Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2020

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November 19, 2020 – SoundCloud and Cosynd Partner to Offer Creatives Discounted Copyright Registrations

Music Biz members SoundCloud and Cosynd have entered a partnership to offer discounts for Cosynd’s suite of copyright registration & management services to artists using SoundCloud’s artist services & distribution platform, Repost by SoundCloud. By partnering with Cosynd, Repost by SoundCloud community members will be able to register all of their content (music, videos, images,… Read More

November 17, 2020 – Millions of High-Quality WMG Tracks Added to TIDAL MastersThanks to Music Biz Member MQA

Last week, global streaming service TIDAL added millions of tracks from Warner Music Group recordings in MQA format to its TIDAL Masters catalog. As a result of this partnership, music fans can now enjoy an expanded Masters catalogue with iconic albums from artists including The Notorious B.I.G., Missy Elliott, LCD Soundsystem and Madonna. “By paying… Read More

November 17, 2020 – [Event] Article 17: Are We Ready? — Dec. 8-9, 2020

Article 17 is the largest reform in copyright history, one that stands to benefit music rightsholders, content creators and digital platforms alike. To help us all get a handle on the legislation’s sweeping changes, Music Biz is proud to partner with Pex to host this two-day virtual conference — the first in a series of… Read More

November 17, 2020 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Understanding the Implications of Article 17 Copyright Reform: A Conversation with Rasty Turek, CEO of Pex

The passage of the EU Copyright Directive, including Article 17, brings sweeping digital copyright reform that stands to benefit rightsholders of all sizes. While it should improve how copyright holders can protect their works in the digital landscape, it is still unclear how the Directive will be implemented by each member state, what exactly digital… Read More

November 16, 2020 – Billboard Release R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players List for 2020

Billboard has revealed its 2020 R&B & Hip-Hop Power Players list, honoring those who continued to drive the genres forward while also managing in the global pandemic and playing a vital role in the advocacy work for social justice which hit a head in 2020. Special congratulations to NY:LON Connect 2020 keynote Kevin Liles of… Read More

November 16, 2020 – Innovative Music Licensing Frameworks Will Be Key To UGC-Powered Music Expansion

Considering the rise of platforms like TikTok, it is apparent that creation and consumption of user-generated content (UGC) has made its mark on the music industry. According to a new MIDiA Research report titled “The Rising Power of UGC,” in 2019 UGC and user interaction contributed more than $1 billion to global music revenues, and it is… Read More

November 12, 2020 – US Holiday Ecommerce Sales Will Surge 35.8% to $190.47 Billion, Offsetting Brick-and-Mortar Declines

Retailers are bracing for a softer holiday season due to the pandemic. They will see, however, a major shift to ecommerce this holiday season. US consumers will spend $190.47 billion this year on holiday ecommerce purchases, up 35.8% and representing an incremental $50 billion in sales versus 2019. In-store holiday sales will decline by 4.7%… Read More

November 11, 2020 – Music Biz Member Peloton Partners with Beyoncé in Multi-Year Partnership to Support HBCUs

With this year’s college homecoming celebrations shifting to virtual formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Music Biz member Peloton has entered a multi-year partnership with Beyoncé to offer students at 10 Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) two years of digital fitness classes. The partnership has also resulted in the creation of workout experiences for… Read More

November 9, 2020 – Mobile Viewing Accounts for Over 40% of All Video Consumption Hours Among Gen Z Heads of US Broadband Households

Parks Associates has released the new market snapshot OTT Video Viewership: The Role of Mobile, which finds viewing on a smartphone or tablet now accounts for over 40% of all video consumption hours among Gen Z heads of US broadband households, compared to just 20% among all heads of US broadband households. The market snapshot,… Read More

November 9, 2020 – Record Store Day 2020 Drops Helped Sell Nearly 2 Million Albums at Indie Retail

Record Store Day 2020’s three-part drop series came to a close on Oct. 24 — and continued to generate big album sales for indie stores and the music industry. The drops (staged on Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24) combined to help generate 1.95 million in CD and vinyl album sales at indie stores… Read More