The Verge breaks down the leaked contract Sony Music had with Spotify.
This contract — like every other contract involving a music label and a streaming service — has been secret until now. Given the myriad ways Sony Music came out as the winner, it’s worth asking who really should shoulder the blame for the lackluster streaming payments that artists like Swift have been complaining about — the labels or the streaming service?
"Our attorneys are in the process of us exiting the label," Dawkins said, with the band’s manager Alan Sacks and his partner Kevin Jonas Sr. (the team behind the Jonas Brothers) sitting nearby. The reason? "Just complications," Dawkins said.
Sony saw a pretty big breach this weekend which lead to a variety of their films (some still in theatres, some not out yet) being leaked. One of the notable films is the To Write Love On Her Arms movie.
“Fury” has been downloaded by over 888,000 unique IP addresses since showing up on peer-to-peer networks on Nov. 27, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. That’s high enough to be the second most-downloaded movie currently being pirated, and it’s not out of movie theaters yet. Another big Sony movie, “Annie,” is also being pirated, this one three weeks ahead of its own wide release. Other Sony movies being downloaded include “Mr. Turner,” “Still Alice” and “To Write Love on Her...
Mark Ronson will release his new album, Uptown Special, on January 27th, 2015 via RCA Records. You can stream his first single, "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars in the replies. You can also stream "Daffodils" featuring Tame Impala's Kevin Parker and "Feel Right" featuring Mystikalhere and here respectively.
Billboard has a good run-down of the current lawsuit Sony Music is facing from claims they "cheated" American Idol stars.
The litigation explores quite a bit of ground in the modern music business, from the way in which a music major like Sony accounts for revenue off of platforms like Spotify and iTunes to how advertising expenditures are treated. One topic that was largely overshadowed when 19 Recordings filed its claims this past February was Sony's alleged duty to share the spoils of its proceeds from big battles on the copyright front. For example, three years ago, Sony was among the record majors that extracted $105 million in settlement from file-sharing LimeWire. Does the money...
Smallpools have done it again. Following their smash hit "Dreaming" which was released last year, the band has released a new song, "Killer Whales" to tide over fans while they finish their new album. Head to the replies to give it a listen.