Tag Archives: Spotify

Spotify Hit With $150M Class Action Royalties Lawsuit

Vocativ reports: Spotify is facing a $150 million class action lawsuit—led by David Lowery, the frontman for the band Cracker—arguing that Spotify hasn’t been securing the proper licenses for all of the music it offers, and hasn’t been paying royalties to all deserving parties. Using his own tracks as examples, Lowery claims that Spotify has been willfully operating in this ...

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The Beatles: Now Streaming [VIDEO]

Long-awaited news for mop-top fans via Rolling Stone: The Beatles have announced they’ll activate their famous catalog on every on-demand streaming service, from Spotify to Apple Music, as of midnight on December 24th and the record business has one overwhelming reaction: What took them so long? “It’s surprising they didn’t do it this time last year,” says Terry McBride, manager ...

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Obama Posts Spotify Playlists: Beyonce, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, Aretha Franklin

I don’t think we’re supposed to actually believe that the president has time to compile Spotify playlists, but he IS on vacation right now. The playlist’s header notes that as it’s an official White House account, messages to the president on Spotify are subject to being archived at Homeland Security (probably.) The link above is for the nighttime playlist – ...

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Columbia House Declares Bankruptcy

Yeah, I got suckered into this scam back in high school and you probably did too. NBC News reports: The music died for Columbia House on Monday when its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As anyone with a dusty Hootie & the Blowfish album probably knows, Columbia House became popular in the 1990s as the business that ...

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Apple Unveils Streaming Music Service

Yesterday Apple unveiled Apple Music, its long-awaited streaming music service. Via Gizmodo: The basics: Apple Music doesn’t appear to have a free vibe, although starting June 30th, everyone will be offered a free three month subscription. Like everything other service out there, the premium price will be $10 per month. There’s also a $15 per month family plan for up ...

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Spotify To Ink $1B Deal With Universal

Spotify is expected to sign a $1B licensing agreement with Universal Music to cover streaming royalties over the next two years. The $1 billion number — equal to the global revenue generated by all companies in the fast-growing streaming sector in 2013 — underscores the extent to which Spotify and other streaming services will drive digital revenue for the world’s ...

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Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Last week Swift pulled her entire catalog off of Spotify at the same time that she became the only artist to score a platinum album in all of 2014, a feat that many industry observers noted as yet more grim evidence on the state of the music business. Anyway, here’s today’s follow-up to Shake It Off, the smash first single ...

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Taylor Swift Yanks Catalog From Spotify

Taylor Swift, the nation’s top selling artist, yesterday pulled all of her music off Spotify in one of the biggest moves in the long-simmering war between musicians and streaming music services. The decision means that a large number of fans will have only one option to hear Swift’s new album, “1989,” and that’s to buy it, which hundreds of thousands ...

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David Byrne Covers Biz Markie

Stereogum writer Tom Breihan explains: Cake frontman John McCrea is one of the many artists railing against streaming services like Spotify and the way they only pay a pittance in royalties to artists. He’s put together a nonprofit called Content Creators Coalition, and last night, David Byrne headlined a CCC concert at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge; it also featured ...

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David Byrne On Web Streaming

“The larger question is that if free or cheap streaming becomes the way we consume all (recorded) music and indeed a huge percentage of other creative content – TV, movies, games, art, porn – then perhaps we might stop for a moment and consider the effect these services and this technology will have, before ‘selling off’ all our cultural assets ...

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Spotify Sued Over User Playlists

Britain’s Ministry Of Sound label has sued the music streaming service Spotify, claiming that user playlists that mirror the track listings on their compilations constitute a copyright violation. Chief executive Lohan Presencer claims that his company has been asking Spotify to remove the playlists – some of which include “Ministry of Sound” in their titles – since 2012.  “It’s been ...

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Spotify’s Most Popular Songs Of 2012

The streaming music service Spotify, to which I am woefully addicted, has posted their 100 most-played songs of 2012. Here’s their Top Ten. 1. Gotye featuring Kimbra — “Somebody That I Used to Know” 2. Carly Rae Jepsen — “Call Me Maybe” 3. Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe — “We Are Young” 4. Flo Rida — “Whistle” 5. Flo Rida featuring ...

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