Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2018

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December 26, 2018 – U.S. Copyright Office Begins Process to Create Music Modernization Act’s Licensing Collective

With the euphoria of having seen the passage of the Music Modernization Act beginning to die down, attention is turning to the practical realities that it will create. Now, the United States Copyright Office has formally kicked off the process to establish the MMA’s Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) by putting out a request for information… Read More

December 20, 2018 – Happy Holidays From Music Biz!

The winter season calls for reflection on all the past year has offered us. In this spirit, Music Biz would like to thank you for being a part of our community. We wish you a joyous holiday season, and hope that 2019 proves to be both joyous and prosperous! To celebrate the season, our offices will… Read More

December 20, 2018 – How The World Sounds: The Future of Radio

The gathering of world radio at this year’s International Radio Festival in Malta painted a positive picture for the future of radio, with vital international shows broadcasting live and the best minds answering questions about the future (and raising more) at its one-day Audio Conference. As Will Jackson, Conference Organizer and Managing Director of Audio UK, explained,… Read More

December 19, 2018 – Farewell Tours Were One of the Biggest Stories of 2018 – Here’s What Comes Next For the Live Arena Circuit

Towards the end of the first show of his farewell tour at Allentown, Pennsylvania’s PPL Center, Elton John paused to explain why, after 50 years of being one of the biggest and most profitable forces on the live circuit, he decided it was time to say his extended goodbye. “I have the most beautiful family… Read More

December 18, 2018 – Artists Direct and Streaming The Big Winners In 2018

MIDiA’s year-end revenue estimate signals that Artists Direct were the biggest winners in 2018, with a 35 percent increase in revenue over 2017 totaling an estimated $643 million. Streaming revenue jumped 29 percent in 2018 to an estimated $9.6 billion, which helped drive the 8.2 percent increase in overall recorded music revenue at $18.9 billion. To… Read More

December 14, 2018 – Music Streaming and Podcast Listening in Cars Doubles in Five Years – Study

Increasing connectivity between cars and smartphones is changing what drivers listen to behind the wheel, according to a new study. As wireless links between cars and mobile devices using streaming services have become more common, the number of drivers listening to downloaded or streamed audio has doubled in the last five years, the research by… Read More

December 14, 2018 – 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Music Execs Share Their Picks For Gadgets & Goodies

The holiday season always hits amidst a wind-down period for the industry, as Q4’s releases trickle out and the OOO messages start piling up, leaving time for a bit of reflection, R&R and a lot more of the “play” in the work-play dynamic. To fete the end of the year and the 2018 holiday season, Billboard reached… Read More

December 13, 2018 – Music Business Association Announces Record Archive Owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman as Recipients of 2019 Independent Spirit Award

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its 2019 Independent Spirit Award to Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman, owners of the Rochester-based independent record store Record Archive, during the Music Biz Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner set to take place on Tuesday, May 7 during the Music Biz 2019 Annual Conference at the… Read More

December 12, 2018 – Music Biz Member Royalty Exchange Profiled In Forbes Magazine

Royalty Exchange, a member of the Music Business Association, was profiled this week by Forbes Magazine. Royalty Exchange gives songwriters the opportunity to create a new, immediate revenue stream by selling their catalogs to investors. This offers a highly beneficial solution for both parties, as songwriters receive an up-front payment for their performances while investors… Read More

December 11, 2018 – Music Biz Member Capitol Music Group Hosts Inaugural ‘Capitol Royale’ Creativity and Innovation Marathon In Los Angeles

In the wake of technology changing the landscape of the music industry, companies are shifting their energy towards more cutting-edge and forward-thinking methods of doing business. Enter Capitol Royale: Capitol Music Group’s two-day creativity and innovation marathon (Dec 1-2) at its headquarters in Hollywood, CA. In the company’s continued investment in the music and tech… Read More