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Streaming Now Accounts for 80 Percent of the Music Industry’s Overall Revenue

Most music fans likely understand that streaming is changing music consumption. Gone are the days when CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, and even digital downloads were meaningful indicators of industry-wide consumer habits, with streaming services like Spotify now among the most profitable ventures in the music industry. But according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s mid-year...

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Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach

Eminem’s publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a major new lawsuit claiming Spotify has infringed hundreds of song copyrights and challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law. In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250...

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St. Vincent, Sleater-Kinney, and Pavement’s Publisher Says “Fuck Spotify”

Spotify’s conflict with songwriters is escalating. For those who missed it, the company (along with Google, Amazon, and Pandora) recently appealed a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board that would increase songwriter royalty payments by 44 percent over the next five years. Trade groups, hitmakers, and even Nashville’s city council have responded by publicly condemning these billion dollar companies’...

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Spotify Removes Blood on the Dance Floor’s Catalog Following Rape Allegations

Spotify has removed electro-pop band Blood on the Dance Floor’s catalog following a series of reports in which nearly two dozen women accuse frontman Jesus David Torres of sexual assault. The streaming service told HuffPost that the band’s music was removed for violating the platform’s prohibited content policies. Torres, who performs under the name Dahvie Vanity, was first accused of...

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City of Nashville Condemns Streaming Services’ Stingy Nonsense

The Nashville Metro Council has passed a resolution demanding that Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora accept a 44 percent increase to songwriters’ portion of streaming royalties. The resolution follows weeks of protest by songwriters and trade groups against the four tech companies, which recently announced plans to appeal the rate increase, ordered last year by the Copyright Royalty Board, the three-judge panel that governs royalty law....

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Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Finally Coming to Spotify & Apple Music

Today, Beyoncé released Homecoming, a concert film and live album documenting her iconic 2018 Coachella performance. But that’s not all she’s giving us in the coming days. Variety reports that on 4/23, the third anniversary of the release of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade, its audio will be made available on streaming services including Spotify and...

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Nile Rodgers, Babyface, Dozens More Songwriters Sign Open Letter Criticizing Spotify

Dozens of pop music’s most prominent songwriters have published an open letter criticizing Spotify’s attempt to undercut increased songwriter payments. The letter, published by Billboard, defends last year’s Copyright Royalty Board ruling to raise the percentage of mechanical royalties (read: streaming money) owed to a song’s credited writers by 44 percent. Last month, Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora announced plans to challenge that ruling. “We’re...

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Apple Music Has More Paid U.S. Subscribers Than Spotify: Report

Apple Music now has more paid U.S. subscribers than Spotify. A new report from Reuters notes that as of February, the California technology giant had 28 million subscribers, while Spotify has 26 million users paying for its monthly subscription tier. This number only accounts for paid subscriptions, with the majority of Spotify users still relying on...

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