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Spotify might declare war on songwriters!

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A 44% streaming royalty rise is now locked in for songwriters in the US – so long as the likes of Spotify don’t ‘declare war’

NMPA President & CEO David Israelite (pictured) has said that digital music companies would ‘declare war on songwriters’ should they appeal a 44% streaming royalty rise decided by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) last year.

On January 27, 2018 MBW reported on the CRB’s landmark ruling, which stated that royalty rates paid to songwriters in the US from on-demand subscription streaming would rise by 44% over the next five years.

The CRB’s decision was the result of a trial that took place between March and June of 2017 with the National Music Publishers Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI).

Yesterday (February 5), the CRB published the final rates and terms for songwriters – giving streaming companies 30 days to lodge an appeal if they wish.

Israelite posted a message on Facebook (see below) stating that the NMPA and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) “fought hard to increase songwriter royalties”.

He pointed out that Apple has already ruled out an appeal, adding that if any other streaming companies now chose to challenge the terms, they would “in effect, declare war on songwriters”.

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Avid Interviews Cinnamon Denise: Finding Her Truth with Pro Tools

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You can’t help but be inspired by Cinnamon Denise. She studied media and production at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, then earned her Masters in Music Technology Innovation from Berklee College of Music Valencia in Spain. She performed at the Midem Music 4-day Conference in Cannes, France, then worked as an apprentice with Henry Sarmiento at Sonic Vista Studios in Ibiza.

As a songwriter and performer, Cinnamon has written songs in English and Spanish, has collaborated with Japan’s highly prolific electronic music producer Hideo Kobayashi, as well as Jana Šušteršič, winner of Slovenia’s Got Talent in 2014. She is featured in the George Lacson Project’s album Paradigms, is a member National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME), and is founding the I Am Free Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, her hometown.

Her songs are organic in a way that is impossible to duplicate. Her songwriting talent comes from a place deep within, melding a free, naturally improvisational style with modern electronic sounds and structures. Her lyrics are interwoven into the music so perfectly that she can tell you a story or let you hear your own. Listen for awhile, and you might expect to find yourself hovering a few inches above the floor, carried by a breeze of sonic energy that can gently float a child’s lost balloon or flatten a forest, depending on where Cinnamon wants to take you. “I get my best writing from what people are talking about, because then you know it’s relatable to a lot of people. I write what my friends are into, and what I’m in control of.” [...Read More]

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Instagram is the main motivator for Millenial holidays.

‘Instagrammability’: Most important factor for millennials on choosing holiday destination

A recent study has revealed that two-fifths (40.1 per cent) of millennials choose a travel spot based on its Instagrammability.

Be it the colourful coast of Positano or the turquoise seas of the Maldives, it’s all about getting those precious likes, leading to more followers.

Of course, people have always wanted to travel to picturesque places, but there are certain views, resorts and infinity pools that are more likely to rack up the likes on everyone’s favourite picture-sharing platform.

The survey by home insurance company Schofields Insurance asked over 1,000 UK adults aged between 18 and 33 – AKA millennials – what was most important when choosing a holiday destination, and ‘how Instagrammable the holiday would be’ has been identified as the number one motivator.

The results show just how much focus today’s young adults are placing on how their lives appear online.

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Elijah Ray on Avid’s Customer Stories

Elijah Ray: Bringing Light to the World with Pro Tools

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Within a few years, he met Henry while working at Herbie Herbert’s studio in San Francisco. “I met a lot of my mentors and rock legends that brought me into the family. We’ve had a long friendship and a long working relationship in music.” Elijah is working on his third album with Henry, as well as ten other releases in many different genres. He considers Pro Tools his primary instrument for recording and comping tracks to capture the most natural performance. Pro Tools offers Accelerated Playlist Comping to quickly compile the best parts of different takes.

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Is the Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album In 27 Years

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Album sales in the United States have been tanking for more than a decade.  But streaming could be putting the final nails in this coffin.

Drake’s Scorpion set streaming records that will be hard to beat.  But this week, there’s a strange record being set in the opposite direction.

Ahead of the weekend, Nielsen Music reported that Drake’s latest album Scorpion is at the top of the charts for the second week in a row.  But only 29,000 copies were sold in the week of July 12th.  Nielsen says this is the smallest amount of sales for a top-selling album since the metrics company began tracking music sales in 1991, more than 27 years ago.

Compounding this fact is that the Billboard 200 chart ranks popular albums based on multiple different metrics.  Traditional sales, streaming, and individual track downloads are all combined to rank albums each week according to a complex formula.

That complex formula is an attempt by Nielsen (and Billboard) to prop the album format at any cost.  But despite throwing streams, downloads, and traditional album sales into one pot, it doesn’t seem to be saving this aging format.  So what’s the point, exactly?

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Avid Interviews Jon Tessier about nomadic production

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His music crosses just about as many boundaries as he has. With his Les Paul, he writes and records using Pro Tools, melding guitar rhythms and modern electronic pop, using plugin effects to give his music a rock edge. He cites The Doors, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Depeche Mode as influences, and songs like A Minute or Two and Summer Rain evoke those bands and more.

“When I started out, my first DAW was Cubase—but as soon as I transferred my tracks on Pro Tools and heard them back, I was hooked! I made the switch instantly.” Jon Tessier

His song ideas are molded into crisp recordings with a jangling clean electric, a hard-edged crunch, synth pads and atmospheric flanged vocals. He takes a modern approach to music creation, recording whenever and wherever he gets the inspiration, often producing a song at a time. He has been keeping song ideas for years, recording and saving short clips of progressions and lyrics based on thoughts or quotes from novels that evoke a strong emotion from the time they were recorded.

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Spotify valued $30bn at New York Stock Exchange – that’s more than global recorded music industry revenues

Spotify was valued at $30Bn at the new york stock exchange, which is more than global recorded music revenues ($15.7bn) announced by IFPI.

Spotify started trading on the New York Stock Exchange moments ago. And, after a few hours of behind-the-scenes buying and selling, its official debut public price has been revealed – $166 per share, resulting in a market cap worth approximately $29.6bn.

The news comes after months of speculation regarding Spotify’s official valuation, with analysts recently reporting that private trades of the company put its worth anywhere between $18bn and $44bn.

Spotify’s valuation stood at just $8bn as recently as May 2015, according to reports in the financial press at the time – meaning that this figure has more than trebled in less than three years.

Experts have warned, however, that some price volatility is expected in the wake of Spotify’s unusual ‘direct listing’ approach to flotation. Click here to read the rest

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The great big Spotify scam: Did a Bulgarian playlister swindle their way to a fortune on streaming service?

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A Bulgarian playlist-maker scammed the Spotify payout system for months last year – and could well have made themselves a millionaire off Daniel Ek’s platform.

That’s the shock claim being made by multiple high-level industry sources to MBW this week.

Music Business Worldwide can today reveal details of the alleged shakedown, which reached its height at the end of last summer.

The evidence we’ve gathered strongly suggests that one party sucked a vast amount of money – as much as $1 million-plus – out of the Spotify royalty pool, and away from legitimate artists and labels.

And the best/worst part of all? They probably didn’t break any laws in the process.

How did they do it? Read on…