Music Tech Works has used its music rights search engine, rightsholder.io, to analyze global song registrations for some of this year’s GRAMMY Award categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song, and Best Rap Song. According to the company’s findings, 10% of the nominated songs were not registered with North America’s rights societies; 20% were not registered in Europe & the UK, and 33% were not registered in the Asia-Pacific region. A third of the nominations were also found to have duplicated registrations, which may affect income for songwriters and publishers if not reconciled in their royalty administration systems.
“The GRAMMYs is one of the biggest events of the year for the global music industry, and we saw this as an opportunity to show that even the most notable songs and records of 2022 have issues when it comes to their registrations,” said Bryson Nobles, Co-Founder and CTO of rightsholder.io. “Identifying these gaps and duplications is critical to ensure that royalties can be properly and promptly collected, especially since many non-U.S. rights societies may only distribute monies once or twice a year.”
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