Off to ASCAP Board
Meetings … Back Monday…
Really Owns Spotify?
Ingham (Rolling Stone) -- According to a flurry of new SEC filings, financial
giants now claim big chunks of the streaming service.
Frontman — “Spotify is Making Billions Out of Our Music”
King (Digital Music News) -- Testament frontman Chuck Billy recently shared
some depressing thoughts on Spotify and music streaming in general.
Netflix and Spotify Tax: States Are Making Streaming Services More Expensive
Music-Streaming Services Are Losing
Their Brand Identity. Here's the Visual Evidence
By Cherie Hu
(Water & Music) -- Has anyone noticed recently that all music-streaming
services are starting to look and feel the same? Two pieces of evidence this
week hit the nail on the head for me.
Songs You’re Hearing All over TikTok In 2020
Lindsay (refinery29) -- TikTok is proof that it only takes 15 seconds for a
song to get stuck in your head, and now that the app has gone from a Gen-Z
secret to something pretty much everyone scrolls before bed, our brains are like
a cursed jukebox. … You rarely hear anything from the Top 40. Instead, TikTok
is a world in which lesser-known artists are no longer subject to the whims of
radio and streaming. … The buildable, amorphous nature of the TikTok's culture
mean some of these songs have already lived a number of lives on the app, but
as far as 2020 is concerned, these are the songs that keep popping up on the
For You page.
v. Oracle III – Popularity Does Not Overturn Copyright
Newhoff (Illusion of More)
Your Favorite Song Become A Movie Or Podcast?
Jacobs (HypeBot) -- Media In a media
environment where remakes, reboots, and other derivative content seem to
dominate, the inspiration for films and series has become increasingly
specific, in some cases narrowing their focus from a biopic to a single song.
the Strange, Insular World of Cheerleading Music
Cooper (Vice) -- To soundtrack one of American's most dangerous sports, artists
and former athletes are creating bangers that make 'Jock Jams' sound sleepy.
[Story is UK
centric, but, I suspect, globally applicable.]
Moments: The Indestructible Appeal of Easy Listening Radio – Podcast
Akam (The Guardian) -- In the age of streaming and limitless choice, Magic
Radio pulls in millions of listeners. What is it that keeps people coming back?
World's Best Yacht-Rock Cover Band Is Having a Moment
Miller (InsideHook) -- Yacht Rock Revue is a polyester-clad tour de force built
on the legacy of Toto and Lionel Richie
Music Licensing: 4 Things You Need to Know
Mannis-Gardner (Rain) -- Last year, we saw a big uptick in interest around
podcasts … for the first time ever, over half of the U.S. population has
listened to at least one podcast, a huge milestone. … This sets the stage for a
potential tipping point toward the mainstream in 2020, which means the
production and advertiser interest around this digital storytelling medium is
also growing. Along with that comes increased interest in using music to brand
these podcasts and drive the script.
However, music licensing for podcasts is still in its infancy, meaning
the process is somewhat ill-defined and can be difficult to navigate for an
independent podcaster doing everything on their own. Here are four things I’ve
learned so far that should be helpful for anyone looking to properly license
music for their podcast projects.
To Hit On Your Spring Tour
Mastrogiacomo (SonicBids) -- As soon as the birds start chirping and the sun
starts peeking out from the clouds you know that it’s just about time to load
up the van and hit the road in pursuit of your next big tour. But, where do you
Griffiths (Synchtank) -- We catch up on this week’s music publishing news, from
key deals and signings to new hires, legislation and more.
Never Knew What These Misunderstood Songs Were Really About
best for last…
Williams to Receive Johnny Mercer Award, Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Highest
By Jem Aswad
(Variety) – To a good friend, a great leader and a legendary songwriter … a
very heart felt CONGRATULATIONS.
Dean. [One of my favorite Paul
Williams lyrics: You and Me Against the World.
Music by Kenny Ascher.]