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Appeal Ruling on Publisher Royalty Rate Hike Looks Like it Favors Digital Services Contentions: Sources

Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and YouTube have been handed a procedural victory on their appeal to a 44% royalty rate increase for songwriters and publishers, sources tell Billboard. The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. that reviewed the digital services’ appeal on the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) mechanical rate determination has thrown out the rate structure...

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Digital Media Company LiveXLive Had an OK Quarter, But It’s Got a Long Way to Go

A Monsta X concert airing Saturday marks its biggest foray into pay-per-view to date. What three letters best explain the modest gains LiveXLive unveiled during its quarterly earnings call Thursday? The would be P-P-P as in the Paycheck Protection Program. Nearly all of the company’s $3.5 million reduction in spending for the quarter appeared to...

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Digital Services’ Appeal of Publisher Rate Hike Headed Back to Copyright Royalty Board: Sources

Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and YouTube’s appeal of a ruling that would increase payouts to songwriters and publishers by 44% is headed back to the CRB for further deliberation — likely with some mandated guidelines. The U.S. Court of Appeals reviewing an appeal from Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and YouTube over the Copyright Royalty Board’s mechanical rate...

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How Struggling Indie Venues Are Lobbying Local Governments for Support — And Getting Some

Independent venues are hoping for federal relief, but city and state funding might be just as essential to their survival. As Congress debated the next federal coronavirus aid package this week in Washington, independent music venues across the country have been waiting in anticipation for what will either be a saving grace or a devastating...

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Bryan Adams to Headline ‘Return to Live’ Concert in Germany Next Month for 12,000 Fans

Live Nation says hygiene procedures will be strictly enforced at Düsseldorf event, but one German health official calls the concert ‘irresponsible.’ Live Nation says it will host the first large-scale live music event in Germany since the pandemic began, with a concert on Sept. 4 headlined by Bryan Adams at a soccer stadium in Düsseldorf...

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Makin’ Tracks: A Thousand Horses Corral a Potential Hit With ‘A Song To Remember’

Uncertainty sucks. And we’ve faced a lot of it: how to behave in the face of a deadly virus, whom to believe when the federal government can’t be trusted, how to make music when you can’t organize in a single room. A Thousand Horses was, like much of America, lost a bit when the coronavirus...

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TikTok Threatens Legal Action After Trump’s Order Possibly Banning the App: ‘There Has Been No Due Process’

“We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded,” the company said. TikTok has fired back at Pres. Donald Trump‘s executive order essentially banning the popular social video app in the U.S. if it is not sold to an American company within 45 days,...

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Live Nation Says 86% of Fans Declined a Refund. Here’s What That Number Really Tells Us

The figure cited by the concert promoter is more complicated than it initially appears. Will fans return to concert venues once the coronavirus crisis ends? No one can accurately predict consumer behavior in the aftermath of an unprecedented pandemic, but a statistic showing that approximately 86% of fans are opting to hold onto their Live...

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Neumos in Seattle, in a Pandemic: It Can Cost a Venue $60,000 a Month to Be Closed

Steven Severin, co-owner of Neumos in Seattle, says that venues are still paying tens of thousands of dollars a month while they cross their fingers for federal aid. As co-owner of Seattle’s popular independent venue Neumos in Capitol Hill, Steven Severin has been a staple in the Seattle music industry for more than 20 years. Roughly 10...

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WMG Took a Hit Its First Quarter Since Going Public. Here’s Why It Isn’t Sweating, Even in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has created new channels for labels and artists to exploit. The future looks so bright, Warner Music Group might have to wear shades. That’s the takeaway from the 70-minute earnings call on Tuesday during which CEO Stephen Cooper and CFO Eric Levin said the word “opportunity” no fewer than 11 times. But how should...

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