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Apple Music Tops 27 Million and other WWDC news

Apple Music Tops 27 Million and other WWDC news

Apple Music has topped the 27 million subscriber mark, announcing the benchmark at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference today at the San Jose Convention Center. That’s a 7 million improvement over December, when the company announced it had achieved 20 million paying subscribers in the two years since the service launched, a 35 percent improvement in the second […]

Concord Bicycle Buys Imagem

Concord Bicycle Buys Imagem

Concord Bicycle Music has acquired music publishing and theatrical rights company Imagem Music Group, picking up a combination of wordwide and European rights to songs by Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie as well as classic theater works by Rogers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and more. In all the company has picked […]

Beck Nabs SESAC Film Honor

Beck Nabs SESAC Film Honor

Trolls composer Christophe Beck took home top honors in the film music category at the annual SESAC Film & Television Composers’ Awards, which was highlighted by a moving speech by music attorney Jay Cooper, a partner of Greenberg Traurig, who received the performing rights organization’s Visionary Award. The annual awards gala, held at the Casa […]

Dunaif to International Role at ASCAP

Dunaif to International Role at ASCAP

Digital business strategist Tony Dunaif has been named executive vice president and head of international affairs for preforming rights giant ASCAP, reporting to CEO Elizabeth Matthews. In this capacity Dunaif will oversee international business and society relations outside of the United States for ASCAP,  the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers. Dunaif’s appointment is […]

Activism Key to Songwriter Regulation Reform, Says ASCAP

Activism Key to Songwriter Regulation Reform, Says ASCAP

  ASCAP President Paul Williams led a bipartisan effort to to galvanize songwriters in a battle for regulatory reform, while representatives Karen Bass (D-CA) and Doug Collins (R-GA) urged the audience at the April 14 panel discussion “Music Licensing Reform: Fight For Your Rights” to do just that. “If you’re so passionate about writing your music, […]

Credits a Luxury in Digital Age

Credits a Luxury in Digital Age

Earning a fair wage was the running theme at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, where the transition to streaming and digital left many songwriters feeling their legacies being blown away like so much dust in the wind. “Little by little, our names are being erased from existence,” said songwriter and producer Desmond Child, whose work has been […]

Geiger Counters Conventional Wisdom

Geiger Counters Conventional Wisdom

WME head of music Marc Geiger engaged music attorneys — and artist Dave Matthews — over lunch with his five point presentation on the future of the record industry. The big takeaway: yes, the music biz has bounced back thanks to paid subscription services, but the current bump is small change compared to the riches […]

CDs are Not Dead — They’re Finding Fans on Facebook

CDs are Not Dead — They’re Finding Fans on Facebook

Downloads are dreamy but CDs are far from dead, according to Marty Fahnke, head of marketing for specialty label Barton Publishing. Fahnke said he pumped out $10 million in sales in the 18-month period prior to Christmas, the majority of it physical media. While Barton mainly sells health books, Fahnke has carved out a music niche, targeting […]

Groffman Takes Aim at 360 Deals

Groffman Takes Aim at 360 Deals

As a longtime attorney for artists, Elliot Groffman is no stranger to taking on record labels, but to hear him recount his career highlights and assess the current state of the industry, one knows he is a conciliator, and that like every top businessman, he knows the road to a sustainable future is paved with win-wins. Groffman, […]