial to all its new customers across the world. Under the free trial, Indian users will get…

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Music Licensing 

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 1,703 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 that users would soon be able to add songs to their Profile as well. Adding a song to a photo or video on Facebook works, in the same way, the feature functions…

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Music Licensing 

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 1,819 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 US artists being ushered in. However, Spotify says that in the future, it will bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams. Artists will be able to access the upload function…

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Facebook inks major music licensing deal with Apra Amcos

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 1,755 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 and distributors. “We are delighted to be working with Facebook to ensure the creative content of our members and affiliates that is used on the platform is fairly remunerated.” He added music…

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Music Licensing 

Sony Music launches global artist royalty portal in India

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 4,876 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 leading audio and video platforms. “It is a unique platform that gives artists access to revenue and consumer insights information on their songs,” Shridhar Subramaniam, President India, and the Middle East said…

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Music Licensing 

Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Music Licensing Bill

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post Views: 3,002 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 cooperation between the music industry and the streaming services that have upended how the business earns money. The amendments, according to the National Music Publishers Association, include increased oversight and greater transparency…

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Music Licensing 

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 2,676 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 suit has been filed by investment banker David Pullman and a company called Structured Asset Sales, which has acquired one-third of the song shares. “We tried to work it out amicably, but…

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Music Licensing 

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute Post Views: 2,307 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 hit series and will showcase artists from diverse musical genres. Viewed in more than 170 countries and hailed as a global and social media phenomenon, Game of Thrones has countless music and…

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