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.
That’s not to say that the TPS-L2 pocketable though. It’s too tight of a squeeze in a pants pocket though it could fit in a loose jacket pocket. To solve the portability issue, Sony included a case that let you strap it to your waist. What started out as a necessity eventually became a marketable, fashionable image that Sony used to attract more buyers. You want to be trendy and culturally relevant? Go buy a Walkman.
Sony Music are suing a Swedish BitTorrent user for $233,000 after he leaked Beyonce's latest album, 4, on The Pirate Bay. According to TorrentFreak, the 47 year old man from Gothenburg, who worked in the music industry, shared the album on June 8, 2011, ahead of its June 24 release date. Opinions?
Justin Timberlake will release The 20/20 Experience on March 19th, 2013 via RCA Records. You can watch the lyric video for "Suit & Tie" in the replies. He has also announced a show in New Orleans on February 2nd, the day before the Super Bowl. Rumors are flying around that he may make a surprise guest appearance at the half time show.
Destiny's Child will release their new compilation album, Love Songs on January 29th via Sony Legacy. The album will contain a new single entitled "Nuclear" which was produced by Pharrell. The single is the group's first new music in eight years. You can pre-order the album on Amazon.
01) Cater 2 U
02) Killing Time
03) Second Nature
05) Now That She's Gone
06) Brown Eyes
09) If You Leave [ft. Next]
10) T -Shirt
12) Say My Name (Timbaland remix)
HIM will release a compilation entitled XX – Two Decades of Love Metal on November 6th via Sony Music. A new track, "Strange World," is available now on Amazon.
01. Strange World
02. Join Me
04. Wings Of A Butterfly
05. Kiss Of Dawn (Radio Edit)
06. Funeral Of Hearts (Radio Edit)
07. Right Here In My Arms (Radio Edit)
09. Buried Alive By Love (Radio Edit)
10. Gone With The Sin
11. Your Sweet 6,6,6
12. Sacrament (Radio Edit)
13. Wicked Game
14. Killing Loneliness
15. Bleed Well (Radio Edit)
16. In Joy And Sorrow (Radio Edit)
17. Poison Girl
18. Scared To Death
19. When Love And Death Embrace (Radio Edit)
20. Heartache Every...
Another track from John Legend's collaboration album with The Roots has surfaced online. "Shine" is the album closer and is the only one that's not a cover. Check it out here. Wake Up! is due September 21.
You can check out a new interview with Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter right here. The band's full-length debut, Truth or Dare, hits stores on June 22 and you can grab the first single, "Heart Song" on iTunes.
Interested in getting your foot in the door in the record industry? Would you be able to intern in New York City for the upcoming spring semester? Columbia Records is looking for interns in their A&R department, meaning you will be responsible for helping them find the best new music. Look in the replies for full information, including how to send a resume.
Proof that a less accessible album will upset the suits, just three days after the release of Memory Man in the UK and Europe, Aqualung has been dropped from their label. Read a statement from Matt in the replies.
Editors will be releasing their sophomore album, An End Has A Start, in the U.S. on July 17th. In order to push the disc on this side of the globe, the band will be doing some tour dates, which you can see below, and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 26th.